SARNIA, Ont. — Two talented freshmen players came into the week, but only one would come out on top as the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.
Colbey Ross and Trip Day both put together strong freshmen campaigns on opposite sides of the country, and fans voted them into the Championship Round of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote. Ross emerged as a star-in-the-making for the Pepperdine Waves, while Day is yet another budding star for the North Florida Ospreys.
From the outset of the challenge, fans and supporters of the Ospreys and Day have shown their support through the online polls. Week after week, Day was among the top vote-getters and showed no signs of slowing down as the Championship Round got underway. North Florida fans began to show their support via Facebook, which only strengthened the support network for Day.
The level of support for Ross grew with each passing round. The Pepperdine community started to rally around their star freshman as the field got smaller, and Ross carried a steady stream of momentum into the final week of voting.
At the end of the day, only one player could be crowned the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.
After more than 50,000 votes were cast over the six weeks of the challenge, the winner of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote is…
…from the North Florida Ospreys, TRIP DAY!
From the outset of the Championship Round, Day took the lead in the online polls and never looked back. His early burst out of the gates put Ross into a hole that was too big to overcome.
In total, over 5,300 votes were cast in the final round through the online polls and Facebook.
From the start of the challenge back at the end of February, the support that has poured in for Day has been fantastic. It’s a great representation of how much fans appreciate his on-court talents, along with the type of person he is off the court. Family, friends, teammates, coaches, and fans from all over have shown their support for the 6’7” forward from Columbus, GA.
As a freshman, Day was one of five players to average double digit points per game for the Ospreys. He finished fifth on the team in scoring with an average of 11.3 points per contest. He added in 4.2 rebounds per outing, while shooting 58.5% from the floor over the course of the entire season.
Day appeared in all 33 games during his first season, and was one of five North Florida players to appear in every game.
In his first collegiate game, Day recorded eight points and one rebound in 15 minutes of action on the road against the Michigan State Spartans. He would post three straight double digit point performances a week and a half later, and that was a sign of things to come for the first-year big man.
Day would record 22 games with double digit points over the course of the season. He recorded one double-double on the year, and that came on January 2nd, 2018 against the Florida National Conquistadors. Day recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals in the Ospreys’ blowout victory to kick off the 2018 calendar year.
On his way to being named the 2017-18 College Court Report Freshman of the Year, Day had to first get past some talented players. Here’s a list of who Day had to get past over the six-week challenge:
Round of 64: def. Dedric Boyd (Eastern Kentucky Colonels)
Round of 32: def. Ledarrius Brewer (Southeast Missouri State Redhawks)
Sweet 16: def. Tariq Simmons (The Citadel Bulldogs)
Elite Eight: def. Zach Norvell Jr. (Gonzaga Bulldogs)
Final Four: def. Jacoby Ross (Alabama State Hornets)
Championship: def. Colbey Ross (Pepperdine Waves)
– T. Bennett