Frequently Asked Questions: College Court Report Fan Voted Awards

Quinton Hooker got a ton of support from family, friends, and the North Dakota athletics department last season, en route to being named the College Court Report Player of the Year. (Source: Russell Hons – North Dakota Basketball)

CALGARY, Alta. — For the third season in a row, we turn to the fans to hand out some hardware.

Starting at the end of February, and stretching into the first week of April, the College Court Report Player and Freshman of the Year Fan Votes take place. It’d be easy for us to sit back and hand out awards on our own, but admittedly so, it’s tough for us to watch every single game each season.

We may miss something that others saw, and may not get a full 360 look at a player. So, is there anyone better than the fans to hep pick two major awards?

The answer is simple. No.

We look at every player not on the roster at a power conference school, and narrow down the field. From there, it’s up to the fans to pick the winners in a bracket-style format.

It’s a unique way for fans to show their support for their beloved student-athletes. However, it’s tough to please everyone.

Each year, we get messages and comments from fans all across the country, expressing concerns surrounding the contest and their favourite players being properly represented.

As the Owner of College Court Report, I fully respect and understand each and every comment and concern around the challenge. I personally take the time to answer each one as best as I can.

Here are some of the more common questions that I’ve received over the past couple of years in the Fan Vote contests, and some answers that I hope will provide some more insight into the thought processes surrounding the Player and Freshman of the Year awards. Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions: College Court Report Fan Voted Awards

Notre Dame adds four-star guard Robby Carmody to their class of 2018

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish received their second commitment in their class of 2018 as four-star shooting guard Robby Carmody announced over Twitter that he will be taking his talents to South Bend.

Notre Dame has had a successful couple of months on the recruiting trail with the commitments of both point guard Prentiss Hubb, University of Connecticut transfer Juwan Durham, and now Pennsylvania native Robby Carmody, all who are eligible to play in 2018.

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Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem: Are They Ready For The Big Leagues?

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The 2017 NBA Draft is set to take place Thursday night and two former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout will look to either hear their name be called out or to sign with a club following the draft.

But if you were to look up some NBA mock drafts, you will find that majority of these predictions leave Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem out of the draft.

It may be shocking to see these two names off of NBA mock draft lists considering they helped lead Notre Dame to their first conference championship in program history, back to back elite eights, 12 conference wins in 2016 in what some may say is the most challenging conference in the nation and another trip to the ACC conference final.

Vasturia and Beachem even held their own against top prospects like North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Duke Blue Devil’s Luke Kennard and Florida State Seminoles’ Jonathan Isaac.

So what is the problem then?

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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

With Justin Robinson gone from the fold, Monmouth will turn to the likes of Austin Tilghman (above) and Micah Seaborn to lead the team in 2017-18. (Source: Monmouth Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Entering the 2017-18 season, the MAAC will be without several familiar faces from a year ago.

Several of the conference’s biggest stars from 2016-17 have moved on to the next chapter in their respective basketball careers, leaving massive shoes to fill in the process. The Siena Saints have arguably lost the most, with Brett BispingMarquis WrightLavon Long, and Javion Ogunyemi having graduated.

Not to be outdone, the Monmouth Hawks will be without the reigning MAAC Player of the Year, in Justin Robinson, who will be anxiously waiting to see if his name is called in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22nd.

In 2017-18, seemingly every team has an opportunity for a player or two to step up and seize a starring role with their respective program. Minutes are there for the taking, and coaches are looking for someone to step up and lead their team.

Here are ten players to keep an eye on in the MAAC for the upcoming season.

Disclaimer: This particular list could have easily been 15-20 players.
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Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Devine Eke was an impact player on both ends of the floor for Maine in 2015-16. Now, in 2017-18, he will be given every opportunity to shine with the Rider Broncs. (Source: David Butler II – USA Today Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.

While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.

Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.

You have the likes of Kory HoldenDevin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.

Here are ten transfers who may have been forgotten over the course of the 2016-17 season, but will undoubtedly have a positive impact with their new schools this coming year. Continue reading Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Delante Jones becomes latest transfer to commit to Seattle University

Former American University guard Delante Jones announced he was transferring to Seattle University on Saturday, becoming the fifth player to commit to the Redhawks this off-season.

SEATTLE, Wash. — The off-season following the 2016-17 season has seen a number of programs leave their mark on the transfer market.

The first programs that come to mind are power conference programs. Both the Kansas Jayhawks and the Arizona State Sun Devils have picked up key additions that will help their respective programs in the 2018-19 season.

Then, there’s the Nevada Wolfpack, who are big players in terms of transfers year in and year out. Eric Musselman has done a tremendous job making Nevada a desirable place to play for both incoming recruits and transfer players from across the country.

However, there’s one team in particular who has added a slew of talented players this off-season, but don’t have the national attention to match.

Jim Hayford and the Seattle University Redhawks have bolstered their roster through transfers, both for the upcoming season and the 2018-19 campaign. On Saturday afternoon, they landed their fifth commitment from a transfer player, landing former American Univ. Eagles‘ guard Delante Jones. Continue reading Delante Jones becomes latest transfer to commit to Seattle University

Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Florida A&M’s Marcus Barham is just one of ten players who you should get to know from the MEAC in advance of the 2017-18 season. (Source: Tallahassee Democrat)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 NBA Draft is coming up in just over a week, which means it’s time to start looking towards the 2017-18 college basketball season.

The off-season following the 2016-17 season has been a hectic one, to say the least. Hundreds of players have changed programs, while a couple hundred still haven’t made their transfer decisions. There have been several key coaching changes, with the most recent one being Chris Holtmann to the Ohio State Buckeyes, and then LaVall Jordan to the Butler Bulldogs.

With all of the changes that have happened, it’s tough to keep up with everything. Which is why, over the next month or so, we are going to be highlighting ten players to watch in each conference for the upcoming season.

From the power conferences, down to the lowest of the low-majors, we will look at each and every conference and highlight players who are set to become household names this year.

Up first, we visit a conference that is one of our personal favourites: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Last season, several youngsters emerged onto the scene as bonafide stars in their first year in Division I. Add them to a healthy dose of experienced players, and there’s a ton of talent from top to bottom in the MEAC in 2017-18.

Here are ten players from the MEAC to take note of in advance of the 2017-18 season.
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