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

Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Lehigh transfer Brandon Alston was used sparingly over hos two years with the Mountain Hawks, but he has the talent to lead a team deep into March.

CALGARY, Alta. — You get a graduate transfer, and you get a graduate transfer.

Over the past three days, several of the top graduate transfers announced their decisions for the 2017-18 season, causing a big shake-up in terms of the overall rankings. In the process, they all boosted the chances of their respective teams for next season in their own conference races.

Kendall Smith committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys,Ray Bowles committed to the Fresno State Bulldogs, and Duby Okeke committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the past couple of days. Arguably the biggest commitment over the weekend was forward Khris Lane committing to his hometown team, the VCU Rams.

Four of the biggest names on the grad transfer market are off the board, so now where do teams look for some immediate production come the 2017-18 season?

Another big name hit the market this weekend, and he averaged over 15 points per game a year ago for the UTSA Roadrunners. Add him to the mix, and there’s still plenty of talent out there, all of whom are eager to find the right fit and help a team play deep into March.

Amidst all of the changes, here’s an updated list of the top 15 uncommitted graduate transfers from non-power programs, as of April 23rd.  Continue reading Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Over the weekend, Jeff Beverly (middle) became the latest impact graduate transfer to hit the open market.

CALGARY, Alta. — What a weekend it was for transfer players all across the country.

Several of the nation’s top transfer players committed to their respective schools. Some will be eligible next season as graduate transfers, while many will sit out a year and be eligible in 2018-19.

The likes of freshmen Peter Kiss (Rutgers Scarlet Knights) and Isiaha Mike (SMU Mustangs) turned stellar first-year performances into a spot on a power conference roster for the future.

Other players, like Kendall Smith and Khris Lane, did the same as graduate transfers, and will look to lead their new programs to the NCAA Tournament next year.

With the shake-ups over the past weekend, several of our top transfer from non-power programs are no longer on the market. So, here’s an updated list of available transfer players from outside of power programs, as of April 23rd. Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU

After averaging 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game with Longwood last season, graduate transfer Khris Lane has committed to play his final year of college basketball at VCU.

RICHMOND, Va. — What an off-season it has been for the VCU Rams, and it’s only the 22nd of April.

After losing head coach Will Wade to the LSU Tigers, the Rams wasted little time in finding his replacement. They tabbed Mike Rhoades, formerly of the Rice Owls, to replace Wade at the helm. Since then, the off-season has exceeded expectations for VCU fans everywhere.

Shortly after Rhoades was hired, Rice transfer Marcus Evans committed to the Rams. Evans, who was regarded as one of the top transfers this year, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, and will make his debut in the 2018-19 campaign.

Landing a player of Evans’ caliber would have been plenty for some coaches, but Rhoades wasn’t finished.

On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that one of the top graduate transfers had also committed to the Rams, and will provide an immediate impact in the front court next season.

Khris Lane, a graduate transfer from the Longwood Lancers, announced on Saturday that he would be transferring to VCU for his final year of collegiate basketball. Continue reading Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU

Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

Sam Hunt shone bright in an otherwise dismal season for the North Carolina A&T Aggies in 2016-17.

CALGARY, Alta. — In college basketball, graduate transfers are highly coveted in the off-season.

For power conference teams who feel they are a piece or two away from competing for a conference title, and possibly the national crown, a graduate transfer could plug a few holes that may get them over the hump. On the flip side, smaller programs could turn to graduate transfers to simply fill out their roster for the ensuing year.

This off-season, the graduate transfer market has been filled with some spectacular names. Several of the bigger names have already found their final schools to close out their collegiate careers.

Egor Koulechov has committed to the Florida GatorsJustin Bibbins to the Utah UtesStephan Jiggetts to the South Florida Bulls, and Kerem Kanter to the Xavier Musketeers, among a slew of others.

With that said, there are plenty of talented prospects still looking for their new home, all of whom will have a big impact next season with their respective schools.

Here are the top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs, as of April 20th. Continue reading Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

While he’s a sit-one to play-one player, Jaleel Hogan is one of the top transfers on this year’s market.

CALGARY, Alta. — With each passing day, the list of players transferring continues to grow.

The list of transfer players is on the cusp of the 500-mark, and will only increase as the off-season moves along. While players are still making their decisions on whether or not to transfer, several big names have already committed to their future homes.

Marcus Evans and Egor Koulechov, the highly-touted guard duo from the Rice Owls, have both found their respective homes for the remainder of their collegiate careers. Evans followed Coach Rhoades and committed to the VCU Rams, while Koulechov committed to the Florida Gators for next season.

Also, Kerem Kanter committed to play for the Xavier Musketeers next season, is he opts to remove his name from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to school as a graduate transfer.

With that being said, there’s still a ton of talent on the market right now. The talent pool will likely continue to improve as the off-season moves along and new players look for their next home.

Here are the top 25 transfers from non-power conference schools, as of April 20th.  Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

Fans select College Court Report Player of the Year for third straight season

Mark Alstork was looking to ride the momentum from the past six weeks to the Player of the Year crown, while North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker was looking to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards.
CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season may be all but a distant memory for most fans across the country, but there was still plenty to be excited about for fans of both the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the Wright State Raiders.

The third annual College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote was in its final week, as the initial field of 96 players had been cut down to just two. Quinton Hooker was matched up with Mark Alstork in the finale, capping off a seven-week journey to name the Player of the Year.

Last year, Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year, knocking off Damon Lynn in the final round. This time around, fans of North Dakota had a heavy presence on social media, as well as the online polls. As the weeks have gone on, the support system behind Hooker had picked up steam, and he was looking to build on that in the final week.

On the flip side, a heavy dose of social media votes over the first six weeks propelled Alstork into the finals. After a tough battle with guard DeWayne Russell in the semi-finals, Alstork was looking to knock off the reigning Player of the Year.

Both players saw an out-pouring of support over the past seven days across all three voting platforms, but only one could come out on top.

After seven weeks, and over 190,000 votes, the 2016-17 College Court Report Player of the Year is…… Continue reading Fans select College Court Report Player of the Year for third straight season

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