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Maine graduate transfer Wesley Myers commits to South Carolina

Maine graduate transfer Wesley Myers committed to Frank Martin and the South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday. (Source: Ashley L. Conti – BDN)

COLUMBIA, SC. — After missing out on another graduate transfer guard, who committed to a fellow SEC school, head coach Frank Martin and the South Carolina Gamecocks completed their 2017-18 roster on Wednesday by adding another talented piece to the back court.

The Gamecocks were recruiting Randy Onwuasor, who transferred from the Southern Utah Thunderbirds after averaging 23.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. After Onwuasor committed to Will Wade and the LSU Tigers, Martin turned his attention to another graduate transfer guard.

Enter Wesley Myers, who led the Maine Black Bears in scoring in his first season with the program. After some off-court issues which resulted in Myers being kicked off the team at Maine, he was searching for a new home for his final year of eligibility.

On Wednesday, the 6’2” guard from Brooklyn, NY announced he was committing to the Gamecocks, adding some more depth to the back court. Continue reading Maine graduate transfer Wesley Myers commits to South Carolina

Former Liberty guard Ray Chen selected first overall in Chinese Basketball Association draft

Ray Chen became the fifth player to turn pro under the watch of head coach Ritchie McKay, as he was selected first overall in the 2017 Chinese Basketball Association draft.

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Despite playing just one season with the Liberty Flames, former guard Ray Chen had himself a strong collegiate career that has put him in a position to succeed.

Chen, a 6’1” guard from Taipei, Taiwan, was selected with the first overall pick in the recent Chinese Basketball Association draft.

“We are so proud of Ray and all the hard work he put into his craft,” head coach Ritchie McKay said. “Although he may not have received the playing time he wanted here at Liberty, he was a great teammate and a better person. His skillset and work ethic will result in a successful career in the CBA.” Continue reading Former Liberty guard Ray Chen selected first overall in Chinese Basketball Association draft

Ten road contests, Emerald Coast Classic highlight non-conference play for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks

In his fourth season as the head coach at Maryland-Eastern Shore, Bobby Collins has put together yet another tough non-conference slate that will challenge the Hawks from the outset.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Bobby Collins is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in 2017-18, and he’s looking to get the team back into the post-season for the first time since 2014-15.

In Collins’ first year in Princess Anne, he guided the Hawks to a record of 18-15 overall, and a spot in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Despite an opening round loss to the High Point Panthers, the season was a success for the Hawks.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the Hawks are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Last season, they took a step forward again, finishing sixth in the MEAC standings, and they advanced to the MEAC Tournament semi-finals.

Heading into this season, the Hawks are looking to build off of last year’s momentum, and contend for a MEAC title once more.

On the team’s official website, the Hawks have posted their 2017-18 schedule, which includes 15 non-conference contests. Coach Collins has assembled another tough slate of games that will test his players from the outset. Continue reading Ten road contests, Emerald Coast Classic highlight non-conference play for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks

Brock Badgers set to host Jacksonville Dolphins, Binghamton Bearcats inside Bob Davis Gymnasium

Dani Elgadi (left) and Johneil Simpson (middle) will look to lead the Brock Badgers to a pair of wins over Division I opponents on their home court this week. (Source: The Brock Press)

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Fresh off their appearance in the 2017 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four, the Brock Badgers are looking for even more during the 2017-18 season.

The Badgers took home a bronze medal last season in the OUA Playoffs, and were a top-five team in the country for the latter part of the season. They saw first-hand what it takes to win a gold medal, and with a strong core back for another go-round, this year could be the Badgers’ year on the hardwood.

Before the season gets going, the Badgers will play six exhibition games against Division I institutions from across the NCAA. Starting August 9th, the Badgers will play a pair of games on their home court, before heading to the Virgin Islands to play four more games against various NCAA opponents.

Playing top-tier opponents from the NCAA will put the Badgers to the test early on, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on their 2017-18 season. Continue reading Brock Badgers set to host Jacksonville Dolphins, Binghamton Bearcats inside Bob Davis Gymnasium

Monday’s in the MEAC: Norfolk State releases their full schedule, inter-conference rivalries, and more

Zaynah Robinson and the Norfolk State Spartans will open the 2017-18 season on the road against the Auburn Tigers.

CALGARY, Alta. — Another week has quickly come and gone, which means opening day for the 2017-18 season is just over three months away.

November 10th cannot come soon enough, as we feel that we have waited long enough for college basketball to come back into our lives. Several teams are embarking on international exhibition tours, which gives us a small sample of college basketball in early August.

This past week, we had a bit more action in and around the MEAC. We saw our first full schedule released from the conference for the 2017-18 season, which provided some more insight into the MEAC pairings for other teams in the conference.

One team picked up a late commitment from a class of 2017 point guard to bolster their back court rotation, and we took a Twitter question and gave our own take on it.

Here’s what you may have missed from the last seven days in the MEAC.
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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Patriot League

Bryce Dulin emerged as a star for Navy last season, and the game he entered the forefront came on the road against the Midshipmen’s biggest rival.
CALGARY, Alta. — In recent years, several stars have left their mark on the Patriot League, and the NCAA as a whole.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, that appears to be the case once again. While some of the conference’s biggest names have moved on to the next chapters of their respective basketball careers, whether that be in the professional ranks or as a transfer in the NCAA, there is a plethora of talent coming back that will make the race for the conference title one to watch.

There may be a clear-cut favourite as the season approaches, but it’s anyone’s game when it comes down to the conference tournament. Any team can get hot at the right time, pull of some upsets, and make a post-season run to the Big Dance.

Below are ten players to keep an eye on in the Patriot League for the upcoming season. With ten teams, it only makes sense to pick one player per program.
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