CLARKSVILLE, TN — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and teams are putting the final touches on their rosters.
Several teams have assembled their squads for this season, and are currently on international exhibition tours to try and get their players on the same page in advance of the year. Others are still at home, looking for that final piece to the puzzle that could lead them to a conference title and/or a post-season berth.
The transfer market has thinned out considerably, but there are still some intriguing players available who can either help immediately or in 2018-19.
On Saturday afternoon, another player came off the table, and one of America’s favourite teams from the 2016 NCAA Tournament picked up some forward depth as they look to push for an Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18.
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.
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.
CALGARY, Alta. — With each passing day, the excitement continues to build for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
It’s no secret that the MEAC isn’t one of the top conferences in the NCAA. Constantly mocked on social media as being the lowest-rated conference in the nation, the impression of the conference isn’t where it should be, outside of the teams in the conference itself.
That’s one of the main reasons we chose to cover the conference. We are trying to change the perception of the league through shining a bright light on the coaches, players, and teams that it has to offer.
This past week was a relatively quiet week in and around the MEAC. The non-conference schedules are starting to fill out for each team, while there were two big moves on the transfer market.
PITTSBURG, Ks. — While over 750 players have transferred at the Division I level this off-season, there are a high number of players who are transferring to Division II, JUCO, and other levels across the country.
The likes of the Cal Baptist Lancers and Angelo State Rams have left their mark on the transfer market, landing several players with Division I experience to their respective rosters for next season. Players are looking for the best fit for themselves, both in terms of athletics and academics, and the Division I level may not be the ideal spot at the time.
On Saturday, another guard made the move down a level, joining the ranks of Division II for the 2017-18 season.