Category Archives: 2016-17 Post-Season

NC State’s Braxton Beverly deemed ineligible for 2017-18 by the NCAA

Freshman Braxton Beverly was deemed ineligible for the 2017-18 by the NCAA on Friday, as he attended summer classes at Ohio State in May before transferring to NC State. (Source: Business Insider)

RALEIGH, N.C. — It was an interesting Friday the 13th for the NCAA.

On a day where the NCAA let off the North Carolina Tar Heels, seemingly without a scratch on their basketball program for academic violations from over two years ago, a player was deemed ineligible for attending classes prior to transferring in the summer.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The NCAA didn’t hand out any sanctions to North Carolina for arranging ‘paper classes’, as they provided benefit to the entire student body, but said a player isn’t eligible to play due to attending summer school classes before transferring. Continue reading NC State’s Braxton Beverly deemed ineligible for 2017-18 by the NCAA

Texas native, Indiana State transfer Laquarious Paige commits to Lamar

Texas native Laquarious Paige opted to transfer closer to home for his final two years of eligibility, verbally committing to the Lamar Cardinals on Thursday morning. (Source: Getty Images UK)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — A former guard of the Indiana State Sycamores has opted to transfer closer to home for the remainder of his collegiate career.

After three seasons in Terre Haute, Indiana, red-shirt junior Laquarious Paige is returning to his home state of Texas for his final two years of eligibility in the NCAA. Paige verbally committed to Tic Price and the Lamar Cardinals, and Verbal Commits put out the news via Twitter on Thursday morning. Continue reading Texas native, Indiana State transfer Laquarious Paige commits to Lamar

Assembling a Mid-Major Dream Team for the 2017-18 Season

Jock Landale emerged as one of the nation’s top big men as a junior in 2016-17, increasing his scoring average from 7.9 points per game to 16.9.

CANMORE, Alta. — The level of parity in college basketball in recent years is at an all-time high.

Still, on a nightly basis, mid-major teams are often the underdogs against power conference teams. The likes of the Kentucky WildcatsDuke Blue Devils, and other blue-blood programs land the top high school recruits each season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of talent elsewhere in the country.

Smaller programs have just as much talent on their roster, but their names don’t come with the same pedigree as the ones in the ESPN Top 100. So, we thought we would filter through all of the mid-major schools and assemble our own Dream Team for the 2017-18 season.

We assembled a 14-man roster that we would want to see play together. The team is open to interpretation, and can be assembled in an endless number of ways. But, this is a team we think would contend with the best of the best in the NCAA.
Continue reading Assembling a Mid-Major Dream Team for the 2017-18 Season

Former Jacksonville State guard Erik Durham inks contract with the Windsor Express

Erik Durham and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks advanced to the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2016-17. (Source: Newsday)

WINDSOR, Ont. — What a year it has been for Springfield, Missouri native Erik Durham.

Back in March, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks made a run through the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the fourth-seed in the field, punching the program’s first-ever ticket to the Big Dance.

Durham recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in the quarter-finals. After a win over the top-seeded Belmont Bruins in the semi-finals, Durham recorded 11 points in the championship game to send the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament.

Jacksonville State was awarded a 15-seed, but were unable to pull off any Cinderella magic, falling to the Louisville Cardinals in the Round of 64, 78-63.

Now, five months removed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament, Durham has inked his first professional contract. The 6’4” guard will be heading north of the border to play for the Windsor Express of the National Basketball League of Canada for the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Former Jacksonville State guard Erik Durham inks contract with the Windsor Express

Austin Peay adds late commitment from Grambling State transfer Averyl Ugba

In just his fifth game at the Division I level, Averyl Ugba went for 26 points and 20 rebounds in an overtime loss against UTRGV. (Header Photo: Grambling State Athletics)

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.

The Austin Peay Governors added transfer forward Averyl Ugba, who is immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Austin Peay adds late commitment from Grambling State transfer Averyl Ugba

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