Category Archives: 2016-17 Season

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

College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Second Round Results

For the second year in a row, Abilene Christian is out in full force to support their freshman, and Jalone Friday is one of the early front-runners in this year’s challenge.

CALGARY, Alta. — The post-season is in full swing across the NCAA.

All four post-season brackets have been released, and there are several big games on tap for this week, starting as early as Monday night with the opener in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Our Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Fan Voted awards are also in full swing. Round Two in both votes concluded Sunday night, and the Third Round begins on March 13th.

Over the last seven days, last week’s victors in the Freshman of the Year Fan Vote were back at it, looking to garner more support to advance to the next round. Several of last week’s front-runners continued to roll, while the contest said goodbye to one of the top vote-getters after going up against last week’s top vote-getter.

In total, 22,932 votes were cast between the online polls, Twitter, and Facebook over the past seven days.

Below, you can find the results for the 16 match-ups from this past week. Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Second Round Results

College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: Second Round Results

For the second week in a row ,Quinton Hooker was the top vote-getter in the College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote. (Source: Russell Hons – North Dakota Basketball)

CALGARY, Alta. — The post-season is in full swing across the NCAA.

All four post-season brackets have been released, and there are several big games on tap for this week, starting as early as Monday night with the opener in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Our Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Fan Voted awards are also in full swing. Round Two in both votes concluded Sunday night, and the Third Round begins on March 13th.

This past week, the 32 players who received a first-round bye started to campaign for votes to help them come away with the Player of the Year award. Some were successful, while some players who had an extra week under their belts kept their positive momentum rolling.

In total, 23,647 votes were cast between the online polls, Twitter, and Facebook over the past seven days.

Below, you can find the results for the 32 match-ups from this past week.
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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

Massachusetts parts ways with head coach Derek Kellogg after nine seasons

After nine seasons as the head coach at Massachusetts, Derek Kellogg has been relieved of his duties. (Source: Boston Globe)

AMHERST, Mass. — After nine seasons and 292 games, there will be a new bench boss for the Massachusetts Minutemen next season, and for the foreseeable future.

Following the Minutemen’s 73-60 loss to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the Second Round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, several reports surfaced on Twitter stating that the University of Massachusetts and the department of athletics had relieved head coach Derek Kellogg of his coaching duties.

The tweets surfaced shortly after the loss, which leads many to believe that the decision came just minutes after the team left the court. Continue reading Massachusetts parts ways with head coach Derek Kellogg after nine seasons

RECAP: North Dakota secures first Big Sky regular season crown in 82-73 win over Portland State

Geno Crandall (above, 21 points) and Quinton Hooker (top, 29 points) combined for 50 points in the 82-73 win for North Dakota over Portland State on Saturday. (Source: Russell Hons - North Dakota Men's Basketball)
Geno Crandall (above, 21 points) and Quinton Hooker (top, 29 points) combined for 50 points in the 82-73 win for North Dakota over Portland State on Saturday. (Source: Russell Hons – North Dakota Men’s Basketball)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — On Senior Night inside ‘The Betty’, graduating guard Quinton Hooker made sure he left a lasting impression in what could be his final home game with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Against the visiting Portland State Vikings in the Big Sky finale for both teams, Hooker poured in a game-high 29 points to help lead the Fighting Hawks to the 82-73 victory.

The win secured the top seed for the Fighting Hawks in the Big Sky tournament down in Reno, Nevada. It was also the first-ever regular season Big Sky championship for the Fighting Hawks, as they finish conference play at 14-4.
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