Category Archives: 2017-18 Season

Donte DiVincenzo Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft Without an Agent

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Donte DiVincenzo (middle) went for 31 points, on 10-of-15 shooting, to lead Villanova past Michigan to become the 2018 National Champions. (Source: The Denver Post) (Header: SB Nation)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — If you don’t know who Donte DiVincenzo is by now, you need to change your priorities during March Madness.

During the 2018 National Championship game, DiVIncenzo burst onto the scene with an incredible performance against the Michigan Wolverines. While many hardcore fans knew he was talented before the title game, his performance in San Antonio, TX cemented his place among the top players in all of college basketball.

DiVincenzo went for 31 points in the title game, on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 from three point range. He added in five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks to complete the all-round performance.

The redshirt sophomore showed up on the biggest stage of them all in the college basketball world, and now he’s ready to get feedback from top executives and coaches in the NBA.

On Thursday, the 6’5” guard declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, thus allowing him to return to Villanova for the 2018-19 season. Continue reading Donte DiVincenzo Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft Without an Agent

Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Player of the Year

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North Dakota guard Geno Crandall was looking to keep the Player of the Year title at the University of North Dakota, while Justin Strings was looking to bring the title to Sacramento.

SARNIA, Ont. — Seven weeks ago, 96 of the nation’s top players began campaigning for your votes to become the College Court Report Player of the Year.

This past week, the final two players went head-to-head to become this year’s winner. For the third year in a row, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks were represented in the Championship, as junior Geno Crandall was looking to give the school its third straight winner.

Former North Dakota guard Quinton Hooker won the previous two Player of the Year awards.

On the flip side this week was a former conference rival of Crandall. Senior big man Justin Strings put together a stellar career for the Sacramento State Hornets, but his production flew under the radar on a national level. Given the opportunity to support their star, fans of the Hornets pushed Strings into the Championship Round.

Both players were front-runners in the challenge from the outset. Fans of the Fighting Hawks showed up once again to push their own to the Championship Round. Family and friends of Strings were the ones to spearhead a charge for the senior all throughout the challenge.

At the end of the day, only one player could come out on top. After more than 30,000 votes were cast through the online polls and on Facebook during the Championship Round, we finally have our 2017-18 College Court Report Player of the Year.

The winner is… Continue reading Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Player of the Year

Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

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Freshman Colbey Ross had himself a strong first season at Pepperdine, averaging 14.0 points and a team-high 5.6 assists per game. (Source: William Mancebo – Getty Images) (Header: Getty Images)

SARNIA, Ont. — Two talented freshmen players came into the week, but only one would come out on top as the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

Colbey Ross and Trip Day both put together strong freshmen campaigns on opposite sides of the country, and fans voted them into the Championship Round of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote. Ross emerged as a star-in-the-making for the Pepperdine Waves, while Day is yet another budding star for the North Florida Ospreys.

From the outset of the challenge, fans and supporters of the Ospreys and Day have shown their support through the online polls. Week after week, Day was among the top vote-getters and showed no signs of slowing down as the Championship Round got underway. North Florida fans began to show their support via Facebook, which only strengthened the support network for Day.

The level of support for Ross grew with each passing round. The Pepperdine community started to rally around their star freshman as the field got smaller, and Ross carried a steady stream of momentum into the final week of voting.

At the end of the day, only one player could be crowned the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

After more than 50,000 votes were cast over the six weeks of the challenge, the winner of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote is… Continue reading Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

Miles Bridges Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft

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After two seasons in East Lansing, Michigan State forward Miles Bridges has officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and has signed with an agent.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The decision may have come a year later than most had expected, but Miles Bridges is heading to the NBA Draft.

Following two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans, the former five-star recruit from Flint, MI officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. He announced his decision via Twitter, indicating that he was signing with an agent, foregoing his remaining two years of eligibility in the NCAA.

Bridges was expected to be a top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he shocked everyone when he opted to return to East Lansing for a second season with the Spartans. Now, following another exit in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, Bridges is ready to take his game to the next level. Continue reading Miles Bridges Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft

Maryland Eastern Shore Names Clifford Reed Interim Head Coach for 2018-19

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Associate head coach Clifford Reed has been named the interim head coach of the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks after the school opted not to renew the contract of Bobby Collins. (Source: HBCU Buzz) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Fans of the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks were left wondering ‘what could’ve been’ following the 2017-18 season.

From the outset of the season, the Hawks were riddled with injuries to their key players. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor all missed the season due to various injuries. The Hawks were forced to turn to their freshmen and walk-ons from the start of the season, and while they were competitive in some games, they were ultimately out-matched on both ends of the floor.

When all was said and done, the Hawks finished with a record of 7-25 overall, and just 3-13 in conference play. Eastern Shore finished 12th in the MEAC during the regular season, and fell in the First Round of the MEAC Tournament to the Norfolk State Spartans.

Following the dismal season, the Hawks have started to make some significant changes. That started with the head coaching position, as the school announced that it would not be renewing the contract of head coach Bobby Collins, who was the head coach of the Hawks for the past four seasons. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Names Clifford Reed Interim Head Coach for 2018-19

Michael Finke, Te’Jon Lucas Become the Latest to Leave the Illinois Men’s Basketball Program

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Sophomore guard Te’Jon Lucas (above) and redshirt junior Michael Finke (top) became the latest players to leave the Illinois men’s basketball program following the completion of the 2017-18 season. (Source: Big Ten Powerhouse) (Header: ABC7 Chicago)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — As if Mondays weren’t bad enough already, it wasn’t a positive start to the week for the Illinois Fighting Illini and head coach Brad Underwood.

In separate announcements on Monday, sophomore guard Te’Jon Lucas and redshirt junior forward Michael Finke both announced that they would be transferring from Illinois.

Finke will be a graduate transfer next season and will be eligible in 2018-19, while Lucas will have to sit out the 2018-19 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

The list of players who have left Illinois before their eligibility has expired this off-season is now up to four. Leron Black left early to pursue professional opportunities, while freshman Mark Smith announced his intentions to transfer after a disappointing first season in the NCAA. Continue reading Michael Finke, Te’Jon Lucas Become the Latest to Leave the Illinois Men’s Basketball Program