Category Archives: 2018-19 Season

Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

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Redshirt senior Zach Farquhar will be on scholarship for the 2018-19 season, his last with the Liberty Flames. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — TheĀ Liberty Flames have been known to get creative on social media, especially with their videos.

First, there was the time that their freshmen had some fun with the idea of commitment videos. In a press conference, three student-athletes picked from different textbooks to declare their major at the university.

Shortly after the video surfaced, the Flames had some more trickery up their sleeves. At the team’s first meeting after the players arrived for the fall semester, head coach Ritchie McKay surprised redshirt juniorĀ Zach Farquhar with a scholarship for the 2017-18 season.

Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and rightfully so.

Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, and the Flames were back at it once more. Again, it was at the expense of Farquhar, who is now a redshirt senior with the program. McKay had something else up his sleeve for the native of Cincinnati, OH, but he got some help from the Chief of Police with the Liberty University Police Department. Continue reading Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany

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On the heels of a career year in 2017-18, Massachusetts graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Albany Great Danes on Tuesday. (Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette) (Header: Massachusetts Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. — What an off-season it’s been for theĀ Albany Great Danes.

The Great Danes have lost a ton of talent and production from their 2017-18 team this off-season, whether it be to graduation of players transferring out of the program. Their top four scorers are all gone, a group that includes three players that averaged at least 14.6 points per game.

GuardsĀ Joe Cremo andĀ David Nichols both transferred from the program at the end of the year. Cremo joined the reigning championĀ Villanova Wildcats, while Nichols is taking his talents to the ACC after committing to theĀ Florida State Seminoles. Add in the graduation of bothĀ Travis Charles andĀ Greig Stire, and the roster is thin for the Great Danes.

Coach Will Brown and his staff have added transfers this off-season to help shoulder the load on both ends of the court. FreshmanĀ Phillip Flory transferred from theĀ Seton Hall Pirates, and will be immediately eligible this season. On Tuesday, they added another player that brings a wealth of experience with him to the program.

Graduate transferĀ Rayshawn Miller committed to the Great Danes after three seasons in the Atlantic 10 with theĀ Massachusetts Minutemen. Continue reading Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany

Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

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Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Denver Pioneers on Tuesday, becoming the second graduate transfer to join the Pioneers this off-season. (Source: Buffzone) (Header: Colorado Athletics)

DENVER, Colo. — Heading into the 2018-19 season, theĀ Denver Pioneers had some holes to fill on their roster from the season prior.

Due to graduation, the Pioneers lost big manĀ Daniel Amigo and guardĀ Jake Pemberton, both of whom were key contributors in 2017-18. Pemberton was third on the team with 11.1 points per game, while Amigo led the Pioneers in rebounding (6.7 rpg) while finishing second in scoring (15.3 ppg).

This off-season, Denver has looked to the transfer market to add some experience and talent to their roster for the upcoming season. The addition of 6’7” forwardĀ Ronnie Harrell, Jr., a graduate transfer from theĀ Creighton Bluejays, will undoubtedly boost the talent up front and on the wing for head coach Rodney Billups and company.

Even with the addition of Harrell Jr. to the mix, the Pioneers still had some holes to fill.

On Tuesday, the Pioneers added another big piece to the puzzle for the 2018-19 season by way of another graduate transfer with power conference experience. ForwardĀ Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Pioneers, staying in the state of Denver after transferring from theĀ Colorado Buffaloes. Continue reading Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

Nova Scotia Native Nevell Provo Commits to Saint Mary’s University

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Canadian guard Nevell Provo will return to his home province for the 2018-19 season, committing to Saint Mary’s University after three years at Loyola (MD). (Source: Loyola (MD) Athletics)

HALIFAX, N.S. — Home is where the heart is.

Like most young basketball players in North America, Canadian guardĀ Nevell Provo had the dream of playing collegiate basketball in the NCAA. In order to play at the top collegiate level, education is a priority. Thanks to his grades, Provo was able to realize his dream and play in the NCAA.

The native of North Preston, Nova Scotia received several offers from schools all over the NCAA, but opted to play for theĀ Loyola (MD) Greyhounds in Baltimore. The business school at Loyola (MD) made the decision easier for Provo, as he wants to enter the field of finance upon the completion of his degree and open his own financial firm down the road.

After three years in the NCAA, Provo will complete his degree at another institution. This one is much, much closer to home for the Canadian.

Provo committed to theĀ Saint Mary’s University Huskies for his senior season, returning to his home province of Nova Scotia in the process. Continue reading Nova Scotia Native Nevell Provo Commits to Saint Mary’s University

Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

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Shawn Hopkins (right) is one of three Division I transfers who will play for the North Georgia Nighthawks in 2018-19. (Source: Dothan Eagle) (Header: HERO Sports)

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Sometimes in life, one has to take a step backwards in order to take two steps forward.

In the college basketball world, that could be seen as transferring out of Division I with the ultimate goal of returning to the top level down the road. Over the last few years, more and more players have made the move out of Division I, finding homes elsewhere across the country where they can play meaningful minutes and work on their game.

This off-season is no different, as there have been plenty of players transferring to various levels across the United States in advance of the 2018-19 season.

Back on May 29th, theĀ North Georgia Nighthawks announced their signing class for the 2018-19 season. It was made up of nine players overall, which is the largest signing class for the program in the last several seasons. Three of those players will join the program from Division I programs, and they’re a trio that head coach Chris Faulkner is excited to have on his squad. Continue reading Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Former Niagara guard Kevin Larkin (2) has committed to Maryland Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer. (Source: Niagara Gazette) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — TheĀ Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks had themselves an eventful 2017-18 season.

From the outset of the season, their lineup was riddled with injuries. The losses ofĀ Ryan Andino, Isaac Taylor, andĀ Dontae Caldwell to season-ending injuries derailed any chance of a MEAC title for the Hawks. They were forced to put freshmen into prominent roles from the start, and while they fared well, their inexperience didn’t help the Hawks over the course of the season.

The team finished the year with a record of 7-25 overall, and just 3-13 in MEAC play. Head coach Bobby Collins was relieved of his duties shortly after the season ended, and Clifford Reed was named the interim head coach of the program for the 2018-19 season.

FreshmenĀ Cam BacoteĀ andĀ Miryne Thomas both transferred following the season, dealing another blow to the program. However, the Hawks got some good news over the weekend that will boost their overall talent level as they look to rebound from a dismal season.

Graduate transferĀ Kevin Larkin committed to the Hawks for the upcoming season after playing in the MAAC for two seasons with theĀ Niagara Purple Eagles. Continue reading Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore