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Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Two

Ryan Daly put up 16 points and pulled down over seven rebounds per game as a freshman for Delaware, and he’s just one of many sophomores who will become a household names in 2017-18.

CALGARY, Alta. — With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here. Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Two

Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

Former Bethune-Cookman guard Quinton Forrest is one of the top uncommitted transfers still on the market.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 transfer list is creeping up on 700 names.

Plenty of players have committed to their new schools, and have made some waves with their decisions in the process. Some of the decisions have changed the landscape of college basketball, like C.J. Bryce committing to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack, or the Lawson brothers, Jack Whitman, and Charlie Moore committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, just to name a few.

While the majority of players have found their new homes, there is still a ton of talent still available on the transfer market. With the off-season slowing ticking away, available players are still taking official visits, in search of their next stop on their respective basketball journey.

Here are seven of the top available transfers, all of whom come from outside of the power conferences. Continue reading Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

John Walker III weighing options going into signing deadline

Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Eric Gay.

Signing day has arrived.

Entering today’s Division I NLI signing deadline, some talented high school seniors remain unsigned.

John Walker III is one of the highly touted but uncommitted.

“I can go get you 10 blocks, 10 assists and 10 rebounds,” said Walker III. “I just try to do whatever the coach asks.” Continue reading John Walker III weighing options going into signing deadline

Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU

After averaging 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game with Longwood last season, graduate transfer Khris Lane has committed to play his final year of college basketball at VCU.

RICHMOND, Va. — What an off-season it has been for the VCU Rams, and it’s only the 22nd of April.

After losing head coach Will Wade to the LSU Tigers, the Rams wasted little time in finding his replacement. They tabbed Mike Rhoades, formerly of the Rice Owls, to replace Wade at the helm. Since then, the off-season has exceeded expectations for VCU fans everywhere.

Shortly after Rhoades was hired, Rice transfer Marcus Evans committed to the Rams. Evans, who was regarded as one of the top transfers this year, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, and will make his debut in the 2018-19 campaign.

Landing a player of Evans’ caliber would have been plenty for some coaches, but Rhoades wasn’t finished.

On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that one of the top graduate transfers had also committed to the Rams, and will provide an immediate impact in the front court next season.

Khris Lane, a graduate transfer from the Longwood Lancers, announced on Saturday that he would be transferring to VCU for his final year of collegiate basketball. Continue reading Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU

RECAP: Ferguson ties CBI single-game assist mark in 80-71 win for UIC

Tai Odiase (23 points, 7 rebounds) and the UIC Flames led for all but 46 seconds in Monday’s win over George Washington, 80-71. (Source: UIC Flames)

CHICAGO, Ill. — It’s always better to give than to receive.

On Monday night, the UIC Flames proved that to be true in their CBI quarter-final match-up with the visiting George Washington Colonials. Despite possessing a sub-.500 record after the regular season, the Flames looked good in their post-season opener against the Stony Brook Seawolves, and they were looking to build off the positive momentum.

It was a record night for the Flames as a whole, and for freshman guard Tarkus Ferguson. As a team, UIC tied the CBI single-game mark with 24 assists, and Ferguson tied the individual single-game mark, dishing out 12 dimes of his own.

The Flames only trailed the Colonials for a grand total of 44 seconds on Monday night. Ferguson narrowly missed a triple-double, recording six points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in the Flames’ 80-71 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Ferguson ties CBI single-game assist mark in 80-71 win for UIC

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