Category Archives: Big Sky

Former Sacramento State center Eric Stuteville selected first overall in the 2017 NBA G League Draft

As a senior at Sacramento State, big man Eric Stuteville shot a school record 63.2% from the floor. (Source: The State Hornet)

SACRAMENTO, CA. — The 2017 NBA G League Draft is officially underway, and players from across the world have another opportunity to hear their name called and realize their dream of playing professional basketball.

On Friday, the Northern Arizona Suns and Iowa Wolves made a trade that involved the first selection in Saturday’s draft.

The Suns acquired the first overall selection and the returning player rights to Zach Andrews from the Wolves. In exchange, Iowa received the eighth overall selection, the returning player rights to Elijah Millsap and the returning player rights to Michael Bryson.

When the NBA G League draft kicked off, the Suns got their man and bolstered their front court rotation. They selected center Eric Stuteville, who played four seasons with the Sacramento State Hornets in the Big Sky Conference.   Continue reading Former Sacramento State center Eric Stuteville selected first overall in the 2017 NBA G League Draft

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Sophomore guard JoJo Anderson will see a big jump in his minutes, and production, in comparison to his freshman year stats.

Flagstaff, AZ — Losing your top four scorers from a season before is a tough obstacle to overcome, no matter who you are.

When it’s a smaller program from a smaller conference, it becomes more of a notable issue moving towards the following season.

That’s the position that the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks find themselves in heading into the 2017-18 season. The Lumberjacks are coming off a season in which they finished the season with a record of 9-23 overall, and were eight games off of the lead in the Big Sky Conference, finishing in 10th with a 6 – 12 record.

With their losses, there isn’t much of a buzz around the Lumberjacks program on a national level this season. However, that shouldn’t be the case. While the team may be young, the foundation has been set for the program to take another step forwards in 2017-18.

From the addition of a pair of graduate transfers to the rise of a star sophomore guard, to the recent memory of a run to the CIT Finals three seasons ago, the Lumberjacks are starting to trend back in the right direction after a down year a season ago. Continue reading Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Randy Onwuasor receives release from Southern Utah

Randy Onwuasor led the Big Sky in scoring last season as a junior, averaging 23.6 points per game, which was also good for the fifth-best mark in the nation.

CEDAR CITY, UT. — The 2017-18 season is quickly approaching, but the transfer market is still garnering its fair share of attention.

While the bulk of the players who had transferred have found their new homes, there are still several players still on the market. With each passing day, it seems as though more players could be added at any given moment.

On Tuesday, another big name guard was granted his release, and instantly became a highly sought-after player for several teams across the country.

Following an impressive junior season with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, guard Randy Onwuasor was granted his release from the program. He requested his release last week. Continue reading Randy Onwuasor receives release from Southern Utah

Forward Drick Bernstine to transfer from North Dakota; Immediately eligible in 2017-18

After two solid seasons with the Fighting Hawks, Drick Bernstine will transfer for his final year of eligibility.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — What a year it was in 2016-17 for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in the Big Sky Conference.

Led by guards Quinton Hooker and Geno Crandall, the Hawks took home the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles, punching their first-ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament in the process. Despite an opening round loss to the Arizona Wildcats, the 2016-17 season was seen as a big success for the program on the national scene.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the team will look quite different than it did a year ago. Hooker and Corey Baldwin have graduated, while Carson Shanks has transferred to the Loyola (IL) Ramblers for his final year of eligibility.

On Friday morning, it was announced that another big piece from North Dakota’s run to the Big Dance would no longer be in the mix next season.

Forward Drick Bernstine announced his intentions to transfer from the program for his final year of eligibility and become a graduate transfer. Continue reading Forward Drick Bernstine to transfer from North Dakota; Immediately eligible in 2017-18

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

RECAP: North Dakota fends off Weber State in overtime to earn first ever trip to the Big Dance

Corey Baldwin (10 points) was one of six players to score in double figures for North Dakota as they advanced to their first ever NCAA Tournament on Saturday with a win over Weber State. (Source: Russell Hons – North Dakota Basketball)

RENO, Nev. — It took an extra five minutes of action, but it was all worth it in the end.

Before the 2016-17 season got underway, many picked either the reigning champion Weber State Wildcats or the North Dakota Fighting Hawks to win the conference title and represent the Big Sky in the NCAA Tournament.

On Saturday night, in Reno, the two teams met in the Big Sky tournament with a spot in the NCAA Tournament on the line.

North Dakota won their first regular season Big Sky crown, and came in as the one-seed. Weber State, the defending champions, came in as the three-seed. Both rosters are decorated with star-caliber players, so it was bound to be a tight contest from the start.

After the Fighting Hawks took a four-point lead into the break, Weber State bounced back and opened up an 11-point lead of their own midway through the second frame. North Dakota fought their way back, and forced overtime on a layup from Geno Crandall in the final seconds.

In the extra frame, big baskets from Crandall and Quinton Hooker pushed North Dakota ahead with two minutes to play. From there, the Fighting Hawks held on for the 93-89 victory over Weber State to punch their first ever ticket to the Big Dance as a Division I program. Continue reading RECAP: North Dakota fends off Weber State in overtime to earn first ever trip to the Big Dance