Category Archives: Big South

Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

Hopkins, Shawn
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, the 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

California Native Ryan Hiepler Transfers Closer to Home

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Ryan Hiepler (44) will transfer closer to home following his graduation from Liberty University, as he committed to the Dominican University of California Penguins. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Dominican University of California)

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — The only player from the West Coast in the entire Big South Conference is heading closer to home.

Guard Ryan Hiepler was the only player on any roster in the Big South Conference to hail from the West Coast. The native of Camarillo, CA was a redshirt for the Liberty Flames last season after playing sparingly over his first two seasons with the team.

To put things into perspective for those who don’t quite know where Camarillo is, myself included, Lynchburg, VA is a mere 2,540 miles away from Hiepler’s hometown. It’s the true definition of a cross-country trek.

After red-shirting this past season, Hiepler opted to transfer from the program following his graduation. After going through the recruiting process once more, Hiepler committed to a school that was much closer to his hometown.

The graduate transfer committed to the Dominican University Penguins on Wednesday, who are members of the PacWest Conference (Division II). Continue reading California Native Ryan Hiepler Transfers Closer to Home

Ezra Talbert, Isaiah Williams to Transfer From Liberty

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Tuesday, redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams (above) announced that he was transferring from Liberty. One day later, redshirt junior Ezra Talbert (top) followed suit. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The off-season following the 2017-18 season is barely two days old, but it’s shaping up to be an interesting one across the country.

The number of players transferring this season has already eclipsed 300, and the number grows with each passing hour. Several factors play into a player’s decision to transfer, ranging from opportunity to academics, and from relationships to simply moving closer to home.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Liberty Flames were hit with a pair of transfers, as both Ezra Talbert and Isaiah Williams announced that they would be transferring from the program. Continue reading Ezra Talbert, Isaiah Williams to Transfer From Liberty

Guard Jamal Wright to Transfer From High Point

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After a strong freshman season in 2016-17, Jamal Wright averaged just 3.2 points per game in under 13 minutes of floor time per night as a sophomore. (Header: Getty Images)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The 2017-18 season is over for a lot of teams across the NCAA, which means that players and coaches have turned their attention to the 2018-19 season, and beyond.

With the end of the season comes the influx of players transferring to new schools. It happens each and every year as players are looking for the right fit in college basketball and a fresh opportunity to showcase their skills.

On Monday, the transfer market added a talented guard who will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out next season. Guard Jamal Wright has received his release from the High Point Panthers, and will transfer from the program to seek new opportunities in the college basketball world. Continue reading Guard Jamal Wright to Transfer From High Point

Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Homesley, Caleb
Caleb Homesley had a game-high 16 points to help lead Liberty past North Carolina A&T in the opener of the 2018 CIT. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The NCAA Tournament doesn’t get underway until Tuesday night with a pair of First Four games in Dayton, but post-season basketball took place on Monday afternoon and evening.

At 12:00pm EST, the 10th edition of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament got underway in Fort Wayne, IN. Four games were scheduled for Monday in the First Round of the 20-team event, all featuring schools from outside of the power conferences.

In Lynchburg, VA, the Liberty Flames played host to the North Carolina A&T Aggies to kick off the post-season for both teams. Equipped with identical 20-14 records, both teams were looking to pick up a win and advance into the second round of the tournament next week.

All season, the Flames have had one of the nation’s top scoring defenses, and they made things extremely tough for the Aggies on Monday night. Liberty held North Carolina A&T to their lowest offensive output of the season, and rolled to the 65-52 win over the Aggies in the Jim Phelan Classic. Continue reading Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament

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Junior Femi Olujobi (25) was one of the biggest breakout stars in the country this season, and was a key piece in the run to the semi-finals of the MEAC Tournament for North Carolina A&T. (Source: NCAT Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The 2017-18 season is extended for at least one more game for a pair of teams who put together impressive runs during the regular season and conference tournaments.

Monday marks the start of postseason tournament basketball across the NCAA, as the 10th anniversary of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) will begin play with a slew of games across the country. Programs from outside of the power conferences who weren’t selected for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT make up the field and will vie for the tournament title.

Earlier this week, the Liberty Flames accepted an invitation into the 2018 CIT, and they learned who their first opponent would be on Saturday. The Flames will welcome the North Carolina A&T Aggies to Lynchburg, VA on Monday night, with tip-off scheduled for 6:00pm EST.

The game is an intriguing match-up, and both teams are coming off of lengthy runs in their conference tournaments. Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday night’s tilt between the Flames and the Aggies. Continue reading Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament