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Transfer Market: Trio of guards highlight Tuesday’s movers and shakers

Just days after declaring early for the 2017 NBA Draft, guard Mark Alstork announced on Tuesday that he was graduating from Wright State and transferring.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is a mere memory now, and the attention has quickly shifted to the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

Several websites have released their way-too-early top 25 rankings, while Joe Lunardi has already released his first edition of Bracketology for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The 2017-18 season is still over 200 days away.

While the off-season gets underway, the transfer marker is already over 350 names, according to Verbal Commits. With each passing day, the list continues to grow, and it’s tough to keep up with all of the happenings throughout the work day.

That’s where we come in. Every day or two, we will update fans across the country with some of the biggest news from around the transfer market, from scholarship offers and acceptances, to simply new names hitting the open market.

On Tuesday, several big time players decided to test the waters of the transfer market, while an underrated sophomore guard picked up four offers from schools across the southern parts of the United States.

Here’s what you may have missed on April 4th, 2017. Continue reading Transfer Market: Trio of guards highlight Tuesday’s movers and shakers

Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Juniors, Part One

Elijah Brown is one of the top scoring guards on the transfer market this season, and is immediately eligible next season. (Source: New Mexico Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, the transfer list continually grows with each passing day.

According to Verbal Commits, the 2017 Division I transfer list has eclipsed 240 names, and that number will only continue to rise as the off-season rolls along.

For the record, the off-season doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, April 4th, the day after the National Championship is decided.

With the high numbers of players finding themselves on the open market, testing the waters in the hopes of securing a scholarship at a school that better fits their needs, there a plethora of talented student-athletes on the list. From the power conferences and perennial national title contenders, right down to the smallest of schools, there are transfers from all across the country.

So, we got thinking. What would a team look like if it was built solely from uncommitted transfers?

We decided to dig a little deeper and see what kind of team we could come up with. The list was divided into each player’s year of eligibility, and then rosters were formed of players in the same year.

Here is the best roster that we could come up with for junior players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.

As each week passes, and more players either transfer or commit to schools, we will alter the rosters on Tuesdays to accommodate the changes in the market. Continue reading Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Juniors, Part One

2017 CIT opens up with the second annual John McLendon Classic

On Monday night, Ryan Kemrite and the Liberty Flames will go for their 20th win of the year when they host Norfolk State in the second annual John McLendon Classic to open the 2017 CIT. (Source: Liberty University)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Post-season basketball is back!

On Sunday night, the fields were released for the four post-season tournaments that will take place over the next four weeks. The 68 teams who are participating in the NCAA Tournament were released first, followed by the fields for the NIT, CIT, and CBI.

It’s worth noting that the Vegas Sixteen event that was introduced last season will not be played this season, but the founders are hopeful that it can return next year.

Arguably our favourite tournament, from a sheer team standpoint, is the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The field is composed of ‘mid-major’ programs who are deserving of a post-season berth, and it uses the old NIT format, where there is no set bracket.

The CIT has several marquee games in the first round which pay homage to past coaches in college basketball. They have added several ‘classics’ to this year’s slate, which adds more appeal to the event.

The second annual John McLendon Classic will be played on Monday night, which opens up post-season play across the country. The Liberty Flames will play host to the Norfolk State Spartans, in what is a great way to kick off an exciting three-week stretch of post-season basketball. Continue reading 2017 CIT opens up with the second annual John McLendon Classic

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

RECAP: Campbell Closes Out Non-Conference Play With 81-72 Win Over Stetson

Chris Clemons hit six free throws in the closing minutes to seal the 81-72 win for Campbell over Stetson on Thursday afternoon. (Source: Campbell Athletics) (Header Photo: Campbell Athletics)
Chris Clemons hit six free throws in the closing minutes to seal the 81-72 win for Campbell over Stetson on Thursday afternoon. (Source: Campbell Athletics) (Header Photo: Campbell Athletics)

Only one team would come away a winner on Thursday afternoon, but one thing is for certain when it comes to both the Campbell Camels and the Stetson Hatters.

The future is very, very bright in both Buies Creek, NC and Deland, FL. Both programs are trending upwards, and they both have the talent to contend in their respective conferences as early as this season.

Thursday marked the end of non-conference play for Campbell, who welcomed the Hatters to Buies Creek for an afternoon matinee before the Christmas break for both programs.

After Stetson took an early lead to open the contest, it was all about Campbell. That was, until the closing minutes, as the Hatters erased their 14-point halftime deficit.

On their floor, the Camels wouldn’t be denied. Timely free throw shooting from Chris Clemons, coupled with three straight misses from the Hatters, allowed for the home side to withstand the push and seal the deal.

It took some extra work down the stretch, but Campbell held on for the 81-72 win over Stetson on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading RECAP: Campbell Closes Out Non-Conference Play With 81-72 Win Over Stetson

RECAP: Tic Price Gets 200th Career Victory in Lamar’s 82-65 Win over Liberty

In Lamar's 82-65 win over Liberty on Monday night, head coach Tic Price now has 200 wins for his career. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise)
In Lamar’s 82-65 win over Liberty on Monday night, head coach Tic Price now has 200 wins for his career. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise)

Last year, the Lamar Cardinals went on the road and scored a 73-58 victory over the Liberty Flames.

On Monday night, the Flames were looking for a little retribution against the Cardinals, but this time, the contest was in Beaumont, TX.

Both the Cardinals and Flames have had their ups and downs in the early part of the 2016-17 season. Lamar entered Monday night having lost four of their last five contests, while Liberty was 0-3 on the road.

Lamar head coach Tic Price was sitting on 199 career head coaching victories, and the Cardinals were looking to get him to the 200 milestone on their home floor.

Behind 22 points from Nick Garth, and a double-double from junior guard Joey Frenchwood, the Cardinals made sure that Price didn’t have to wait any longer to reach the career milestone.

Lamar handed the Flames an 82-65 defeat on Monday night, giving Price his 200th career win in the process. Continue reading RECAP: Tic Price Gets 200th Career Victory in Lamar’s 82-65 Win over Liberty