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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Conference USA

Jon Elmore has been a constant problem for opposing defenses over his first two years at Marshall, and that trend will continue in 2017-18. (Source: Jared Wickerham – AP)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Following the 2016-17 season, several teams in the Conference USA underwent some major changes in the off-season. From a recruiting saga with a five-star prospect that looked like it was never going to end, to several big-time players either graduating or transferring to bigger programs, the makeup of several teams will look vastly different that it did the year prior.

Regardless, the race for the Conference USA crown will be an exciting one. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament and knock off a Big Ten school for the third time in a row. Other programs are nipping at their heels, and some come into the year ranked higher than the defending champions.

With an abundance of talent still calling the Conference USA their home, scroll down to take a look at who we have tabbed as our Preseason Player of the Year, and who comes in where on our All-Conference USA Teams!
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Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen is just one of several sophomore guards that all fans should know about heading into the 2017-18 season. (Source: MLive)

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-calibre 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.

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Six early winners on the 2017 transfer market

C.J. Bryce surprised many with his decision to transfer from UNC Wilmington, but he made the NC State Wolfpack one of the biggest winners of the offseason. (Source: NBC Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — So far this offseason, 728 players have transferred from their 2016-17 program, according to Verbal Commits.

That’s a fair number of players.

With that, rosters will look vastly different over the next two seasons, as graduate transfers take to the hardwood this season with their new programs, while others have to wait until the 2018-19 campaign to get into game action.

There have been some great additions for programs all across the country, and there have been some decisions that leave you scratching your head ans asking the age old question of ‘why’.

We took a look through all of the transfer decisions so far, and asked folks on Twitter to find out who are the biggest winners so far on the market. Below, you can find the six biggest winners on the 2017 transfer market so far.   Continue reading Six early winners on the 2017 transfer market

Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

Wes Myers averaged a shade under 17 points per game last season, but isn’t getting as much national attention on the transfer market as he deserves. (Source: Ashley L. Conti – BDN)
CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, change is good, and sometimes it’s needed.

For over 700 players across the NCAA this offseason, change has been needed, as they’ve opted to transfer to a new program for various reasons.

While the vast majority of them have committed to new schools, there’s still a slew of talented players who are on the market, and are flying under the radar.

There are the suspects who get the bulk of the attention, like Bryan Alberts from the Gonzaga BulldogsDejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham from the Massachusetts Minutemen, and Ibrahima Diallo from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, just to name a few.

However, there are several talented players from smaller programs and conferences who aren’t garnering the level of attention they deserve, but all of whom can help a team in the future.

Here are five players who are flying under the radar, with a few extras at the end to keep an eye on as the offseason moves along. Continue reading Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

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

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

Marcus Evans opted to transfer from Rice after his sophomore season, and instantly became arguably the top transfer on the market this season.

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 sophomore 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: Sophomores, Part One