Category Archives: Division II

Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

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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

Liberty Flames Shoot Their Way to 96-50 Victory Over Toccoa Falls

Zach Farquhar scored a career-high 15 points on a perfect shooting effort from beyond the arc to lead Liberty past Toccoa Falls, 96-50. (Source: Zach Farquhar on Twitter) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — After ending the 2017 Paradise Jam on a high note with a win in the 7th place game, the Liberty Flames were back in action on Saturday afternoon to continue their six-game hone swing.

The Flames welcomed the Toccoa Falls Eagles to town for an afternoon contest inside the Vines Center. After only notching one win in three attempts during the 2017 Paradise Jam, the Flames were looking to continue their winning ways.

Behind a strong shooting performance from the team, one that saw the Flames shoot better than 55% from the field and 57% from three point range, the Flames cruised past the Eagles for the 96-50 win. Continue reading Liberty Flames Shoot Their Way to 96-50 Victory Over Toccoa Falls

Notre Dame Opens Their Maui Invitational Tournament With A Win Over Chaminade

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Rex Pflueger throws a pass to teammate Bonzie Colson, with Chaminade’s Grant Dressler on Defence. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports).

MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now 4-0  on the year after they won 83-56 against the Chaminade Silverswords in their opening game of the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament.

This was the second time the Irish have faced the Silverswords, who are based out of Honolulu, Hawaii and play in Division II. Notre Dame leads the all time series 2-0.

The Irish will now face their second power conference opponent of the year after wins against the DePaul Blue Demons and a few smaller schools, in the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, the Chicago State Cougars, and now the Silverswords.

Notre Dame will take on the LSU Tigers in the semi-finals, who used a late comeback in the second half to knock off the Michigan Wolverines in the final game of the quarter-finals on Monday night, 77-75.

Continue reading Notre Dame Opens Their Maui Invitational Tournament With A Win Over Chaminade

Stetson transfer Grant Lozoya commits to Pittsburg State

On Saturday, Grant Lozoya became the third player with Division I experience to transfer to Pittsburg State this off-season.

PITTSBURG, Ks. — While over 750 players have transferred at the Division I level this off-season, there are a high number of players who are transferring to Division II, JUCO, and other levels across the country.

The likes of the Cal Baptist Lancers and Angelo State Rams have left their mark on the transfer market, landing several players with Division I experience to their respective rosters for next season. Players are looking for the best fit for themselves, both in terms of athletics and academics, and the Division I level may not be the ideal spot at the time.

On Saturday, another guard made the move down a level, joining the ranks of Division II for the 2017-18 season.

Grant Lozoya, formerly of the Stetson Hatters, has committed to the Pittsburg State Gorillas in Division II, per Tai Young of Verbal Commits. Continue reading Stetson transfer Grant Lozoya commits to Pittsburg State

Angelo State picks up a trio of Division I transfers in Brown, Tut, and King

Angelo State head coach Cinco Boone picked up a trio of Division I transfers of Monday to bolster the Rams’ roster for the 2017-18 season. (Source: Angelo State University)

SAN ANGELO, Tex. — As of July 9th, 135 players transferred from Division I to play at Division II institutions next season, per Verbal Commits.

Considering 736 players have transferred to date, that means that over 18% of players have transferred to Division II.

On Monday, that number grew even larger, as a trio of players all made the move to the Division II level. All three players, who played their Division I basketball all across the United States, committed to the same program in San Angelo, Texas.

The Angelo State Rams bolstered their roster for the 2017-18 campaign with the addition of guard Ja’Michael Brown and forwards Ran Tut and Derrien King. Continue reading Angelo State picks up a trio of Division I transfers in Brown, Tut, and King