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.
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.
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.
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.
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 season didn’t start as planned for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. They opened the season with a 1-10 record, including two losses in the December portion of conference play. Their record was a far cry from their performance a season ago.
In their last time out, they ended a six-game losing streak with a massive road win over the American Eagles, 79-64. Senior leader Devin Martin scored a career-high 34 points in the win.
Tuesday afternoon saw the Hawks go for their second-straight win as they took on the Central Pennsylvania College Knights inside Hytche Arena in Princess Anne, MD. Martin didn’t waste any time in setting a new career high.