Category Archives: Horizon League

College Court Report Player of the Week: Martez Walker, Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Martez Walker had a pair of 32-point performances this past week for the Golden Grizzlies, who went a perfect 3-0 in the process. (Source: The Daily Orange) (Header: The Pit Media, LLC)

CANMORE, Alta. — It’s no secret that the Oakland Golden Grizzlies are the team to beat in the Horizon League this season, especially with the departure of the Valparaiso Crusaders to the Missouri Valley Conference.

They have one of the more experienced roster in the country, headlined by five seniors. They have a trio of Horizon League Player of the Year contenders, in Jalen HayesKendrick Nunn, and Martez Walker. All three players have started their 2017-18 season strong, and the Golden Grizzlies are starting to round into form.

Over the past week, Oakland took to the court three times. They came into the week with a 2-3 record, and were looking to get back on the right track. Two of the three games were away from home, so the Golden Grizzlies still had their work cut out for themselves.

Thanks in large part to Walker, who posted a pair of 30+ scoring performances over the week, Oakland came away with a perfect 3-0 record. They pushed their record above the .500 mark in the process, and showed that they are truly rounding into form.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw him average more than 28 points per game in three wins, Oakland senior guard Martez Walker has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 27 – December 3, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Martez Walker, Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Three

Josh Sharkey and the Samford Bulldogs are expected to be a top contender in the Southern Conference in 2017-18.

CANMORE, 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-caliber 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 2017-18, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here.
Check out Part Two here.

Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Three

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Horizon League

Cameron Morse has been one of the nation’s top scorers over the past two seasons, yet he doesn’t garner much attention outside of the Horizon League from the national media.

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.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Horizon League makeup looks a little bit different than in year’s past. The Valparaiso Crusaders have moved to the Missouri Valley Conference, and in their place, the IUPUI Jaguars accepted an invitation to join the league from the Summit League.

With the departure of the Crusaders, a new program will emerge as the regular season champion. Will it be the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, who welcome a power conference transfer to bolster their back court rotation? Or the UIC Flames, who have a young, but talented roster that’s arguably the deepest in the conference? What about the Northern Kentucky Norse, who won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season?

Only time will tell.

Until then, take a look below at who we’ve tabbed as our Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year, and our Preseason All-Horizon League teams!

Continue reading College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Horizon League

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.

Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Fans select College Court Report Player of the Year for third straight season

Mark Alstork was looking to ride the momentum from the past six weeks to the Player of the Year crown, while North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker was looking to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards.
CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season may be all but a distant memory for most fans across the country, but there was still plenty to be excited about for fans of both the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the Wright State Raiders.

The third annual College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote was in its final week, as the initial field of 96 players had been cut down to just two. Quinton Hooker was matched up with Mark Alstork in the finale, capping off a seven-week journey to name the Player of the Year.

Last year, Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year, knocking off Damon Lynn in the final round. This time around, fans of North Dakota had a heavy presence on social media, as well as the online polls. As the weeks have gone on, the support system behind Hooker had picked up steam, and he was looking to build on that in the final week.

On the flip side, a heavy dose of social media votes over the first six weeks propelled Alstork into the finals. After a tough battle with guard DeWayne Russell in the semi-finals, Alstork was looking to knock off the reigning Player of the Year.

Both players saw an out-pouring of support over the past seven days across all three voting platforms, but only one could come out on top.

After seven weeks, and over 190,000 votes, the 2016-17 College Court Report Player of the Year is…… Continue reading Fans select College Court Report Player of the Year for third straight season

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