Category Archives: MEAC

Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central

On Thursday, Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. committed to LeVelle Moton and the North Carolina Central Eagles. (Source: Larry Mcknigght Jr. (@L_Knight_LOE))

DURHAM, N.C. — Year after year, the North Carolina Central Eagles find themselves near the top of the MEAC standings, if not in first place.

This past season was more of the same, as the Eagles finished with a 13-3 record in conference play, and took home the regular season crown by a game over the Norfolk State Spartans. North Carolina Central then went on to win the MEAC Tournament, and represented the conference in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, the Eagles were poised to take a step backwards with the loss of key personnel across the roster. Senior guards Pat ColeDajuan Graf, and Ron Trapps all graduated at season’s end, leaving big holes across the back court for the Eagles.

However, there’s an old saying that applies perfectly to the Eagles and head coach LeVelle Moton.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Across the country, Moton is considered one of the premier coaches in the NCAA, regardless of conference. He continually gets the best out of his players, and players want to play for a man of his caliber.

On Thursday, Moton and the Eagles added another piece to the puzzle for the 2017-18 season, filling a big hole in the back court in the process.

Former Wofford Terriers and Palm Beach State Panthers’ transfer guard Larry Mcknight Jr.  committed to play for the Eagles in 2017-18. Continue reading Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central

Forrest, Suggs to transfer from Bethune-Cookman

Things didn’t go as planned for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in 2016-17. On Tuesday, their depth for 2017-18 took a big hit with the announcement of two key players transferring out of the program. (Source: Stadium Journey)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Simply put, the 2016-17 season didn’t go as planned for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

Out of the gate, the Wildcats were behind the eight-ball, as they were without star guard Jordan Potts, who didn’t play at all during the season. The Wildcats struggled to a 10-22 record overall, and a 10th-place finish in the MEAC standings.

Once the off-season hit, the changes began for the program. Back on March 21st, administration and Gravelle Craig agreed to let the head coach’s contract expire at the end of the month, ending Craig’s six-year tenure with the program.

Then, on Tuesday, another pair of dominoes fell in terms of the roster shakeup.

Sophomore Quinton Forrest and freshman Brandon Suggs both announced their intentions to transfer from the program, delivering a big blow to the Wildcats’ depth chart for the 2017-18 season in the process.  Continue reading Forrest, Suggs to transfer from Bethune-Cookman

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 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

RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore blows halftime lead, recovers for 68-66 win over Hampton

Logan McIntosh got a layup to fall in the closing seconds, giving Maryland-Eastern Shore a 68-66 win over Hampton in the MEAC quarter-finals. (Source: Eastern Shore Basketball) (Header: University of Maryland-Eastern Shore)

NORFOLK, Va. — College basketball is a 40-minute game.

On Thursday night, both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and Hampton Pirates proved that to be true in their quarter-final match-up in the MEAC Tournament.

With a spot in the semifinals on the line, and a date against the top-seed North Carolina Central Eagles, it was a tale of two halves for both teams.

An early run from the Hawks highlighted a big first half for Maryland-Eastern Shore, which led to a nine-point lead at the break. In the second half, a lengthy run for the Pirates gave them a one-point lead in the closing minutes.

As expected, the game came down to the final possession. After the Hawks took a two-point lead on a layup from Logan McIntosh with 12 seconds to play, the Pirates had one last chance to force overtime, or take a win.

Lawrence Cooks missed a three pointer with three ticks on the clock, but the Pirates grabbed the rebound. Trevond Barnes got a layup to fall for Hampton, but the buzzer had sounded.

It was a roller-coaster of emotions for the Hawks on Thursday, but they earned a spot in the MEAC semifinals with a 68-66 win over Hampton. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore blows halftime lead, recovers for 68-66 win over Hampton

RECAP: North Carolina Central cruises to 35-point win over Bethune-Cookman

Dajuan Graf scored a game-high 18 points to go along with nine rebounds, and all five starters scored in double-digits as North Carolina Central cruised into the MEAC semifinals with a 95-60 victory over Bethune-Cookman.

NORFOLK, Va. — A two-game losing streak to enthe regular season is all but a distant memory for the North Carolina Central Eagles.

Losses to the Savannah State Tigers and North Carolina A&T Aggies generated a bit of concern surrounding the Eagles heading into the MEAC Tournament. However, the Eagles had the top seed in the tournament locked up, and they weren’t too concerned with their level of play.

On Wednesday, in their quarter-final match-up with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, the Eagles flexed their muscle and showed why they are the team to beat.

The Wildcats were playing their second game in as many days, and were coming off a win over the Delaware State Hornets in the First Round on Tuesday, 69-62. With the Eagles having several days of rest in between games, they came out with fresh legs and pulled away early.

North Carolina Central cruised to the 95-60 win over Bthune-Cookman, thus earning themselves a spot in the semifinals on Friday. Continue reading RECAP: North Carolina Central cruises to 35-point win over Bethune-Cookman