Category Archives: Mountain West

St. John’s Forward Chris Obekpa Transfers to UNLV

Former St. John's forward Chris Obekpa, the nation's leading shot blocker in 2014-15, has decided to transfer to UNLV. He will sit out the 2015-16 season, due to transfer regulations, and will have one season of eligibility left in 2016-17.
Former St. John’s forward Chris Obekpa, the nation’s fifth-leading shot blocker in 2014-15, has decided to transfer to UNLV. He will sit out the 2015-16 season, due to transfer regulations, and will have one season of eligibility left in 2016-17.

Remember the old age story, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”? Everybody ran to help the boy when he said he saw a wolf, only to find out he was lying. When the boy actually saw the wolf and called for help, nobody came to help him in the end.

The NCAA almost had their own version of that story, thanks to St. John’s forward Chris Obekpa.

Following the 2013-14 season, Obekpa announced his plans to transfer from St. John’s for the remainder of his NCAA career. With the talent that Obekpa possesses, teams would have surely lined up for his services.

However, Obekpa cried “wolf” and changed his mind just two weeks after his initial decision, opting to return to the Red Storm.

Following the 2014-15 season, Obekpa decided to transfer yet again, leaving people wondering if this was going to be a repeat of the offseason prior. On Wednesday, Obekpa made his transfer official, committing to UNLV. Continue reading St. John’s Forward Chris Obekpa Transfers to UNLV

NBA Draft Profile: Christian Wood, UNLV

Christian Wood has the talent to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft, but his lack of strength and drive have held him back in terms of overall draft ranking. (Source: The Review Journal)
Christian Wood has the talent to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft, but his lack of strength and drive have held him back in terms of overall draft ranking. (Source: The Review Journal)

The NBA Draft is less than a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

60 of the best young basketball players in the world will hear their name called, as they finally realize their dreams of being drafted to the NBA. At the same time, however, players will see their dreams come to an end as they fail to walk across the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand.

With a rich talent pool this season, there are bound to be players who had great collegiate careers that don’t get drafted. It doesn’t mean they won’t ever play in the NBA, they will just have to take a detour.

This is the time of year when people try to find out as much information about players as they possibly can, so they can be familiar with whomever their favourite NBA team selects on draft day.

Yes, there will be situations like Toronto last season, when they selected Bruno Caboclo, where even the commentators were stunned at the selection. For the most part, the players selected have been household names in college, or on the international stage.

Over the course of the next few weeks leading up to the draft, we will post a new draft preview each day that highlights a player who has a great chance to be drafted. One thing that we are doing different than other sites is not focusing on players in the first round. These players are constantly covered, and you can find information on them all over the place.

We will look at players who don’t get as much attention as they deserve, as we try to shine the light on some underrated talents in the NBA Draft. Today’s feature: Christian Wood, UNLV. Continue reading NBA Draft Profile: Christian Wood, UNLV

Fresno State G Emmanuel Owootoah Transfers to Lynn University

After two seasons at Fresno State, Canadian guard Emmanuel Owootoah will takes his talents to Lynn University, where he will be a Fighting Knight for the next two seasons. (Source: Getty Images)
After two seasons at Fresno State, Canadian guard Emmanuel Owootoah will takes his talents to Lynn University, where he will be a Fighting Knight for the next two seasons. (Source: Getty Images)

The offseason leading up to the 2015-16 NCAA Division I basketball campaign has been decorated with player transfers right from the outset.

More often than not, you see players going from Division I institutions to other Division I institutions, or players going from Junior College to Division I. While it happens each year, it’s rare to see a large number of players going the opposite direction, moving from Division I to the likes of Division II or JUCO.

This off-season has seen its fair share of player “moving down” to lower-level programs to continue their basketball careers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, as these players making the move find their new homes a better fit for them in the long run, and can provide them with more that they need to shape their future.

One transfer target we have kept a close eye on has been Fresno State guard Emmanuel Owootoah. The native of Toronto, ON opted to transfer after the 2014-15 season, but it was unclear where he was considering as his next stop.

On June 12th, it was announced that Owootoah would be transferring to Lynn University, an NCAA Division II institution. Continue reading Fresno State G Emmanuel Owootoah Transfers to Lynn University

Zimmerman Chooses to Stay Close to Home and Commit to UNLV

7′ center Stephen Zimmerman chose where he will play college basketball on Thursday night, choosing to stay close to home and play for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. (Source: Las Vegas Weekly)

The preseason leading up to the 2014-15 season generated a ton of optimism around the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels program. With the likes of Rashad Vaughn and Goodluck Okonoboh coming to UNLV, and Cody Doolin transferring to the school out of San Francisco, there was reason to believe that the Rebels could contend for a Mountain West title.

Injuries got in the way, and the Rebels struggled for most of the season. The team didn’t make any form of postseason play, and it was a disappointing showing all-around.

This season, the optimism is beginning to build once again. Even though Rashad Vaughn declared for the NBA Draft and Cody Doolin is graduated, the Rebels are starting to build another strong program. Thursday night saw their plan take a big leap forward.

Big man Stephen Zimmerman opted to stay at home and play for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, giving the program a huge boost in the front court moving forwards. Continue reading Zimmerman Chooses to Stay Close to Home and Commit to UNLV

UNLV Guard Rashad Vaughn Heads for the NBA Draft

Despite missing the last 9 games of the season, UNLV freshman Rashad Vaughn is heading to the NBA Draft. (Source: The Review Journal)
Despite missing the last 9 games of the season, UNLV freshman Rashad Vaughn is heading to the NBA Draft. (Source: The Review Journal)

Entering the 2014-15 season, there was a ton of optimism surrounding the UNLV Rebels. With talented freshmen like big man Goodluck Okonoboh and guard Rashad Vaughn committing to the program, and the likes of Christian Wood and San Francisco-transfer Cody Doolin also in the mix, the Rebels looked poised for a big year.

However, that was not the case. The Rebels struggled to live up to the pre-season expectations surrounding the team. Rashad Vaughn missed the last nine games due to a knee injury, and the struggles would only continue from there. The Rebels’ season ended in the quarter-finals of the Mountain West tournament, at the hands of the San Diego State Aztecs.

Despite missing the nine games due to a knee injury, Vaughn’s dreams of making the jump to the NBA wouldn’t be stopped. On Wednesday, Vaughn officially declared for the 2015 NBA Draft. Continue reading UNLV Guard Rashad Vaughn Heads for the NBA Draft