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Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

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Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Denver Pioneers on Tuesday, becoming the second graduate transfer to join the Pioneers this off-season. (Source: Buffzone) (Header: Colorado Athletics)

DENVER, Colo. — Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Denver Pioneers had some holes to fill on their roster from the season prior.

Due to graduation, the Pioneers lost big man Daniel Amigo and guard Jake Pemberton, both of whom were key contributors in 2017-18. Pemberton was third on the team with 11.1 points per game, while Amigo led the Pioneers in rebounding (6.7 rpg) while finishing second in scoring (15.3 ppg).

This off-season, Denver has looked to the transfer market to add some experience and talent to their roster for the upcoming season. The addition of 6’7” forward Ronnie Harrell, Jr., a graduate transfer from the Creighton Bluejays, will undoubtedly boost the talent up front and on the wing for head coach Rodney Billups and company.

Even with the addition of Harrell Jr. to the mix, the Pioneers still had some holes to fill.

On Tuesday, the Pioneers added another big piece to the puzzle for the 2018-19 season by way of another graduate transfer with power conference experience. Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Pioneers, staying in the state of Denver after transferring from the Colorado Buffaloes. Continue reading Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

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Former Colorado big man Tory Miller-Stewart played just six games in 2017-18 before sustaining a season-ending injury. (Source: The Ralphie Report) (Header: The Advocate)

SARNIA, Ont. — Experience goes a long way in today’s college basketball.

A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t have those veteran players that the younger ones can lean on during tough times, that could lead to an early exit from the NCAA Tournament or a rough stretch during the regular season. It could mean the difference between making the field of 68 or missing out on the Big Dance altogether.

As the off-season continues to move along, players on the transfer market are committing to their new programs for next season and beyond. With each passing day, it seems as though names are being added to the transfer list, while others are taking their names off the list with their school announcements.

With the high turnover, it’s become somewhat confusing to keep track of who is still on the market and who has committed. There are still a ton of talented players on the market, taking visits and determining the best course of action for the next chapter of their basketball careers.

In terms of the seniors who transferred following the 2017-18 season, the big names like Ehab Amin, Tre Campbell, Christen Cunningman, Ar’Mond Davis, and Zaynah Robinson are all of the market. However, there are still some intriguing options left that could be key role players for several teams across the country.

Here are the top 10 remaining senior transfers for the 2018-19, all of whom are immediately eligible for the upcoming season. Continue reading Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

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The 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational will feature four of the nation’s top programs, bringing exciting basketball to Sin City early in 2018-19. (Source: Michigan State Athletics) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It’s only fitting that four of the biggest programs in all of college basketball ascend on Sin City for a two-day event.

During the 2018-19 season, that’s exactly what will happen at the 18th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The event will take place over Thanksgiving on November 22nd and 23rd at the Orleans Arena. The ‘city that never sleeps’ will give its residents and visitors alike another attraction to enjoy for two days.

On Thursday, the field for the 2018 edition of the event was released, and it will be a star-studded affair to say the least. Four of the nation’s biggest programs will bring their talents to Las Vegas for the event.

The Michigan State Spartans, Texas Longhorns, UCLA Bruins, and North Carolina Tar Heels will all vie for the tournament title when the time rolls around. They will also be looking to bolster their tournament resumes with some quality wins early on in the season.

Here’s an early look at all four teams in the event heading into next season. Continue reading Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the Washington State Cougars

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Malachi Flynn and the Washington State Cougars have just one win in their last five outings, and are looking to cap off non-conference play with a win over Bethune-Cookman on Friday night. (Source: Washington State Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

PULLMAN, Wash. — Friday night’s contest between the visiting Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the host Washington Cougars marks the end of non-conference play for both programs.

With the way both teams have been playing as of late, a win would do wonders as conference is set to begin following the Christmas break.

For Bethune-Cookman, Friday night marks their final game of the 2017 calendar year. They open up MEAC play on January 3rd against the South Carolina State Bulldogs at home in Daytona Beach, FL. As for the Cougars, they head on the road to face the UCLA Bruins on December 29th.

The road gets considerably tougher for both teams, as conference play is always full of surprises. Bethune-Cookman will look to close out their four game road swing with a win over Washington State, while the Cougars will look to bounce back from a loss in their last outing.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Friday night’s tilt in Pullman, WA between the Cougars and Wildcats. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the Washington State Cougars

Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the Washington Huskies

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After missing two games, Brandon Tabb returned to the lineup for Bethune-Cookman against Kennesaw State on December 16th, posting 14 points in 19 minutes off the bench. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

SEATTLE, Wash. — Tuesday marks the first of two games for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in the state of Washington before the Christmas break.

The Wildcats will take on the Washington Huskies inside the Alaska Airlines Arena, and it’s a game that Bethune-Cookman would like to put forth a strong effort on both ends of the floor, and even come away with an upset victory.

Tuesday’s showdown marks the third game of a four-game road trip for the Wildcats to close out the 2017 calendar year. The team was stuck in Atlanta for an extended time on Monday, as the entire Atlanta Airport lost power, causing delays to over 1,200 flights. It also marks the eighth time that Bethune-Cookman has faced a team from the Pac-12.

Bethune-Cookman is 0-7 all-time against teams from the conference. Their last contest was back on November 17th, 2015, when they well to the Arizona State Sun Devils, 49-39.

Here’s everything you need to know in advance of Tuesday’s showdown. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the Washington Huskies