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College Court Report Player of the Week: Zach Thomas, Bucknell Bison

A star both on and off the court, senior forward Zach Thomas averaged better than 28 points and eight rebounds in helping Bucknell to three wins over the past week. (Source: Bucknell Bison Athletics) (Header: Arizona Daily Star)

CANMORE, Alta. — Across the entire NCAA, senior Zach Thomas has been one of the nation’s top players through the first two weeks of the season.

Despite a slow start out of the gate for the Bucknell Bison, who have one of the toughest non-conference slates of any team in the country, Thomas has been a star from game one. He’s been a star over his career with the Bison, but has flown under the radar for the majority of his tenure at Bucknell.

Thomas has averaged double-digit points per game in every year since his sophomore season. He posted 7.5 points per game as a freshman, and has improved with each passing year. This season is no different, as Thomas is on pace for a career year in scoring, rebounding, blocks, and three point shooting through seven games.

Entering the week, the Bison were 0-4. Thomas had a pair of double-doubles to his name, and had recorded at least 17 points in all four games to start the season. With three games on tap this past week, Thomas and the Bison were looking to get back on the right track.

Behind stellar efforts from Thomas, the Bison completed a perfect 3-0 week, and are showing why they were projected as the runaway favourites in the Patriot League this season.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of three games that saw him post his third double-double of the season and average better than 28 points per game, Bucknell forward Zach Thomas has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 20-26, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Zach Thomas, Bucknell Bison

Towson, Bucknell set to Take Part in Disaster Relief Exhibition Game on October 28th

On Saturday, October 28th, the host Towson Tigers and the Bucknell Bison will take to the court inside SECU Arena for an exhibition game to raise funds for disaster relief efforts. (Source: PressBox Baltimore)

TOWSON, Md. — Teams from across the entire NCAA have come together to help raise funds and awareness for disaster relief efforts all across North America and the World.

The NCAA has granted a plethora of waivers that are allowing teams to take part in a third exhibition game in advance of the 2017-18 season. While they provide teams with an extra tune-up game for the season, they are also using them to help those in need.

On Friday, two more talented programs announced that they were taking part in an exhibition game to raise funds for the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund.

The Towson Tigers will play host to the Bucknell Bison on Saturday, October 28th inside SECU Arena.

Tip-off has been set for 1pm. Continue reading Towson, Bucknell set to Take Part in Disaster Relief Exhibition Game on October 28th

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

Ryan Daly put up 16 points and pulled down over seven rebounds per game as a freshman for Delaware, and he’s just one of many sophomores who will become a household names in 2017-18.

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-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 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

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

Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Patriot League

Bryce Dulin emerged as a star for Navy last season, and the game he entered the forefront came on the road against the Midshipmen’s biggest rival.
CALGARY, Alta. — In recent years, several stars have left their mark on the Patriot League, and the NCAA as a whole.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, that appears to be the case once again. While some of the conference’s biggest names have moved on to the next chapters of their respective basketball careers, whether that be in the professional ranks or as a transfer in the NCAA, there is a plethora of talent coming back that will make the race for the conference title one to watch.

There may be a clear-cut favourite as the season approaches, but it’s anyone’s game when it comes down to the conference tournament. Any team can get hot at the right time, pull of some upsets, and make a post-season run to the Big Dance.

Below are ten players to keep an eye on in the Patriot League for the upcoming season. With ten teams, it only makes sense to pick one player per program.
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Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

Former Bethune-Cookman guard Quinton Forrest is one of the top uncommitted transfers still on the market.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 transfer list is creeping up on 700 names.

Plenty of players have committed to their new schools, and have made some waves with their decisions in the process. Some of the decisions have changed the landscape of college basketball, like C.J. Bryce committing to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack, or the Lawson brothers, Jack Whitman, and Charlie Moore committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, just to name a few.

While the majority of players have found their new homes, there is still a ton of talent still available on the transfer market. With the off-season slowing ticking away, available players are still taking official visits, in search of their next stop on their respective basketball journey.

Here are seven of the top available transfers, all of whom come from outside of the power conferences. Continue reading Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

Dom Cristiano transfers to New York University

Photo courtesy of Don Cristiano’s Twitter.

Dom Cristiano is heading to “The Big Apple.”

Cristiano, who spent his freshman season with Lafayette of the Patriot League, has transferred to NCAA Division III New York University, he announced via Twitter on Thursday night. The 6’8″, 195-pound forward has three years of eligibility remaining and will suit up for the Violets next season.

“[I] didn’t get the opportunity I was looking for there,” Cristiano said in an exclusive interview. “[The] slow half-court style of play there, also, doesn’t use me in a way which utilizes my skills effectively.”

Cristiano says academics played a significant role in his decision; New York University has a business school, the Stern School of Business, while Lafayette College does not.
His pursuit of a degree aside, the former Greens Farms Academy star envisions something special at NYU.

“I will have a great opportunity there, including two other big transfers that will make us very competitive.”

Last year the Violets were 7-18 overall and 2-12 in the University Athletic Association.
However, Cristiano, who scored 1,472 points in his high school career, has the skills to be an immediate contributor.

“I am a 6’8 inside-out player with a great motor. I get out and down the floor, play above the rim and have range out to the three-point line,” Cristiano said. “I am a mismatch because I can post smaller defenders and drive by bigger defenders. [I am my] best in transition.”

New York University, formerly a Division I school, last made the Division III NCAA Tournament in 2016. Head coach Joe Nesci is entering his 30th season at the helm.

– P. Wesner