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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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Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

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Connor Kern averaged 3.7 points per game in 2017-18 for Arkansas State while appearing in all 32 games. (Source: Arkansas State Athletics) (Header: Arkansas State Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s been quite the week for The Citadel Bulldogs on the transfer market, to say the least.

Earlier in the week, they had three players transfer out of the programTariq SimmonsFrankie Johnson, and Rob Johnson all requested their releases from the Bulldogs’ program following the 2017-18 campaign.

The Citadel went 11-21 overall this past season, and 5-13 in Southern Conference play.

When you add in the loss of Preston Parks, who was dismissed from the program during the regular season, and the Bulldogs have lost four pieces of the puzzle for next season and beyond.

However, over the weekend, the Bulldogs got a bit of good news on the transfer market, landing a Division I transfer who played two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference. Continue reading Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

The Citadel Loses Three Players by Way of Transfer

Johnson, Frankie
Sophomore guard Frankie Johnson is one of three players to transfer from The Citadel since the 2017-18 season has come to an end. (Source: Post and Courier) (Header: Post and Courier)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the 2017-18 season winding down, the vast majority of teams have turned their focus to the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.

The end of the season brings forth an influx of coaching changes and player transfers all across the country. Some have said the number of players transferring has been a problem over the last few years, with more and more players choosing to transfer with each passing year.

At this point, close to 200 players have opted to transfer and seek other opportunities in college basketball, and the Elite Eight hasn’t even begun. Several teams have been hit hard on the transfer market already, losing key pieces of the rotation for next season and beyond.

One team in particular that has been hit hard so far has been The Citadel Bulldogs. In total, four players have transferred out of the program, with three players opting to seek new opportunities within the last week. Continue reading The Citadel Loses Three Players by Way of Transfer

December 30th Game of the Day: Wofford Terriers at UNC Greensboro Spartans

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Against North Carolina, Cameron Jackson went for 18 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks in the Terriers’ 79-75 win. (Header: Greensboro.com)

GREENSBORO, NC. — With our Game of the Day picks, we have decided to steer clear from the traditional power five match-ups, or the obvious selections that would feature a pair of top 25 teams.

Instead, we want to focus on intriguing games between smaller schools from across the country. On Saturday, fans get treated to a Southern Conference opener that features a pair of teams that have wins over ACC teams from the state of North Carolina this season in non-conference play.

On one side, you have the Wofford Terriers. All eyes were on the Terriers on December 20th, when they knocked off the then-fifth ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, NC. Wofford never trailed in the second half, and held on down the stretch for the 79-75 victory. They come in having won their last five contests, and will look to extend their streak to six when they open conference play.

Their opponent on Saturday also knows a ting or two about road upsets. The UNC Greensboro Spartans have an 81-76 win over the NC State Wolfpack on their resume from December 16th, and lost by just six points against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. With five wins over their past six games, the Spartans have emerged as a legitimate threat in the race for the Southern Conference title, much like the Terriers.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Saturday’s showdown between Wofford and UNC Greensboro, which takes place at 5:00pm EST inside the Greensboro Coliseum. Continue reading December 30th Game of the Day: Wofford Terriers at UNC Greensboro Spartans

UNC Greensboro Tops Liberty in Triple Overtime Thriller, 76-75

Francis Alonso scored a career-high 36 points on Saturday, and he hit the game-winning three pointer in triple overtime to give UNC Greensboro the 76-75 win over Liberty.

LYNCHBURG, VA. — Big time players hit big time shots.

Junior guard Francis Alonso is a big time player. On Saturday afternoon, Alonso hit big shot after big shot for the UNC Greensboro Spartans, who were in a dog fight on the road against the Liberty Flames.

Liberty held an 11-point lead with under five minutes to play, but the Spartans launched a comeback, one that saw Alonso hit a clutch shot in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. They needed three overtime periods, but Alonso made sure that UNCG was the team that came out on top when all was said and done.

Alonso recorded a career-high 36 points, but none were bigger than his game-winning three pointer in the third overtime with 2.4 seconds left on the clock. The Spartans clawed back in regulation to force extra time, and came away with the hard-fought 76-75 win over Liberty on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading UNC Greensboro Tops Liberty in Triple Overtime Thriller, 76-75

Duke Wins Fifth Straight Game With Victory Over Furman

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Marvin Bagley III continues his hot start in his freshman campaign with a 24 points performance versus the Furman Paladins. (Source: Duke Athletics)

DURHAM, NC. – The Duke Blue Devils are now 5-0 in 2017-18, after their latest win over the Furman Paladins on Monday night, 92-63.

Duke has suffered from back-to-back slow starts. In their prior game against the Southern University Jaguars, it was caused by the number of turnovers they committed. Last night, the Paladins were making seemingly every shot attempt they had early.

The Paladins started the game shooting 5-for-6 from the field, and they took an early 16-15 lead over the Blue Devils just eight minutes into the game. Continue reading Duke Wins Fifth Straight Game With Victory Over Furman