Category Archives: Southland

Beaumont native Jordan Hunter transfers to Lamar

Former New Mexico guard Jordan Hunter announced on Twitter on Monday that he was returning home to Beaumont and transferring to Lamar. (Source: USA Today Sports)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — ‘I’m comin’ home”.

Jordan Hunter hails from Beaumont, Texas, but decided to move away from home for college, committing to the New Mexico Lobos out of high school. After two seasons in Albuquerque, the 5’11” guard opted to transfer following the 2016-17 campaign.

Last Thursday, Hunter wrapped up a visit with his hometown team from the Southland Conference, the Lamar Cardinals. A day later, he tweeted about a workout with current Lamar guard Zjori Bosha.

The writing was on the wall for a hometown reunion for Hunter, and the decision came just four days after his visit.

On Monday, Hunter took to Twitter to announce his decision with three simple words to kick off the tweet.

“I’m comin’ home”. Continue reading Beaumont native Jordan Hunter transfers to Lamar

Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Southland Conference

Colton Weisbrod had a strong junior season with Lamar, but can he build off that and take Lamar to the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18?

CALGARY, Alta. — The Southland Conference has been one of the top conferences from outside of the power six in recent years, and it has been chalked full of talent with each passing year.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the conference will look a tad bit different than it did a year ago.

Rashawn Thomas? Gone.

Christavious GillErik ThomasTyler Singleton, Zeek Woodley, Colter Lasher, and Dakarai Henderson? You guessed it. Gone.

Despite the loss of several star-caliber players from across the conference, a ton of talent remains firmly in the Southland. The return of Jalan West will bolster the roster for the Northwestern State Demons with the loss of Woodley.

And, if you don’t know the name Jordan Howard, then you need to pay more attention to the conference, It’s as simple as that.

Outside of the bigger names in the conference, here are ten names you need to know from the Southland Conference heading into the 2017-18 season.
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Southeastern Louisiana adds depth to front court rotation with addition of Texas State transfer Maxwell Starwood

Maxwell Starwood averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds as a freshman in limited action at Texas State in 2016-17. (Source: Texas State Bobcats)

HAMMOND, La. — Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Southland Conference will be one title race to keep an eye on.

For the second year in a row, stars from across the conference have moved on to the next chapters in their respective basketball careers. With that said, the conference race appears to be more wide open this year than it has been in recent memory.

The likes of the Lamar CardinalsAbilene Christian Wildcats, and Southeastern Louisiana Lions look to overtake perennial powers like the Texas A&M-CC Islanders and Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and each team has the talent to do just that.

With the immediate future looking bright for the Lions, they added a transfer who could help the team in a big way in 2018-19.

Maxwell Starwood, a transfer forward from the Texas State Bobcats, has committed to play for the Lions, returning to his home state of Louisiana in the process. Continue reading Southeastern Louisiana adds depth to front court rotation with addition of Texas State transfer Maxwell Starwood

Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

Wes Myers averaged a shade under 17 points per game last season, but isn’t getting as much national attention on the transfer market as he deserves. (Source: Ashley L. Conti – BDN)
CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, change is good, and sometimes it’s needed.

For over 700 players across the NCAA this offseason, change has been needed, as they’ve opted to transfer to a new program for various reasons.

While the vast majority of them have committed to new schools, there’s still a slew of talented players who are on the market, and are flying under the radar.

There are the suspects who get the bulk of the attention, like Bryan Alberts from the Gonzaga BulldogsDejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham from the Massachusetts Minutemen, and Ibrahima Diallo from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, just to name a few.

However, there are several talented players from smaller programs and conferences who aren’t garnering the level of attention they deserve, but all of whom can help a team in the future.

Here are five players who are flying under the radar, with a few extras at the end to keep an eye on as the offseason moves along. Continue reading Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

Asa Cantwell transfers to Division II Cal State San Marcos

Guard Asa Cantwell (3) is transferring to Cal State San Marcos, it was announced on Saturday.

SAN MARCOS, Ca. — With each passing year, the number of players who transfer schools is staggering.

The current tally for the 2017 transfer list sits at 721, according to Verbal Commits. That number is down slightly from the total of 809 transfers in 2016, but there’s still time for that number to grow and push the 800-mark.

Not all of those players are transferring to other Division I schools. Rather, many are taking alternative routes, with the hopes of returning to the Division I level before their collegiate careers are done.

For reasons that we never will know for certain, players go down a level with the hopes of proving their talents to Division I schools. Some are looking for more minutes, while some are simply looking for a better fit.

One of the biggest players on the transfer market in recent years has been the Cal State San Marcos Cougars, who will play at the Division II level as full members for the first time in 2017-18. Last year alone, they added five players with Division I experience to their roster.

This off-season, they have added a couple more, including a strong addition to the back court on Saturday.

Guard Asa Cantwell, who played two seasons with the Houston Baptist Huskies, announced he was transferring to the Cougars. Continue reading Asa Cantwell transfers to Division II Cal State San Marcos

Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Devine Eke was an impact player on both ends of the floor for Maine in 2015-16. Now, in 2017-18, he will be given every opportunity to shine with the Rider Broncs. (Source: David Butler II – USA Today Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.

While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.

Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.

You have the likes of Kory HoldenDevin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.

Here are ten transfers who may have been forgotten over the course of the 2016-17 season, but will undoubtedly have a positive impact with their new schools this coming year. Continue reading Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs