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Four Players Who Will Look to Turn Heads at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine

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After leading Syracuse to the Sweet 16 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, guard Tyus Battle will look to turn heads at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

CHICAGO — Two days in the middle of May can go a long way in making or breaking the NBA dream for several players across the NCAA.

The 2018 NBA Draft Combine will take place in the Windy City on May 16th and 17th, and 69 of the top prospects from around the NCAA have been selected to attend. It gives players from all levels of college basketball the chance to showcase their skills for NBA scouts, general managers, and executives alike from all 30 teams in the league.

In terms of the top spots in the draft, it’s no secret as to who the top prospects are in this year’s field.

Sports Betting Dime says that the battle to be the no. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has, realistically, been whittled to three names: center DeAndre Ayton of the Arizona Wildcats, power forward Marvin Bagley of the Duke Blue Devils, and Slovenian guard Luka Doncic.

While Ayton is the favorite to go first overall, it will depend which team wins the draft lottery. Phoenix has the best odds and, with Devin Booker in place in the backcourt, has a greater need for a skilled big. However, if Memphis lands the top pick, Doncic may hear his name called first. It’s not that the Grizzlies don’t need a dynamic center like Ayton, they just also desperately need better guard play. You could say similar things about both the Magic and Hawks.

As things stand, Ayton is the favorite to be selected with the top pick (1/2), followed by Doncic (4/1) and Bagley (7/1).

At the combine, you won’t see Ayton or Doncic among the 69 players in attendance. Instead, you’ll see several guys who are considered fringe selections, and they’ll be looking to put forth impressive showing to help improve their draft stock come June’s draft.

Here are four names to keep an eye on over the two-day combine in Chicago. Continue reading Four Players Who Will Look to Turn Heads at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine

California Transfer Don Coleman Commits to South Alabama

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California transfer Don Coleman committed to South Alabama on Monday, continuing a strong off-season for the Jaguars. (Source: SFGate) (Header: 247 Sports)

MOBILE, Al. — Richie Riley strikes again for the South Alabama Jaguars.

To begin the off-season, the Jaguars hired Riley after he led the Nicholls Colonels to a record of 21-11 overall, and 15-3 in Southland Conference play. The Colonels earned a share of the regular season conference title with the Southeastern Louisiana Golden Lions.

Now, as the head coach of the Jaguars, Riley is making his mark on the transfer market as he looks to turn South Alabama into a top contender in the Sun Belt Conference. The Jaguars have already landed graduate transfer Kory Holden, who will give the team a big offensive boost.

On Monday, they landed another talented guard who will help the team in 2019-20.

Richie Riley and the Jaguars landed a commitment from guard Don Coleman, who transferred from the California Golden Bears after two seasons. Continue reading California Transfer Don Coleman Commits to South Alabama

Five Transfers Poised to Have a Big Impact in 2018-19

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Edric Dennis enters the fold at the right time for the UT Arlington Mavericks this season, and he is one of several transfers who are poised to have a big impact in 2018-19.

SARNIA, Ont. — With the Villanova Wildcats having won the 2018 National Championship, the 2017-18 season is officially in the books.

With that, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018-19 season, and what a season it’s shaping up to be. Yes, it’s only April, but all signs are pointing to yet another exciting college basketball campaign.

Several high-profile stars have graduated from college, while a plethora of others have declared for the 2018 NBA Draft early and have signed with an agent. To make a long story short, the rosters for the 2018-19 season will look considerably different.

With all of the roster changes come a slew of transfer players who have been waiting in the wings, chomping at the bit to leave their mark with their new teams this season. With such a long list of talented players, it was tough to pick just five players who are in prime position to leave a mark this season.

But, we did our best. Here are five transfers who are poised to have significant impacts this season with their new programs.
Continue reading Five Transfers Poised to Have a Big Impact in 2018-19

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

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Erick Neal, UT Arlington Mavericks

Erick Neal is the nation’s leader in assists, averaging 10.3 per contest. He is the only player in the NCAA averaging double digit assists per game. (Source: UT Arlington Athletics) (Header: USA Today Sports)

CANMORE, Alta. — Erick Neal came into the 2017-18 season as one of the best kept secrets in the NCAA.

After the first four weeks of the season, it’s safe to say that his secret is out.

The senior point guard from Dallas, TX has been grabbing headlines all season for the UT Arlington Mavericks, who sit at 7-1 and are widely considered the team to beat in the Sun Belt. Neal leads the country in assists per game, at 10.3, and he is the only player to average double-digit assists per night out.

He posted double-digit assists in six straight games to open the 2017-18 season, a stretch that included four double-doubles and one triple-double. He kicked off the past week with the triple-double performance, and helped the Mavericks extend their winning streak to five games when the week was over.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of three games that saw him stuff the stat sheet, UT Arlington guard Erick Neal was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 27 – December 3, 2017!

He received 60% of the votes in our weekly Twitter poll, beating out Josh Ibarra (Houston Baptist), Tramaine Isabell (Drexel), and Bryson Scott (Fort Wayne) for the honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Erick Neal, UT Arlington Mavericks

College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Justin Forrest, Appalachian State Mountaineers

The last seven days for freshman Justin Forrest were highlighted by a 36-point performance against James Madison. (Source: AAU Team Forrest)

CANMORE, Alta. — The list of talented freshmen in 2017-18 seems to add a few names each and every week.

Several talents fly under the radar before the season begins, especially at smaller schools across the country. Teams know that they sign talented players from the start, but it takes the rest of the nation a little bit longer to realize their potential.

One of those players is guard Justin Forrest. The native of Decatur, GA is in his first season with the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and has already emerged as a secondary scoring option alongside junior Ronshad Shabazz.

Forrest is currently second on the team in scoring, trailing only Shabazz, and he has a pair of 30+ point performances under his belt early in his collegiate career. While it’s early, all signs point to him being another top-tier weapon for the Mountaineers as they look to climb in the Sun Belt standings this season.

For his efforts this past week, freshman guard Justin Forrest has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!

Forrest received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll, earning more votes than Tywhon Pickford (Northern Iowa), Roman Penn (Siena), and Tariq Simmons (The Citadel) for the weekly honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Justin Forrest, Appalachian State Mountaineers