Category Archives: Sun Belt

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

Second half comeback leads Lamar past Coastal Carolina, 66-60

James Harrison came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points, on 5-of-5 shooting from three point range, and Lamar used a second-half comeback to top Coastal Carolina, 66-60.

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Finding a perfect balance can lead to success in many different areas of life, including on the basketball court.

On Tuesday, the Lamar Cardinals used a balanced offensive attack against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers as they launched a second-half comeback.

The Cardinals welcomed the Chanticleers to Beaumont, Texas for their 2017-18 home opener. Lamar opened the season with a seven-point road win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Friday afternoon, and were looking to start the season 2-0.

Coastal Carolina, on the other hand, were looking to play the role of spoiler. The Chanticleers routed Piedmont International in their home opener, 102-50, and were also looking to push their record to 2-0 early in 2017-18.

The visitors took a seven-point lead into the break, at 35-28. In the second frame, the Cardinals chipped away at the lead, and utilized a balanced attack to overtake the Chanticleers and pull away for the victory.

James Harrison came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points for Lamar, on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night from beyond the arc, and the Cardinals outscored the Chanticleers by 13 points in the second frame.

Lamar moved to 2-0 on the season with a 66-60 comeback win over Coastal Carolina. Continue reading Second half comeback leads Lamar past Coastal Carolina, 66-60

Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, 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 junior forwards 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. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

Continue reading Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

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

Josh Sharkey and the Samford Bulldogs are expected to be a top contender in the Southern Conference in 2017-18.

CANMORE, 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 2017-18, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here.
Check out Part Two here.

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

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