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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.*

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Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Brandon Goodwin and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be flying high once again in 2017-18. Can they recreate the magic from their Sweet 16 run from back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? (Source: Naples Herald)

CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.

Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.

But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.

Every year, fans get on the bandwagon of certain teams, with the hope that they make a deep run in March. It’s never too early to pick a Cinderella team, and we’ve got four of our own teams who will put a serious scare into power conference teams over the course of the upcoming 2017-18 season. Continue reading Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Six early winners on the 2017 transfer market

C.J. Bryce surprised many with his decision to transfer from UNC Wilmington, but he made the NC State Wolfpack one of the biggest winners of the offseason. (Source: NBC Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — So far this offseason, 728 players have transferred from their 2016-17 program, according to Verbal Commits.

That’s a fair number of players.

With that, rosters will look vastly different over the next two seasons, as graduate transfers take to the hardwood this season with their new programs, while others have to wait until the 2018-19 campaign to get into game action.

There have been some great additions for programs all across the country, and there have been some decisions that leave you scratching your head ans asking the age old question of ‘why’.

We took a look through all of the transfer decisions so far, and asked folks on Twitter to find out who are the biggest winners so far on the market. Below, you can find the six biggest winners on the 2017 transfer market so far.   Continue reading Six early winners on the 2017 transfer market

Delante Jones becomes latest transfer to commit to Seattle University

Former American University guard Delante Jones announced he was transferring to Seattle University on Saturday, becoming the fifth player to commit to the Redhawks this off-season.

SEATTLE, Wash. — The off-season following the 2016-17 season has seen a number of programs leave their mark on the transfer market.

The first programs that come to mind are power conference programs. Both the Kansas Jayhawks and the Arizona State Sun Devils have picked up key additions that will help their respective programs in the 2018-19 season.

Then, there’s the Nevada Wolfpack, who are big players in terms of transfers year in and year out. Eric Musselman has done a tremendous job making Nevada a desirable place to play for both incoming recruits and transfer players from across the country.

However, there’s one team in particular who has added a slew of talented players this off-season, but don’t have the national attention to match.

Jim Hayford and the Seattle University Redhawks have bolstered their roster through transfers, both for the upcoming season and the 2018-19 campaign. On Saturday afternoon, they landed their fifth commitment from a transfer player, landing former American Univ. Eagles‘ guard Delante Jones. Continue reading Delante Jones becomes latest transfer to commit to Seattle University

Antonio Green to transfer from UT-Rio Grande Valley after two seasons

Antonio Green hit a combined 170 three-pointers over his two seasons with UT-Rio Grande Valley. (Source: The Monitor)

EDINBURG, Tex. — As the off-season continues to roll along, more and more big names seem to be hitting the transfer market in the later months.

Just a couple weeks ago, sophomore guard C.J. Bryce announced he was transferring from the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, and he committed to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack a short time later.

Now, on Friday afternoon, the transfer market picked up some more depth by way of a player who has flown under the radar for two years in the WAC.

For fans outside of the WAC, and the state of Texas, paying attention to the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros isn’t high on their priority list. However, over the past two years, those fans have missed the emergence of a talented scoring guard who is now looking for his new home.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, sophomore guard Antonio Green has announced his intentions to transfer after two seasons with the Vaqueros. Continue reading Antonio Green to transfer from UT-Rio Grande Valley after two seasons

College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: Sweet 16 Results

LaVell Boyd is one of three WAC players who are still alive in the Player of the Year Fan Vote.

CALGARY, Alta. — One Elite Eight came to an end on Sunday, while another gets underway on Monday morning.

On Sunday, the North Carolina Tar Heels and South Carolina Gamecocks rounded out this year’s Final Four, joining both the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Oregon Ducks in Phoenix.

With just a handful of games left in the 2016-17 season, the end is in sight.

However, the season isn’t completely over for those programs who have played their last game. The College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote is still in full swing, and the field has been trimmed down to its own Elite Eight.

This past week, in the Sweet 16, fans came out in full force once again to support their favourite players from across the country. Over 15,000 votes were cast in the round across all three platforms (online polls, Facebook, and Twitter).

Three of the match-ups this past week were decided by less than 100 votes, while a pair of front-runners continued to hum right along.

Below, you can see the results for all eight match-ups from the Sweet 16. The winners in each region will go head-to-head this week for a spot in the Final Four.

Three of the eight players who advanced play for schools in the Western Athletic Conference.
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