Category Archives: West Coast

San Diego Bolsters 2019-20 Roster With Addition of Youngstown State Transfer

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Sophomore guard Braun Hartfield comes to San Diego after averaging 13.6 points per game at Youngstown State in 2017-18. (Source: Vindy.com) (Header: San Diego Tribune)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Fresh off a 20-win season, the San Diego Toreros are looking to build off their success in the 2018-19 season.

Despite some off-court issues surrounding former head coach Lamont Smith, San Diego finished in a tie for fourth place in the West Coast Conference with a record of 9-9 in WCC play. Their strong regular season earned them a spot in the field for the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Wins over the Hartford Hawks and Portland State Vikings advanced the Toreros into the quarter-finals, where they fell to the Northern Colorado Bears at home to end their season.

In 2018-19, San Diego should be a top-half team in the WCC once more. They have a plethora of talent returning, a core group that includes the likes of Olin Carter III, Isaiah Pineiro, and Isaiah Wright, among others. With all three players being seniors next season, the coaching staff for the Toreros are looking to add pieces for the 2019-20 season on the transfer market. Continue reading San Diego Bolsters 2019-20 Roster With Addition of Youngstown State Transfer

Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

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Freshman Colbey Ross had himself a strong first season at Pepperdine, averaging 14.0 points and a team-high 5.6 assists per game. (Source: William Mancebo – Getty Images) (Header: Getty Images)

SARNIA, Ont. — Two talented freshmen players came into the week, but only one would come out on top as the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

Colbey Ross and Trip Day both put together strong freshmen campaigns on opposite sides of the country, and fans voted them into the Championship Round of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote. Ross emerged as a star-in-the-making for the Pepperdine Waves, while Day is yet another budding star for the North Florida Ospreys.

From the outset of the challenge, fans and supporters of the Ospreys and Day have shown their support through the online polls. Week after week, Day was among the top vote-getters and showed no signs of slowing down as the Championship Round got underway. North Florida fans began to show their support via Facebook, which only strengthened the support network for Day.

The level of support for Ross grew with each passing round. The Pepperdine community started to rally around their star freshman as the field got smaller, and Ross carried a steady stream of momentum into the final week of voting.

At the end of the day, only one player could be crowned the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

After more than 50,000 votes were cast over the six weeks of the challenge, the winner of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote is… Continue reading Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

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Former BYU guard Tyler Haws is the latest former NCAA star to head north of the border for the next chapter in his professional basketball career. (Source: CBS Sports)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — The St. John’s Edge are in their inaugural season in the NBL Canada, but they have already assembled one of the league’s more talented rosters.

The expansion club boasts a list of former NCAA stars, one that includes the likes of Grandy Glaze, Wally Ellenson, Colton Ray-St. Cyr, and Jarryn Skeete. Then, when you add in the likes of Carl English, Alex Johnson, and others, it’s clear to see why the Edge have taken the NBL Canada by storm this season.

On Tuesday, ahead of the Edge’s home contest with the visiting Windsor Express, the team added a pair of players. One, in particular, comes from the West Coast Conference, where he played collegiate basketball with the BYU Cougars. Continue reading Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Alec Wintering, Portland Pilots

Alec Wintering averaged 24.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this past week, leading the Pilots to two wins to open up conference play.
Alec Wintering averaged 24.5 points and 7.0 assists per game this past week, leading the Pilots to two wins to open up conference play.

He may not get the national attention that he deserves, which is a crime in its own right, but Portland Pilots‘ senior guard Alec Wintering is one of the premier guards in the entire NCAA.

Over his entire collegiate career, the native of Charlotte, NC has done it all for the Pilots.

Wintering has averaged at least 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in each season at Portland, while shooting at least 43.4% from the field in each of the last three years. He regularly stuffs the stat sheet, which makes it even more puzzling as to why more people aren’t talking about him and his talents.

We’ve been high on him over the past two seasons, and he keeps giving us more reasons to be excited about his future prospects.

This past week was no different, as he helped to lead the Pilots to two big wins in conference play to close out 2016 on a high note. Wintering averaged 23.5 points and 7.0 assists in the Pilots’ two wins last week, putting them a perfect 2-0 in WCC play and sending them into 2017 with a big boost of momentum.

After his impressive week, Wintering was rewarded for his efforts. Through a poll on Twitter, he was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of December 26 – January 1!

Wintering is the first player to receive a Player of the Week award in back-to-back seasons from College Court Report, as he won the award last season for the week of February 1 – 7, 2016. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Alec Wintering, Portland Pilots

Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton - Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics)
Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton – Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics)

Players aren’t the only ones who make their debuts in college basketball each November.

Each season, there are several first time head coaches who realize their dreams of becoming a head coach at the Division I level. Many have paid their dues, whether it be as an assistant coach in the NCAA, or as a head coach at a smaller institution. The journeys are undoubtedly long, but well worth it in the end, when they see the title of ‘Head Men’s Basketball Coach’ after their name.

The start of the 2016-17 season was no exception.

In total, there are 29 coaches across the country who are first-time head coaches in Division I this season. Some have been assistants at larger programs in the country, while others have been head coaches in the junior college ranks.

Regardless of where they came from, they are now head coaches at the top level of collegiate basketball.

The transition hasn’t been easy for every coach, as only nine of the 29 first-time coaches have a winning record through the first five weeks of the year.

Here are five coaches who are enjoying some early success in their first year at the helm in Division I.
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