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Tennessee Transfer Ray Kasongo Commits to Iowa State

Toronto, ON native Ray Kasongo has committed to Iowa State, where he will sit out the 2016-17 season and have two years of eligibility left starting in 2017-18.
Toronto, ON native and former Tennessee forward Ray Kasongo has committed to Iowa State, where he will sit out the 2016-17 season and have two years of eligibility left starting in 2017-18.

Coming into the 2015-16 season, Rick Barnes and the Tennessee Volunteers had a talented Canadian duo on their roster, both of whom looked to play big roles for the team.

Freshman big man Kyle Alexander was Barnes’ first big-time commit after taking over the head coaching position, and sophomore forward Ray Kasongo added more size to the front court rotation.

While neither played significant minutes, both showed flashes of promise for the Volunteers. However, following the season, Kasongo opted to transfer from the program.

After several teams vying for his services, Kasongo made his decision on Friday as to where he would play next.

According to CBS Sports, Ray Kasongo has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones. Continue reading Tennessee Transfer Ray Kasongo Commits to Iowa State

Texas Longhorns Get Commitment from Class of 2016 Five-Star Big Man Jarrett Allen

Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns raised their fists in excitement on Friday, as Class of 2016 five-star center Jarrett Allen committed to the Longhorns after a lengthy recruiting process.
Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns raised their fists in excitement on Friday, as Class of 2016 five-star center Jarrett Allen committed to the Longhorns after a lengthy recruiting process.

Slowly but surely, the pieces have been falling into place for the recruiting class of 2016.

One by one, the top recruits in the country have made their final decision on where they will play their collegiate basketball next season. Some schools, like the Kentucky Wildcats or the Duke Blue Devils, have their fair share of top-tier recruits. Others, however, were hoping to land that one impact recruit that could change their season for the better.

On Friday, the Texas Longhorns landed their impact recruit.

Center Jarrett Allen was the last five-star prospect on the board who hadn’t chose his collegiate home. He is ranked as the top center in the Class of 2016 by ESPN.

He was relatively quiet during his recruiting process, although it was a well-known fact that there was an instate battle for the Austin, TX native between the Longhorns and the Houston Cougars.

In the end, Allen committed to Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns, and could have very well turned them into an NCAA Tournament team in doing so. Continue reading Texas Longhorns Get Commitment from Class of 2016 Five-Star Big Man Jarrett Allen

Three Biggest Winners from the NBA Draft Early Entrant Deadline

With both Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey back for the 2016-17 season, the Oregon Ducks could be in store for a special year.
With both Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey back for the 2016-17 season, the Oregon Ducks could be in store for a special year.

With the new NBA Draft rules, there were a number of underclassmen who declared early for the draft without signing with an agent. Players were able to go through the pre-draft process, and 70 players were invited to the NBA Draft Combine.

Depending on the feedback players heard, projections, and how the players felt in general, they were able to return to school if they so chose. The deadline to either sign with an agent or return to school was May 25th.

As the deadline came and went, several key players opted to return to school for another kick at the can in the NCAA. Some are back to improve their game with the hopes of becoming a lock for a first-round selection in future years, while others simply went through the process to get noticed and the experience.

After the decisions came, several teams were considered ‘winners’. Three teams stood out from the rest, as the decisions for key players to return to school will give each team a better shot at not only a conference title, but possibly a national title.
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2015-16 Year in Review: Back to the Drawing Board for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks

Senior forward Dominique Elliott and the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks took a step backwards after their breakout campaign in 2014-15. (Source: UMES Sports Information)
Senior forward Dominique Elliott and the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks took a step backwards after their breakout campaign in 2014-15. (Source: UMES Sports Information)

The success for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks during the 2014-15 season was well-documented. Their 18-wins were more than they had in the previous three years combined, and they were invited to the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Their success led to an increase in optimism heading into the 2015-16 campaign, which was Bobby Collins‘ second as the head coach of the team. Forward Michael Myers, a CCR Mid-Major All-American following the 2014-15 season, was the only notable player to be gone from the roster. So, the Hawks were flying high in advance of the 2015-16 season.

What goes up, must come down.

Instead of building off of their success, the Hawks fell flat in 2015-16, struggling out of the gate and never being able to recreate the magic from the previous year. The Hawks won just once in their first 11 games, and were never able to dig themselves out of the hole they dug for themselves.

After taking a step backwards this past season, the Hawks must return to the drawing board and get ready for the 2016-17 season. Even with the struggles of this past year, there is still reason to believe the Hawks can contend for a MEAC title in the coming years. Continue reading 2015-16 Year in Review: Back to the Drawing Board for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks

Take 5: Top Takeaways from the 2016 NCAA Tournament

Daniel Ochefu (center) and the Villanova Wildcats celebrate the second NCAA Tournament championship n school history after a 77-74 win over North Carolina.
Daniel Ochefu (center) and the Villanova Wildcats celebrate the second NCAA Tournament championship n school history after a 77-74 win over North Carolina.

With the 2015-2016  NCAA men’s basketball season coming to an end on Monday, there are plenty of people who simply aren’t ready for the off-season.

The 2015-16 season was full of highs and lows, providing excitement and heartbreak to so many passionate basketball fans around the country. From the upset from the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the NCAA Tournament over the Michigan State Spartans, to the NBA Draft debate surrounding Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, there was plenty to talk about all season long.

With the season firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to reflect and look at some of the key points that we were able to take away from the 2016 NCAA Tournament. From coaches earning high-profile jobs with marquee schools, to mid-major conferences making the case for more consideration on Selection Sunday for multiple bids, there’s plenty to talk about.

Below are five key takeaways from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

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RECAP: Middle Tennessee Holds off Old Dominion for Conference USA Crown and Berth in NCAA Tournament

Giddy Potts scored a team-high 14 points, and all five starters for Middle Tennessee scored at least 9 points, as the Blue Raiders fought back in the second half to edge Old Dominion, 55-53. (Source: Murfreesboro Post)
Giddy Potts scored a team-high 14 points, and all five starters for Middle Tennessee scored at least 9 points, as the Blue Raiders fought back in the second half to edge Old Dominion, 55-53. (Source: Murfreesboro Post)

When the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers took down the UAB Blazers to open up the Conference USA tournament, the remaining teams let out a collective sigh of relief. They didn’t have to contend with the regular season champion on their path towards the NCAA Tournament.

Despite the Blazers being out of the running for the tournament title, the road to the Big Dance wasn’t going to be easy.

On Saturday, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders found themselves squaring off against the Old Dominion Monarchs for the right to represent the conference in the field of 68. With two teams full of experience, the game was destined to be a closely contested affair, and it lived up to that very expectation.

Despite taking a five-point lead at half, the Monarchs weren’t able to hold onto the lead in the second half.

Middle Tennessee made a comeback, erasing Old Dominion’s lead with 11:01 to play, and Reggie Upshaw scored four points in the final minute to send the Blue Raiders back to the NCAA Tournament with the 55-53 win over the Old Dominion Monarchs. Continue reading RECAP: Middle Tennessee Holds off Old Dominion for Conference USA Crown and Berth in NCAA Tournament