WINDSOR, Ont. — What a year it has been for Springfield, Missouri native Erik Durham.
Back in March, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks made a run through the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the fourth-seed in the field, punching the program’s first-ever ticket to the Big Dance.
Durham recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in the quarter-finals. After a win over the top-seeded Belmont Bruins in the semi-finals, Durham recorded 11 points in the championship game to send the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament.
Jacksonville State was awarded a 15-seed, but were unable to pull off any Cinderella magic, falling to the Louisville Cardinals in the Round of 64, 78-63.
CLARKSVILLE, TN — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and teams are putting the final touches on their rosters.
Several teams have assembled their squads for this season, and are currently on international exhibition tours to try and get their players on the same page in advance of the year. Others are still at home, looking for that final piece to the puzzle that could lead them to a conference title and/or a post-season berth.
The transfer market has thinned out considerably, but there are still some intriguing players available who can either help immediately or in 2018-19.
On Saturday afternoon, another player came off the table, and one of America’s favourite teams from the 2016 NCAA Tournament picked up some forward depth as they look to push for an Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Bobby Collins is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in 2017-18, and he’s looking to get the team back into the post-season for the first time since 2014-15.
In Collins’ first year in Princess Anne, he guided the Hawks to a record of 18-15 overall, and a spot in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Despite an opening round loss to the High Point Panthers, the season was a success for the Hawks.
Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the Hawks are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Last season, they took a step forward again, finishing sixth in the MEAC standings, and they advanced to the MEAC Tournament semi-finals.
Heading into this season, the Hawks are looking to build off of last year’s momentum, and contend for a MEAC title once more.
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Fresh off their appearance in the 2017 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four, the Brock Badgers are looking for even more during the 2017-18 season.
The Badgers took home a bronze medal last season in the OUA Playoffs, and were a top-five team in the country for the latter part of the season. They saw first-hand what it takes to win a gold medal, and with a strong core back for another go-round, this year could be the Badgers’ year on the hardwood.
Before the season gets going, the Badgers will play six exhibition games against Division I institutions from across the NCAA. Starting August 9th, the Badgers will play a pair of games on their home court, before heading to the Virgin Islands to play four more games against various NCAA opponents.
July has come and gone, and for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, that means the 2017-18 season is one step closer.
The Irish have had an eventful summer so far, from multiple commitments, to transfers, to schedule releases. Summer work outs are coming to a close and soon, the players will be sent home until their return this fall to start a new school year.