Tag Archives: 2017-18 Post-Season

Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)

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Graduate transfer Zach Johnson committed to Miami (FL) late on Thursday night, giving the Hurricanes three transfers in the last two weeks. (Source: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics) (Header: Naples Herald)

MIAMI, Fla. — It’s all about The U.

Quietly, the Miami (FL) Hurricanes are making a run at the title of Transfer U this off-season with their recent string of high-caliber commitments that will help the program both immediately and in the future.

First, it was freshman Anthony Mack, who committed to the Hurricanes after one season in the Mountain West with the Wyoming Cowboys. Then, it was Kameron McGusty, who made the move to the state of Florida after two seasons in the Big 12 under Lon Kruger with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Both players have to sit out the 2018-19 season, but are eligible in 2019-20, giving the Hurricanes a big boost in the future.

However, with key departures from last year’s team, the Hurricanes were looking to land a graduate transfer who could step in and help right away. Late Thursday night, they got the good news that they were hoping for.

Zach Johnson took to his Twitter account to announce that he had committed to The U, choosing the Hurricanes over the likes of the Louisville Cardinals and Creighton Bluejays. Continue reading Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)

UNC Wilmington Gets Commitment From Georgia Southern Transfer Shawn O’Connell

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Shawn O’Connell (11) committed to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on Thursday, where he will add more depth to the front court rotation. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: The North State Journal)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — One of the NCAA’s most improved front court rotations for the 2018-19 season got a little bit deeper on Thursday by way of the transfer market.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks already boast the nation’s top rebounder, in big man Devontae Cacok. The 6’7” forward from Riverdale, CA averaged 13.5 rebounds per game as a junior in 2017-18, which led the country. Add in his 17.7 points per contest, and Cacok is easily one of the top forwards in the country.

After sitting out last season due to transfer, Jeantal Cylla is eligible for the 2018-19 season, and adds more depth to the front court. Cylla played two seasons with the Florida Atlantic Owls, where he averaged 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2016-17.

On Thursday, the Seahawks added yet another forward to the mix by way of a graduate transfer.

After three seasons with the Georgia Southern Eagles in the Sun Belt Conference, 6’8” forward Shawn O’Connell is on his way to the Colonial Athletic Association to join the Seahawks for his final year of collegiate eligibility. Continue reading UNC Wilmington Gets Commitment From Georgia Southern Transfer Shawn O’Connell

Donte DiVincenzo Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft Without an Agent

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Donte DiVincenzo (middle) went for 31 points, on 10-of-15 shooting, to lead Villanova past Michigan to become the 2018 National Champions. (Source: The Denver Post) (Header: SB Nation)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — If you don’t know who Donte DiVincenzo is by now, you need to change your priorities during March Madness.

During the 2018 National Championship game, DiVIncenzo burst onto the scene with an incredible performance against the Michigan Wolverines. While many hardcore fans knew he was talented before the title game, his performance in San Antonio, TX cemented his place among the top players in all of college basketball.

DiVincenzo went for 31 points in the title game, on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 from three point range. He added in five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks to complete the all-round performance.

The redshirt sophomore showed up on the biggest stage of them all in the college basketball world, and now he’s ready to get feedback from top executives and coaches in the NBA.

On Thursday, the 6’5” guard declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, thus allowing him to return to Villanova for the 2018-19 season. Continue reading Donte DiVincenzo Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft Without an Agent

Nedeljko Prijovic, Sergio El Darwich Commit to Maine

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After two seasons at Texas State, 6’7” forward Nedeljko Prijovic (above) has committed to the University of Maine, where he will reunite with a former teammate and coach from Lee Academy. (Source: Texas State Athletics) (Header: Texas State Athletics)

ORONO, Me. — The Maine Black Bears continued to add talent to their roster on Wednesday, as they landed a pair of commitments from players with Division I experience.

Just last week, the Black Bears signed guard Terion Moss after a standout career at Portland High School. He was named Maine’s 2018 Mr. Basketball, and he is a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state. Keeping a player of his caliber in the state of Maine was a huge pickup for the Black Bears.

Now, Maine has added a pair of transfers with experience at the Division I level. One is eligible right away after spending half of last season at the JUCO level, while the other has to sit out the 2018-19 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Nedeljko Prijovic and Sergio El Darwich have committed to the Black Bears, adding size and depth to the rotation for the Black Bears. Continue reading Nedeljko Prijovic, Sergio El Darwich Commit to Maine

Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Player of the Year

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North Dakota guard Geno Crandall was looking to keep the Player of the Year title at the University of North Dakota, while Justin Strings was looking to bring the title to Sacramento.

SARNIA, Ont. — Seven weeks ago, 96 of the nation’s top players began campaigning for your votes to become the College Court Report Player of the Year.

This past week, the final two players went head-to-head to become this year’s winner. For the third year in a row, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks were represented in the Championship, as junior Geno Crandall was looking to give the school its third straight winner.

Former North Dakota guard Quinton Hooker won the previous two Player of the Year awards.

On the flip side this week was a former conference rival of Crandall. Senior big man Justin Strings put together a stellar career for the Sacramento State Hornets, but his production flew under the radar on a national level. Given the opportunity to support their star, fans of the Hornets pushed Strings into the Championship Round.

Both players were front-runners in the challenge from the outset. Fans of the Fighting Hawks showed up once again to push their own to the Championship Round. Family and friends of Strings were the ones to spearhead a charge for the senior all throughout the challenge.

At the end of the day, only one player could come out on top. After more than 30,000 votes were cast through the online polls and on Facebook during the Championship Round, we finally have our 2017-18 College Court Report Player of the Year.

The winner is… Continue reading Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Player of the Year

Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

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Michigan guard Ibi Wagner announced his intentions to transfer from the Wolverines on Thursday night, less than two weeks after appearing in the 2018 National Championship game. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SARNIA, Ont. — Friday the 13th was a quiet day on the transfer market, as none of the big names committed to new schools for next season and beyond.

With that said, several teams from across the NCAA got better with the moves that did take place over the course of the day. A handful of schools landed commitments from players outside of Division I, while one new head coach in particular landed his first major recruit.

In addition to the commitments, a pair of players announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Late Thursday night, a player that took part in the 2018 National Championship game announced his intentions to transfer, while another who advanced to the Elite Eight transferred on Friday.

Here’s all that you may have missed on the transfer market during the day on Friday. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I