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.
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.
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.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The decision may have come a year later than most had expected, but Miles Bridges is heading to the NBA Draft.
Following two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans, the former five-star recruit from Flint, MI officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. He announced his decision via Twitter, indicating that he was signing with an agent, foregoing his remaining two years of eligibility in the NCAA.
Bridges was expected to be a top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he shocked everyone when he opted to return to East Lansing for a second season with the Spartans. Now, following another exit in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, Bridges is ready to take his game to the next level. Continue reading Miles Bridges Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft→
CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the 2017-18 season winding down, the vast majority of teams have turned their focus to the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.
The end of the season brings forth an influx of coaching changes and player transfers all across the country. Some have said the number of players transferring has been a problem over the last few years, with more and more players choosing to transfer with each passing year.
At this point, close to 200 players have opted to transfer and seek other opportunities in college basketball, and the Elite Eight hasn’t even begun. Several teams have been hit hard on the transfer market already, losing key pieces of the rotation for next season and beyond.
LAKE CHARLES, La. — The 2017-18 was a step in the right direction for the McNeese State Cowboys in the Southland Conference.
In the 2016-17 season, the Cowboys went just 7-22 overall, and 4-14 in conference play. Fast forward to this season, and they improved their overall record by four wins, finishing the year at 11-18 overall. Being seven games below .500 may not scream improvement, but the fact that they had a chance at a spot in the Southland Conference on the last game of the regular season shows that the team was trending upwards.
Now, with the transfer news that came out on Sunday surrounding two of the team’s top four scorers, the Cowboys may take a step or two backwards in 2018-19.