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Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Devine Eke was an impact player on both ends of the floor for Maine in 2015-16. Now, in 2017-18, he will be given every opportunity to shine with the Rider Broncs. (Source: David Butler II – USA Today Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.

While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.

Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.

You have the likes of Kory HoldenDevin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.

Here are ten transfers who may have been forgotten over the course of the 2016-17 season, but will undoubtedly have a positive impact with their new schools this coming year. Continue reading Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Looking ahead at two redshirts who transferred following the 2015-16 season

Former Sacred Heart guard Cane Broome is ready to show the rest of the AAC what he’s got this season with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The transfer market has dominated the 2017 College Basketball offseason thus far. Big name talents like Marcus Evans and the Lawson brothers have headlined a strong class of players changing teams.

But while the likes of Evans and the Lawson’s are the center of attention right now, their transfers will soon be forgotten until they step foot on the basketball court.  They’ll have a quiet year to acclimate to school, while familiarizing themselves with the new coach, teammates, court, and any of its warps or tricky dead spots.

The NCAA requires non-graduate transfers to sit out a season before they play for their new team. So we will have to wait until November 2018 before we see KJ, Marcus, and all the other transfers play for their new schools.

While the current offseason buzz has been focused on players deciding to transfer, and rightfully so, there should be even more excitement about the holding-tank of student athletes who plan to make a huge impact for their new team this coming fall after toiling exclusively in practice jerseys for a year. Continue reading Looking ahead at two redshirts who transferred following the 2015-16 season

RECAP: #4 UCF advances to NIT semifinals, beats #2 Illinois, 68-58

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.
ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF guard A.J. Davis dreamed about playing at Madison Square Garden. 

Now, he can check it off his bucket list.

The Knights advanced to the National Invitation Tournament semi-finals, fighting off Illinois, 68-58. The Fighting Illini led for only one minute and 53 seconds during a game in which they shot an anemic 30.6 percent.

“Every game we are just trying to not give up threes and layups (and) make guys shoot tough twos,” UCF center Tacko Fall said. “We work on it every day.”

The Matt Williams Show began at 7:00 p.m. sharp. The senior sharpshooter from Orlando swished 3 three-pointers to charge UCF ahead, 11-3. Continue reading RECAP: #4 UCF advances to NIT semifinals, beats #2 Illinois, 68-58

RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

NORMAL, Ill. — Postseason basketball; a new season for all.

Although it was not in the tournament they desired, Illinois State clubbed pesky UC Irvine in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, 85-71.

Seniors Deontae Hawkins and Paris Lee, in a showing that featured the Redbirds shooting 52% from beyond the arc, scored 22 and 13 points respectively to advance the active home winning streak to 22 games.

“Some guys were like, ‘Man, I’m grateful we’re here but this is not the NCAA Tournament,'” said Lee of the group’s mentality after Selection Sunday. “Once we got settled in practice, everyone was like, ‘We might as well win it while we’re doing it.'” Continue reading RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

Jahmal McMurray commits to SMU, eligible December 2017

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The post-Larry Brown era continues to be promising in Dallas, Texas.

Per Jon Rothstein, former South Florida superstar Jahmal McMurray has committed to SMU. The explosive 6’0″ scoring guard is currently in JUCO but will be eligible to suit up in December, once the fall semester concludes. He has two years of eligibility remaining following next season.

McMurray, an AAC All-Rookie selection last season, averaged 20.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in three games this season. Although the Kansas native missed the first six games for an undisclosed violation, he displayed great growth and efficiency by shooting 43.1% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc — both of which were significant improvements from his initial campaign.  Continue reading Jahmal McMurray commits to SMU, eligible December 2017

RECAP: B.J. Taylor returns; UCF struggles past East Carolina, 48-45

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ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time in a month, UCF superstar B.J. Taylor was back on the court.

No surprise, the Knights won. Though, it was anything but pretty.

Taylor, with a taped up right hand, scored 19 points in a 48-45 win over East Carolina. Pirates’ guard B.J. Tyson missed a game-tying three-pointer at the horn.

“He picked a great night to have one of his best performances,” UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said of Taylor. “He stepped up for us.” Continue reading RECAP: B.J. Taylor returns; UCF struggles past East Carolina, 48-45