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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southland Conference

The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)
The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Southland Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southland Conference

The New Face(s) of the Southland Conference

Thomas Walkup and his trademark beard have moved on from Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference, meaning the conference needs a new face on the national stage.
Thomas Walkup and his trademark beard have moved on from Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference. The search for the next face(s) of the Southland Conference is on.

Over the last couple of seasons, everyone has come to know about the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the face of the Southland Conference, Thomas Walkup.

Walkup has been a key piece in the Lumberjacks’ domination of the Southland Conference in the past three seasons, and was also a big reason for their two trips to the Round of 32 in the past three years in the NCAA Tournament. Especially during the 2015-16 season, Walkup became a fan favourite all over the country due to his play on the court, and resemblance of a lumberjack with his full beard.

But, all good things come to an end at some point, and Walkup’s time at Stephen F. Austin has sadly come to an end.

He was the face of the Southland Conference on the national stage. Now, someone new has to step up and carry the torch. There are plenty of talented players who are more than capable of being ‘the face’ of the Southland in 2016-17.

From a talented guard duo who was granted one more year together, to a budding star from Lithuania, we have come up with five new options as the face(s) of the Southland Conference, both this season and potentially beyond.
Continue reading The New Face(s) of the Southland Conference

Behind the Clipboard: Abilene Christian Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Brette Tanner

Abilene Christian Associate Head Coach Brette Tanner is in his fourth year with the program. (Source: ACU Athletics)
Abilene Christian Associate Head Coach Brette Tanner is in his fourth year with the program. (Source: ACU Athletics)

Pat Riley once said, “To have long term success as a coach, or in any position in leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.”

One coach in particular who is obsessed in his role, both as a coach and a motivator, to grow his players on and off the court is Abilene Christian Wildcats men’s basketball Associate Head Coach Brette Tanner.

Coach Tanner is currently entering his fourth season at Abilene Christian University on Joe Golding‘s staff. The Wildcats finished he 2015-16 season with a 13-18 record overall, and 8-10 in Southland Conference play. The team also put together an impressive record inside Moody Coliseum, going 10-4 on their home floor.

We caught up with Coach Tanner to discuss a wide variety of things, including how he got into coaching, what his roles are as associate head coach, his connection to Ron Slaymaker, and what a game-day environment at Moody Coliseum is like. Continue reading Behind the Clipboard: Abilene Christian Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Brette Tanner

Fan Vote Tabs College Court Report Mid-Major Freshman of the Year

Abilene Christian's Jaylen Franklin had the lead in the finals heading into the weekend, but saw it dwindle down to just a 0.06% cushion with five hours to go in the finals. Was he able to hold on for the title? (Source: ACU Sports)
Abilene Christian’s Jaylen Franklin had the lead in the finals heading into the weekend, but saw it dwindle down to just a 0.06% cushion with five hours to go in the finals. Was he able to hold on for the title? (Source: ACU Sports)

Back at the end of February, 64 of the best freshmen in the country were put into an NCAA Tournament-style bracket to determine who was the top player in the nation during the 2015-16 season.

Two things made this unique. All of the players were from mid-major schools, and the winner would be determined solely by fan votes. We felt that giving control to the people who watch the games on a consistent basis.

Over the course of the challenge, over 350,000 votes were cast in the Player of the Year Fan Vote, including over 90,000 in the final round alone. The contest was down to two of the nation’s most talented guards, as Jaylen Franklin went head-to-head with Fletcher Magee.

Franklin was a steady force right out of the gate, as fans and coaches alike from Abilene Christian got behind their star freshman. As the weeks progressed, fans of Franklin increased their social media presence, making him a force in terms of both voting methods.

As for Fletcher, he was a force in terms of social media votes over the course of the entire challenge. Week after week, the #CCRFreshmanFanVote was trending in Spartanburg, as the community was behind him from the start.

In the end, only one player could come on top and take home the hardware as the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year.

After six weeks of voting, the winner of the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Fan Vote is… Continue reading Fan Vote Tabs College Court Report Mid-Major Freshman of the Year

CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Final Four Results

Wofford's Fletcher Magee has used a heavy social media presence to get him into the Final Four, but will it be enough to send him into the championship pairing? (Source: Wofford Athletics)
Wofford’s Fletcher Magee has used a heavy social media presence to get him into the Final Four, but will it be enough to send him into the championship pairing? (Source: Wofford Athletics)

Who else is better qualified to hand out some college basketball hardware than the fans who watch the games on a regular basis?

Nobody.

The 2nd Annual CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote got under way on February 29th, and the votes started to roll in right from the outset. Schools got behind their talented freshmen, trying to propel their players to the top of the contest.

More and more schools have joined the campaign trails as the contest has picked up steam. In total, a combined 70,096 votes were cast in the Final Four through the online polls and the use of #CCRFreshmanFanVote on Twitter.

Four of the nation’s top freshmen went head-to-head in a pair of showdowns to determine the finals. All four came from smaller schools with loyal fan bases, and all of them were looking to push their player to the championship!

Take a scroll down to see who’s off to the finals.

You can vote for the Championship match here! Continue reading CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Final Four Results