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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Mid-American Conference

Demajeo Wiggins stands at 6’10” and 240 pounds, and is set for a breakout season for the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Looking at the Mid-American Conference for the 2017-18 season, a ton of talent returns for all 12 teams. From experienced guard to up-and-coming big men, the conference race will be one of the more exciting ones to watch.

Entering the season, a handful of teams look like top contenders to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. With so many teams so close together, the MAC will be home to some competitive games over the course of conference play.

As we gear up for another year full of MACtion, take a look at our pick for Preseason Player of the Year, and who slots in where on our Preseason All-MAC teams!

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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Chimezie Metu and the USC Trojans have a top-ten roster heading into the 2017-18 season, and they will look to become the first repeat winner of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in December.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 edition of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Over the weekend, Jeff Beverly (middle) became the latest impact graduate transfer to hit the open market.

CALGARY, Alta. — What a weekend it was for transfer players all across the country.

Several of the nation’s top transfer players committed to their respective schools. Some will be eligible next season as graduate transfers, while many will sit out a year and be eligible in 2018-19.

The likes of freshmen Peter Kiss (Rutgers Scarlet Knights) and Isiaha Mike (SMU Mustangs) turned stellar first-year performances into a spot on a power conference roster for the future.

Other players, like Kendall Smith and Khris Lane, did the same as graduate transfers, and will look to lead their new programs to the NCAA Tournament next year.

With the shake-ups over the past weekend, several of our top transfer from non-power programs are no longer on the market. So, here’s an updated list of available transfer players from outside of power programs, as of April 23rd. Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

While he’s a sit-one to play-one player, Jaleel Hogan is one of the top transfers on this year’s market.

CALGARY, Alta. — With each passing day, the list of players transferring continues to grow.

The list of transfer players is on the cusp of the 500-mark, and will only increase as the off-season moves along. While players are still making their decisions on whether or not to transfer, several big names have already committed to their future homes.

Marcus Evans and Egor Koulechov, the highly-touted guard duo from the Rice Owls, have both found their respective homes for the remainder of their collegiate careers. Evans followed Coach Rhoades and committed to the VCU Rams, while Koulechov committed to the Florida Gators for next season.

Also, Kerem Kanter committed to play for the Xavier Musketeers next season, is he opts to remove his name from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to school as a graduate transfer.

With that being said, there’s still a ton of talent on the market right now. The talent pool will likely continue to improve as the off-season moves along and new players look for their next home.

Here are the top 25 transfers from non-power conference schools, as of April 20th.  Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

Top 20 transfers from non-power programs in 2017

Former Akron guard Antino Jackson is one of the top 20 transfers on the market from non-power schools at this point in the off-season.

CALGARY, Alta. — You get your release, and you get your release, and you get your release.

With the high volume of transfer players receiving their releases within the first couple of weeks after the National Championship game is complete, it’s sometimes tough to keep up-to-date with all of the player movement.

That’s where the folks at Verbal Commits and ourselves come in handy.

Collectively, we try to keep fans across the country in the loop when it comes to player transfers and scholarship offers. Admittedly, they do all of the work, whether it’s the fact that they have a complete list of transfer players or tweeting out updates each and every day. They make our lives easier.

We then try to take their information and condense it down in to articles for you to stay informed as your days move on.

With a plethora of talented players on the open market, it was tough to narrow the list down to just 20 players. After we took out the power conference programs, the task was just as hard, as the number of talented players who are transferring from smaller programs is as impressive collection.

We did our best. Here are the top 20 transfers from non-power programs still on the market, as of April 5th, 2017.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.
With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.

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 Mid-American Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference