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Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany

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On the heels of a career year in 2017-18, Massachusetts graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Albany Great Danes on Tuesday. (Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette) (Header: Massachusetts Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. — What an off-season it’s been for the Albany Great Danes.

The Great Danes have lost a ton of talent and production from their 2017-18 team this off-season, whether it be to graduation of players transferring out of the program. Their top four scorers are all gone, a group that includes three players that averaged at least 14.6 points per game.

Guards Joe Cremo and David Nichols both transferred from the program at the end of the year. Cremo joined the reigning champion Villanova Wildcats, while Nichols is taking his talents to the ACC after committing to the Florida State Seminoles. Add in the graduation of both Travis Charles and Greig Stire, and the roster is thin for the Great Danes.

Coach Will Brown and his staff have added transfers this off-season to help shoulder the load on both ends of the court. Freshman Phillip Flory transferred from the Seton Hall Pirates, and will be immediately eligible this season. On Tuesday, they added another player that brings a wealth of experience with him to the program.

Graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Great Danes after three seasons in the Atlantic 10 with the Massachusetts Minutemen. Continue reading Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany

Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

Jahad Thomas does it all for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, as evident by his two triple-double performances in 2016-17.

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.

Last season, the Vermont Catamounts rolled over the rest of the America East, and all signs point to another dominating team in 2017-18. Canadian guard Trae Bell-Haynes took home the America East Player of the Year award last season, and will be looking to become a two-time winner to close out his career.

However, there are several talented players in the conference who are all worthy of the award. Even though Vermont is the team to beat, the Player of the Year award winner could come from one of the other eight programs in the conference.

Take a look below at who we have selected as America East Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-America East teams, which feature at least one player from all nine teams!

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RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany

Trevis Wyche (11 points) helped to lead the Saint Peter’s Peacocks to their first post-season win since 1980 on Thursday night. (Source: Hudson Reporter) (Header: Saint Peter’s Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. — The last time the Saint Peter’s Peacocks won a post-season game was back in 1980.

Back then, Post-It Notes were just hitting the market, John Lennon was shot outside of his apartment, and millions of people tuned in to find out who killed J.R. Ewing on the hit TV show ‘Dallas’.

Many things have changed, and while Post-It Notes continue to be made and sold, the Peacocks haven’t won a post-season game since the 1980 NIT. After accepting an invite to the 2017 CIT, they were hoping to put an end to their lengthy drought.

In order to reverse their fortunes, the Peacocks would have to do so on the road against the Albany Great Danes.

Albany, who fell in the America East final to the Vermont Catamounts, were looking to give their home fans at least one more victory to cheer about. After the first half, the Great Danes held a one point lead.

The second half was a different story. Albany stretched their lead to as many as nine points early on, but the Peacocks were determined to end their drought in the post-season.

With 3:38 to play in the game, Quadir Welton got a layup to drop, giving the Peacocks a slim one-point lead, at 53-52.

Saint Peter’s would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, coming away with a hard-fought 59-55 victory over Albany.  Continue reading RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany

College Court Report Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week: Joe Cremo, Albany Great Danes

After averaging 26.5 points over Albany’s two wins last week, sophomore guard Joe Cremo was tabbed College Court Report Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week for December 5 – 11, 2016.

“We played Syracuse this year, but I can’t say we have played against a better basketball than [Joe] Cremo.”

Those were the words from Colgate Raiders‘ head coach Matt Langel following the Raiders’ 74-66 loss to the Albany Great Danes.

It was some high praise for the second-year guard, who is the leading scorer for the Great Danes at this point in the season, but praise that is well deserved.

Cremo has blossomed into a star for Albany, and his talents were on full display over the past seven days.

In two games, Cremo averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Albany went a perfect 2-0 over the week, winning both contests by an average of 10 points.

For his efforts, sophomore guard Joe Cremo was tabbed the College Court Report Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week for December 5 – 11, 2016!

Northern Iowa Panthers’ guard Jeremy Morgan was also named Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week, as voted on by basketball fans via Twitter.
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