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Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

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Shawn Hopkins (right) is one of three Division I transfers who will play for the North Georgia Nighthawks in 2018-19. (Source: Dothan Eagle) (Header: HERO Sports)

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Sometimes in life, one has to take a step backwards in order to take two steps forward.

In the college basketball world, that could be seen as transferring out of Division I with the ultimate goal of returning to the top level down the road. Over the last few years, more and more players have made the move out of Division I, finding homes elsewhere across the country where they can play meaningful minutes and work on their game.

This off-season is no different, as there have been plenty of players transferring to various levels across the United States in advance of the 2018-19 season.

Back on May 29th, the North Georgia Nighthawks announced their signing class for the 2018-19 season. It was made up of nine players overall, which is the largest signing class for the program in the last several seasons. Three of those players will join the program from Division I programs, and they’re a trio that head coach Chris Faulkner is excited to have on his squad. Continue reading Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Justin Forrest, Appalachian State Mountaineers

The last seven days for freshman Justin Forrest were highlighted by a 36-point performance against James Madison. (Source: AAU Team Forrest)

CANMORE, Alta. — The list of talented freshmen in 2017-18 seems to add a few names each and every week.

Several talents fly under the radar before the season begins, especially at smaller schools across the country. Teams know that they sign talented players from the start, but it takes the rest of the nation a little bit longer to realize their potential.

One of those players is guard Justin Forrest. The native of Decatur, GA is in his first season with the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and has already emerged as a secondary scoring option alongside junior Ronshad Shabazz.

Forrest is currently second on the team in scoring, trailing only Shabazz, and he has a pair of 30+ point performances under his belt early in his collegiate career. While it’s early, all signs point to him being another top-tier weapon for the Mountaineers as they look to climb in the Sun Belt standings this season.

For his efforts this past week, freshman guard Justin Forrest has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!

Forrest received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll, earning more votes than Tywhon Pickford (Northern Iowa), Roman Penn (Siena), and Tariq Simmons (The Citadel) for the weekly honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Justin Forrest, Appalachian State Mountaineers

Monday’s in the MEAC: Five can’t miss non-conference games featuring MEAC schools (so far)

Brandon Tabb and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will face off against Nick Dixon and UTRGV in non-conference play this season.

CALGARY, Alta. — It’s been a quiet couple of weeks in the MEAC.

Outside of schedule releases, the bulk of the action has died down in terms of player movement. The 2017-18 season is quickly approaching, and while the Hampton Pirates played exhibition games in Puerto Rico, we’re just itching for the regular season to finally get underway.

So, with more and more schedules being released with each passing day, we decided it was time to look at some of the best non-conference games for the year that feature teams from the MEAC. Now, not all of the 13 teams have released their non-conference slates as of yet, so this is a list that will undoubtedly be revised at a later date.

For now, here are the top five non-conference games that we can’t wait to see this season, in the latest edition of Monday’s in the MEAC. Continue reading Monday’s in the MEAC: Five can’t miss non-conference games featuring MEAC schools (so far)

Appalachian State freshman guard Patrick Good to transfer from program

On Wednesday, freshman Patrick Good became the second guard to transfer from Appalachian State this off-season, joining sophomore Emarius Logan. (Source: News and Neighbor)

BOONE, NC. — Another day has come and gone in the 2017 off-season, and another notable player has been added to the transfer list.

On Tuesday, guard Randy Onwuasor received his release from the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, thus becoming a graduate transfer. A trio of power conference programs have already reached out to the California native, with more sure to follow in the coming days.

Then, on Wednesday, another talented guard with a bright future received his release, and will be a good addition to any team he commits to.

After a rather impressive first season in the NCAA, shooting guard Patrick Good requested his release from the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and the program facilitated his request immediately. Continue reading Appalachian State freshman guard Patrick Good to transfer from program

Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

Wes Myers averaged a shade under 17 points per game last season, but isn’t getting as much national attention on the transfer market as he deserves. (Source: Ashley L. Conti – BDN)
CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, change is good, and sometimes it’s needed.

For over 700 players across the NCAA this offseason, change has been needed, as they’ve opted to transfer to a new program for various reasons.

While the vast majority of them have committed to new schools, there’s still a slew of talented players who are on the market, and are flying under the radar.

There are the suspects who get the bulk of the attention, like Bryan Alberts from the Gonzaga BulldogsDejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham from the Massachusetts Minutemen, and Ibrahima Diallo from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, just to name a few.

However, there are several talented players from smaller programs and conferences who aren’t garnering the level of attention they deserve, but all of whom can help a team in the future.

Here are five players who are flying under the radar, with a few extras at the end to keep an eye on as the offseason moves along. Continue reading Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win

Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)
Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)

So far in 2016-17, the Sun Belt has lived up to its #FunBelt slogan on social media, as it sure has been fun.

In non-conference play, several teams had the look of a top contender in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. After a slow start, the UT-Arlington Mavericks look like the team to beat, while the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are picking up steam at the right time.

Another team who caught the attention of fans everywhere, including us, is the Arkansas State Red Wolves. A road win over the Georgetown Hoyas highlighted a strong start to their season.

On Monday, the Red Wolves were looking to bounce back after a loss over the weekend in conference action. They went on the road to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a team who was looking for their first Sun Belt win of the year.

The Mountaineers were looking to make a statement, and they came out of the gates on fire. The home side opened the game on a 12-0 run to get the home crowd into the game early.

While Arkansas State would fight back, and the game would be tight right to the final few minutes, the Mountaineers wouldn’t let the game slip away.

Ronshad Shabazz scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to the 70-57 win over Arkansas State on Monday night. Continue reading RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win