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College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Eric Williams Jr., Duquesne Dukes

Freshman Eric Williams Jr. (above) and sophomore Mike Lewis II give the Duquesne one of the top young back courts in the Atlantic 10. (Source: Duquesne Athletics) (Header: The Post-Gazette)

CANMORE, Alta. — Based on how the 2017-18 season has started, the future looks bright for the Duquesne Dukes.

The Dukes have one of the top young duos in the Atlantic 10 Conference, in sophomore guard Mike Lewis II and freshman guard Eric Williams Jr. Both players rank one and two, respectively, in terms of scoring leaders for the Dukes through eight games, while Williams is the team’s leading rebounder.

This past week, Williams continued his strong play to open up his collegiate career with the Dukes. While Duquesne came into the week riding a three game losing streak, their fortunes quickly took a turn for the better.

When the week was all said and done, the Dukes had a three game winning streak, and the play of Williams was a big reason for their successful week.

The native of New Haven, MI came into the week with two double-double performances to his name. Over the last three games, he doubled his season total, posting another pair of double-doubles while helping the Dukes to three wins over the past seven days.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of games that saw him average a double-double, Duquesne freshman Eric Williams Jr. has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for December 4 – 10, 2017!
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A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

Jashaun Agosto and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have fought back in each of their two games this season, but their comeback efforts have fallen short both times. (Source: Brooklyn Daily)

BROOKLYN — The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have started 2017-2018 season with an 0-2 record after opening weekend.

However, it’s nothing to worry about, and there are some key takeaways from this past weekend.

Raiquan Clark had a career high on Friday night, with 34 points to go along with seven rebounds. It looks as though Clark is ready to take on a starring role on offense this year without Jerome Frink on the roster. Continue reading A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

Thursday exhibition game for Liberty hits right at home for Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz

Thursday’s exhibition game against the VCU Rams to raise funds for disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the neighbouring islands hits right at home for Liberty guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz, who was born and raised in Ponce, P.R. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Home is where the heart is.

For Liberty Flames’ sophomore guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz, his heart is at home with his family in his home city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. The Caribbean was ravaged by hurricanes this summer, with Georgie’s home nation of Puerto Rico being hit extremely hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Most of the island is without power, and that includes Pacheco-Ortiz’s family.

“They are still able to go to work, but they still do not have power,” said Pacheco-Ortiz. “Luckily, I am still able to call them every night, but it has to be at the neighbour’s house because the telephone tower is out where I used to call my parents.”

“It has been tough, but my family has kept a positive attitude throughout this tough time.” Continue reading Thursday exhibition game for Liberty hits right at home for Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz

Liberty Set to Play at VCU in Hurricane Relief Exhibition on October 26th

Liberty and VCU will take part in an exhibition game on October 26th, 2017 to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. The game will ring close to home for Liberty guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz, who is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. (Source: Liberty.edu)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – In an effort to help raise financial support and awareness for hurricane relief efforts, the Liberty Flames and VCU Rams will come together for an exhibition game on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

Tip-off is set for 7pm.

The exhibition is open to the public, as tickets are being sold for $15. All of the proceeds from the exhibition game will go to the hurricane relief efforts. The public will be able to purchase tickets beginning on Friday, Oct. 20 through the VCU ticket office and VCUAthletics.com. Continue reading Liberty Set to Play at VCU in Hurricane Relief Exhibition on October 26th

Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Two

Ryan Daly put up 16 points and pulled down over seven rebounds per game as a freshman for Delaware, and he’s just one of many sophomores who will become a household names in 2017-18.

CALGARY, Alta. — With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here. Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Two

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Cancun Challenge, Riviera Bracket

Otis Livingston II and the George Mason Patriots will look to turn some heads at the 2017 Cancun Challenge.

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 Riviera Bracket of the 2017 Cancun Challenge. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Cancun Challenge, Riviera Bracket