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Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

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Redshirt senior Zach Farquhar will be on scholarship for the 2018-19 season, his last with the Liberty Flames. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames have been known to get creative on social media, especially with their videos.

First, there was the time that their freshmen had some fun with the idea of commitment videos. In a press conference, three student-athletes picked from different textbooks to declare their major at the university.

Shortly after the video surfaced, the Flames had some more trickery up their sleeves. At the team’s first meeting after the players arrived for the fall semester, head coach Ritchie McKay surprised redshirt junior Zach Farquhar with a scholarship for the 2017-18 season.

Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and rightfully so.

Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, and the Flames were back at it once more. Again, it was at the expense of Farquhar, who is now a redshirt senior with the program. McKay had something else up his sleeve for the native of Cincinnati, OH, but he got some help from the Chief of Police with the Liberty University Police Department. Continue reading Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)

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Graduate transfer Zach Johnson committed to Miami (FL) late on Thursday night, giving the Hurricanes three transfers in the last two weeks. (Source: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics) (Header: Naples Herald)

MIAMI, Fla. — It’s all about The U.

Quietly, the Miami (FL) Hurricanes are making a run at the title of Transfer U this off-season with their recent string of high-caliber commitments that will help the program both immediately and in the future.

First, it was freshman Anthony Mack, who committed to the Hurricanes after one season in the Mountain West with the Wyoming Cowboys. Then, it was Kameron McGusty, who made the move to the state of Florida after two seasons in the Big 12 under Lon Kruger with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Both players have to sit out the 2018-19 season, but are eligible in 2019-20, giving the Hurricanes a big boost in the future.

However, with key departures from last year’s team, the Hurricanes were looking to land a graduate transfer who could step in and help right away. Late Thursday night, they got the good news that they were hoping for.

Zach Johnson took to his Twitter account to announce that he had committed to The U, choosing the Hurricanes over the likes of the Louisville Cardinals and Creighton Bluejays. Continue reading Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)

Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

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Michigan guard Ibi Wagner announced his intentions to transfer from the Wolverines on Thursday night, less than two weeks after appearing in the 2018 National Championship game. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SARNIA, Ont. — Friday the 13th was a quiet day on the transfer market, as none of the big names committed to new schools for next season and beyond.

With that said, several teams from across the NCAA got better with the moves that did take place over the course of the day. A handful of schools landed commitments from players outside of Division I, while one new head coach in particular landed his first major recruit.

In addition to the commitments, a pair of players announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Late Thursday night, a player that took part in the 2018 National Championship game announced his intentions to transfer, while another who advanced to the Elite Eight transferred on Friday.

Here’s all that you may have missed on the transfer market during the day on Friday. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

Transfer Talk: Eric Lockett and Nazeer Bostick Transfer, Plus Updates on James Scott, Darious Hall, and Others

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Eric Lockett (#5) will transfer from Florida International University after averaging more than 14 points per game in 2017-18. (Source: Getty Images)

SARNIA, Ont. — The off-season following the 2017-18 season is in full swing, which means it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Only 207 days to go!

Until then, there will be plenty of player and team news to keep us more than occupied. With each passing day, some players are making their decisions to transfer from their current institutions, while others are committing to their new schools for next season and beyond. Some days are much busier than others with news, making it tough to keep up with everything.

With that said, the first edition of Transfer Talk is here for your convenience. From Monday through to Friday, we will recap the news from the previous day on the transfer market, giving it all to you in one, easy-to-read article.

If a player decides to transfer, you’ll find it here. If a player commits to a new school, it’ll be here. If a player releases his short list of schools, chances are it’ll be here as well. I’m only human, and chances are I’ll miss some news here and there as well, so bear with me.

On Thursday, two big names hit the open market, while several transfers have either trimmed their list of schools or have set up visits in the coming weeks. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Eric Lockett and Nazeer Bostick Transfer, Plus Updates on James Scott, Darious Hall, and Others

Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

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Freshman Colbey Ross had himself a strong first season at Pepperdine, averaging 14.0 points and a team-high 5.6 assists per game. (Source: William Mancebo – Getty Images) (Header: Getty Images)

SARNIA, Ont. — Two talented freshmen players came into the week, but only one would come out on top as the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

Colbey Ross and Trip Day both put together strong freshmen campaigns on opposite sides of the country, and fans voted them into the Championship Round of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote. Ross emerged as a star-in-the-making for the Pepperdine Waves, while Day is yet another budding star for the North Florida Ospreys.

From the outset of the challenge, fans and supporters of the Ospreys and Day have shown their support through the online polls. Week after week, Day was among the top vote-getters and showed no signs of slowing down as the Championship Round got underway. North Florida fans began to show their support via Facebook, which only strengthened the support network for Day.

The level of support for Ross grew with each passing round. The Pepperdine community started to rally around their star freshman as the field got smaller, and Ross carried a steady stream of momentum into the final week of voting.

At the end of the day, only one player could be crowned the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

After more than 50,000 votes were cast over the six weeks of the challenge, the winner of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote is… Continue reading Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

Eleven Under-the-Radar Freshmen That Every Fan Should Know About

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The play of freshman Terry Taylor is a big reason for the 5-3 start in conference play for Austin Peay. (Source: Austin Peay Athletics) (Header: HBCU Gameday)

LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.

Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.

With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.

For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.

That needs to change, and in a hurry.

Here are 11 freshmen that fans from coast to coast need to become familiar with, as they are poised  for big things over their collegiate careers, including one of the nation’s elite scorers who just so happens to play in the nation’s capital.
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