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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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Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

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Brandon Tabb scored a game-high 18 points, and Bethune-Cookman picked up a 74-62 win over Stetson in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DELAND, Fla. — Rivalry games in the midst of conference play add another element of excitement to the 2017-18 season.

On Monday, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Stetson Hatters took to the hardwood in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. Behind an offensive attack that saw four players score in double figures, the Wildcats never trailed and picked up the 74-62 road win over the Hatters.

It was the fifth straight win overall for the Wildcats, who have now matched their win total from all of last season (10).

Monday marked the 12th meeting since the 2007-08 season between the Hatters and Wildcats, with Stetson holding a 7-4 record over that span. The loss for Stetson was just their second over the last six meetings between the two schools.

Bethune-Cookman scored the first basket of the day, and with the exception of a 2-2 tie, they held a lead for the entirety of the contest. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

Stetson, Bethune-Cookman Break From Conference Play for Annual Rivalry Game

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Senior guard Divine Myles has had himself a stellar career at Stetson, and he’s looking to add another win over Bethune-Cookman to his resume on Monday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DELAND, Fla. — Rivalry games bring out the best in both teams, regardless of the time of year.

On Monday afternoon, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and Stetson Hatters get a break from their respective conference slates for a mid-January non-conference rivalry game. The two teams, separated by a mere 26-minute drive down US-92, will meet for the 12th time since the 2007-08 season.

The teams alternated wins and losses over the first five meetings. In recent years, the Hatters have dominated the rivalry. This season, both teams have nearly identical records, with Stetson having played one more game than Bethune-Cookman. With rosters looking considerably different than they did a season ago, Monday’s rivalry game promises to be another exciting chapter in the history books of the Hatters and Wildcats.

After meeting twice last season, it will be the only time the two meet this season. A win for either school would give them bragging rights until next season, when the two square off once again.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s rivalry game between the visiting Wildcats and host Hatters in DeLand, FL.
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Bethune-Cookman Picks up Historic 77-66 Win Over Jacksonville Behind Double-Double From Shawntrez Davis

Shawntrez Davis (12) recorded his fifth double-double on Thursday, posting 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bethune-Cookman past Jacksonville, 77-66. (Source: Georgia Tech Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For the first time in school history, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats have recorded four wins in the month of November alone.

They also have a winning record for the first time at the end of November, having played three or more games.

On Thursday night, junior forward Shawntrez Davis recorded his fifth double-double of the season to lead the Wildcats to the 77-66 road win over the Jacksonville Dolphins. Davis recorded 28 points, to lead all scorers on the night, and pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Picks up Historic 77-66 Win Over Jacksonville Behind Double-Double From Shawntrez Davis

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Devin Harris, Jacksonville Dolphins

Devin Harris led Jacksonville to three wins over the past week, including a pair as a part of the Wright State MTE. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Jacksonville Dolphins)

CANMORE, Alta. — It was quite a week for the Jacksonville Dolphins.

Not only did the Dolphins put together a 3-1 record over the past seven days, including a 2-1 record at the Wright State MTE in Dayton, OH, but they also cleaned house in terms of the weekly Atlantic Sun awards. Jace Hogan picked up Newcomer of the Week honours, while Devin Harris nabbed Player of the Week honours.

Their week ended up on a high note, as they picked up a big win over the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in triple-overtime, 106-99. Harris played an impressive 52 minutes on the day, leading the Dolphins to the impressive victory to close out a strong week for the team across the board.

Over the course of the week, Harris has three games with 20+ points, while also recording his first two double-doubles to open the week. He was a force on both ends of the floor, and Jacksonville fans wanted to show their support for the senior from Tampa, Florida.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw him record 23 or more points three times, senior guard Devin Harris has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!

Harris received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll. Akolda Manyang (Utah Valley), Matt Scott (Niagara), and Isaiah Wright (San Diego) were also in the running.
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College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Zach Johnson, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

Zach Johnson scored a team-high 27 points on Saturday to lead Florida Gulf Coast to a season-opening win over Illinois State. (Source: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics) (Header: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — Expectations are high around the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in 2017-18, and for good reason.

This year’s edition of the Eagles have a plethora of weapons, all of which are capable of leading the offense on any given night. They possess the Atlantic Sun’s top back court rotation, in Brandon GoodwinChristian Terrell, and Zach Johnson, and all three are capable of being the go-to guy on the back end.

On the first Saturday of the season, the Eagles opened up the 2017-18 season on their home court against the Illinois State Redbirds. In a game that saw several players put together impressive performances, one player stood out in particular.

Junior guard Zach Johnson wasted little time in making an impact, as he led the Eagles to the 98-87 victory, while leading all Florida Gulf Coast players in scoring on the day.

For his efforts across the opening weekend, Florida Gulf Coast guard Zach Johnson has been selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week(end) by the fans!

Johnson received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll, finishing ahead of Garrison Mathews (Lipscomb), Elijah Minnie (Eastern Michigan), and Jaelan Sanford (Toledo). Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Zach Johnson, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles