With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.
Each year, the number of the players on the transfer market is larger than the year before. Following the 2015-16 season, the list has continued to grow, even over a month after the Villanova Wildcatswere crowned the NCAA Champions.
Following the 2014-15 season, the transfer list ballooned to over 700 names. This year, things appear to be on their way past last year’s mark.
With the ever-increasing number of players on the list, it’s tough to keep track of who’s going where for the remainder of their careers. Some players are immediately eligible as graduate transfers, while others have to sit out a year due to transfer regulations, and it’s often tough to figure out who is in which category.
Below, we have listed our top five transfer players who have to sit out a year before suiting up for their new team for the 2017-18 season. The list is based off of the players who have committed so far, and will likely change as more players make their decisions.
Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers failed to live up to expectations in the 2015-16 season in the SEC. There was a high level of optimism surrounding the program, but they were never able to live to the expectations.
Kareem Canty, who transferred to Auburn after an impressive freshman campaign with the Marshall Thundering Herd back in 2013-14, didn’t pan out with the program. He was suspended from the team and then declared for the 2016 NBA Draft early, ending his collegiate eligibility.
Heading towards the 2016-17 season, Pearl and the Tigers were looking to add some pieces that could either help them immediately, or in the future.
On Monday, they gained a commitment from a graduate transfer who can bolster their front court this season.
Playing in front of your home crowd in any instance gives a team an initial advantage. When you play in front of your home crowd in a three-game tournament, the odds are on your side to make a statement. On Friday evening, the Hawaii Warriors had that opportunity, as they took on the Auburn Tigers in the third-place game of the 2015 Diamond Head Classic.
The Warriors knocked off the Northern Iowa Panthers in their tournament opener, and gave the Oklahoma Sooners a serious run for their money in their semi-finals loss. They were looking to send their fans home with an extra Christmas present, in the form of a win over a power conference opponent.
While the final score was a double-digit margin of victory, the contest was the true definition of back-and-forth. The teams swapped big leads in the second half, and the final outcome was decided in the final 3 minutes of the game.
Before the 2015-16 season even started, the Harvard Crimson found themselves with their backs against the wall. It was announced that Siyani Chambers would miss the entire season due to injury, and the Crimson were without their top offensive threat.
In the early part of the season, it was clear that the Crimson missed their star. They made the trip to Hawaii with a 4-6 record to their name, and haven’t looked like the dominant Crimson team that fans have become accustomed to seeing on a nightly basis.
As it turns out, all they needed to get back on track was a trip to Hawaii and an appearance in the Diamond Head Classic. In their opener, the Crimson took down BYU in a close contest, 85-82. On Tuesday afternoon, they turned their attention to the Auburn Tigers, looking for a spot in the tournament finals on Christmas Day.