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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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Austin Peay adds late commitment from Grambling State transfer Averyl Ugba

In just his fifth game at the Division I level, Averyl Ugba went for 26 points and 20 rebounds in an overtime loss against UTRGV. (Header Photo: Grambling State Athletics)

CLARKSVILLE, TN — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and teams are putting the final touches on their rosters.

Several teams have assembled their squads for this season, and are currently on international exhibition tours to try and get their players on the same page in advance of the year. Others are still at home, looking for that final piece to the puzzle that could lead them to a conference title and/or a post-season berth.

The transfer market has thinned out considerably, but there are still some intriguing players available who can either help immediately or in 2018-19.

On Saturday afternoon, another player came off the table, and one of America’s favourite teams from the 2016 NCAA Tournament picked up some forward depth as they look to push for an Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18.

The Austin Peay Governors added transfer forward Averyl Ugba, who is immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Austin Peay adds late commitment from Grambling State transfer Averyl Ugba

RECAP: Demetrius McReynolds, Muusa Dama combine for 48; Eastern Illinois drops second straight

Photo courtesy of Jason Howell and Daily Eastern News.

CHARLESTON, Ill. — The struggle for Eastern Illinois continues.

Despite career performances from Demetrius McReynolds and Muusa Dama, the Panthers fell to Austin Peay, 92-84. The Governors shot 54.2% from the field to complete their second consecutive win.

“It’s getting pretty frustrating,” said McReynolds. “At the beginning of the game, they were making everything. [In] the second half, we tried to pick up our defensive intensity but just couldn’t get no stops.”

As Thursday night against Murray State, the Panthers were ready to play. Eastern Illinois produced points on three of its first four possessions to pull ahead, 7-2. Continue reading RECAP: Demetrius McReynolds, Muusa Dama combine for 48; Eastern Illinois drops second straight

RECAP: Wofford Terriers Take Down Austin Peay, 96-77

Fletcher Magee scored 18 points, and was one of five players to score in double figures, and Wofford took down Austin Peay on Thursday night, 96-77.
Fletcher Magee scored 18 points, and was one of five players to score in double figures, and Wofford took down Austin Peay on Thursday night, 96-77.

The Wofford Terriers exploded in the first half, especially from behind the 3-point arc, to notch its first Division I victory of the season in a 96-77 home rout of the Ohio Valley Conference‘s Austin Peay Governors on Thursday evening.

Wofford, bouncing back from a non-conference loss to the TCU Horned Frogs last Saturday, landed nine of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, including four made by Fletcher Magee and three from Jaylen Allen. The Terriers (4-7) also moved the ball well, and thanks to both senior point guard Eric Garcia and reserve Derrick Brooks, recorded an impressive total of 15 assists on 20 made shots.

The Terriers led 55-31 at halftime, and began the second half with a 13-2 scoring run.  Continue reading RECAP: Wofford Terriers Take Down Austin Peay, 96-77

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Josh Robinson, Austin Peay Governors

Josh Robinson was tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week after averaging 21.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, while helping Austin Peay to a 3-1 record.
Josh Robinson was tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week after averaging 21.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, while helping Austin Peay to a 3-1 record.

Last season, the Austin Peay Governors were one of the biggest surprises come NCAA Tournament time.

As the 8-seed, they came away with the Ohio Valley Conference tournament title, punching their ticket to the Big Dance in the process. Senior forward Chris Horton led the way for the Governors.

This season, with Horton having graduated following Austin Peay’s run to the tournament, Josh Robinson has taken on a lead role for the team. With the junior guard leading the way, the Governors have gone 3-2 to start the season.

Over the past seven days, Austin Peay went 3-1 over their four games, three of which were apart of the Tarkett Sports Classic in Oxford, OH.

Austin Peay went 2-1 in the event, thanks in large part to the play of Robinson.

After averaging 21.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per contest, Austin Peay guard Josh Robinson was tabbed by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 14th-20th! Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Josh Robinson, Austin Peay Governors

College Court Report Three Stars: November 18th, 2016

Josh Robinson put up 31 points in Austin Peay's 77-69 win at home over Northern Kentucky on Friday.
Josh Robinson put up 31 points in Austin Peay’s 77-69 win at home over Northern Kentucky on Friday.

Friday had a little bit of everything in the college basketball world.

From semi-finals of the Gildan Charleston Classic and the Tire Pros Invitational, to the Michigan Wolverines routing the SMU Mustangs to win the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden, there was plenty of high-quality basketball on display all day long.

In terms of individual performances, Friday was all about the juniors, as several carried their teams to victory.

A pair of juniors and a senior put together stat lines and performances that earned them a spot on the College Court Report Three Stars for November 18th, 2016.
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