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Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Player of the Year

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North Dakota guard Geno Crandall was looking to keep the Player of the Year title at the University of North Dakota, while Justin Strings was looking to bring the title to Sacramento.

SARNIA, Ont. — Seven weeks ago, 96 of the nation’s top players began campaigning for your votes to become the College Court Report Player of the Year.

This past week, the final two players went head-to-head to become this year’s winner. For the third year in a row, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks were represented in the Championship, as junior Geno Crandall was looking to give the school its third straight winner.

Former North Dakota guard Quinton Hooker won the previous two Player of the Year awards.

On the flip side this week was a former conference rival of Crandall. Senior big man Justin Strings put together a stellar career for the Sacramento State Hornets, but his production flew under the radar on a national level. Given the opportunity to support their star, fans of the Hornets pushed Strings into the Championship Round.

Both players were front-runners in the challenge from the outset. Fans of the Fighting Hawks showed up once again to push their own to the Championship Round. Family and friends of Strings were the ones to spearhead a charge for the senior all throughout the challenge.

At the end of the day, only one player could come out on top. After more than 30,000 votes were cast through the online polls and on Facebook during the Championship Round, we finally have our 2017-18 College Court Report Player of the Year.

The winner is… Continue reading Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Player of the Year

2017-18 College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: First Round Results

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Geno Crandall has emerged as an early front-runner in the 2017-18 Player of the Year Fan Vote, and he will look to keep the title at the University of North Dakota for a third year in a row.

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s time for conference tournaments across the country, and the 2018 NCAA Tournament field is slowly taking shape.

At the end of the day on Sunday, five teams have already secured their spots in the field of 68. The Murray State Racers, Lipscomb Bisons, Michigan Wolverines, Loyola (IL) Ramblers, and Radford Highlanders have all secured themselves a spot in the Big Dance. Over the next seven days, the rest of the automatic bids will be secured.

With the season in the home stretch before March Madness, it also signals award season. Conferences have handed out their annual awards, and the race for the national awards heated up down the stretch.

The end of the season also signaled the start of the College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote. For the second year in a row, we selected 96 of the best players from outside of the power conferences and put them into a bracket-style field to select our Player of the Year. Fans vote for their favourites each week until there is just one left standing.

Over the past seven days, over 9,800 votes were cast in the First Round for 64 of the nation’s top players. Thirty-two players advanced to the Round of 64, and will each square off with a player who received a First Round Bye in the field.

Here are some of the highlights from Round One: Continue reading 2017-18 College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: First Round Results

College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

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Jairus Lyles posted his second 31-point game of the season this past week, and he helped lead UMBC to a pair of wins on their home floor. (Source: Baltimore Sun) (Header: The Retriever – UMBC)

CANMORE, Alta. — Last season, the UMBC Retrievers made a run to the semi-finals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, thanks in large part to the play of guard Jairus Lyles.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the native of Silver Spring, MD is up to his old tricks in his senior season. Lyles has helped guide the Retrievers to an 8-5 start through the first five weeks of the season, and they’ve now won four of their past five games after a perfect 2-0 week.

He missed three games at the end of November and into December, but UMBC was able to go 2-1 without him. In the four games since Lyles’ return to the lineup, the Retrievers are 3-1.

This past week, Lyles posted his second 31-point performance of the season on Tuesday. He followed that up with another big performance on Sunday against a favourite in the Horizon League.

For his efforts over the past seven days, UMBC senior guard Jairus Lyles is the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 11-17, 2017!
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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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College Court Report Player of the Week: Fatodd Lewis, UT Martin Skyhawks

Fatodd Lewis posted a double-double and a triple-double this past week, leading UT Martin to a pair of wins in the process. (Source: UT Martin Athletics) (Header: UT Martin Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — Coming into the week, the UT Martin Skyhawks had just one win to their name in 2017-18, and they were looking to get back on the right track before taking five days off from game action for exams.

Fortunately for the Skyhawks, junior forward Fatodd Lewis had a pair of big performances in his back pocket to lead the attack and get the team heading in the right direction.

In their win over the North Carolina Central Eagles back on November 15th, Lewis recorded his first career double-double, going for 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Skyhawks’ 74-57 win at home.

Fast forward to this week, and the Skyhawks were still sitting on that lone win. After the past week, a pair of games that saw Lewis stuff the stat sheet on back-to-back occasions, UT Martin has now won two straight games, and are undefeated this season when Lewis records at least a double-double.

For his efforts this past week, UT Martin junior forward Fatodd Lewis has been selected as the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 4 – 10, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Fatodd Lewis, UT Martin Skyhawks

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Erick Neal, UT Arlington Mavericks

Erick Neal is the nation’s leader in assists, averaging 10.3 per contest. He is the only player in the NCAA averaging double digit assists per game. (Source: UT Arlington Athletics) (Header: USA Today Sports)

CANMORE, Alta. — Erick Neal came into the 2017-18 season as one of the best kept secrets in the NCAA.

After the first four weeks of the season, it’s safe to say that his secret is out.

The senior point guard from Dallas, TX has been grabbing headlines all season for the UT Arlington Mavericks, who sit at 7-1 and are widely considered the team to beat in the Sun Belt. Neal leads the country in assists per game, at 10.3, and he is the only player to average double-digit assists per night out.

He posted double-digit assists in six straight games to open the 2017-18 season, a stretch that included four double-doubles and one triple-double. He kicked off the past week with the triple-double performance, and helped the Mavericks extend their winning streak to five games when the week was over.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of three games that saw him stuff the stat sheet, UT Arlington guard Erick Neal was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 27 – December 3, 2017!

He received 60% of the votes in our weekly Twitter poll, beating out Josh Ibarra (Houston Baptist), Tramaine Isabell (Drexel), and Bryson Scott (Fort Wayne) for the honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Erick Neal, UT Arlington Mavericks