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College Court Report Player of the Week: Geno Crandall, North Dakota Fighting Hawks

Geno Crandall put up a career-high 41 points in North Dakota’s opener on Friday against Troy, with 37 coming in the second half alone. (Source: Kelvin Kuo – USA Today Sports) (Header: Russ Hons – North Dakota Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — Last season, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks punched their first-ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament. While they fell to the Arizona Wildcats in the First Round, it was still a successful season for the program.

In the off-season, the Fighting Hawks said goodbye to several contributors from last year’s team.

Forward Drick Bernstine transferred to the Washington State Cougars, while fellow big man Carson Shanks transferred to the Loyola (IL) Ramblers. To top it all off, one of the program’s all-time greats graduated, in two-time College Court Report Player of the Year Quinton Hooker.

Coming into 2017-18, many expected junior guard Geno Crandall to take on a starring role for the Fighting Hawks. Through two games, he has lived up to the preseason billing, and even exceeded some expectations.

Simply put, North Dakota will be just fine with Crandall at the helm.

Through two games at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Crandall has been the go-to guy for North Dakota. He put together one of the more impressive second half performances you will see all season in the team’s opener on Friday.

After leading North Dakota to an even 1-1 record over their first two games in Hawaii, Fighting Hawks’ junior guard Geno Crandall has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week(end) for November 10 – 12, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Geno Crandall, North Dakota Fighting Hawks

Three Games that could lead to Upsets on Opening Night

The high-scoring Chris Clemons leads Campbell into an opening-night battle with Penn State.

CANMORE, Alta. — Waking up on Friday morning will be just like Christmas morning for college basketball fanatics everywhere.

The 2017-18 season gets underway at 10:30am ET, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles take on Spring Arbor in the first game of the season. There’s a full slate of games on Friday that is sure to please everyone. The vast majority of programs are in action throughout the day, and there are some must-see games on tap.

Like this guide mentions, mismatches take place each and every day on the hardwood. Many look at the match-ups and pick a winner based on the prestige of the schools alone. That could very well happen again this week, and most times, people would be right.

However, here are three games to keep an eye on during Friday’s action-packed slate, as the result could go in favour of the visitors when all is said and done.
Continue reading Three Games that could lead to Upsets on Opening Night

Former Sacramento State center Eric Stuteville selected first overall in the 2017 NBA G League Draft

As a senior at Sacramento State, big man Eric Stuteville shot a school record 63.2% from the floor. (Source: The State Hornet)

SACRAMENTO, CA. — The 2017 NBA G League Draft is officially underway, and players from across the world have another opportunity to hear their name called and realize their dream of playing professional basketball.

On Friday, the Northern Arizona Suns and Iowa Wolves made a trade that involved the first selection in Saturday’s draft.

The Suns acquired the first overall selection and the returning player rights to Zach Andrews from the Wolves. In exchange, Iowa received the eighth overall selection, the returning player rights to Elijah Millsap and the returning player rights to Michael Bryson.

When the NBA G League draft kicked off, the Suns got their man and bolstered their front court rotation. They selected center Eric Stuteville, who played four seasons with the Sacramento State Hornets in the Big Sky Conference.   Continue reading Former Sacramento State center Eric Stuteville selected first overall in the 2017 NBA G League Draft

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Sophomore guard JoJo Anderson will see a big jump in his minutes, and production, in comparison to his freshman year stats.

Flagstaff, AZ — Losing your top four scorers from a season before is a tough obstacle to overcome, no matter who you are.

When it’s a smaller program from a smaller conference, it becomes more of a notable issue moving towards the following season.

That’s the position that the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks find themselves in heading into the 2017-18 season. The Lumberjacks are coming off a season in which they finished the season with a record of 9-23 overall, and were eight games off of the lead in the Big Sky Conference, finishing in 10th with a 6 – 12 record.

With their losses, there isn’t much of a buzz around the Lumberjacks program on a national level this season. However, that shouldn’t be the case. While the team may be young, the foundation has been set for the program to take another step forwards in 2017-18.

From the addition of a pair of graduate transfers to the rise of a star sophomore guard, to the recent memory of a run to the CIT Finals three seasons ago, the Lumberjacks are starting to trend back in the right direction after a down year a season ago. Continue reading Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Randy Onwuasor receives release from Southern Utah

Randy Onwuasor led the Big Sky in scoring last season as a junior, averaging 23.6 points per game, which was also good for the fifth-best mark in the nation.

CEDAR CITY, UT. — The 2017-18 season is quickly approaching, but the transfer market is still garnering its fair share of attention.

While the bulk of the players who had transferred have found their new homes, there are still several players still on the market. With each passing day, it seems as though more players could be added at any given moment.

On Tuesday, another big name guard was granted his release, and instantly became a highly sought-after player for several teams across the country.

Following an impressive junior season with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, guard Randy Onwuasor was granted his release from the program. He requested his release last week. Continue reading Randy Onwuasor receives release from Southern Utah

Forward Drick Bernstine to transfer from North Dakota; Immediately eligible in 2017-18

After two solid seasons with the Fighting Hawks, Drick Bernstine will transfer for his final year of eligibility.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — What a year it was in 2016-17 for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in the Big Sky Conference.

Led by guards Quinton Hooker and Geno Crandall, the Hawks took home the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles, punching their first-ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament in the process. Despite an opening round loss to the Arizona Wildcats, the 2016-17 season was seen as a big success for the program on the national scene.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the team will look quite different than it did a year ago. Hooker and Corey Baldwin have graduated, while Carson Shanks has transferred to the Loyola (IL) Ramblers for his final year of eligibility.

On Friday morning, it was announced that another big piece from North Dakota’s run to the Big Dance would no longer be in the mix next season.

Forward Drick Bernstine announced his intentions to transfer from the program for his final year of eligibility and become a graduate transfer. Continue reading Forward Drick Bernstine to transfer from North Dakota; Immediately eligible in 2017-18