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Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three

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Nick Lindner is one of the marquee players in the Patriot League that nobody is talking about. He’s one of ten senior guards from across the country who will become household names by year’s end.
With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

Each will have 10 senior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.** Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three

First Round Pairings for 2016 Diamond Head Classic Announced

On paper, Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs look like the favourite to win the 2016 Diamond Head Classic. But, anything can happen, and that's why the games are played. (Source: Rant Sports)
On paper, Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs look like the favourite to win the 2016 Diamond Head Classic. But, anything can happen, and that’s why the games are played. (Source: Rant Sports)

The Diamond Head Classic has become a Christmas tradition for many basketball fans, as there are only a handful of college basketball games in the days just before and after December 25th. For hardcore basketball fans, the final day of the event falls on Christmas Day, providing an escape from the usual dinner table conversations.

Last season, the Oklahoma Sooners took on the Harvard Crimson in the finals. Harvard knocked off the BYU Cougars and the Auburn Tigers to reach the finals, and were looking for their third-straight upset to take home the title. In the end, Buddy Hield and the Sooners were too much for the Crimson, cruising to the 83-71 victory and the 2015 Diamond Head Classic title.

This time around, seven new teams will try their hand in Hawaii. While there are two clear-cut favourites, anything is possibly over the holiday break.

All four quarter-final match-ups promise to bring more excitement to the holiday season, and things get started with a match-up that features two teams who were in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
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3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards

Buddy Hield was picked twice as the Player of the Year, with Ben Simmons landing the third selection. See who else landed an award in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards.
Buddy Hield was picked twice as the Player of the Year, with Ben Simmons landing the third selection. See who else landed an award in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards.

With the 2015-16 season firmly in the rearview mirror and the attention on the 2016 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, we felt as though this would be the perfect time to hand out some hardware.

After a crazy season, there are several players who are worthy of accolades, which made the decisions below even harder to make.

The writers got together to select five of the top awards before getting into the CCR All-American teams and more awards for more-than-deserving players in the country.

We recognize some of the top mid-major players, the top Canadians, and some talented freshmen you may not have heard of.

Take a look at who took home some hardware in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards!
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CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week: Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii

Canadian Stefan Jankovic came up big for the Hawaii Warriors over the past seven days, pouring in back-to-back big performances on the road to lead the Warriors to two big wins. With that, he is the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week for Feb. 14-20. (Source: Bruce Asato - Star Advertiser)
Canadian Stefan Jankovic came up big for the Hawaii Warriors over the past seven days, pouring in back-to-back big performances on the road to lead the Warriors to two big wins. With that, he is the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week for Feb. 14-20. (Source: Bruce Asato – Star Advertiser)

You can bet that the Hawaii Warriors haven’t forgot about the way their 2014-15 season ended, and likely won’t unless they can get back to where they left off and give themselves another opportunity.

The Warriors fell at the hands of the UC Irvine Anteaters in the Big West tournament finale, missing out on a post-season berth by a single game. Hawaii held a 33-29 lead at the break, but lost 67-58 when all was said and done.

If their performance through the first 25 games this season is any indication, they are a team nobody wants to face in the NCAA Tournament. Equipped with a cool 22-3 record overall, and 11-1 overall in conference play, the Warriors are one of the nation’s top teams this season.

A big reason for their strong play has been the steady play from Canadian forward Stefan Jankovic. The native of Mississauga, Alberta has been a steady force up front for the Warriors this season, and has been a key cog on both ends of the floor.

This past week, Hawaii had two big road games on their plate as they looked to stay atop the conference standings. Jankovic stepped up in a big way, helping to lead the Warriors to two wins, including one over the Anteaters to boot.

After scorching the nets this past week, missing only 6 shots from the field over the two games, Hawaii forward Stefan Jankovic is the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week for February 15-21! Continue reading CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week: Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii

RECAP: Hawaii Fights Back to Knock off Auburn for 3rd Place in the Diamond Head Classic

Roderick Bobbitt scored 30 points to lead Hawaii to a comeback win over Auburn in the 3rd-place of the Diamond Head Classic, 79-67.
Roderick Bobbitt scored 30 points to lead Hawaii to a comeback win over Auburn in the 3rd-place of the Diamond Head Classic, 79-67.

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.

In the end, the Hawaii Warriors used timely free throw shooting down the stretch to take down the Auburn Tigers, 79-67. Continue reading RECAP: Hawaii Fights Back to Knock off Auburn for 3rd Place in the Diamond Head Classic

NBA Draft Profile: Corey Hawkins, UC Davis

Corey Hawkins enjoyed a career year with the UC Davis Aggies, and boosted his draft stock in the process during the 2014-15 season.
Corey Hawkins enjoyed a career year with the UC Davis Aggies, and boosted his draft stock in the process during the 2014-15 season.

The NBA Draft is less than a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

60 of the best young basketball players in the world will hear their name called, as they finally realize their dreams of being drafted to the NBA. At the same time, however, players will see their dreams come to an end as they fail to walk across the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand.

With a rich talent pool this season, there are bound to be players who had great collegiate careers that don’t get drafted. It doesn’t mean they won’t ever play in the NBA, they will just have to take a detour.

This is the time of year when people try to find out as much information about players as they possibly can, so they can be familiar with whomever their favourite NBA team selects on draft day.

Yes, there will be situations like Toronto last season, when they selected Bruno Caboclo, where even the commentators were stunned at the selection. For the most part, the players selected have been household names in college, or on the international stage.

Over the course of the next month leading up to the draft, we will post a new draft preview each day that highlights a player who has a great chance to be drafted. One thing that we are doing different than other sites is not focusing on players in the first round. These players are constantly covered, and you can find information on them all over the place.

We will look at players who don’t get as much attention as they deserve, as we try to shine the light on some underrated talents in the NBA Draft. Today’s feature: Corey Hawkins, UC Davis. Continue reading NBA Draft Profile: Corey Hawkins, UC Davis