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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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College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Justin Turner, Bowling Green Falcons

Justin Turner posted 33 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in his 2017-18 debut, leading Bowling Green to a win over Drexel. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — It’s safe to say that Justin Turner is looking to make up for lost time with the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18.

The redshirt freshman played in just four games a season ago, opting to use his redshirt season after battling an injury for most of the year. Turner did post 10 points and two rebounds on December 30th against the Norfolk State Spartans.

Sitting out a year is never the easiest thing to do, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do.

Now, Turner is healthy and ready to make up for lost time. With key players gone from last season, including Zack Denny and Wes Alcegaire, the Falcons needed someone to step up in 2017-18 alongside Demajeo Wiggins and Dylan Frye to help lead the offense.

After the first game of the season, that player may very well be Turner.

Despite playing just one game over the opening weekend of the 2017-18 season, Turner made a statement in the Falcons’ win over the Drexel Dragons.

After an impressive start to his redshirt freshman season, Bowling Green guard Justin Turner has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week(end) for November 10 – 12, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Justin Turner, Bowling Green Falcons

Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –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 junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Mid-American Conference

Demajeo Wiggins stands at 6’10” and 240 pounds, and is set for a breakout season for the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Looking at the Mid-American Conference for the 2017-18 season, a ton of talent returns for all 12 teams. From experienced guard to up-and-coming big men, the conference race will be one of the more exciting ones to watch.

Entering the season, a handful of teams look like top contenders to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. With so many teams so close together, the MAC will be home to some competitive games over the course of conference play.

As we gear up for another year full of MACtion, take a look at our pick for Preseason Player of the Year, and who slots in where on our Preseason All-MAC teams!

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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.
With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.

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.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Mid-American Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

2016-17 Schedules: Bowling Green Falcons

Despite losing leading scorer Spencer Parker, the Bowling Green Falcons return five players who played in all 34 games a season ago, and were ranked #2-#6 in scoring for the team, including guard Zack Denny. (Source: BGSU Falcons)
Despite losing leading scorer Spencer Parker, the Bowling Green Falcons return five players who played in all 34 games a season ago, and were ranked #2-#6 in scoring for the team, including guard Zack Denny. (Source: BGSU Falcons)

Bowling Green Falcons

2015-16 Record: 16-18 (5-13 in MAC; 6th – East Div.)
Key Returnees: Zack Denny, Wes Alcegaire, Antwon Lillard, Rasheed Worrell, Ismail Ali
Key Departures: Spencer Parker, David Joseph
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