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Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

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Former BYU guard Tyler Haws is the latest former NCAA star to head north of the border for the next chapter in his professional basketball career. (Source: CBS Sports)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — The St. John’s Edge are in their inaugural season in the NBL Canada, but they have already assembled one of the league’s more talented rosters.

The expansion club boasts a list of former NCAA stars, one that includes the likes of Grandy Glaze, Wally Ellenson, Colton Ray-St. Cyr, and Jarryn Skeete. Then, when you add in the likes of Carl English, Alex Johnson, and others, it’s clear to see why the Edge have taken the NBL Canada by storm this season.

On Tuesday, ahead of the Edge’s home contest with the visiting Windsor Express, the team added a pair of players. One, in particular, comes from the West Coast Conference, where he played collegiate basketball with the BYU Cougars. Continue reading Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

College Court Report Player of the Week: Eric Mika, BYU Cougars

In his first three games back at BYU after a two-year missions trip, Eric Mika has led the Cougars to a perfect 3-0 record while averaging a double-double. (Source: Spenser Heaps - Deseret News)
In his first three games back at BYU after a two-year missions trip, Eric Mika has led the Cougars to a perfect 3-0 record while averaging a double-double. (Source: Spenser Heaps – Deseret News)

When you take a week or two off from doing seemingly anything, it always takes a while to get back into the swing of things. When you take two years off from the sport you’ve been playing for the majority of your life, it takes a ton of work to get back into the rhythm.

For sophomore forward Eric Mika, it’s as though he hasn’t missed a beat.

After a stellar freshman campaign with the BYU Cougars back in 2013-14, one that saw him average 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game en route to earning a spot on the All-West Coast Conference Freshman team, he embarked on a two year missions trip. Mika was on the Rome Italy Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since his return, things have gone swimmingly for the 6’10” forward out of Alpine, UT.

He got engaged to his longtime girlfriend a month after returning from the mission trip, and he has been a dominant force on the court over BYU’s first three games of the year.

After averaging 21.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game over the Cougars’ first three games of the season this past week, forward Eric Mika is the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 14th – 20th!
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: West Coast Conference

Emmett Naar and the Saint Mary's Gaels return everyone from last year's 29-win team, and are widely considered as one of the top mid-major teams in the country.
Emmett Naar and the Saint Mary’s Gaels return everyone from last year’s 29-win team, and are widely considered as one of the top mid-major teams in the country.

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 West Coast Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: West Coast Conference

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Sophomores

Georgia Southern guard Tookie Brown is just one of several non-power five sophomores that fans everywhere need to keep an eye on in 2016-17. (Source: Georgia Southern Athletics)
Georgia Southern guard Tookie Brown is just one of several non-power five sophomores that fans everywhere need to keep an eye on in 2016-17. (Source: Georgia Southern Athletics)

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.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at non-power five players who are on the brink of becoming household names, as early as the 2016-2017 season. We’ve separated the lists between guards and forwards, and then again based on their year of eligibility.

Here are 10 non-power five sophomore guards who will be household names in the very near future, plus 10 extras at the bottom to keep a flag on as their careers progress.
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Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending VIllanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending Villanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.

With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!

You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.

The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.

Let us know your thoughts on the list, by either leaving a comment or letting us know on Twitter and Facebook!
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2016 Wayman Tisdale Award Watch-List — Bennett and Maverick’s Candidates

Canadian guard Jamal Murray is having himself a strong freshman campaign at Kentucky. Where does he come in on our Freshman of the Year watch lists? (Source: TSN)
Canadian guard Jamal Murray is having himself a strong freshman campaign at Kentucky. Where does he come in on our Freshman of the Year watch lists? (Source: TSN)

The Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year is a prestigious award for one select NCAA Men’s Basketball player each year.

Here at College Court Report, we are following the award closely, and will be releasing a bi-monthly watch list for the award.

In our first watch list,  College Court Report’s own Bennett and Maverick each offer their Top 5 Candidates and a honourable mention .

Bennett currently ranks LSU forward Ben Simmons as his #1 freshman in the nation, while Maverick has Duke wing Brandon Ingram holds down the #1 spot on his list.

Take a look to see our first official candidate watch list. In typical CCR fashion, it includes a bit of Canadian flare!

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