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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Southland Conference

Ehab Amin led the nation in steals per game last season at Texas A&M-CC, averaging 3.4 steals per night.

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.

Up first is one of the conferences that we are most excited for this season. The Southland Conference boasts a plethora of talented players, and the top half of the conference will be extremely competitive this season.

The case could be made for four or five teams to win the conference, and people wouldn’t think you were totally crazy.

Below, you can find our Preseason Southland Player of the Year, and our All-Southland Conference teams for the upcoming season!
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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Southland Conference

Colton Weisbrod had a strong junior season with Lamar, but can he build off that and take Lamar to the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18?

CALGARY, Alta. — The Southland Conference has been one of the top conferences from outside of the power six in recent years, and it has been chalked full of talent with each passing year.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the conference will look a tad bit different than it did a year ago.

Rashawn Thomas? Gone.

Christavious GillErik ThomasTyler Singleton, Zeek Woodley, Colter Lasher, and Dakarai Henderson? You guessed it. Gone.

Despite the loss of several star-caliber players from across the conference, a ton of talent remains firmly in the Southland. The return of Jalan West will bolster the roster for the Northwestern State Demons with the loss of Woodley.

And, if you don’t know the name Jordan Howard, then you need to pay more attention to the conference, It’s as simple as that.

Outside of the bigger names in the conference, here are ten names you need to know from the Southland Conference heading into the 2017-18 season.
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RECAP: Big Second Half Leads Southeast Missouri State to 87-63 Win over Central Arkansas

Antonius Cleveland was one of four players to score in double-figures on Thursday night, and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks erased a seven-point deficit at halftime, rolling past Central Arkansas with an 87-63 victory. (Source: SEMO Basketball)
Antonius Cleveland was one of four players to score in double-figures on Thursday night, and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks erased a seven-point deficit at halftime, rolling past Central Arkansas with an 87-63 victory. (Source: SEMO Basketball)

Momentum can shift at any given time in a game.

Thursday night’s tilt between the visiting Central Arkansas Bears and the host Southeast Missouri State Redhawks saw how fast momentum can shift. Both halves opened with big runs, creating a big boost of momentum for both teams.

The Bears opened the game on a 10-0 run to come flying out of the gates. Central Arkansas led the entire first half, and took a seven-point advantage into the locker room.

In the second half, it was a different story.

It was the Redhawks’ turn to take control of the game. Over the first nine-plus minutes of the game, Southeast Missouri State opened the half on a 36-1 run, and Central Arkansas never recovered.

Four players scored in double figures, including a game-high 21 points from forward Trey Kellum, and the Redhawks rolled to the 87-63 win over Central Arkansas. Continue reading RECAP: Big Second Half Leads Southeast Missouri State to 87-63 Win over Central Arkansas

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southland Conference

The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)
The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)

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

2016-17 Schedules: Central Arkansas Bears

Jordan Howard, one of the nation's most under-appreciated stars, is back to lead the Central Arkansas Bears in 2016-17.
Jordan Howard, one of the nation’s most under-appreciated stars, is back to lead the Central Arkansas Bears in 2016-17.

Central Arkansas Bears

2015-16 Record: 7-21 (6-12 in Southland; Tied-10th)
Key Returnees: Jordan Howard, Derreck Brooks, Mathieu Kamba, Jeff Lowery
Key Departures: Justin Foreman, Jake Zuilhof
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The New Face(s) of the Southland Conference

Thomas Walkup and his trademark beard have moved on from Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference, meaning the conference needs a new face on the national stage.
Thomas Walkup and his trademark beard have moved on from Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference. The search for the next face(s) of the Southland Conference is on.

Over the last couple of seasons, everyone has come to know about the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the face of the Southland Conference, Thomas Walkup.

Walkup has been a key piece in the Lumberjacks’ domination of the Southland Conference in the past three seasons, and was also a big reason for their two trips to the Round of 32 in the past three years in the NCAA Tournament. Especially during the 2015-16 season, Walkup became a fan favourite all over the country due to his play on the court, and resemblance of a lumberjack with his full beard.

But, all good things come to an end at some point, and Walkup’s time at Stephen F. Austin has sadly come to an end.

He was the face of the Southland Conference on the national stage. Now, someone new has to step up and carry the torch. There are plenty of talented players who are more than capable of being ‘the face’ of the Southland in 2016-17.

From a talented guard duo who was granted one more year together, to a budding star from Lithuania, we have come up with five new options as the face(s) of the Southland Conference, both this season and potentially beyond.
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