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Former Wright State Forward Commits to Florida Atlantic

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As a freshman, forward Everett Winchester was a key piece to the puzzle for Wright State as they advanced to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Now, he’s off to the Conference USA, (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header: Wright State Athletics)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s been an eventful off-season for the Florida Atlantic Owls thus far.

Following the 2017-18 season, administration relieved head coach Michael Curry of his duties after four seasons at the helm. Over that time, the Owls amassed a record of just 39-84.

Two weeks after relieving Curry of his duties, the Owls named Dusty May the program’s next head coach, giving him the task of turning around the program and helping to make them a contender in the Conference USA. May spent the last three seasons in the SEC as an assistant coach with the Florida Gators, who made two NCAA Tournament appearances over May’s three years.

It won’t be an easy task to turn around a program, and it’s not going to happen in one year. However, on Thursday, the Owls landed an impact transfer who will add some talent and intrigue to the roster come the 2019-20 season.

After a strong freshman campaign with the Wright State Raiders, forward Everett Winchester committed to Florida Atlantic on Thursday, giving the Owls one of the better transfer players left on the market. Continue reading Former Wright State Forward Commits to Florida Atlantic

Transfer Talk: Eric Lockett and Nazeer Bostick Transfer, Plus Updates on James Scott, Darious Hall, and Others

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Eric Lockett (#5) will transfer from Florida International University after averaging more than 14 points per game in 2017-18. (Source: Getty Images)

SARNIA, Ont. — The off-season following the 2017-18 season is in full swing, which means it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Only 207 days to go!

Until then, there will be plenty of player and team news to keep us more than occupied. With each passing day, some players are making their decisions to transfer from their current institutions, while others are committing to their new schools for next season and beyond. Some days are much busier than others with news, making it tough to keep up with everything.

With that said, the first edition of Transfer Talk is here for your convenience. From Monday through to Friday, we will recap the news from the previous day on the transfer market, giving it all to you in one, easy-to-read article.

If a player decides to transfer, you’ll find it here. If a player commits to a new school, it’ll be here. If a player releases his short list of schools, chances are it’ll be here as well. I’m only human, and chances are I’ll miss some news here and there as well, so bear with me.

On Thursday, two big names hit the open market, while several transfers have either trimmed their list of schools or have set up visits in the coming weeks. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Eric Lockett and Nazeer Bostick Transfer, Plus Updates on James Scott, Darious Hall, and Others

Five Transfers Poised to Have a Big Impact in 2018-19

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Edric Dennis enters the fold at the right time for the UT Arlington Mavericks this season, and he is one of several transfers who are poised to have a big impact in 2018-19.

SARNIA, Ont. — With the Villanova Wildcats having won the 2018 National Championship, the 2017-18 season is officially in the books.

With that, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018-19 season, and what a season it’s shaping up to be. Yes, it’s only April, but all signs are pointing to yet another exciting college basketball campaign.

Several high-profile stars have graduated from college, while a plethora of others have declared for the 2018 NBA Draft early and have signed with an agent. To make a long story short, the rosters for the 2018-19 season will look considerably different.

With all of the roster changes come a slew of transfer players who have been waiting in the wings, chomping at the bit to leave their mark with their new teams this season. With such a long list of talented players, it was tough to pick just five players who are in prime position to leave a mark this season.

But, we did our best. Here are five transfers who are poised to have significant impacts this season with their new programs.
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Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

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Elon’s Dmitri Thompson is one of 16 players who need your vote in the Dark Horse Dunker contest ahead of this year’s College SLAM Dunk Contest. (Header: HERO Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — The Final Four in San Antonio, TX is under two months away, but the anticipation is already building for the dunk contest, powered by College SLAM.

This week, the bracket for the Dark Horse Dunker was released, featuring 16 of the top dunkers from across the country. Eight of the players hail from Division I institutions, while the other eight come from the ranks of Division II, JUCO, and other levels.

Three of the eight first-round pairings pit Division I players against one another. Continue reading Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
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College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA Roadrunners

Freshman guard Jhivvan Jackson leads the Roadrunners in scoring through five games with an average of 17.0 points per game. (Source: UTSA Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — The case could easily be made to claim that the best young group of players in the Conference USA belong to the UTSA Roadrunners.

Sophomores Byron Frohnen and Giovanni De Nicolao have the look of potential stars in the conference for the next two-plus seasons, and will be key building blocks for the program as their respective careers progress. Neither are known for their scoring prowess, and the Roadrunners addressed that with the 2017 recruiting class.

Enter freshman guard Jhivvan Jackson, who is currently leading the team with an average of 17.0 points per contest over the team’s first five games of the season.

This past week, the Roadrunners had a grueling stretch of four games in a five-day window. Three of them were apart of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase, which took place from Friday through to Sunday. Following a game against the Texas State Bobcats, the Roadrunners jumped on a plane to take part in the inaugural event.

The Roadrunners went 2-2 this past week, and Jackson emerged as a name to keep an eye in the Conference USA as the season unfolds.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of games that saw him continue his strong play to start his freshman campaign, UTSA guard Jhivvan Jackson was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week for November 13-19, 2017!

Jackson earned 54% of the vote in our weekly Twitter poll. He beat out Teyvion Kirk (Ohio), Taylor Funk (Saint Joseph’s), and Tywhon Pickford (Northern Iowa) for the weekly honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA Roadrunners