NEW YORK — On Saturday, October 21st, the NBA G League held their 2017 draft via teleconference at their offices in New York.
Over 140 players made up the draft pool, with the hopes of being selected over the course of the four rounds. Each team had to make a minimum of three selections in the draft. After three selections, a team could choose to forego any selections after that.
If a team opted to forego a selection, they were unable to make any picks for the remainder of the event. The Northern Arizona Suns had three picks in the first round, and after they passed on their second round selection, their day was done.
In total, 96 players were selected in the 2017 draft. The players came from all across the NCAA, and a handful came from either JUCO, Canada, or other parts of the world.
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.
Coming into the season, the narrative surrounding the Atlantic Sun Conference is consistent across the board. It’s Dunk City, and then everyone else. While the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are the top team in the conference on paper, anything can indeed happen come March.
The Atlantic Sun tournament is no different, as we have seen our fair share of upsets over the past couple of seasons in the single-elimination event. In 2017-18, the conference is chalked full of talent, including several up-and-coming stars who are ready to step in for graduating seniors.
Below, take a look at who we have selected as our Preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, along with who factors in where on our Preseason All-Atlantic Sun teams!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wednesday night marked the 30th installment of the Volusia County Rivalry between the Stetson Hatters and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. In a rare mid-week non-conference battle in the midst of rigorous conference action, both teams came into the night looking for a momentum-building win.
There were several intriguing story lines coming into the match-up.
The Hatters held a commanding 23-6 advantage in the series coming into the night, but lost the last meeting between the two schools. Last season, the Hatters and Wildcats met on a pair of occasions, with each team winning once. Bethune-Cookman knocked off the Hatters in DeLand, 96-94.
A win on Wednesday would be the 10th win for the Hatters, and would eclipse their regular season win total from all of last season.
Following the post-season, Stetson finished at 12-22.
Lastly, sophomore forward Derick Newton came into the night needing just 14 points to pass the 1,000 mark for his young career.
With all of the additional story lines coming into the game, fans were in for a treat. Both teams did not disappoint, and it was yet another close encounter between the two instate rivals.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The cities of Daytona Beach and Deland are separated by a mere 24-mile drive down the US-92 E. Both are located in beautiful Volusia County, and are each home to a Division I university.
On Wednesday night, the two school add another chapter to their rivalry, as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats welcome the Stetson Hatters to Daytona Beach for a rare non-conference date to kick off February.
While the rivalry doesn’t garner much attention on a national scale, it has provided fans of both programs some excitement, and the occasional stressful moment, in recent years.
Last season, the teams squared off on a pair of occasions. Stetson knocked off the Wildcats in Las Vegas as a part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Thanksgiving Night, 83-70.
Then, in an instant classic inside the Edmunds Center in Deland, the Wildcats evened the season series with a 96-94 win over the Hatters.
DELAND, Fl. — He may not be the tallest forward in the country, or the biggest in general, but Brian Pegg has had himself quite the career with the Stetson Hatters.
The 2016-17 season is Pegg’s fifth year in the NCAA, and he’s been one of the more effective players for the Hatters in recent years. Last season, he averaged a career-best 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest, while helping lead Stetson to the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game.
His stats won’t blow you away, but he is effective in what he does. He has shot 50.8% or better in each of the last three years ,and has been an impact player for Corey Williams and the Hatters.
On Thursday night, in front of the Hatters’ home crowd, Pegg reached a career milestone after years of hard work. In the first half, he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He finished the game with 10 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the second half, but Stetson would be just fine without their fifth-year forward.