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UNC Wilmington Gets Commitment From Georgia Southern Transfer Shawn O’Connell

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Shawn O’Connell (11) committed to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on Thursday, where he will add more depth to the front court rotation. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: The North State Journal)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — One of the NCAA’s most improved front court rotations for the 2018-19 season got a little bit deeper on Thursday by way of the transfer market.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks already boast the nation’s top rebounder, in big man Devontae Cacok. The 6’7” forward from Riverdale, CA averaged 13.5 rebounds per game as a junior in 2017-18, which led the country. Add in his 17.7 points per contest, and Cacok is easily one of the top forwards in the country.

After sitting out last season due to transfer, Jeantal Cylla is eligible for the 2018-19 season, and adds more depth to the front court. Cylla played two seasons with the Florida Atlantic Owls, where he averaged 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2016-17.

On Thursday, the Seahawks added yet another forward to the mix by way of a graduate transfer.

After three seasons with the Georgia Southern Eagles in the Sun Belt Conference, 6’8” forward Shawn O’Connell is on his way to the Colonial Athletic Association to join the Seahawks for his final year of collegiate eligibility. Continue reading UNC Wilmington Gets Commitment From Georgia Southern Transfer Shawn O’Connell

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Colonial Athletic Association

Tyler Seibring (above) and Brian Dawkins give the Elon Phoenix a formidable duo in the front court. (Source: Elon Men’s Basketball) (Header: Moultrie News)

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.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, there appears to be a changing of the guard in the CAA. Last season, the UNC Wilmington Seahawks took home the conference tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. While they will still be in contention this year, there looks to be a new champion.

The College of Charleston Cougars are the clear favourites heading into the season, and they boast a pair of legitimate CAA Player of the Year candidates. If all goes according to plan, and everyone remains healthy, the Cougars will be a tough out all season long.

Scroll down to see who we have tabbed as the Preseason CAA Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-CAA Teams!

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Assembling a Mid-Major Dream Team for the 2017-18 Season

Jock Landale emerged as one of the nation’s top big men as a junior in 2016-17, increasing his scoring average from 7.9 points per game to 16.9.

CANMORE, Alta. — The level of parity in college basketball in recent years is at an all-time high.

Still, on a nightly basis, mid-major teams are often the underdogs against power conference teams. The likes of the Kentucky WildcatsDuke Blue Devils, and other blue-blood programs land the top high school recruits each season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of talent elsewhere in the country.

Smaller programs have just as much talent on their roster, but their names don’t come with the same pedigree as the ones in the ESPN Top 100. So, we thought we would filter through all of the mid-major schools and assemble our own Dream Team for the 2017-18 season.

We assembled a 14-man roster that we would want to see play together. The team is open to interpretation, and can be assembled in an endless number of ways. But, this is a team we think would contend with the best of the best in the NCAA.
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RECAP: Virginia thwarts upset bid from UNC-Wilmington, advances to Second Round with 76-71 win

Virginia used a late first half run to eliminate the 15-point lead for the Seahawks, and they held on in the second for the 76-71 victory. (Source: Virginia Men’s Basketball)

ORLANDO, Fla. — It may have been the second game of the NCAA Tournament, but it also provided fans with another exciting finish.

Coming into the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the UNC Wilmington Seahawks were a trendy upset pick against the Virginia Cavaliers.

The Seahawks came into the afternoon averaging a shade over 85 points per contest, good for 10th in the nation. On the flip side, Virginia makes their mark on the defensive end of the floor.

Early on, it looked as though the Seahawks’ offense was going to break the defense of the Cavaliers. An early 16-2 run gave UNC Wilmington a 26-11 lead with 7:25 to play in the opening frame.

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett made a lineup change, going with a smaller lineup. It worked.

The Seahawks were held without a field goal the rest of the way in the first half, and the Cavaliers took a one-point lead into the break. In the second half, the teams went back and forth, but it was the play of a senior guard that pushed Virginia to the win.

London Perrantes assumed the role of hero, hitting a pair of crucial runners to keep Virginia in the lead. In the end, the Cavaliers put to rest any doubts, and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with a 76-71 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Virginia thwarts upset bid from UNC-Wilmington, advances to Second Round with 76-71 win