SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — The only player from the West Coast in the entire Big South Conference is heading closer to home.
Guard Ryan Hiepler was the only player on any roster in the Big South Conference to hail from the West Coast. The native of Camarillo, CA was a redshirt for the Liberty Flames last season after playing sparingly over his first two seasons with the team.
To put things into perspective for those who don’t quite know where Camarillo is, myself included, Lynchburg, VA is a mere 2,540 miles away from Hiepler’s hometown. It’s the true definition of a cross-country trek.
After red-shirting this past season, Hiepler opted to transfer from the program following his graduation. After going through the recruiting process once more, Hiepler committed to a school that was much closer to his hometown.
MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now 4-0 on the year after they won 83-56 against the Chaminade Silverswords in their opening game of the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament.
This was the second time the Irish have faced the Silverswords, who are based out of Honolulu, Hawaii and play in Division II. Notre Dame leads the all time series 2-0.
The Irish will now face their second power conference opponent of the year after wins against the DePaul Blue Demons and a few smaller schools, in the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, the Chicago State Cougars, and now the Silverswords.
Notre Dame will take on the LSU Tigers in the semi-finals, who used a late comeback in the second half to knock off the Michigan Wolverines in the final game of the quarter-finals on Monday night, 77-75.
PITTSBURG, Ks. — While over 750 players have transferred at the Division I level this off-season, there are a high number of players who are transferring to Division II, JUCO, and other levels across the country.
The likes of the Cal Baptist Lancers and Angelo State Rams have left their mark on the transfer market, landing several players with Division I experience to their respective rosters for next season. Players are looking for the best fit for themselves, both in terms of athletics and academics, and the Division I level may not be the ideal spot at the time.
On Saturday, another guard made the move down a level, joining the ranks of Division II for the 2017-18 season.
SAN ANGELO, Tex. — As of July 9th, 135 players transferred from Division I to play at Division II institutions next season, per Verbal Commits.
Considering 736 players have transferred to date, that means that over 18% of players have transferred to Division II.
On Monday, that number grew even larger, as a trio of players all made the move to the Division II level. All three players, who played their Division I basketball all across the United States, committed to the same program in San Angelo, Texas.
Lately, a break has been anything but easy to come by for the Wofford Terriers.
Wofford dropped three tight games in three days at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida last week, falling to the Vermont Catamounts (60-59), Bradley Braves (70-62) and Kent State Golden Flashes (66-59) in a string which involved an average of about 15 Terrier turnovers per contest.
After a quick Thanksgiving, the Terriers had to belly up the following weekend for a trip to face the Pac-12‘s Colorado Buffaloes in Wofford senior point guard Eric Garcia‘s home state. Garcia logged eight assists against two turnovers and three Terriers — Fletcher Magee (15 points), Cameron Jackson (10) and Ryan Sawvell (10) — scored in double-digits, but the homestanding Buffaloes pulled away in the second half to win, 75-60.
With four consecutive setbacks in the rearview mirror and Miami (Fl.) looming ahead, it would have been easy for the Terriers to overlook Tuesday evening’s opponent, the Division II Mars Hill Lions.