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Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

Nehls, Austin
After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Liberty Flames to host 2017 Paradise Jam in Lynchburg, Virginia

The 2017 Paradise Jam will be played in Lynchburg, VA, inside the Liberty University Vines Center. (Source: Liberty University) (Header: Liberty MBB)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Tournament directors for the 2017 Paradise Jam announced on Friday that the event will be relocated to the Liberty University Vines Center, from Nov. 17-19.

The Paradise Jam was relocated from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Friday marks the second event that has been moved due to damage from hurricanes this summer. The 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament was recently moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The tournament received several proposals to host from the participating schools with the tournament directors ultimately selection to host the 12-game event in Lynchburg. The eight-team tournament includes the Colorado BuffaloesDrake BulldogsDrexel Dragons, Houston Cougars, Mercer Bears, Quinnipiac BobcatsWake Forest Demon Deacons, and the host Liberty Flames. Continue reading Liberty Flames to host 2017 Paradise Jam in Lynchburg, Virginia

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hy-Vee Classic

Reed Timmer and the Drake Bulldogs will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes as a part of the 2017 Hy-Vee Classic on December 17th inside the Wells Fargo Arena.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 Hy-Vee Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hy-Vee Classic

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

The best game of the 2017 Paradise Jam could very well be the opener, as Ria’n Holland and the Mercer Bears take on the Liberty Flames in the quarter-finals. (Source: Mercer Bears)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

RECAP: Jeremy Morgan’s return fuels Northern Iowa Panthers to first MVC victory

Photo courtesy of Jeffery Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The difference one man makes.

Wednesday night at Bradley, Northern Iowa Panthers senior Jeremy Morgan was inactive. The guard’s right foot was in a walking boot due to an ankle sprain.

Four days later, the 2016-17 Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year was back on the court for a rivalry game against Drake.

For the first time since December 10, UNI fought to a victory.

Northern Iowa, shooting 63% in the first half, immediately jumped on Drake and put the Bulldogs in their pen, 79-60. Jeremy Morgan’s presence was felt with a 21-point, 4-rebound, 3-assist performance while Bennett Koch was perfect from the floor and scored 21 points. Continue reading RECAP: Jeremy Morgan’s return fuels Northern Iowa Panthers to first MVC victory

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Missouri Valley

Reed Timmer is one of the conference's top scorers, and he'll look to prove all the doubters wrong and lead Drake to some upset wins in 2016-17.
Reed Timmer is one of the conference’s top scorers, and he’ll look to prove all the doubters wrong and lead Drake to some upset wins in 2016-17.

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