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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Big Sky Conference in 2018-19

Sanders, Jalen
Jalen Sanders and the Northern Colorado Bears enter the 2018-19 season on the heels of their 2018 CIT Championship, and they will be looking to carry that momentum into the new campaign. (Source: Joshua Polson – The Greeley Tribune)

SARNIA, Ont. — The Big Sky Conference has undergone some big changes this off-season.

For starters, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are now officially members of the Summit League, leaving the Big Sky Conference after the 2017-18 season. North Dakota’s departure now puts the Big Sky at 11 teams for the upcoming season.

Many of the remaining teams will also look considerably different, as star players from across the league have moved on in their careers. Whether it was due to graduation or transfer, some familiar names have left the Big Sky Conference. With that said, there are now plenty of opportunities for new players to become the faces of the conference, and there are plenty of candidates around the league.

There are still star players in the league, but the Big Sky is home to some talented players who have flown under the radar so far in their respective careers. One in particular put up massive numbers a season ago, but barely grabbed attention from the national media.

Here are 10 returning players who will be names to know this season in the Big Sky Conference.

Note: Players like Ahmaad Rorie, Jordan Davis, Tyler Hall, and Michael Oguine weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Big Sky Conference in 2018-19

RECAP: North Dakota defeats Eastern Washington to move into second place in the Big Sky

Cortez Seales scored 21 points off the bench in North Dakota's 95-86 win over Eastern Washington that moved them into second place in the Big Sky Conference. (Source: Russell Hons - North Dakota Men's Basketball)
Cortez Seales scored 21 points off the bench in North Dakota’s 95-86 win over Eastern Washington that moved them into second place in the Big Sky Conference. (Source: Russell Hons – North Dakota Men’s Basketball)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Big Sky Conference is shaping up to be an exciting race to the finish, and fans got a taste of what can be expected come March on Thursday night in Grand Forks.

Inside ‘The Betty’, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and Eastern Washington Eagles squared off with the second spot in the conference standings on the line. The winner would move into sole possession of second place, and remain within striking distance of the Weber State Wildcats.

At least on paper, the stars of the show were undoubtedly Jacob Wiley and Quinton Hooker. Wiley, who was the College Court Report Co-Player of the Week for January 16 – 22, and Hooker, who was the CCR Player of the Year last season, were the two most well-known players in the contest.

However, it was a lesser-known guard who would step up in a huge way off the bench to help lead the Fighting Hawks to the win.

Cortez Seales scored a season-high 21 points in 33 minutes off the bench, and North Dakota used a 53-point opening half to roll to the 95-86 win over the Eagles. Continue reading RECAP: North Dakota defeats Eastern Washington to move into second place in the Big Sky

College Court Report Co-Player of the Week: Jacob Wiley, Eastern Washington Eagles

Jacob Wiley was a big part of Eastern Washington's two wins this past week, impacting the game on both ends of the floor.
Jacob Wiley was a big part of Eastern Washington’s two wins this past week, impacting the game on both ends of the floor for the Eagles.

CALGARY, Alb. — You can find big-time talent in the Big Sky this season.

As the season inches closer to February, and the stretch run leading up to both conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament, the level of parity in the Big Sky is at a level that hasn’t been seen in recent years. There are a handful of teams who could win the conference title, and the case made for them would be tough to dispute.

Year after year, the Eastern Washington Eagles are a team near the top of the standings. The Eagles burst onto the scene when Tyler Harvey was patrolling the back court, terrorizing his opponents each time he touched the ball.

Since then, they’ve stayed in the national spotlight to an extent. If things keep going the way they are right now, we could be hearing about the Eagles come March. If that’s the case, you better get to know the star forward who is leading Eastern Washington on the trek towards the Big Dance.

Jacob Wiley.

The senior has been a star for the Eagles this season on both ends of the court, and he showcased all of his talents over the past seven days. Eastern Washington went a perfect 2-0 on their home court, and Wiley was at the forefront.

He averaged 25.5 points per contest over the two wins. When he wasn’t scoring, he was either pulling down rebounds (8.0 rpg), dishing out assists (4.5 apg), or sending his opponent’s shots back to where they came from (4.0 bpg).

After stuffing the box score on two occasions last week, senior forward Jacob Wiley has been named the College Court Report Co-Player of the Week for the week of January 16 – 22, 2017!
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Sky

Quinton Hooker is the reigning College Court Report Player of the Year, and will look to build off of his 20.1 point per game average from a season ago. (Source: North Dakota Athletics)
Quinton Hooker is the reigning College Court Report Player of the Year, and will look to build off of his 20.1 point per game average from a season ago. (Source: North Dakota Athletics)

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 Big Sky Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Sky