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Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017

Canadian guard Kassius Robertson announced that he would graduate and transfer from Canisius, but left open the possibility of a return to the Golden Griffins for the 2017-18 campaign.

CALGARY, Alta. — The transfers keep on coming.

This off-season, there have been some big names from power conference programs to hit the open market. The Lawson brothers transferred from the Memphis Tigers, while the Washington Huskies have lost their fair share of players in their own right after the firing of Lorenzo Romar.

However, there are some impact transfers on the market from programs who don’t garner nearly the attention levels of power conference players.

There are a plethora of talented graduate transfers this season from non-power programs, all of whom will have a strong impact with their future programs in 2017-18. With each passing day, it seems as though another marquee players hits the open market, ready to leave their mark next season in their final collegiate year.

We went through the list of graduate transfers, and compiled a list of the top 15 on the market at the moment. As more announce their intentions, whether it is that more enter the market or some commit to their new schools, we will update the list accordingly. Continue reading Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Northeast Conference

Darian Anderson and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights surprised many when they advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This season, they'll surprise nobody, as they're the preseason favourites in the Northeast Conference. (Source: John Jones - Icon Sportswire)
Darian Anderson and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights surprised many when they advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This season, they’ll surprise nobody, as they’re the preseason favourites in the Northeast Conference. (Source: John Jones – Icon Sportswire)

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

RECAP: Fairleigh Dickinson Upends Wagner to Grab Northeast Title, NCAA Tournament Spot

Sophomores Earl Potts, Jr (5) and Darian Anderson combined for 55 points as Fairleigh Dickinson knocked off Wagner, 87-79, for the NEC title and a spot in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Sophomores Earl Potts, Jr (5) and Darian Anderson combined for 55 points as Fairleigh Dickinson knocked off Wagner, 87-79, for the NEC title and a spot in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Number one seeds in the conference tournaments haven’t fared so well in 2015-16. The level of parity in the conferences has been on full display, which makes the game that much more exciting.

On Tuesday night, the Wagner Seahawks were out to put an end to the struggles of the top seeds. Wagner finished atop the Northeast Conference standings in the regular season, and earned the right to host the conference title game in Staten Island, NY.

Their opponent on Tuesday, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, had their sights set on securing the school’s fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Knights were a top contender in the conference all season long, and were looking to extend their four-game winning streak with a win over the high-powered Seahawks.

Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson split the season series at a game each, and both were looking for one more win to seal the deal and move onto the field of 68.

The Knights weren’t intimidated by playing on the road, and used a strong second half comeback to seize control of the game and come away with the conference championship.

Fairleigh Dickinson took down Wagner, 87-79, to win the Northeast Conference title and punch their ticket into the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading RECAP: Fairleigh Dickinson Upends Wagner to Grab Northeast Title, NCAA Tournament Spot

Prove ‘Em Wrong: How Mustafaa Jones Has Silenced His Critics Time and Time Again

After putting together one of the best careers by any player to wear a Fairleigh Dickinson jersey, guard Mustafaa Jones brought his talents north of the border to suit up for the Londin Lightning in the NBL Canada. (Source: Stu Switzer)
After putting together one of the best careers by any player to wear a Fairleigh Dickinson jersey, guard Mustafaa Jones brought his talents north of the border to suit up for the Londin Lightning in the NBL Canada. (Source: Stu Switzer)

Not strong enough. Not quick enough. Too small.

These are things that Mustafaa Jones has heard all throughout his basketball journey, from people in and around the game. Being seen as too small, not strong enough, and not quick enough, people were critical of Jones and his abilities. Regardless of what his critics said, there was always one person who knew he had it in him all along.

Mustafaa Jones, himself.

Instead of letting the doubters and non-believers get him down, Jones used it as extra motivation. He knew he had it in him to make it, and did everything he could to make his dream a reality.

Throughout his journey through the ranks, Jones encountered some obstacles that would be insurmountable for most. When his back was firmly against the wall, and others were trying to stack the odds against him, Jones forged his own path, and did what he needed to do to get a step closer to his goal.

When the dust settled, Jones is in the conversation as one of the best players to ever suit up for the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, and he is still on pace to achieve his ultimate dream. Continue reading Prove ‘Em Wrong: How Mustafaa Jones Has Silenced His Critics Time and Time Again