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Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)

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Graduate transfer Zach Johnson committed to Miami (FL) late on Thursday night, giving the Hurricanes three transfers in the last two weeks. (Source: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics) (Header: Naples Herald)

MIAMI, Fla. — It’s all about The U.

Quietly, the Miami (FL) Hurricanes are making a run at the title of Transfer U this off-season with their recent string of high-caliber commitments that will help the program both immediately and in the future.

First, it was freshman Anthony Mack, who committed to the Hurricanes after one season in the Mountain West with the Wyoming Cowboys. Then, it was Kameron McGusty, who made the move to the state of Florida after two seasons in the Big 12 under Lon Kruger with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Both players have to sit out the 2018-19 season, but are eligible in 2019-20, giving the Hurricanes a big boost in the future.

However, with key departures from last year’s team, the Hurricanes were looking to land a graduate transfer who could step in and help right away. Late Thursday night, they got the good news that they were hoping for.

Zach Johnson took to his Twitter account to announce that he had committed to The U, choosing the Hurricanes over the likes of the Louisville Cardinals and Creighton Bluejays. Continue reading Zach Johnson Becomes Latest Guard to Commit to Miami (FL)

Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

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Michigan guard Ibi Wagner announced his intentions to transfer from the Wolverines on Thursday night, less than two weeks after appearing in the 2018 National Championship game. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SARNIA, Ont. — Friday the 13th was a quiet day on the transfer market, as none of the big names committed to new schools for next season and beyond.

With that said, several teams from across the NCAA got better with the moves that did take place over the course of the day. A handful of schools landed commitments from players outside of Division I, while one new head coach in particular landed his first major recruit.

In addition to the commitments, a pair of players announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Late Thursday night, a player that took part in the 2018 National Championship game announced his intentions to transfer, while another who advanced to the Elite Eight transferred on Friday.

Here’s all that you may have missed on the transfer market during the day on Friday. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Zach Johnson, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

Zach Johnson scored a team-high 27 points on Saturday to lead Florida Gulf Coast to a season-opening win over Illinois State. (Source: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics) (Header: Florida Gulf Coast Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — Expectations are high around the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in 2017-18, and for good reason.

This year’s edition of the Eagles have a plethora of weapons, all of which are capable of leading the offense on any given night. They possess the Atlantic Sun’s top back court rotation, in Brandon GoodwinChristian Terrell, and Zach Johnson, and all three are capable of being the go-to guy on the back end.

On the first Saturday of the season, the Eagles opened up the 2017-18 season on their home court against the Illinois State Redbirds. In a game that saw several players put together impressive performances, one player stood out in particular.

Junior guard Zach Johnson wasted little time in making an impact, as he led the Eagles to the 98-87 victory, while leading all Florida Gulf Coast players in scoring on the day.

For his efforts across the opening weekend, Florida Gulf Coast guard Zach Johnson has been selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week(end) by the fans!

Johnson received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll, finishing ahead of Garrison Mathews (Lipscomb), Elijah Minnie (Eastern Michigan), and Jaelan Sanford (Toledo). Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Zach Johnson, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Atlantic Sun

Divine Myles has been rock solid for the Stetson Hatters over his first three seasons in the NCAA, and he has his sights set on the NCAA Tournament as a senior. (Source: Stetson Athletics) (Header: Lipscomb Athletics)

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.

Coming into the season, the narrative surrounding the Atlantic Sun Conference is consistent across the board. It’s Dunk City, and then everyone else. While the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are the top team in the conference on paper, anything can indeed happen come March.

The Atlantic Sun tournament is no different, as we have seen our fair share of upsets over the past couple of seasons in the single-elimination event. In 2017-18, the conference is chalked full of talent, including several up-and-coming stars who are ready to step in for graduating seniors.

Below, take a look at who we have selected as our Preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, along with who factors in where on our Preseason All-Atlantic Sun teams!

Continue reading College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Atlantic Sun

Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Brandon Goodwin and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be flying high once again in 2017-18. Can they recreate the magic from their Sweet 16 run from back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? (Source: Naples Herald)

CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.

Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.

But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.

Every year, fans get on the bandwagon of certain teams, with the hope that they make a deep run in March. It’s never too early to pick a Cinderella team, and we’ve got four of our own teams who will put a serious scare into power conference teams over the course of the upcoming 2017-18 season. Continue reading Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Former UNC Wilmington guard Mark Matthews to transfer to Florida Gulf Coast

Mark Matthews scored over 2,000 points at Fort Myers High School. On Saturday, he announced that he was transferring to Florida Gulf Coast, returning to his hometown of Fort Myers in the process.

FORT MYERS, Fl. — Mark Matthews was once a heralded high school recruit at Fort Myers High School, scoring over 2,000 points during his high school career.

Now, after two years, the 6’6” shooting guard is returning to the city where it all began for him.

The native of Fort Myers announced on Saturday that he was transferring to his hometown team, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, becoming the member of Dunk City in the process. Continue reading Former UNC Wilmington guard Mark Matthews to transfer to Florida Gulf Coast