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Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

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Shawn Hopkins (right) is one of three Division I transfers who will play for the North Georgia Nighthawks in 2018-19. (Source: Dothan Eagle) (Header: HERO Sports)

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Sometimes in life, one has to take a step backwards in order to take two steps forward.

In the college basketball world, that could be seen as transferring out of Division I with the ultimate goal of returning to the top level down the road. Over the last few years, more and more players have made the move out of Division I, finding homes elsewhere across the country where they can play meaningful minutes and work on their game.

This off-season is no different, as there have been plenty of players transferring to various levels across the United States in advance of the 2018-19 season.

Back on May 29th, the North Georgia Nighthawks announced their signing class for the 2018-19 season. It was made up of nine players overall, which is the largest signing class for the program in the last several seasons. Three of those players will join the program from Division I programs, and they’re a trio that head coach Chris Faulkner is excited to have on his squad. Continue reading Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

Liberty Looks to Extend Winning Streak With a Road Contest at Charleston Southern

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The last time that Liberty met Charleston Southern, guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz connected on seven trifectas to lead the Flames to the 70-53 win. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: The Post and Courier)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As the month of February continues to move along, the Big South regular season title could go to any one of seven teams.

With six games left on the slate before Wednesday night’s action, seven teams are within three games of first place in the league. Three teams, including the Liberty Flames, find themselves at 6-6 in league play, and are still within striking distance of the league-leading UNC Asheville Bulldogs (9-3).

From here on out, each win is important. The Flames will put their three game winning streak on the line on Wednesday night against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. It marks the second of two regular season meetings between the two programs this season, and Liberty will look for another win to continue to move up the standings, while the Buccaneers will look to bounce back after a loss in their last outing.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Wednesday night’s Big South battle in Charleston, SC between Liberty and Charleston Southern. Continue reading Liberty Looks to Extend Winning Streak With a Road Contest at Charleston Southern

Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs

Senior guard Liam O’Reilly is third on the team in scoring for Gardner-Webb, averaging 12.5 points per contest. (Header: Liberty Athletics)

BOILING SPRINGS, NC. — The 2017 calendar year is about to come to a close, but not before one more game for most teams across the college basketball world.

Saturday brings forth a full slate of games, one that is full of teams rounding out their non-conference slate, while others get their first taste of conference action. There are some top 25 battles, and a battle between a pair of 12-2 teams from the West Coast Conference that will definitely peak the interest of any fan across the country.

One of the conferences that will embark on conference play is the Big South Conference. One of the league’s front-runners, the Liberty Flames, get Big South play underway with a road contest against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs.

The Flames swept the season series with Gardner-Webb a season ago, and haven’t lost to the Runnin’ Bulldogs since the 2014-15 season, a streak of four straight wins.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the Flames’ conference opener with Gardner-Webb on Saturday evening. Continue reading Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Devin Harris, Jacksonville Dolphins

Devin Harris led Jacksonville to three wins over the past week, including a pair as a part of the Wright State MTE. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Jacksonville Dolphins)

CANMORE, Alta. — It was quite a week for the Jacksonville Dolphins.

Not only did the Dolphins put together a 3-1 record over the past seven days, including a 2-1 record at the Wright State MTE in Dayton, OH, but they also cleaned house in terms of the weekly Atlantic Sun awards. Jace Hogan picked up Newcomer of the Week honours, while Devin Harris nabbed Player of the Week honours.

Their week ended up on a high note, as they picked up a big win over the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in triple-overtime, 106-99. Harris played an impressive 52 minutes on the day, leading the Dolphins to the impressive victory to close out a strong week for the team across the board.

Over the course of the week, Harris has three games with 20+ points, while also recording his first two double-doubles to open the week. He was a force on both ends of the floor, and Jacksonville fans wanted to show their support for the senior from Tampa, Florida.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw him record 23 or more points three times, senior guard Devin Harris has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!

Harris received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll. Akolda Manyang (Utah Valley), Matt Scott (Niagara), and Isaiah Wright (San Diego) were also in the running.
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Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Over the weekend, Jeff Beverly (middle) became the latest impact graduate transfer to hit the open market.

CALGARY, Alta. — What a weekend it was for transfer players all across the country.

Several of the nation’s top transfer players committed to their respective schools. Some will be eligible next season as graduate transfers, while many will sit out a year and be eligible in 2018-19.

The likes of freshmen Peter Kiss (Rutgers Scarlet Knights) and Isiaha Mike (SMU Mustangs) turned stellar first-year performances into a spot on a power conference roster for the future.

Other players, like Kendall Smith and Khris Lane, did the same as graduate transfers, and will look to lead their new programs to the NCAA Tournament next year.

With the shake-ups over the past weekend, several of our top transfer from non-power programs are no longer on the market. So, here’s an updated list of available transfer players from outside of power programs, as of April 23rd. Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th

While he’s a sit-one to play-one player, Jaleel Hogan is one of the top transfers on this year’s market.

CALGARY, Alta. — With each passing day, the list of players transferring continues to grow.

The list of transfer players is on the cusp of the 500-mark, and will only increase as the off-season moves along. While players are still making their decisions on whether or not to transfer, several big names have already committed to their future homes.

Marcus Evans and Egor Koulechov, the highly-touted guard duo from the Rice Owls, have both found their respective homes for the remainder of their collegiate careers. Evans followed Coach Rhoades and committed to the VCU Rams, while Koulechov committed to the Florida Gators for next season.

Also, Kerem Kanter committed to play for the Xavier Musketeers next season, is he opts to remove his name from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to school as a graduate transfer.

With that being said, there’s still a ton of talent on the market right now. The talent pool will likely continue to improve as the off-season moves along and new players look for their next home.

Here are the top 25 transfers from non-power conference schools, as of April 20th.  Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 20th