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College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Frederick Scott, Rider Broncs

Frederick Scott is one half of Rider’s talented freshman duo, alongside Jordan Allen. The future is bright in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. (Source: Rider Athletics) (Header: Rider Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — With all of the talent that the Rider Broncs have assembled, the future appears to be rather bright in Lawrenceville, NJ.

For starters, there’s star sophomore Stevie Jordan, who seems to flirt with a triple-double whenever the Broncs have a game. Then, there’s sophomore big man Tyere Marshall, who is anchoring the front court.

Add in Rider’s trio of talented freshmen this season, and it’s easy to see why this is a team on the rise. There’s Dimencio Vaughn, who has played well in just three games this season. You’ve got Jordan Allen, who is the team’s leading scorer, averaging a shade under 18 points per game. Lastly, you’ve got forward Frederick Scott, who had himself a solid week for the Broncs, who sit at 5-1 on the season after a perfect 3-0 week.

The 6’8” freshman was looking to help the Broncs build off a win last week over the Hartford Hawks. With three games this past week, Rider had three winnable games, all of which would add momentum to an already strong start.

Over the week, Rider would go onto win all three games, while Scott posted the second double-double of his young career, and added his first 20+ point game the next night out.

For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw him almost average a double-double, forward Frederick Scott has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 20-26, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Frederick Scott, Rider Broncs

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

Jahad Thomas does it all for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, as evident by his two triple-double performances in 2016-17.

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.

Last season, the Vermont Catamounts rolled over the rest of the America East, and all signs point to another dominating team in 2017-18. Canadian guard Trae Bell-Haynes took home the America East Player of the Year award last season, and will be looking to become a two-time winner to close out his career.

However, there are several talented players in the conference who are all worthy of the award. Even though Vermont is the team to beat, the Player of the Year award winner could come from one of the other eight programs in the conference.

Take a look below at who we have selected as America East Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-America East teams, which feature at least one player from all nine teams!

Continue reading College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

RECAP: Ross’ game-high 28 points lead Hartford to road win over UMBC

Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points, leading Hartford to the 84-77 win on the road over UMBC.
Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points, leading Hartford to the 84-77 win on the road over UMBC.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Back on January 11th, the Hartford Hawks and the UMBC Retrievers squared off on the Hawks’ home floor. The result was an 84-68 decision for the visiting Retrievers.

Since then, the teams have gone in separate directions.

Coming into Thursday night’s tilt, the Hawks were riding a six-game losing streak, and had lost 11 of their last 12 games overall. Sitting at 1-9 overall in America East play, things weren’t about to get any easier for the Hawks with a visit to Baltimore.

On the flip side, the Retrievers came into Thursday night looking like a legitimate threat to the Vermont Catamounts and their chances at the America East title. Boasting Jairus Lyles, who is a front-runner for conference Player of the Year award, UMBC was looking for another win to keep pace atop the standings.

The tides would shift on Thursday, even if it was only for one night.

Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, and Hartford overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to hold down home court.

Hartford earned a split in the series with an 84-77 win over the Retrievers. Continue reading RECAP: Ross’ game-high 28 points lead Hartford to road win over UMBC

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: America East

After a strong freshman campaign, Albany's Joe Cremo is ready to take on a lead role for the Great Danes in 2016-17. (Source: Times Union)
After a strong freshman campaign, Albany’s Joe Cremo is ready to take on a lead role for the Great Danes in 2016-17. (Source: Times Union)

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 in the America East. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: America East

Hartford Hawks Guard Pancake Thomas Receives Release from Program

On Wednesday morning, Cleveland 'Pancake' Thomas received his release from Hartford, and will be a graduate transfer who is eligible to play immediately in 2016-17.
On Wednesday morning, Cleveland ‘Pancake’ Thomas received his release from Hartford, and will be a graduate transfer who is eligible to play immediately in 2016-17.

On #NationalWaffleDay, a player named Cleveland ‘Pancake’ Thomas was making the headlines across the college basketball world.

One simply can’t make stuff like this up.

After just one season with the Hartford Hawks in the America East Conference, Thomas was granted his release on Wednesday morning, and will be a graduate transfer who is eligible in the 2016-17 season. Continue reading Hartford Hawks Guard Pancake Thomas Receives Release from Program

RECAP: Hartford Upsets Albany to Advance to America East Semi-Finals, 68-59

Hartford Hawks guard Pancake Thomas scored a game-high 16 points to lead his team to the 68-59 upset of the Albany Hawks in the America East quarter-finals. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Hartford Hawks guard Pancake Thomas scored a game-high 16 points to lead his team to the 68-59 upset of the Albany Hawks in the America East quarter-finals. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Coming into the America East tournament, the Albany Great Danes have been tough to knock off on their home floor. As a matter of fact, they have been untouchable inside SEFCU Arena in Albany, NY.

In front of their home crowd this season, the Great Danes were a perfect 14-0. They were looking to continue that trend in the post-season, as they looked to make it back to the NCAA Tournament.

Albany was matched up against the Hartford Hawks in the quarter-finals, and on paper, looked to be the clear favourite. Hartford came in with a 4-12 conference record, and had only won 2 of their previous 11 games overall. Albany entered the game as 18.5-point favourites, and looked to roll to the easy win.

In the post-season, anything can happen. Wednesday night was no different.

Hartford wasn’t intimidated by playing the Great Danes, and came out swinging. Free throws down the stretch pushed Hartford to the 68-59 upset win over Albany, sending shock waves across the conference landscape. Continue reading RECAP: Hartford Upsets Albany to Advance to America East Semi-Finals, 68-59