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Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Three

Josh Sharkey and the Samford Bulldogs are expected to be a top contender in the Southern Conference in 2017-18.

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 sophomore guards 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.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2017-18, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here.
Check out Part Two here.

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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Ivy League

After missing all of the 2016-17 season due to injury, Makai Mason is back and looking to make up for lost time in his final season at Yale. (Source: Sports Illustrated) (Header: The Harvard Crimson)

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 Ivy League introduced the Ivy League Tournament, where the winner of the four-team field would represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. In the opener, we witnessed an overtime game in which a perennial powerhouse almost didn’t make the tournament finale.

What will the 2017-18 season have in store? Only time will tell.

Below, we have this year’s Preseason Player of the Year in the Ivy League, along with three All-Ivy League teams!

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A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday

AJ Brodeur and the Penn Quakers knocked off Harvard on Saturday to earn the final spot in the four-team Ivy League tournament, which opens up this weekend.

By halftime on Saturday night, the Penn Quakers had received word they would control their own destiny.

Thanks to a Columbia loss and Cornell and Princeton both winning big, all the Quakers needed was a win against Harvard to clinch their first ever Ivy League Tournament berth.

On Senior Night, with the game knotted up at 72, Jackson Donahue flashed to the right wing and drained a three with 6.3 seconds left. After the team failed to logically foul the Crimson, Siyani Chambers set up sophomore guard Corey Johnson, a 43 percent shooter from distance, but his shout bounced off the front of the rim and out.

Following Penn’s thrilling victory, the Ivy League’s first four-team conference tournament is all set and scheduled to be played this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday

Ivy League Power Rankings – February 27th, 2017

Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson have the opportunity to build some extra confidence as the Ivy League tournament approaches when they take on Princeton this weekend.
Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson have the opportunity to build some extra confidence as the Ivy League tournament approaches when they take on Princeton this weekend.

Princeton clinches a share of the Ivy League regular season title.  No top team definitively falls out of Tournament contention.

With only one weekend left in the regular season, teams are settling into their rankings.

Assuming the remainder of the season doesn’t produce any highly unlikely scenarios, three teams will be fighting for the last two seeds. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – February 27th, 2017

Ivy League Power Rankings – February 20th, 2017

Steven Spieth to the Cornell Big Red is one of the eight hypothetical trades that could benefit teams in the Ivy League, if they were allowed to swap players mid-season.
Steven Spieth to the Harvard Crimson is one of the eight hypothetical trades that could benefit teams in the Ivy League, if they were allowed to swap players mid-season.

Teams gear up and make a run at Princeton. Matt Morgan gets a new sidekick. Chris Lewis is headed to Dartmouth.

High transfer rates give college basketball plenty of player turnover each season. A whopping forty percent of men’s college basketball Division I athletes leave or switch schools before the end of their sophomore year. So, seeing players in different jerseys year-to-year is starting to become the norm.

but, it also raises a hypothetical question. What if teams could actually swap players mid-season?

Well, it would allow for a late NCAA Tournament push, or, more generally, movement of assets to orient for future seasons. NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster muses about this annually before the NBA trade deadline.

This week’s Ivy League Power Rankings features a single, strategic (though imaginary) trade for each team in the closing third of League play. See how many of these moves you’d condone, or propose your own in Comments below. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – February 20th, 2017

Ivy League Power Rankings – January 22nd, 2017

A quiet week in the Ivy still features some subtle movements in the rankings.

As previously noted, while one loss used to eliminate teams from NCAA Tournament contention, this year is vastly different.

With the inclusion of the Ivy League post-season tournament, after two, three, or even four losses, everyone is still realistically in the race. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – January 22nd, 2017