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Eleven Under-the-Radar Freshmen That Every Fan Should Know About

Taylor, Terry
The play of freshman Terry Taylor is a big reason for the 5-3 start in conference play for Austin Peay. (Source: Austin Peay Athletics) (Header: HBCU Gameday)

LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.

Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.

With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.

For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.

That needs to change, and in a hurry.

Here are 11 freshmen that fans from coast to coast need to become familiar with, as they are poised  for big things over their collegiate careers, including one of the nation’s elite scorers who just so happens to play in the nation’s capital.
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No. 2 Michigan State Throttles Cleveland State, 111-61

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Sophomore guard Joshua Langford continued his strong play on offense, scoring a team-high 23 points on Friday in Michigan State’s 111-61 win over Cleveland State.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Friday night, the second-ranked Michigan State Spartans picked up right where they left off before the Christmas break.

Michigan State welcomed the Cleveland State Vikings to town, and the Spartans were looking to extend their winning streak to 12 games with a win. Not only did they extend their streak, they also accomplished something that they haven’t done since November, 2004.

For the third game in a row, the Spartans topped the 100-point mark in a game. They shot 65.1% from the floor and 57.7% from three point range on Friday, cruising to the 111-61 victory over the Vikings. Continue reading No. 2 Michigan State Throttles Cleveland State, 111-61

Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase

District Detroit will host four of the top teams in the state of Michigan inside Little Caesars Arena for the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase. (Header: Lansing State Journal)

DETROIT, Mich. — Fans have been waiting patiently since April for December 16th to roll around, and the wait is finally over.

The Hitachi College Basketball Showcase will be the first-ever college basketball event to be played inside the newly-constructed Little Caesars Arena in District Detroit. Four of the top teams from the state of Michigan will put their talents on display in front of a sold out crowd in the Motor City.

Saturday’s festivities kick off with a match-up that features the Detroit Mercy Titans and the Michigan Wolverines at 12:00pm EST, followed by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies taking on the second-ranked Michigan State Spartans at approximately 2:30pm EST.

All four teams in the event have the opportunity to add a quality non-conference win to their resume, and you can bet that the fans will be treated to high-quality basketball across both games.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the event.
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College Court Report Player of the Week: Martez Walker, Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Martez Walker had a pair of 32-point performances this past week for the Golden Grizzlies, who went a perfect 3-0 in the process. (Source: The Daily Orange) (Header: The Pit Media, LLC)

CANMORE, Alta. — It’s no secret that the Oakland Golden Grizzlies are the team to beat in the Horizon League this season, especially with the departure of the Valparaiso Crusaders to the Missouri Valley Conference.

They have one of the more experienced roster in the country, headlined by five seniors. They have a trio of Horizon League Player of the Year contenders, in Jalen HayesKendrick Nunn, and Martez Walker. All three players have started their 2017-18 season strong, and the Golden Grizzlies are starting to round into form.

Over the past week, Oakland took to the court three times. They came into the week with a 2-3 record, and were looking to get back on the right track. Two of the three games were away from home, so the Golden Grizzlies still had their work cut out for themselves.

Thanks in large part to Walker, who posted a pair of 30+ scoring performances over the week, Oakland came away with a perfect 3-0 record. They pushed their record above the .500 mark in the process, and showed that they are truly rounding into form.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw him average more than 28 points per game in three wins, Oakland senior guard Martez Walker has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 27 – December 3, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Martez Walker, Oakland Golden Grizzlies

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: Horizon League

Cameron Morse has been one of the nation’s top scorers over the past two seasons, yet he doesn’t garner much attention outside of the Horizon League from the national media.

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.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Horizon League makeup looks a little bit different than in year’s past. The Valparaiso Crusaders have moved to the Missouri Valley Conference, and in their place, the IUPUI Jaguars accepted an invitation to join the league from the Summit League.

With the departure of the Crusaders, a new program will emerge as the regular season champion. Will it be the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, who welcome a power conference transfer to bolster their back court rotation? Or the UIC Flames, who have a young, but talented roster that’s arguably the deepest in the conference? What about the Northern Kentucky Norse, who won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season?

Only time will tell.

Until then, take a look below at who we’ve tabbed as our Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year, and our Preseason All-Horizon League teams!

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