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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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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Southland Conference

Ehab Amin led the nation in steals per game last season at Texas A&M-CC, averaging 3.4 steals per night.

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.

Up first is one of the conferences that we are most excited for this season. The Southland Conference boasts a plethora of talented players, and the top half of the conference will be extremely competitive this season.

The case could be made for four or five teams to win the conference, and people wouldn’t think you were totally crazy.

Below, you can find our Preseason Southland Player of the Year, and our All-Southland Conference teams for the upcoming season!
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Asa Cantwell transfers to Division II Cal State San Marcos

Guard Asa Cantwell (3) is transferring to Cal State San Marcos, it was announced on Saturday.

SAN MARCOS, Ca. — With each passing year, the number of players who transfer schools is staggering.

The current tally for the 2017 transfer list sits at 721, according to Verbal Commits. That number is down slightly from the total of 809 transfers in 2016, but there’s still time for that number to grow and push the 800-mark.

Not all of those players are transferring to other Division I schools. Rather, many are taking alternative routes, with the hopes of returning to the Division I level before their collegiate careers are done.

For reasons that we never will know for certain, players go down a level with the hopes of proving their talents to Division I schools. Some are looking for more minutes, while some are simply looking for a better fit.

One of the biggest players on the transfer market in recent years has been the Cal State San Marcos Cougars, who will play at the Division II level as full members for the first time in 2017-18. Last year alone, they added five players with Division I experience to their roster.

This off-season, they have added a couple more, including a strong addition to the back court on Saturday.

Guard Asa Cantwell, who played two seasons with the Houston Baptist Huskies, announced he was transferring to the Cougars. Continue reading Asa Cantwell transfers to Division II Cal State San Marcos

Home court advantage paying off early in the 2017 CIT

Chris Clemons continued his strong play since the regular season ended, scoring 39 points in Campbell’s 98-79 win over Houston Baptist in the First Round of the 2017 CIT on Tuesday. (Source: American Sports Network) (Header; Saint Francis (PA) Basketball)

CALGARY, Alta. — Home court, or home field, advantage in the post-season is a huge advantage in any sport.

Whether it’s hockey, baseball, basketball, or football, among others, playing at home in the playoffs is much easier than having to win on the road in front of a slew of opposing fans.

Through four games of the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT, that has become very clear.

After Tuesday’s contests, home teams are a combined 3-1 so far in the first round. Two of the three wins came by sizable margins (nine and 19 points), while the one loss by a home team was decided by just two points.

While this trend bodes well for the rest of the home teams in the remaining games in the opening round, the luck hasn’t always been on the side of the hosts. Continue reading Home court advantage paying off early in the 2017 CIT

RECAP: Houston Baptist never trails in 75-68 win over Lamar

Colter Lasher recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Houston Baptist never trailed on Saturday in their 75-68 win over Lamar.
Colter Lasher recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Houston Baptist never trailed on Saturday in their 75-68 win over Lamar.

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Win, and you’re in.

That’s the situation that the Lamar Cardinals found themselves in on Saturday afternoon. A win over the visiting Houston Baptist Huskies, or a loss from the Nicholls Colonels, would secure a spot in the Southland Conference tournament for the Cardinals, and it would give them another shot of momentum that would help them build off a win in their last outing.

Lamar put an end to a three game skid in their last outing, an 88-68 win over the Northwestern State Demons on the road. 

Saturday wasn’t going to be easy, as the Huskies came into the day riding a six-game winning streak of their own. In their last meeting with the Cardinals, the Huskies held down their home court with a 94-87 victory, despite a strong shooting night from the Cardinals.

Out of the gate, Lamar found themselves behind early, and they were never able to fully recover.

Houston Baptist never trailed on Saturday afternoon, and despite Lamar drawing all-square midway through the second half, the Cardinals were unable to overtake the Huskies. Four players scored in double-figures for Houston Baptist, who took home a 75-68 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Houston Baptist never trails in 75-68 win over Lamar

RECAP: Houston Baptist overcomes hot shooting by Lamar for 94-87 victory

Josh Ibarra (44) recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds, and all five starters for Houston Baptist scored in double-figures as the Huskies held on in the second half for the 94-87 win over Lamar on Saturday.
Josh Ibarra (44) recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds, and all five starters for Houston Baptist scored in double-figures as the Huskies held on in the second half for the 94-87 win over Lamar on Saturday. (Header: Lamar Men’s Basketball)

HOUSTON, Tex. — It’s rare to see a team shoot above 50% on the road and come up short on the scoreboard, but that’s what happened for the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday.

Coming into Saturday’s Southland Conference tilt with the Houston Baptist Huskies, the Cardinals were riding a three-game winning streak, and were trending upwards in the conference standings. Lamar had won all three games at home to close out their season-high four game home stand at 3-1, but were on the road to take on the Huskies.

Houston Baptist came into the day riding a win streak of their own, a modest two-game stretch that saw them score a win at home and one on  the road. They were looking to move over the .500 mark in conference play on Saturday, which was ‘Retro Night’ in Houston.

The Huskies held a sizable 16-point lead after the opening half, but the Cardinals made the home side work for the win in the second. Lamar shot a combined 56.1% from the field, but the Huskies used a balanced attack on offense to thwart the Cardinals’ comeback efforts.

All five starters for Houston Baptist scored in double figures, and the Huskies notched their third straight win with a 94-87 victory over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Houston Baptist overcomes hot shooting by Lamar for 94-87 victory