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College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Kobe Webster, Western Illinois Leathernecks

Freshman guard Kobe Webster is emerging as a star for Western Illinois in 2017-18. (Source: Western Courier)

CANMORE, Alta. — After finishing in eighth place in the Summit League standings last season, many people were picking against the Western Illinois Leathernecks heading into 2017-18.

In the preseason Summit League poll, they were picked to finish eighth once more. With the departure of the IUPUI Jaguars to the Horizon League, that meant the Leathernecks were projected to finish last. They received 60 points in the poll, whereas the seventh place team received 104.

Based on their start to 2017-18, it’s safe to say that the Leathernecks have used that as motivation early on. Despite the loss of guard Garret Covington, among others, the Leathernecks are 5-2 this season, with a win over the aforementioned Jaguars to boot.

Leading the way is Dalan Ancrum, who is among the nation’s leading scorers with an average of 21.8 points per contest. A player we were high on during the preseason, Brandon Gilbeck, is among the nation’s leading shot blockers once again, averaging 3.2 per game.

However, with Ancrum being a senior, the Leathernecks needed their guard of the future to step up early on in 2017-18. They may have found their next star, in freshman guard Kobe Webster.

The native of Indianapolis, IN opened his collegiate career with a stat line of 19 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals to lead Western Illinois to a season opening win. He sits second on the team in scoring, and has been a big factor in their strong start to the season.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw the Leathernecks split a pair of games to open a four-game home stand, Western Illinois freshman guard Kobe Webster is the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 27 – December 3, 2017!
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IUPUI adds Manhattan transfer Ahmed Ismail

Big man Ahmed Ismail committed to the IUPUI Jaguars after transferring from the Manhattan Jaspers after just one season. (Source: Manhattan Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS, In. — The city of Indianapolis just got a little bit bigger.

The IUPUI Jaguars have had an exciting past couple of weeks. First, they accepted an invitation to join the Horizon League, effective for the 2017-18 season. They took the spot of the Valparaiso Crusaders, who left to fill the void in the Missouri Valley Conference.

On Thursday, the Jaguars got some more good news. This time, it focuses on the 2018-19 season, and the product they will put on the court each time out.

IUPUI picked up a commitment from a third transfer this off-season, and the second that will be eligible in the 2018-19 season.

Big man Ahmed Ismail committed to the Jaguars after playing the 2016-17 season with the Manhattan Jaspers in the MAAC. Continue reading IUPUI adds Manhattan transfer Ahmed Ismail

Former Four-Star Recruit Camron Justice Transfers to IUPUI

Sophomore guard Camron Justice appeared in just seven games for Vanderbilt in 2016-17, and announced his intentions to transfer following the completion of the fall semester. (Source: Vanderbilt Athletics)
Sophomore guard Camron Justice appeared in just seven games for Vanderbilt in 2016-17, and announced his intentions to transfer following the completion of the fall semester. (Source: Vanderbilt Athletics)

Hindman, KY native Camron Justice had himself quite the high school career at Knott County Central High School. During his senior season, he was named both the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball.

When he graduated, he was third all-time in high school scoring in the state of Kentucky, recording 3,588 points over his high school career.

ESPN rated him as a four-star recruit, and the second-best player to come out of the state of Kentucky in the Class of 2015. Justice held  trio offers from instate schools, but opted to go out-of-state for university, committing to the Vanderbilt Commodores.

After a less-than-stellar tenure with the Commodores that has seen the 6’3” guard compete for playing time since day one, Justice decided to transfer.

Following the completion of the fall semester in December, Justice announced his intentions to transfer from the program. After receiving his release, he wasted little time in finding his new home.

On Sunday, Camron Justice announced that he had committed to the IUPUI Jaguars, where he will reunite with a former high school teammate next season. Continue reading Former Four-Star Recruit Camron Justice Transfers to IUPUI

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Summit League

Western Illinois has one of the top back court tandems in the Summit League, with Garret Covington (above) and Jabari Sandifer. (Source: Rachel Jessen - The Hawk Eye)
Western Illinois has one of the top back court tandems in the Summit League, with Garret Covington (above) and Jabari Sandifer. (Source: Rachel Jessen – The Hawk Eye)

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 for the Summit League. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Summit League

RECAP: Darell Combs Nets 31 as IUPUI Jaguars Knock off Summit-Leading IPFW Mastodons, 80-77

Max Landis (above) and John Konchar combined for 33 points on Saturday, but the Summit LEague leaders couldn't hold off the upset-minded IUPUI Jaguars, falling 80-77 on the road. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Max Landis (above) and John Konchar combined for 33 points on Saturday, but the Summit League leading IPFW Mastodons couldn’t hold off the upset-minded IUPUI Jaguars, falling 80-77 on the road. (Source: USA Today Sports)

The regular season in the Summit League came to an end on Saturday, and the IPFW Mastodons had the opportunity to secure the regular season title outright with a win on the road over the IUPUI Jaguars.

Having won their past four games, the Mastodons were riding a hot streak at just the right time. The same couldn’t be said for the Jaguars, as they came in having lost their previous two outings.

In the first meeting between the two this season, the Jaguars went on the road and shocked the Mastodons, coming away with the 84-82 victory. With the action switching to their home floor, they were looking for a season sweep, while closing the regular season on a high note.

It came down to the wire, and Max Landis had the ball in his hands with the game on the line. His last-second three point attempt was off the mark, and the IUPUI Jaguars came away with the massive 80-77 win over the IPFW Mastodons. Continue reading RECAP: Darell Combs Nets 31 as IUPUI Jaguars Knock off Summit-Leading IPFW Mastodons, 80-77

RECAP: IUPUI Upsets Summit League Favourite South Dakota State, 74-67

Darell Combs scored a team-high 18 points on Thursday night to help lead the IUPUI Jaguars to the 74-67 upset victory over the Summit League front-running South Dakota State Jackrabbits. (Source: Indy Sports Report) (Header Photo: Indy Sports Report)
Darell Combs scored a team-high 18 points on Thursday night to help lead the IUPUI Jaguars to the 74-67 upset victory over the Summit League front-running South Dakota State Jackrabbits. (Source: Indy Sports Report)
(Header Photo: Indy Sports Report)

Coming into the 2015-16 season, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits were the favourite to come away with the Summit League title come March. They have a group that is filled with talent and experience, and they are also the beneficiary of some of the other top contenders losing some of their own talent from last season.

With their strong play to open the season, the Jackrabbits have been a mainstay in the CCR Mid-Major Power Rankings all season long.

On Thursday night, they went on the road to take on the IUPUI Jaguars in a big road test for the Jackrabbits. The Jaguars came into the night with a 5-12 record overall, and 1-1 in conference play. Despite their sub-.500 record, they have shown flashes of strong basketball this year, and were looking to make a statement on their home floor against the best the Summit League has to offer.

When all was said and done, the Jaguars did exactly what they set out to do. They hung with South Dakota State over the first half, and took control of the game in the last 9 minutes of the game to pull off the upset.

IUPUI came away with an impressive win over South Dakota State, 74-67. Continue reading RECAP: IUPUI Upsets Summit League Favourite South Dakota State, 74-67