LONDON, Ont. — Recently, I paid a visit to the London Lightning Head Office in London, Ontario, where I sat down with current Lightning player and former Long Island University (LIU) Blackbird star Julian Boyd.
We talked about many things: basketball, life, and something that has been a recurring theme in Boyd’s basketball career, and not for the better.
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.
CALGARY, Alta. — Two players entered the week, but only one would come out on top.
After five weeks of voting, Jashaun Agosto and Carson Williams found themselves in the Finals of the third annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote. Both players have had tremendous followings since the outset of the challenge, both of whom had left their marks in different aspects.
Supporters of Williams have left their mark on social media through the first five rounds. Each week, they have amassed the most votes via Facebook, and have been right near the top in terms of Twitter votes with each passing round.
On the flip side, Agosto has been among the top vote-getters each week in terms of votes cast through the online polls. Voters had pushed him out to an early lead each week, and that has carried him into the finals.
It was a battle of different voting methods this past week, but only one player can be crowned the 2016-17 College Court Report Freshman of the Year.