GRAMBLING, La. — In recent years, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has seen its fair share of talent leave the conference via the transfer market.
This offseason alone, the likes of Zach Lofton and Edric Dennis, two of the biggest stars in the SWAC, have transferred to new homes. Smaller programs have had a harder time holding onto their talent in recent years, and the SWAC is no exception.
However, on Monday, one team in particular got some news on the transfer market, as they added some depth to their front court in a big way.
CALGARY, Alta. — Entering the 2017-18 season, the MAAC will be without several familiar faces from a year ago.
Several of the conference’s biggest stars from 2016-17 have moved on to the next chapter in their respective basketball careers, leaving massive shoes to fill in the process. The Siena Saints have arguably lost the most, with Brett Bisping, Marquis Wright, Lavon Long, and Javion Ogunyemi having graduated.
Not to be outdone, the Monmouth Hawks will be without the reigning MAAC Player of the Year, in Justin Robinson, who will be anxiously waiting to see if his name is called in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22nd.
In 2017-18, seemingly every team has an opportunity for a player or two to step up and seize a starring role with their respective program. Minutes are there for the taking, and coaches are looking for someone to step up and lead their team.
Here are ten players to keep an eye on in the MAAC for the upcoming season.
CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.
While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.
Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.
You have the likes of Kory Holden, Devin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.
That’s where we come in. Every day or two, we will update fans across the country with some of the biggest news from around the transfer market, from scholarship offers and acceptances, to simply new names hitting the open market.
On Tuesday, several big time players decided to test the waters of the transfer market, while an underrated sophomore guard picked up four offers from schools across the southern parts of the United States.
ALBANY, N.Y. — The last time the Saint Peter’s Peacocks won a post-season game was back in 1980.
Back then, Post-It Notes were just hitting the market, John Lennon was shot outside of his apartment, and millions of people tuned in to find out who killed J.R. Ewing on the hit TV show ‘Dallas’.
Many things have changed, and while Post-It Notes continue to be made and sold, the Peacocks haven’t won a post-season game since the 1980 NIT. After accepting an invite to the 2017 CIT, they were hoping to put an end to their lengthy drought.
In order to reverse their fortunes, the Peacocks would have to do so on the road against the Albany Great Danes.
Albany, who fell in the America East final to the Vermont Catamounts, were looking to give their home fans at least one more victory to cheer about. After the first half, the Great Danes held a one point lead.
The second half was a different story. Albany stretched their lead to as many as nine points early on, but the Peacocks were determined to end their drought in the post-season.
With 3:38 to play in the game, Quadir Welton got a layup to drop, giving the Peacocks a slim one-point lead, at 53-52.
BALTIMORE, Md. — Fans of the UMBC Retrievers have been waiting a long time for this night.
Entering their first round game against the Fairfield Stags in the 2017 CIT, the Retrievers had yet to win a Division I post-season game in their history. They made it to the NCAA Tournament back in 2008, but fell in the opening round to the Georgetown Hoyas.
Playing on their home court on Wednesday gave the Retrievers an extra boost of confidence. They were 10-4 inside RAC Arena during the regular season, and the Retrievers were looking for their 19th win of the season overall.
At the break, the Retrievers held a five-point lead, and looked to be well on their way to a victory. Fairfield came out on fire in the second half, eliminating the Retrievers’ lead before the first media timeout.