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CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List, Vol. 2

The top three names on the list remain unchanged after a crazy week in the college basketball world, which means Kentucky's Jamal Murray still comes in at #2 on the latest edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List. (Source: CBS Sports)
The top three names on the list remain unchanged after a crazy week in the college basketball world, which means Kentucky’s Jamal Murray still comes in at #2 on the latest edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List. (Source: CBS Sports)

Calendars have switched over to February, and the stretch run has kicked in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths are in high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards.

Here is the latest edition of the Freshman of the Year Watch List. Overall, two new players crack the list, and four of the ten players are from mid-major programs. From last week’s list, the top three players went untouched, but there was a bit of a shake-up from spots 4-10.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the second edition of CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Thursday. Continue reading CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List, Vol. 2

CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List

Eastern Michigan's James Thompson IV is the top mid-major player on the first edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, and is one of 5 mid-majors in the top 10. Where does he rank in comparison to the others?
Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson IV is the top mid-major player on the first edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, and is one of four mid-major players in the top 10. Where does he rank in comparison to the others?

Calendars are about to switch over to February, and the stretch run is about to kick in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths will be kicked into high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards. Each day of the week, we will update a different Watch List for different awards.

Here is the first edition of the Freshman of the Year Watch List. Overall, four of the ten players are from mid-major programs, while there’s no surprise as to who is #1 to kick off award season here at College Court Report.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the first edition of CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Thursday. Continue reading CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List

2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Kent State Golden Flashes

MAC First-Team forward Jimmy Hall is back to lead an experienced and talented fromt court for Kent State, but losses in the back court may lead to some trouble for the Golden Flashes in 2015-16.
MAC First-Team forward Jimmy Hall is back to lead an experienced and talented front court for Kent State, but losses in the back court may lead to some trouble for the Golden Flashes in 2015-16.

Heading into the 2015-16 season, the MAC could be one of the better conferences to follow this year. With Central Michigan returning its top nine (9!) scorers from last year, and Buffalo star Justin Moss being dismissed from the program, there are plenty of story lines surrounding the top teams in the conference.

One team that hasn’t got a lot of attention so far is the co-defending champion in the MAC – East Division. The Kent State Golden Flashes went 12 – 6 last year in conference play, tying Buffalo for the East Division title. This season, they lose a bit of talent, but return their fair share in other spots that should allow for them to remain near the top of the standings.

How will Kent State overcome their losses? How will their transfer players fit into the puzzle this season?

Take a scroll down to see what the Kent State Golden Flashes will have to offer in the 2015-16 season.
Continue reading 2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Kent State Golden Flashes

2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Toledo Rockets

Jonathan Williams returns to anchor the back court on what should be a young but talented Toledo Rockets team in 2015-16.
Jonathan Williams returns to anchor the back court on what should be a young but talented Toledo Rockets team in 2015-16.

In the off-season leading up to the 2015-16 season, there have been quite a few story-lines pertaining to the MAC. Buffalo has been in its fair share of them, as head coach Bobby Hurley and star guard Shannon Evans both departed for Arizona State, and now Justin Moss has been dismissed from the program.

With the losses that the Bulls have had to endure, the conference race has since become more wide open. One team that should be in the thick of it can be found in the West Division. The Toledo Rockets could find themselves right near the top at the end of the season in 2015-16.

Last season, their starting lineup was the same for all 33 games. This season, they will have to replace a handful of those players, meaning key bench players will be slotted into the starting five.

Coming off an 11 – 7 record in the MAC a season ago, the Rockets are hoping that they can build off that success and turn it into another NCAA Tournament berth. With so many changes to the starting five this season, what can one expect from the Rockets in 2015-16?

Below, we take a look at who’s gone, who’s returning, and what the starting could look like and more for the 2015-16 edition of the Toledo Rockets.
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Buffalo Star Justin Moss Dismissed from Program

Justin Moss, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, was dismissed from Buffalo after a robbery incident back in early June with two other teammates.
Justin Moss, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, was dismissed from Buffalo after a robbery incident back in early June with two other teammates.

The off-season has been one full of changes for the Buffalo Bulls, and not of the good variety.

On the heels of an NCAA Tournament appearance, head coach Bobby Hurley left the Bulls for the bright lights and big time of the Pac-12 and is now the bench boss at Arizona State. Following in his footsteps, star guard Shannon Evans transferred to the Sun Devils, where he will be eligible in 2016-17.

Despite the losses of both Hurley and Evans, the Bulls had the look of the top team in the MAC once again in 2015-16.

However, as is the case in life most times, things are too good to be true. On Monday, it was announced that Justin Moss was dismissed from the program, in relation to an incident back in June. Continue reading Buffalo Star Justin Moss Dismissed from Program

NBA Draft Profile: Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green

Bowling Green's Richaun Holmes is one of the more intriguing NBA Draft prospects this season, and should hear his name called in the 2nd Round. (Source: Hustle Belt)
Bowling Green’s Richaun Holmes is one of the more intriguing NBA Draft prospects this season, and should hear his name called in the 2nd Round. (Source: Hustle Belt)

The NBA Draft is less than a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

60 of the best young basketball players in the world will hear their name called, as they finally realize their dreams of being drafted to the NBA. At the same time, however, players will see their dreams come to an end as they fail to walk across the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand.

With a rich talent pool this season, there are bound to be players who had great collegiate careers that don’t get drafted. It doesn’t mean they won’t ever play in the NBA, they will just have to take a detour.

This is the time of year when people try to find out as much information about players as they possibly can, so they can be familiar with whomever their favourite NBA team selects on draft day.

Yes, there will be situations like Toronto last season, when they selected Bruno Caboclo, where even the commentators were stunned at the selection. For the most part, the players selected have been household names in college, or on the international stage.

Over the course of the next month leading up to the draft, we will post a new draft preview each day that highlights a player who has a great chance to be drafted. One thing that we are doing different than other sites is not focusing on players in the first round. These players are constantly covered, and you can find information on them all over the place.

We will look at players who don’t get as much attention as they deserve, as we try to shine the light on some underrated talents in the NBA Draft. Today’s feature: Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green. Continue reading NBA Draft Profile: Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green