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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Conference USA

Jon Elmore has been a constant problem for opposing defenses over his first two years at Marshall, and that trend will continue in 2017-18. (Source: Jared Wickerham – AP)

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.

Following the 2016-17 season, several teams in the Conference USA underwent some major changes in the off-season. From a recruiting saga with a five-star prospect that looked like it was never going to end, to several big-time players either graduating or transferring to bigger programs, the makeup of several teams will look vastly different that it did the year prior.

Regardless, the race for the Conference USA crown will be an exciting one. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament and knock off a Big Ten school for the third time in a row. Other programs are nipping at their heels, and some come into the year ranked higher than the defending champions.

With an abundance of talent still calling the Conference USA their home, scroll down to take a look at who we have tabbed as our Preseason Player of the Year, and who comes in where on our All-Conference USA Teams!
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College Court Report Player of the Week: Ryan Taylor, Marshall Thundering Herd

Over Marshall's three wins this past week, senior forward Ryan Taylor averaged 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest.
Over Marshall’s three wins this past week, senior forward Ryan Taylor averaged 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest.

If you would have said before the season started that the team atop the Conference USA standings after the first two weeks of conference play would be the Marshall Thundering Herd, some would have said you were crazy.

What’s even crazier, at least to some, is that it’s actually the case.

The Thundering Herd, armed with one of the more electric offenses in the country, are currently 4-0 against Conference USA foes, and are a half-game ahead of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders for top spot. Marshall has topped the 100-point mark three occasions, going 2-1 in those games.

Four players have played in at least 14 games this year, and are averaging 11.6 points per game, or more.

One of those players is senior forward Ryan Taylor, who is stuffing the stat sheet despite missing three games earlier in the year.

This past week was no different for the big man. The Thundering Herd took to the hardwood three times, and came away with three impressive wins. Taylor was a big part of all three, recording three double-doubles in the wins.

For his efforts over the past seven days, a stretch that saw him average 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest, Marshall forward Ryan Taylor has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for January 2 – 8, 2017!
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Conference USA

William Lee and the UAB Blazers enter the 2016-17 season as the favourites in the Conference USA, and will look to make their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years.
William Lee and the UAB Blazers enter the 2016-17 season as the favourites in the Conference USA, and will look to make their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years.

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 Conference USA. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Conference USA