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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

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Kobe Gantz played just seven games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. If healthy, Gantz will be one of the biggest names in the MEAC in 2018-19. (Source: Newsday) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

SARNIA, Ont. — The 2018-19 season is just around the corner, and excitement continues to build with each passing day.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at names to know in each conference across the NCAA to help fans get caught up with who is returning this season, and give them some underrated names to know for the 2018-19 campaign. The biggest names in each conference won’t necessarily be featured, as the goal is to bring attention to some underrated talents across the country.

Changes are coming in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and they begin to take place in 2018-19.

The Hampton Pirates have moved to the Big South Conference, ending their tenure in the MEAC, and they will begin play in their new conference this season. Then, at year’s end, the Savannah State Tigers will move down to Division II, leaving the MEAC at 11 teams for the time being.

Add in player turnover, and you have 12 teams in 2018-19 that look considerably different than they did a season ago. Star players have graduated, while several others have transferred out of the conference. With all of the changes that have taken place, it’s tough to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Here are 10 returning players to know in the MEAC before the 2018-19 season gets underway on November 6th, 2018.

Note: Names like Shawntrez Davis, Raasean Davis, Charles Williams and RJ Cole weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Brampton, Ontario native Gabriel Gyamfi (20) has committed to Maryland-Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Colby C.C. Athletics) (Header: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks have added some Canadian flare to their roster for the 2018-19 season.

Coming off a dismal 2017-18 season, one that saw the Hawks deal with injuries to their top three returning scorers from the season before, interim head coach Clifford Reed and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping for a big bounce back year in 2018-19. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor are back healthy, and will look to lead the Hawks to a MEAC crown.

With key names leaving from last year’s team, the Hawks had some holes to fill. The Hawks have already added graduate transfer Kevin Larkin to the mix, but were still looking for others to come in and fill out their roster. On Wednesday, they added another piece to the puzzle from north of the border.

Canadian wing Gabriel Gyamfi has committed to the program for the 2018-19 season, bringing a Canadian contingent to the Hawks for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Former Niagara guard Kevin Larkin (2) has committed to Maryland Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer. (Source: Niagara Gazette) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks had themselves an eventful 2017-18 season.

From the outset of the season, their lineup was riddled with injuries. The losses of Ryan Andino, Isaac Taylor, and Dontae Caldwell to season-ending injuries derailed any chance of a MEAC title for the Hawks. They were forced to put freshmen into prominent roles from the start, and while they fared well, their inexperience didn’t help the Hawks over the course of the season.

The team finished the year with a record of 7-25 overall, and just 3-13 in MEAC play. Head coach Bobby Collins was relieved of his duties shortly after the season ended, and Clifford Reed was named the interim head coach of the program for the 2018-19 season.

Freshmen Cam Bacote and Miryne Thomas both transferred following the season, dealing another blow to the program. However, the Hawks got some good news over the weekend that will boost their overall talent level as they look to rebound from a dismal season.

Graduate transfer Kevin Larkin committed to the Hawks for the upcoming season after playing in the MAAC for two seasons with the Niagara Purple Eagles. Continue reading Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

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Former Colorado big man Tory Miller-Stewart played just six games in 2017-18 before sustaining a season-ending injury. (Source: The Ralphie Report) (Header: The Advocate)

SARNIA, Ont. — Experience goes a long way in today’s college basketball.

A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t have those veteran players that the younger ones can lean on during tough times, that could lead to an early exit from the NCAA Tournament or a rough stretch during the regular season. It could mean the difference between making the field of 68 or missing out on the Big Dance altogether.

As the off-season continues to move along, players on the transfer market are committing to their new programs for next season and beyond. With each passing day, it seems as though names are being added to the transfer list, while others are taking their names off the list with their school announcements.

With the high turnover, it’s become somewhat confusing to keep track of who is still on the market and who has committed. There are still a ton of talented players on the market, taking visits and determining the best course of action for the next chapter of their basketball careers.

In terms of the seniors who transferred following the 2017-18 season, the big names like Ehab Amin, Tre Campbell, Christen Cunningman, Ar’Mond Davis, and Zaynah Robinson are all of the market. However, there are still some intriguing options left that could be key role players for several teams across the country.

Here are the top 10 remaining senior transfers for the 2018-19, all of whom are immediately eligible for the upcoming season. Continue reading Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Ball State Lands Maryland Eastern Shore Transfer Miryne Thomas

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Miryne Thomas was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for Maryland Eastern Shore in 2017-18, as he averaged 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a freshman. (Source: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

MUNICE, In. — If all goes according to plan, the Ball State Cardinals could very well have the best front court rotation in the Mid American Conference come the 2019-20 season.

The Cardinals already boast a pair of the top forwards in the conference in Tahjai Teague and Kyle Mallers. Both will be juniors in 2018-19, and are coming off of breakout seasons. Teague was second on the team in both scoring and rebounds with an average of 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Mallers posted 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds of his own.

Add in Zach Gunn, who posted 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 25 games, and the front court rotation looks strong heading into the 2018-19 season.

On Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals added another talented forward to the mix for the 2019-20 season. Freshman forward Miryne Thomas committed to the Cardinals after one season with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. Continue reading Ball State Lands Maryland Eastern Shore Transfer Miryne Thomas