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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Florida A&M’s Marcus Barham is just one of ten players who you should get to know from the MEAC in advance of the 2017-18 season. (Source: Tallahassee Democrat)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 NBA Draft is coming up in just over a week, which means it’s time to start looking towards the 2017-18 college basketball season.

The off-season following the 2016-17 season has been a hectic one, to say the least. Hundreds of players have changed programs, while a couple hundred still haven’t made their transfer decisions. There have been several key coaching changes, with the most recent one being Chris Holtmann to the Ohio State Buckeyes, and then LaVall Jordan to the Butler Bulldogs.

With all of the changes that have happened, it’s tough to keep up with everything. Which is why, over the next month or so, we are going to be highlighting ten players to watch in each conference for the upcoming season.

From the power conferences, down to the lowest of the low-majors, we will look at each and every conference and highlight players who are set to become household names this year.

Up first, we visit a conference that is one of our personal favourites: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Last season, several youngsters emerged onto the scene as bonafide stars in their first year in Division I. Add them to a healthy dose of experienced players, and there’s a ton of talent from top to bottom in the MEAC in 2017-18.

Here are ten players from the MEAC to take note of in advance of the 2017-18 season.
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Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

Former Bethune-Cookman guard Quinton Forrest is one of the top uncommitted transfers still on the market.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 transfer list is creeping up on 700 names.

Plenty of players have committed to their new schools, and have made some waves with their decisions in the process. Some of the decisions have changed the landscape of college basketball, like C.J. Bryce committing to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack, or the Lawson brothers, Jack Whitman, and Charlie Moore committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, just to name a few.

While the majority of players have found their new homes, there is still a ton of talent still available on the transfer market. With the off-season slowing ticking away, available players are still taking official visits, in search of their next stop on their respective basketball journey.

Here are seven of the top available transfers, all of whom come from outside of the power conferences. Continue reading Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

Sophomore guard Dontae Caldwell requests release from Maryland-Eastern Shore

After two seasons at Maryland-Eastern Shore, guard Dontae Caldwell has requested his release from the program and will explore other opportunities. (Source: Delmarva Now)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — What an off-season its been for sophomores on the transfer market.

Some of the top transfers from across the country since the 2016-17 season have been second-year players, and still provide a ton of upside to their new programs in the future.

The likes of Carlton Bragg (Arizona State Sun Devils), C.J. Bryce (NC State Wolfpack), Marcus Evans (VCU  Rams), and the Lawson brothers have all found their new homes, along with a slew of other talented players.

As the off-season moves along, players are still making decisions on their future, and while some may view it as ‘late’, players are still transferring from their current program.

On Thursday afternoon, the sophomore talent pool got a bit deeper, as guard Dontae Caldwell announced on Twitter that he has requested his release from the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, and will transfer from the program.  Continue reading Sophomore guard Dontae Caldwell requests release from Maryland-Eastern Shore

Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central

On Thursday, Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. committed to LeVelle Moton and the North Carolina Central Eagles. (Source: Larry Mcknigght Jr. (@L_Knight_LOE))

DURHAM, N.C. — Year after year, the North Carolina Central Eagles find themselves near the top of the MEAC standings, if not in first place.

This past season was more of the same, as the Eagles finished with a 13-3 record in conference play, and took home the regular season crown by a game over the Norfolk State Spartans. North Carolina Central then went on to win the MEAC Tournament, and represented the conference in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, the Eagles were poised to take a step backwards with the loss of key personnel across the roster. Senior guards Pat ColeDajuan Graf, and Ron Trapps all graduated at season’s end, leaving big holes across the back court for the Eagles.

However, there’s an old saying that applies perfectly to the Eagles and head coach LeVelle Moton.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Across the country, Moton is considered one of the premier coaches in the NCAA, regardless of conference. He continually gets the best out of his players, and players want to play for a man of his caliber.

On Thursday, Moton and the Eagles added another piece to the puzzle for the 2017-18 season, filling a big hole in the back court in the process.

Former Wofford Terriers and Palm Beach State Panthers’ transfer guard Larry Mcknight Jr.  committed to play for the Eagles in 2017-18. Continue reading Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central

Forrest, Suggs to transfer from Bethune-Cookman

Things didn’t go as planned for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in 2016-17. On Tuesday, their depth for 2017-18 took a big hit with the announcement of two key players transferring out of the program. (Source: Stadium Journey)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Simply put, the 2016-17 season didn’t go as planned for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

Out of the gate, the Wildcats were behind the eight-ball, as they were without star guard Jordan Potts, who didn’t play at all during the season. The Wildcats struggled to a 10-22 record overall, and a 10th-place finish in the MEAC standings.

Once the off-season hit, the changes began for the program. Back on March 21st, administration and Gravelle Craig agreed to let the head coach’s contract expire at the end of the month, ending Craig’s six-year tenure with the program.

Then, on Tuesday, another pair of dominoes fell in terms of the roster shakeup.

Sophomore Quinton Forrest and freshman Brandon Suggs both announced their intentions to transfer from the program, delivering a big blow to the Wildcats’ depth chart for the 2017-18 season in the process.  Continue reading Forrest, Suggs to transfer from Bethune-Cookman

Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Juniors, Part One

Elijah Brown is one of the top scoring guards on the transfer market this season, and is immediately eligible next season. (Source: New Mexico Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, the transfer list continually grows with each passing day.

According to Verbal Commits, the 2017 Division I transfer list has eclipsed 240 names, and that number will only continue to rise as the off-season rolls along.

For the record, the off-season doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, April 4th, the day after the National Championship is decided.

With the high numbers of players finding themselves on the open market, testing the waters in the hopes of securing a scholarship at a school that better fits their needs, there a plethora of talented student-athletes on the list. From the power conferences and perennial national title contenders, right down to the smallest of schools, there are transfers from all across the country.

So, we got thinking. What would a team look like if it was built solely from uncommitted transfers?

We decided to dig a little deeper and see what kind of team we could come up with. The list was divided into each player’s year of eligibility, and then rosters were formed of players in the same year.

Here is the best roster that we could come up with for junior players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.

As each week passes, and more players either transfer or commit to schools, we will alter the rosters on Tuesdays to accommodate the changes in the market. Continue reading Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Juniors, Part One