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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: American Athletic Conference

The race for Player of the Year in the AAC will likely come down to Cincinnati's Troy Caupain and Memphis' Dedric Lawson. (Source: USA Today Sports)
The race for Player of the Year in the AAC will likely come down to Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain and Memphis’ Dedric Lawson. (Source: USA Today Sports)

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

Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending VIllanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending Villanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.

With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!

You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.

The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.

Let us know your thoughts on the list, by either leaving a comment or letting us know on Twitter and Facebook!
Continue reading Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Tubby Smith Adds Graduate Transfer Christian Kessee to Memphis’ 2016 Recruiting Class

Former Coppin State guard Christian Kessee (10) committed to Memphis on Friday, and will provide Tubby Smith with immediate production as a graduate transfer.
Former Coppin State guard Christian Kessee (10) committed to Memphis on Friday, and will provide Tubby Smith with immediate production as a graduate transfer.

The off-season following the 2015-16 season had the potential to be a troublesome one for the Memphis Tigers. They had to deal with their fair share of changes, and seem to have overcome them all.

Head coach Josh Pastner left for the vacancy with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, leaving the Tigers without a bench boss. They turned to Tubby Smith as his replacement.

Then, Avery Woodson transferred to the Butler Bulldogs, and freshman forward Dedric Lawson declared early for the NBA Draft. In the end, Lawson opted to return to school, despite performing well in the non-stationary shooting drills at the NBA Draft Combine.

With the loss of Pastner and Woodson, the Memphis Tigers will look a bit different this season.

Looking ahead to 2016-17, Smith was looking to add an experienced player who could help the team immediately. On Friday, in a news release, the Tigers had found their new man.

Christian Kessee, who graduated and transferred from the Coppin State Eagles following the 2015-16 campaign, committed to play for Memphis next season. Continue reading Tubby Smith Adds Graduate Transfer Christian Kessee to Memphis’ 2016 Recruiting Class

CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List, Vol. 3

The play of freshman forward Henry Ellenson has Marquette in the thick of things in the race for the Big East title, and he is one of the top freshmen this year in the NCAA. (Source: ABC News)
The play of freshman forward Henry Ellenson has Marquette in the thick of things in the race for the Big East title, and he is one of the top freshmen this year in the NCAA. (Source: ABC News)

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, no new players crack the list this week. From last week’s list, the top five players went untouched, but there was a bit of a shake-up from spots 6-10.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the third 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. 3

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

Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.

After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).

The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.

Take a scroll down to read a bit about each game that will take place over the 2015 ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. Grab some caffeine, get comfortable, and get ready for a crazy 24 hours. Continue reading Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon