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College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Kobe Webster, Western Illinois Leathernecks

Freshman guard Kobe Webster is emerging as a star for Western Illinois in 2017-18. (Source: Western Courier)

CANMORE, Alta. — After finishing in eighth place in the Summit League standings last season, many people were picking against the Western Illinois Leathernecks heading into 2017-18.

In the preseason Summit League poll, they were picked to finish eighth once more. With the departure of the IUPUI Jaguars to the Horizon League, that meant the Leathernecks were projected to finish last. They received 60 points in the poll, whereas the seventh place team received 104.

Based on their start to 2017-18, it’s safe to say that the Leathernecks have used that as motivation early on. Despite the loss of guard Garret Covington, among others, the Leathernecks are 5-2 this season, with a win over the aforementioned Jaguars to boot.

Leading the way is Dalan Ancrum, who is among the nation’s leading scorers with an average of 21.8 points per contest. A player we were high on during the preseason, Brandon Gilbeck, is among the nation’s leading shot blockers once again, averaging 3.2 per game.

However, with Ancrum being a senior, the Leathernecks needed their guard of the future to step up early on in 2017-18. They may have found their next star, in freshman guard Kobe Webster.

The native of Indianapolis, IN opened his collegiate career with a stat line of 19 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals to lead Western Illinois to a season opening win. He sits second on the team in scoring, and has been a big factor in their strong start to the season.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw the Leathernecks split a pair of games to open a four-game home stand, Western Illinois freshman guard Kobe Webster is the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 27 – December 3, 2017!
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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Mid-American Conference

Demajeo Wiggins stands at 6’10” and 240 pounds, and is set for a breakout season for the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

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.

Looking at the Mid-American Conference for the 2017-18 season, a ton of talent returns for all 12 teams. From experienced guard to up-and-coming big men, the conference race will be one of the more exciting ones to watch.

Entering the season, a handful of teams look like top contenders to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. With so many teams so close together, the MAC will be home to some competitive games over the course of conference play.

As we gear up for another year full of MACtion, take a look at our pick for Preseason Player of the Year, and who slots in where on our Preseason All-MAC teams!

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Top 20 transfers from non-power programs in 2017

Former Akron guard Antino Jackson is one of the top 20 transfers on the market from non-power schools at this point in the off-season.

CALGARY, Alta. — You get your release, and you get your release, and you get your release.

With the high volume of transfer players receiving their releases within the first couple of weeks after the National Championship game is complete, it’s sometimes tough to keep up-to-date with all of the player movement.

That’s where the folks at Verbal Commits and ourselves come in handy.

Collectively, we try to keep fans across the country in the loop when it comes to player transfers and scholarship offers. Admittedly, they do all of the work, whether it’s the fact that they have a complete list of transfer players or tweeting out updates each and every day. They make our lives easier.

We then try to take their information and condense it down in to articles for you to stay informed as your days move on.

With a plethora of talented players on the open market, it was tough to narrow the list down to just 20 players. After we took out the power conference programs, the task was just as hard, as the number of talented players who are transferring from smaller programs is as impressive collection.

We did our best. Here are the top 20 transfers from non-power programs still on the market, as of April 5th, 2017.
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UCF stops skid behind Tacko Fall’s career-high 31 points 

Photo courtesy of John Raoux/AP.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Year one of the Johnny Dawkins era has had its highs and lows for the UCF Knights (8-3).

Entering Sunday, the team was stuck in a lull that included a home loss to Penn and a road defeat at George Washington. During the losing streak, UCF averaged just 54 points per game, 17.5 less than their mark during the first eight contests.

Today, the Knights marched out of the precipice.

Led by a career-high 31 points from sophomore Tacko Fall, UCF fended off Miami (OH) (5-6), 80-73, in overtime.

“It was a win we had to earn,” said UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins. “Our guys showed a lot of character. It was a game that could have gone either way. I give their team a lot of credit.” Continue reading UCF stops skid behind Tacko Fall’s career-high 31 points 

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

With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.
With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.

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