ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — After disaster struck the U.S. Virgin Islands this past off-season, the 2017 Paradise Jam was moved to Lynchburg, VA, and was hosted by the Liberty Flames.
On Wednesday, the tournament committee announced that the 2018 edition of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam would indeed return to St. Thomas, and they announced a star-studded field to go along with it.
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.
The USBWA National Freshman of the Year is a prestigious award for one select NCAA Women’s Basketball player each year.
Here at College Court Report, we are following the award closely, and will be releasing a bi-monthly watch list for the award.
In our first watch list, our #1 candidate currently is Missouri Tigers guard Sophie Cunningham. There are five other standout freshman women’s basketball players, nipping at her heels, that are on our candidate watch list. These women are all players who are more than deserving of the USBWA National Freshman of the Year as well.
When Missouri tabbed Kim Anderson to replace Frank Haith as their bench boss following the 2013-14 season, the Tigers were hoping for big thing from the Missouri alum.
However, losing their top three players entering 2014-15 didn’t spell success for the Tigers.
Anderson, who was coming off a Division II championship at Central Missouri, didn’t see much success in 2014-15. Missouri struggled to a 9 – 23 record on the season, and things went from bad to worse in the off-season.
After the season ended, star forward Johnathan Williams III decided to transfer from the program. He opted to enrol at Gonzaga.
According to ESPN, Deuce Bello also decided to transfer from the Tigers after the season ended.