CALGARY, Alta. — Entering the 2017-18 season, the MAAC will be without several familiar faces from a year ago.
Several of the conference’s biggest stars from 2016-17 have moved on to the next chapter in their respective basketball careers, leaving massive shoes to fill in the process. The Siena Saints have arguably lost the most, with Brett Bisping, Marquis Wright, Lavon Long, and Javion Ogunyemi having graduated.
Not to be outdone, the Monmouth Hawks will be without the reigning MAAC Player of the Year, in Justin Robinson, who will be anxiously waiting to see if his name is called in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22nd.
In 2017-18, seemingly every team has an opportunity for a player or two to step up and seize a starring role with their respective program. Minutes are there for the taking, and coaches are looking for someone to step up and lead their team.
Here are ten players to keep an eye on in the MAAC for the upcoming season.
CALGARY, Alta. — We would like to apologize to the rest of the MAAC once again for igniting a fire under Justin Robinson before the season began.
In the off-season, we ranked the senior as the 62nd-best player in the country. On social media, Robinson, his teammates, and fans expressed their dislike around the ranking, and it’s tough to blame them.
This season, the 5’8” guard has once again led the Monmouth Hawks to a regular season MAAC title, and has them in a prime spot to make it to the NCAA Tournament. After being snubbed last season, the Hawks have been on a tear in 2016-17.
Monmouth continued rolling this past week, posting two wins and extending their winning streak to 13 games and clinching the regular season conference title in the process.
Robinson was at the forefront of the Hawks’ two wins this week, posting his first 40-point game of the season on Monday to boot.
The first Monday of 2017 was an exciting one to say the least. It also left us scratching our heads, asking more questions about preseason conference favourites.
Monday’s slate was made up entirely of mid-major programs, with the majority of games being conference match-ups as the battle for conference supremacy is officially under way.
While no power conference teams were in action, there will still several marquee programs in action. The Monmouth Hawks, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and the Little Rock Trojans, who all had stellar seasons a year ago, were all in action on Monday.
All three teams suffered defeats.
Following the slate of games on Monday, we were left with more questions than answers when looking at certain programs, and conferences, as the 2016-17 moves along.
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.
Regular season college basketball returns in just five days.
If you’re like us, you couldn’t be more excited about what the next five months will provide for basketball fans alike, in terms of pure entertainment mixed with some anxious moments surrounding your respective favourite teams.
From coast to coast, there are a plethora of talented teams heading into the 2016-17 season. Each season, we rank the top ‘mid-major’ teams in the country in our weekly ‘Top 20 Power Rankings. (Hate the term ‘mid-major’, for the record).
Last year, the Valparaiso Crusaders finished the regular season as the top mid-major team in the country, in our opinion.
Heading into the 2016-17 season, the top two teams reside on the west coast, and will do battle once more in the West Coast Conference. The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Saint Mary’s Gaels are atop the preseason edition of the College Court Report Mid-Major Top 20 Power Rankings.