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Pair of big name players hit the graduate transfer market for next season

Elijah Brown announced his intentions to graduate and transfer from New Mexico on Monday, becoming the second key transfer to leave the Lobos in the past two seasons.

CALGARY, Alta. — The off-season leading up to the 2017-18 season has been an exciting one, so far.

There’s only one thing. The 2016-17 season isn’t over yet, and big dominos are already falling. From coaching changes and player transfers, to star players declaring early for the draft, the off-season is shaping up to be one for the ages.

On Monday alone, Tyler Lydon declared for the 2017 NBA Draft after two seasons with the Syracuse Orange. The LSU Tigers found their new head coach, in Will Wade.

Then, on opposite sides of the country, two big time players announced their respective intentions to graduate and transfer elsewhere for next season.

Guards Duane Wilson and Elijah Brown both announced their intentions on Monday, adding more excitement to the ensuing off-season that will take us to the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Pair of big name players hit the graduate transfer market for next season

Auburn transfer New Williams commits to Rodney Terry, Fresno State Bulldogs

Rodney Terry and the Fresno State Bulldogs got some good news on Monday night, as Auburn transfer New Williams committed to the Bulldogs.
Rodney Terry and the Fresno State Bulldogs got some good news on Monday night, as Auburn transfer New Williams committed to the Bulldogs.

Monday seemed to be filled with more bad news than good for teams all across the NCAA.

Maurice Watson, Jr. went down with a knee injury Monday afternoon in the Creighton Bluejays’ win over the Xavier Musketeers. It’s feared that he may have a torn meniscus, and could miss the rest of the 2016-17 season, depending on the severity of the injury.

In the ACC, the Louisville Cardinals announced that Quentin Snider would miss two-to-three weeks with a strained hip flexor.

Two big losses for two teams who could very well contend for a national title this season. While Snider will be back in plenty of time before March, it’ll be interesting to see how both teams adapt moving forwards.

On the West Coast, one team got some good news about their future.

Rodney Terry and the Fresno State Bulldogs learned that guard New Williams has committed to the program, after transferring earlier in the year from the Auburn Tigers. Continue reading Auburn transfer New Williams commits to Rodney Terry, Fresno State Bulldogs

Three Colorado State players deemed ineligible due to academics

Junior Che Bob was one of three Colorado State players who were deemed ineligible for the second semester due to poor grades.
Junior Che Bob was one of three Colorado State players who were deemed ineligible for the second semester due to poor grades.

The race for the Mountain West Conference title appeared to be wide open in 2016-17, and the Colorado State Rams had the look of a team who could very well represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament come March.

After Tuesday’s news, the road to the field of 68 just got a lot tougher for the Rams.

It was announced that three of the Rams’ key players had been deemed ineligible for the second semester due to poor grades. Juniors Che BobDevocio Butler, and Kimani Jackson will all miss the remainder of the year after failing to meet the minimum grade-point averages in their fall semester classes. Continue reading Three Colorado State players deemed ineligible due to academics

Nevada’s Elijah Foster ‘Suspended Indefinitely,’ Wolf Pack ‘Moving On’

Photo courtesy of Jason Bean and RGJ News.

Perhaps Nevada’s domination of the Mountain West Conference is not imminent.

Today on Jon Rothstein’s College Hoops Today Podcast, Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman identified the status of junior Elijah Foster as “suspended indefinitely” and the team is “moving on.” Continue reading Nevada’s Elijah Foster ‘Suspended Indefinitely,’ Wolf Pack ‘Moving On’

Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton - Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics)
Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton – Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics)

Players aren’t the only ones who make their debuts in college basketball each November.

Each season, there are several first time head coaches who realize their dreams of becoming a head coach at the Division I level. Many have paid their dues, whether it be as an assistant coach in the NCAA, or as a head coach at a smaller institution. The journeys are undoubtedly long, but well worth it in the end, when they see the title of ‘Head Men’s Basketball Coach’ after their name.

The start of the 2016-17 season was no exception.

In total, there are 29 coaches across the country who are first-time head coaches in Division I this season. Some have been assistants at larger programs in the country, while others have been head coaches in the junior college ranks.

Regardless of where they came from, they are now head coaches at the top level of collegiate basketball.

The transition hasn’t been easy for every coach, as only nine of the 29 first-time coaches have a winning record through the first five weeks of the year.

Here are five coaches who are enjoying some early success in their first year at the helm in Division I.
Continue reading Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

RECAP: Amigo’s Career Night Leads Denver to Road Win over Air Force

Junior forward Daniel Amigo scored a career-high 33 points in Denver's 77-65 win over Air Force on Saturday afternoon. (Source: Denver Men's Basketball)
Junior forward Daniel Amigo scored a career-high 33 points in Denver’s 77-65 win over Air Force on Saturday afternoon. (Source: Denver Men’s Basketball)

Entering Saturday afternoon’s game with the Denver Pioneers, the Air Force Falcons had been extremely tough to knock off on their home floor over the first month of the 2016-17 season.

The Falcons were a perfect 6-0 inside Clune Arena, with wins over the likes of the Jacksonville Dolphins, the Florida A&M Rattlers, and most recently, the Missouri State Bears in the MW/MVC Challenge.

On Saturday, the Pioneers were looking to put an end to the Falcons’ winning streak, while also looking for their third road win of the season.

They would achieve both of those things, thanks in large part to a big performance from the big man in the middle.

Junior forward Daniel Amigo scored a career-high 33 points, 27 of which came in the second half, and Denver put an end to Air Force’s home winning streak, 77-65. Continue reading RECAP: Amigo’s Career Night Leads Denver to Road Win over Air Force