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Bryant Lands Commitment From Murray State Graduate Transfer Byron Hawkins

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Graduate transfer Byron Hawkins committed to Bryant on Sunday, giving new head coach Jared Grasso his first major commitment on the transfer market. (Source: Murray State Athletics)

SMITHFIELD, RI. — The Northeast Conference tends to see its fair share of talent transfer to bigger programs across the NCAA, and while players do transfer into the conference, they aren’t necessarily the biggest names out there.

On Sunday, the Bryant Bulldogs added a graduate transfer who has NCAA Tournament experience, and brings with him a wealth of experience that can help the Bulldogs right away in 2018-19.

Towards the end of April, junior guard Byron Hawkins was granted his release from the Murray State Racers, where he spent the last two seasons. Prior to his time with the Racers, Hawkins played two seasons with the Towson Tigers, where he emerged as a star in 2015-16 as a sophomore.

Now, Hawkins will take his talents to the state of Rhode Island, where he will join an intriguing core group at Bryant in the Northeast Conference. Continue reading Bryant Lands Commitment From Murray State Graduate Transfer Byron Hawkins

Eleven Under-the-Radar Freshmen That Every Fan Should Know About

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The play of freshman Terry Taylor is a big reason for the 5-3 start in conference play for Austin Peay. (Source: Austin Peay Athletics) (Header: HBCU Gameday)

LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.

Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.

With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.

For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.

That needs to change, and in a hurry.

Here are 11 freshmen that fans from coast to coast need to become familiar with, as they are poised  for big things over their collegiate careers, including one of the nation’s elite scorers who just so happens to play in the nation’s capital.
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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Ohio Valley Conference

Malcolm Drumwright and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks advanced to their first-ever NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back trips to the Big Dance in 2018.

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.

The race for the Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18 will be one of the more exciting ones across the NCAA. Several big names from last season have moved on, while several teams have a legitimate chance to advance to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

On the heels of their first-ever appearance in the Big Dance last season, momentum has to be behind the Jacksonville State Gamecocks as they look to make it two straight appearances. However, traditional power programs like the Murray State Racers and Belmont Bruins won’t back down easily from the top of the conference.

With a ton of talent in the conference, it’s anyone’s game at this point. Take a look at which talented player we’ve selected as our Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, plus who falls where on our All-OVC teams for the upcoming season!

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Assembling a Mid-Major Dream Team for the 2017-18 Season

Jock Landale emerged as one of the nation’s top big men as a junior in 2016-17, increasing his scoring average from 7.9 points per game to 16.9.

CANMORE, Alta. — The level of parity in college basketball in recent years is at an all-time high.

Still, on a nightly basis, mid-major teams are often the underdogs against power conference teams. The likes of the Kentucky WildcatsDuke Blue Devils, and other blue-blood programs land the top high school recruits each season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of talent elsewhere in the country.

Smaller programs have just as much talent on their roster, but their names don’t come with the same pedigree as the ones in the ESPN Top 100. So, we thought we would filter through all of the mid-major schools and assemble our own Dream Team for the 2017-18 season.

We assembled a 14-man roster that we would want to see play together. The team is open to interpretation, and can be assembled in an endless number of ways. But, this is a team we think would contend with the best of the best in the NCAA.
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RECAP: Eastern Illinois squanders 11-point lead, falls to Murray State, 83-72

Photo courtesy of Eastern Illinois Panthers athletics.

CHARLESTON, Ill. — On February 25, 2016, the Eastern Illinois Panthers welcomed Murray State into Lantz Arena for a nationally televised showdown. 2,000+ fans packed inside the cozy home of the Panthers and were treated to an 85-74 victory, which was by far the most impressive win of the season.

In the Racers’ first trip back, two newcomers, Terrell Miller Jr. and Jonathan Stark, avoided a repeat result, jockeying Murray State to an 83-72 vengeful win.

“When you rely on jumpers, it will come and go,” said Eastern Illinois head coach Jay Spoonhour. “We don’t really have guys that make plays off the bounce real well.

“Our stuff is ending in a jumper. And, jumpers are fickle. They (Murray State) are able to take it and go force you to foul.” Continue reading RECAP: Eastern Illinois squanders 11-point lead, falls to Murray State, 83-72

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Ohio Valley

Evan Bradds had the top field goal percentage in the nation last season, and while his numbers are sure to drop slightly, the Belmont Bruins will be the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference due to his talents.
Evan Bradds had the top field goal percentage in the nation last season, and while his numbers are sure to drop slightly, the Belmont Bruins will be the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference due to his talents.

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 Ohio Valley Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Ohio Valley