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Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Chimezie Metu and the USC Trojans have a top-ten roster heading into the 2017-18 season, and they will look to become the first repeat winner of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in December.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 edition of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

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.
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College Court Report Player of the Week: Ian Baker, New Mexico State Aggies

Ian Baker and the New Mexico State Aggies have raced out to a 10-2 start in 2016-17 under first-year head coach Paul Weir. (Header Photo: New Mexico State Athletics)
Ian Baker and the New Mexico State Aggies have raced out to a 10-2 start in 2016-17 under first-year head coach Paul Weir. (Header Photo: New Mexico State Athletics)

Year after year, after year, after year, it seems as though the race for the Western Athletic Conference title has to go through the New Mexico State Aggies.

Last year, it took a buzzer-beater from Dedrick Basile in the WAC Tournament finale for the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to knock off the Aggies and punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

The off-season saw some changes for the Aggies, as head coach Marvin Menzies left for the vacant position with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, following the saga with Chris Beard. In came Paul Weir, a first-time head coach at the Division I level, who also happens to be Canadian.

Even with a new head coach, the Aggies haven’t missed a beat over the first five weeks of the 2016-17 season.

A big reason for their 10-2 start has been the play of senior guard Ian Baker. The Washington, D.C. native has seen it all as a member of the Aggies, from the highs of advancing to the NCAA Tournament on a pair of occasions, to the lows of last season’s heart-breaking loss in the WAC Championship game.

This year, he’s leading the Aggies on another run towards the NCAA Tournament. Over the past week, his talents were on full display for everyone to see.

After averaging 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game over the Aggies’ two wins last week, both of which were double-digit wins on the road, Ian Baker has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 12 – 18, 2016! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Ian Baker, New Mexico State Aggies

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Western Athletic Conference

Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Tom Pennington - Getty Images)
Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Tom Pennington – Getty Images)

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 Western Athletic Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Western Athletic Conference

Three Canadian Freshmen Ready to Leave Their Mark on the NCAA

Koby McEwen (5) is one of several Canadians taking their talents to Division I in 2016-17, and is one of the premier talents ready to leave his mark on the NCAA. (Source: Hoops Hype)
Koby McEwen (5) is one of several Canadians taking their talents to Division I in 2016-17, and is one of the premier talents ready to leave his mark on the NCAA. (Source: Hoops Hype)

Over the past few years, Canada Basketball has been on the rise on several different levels. From Andrew Wiggins being one of the top young stars in the NBA, to a plethora of Canadians in the NCAA, there are talented players from all over the Great White North leaving their mark on the basketball world.

Heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season, Canadians are in the headlines once again. Dillon Brooks is our #3 player in all of college basketball, and he happens to be from the province of Alberta. Brooks is one of many Canadians looking to have a positive impact on the upcoming year.

The start of the season also marks the arrival of a new wave of Canadian talent in the NCAA. Several highly-touted freshmen are from Canada, and have accepted offers from schools all across the United States. They will all be looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Wiggins, Brooks, Kyle WiltjerAnthony Bennett, and plenty of others.

Below are three of the top Canadians who can have the biggest impact on the 2016-17 season.
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