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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Atlantic Coast Conference

Junior guard Grayson Allen has been tabbed as our Preseason ACC Player of the Year.
Junior guard Grayson Allen has been tabbed as our Preseason ACC Player of the Year.

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 Atlantic Coast Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Atlantic Coast Conference

Michigan State, Duke, and North Carolina Headline Phil Knight Invitational to Honour Nike Co-Founder

On Wednesday, the 16-team Phil Knight Invitational was announced, which will take place from November 23-24 and 26-27, 2017 in two Portland arenas.
On Wednesday, the 16-team Phil Knight Invitational was announced, which will take place from November 23-24 and 26, 2017 in two Portland arenas.

Nike has done so much for some of the nation’s leading college basketball programs. Several of the top programs across the country don the infamous Nike Swoosh on their jerseys and apparel, and the marketing done by both sides has been a huge success.

On Wednesday, the NCAA and ESPN Events announced an early-season event that will pay homage to Nike co-founder and chairman, Phil Knight, during the 2017-18 season.

The Phil Knight Invitational will see 16 schools from all across the country, who are all sponsored by Nike, converge on the Portland area for two early-season tournaments in celebration of Knight’s 80th birthday.

Knight turns 80 on February 24th, 2018. Continue reading Michigan State, Duke, and North Carolina Headline Phil Knight Invitational to Honour Nike Co-Founder

Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending VIllanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending Villanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.

With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!

You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.

The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.

Let us know your thoughts on the list, by either leaving a comment or letting us know on Twitter and Facebook!
Continue reading Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

2016-17 Schedules: North Carolina Tar Heels

After falling just short of a national title in 2015-16, Joel Berry and the North Carolina Tar Heels have their sights set on returning to the championship game this season and being the ones cutting down the nets. (Source: Inside Carolina)
After falling just short of a national title in 2015-16, Joel Berry II and the North Carolina Tar Heels have their sights set on returning to the championship game this season and being the ones cutting down the nets. (Source: Inside Carolina)

All that separated the North Carolina Tar Heels from extending the national championship game and giving themselves another chance at winning was a three pointer at the buzzer from Kris Jenkins. That shot will be in the memory bank of all North Carolina fans for a long time.

But, it’s in the past, and the Tar Heels are prepared to fight their way back to the national championship game in 2016-17. They will have to do so without the likes of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, both of whom have graduated.

Coach Roy Williams has a ton of talent back in Chapel Hill this season, led by Joel Berry IIKennedy Meeks, and Theo Pinson. Several players will see their roles increase this season, and the experience they gained during the Tar Heels’ run to the finals is something you can’t put a value on.

In a move not typically seen by power conference teams, the Tar Heels will open the season on the road before returning home for their second game of the year.
Continue reading 2016-17 Schedules: North Carolina Tar Heels

2016 USBWA National Freshman of the Year Candidate Watch – January 5, 2016

If Sophie Cunningham continues her style of play for the rest of the season, it will be tough for any other player to pass her as the Freshman of the Year. (Source: Timothy Nwachukwu Mizzou Athletics) (Header Photo: All credit to Missouri Athletics)
If Sophie Cunningham continues her style of play for the rest of the season, it will be tough for any other player to pass her as the Freshman of the Year. (Source: Timothy Nwachukwu Mizzou Athletics)

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.

Click here to see our first official candidate watch list….  Continue reading 2016 USBWA National Freshman of the Year Candidate Watch – January 5, 2016

North Carolina Loses Marcus Paige for 3-to-4 Weeks with Broken Hand

After dealing with injuries for the majority of the 2014-15 season, North Carolina's Marcus Paige will miss three-to-four weeks with a broken hand.
After dealing with injuries for the majority of the 2014-15 season, North Carolina’s Marcus Paige will miss three-to-four weeks with a broken hand.

After dealing with multiple injuries last season, the 2015-16 season was going to be one of redemption for North Carolina’s Marcus Paige.

The senior point guard has been widely considered as an All-American and Player of the Year candidate leading up to the start of the season. As a team, the North Carolina Tar Heels are considered one of the top threats to win the National Championship, and they enter the regular season as the #1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings.

Just when things were looking squeaky clean for the Tar Heels, bad news struck and it involves their senior star.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Marcus Paige would miss the next three-to-four weeks due to a broken finger on his non-shooting hand sustained in practice. Continue reading North Carolina Loses Marcus Paige for 3-to-4 Weeks with Broken Hand