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.
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.
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.
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 II, Kennedy 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.
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.
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.