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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Big Sky Conference in 2018-19

Sanders, Jalen
Jalen Sanders and the Northern Colorado Bears enter the 2018-19 season on the heels of their 2018 CIT Championship, and they will be looking to carry that momentum into the new campaign. (Source: Joshua Polson – The Greeley Tribune)

SARNIA, Ont. — The Big Sky Conference has undergone some big changes this off-season.

For starters, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are now officially members of the Summit League, leaving the Big Sky Conference after the 2017-18 season. North Dakota’s departure now puts the Big Sky at 11 teams for the upcoming season.

Many of the remaining teams will also look considerably different, as star players from across the league have moved on in their careers. Whether it was due to graduation or transfer, some familiar names have left the Big Sky Conference. With that said, there are now plenty of opportunities for new players to become the faces of the conference, and there are plenty of candidates around the league.

There are still star players in the league, but the Big Sky is home to some talented players who have flown under the radar so far in their respective careers. One in particular put up massive numbers a season ago, but barely grabbed attention from the national media.

Here are 10 returning players who will be names to know this season in the Big Sky Conference.

Note: Players like Ahmaad Rorie, Jordan Davis, Tyler Hall, and Michael Oguine weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Big Sky Conference in 2018-19

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Sophomore guard JoJo Anderson will see a big jump in his minutes, and production, in comparison to his freshman year stats.

Flagstaff, AZ — Losing your top four scorers from a season before is a tough obstacle to overcome, no matter who you are.

When it’s a smaller program from a smaller conference, it becomes more of a notable issue moving towards the following season.

That’s the position that the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks find themselves in heading into the 2017-18 season. The Lumberjacks are coming off a season in which they finished the season with a record of 9-23 overall, and were eight games off of the lead in the Big Sky Conference, finishing in 10th with a 6 – 12 record.

With their losses, there isn’t much of a buzz around the Lumberjacks program on a national level this season. However, that shouldn’t be the case. While the team may be young, the foundation has been set for the program to take another step forwards in 2017-18.

From the addition of a pair of graduate transfers to the rise of a star sophomore guard, to the recent memory of a run to the CIT Finals three seasons ago, the Lumberjacks are starting to trend back in the right direction after a down year a season ago. Continue reading Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Over the weekend, Jeff Beverly (middle) became the latest impact graduate transfer to hit the open market.

CALGARY, Alta. — What a weekend it was for transfer players all across the country.

Several of the nation’s top transfer players committed to their respective schools. Some will be eligible next season as graduate transfers, while many will sit out a year and be eligible in 2018-19.

The likes of freshmen Peter Kiss (Rutgers Scarlet Knights) and Isiaha Mike (SMU Mustangs) turned stellar first-year performances into a spot on a power conference roster for the future.

Other players, like Kendall Smith and Khris Lane, did the same as graduate transfers, and will look to lead their new programs to the NCAA Tournament next year.

With the shake-ups over the past weekend, several of our top transfer from non-power programs are no longer on the market. So, here’s an updated list of available transfer players from outside of power programs, as of April 23rd. Continue reading Top 25 transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Sky

Quinton Hooker is the reigning College Court Report Player of the Year, and will look to build off of his 20.1 point per game average from a season ago. (Source: North Dakota Athletics)
Quinton Hooker is the reigning College Court Report Player of the Year, and will look to build off of his 20.1 point per game average from a season ago. (Source: North Dakota Athletics)

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 Big Sky Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Sky

Looking Ahead: Five Underrated Mid-Major Stars to Keep an Eye on in 2015-16

Through hard work and determination, Kris Yanku has become an important piece of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. In 2015-16, Yanku will look to have a breakout season and lead Northern Arizona to an NCAA Tournament berth. (Source: Mid-Major Madness)
Through hard work and determination, Kris Yanku has become an important piece of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. In 2015-16, Yanku will look to have a breakout season and lead Northern Arizona to an NCAA Tournament berth. (Source: Mid-Major Madness)

Division I men’s basketball is composed of 351 teams, meaning that there are more than 4,000 players in the country (based on an approximation of 12 players per roster x 351 teams = 4,212). With this, many of the standout talents excel on the courts and can remain relatively anonymous.

For players at smaller schools, it usually takes a Herculean performance in the regular season, or a splash in the NCAA Tournament, to garner any sort of regular attention on the national stage.

They put up better stat lines than many players who play at some of the power conferences, albeit against weaker competition, but it’s as though these players don’t exist until they do something “big”.

One would call these so-called underrated players stars of the mid-major conferences. Just because they play in smaller conferences doesn’t mean they don’t have the talents to succeed and play at a high level.

We have compiled a list of our Top Five Underrated Mid-Major Stars that you need to keep an eye on for the 2015-16 season. The players on the list have put up big-time numbers and are integral pieces for their respective teams, but they simply do not garner the attention they deserve.
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