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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Horizon League

Cameron Morse has been one of the nation’s top scorers over the past two seasons, yet he doesn’t garner much attention outside of the Horizon League from the national media.

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.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Horizon League makeup looks a little bit different than in year’s past. The Valparaiso Crusaders have moved to the Missouri Valley Conference, and in their place, the IUPUI Jaguars accepted an invitation to join the league from the Summit League.

With the departure of the Crusaders, a new program will emerge as the regular season champion. Will it be the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, who welcome a power conference transfer to bolster their back court rotation? Or the UIC Flames, who have a young, but talented roster that’s arguably the deepest in the conference? What about the Northern Kentucky Norse, who won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season?

Only time will tell.

Until then, take a look below at who we’ve tabbed as our Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year, and our Preseason All-Horizon League teams!

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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: HoopHall Miami Invitational

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Devonte’ Graham and the Kansas Jayhawks are among the nation’s best teams heading into the 2017-18 season, and are the headliners in the 2017 HoopHall Miami Invitational.

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 HoopHall Miami Invitational. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: HoopHall Miami Invitational

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Horizon League

Despite only making 20 starts, Cameron Morse averaged 20.3 points per game as a sophomore, and earned a spot on the All-Horizon League Second Team at year's end.
Despite only making 20 starts, Cameron Morse averaged 20.3 points per game as a sophomore, and earned a spot on the All-Horizon League Second Team at year’s end.

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 Horizon League. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Horizon League

Three Can’t Miss Games on Michigan State’s 2016-17 Schedule

With the departure of Matt Costello in the front court, Gavin Schilling will take on a bigger role for the Spartans in 2016-17. With the team scheduled to play their fair share of big time opponents, Schilling's development will be a crucial piece to the team's success.
With the departure of Matt Costello in the front court, Gavin Schilling will take on a bigger role for the Spartans in 2016-17. With the team scheduled to play their fair share of big time opponents, Schilling’s development will be a crucial piece to the team’s success.

As the 2016-17 season gets closer and closer, more and more teams are starting to release their schedules for the upcoming year.

According to D1 Hoops Schedules on Twitter, over 215 teams have released their non-conference slates for 2016-17.

On Thursday, a handful of teams in the Big Ten released their full schedules, including the Michigan State Spartans. Head Coach Tom Izzo isn’t afraid to play any team in the country, and will play them seemingly anywhere.

Izzo’s mindset is evident when looking at the schedule that awaits the Spartans this season. Power conference teams decorate the non-conference slate, but trips to the Bahamas, Hawaii, and New York City are the highlights.

There are three non-conference games in particular that basketball fans across the country won’t want to miss for Michigan State this season. While all of their games will provide a high level of excitement and entertainment, these three are arguably the most exciting, for varying reasons.
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CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, Vol. 2

Weber State forward Joel Bolomboy is one of two players to average a double-double on our Watch List for Mid-Major Player of the Year, and he has the Wildcats atop the Big Sky standings.
Weber State forward Joel Bolomboy is one of two players to average a double-double on our Watch List for Mid-Major Player of the Year, and he has the Wildcats atop the Big Sky standings.

Calendars have switched over to February, and the stretch run has kicked in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths are in high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards.

Here is the latest edition of the Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

We looked at statistics of each player, and the overall impact that each player has on their team. While the selections may not be the best player on their respective team, they are a key cog in the process, and that weighs heavily in our decisions.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the second edition of the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Friday! Continue reading CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, Vol. 2

CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List

Point guard Justin Robinson has the Monmouth Hawks flying high this season, and are currently the team to beat in the MAAC. Where does Robinson rank in our Mid-Major Player of the Year race? (Source: Monmouth Athletics)
Point guard Justin Robinson has the Monmouth Hawks flying high this season, and are currently the team to beat in the MAAC. Where does Robinson rank in our Mid-Major Player of the Year race? (Source: Monmouth Athletics)

Calendars are about to switch over to February, and the stretch run is about to kick in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths will be kicked into high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards. Each day of the week, we will update a different Watch List for different awards.

Here is the first edition of the Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

We looked at statistics of each player, and the overall impact that each player has on their team. While the selections may not be the best player on their respective team, they are a key cog in the process, and that weighs heavily in our decisions.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the first edition of CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Friday! Continue reading CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List