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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big 12

Alex Robinson (25) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) will look to lead TCU to a Big 12 crown in 2017-18. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header: 247 Sports)

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.

Once again in the Big 12, the Kansas Jayhawks look to be the clear favourite in the title picture. However, several other teams return talented roster that will push Bill Self’s crew to the limit come conference play.

Scroll down to see who we have selected as our Big 12 Player of the Year, and who cracks our Preseason All-Big 12 teams!

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Wesner’s 4-Point Play: Tire Pros Invitational

Photo courtesy of AP Photo/John Raoux

Welcome to March Madness in November.

Aside from the return of college basketball, holiday tournaments are the best part of non-conference play.

Battles between future NCAA Tournament teams give a taste of postseason basketball. Mid-majors are presented with opportunities to score a resume win and receive national attention. And, on the third day, one team is crowned champion, a feat they hope to accomplish twice more before the season’s conclusion.  Continue reading Wesner’s 4-Point Play: Tire Pros Invitational

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big 12

Frank Mason III and the Kansas Jayhawks will be going for their 13th straight Big 12 title in 2016-17.
Frank Mason III and the Kansas Jayhawks will be going for their 13th straight Big 12 title in 2016-17.

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 12 Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big 12

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!
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2016-17 Schedules: Oklahoma Sooners

With the likes of Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins gone, the Oklahoma Sooners are now Jordan Woodard's team, and he will look to lead the team back to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.
With the likes of Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins gone, the Oklahoma Sooners are now Jordan Woodard’s team, and he will look to lead the team back to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.

A run to the Final Four in 2015-16 capped off what was a strong season for the Oklahoma Sooners. However, a blowout loss to the VIllanova Wildcats in the Final Four wasn’t how fans had hoped the season would end.

With the loss, the likes of Buddy HieldIsaiah Cousins, and Ryan Spangler had officially played their last game for the Sooners, and a new era was on the horizon. Fortunately, guard Jordan Woodard is back to lead the new crop of talent for Oklahoma, but the Sooners will need others to step up in a big way.

Several players will be taking on new roles this season, Woodard included. He is now ‘the guy’ for Coach Kruger, and will have to adjust accordingly. With the Big 12 being a tough conference year after year, scheduling a strong non-conference slate was a must for Oklahoma. That way, players could get accustomed to their new roles before conference play opens up.

Oklahoma has a tough, but manageable, non-conference slate that features a tough five-game stretch in December, and a trip to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November. The Sooners should be battle-tested by the time conference play opens up, and players should be settled nicely into their new roles.
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