SARNIA, Ont. — Once again, the SEC is loaded with talent in 2018-19.
Fans in the SEC will be all too familiar with the talent in the league, but several of the team’s top contributors have flown under the radar on a national scale throughout their careers. With the player turnover in the league following the 2017-18 season, there will be new faces of the conference this year.
The Kentucky Wildcats loaded up with several high-profile freshmen, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. Teams like the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs will rely on experience and talent to get them back to the NCAA Tournament. There is a healthy mix of experience and youth in the conference, which in turn will lead to excitement and an unpredictable race for the SEC title.
Looking ahead to the season, here are 10 names who have flown under the radar so far in their careers on the national scene that you will want to watch over the course of the 2018-19 campaign.
CANMORE, Alta. — Coming into the 2017-18 season, it was common knowledge that the Eastern Kentucky Colonels had one of the more underrated tandems in the nation.
Junior forward Nick Mayo and sophomore guard Asante Gist were expected to lead the Colonels on their quest for an Ohio Valley Conference title this season. However, Gist has only played one game this season, a three-point performance in the season opener against the Rice Owls.
With Gist out of the lineup, the Colonels needed someone to step up and compliment Mayo on both ends of the floor. Enter freshman combo guard Dedric Boyd, who has been a big factor in all three games so far this season for the Colonels.
After clinching the win for the Colonels over the Owls with timely free throws, Boyd picked up where he left off over the past seven days. Eastern Kentucky earned a split over their two games this past week, and Boyd was at the forefront on both nights.
Friday had a little bit of everything in the college basketball world.
From semi-finals of the Gildan Charleston Classic and the Tire Pros Invitational, to the Michigan Wolverines routing the SMU Mustangs to win the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden, there was plenty of high-quality basketball on display all day long.
In terms of individual performances, Friday was all about the juniors, as several carried their teams to victory.
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.
Each year, the number of the players on the transfer market is larger than the year before. Following the 2015-16 season, the list has continued to grow, even over a month after the Villanova Wildcats were crowned the NCAA Champions.
Following the 2014-15 season, the transfer list ballooned to over 700 names. This year, things appear to be on their way past last year’s mark.
With the ever-increasing number of players on the list, it’s tough to keep track of who’s going where for the remainder of their careers. Some players are immediately eligible as graduate transfers, while others have to sit out a year due to transfer regulations, and it’s often tough to figure out who is in which category.