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Notre Dame Stays Out of the Fire and Lands Four-Star Power Forward Nate Laszewski

Notre Dame landed a commitment from Class of 2018 power forward Nate Laszewski, who will bolster a young front court with the departure of Colson and others after the ’17-18 campaign.

South Bend, IN. — A lot has happened in the world of college basketball in the last 72 hours, and the season hasn’t even started.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that 10 people, consisting of assistant coaches, agents, shoe brand executives etc., have been charged with fraud and corruption involving the recruitment of student athletes.

Players have de-committed, coaches have been arrested and fired, but for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they managed to stay away from the fire and instead, added a key piece to their recruiting class of 2018.

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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

The best game of the 2017 Paradise Jam could very well be the opener, as Ria’n Holland and the Mercer Bears take on the Liberty Flames in the quarter-finals. (Source: Mercer Bears)

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 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Chimezie Metu and the USC Trojans have a top-ten roster heading into the 2017-18 season, and they will look to become the first repeat winner of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in December.

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 2017 edition of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Notre Dame and UCLA Renew Basketball Series Starting In 2018

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Notre Dame
Head Coach Mike Brey and his team during a timeout vs. the Duke Blue Devils. Credit: UND.com

A few days ago it was announced that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be renewing their rivalry with the UCLA Bruins in a home and home game series starting in 2018 and continuing in 2019.

The ‘Golden Domers’ will travel to Los Angeles for the first matchup in 2018, while the Bruins will come to South Bend for the second game in 2019.

Notre Dame and UCLA have not played each other since 2009 in which the Irish came out victorious, winning 84-73.

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Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Sophomores, Part One

Marcus Evans opted to transfer from Rice after his sophomore season, and instantly became arguably the top transfer on the market this season.

CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, the transfer list continually grows with each passing day.

According to Verbal Commits, the 2017 Division I transfer list has eclipsed 240 names, and that number will only continue to rise as the off-season rolls along.

For the record, the off-season doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, April 4th, the day after the National Championship is decided.

With the high numbers of players finding themselves on the open market, testing the waters in the hopes of securing a scholarship at a school that better fits their needs, there a plethora of talented student-athletes on the list. From the power conferences and perennial national title contenders, right down to the smallest of schools, there are transfers from all across the country.

So, we got thinking. What would a team look like if it was built solely from uncommitted transfers?

We decided to dig a little deeper and see what kind of team we could come up with. The list was divided into each player’s year of eligibility, and then rosters were formed of players in the same year.

Here is the best roster that we could come up with for sophomore players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.

As each week passes, and more players either transfer or commit to schools, we will alter the rosters on Tuesdays to accommodate the changes in the market. Continue reading Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Sophomores, Part One

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz declares for 2017 NBA Draft

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz announced on Friday that he was declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, foregoing his remaining three years of eligibility in the NCAA.

SEATTLE, Wa. — The season is barely over for some teams, but the attention is quickly turning to the future.

Several big name players will announce their intentions to either test the waters and declare early for the 2017 NBA Draft, or return to school for at least one more season. With the new NBA Draft rules that were implemented last season, we will undoubtedly see our fair share of underclassmen go through the pre-draft process before making a final decision.

On Friday, it was reported that a big name player was going to enter the draft. The decision should come as no surprise, as he is expected by many to be the first overall pick come draft time. Continue reading Washington freshman Markelle Fultz declares for 2017 NBA Draft