SARNIA, Ont. — Two talented freshmen players came into the week, but only one would come out on top as the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.
Colbey Ross and Trip Day both put together strong freshmen campaigns on opposite sides of the country, and fans voted them into the Championship Round of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote. Ross emerged as a star-in-the-making for the Pepperdine Waves, while Day is yet another budding star for the North Florida Ospreys.
From the outset of the challenge, fans and supporters of the Ospreys and Day have shown their support through the online polls. Week after week, Day was among the top vote-getters and showed no signs of slowing down as the Championship Round got underway. North Florida fans began to show their support via Facebook, which only strengthened the support network for Day.
The level of support for Ross grew with each passing round. The Pepperdine community started to rally around their star freshman as the field got smaller, and Ross carried a steady stream of momentum into the final week of voting.
At the end of the day, only one player could be crowned the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.
We are almost a week into the 2016-17 regular season, and there have been a slew of memorable games and individual performances. If this keeps up, the rest of the season will be rather exciting.
Tuesday night saw several marquee match-ups gain the headlines before, and after, the teams took to the court. From the Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans to the Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks, to the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon and everything in between, several players stood out above the rest all across the nation.
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.
In season one without star guard Cameron Payne, forward Jarvis Williams, or former head coach Steve Prohm, the Murray State Racers have adjusted well to this point in 2015-16. They entered Tuesday’s action with a 3 – 1 record, and were looking to advance to the finals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Their opponent on Tuesday have played some strong basketball to open the season in their own right. Despite their 2 – 2 record, the Pepperdine Waves have an experienced roster that has the potential to contend in the West Coast Conference this season.
With a spot in the finals on the line, both the Racers and the Waves would put their best foot forward, but only one team could come away victorious.