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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the SEC in 2018-19

Lee, Saben
Quietly, Vanderbilt’s Saben Lee had himself a strong freshman campaign in 2017-18, and he’s the Commodores’ top returning scorer this season. (Source: VandyMania.com) (Header: Knoxville News Sentinel)

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.

Note: Players like Tremont Waters, Grant Williams, Jalen Hudson, Jontay Porter, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Daniel Gafford weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the SEC in 2018-19

Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mountain West Conference in 2018-19

McDaniels, Jalen
After an impressive freshman campaign, Jalen McDaniels is on the verge of becoming the next star at San Diego State. (Source: East Village Times)

SARNIA, Ont. — Could the 2019 NCAA Tournament be the year that the Mountain West bucks the trend of one bid and send multiple teams back to the tournament?

The last time that the Mountain West Conference had more than two teams in the NCAA Tournament was back in 2015. The Boise State Broncos were in the First Four, fighting for an 11-seed against the Dayton Flyers, while the Wyoming Cowboys earned a 12-seed as conference champions and the San Diego Aztecs earned an 8-seed as an at-large pick.

Last season, the Nevada Wolf Pack made a deep run into the NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large bid into the Big Dance as the 7-seed in the South Regional. The San Diego Aztecs earned the automatic berth after winning the conference tournament, and they earned the 11-seed in the West Regional.

Heading into the 2018-19 season, many feel as though that this could be the second consecutive year that the conference sends multiple teams to the tournament. After last season, several teams will be without their star players and faces of the program. New players will step up and take on expanded roles, while key returnees should finally get the national attention they deserve.

From All-Conference selections to breakout freshmen, the Mountain West Conference is full of underrated players. We did our best to narrow the list down to 10 players to keep an eye on as the 2018-19 season quickly approaches.

Note: Players from the Nevada Wolf Pack weren’t listed because they have been the talk of the town all off-season long, therefore people should be familiar with their names by now. Also, it was too hard to narrow down since the roster is immensely talented this season. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mountain West Conference in 2018-19

Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

Gantz, Kobe
Kobe Gantz played just seven games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. If healthy, Gantz will be one of the biggest names in the MEAC in 2018-19. (Source: Newsday) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

SARNIA, Ont. — The 2018-19 season is just around the corner, and excitement continues to build with each passing day.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at names to know in each conference across the NCAA to help fans get caught up with who is returning this season, and give them some underrated names to know for the 2018-19 campaign. The biggest names in each conference won’t necessarily be featured, as the goal is to bring attention to some underrated talents across the country.

Changes are coming in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and they begin to take place in 2018-19.

The Hampton Pirates have moved to the Big South Conference, ending their tenure in the MEAC, and they will begin play in their new conference this season. Then, at year’s end, the Savannah State Tigers will move down to Division II, leaving the MEAC at 11 teams for the time being.

Add in player turnover, and you have 12 teams in 2018-19 that look considerably different than they did a season ago. Star players have graduated, while several others have transferred out of the conference. With all of the changes that have taken place, it’s tough to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Here are 10 returning players to know in the MEAC before the 2018-19 season gets underway on November 6th, 2018.

Note: Names like Shawntrez Davis, Raasean Davis, Charles Williams and RJ Cole weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Miller-Stewart, Tory
Former Colorado big man Tory Miller-Stewart played just six games in 2017-18 before sustaining a season-ending injury. (Source: The Ralphie Report) (Header: The Advocate)

SARNIA, Ont. — Experience goes a long way in today’s college basketball.

A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t have those veteran players that the younger ones can lean on during tough times, that could lead to an early exit from the NCAA Tournament or a rough stretch during the regular season. It could mean the difference between making the field of 68 or missing out on the Big Dance altogether.

As the off-season continues to move along, players on the transfer market are committing to their new programs for next season and beyond. With each passing day, it seems as though names are being added to the transfer list, while others are taking their names off the list with their school announcements.

With the high turnover, it’s become somewhat confusing to keep track of who is still on the market and who has committed. There are still a ton of talented players on the market, taking visits and determining the best course of action for the next chapter of their basketball careers.

In terms of the seniors who transferred following the 2017-18 season, the big names like Ehab Amin, Tre Campbell, Christen Cunningman, Ar’Mond Davis, and Zaynah Robinson are all of the market. However, there are still some intriguing options left that could be key role players for several teams across the country.

Here are the top 10 remaining senior transfers for the 2018-19, all of whom are immediately eligible for the upcoming season. Continue reading Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Four Players Who Will Look to Turn Heads at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Battle, Tyus
After leading Syracuse to the Sweet 16 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, guard Tyus Battle will look to turn heads at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

CHICAGO — Two days in the middle of May can go a long way in making or breaking the NBA dream for several players across the NCAA.

The 2018 NBA Draft Combine will take place in the Windy City on May 16th and 17th, and 69 of the top prospects from around the NCAA have been selected to attend. It gives players from all levels of college basketball the chance to showcase their skills for NBA scouts, general managers, and executives alike from all 30 teams in the league.

In terms of the top spots in the draft, it’s no secret as to who the top prospects are in this year’s field.

Sports Betting Dime says that the battle to be the no. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has, realistically, been whittled to three names: center DeAndre Ayton of the Arizona Wildcats, power forward Marvin Bagley of the Duke Blue Devils, and Slovenian guard Luka Doncic.

While Ayton is the favorite to go first overall, it will depend which team wins the draft lottery. Phoenix has the best odds and, with Devin Booker in place in the backcourt, has a greater need for a skilled big. However, if Memphis lands the top pick, Doncic may hear his name called first. It’s not that the Grizzlies don’t need a dynamic center like Ayton, they just also desperately need better guard play. You could say similar things about both the Magic and Hawks.

As things stand, Ayton is the favorite to be selected with the top pick (1/2), followed by Doncic (4/1) and Bagley (7/1).

At the combine, you won’t see Ayton or Doncic among the 69 players in attendance. Instead, you’ll see several guys who are considered fringe selections, and they’ll be looking to put forth impressive showing to help improve their draft stock come June’s draft.

Here are four names to keep an eye on over the two-day combine in Chicago. Continue reading Four Players Who Will Look to Turn Heads at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Five Transfers Poised to Have a Big Impact in 2018-19

Dennis, Edric (2)
Edric Dennis enters the fold at the right time for the UT Arlington Mavericks this season, and he is one of several transfers who are poised to have a big impact in 2018-19.

SARNIA, Ont. — With the Villanova Wildcats having won the 2018 National Championship, the 2017-18 season is officially in the books.

With that, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018-19 season, and what a season it’s shaping up to be. Yes, it’s only April, but all signs are pointing to yet another exciting college basketball campaign.

Several high-profile stars have graduated from college, while a plethora of others have declared for the 2018 NBA Draft early and have signed with an agent. To make a long story short, the rosters for the 2018-19 season will look considerably different.

With all of the roster changes come a slew of transfer players who have been waiting in the wings, chomping at the bit to leave their mark with their new teams this season. With such a long list of talented players, it was tough to pick just five players who are in prime position to leave a mark this season.

But, we did our best. Here are five transfers who are poised to have significant impacts this season with their new programs.
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