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Believe in Yourself: How Andre Wolford Went From Zero Division I Offers to One of The Nation’s Top Shooters at Saint Francis

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Andre Wolford didn’t receive a single scholarship offer from a Division I program out of high school, and is now one of the top three point shooters in the country. (Source: Saint Francis Athletics) (Header: Saint Francis Athletics)

LORETTO, Pa. — Zero.

That’s the number of Division I offers that guard Andre Wolford had out of high school.

One.

That’s how many people truly believed in Wolford’s abilities on the hardwood and knew he was wood enough to play at the top level in college.

That person was Andre himself.

“I want people to hear my story not for my own benefit, but to be a ray of hope in their careers,” said Wolford. “I want players to learn from my story to have faith in themselves, because there is always going to be people rooting against them.”

“But if you work hard and make sure you get better everyday, something good will come for it.” Continue reading Believe in Yourself: How Andre Wolford Went From Zero Division I Offers to One of The Nation’s Top Shooters at Saint Francis

Eleven Under-the-Radar Freshmen That Every Fan Should Know About

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The play of freshman Terry Taylor is a big reason for the 5-3 start in conference play for Austin Peay. (Source: Austin Peay Athletics) (Header: HBCU Gameday)

LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.

Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.

With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.

For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.

That needs to change, and in a hurry.

Here are 11 freshmen that fans from coast to coast need to become familiar with, as they are poised  for big things over their collegiate careers, including one of the nation’s elite scorers who just so happens to play in the nation’s capital.
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The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Julian Boyd (42) is currently recovering from his fourth ACL surgery, but it hasn’t stopped him on his basketball journey. The former LIU Brooklyn star sat down with Nico Wright to talk his recovery, life, and more. (Source: Stu Switzer – London Lightning)

LONDON, Ont. — Recently, I paid a visit to the London Lightning Head Office in London, Ontario, where I sat down with current Lightning player and former Long Island University (LIU) Blackbird star Julian Boyd.

We talked about many things: basketball, life, and something that has been a recurring theme in Boyd’s basketball career, and not for the better.

The anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly referred to as the ACL.  Continue reading The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Two

Ryan Daly put up 16 points and pulled down over seven rebounds per game as a freshman for Delaware, and he’s just one of many sophomores who will become a household names in 2017-18.

CALGARY, Alta. — With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here. Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Two

Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen is just one of several sophomore guards that all fans should know about heading into the 2017-18 season. (Source: MLive)

CALGARY, Alta. — With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Notre Dame’s Nikola Djogo Ready To Blossom In 2017

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Nikola Djogo (left) guarded by Rex Pflueger (right) during Notre Dame’s summer workouts. Credit: Blue & Gold Illustrated

Hamilton, ON- Sometimes in life, we tend to want stuff now. In a fast-paced society, where traffic jams are seen as agitators or waiting for a meal at a restaurant is too much to handle, we need to remember one simple fact of life.

Patience is a virtue.

Life is not a sprint, but rather a marathon, and no one believes that more than Notre Dame‘s Canadian wingman Nikola Djogo. Continue reading Notre Dame’s Nikola Djogo Ready To Blossom In 2017