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T.J. Bell Departs Indiana State due to ‘Personal Reasons’

Photo courtesy of John Zsiray and The Herald Journal.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Twelve days after hitting the game-winning shot versus Utah State, Sycamores’ senior T.J. Bell is leaving Indiana State’s basketball program, per head coach Greg Lansing.

“T.J. Bell is stepping away from Indiana State basketball for personal reasons,” stated Lansing via press release. “We want to thank him for all the hard work and contributions he has made over his career with the Sycamores.” Continue reading T.J. Bell Departs Indiana State due to ‘Personal Reasons’

Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)
Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan – USA Today Sports)

The talent level of basketball players coming out of Canada over the past few years has been impressive, and there are no signs of that slowing down any time soon.

Several of the top recruits in the Class of 2017 are from the Great White North. Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (#29 in ESPN’s Top 100) has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, guard Lindell Wigginton (#49) has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones, and forward Christian David (#83) has committed to the Butler Bulldogs.

While the future is bright, the present is also just as bright for the game of basketball in Canada.

The 2016-17 season isn’t even two weeks old yet, but there are several Canadians who have looked impressive in the NCAA. Some are in their first years in Division I, while others are experienced leaders on championship contenders.

Here are just a few of the many Canadians who are budding stars in the NCAA. Continue reading Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

Jairus Lyles averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game to help lead the UMBC Retrievers to two wins on opening weekend. (Source: NYC Buckets)
Jairus Lyles averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game to help lead the UMBC Retrievers to two wins on opening weekend. (Source: NYC Buckets)

The 2016-17 season is in full swing, and what an opening weekend we all witnessed!

On Friday alone, there were several upsets that saw power conference teams lose against teams they should have beaten. The biggest upset of the weekend came on Friday night, when the Wagner Seahawks went on the road and took down the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies.

Some teams have played two, or even three, games so far this year, while others have yet to play one. But, over the weekend, there were some impressive individual performances that were worthy of recognition.

So, with that, we decided to hand out some hardware for the first three days.

The UMBC Retrievers opened the season with two impressive wins over the weekend, and junior guard Jairus Lyles was a big factor in both of their wins.

Thanks to a 23-point, 6-rebound performance on Sunday afternoon against the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, Jairus Lyles has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 11th-13th! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

Non-Power Five Forwards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Juniors

Kevin Hervey (25) is back and healthy for the UT-Arlington Mavericks, and he's poised to become a household name during his junior season, along with nine other forwards.
Kevin Hervey (25) is back and healthy for the UT-Arlington Mavericks, and he’s poised to become a household name during his junior season, along with nine other junior forwards.

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.

As the 2016-17 season approaches, we will be looking at non-power five players who are on the brink of becoming household names during the 2016-2017 season. We’ve separated the lists between guards and forwards, and then again based on their year of eligibility.

Here are 10 non-power five junior forwards who will be household names in the very near future, plus 10 extras at the bottom to keep a flag on as their careers progress.
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Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Juniors, Part Two

Ohio's Jaaron Simmons is one of the nation's top assist men, and is one of ten junior guards who will become household names on a national scale during the 2016-17 season.
Ohio’s Jaaron Simmons is one of the nation’s top assist men, and is one of ten junior guards who will become household names on a national scale during the 2016-17 season.

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 junior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. 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.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the junior guards up into two parts.

Each will have 10 junior 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.

**Note: Jaylen Adams and E.C. Matthews didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale.**
Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Juniors, Part Two

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Juniors, Part One

New Mexico junior guard Elijah Brown is knocking on the door of national stardom, as are nine other guards from across the nation.
New Mexico junior guard Elijah Brown is knocking on the door of national stardom, as are nine other guards from across the nation.

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 junior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. 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.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the junior guards up into two parts.

Each will have 10 junior 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 2016-17: Juniors, Part One