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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big East

Jalen Brunson is entering his junior season, and will look to lead Villanova to another NCAA Championship this year.

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

In recent years, the Villanova Wildcats have had a stranglehold on the conference, and their dominance culminated in a National Championship in 2016. The biggest question coming into the 2017-18 season in the Big East isn’t who will win the conference, but rather who has the best chance of knocking the Wildcats out of the top spot.

A handful of teams have a chance to do so, including Chris Mack and the Xavier Musketeers. They look to have the best chance to bump Villanova out of the top spot in the Big East standings. Regardless, the Big East is home to a plethora of talented players, and the race for the conference title will be an exciting one.

Take a look below at who we have picked for our Preseason Big East Player of the Year, along with our All-Big East teams as the season approaches!

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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big East

Kris Jenkins famously hit a buzzer-beating three to give Villanova the 77-74 win in the 2016 National Championship over North Carolina, and he'll look to help lead the team back to the finals in 2016-17. (Source: Streeter Lecka - Getty Images)
Kris Jenkins famously hit a buzzer-beating three to give Villanova the 77-74 win in the 2016 National Championship over North Carolina, and he’ll look to help lead the team back to the finals in 2016-17. (Source: Streeter Lecka – Getty Images)

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.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Big East Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big East

Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending VIllanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending Villanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.

With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!

You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.

The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.

Let us know your thoughts on the list, by either leaving a comment or letting us know on Twitter and Facebook!
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Kris Dunn Will Forego the NBA Draft and Return to Providence

Kris Dunn was projected as a for-sure first round selection in the NBA Draft, but he chose to return to Providence for his junior season. (Source: Rant Sports)
Kris Dunn was projected as a for-sure first round selection in the NBA Draft, but he chose to return to Providence for his junior season. (Source: Rant Sports)

The Providence Friars are going to be an undermanned team in 2015-16, without a doubt. Leading scorer LaDontae Henton is graduating, and Tyler Harris is transferring. Everyone associated with the Friars was awaiting the decision of star Kris Dunn, as to whether or not he would return to school or throw his name into the ring for the NBA Draft

On Friday, Dunn announced his future plans, and Friar fans everywhere rejoiced. Dunn decided to forego the NBA Draft, opting to return to Providence for his junior season. His decision to return makes him arguably the best player in the conference, and gives the Friars a legitimate chance to make it back to the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Kris Dunn Will Forego the NBA Draft and Return to Providence