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Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017

Canadian guard Kassius Robertson announced that he would graduate and transfer from Canisius, but left open the possibility of a return to the Golden Griffins for the 2017-18 campaign.

CALGARY, Alta. — The transfers keep on coming.

This off-season, there have been some big names from power conference programs to hit the open market. The Lawson brothers transferred from the Memphis Tigers, while the Washington Huskies have lost their fair share of players in their own right after the firing of Lorenzo Romar.

However, there are some impact transfers on the market from programs who don’t garner nearly the attention levels of power conference players.

There are a plethora of talented graduate transfers this season from non-power programs, all of whom will have a strong impact with their future programs in 2017-18. With each passing day, it seems as though another marquee players hits the open market, ready to leave their mark next season in their final collegiate year.

We went through the list of graduate transfers, and compiled a list of the top 15 on the market at the moment. As more announce their intentions, whether it is that more enter the market or some commit to their new schools, we will update the list accordingly. Continue reading Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017

Top 20 transfers from non-power programs in 2017

Former Akron guard Antino Jackson is one of the top 20 transfers on the market from non-power schools at this point in the off-season.

CALGARY, Alta. — You get your release, and you get your release, and you get your release.

With the high volume of transfer players receiving their releases within the first couple of weeks after the National Championship game is complete, it’s sometimes tough to keep up-to-date with all of the player movement.

That’s where the folks at Verbal Commits and ourselves come in handy.

Collectively, we try to keep fans across the country in the loop when it comes to player transfers and scholarship offers. Admittedly, they do all of the work, whether it’s the fact that they have a complete list of transfer players or tweeting out updates each and every day. They make our lives easier.

We then try to take their information and condense it down in to articles for you to stay informed as your days move on.

With a plethora of talented players on the open market, it was tough to narrow the list down to just 20 players. After we took out the power conference programs, the task was just as hard, as the number of talented players who are transferring from smaller programs is as impressive collection.

We did our best. Here are the top 20 transfers from non-power programs still on the market, as of April 5th, 2017.
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Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Sophomores, Part One

Marcus Evans opted to transfer from Rice after his sophomore season, and instantly became arguably the top transfer on the market this season.

CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, the transfer list continually grows with each passing day.

According to Verbal Commits, the 2017 Division I transfer list has eclipsed 240 names, and that number will only continue to rise as the off-season rolls along.

For the record, the off-season doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, April 4th, the day after the National Championship is decided.

With the high numbers of players finding themselves on the open market, testing the waters in the hopes of securing a scholarship at a school that better fits their needs, there a plethora of talented student-athletes on the list. From the power conferences and perennial national title contenders, right down to the smallest of schools, there are transfers from all across the country.

So, we got thinking. What would a team look like if it was built solely from uncommitted transfers?

We decided to dig a little deeper and see what kind of team we could come up with. The list was divided into each player’s year of eligibility, and then rosters were formed of players in the same year.

Here is the best roster that we could come up with for sophomore players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.

As each week passes, and more players either transfer or commit to schools, we will alter the rosters on Tuesdays to accommodate the changes in the market. Continue reading Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Sophomores, Part One

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Egor Koulechov, Rice Owls

After posting a pair of double-doubles to end off the week, Rice junior guard Egor Koulechov was tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for Nov. 21-27, 2016. (Source: John Hefti - USA Today)
After posting a pair of double-doubles to end off the week, Rice junior guard Egor Koulechov was tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for Nov. 21-27, 2016. (Source: John Hefti – USA Today)

One of the trendy picks in the Conference USA this season has lived up to expectations through its first six games of the 2016-17 season.

The Rice Owls, who led by preseason Conference USA Player of the Year in Marcus Evans, have started the year with a 5-1 record. After a loss to the Texas Southern Tigers, the Owls have reeled off four straight wins, two of which came on the road, and look like a true contender in the conference.

While Evans has been his usual self, it’s another guard who has stepped up to give the Owls a bonafide one-two punch on the back end. Junior guard Egor Koulechov is putting up some impressive numbers to open the year, but they shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

The native of Volgograd, Russia averaged 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds last year, his first with the Owls after transferring from the Arizona State Sun Devils. So far in 2016-17, he’s topped those numbers.

Over the past seven days, Koulechov averaged 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest, en route to helping lead Rice to a perfect 3-0 week.

For his efforts, junior guard Egor Koulechov was named the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week! Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Egor Koulechov, Rice Owls

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Conference USA

William Lee and the UAB Blazers enter the 2016-17 season as the favourites in the Conference USA, and will look to make their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years.
William Lee and the UAB Blazers enter the 2016-17 season as the favourites in the Conference USA, and will look to make their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years.

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 Conference USA. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Conference USA

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Sophomores

Georgia Southern guard Tookie Brown is just one of several non-power five sophomores that fans everywhere need to keep an eye on in 2016-17. (Source: Georgia Southern Athletics)
Georgia Southern guard Tookie Brown is just one of several non-power five sophomores that fans everywhere need to keep an eye on in 2016-17. (Source: Georgia Southern Athletics)

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.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at non-power five players who are on the brink of becoming household names, as early as 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 sophomore guards 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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