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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

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

Josh Sharkey and the Samford Bulldogs are expected to be a top contender in the Southern Conference in 2017-18.

CANMORE, 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 2017-18, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here.
Check out Part Two here.

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

Home court advantage paying off early in the 2017 CIT

Chris Clemons continued his strong play since the regular season ended, scoring 39 points in Campbell’s 98-79 win over Houston Baptist in the First Round of the 2017 CIT on Tuesday. (Source: American Sports Network) (Header; Saint Francis (PA) Basketball)

CALGARY, Alta. — Home court, or home field, advantage in the post-season is a huge advantage in any sport.

Whether it’s hockey, baseball, basketball, or football, among others, playing at home in the playoffs is much easier than having to win on the road in front of a slew of opposing fans.

Through four games of the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT, that has become very clear.

After Tuesday’s contests, home teams are a combined 3-1 so far in the first round. Two of the three wins came by sizable margins (nine and 19 points), while the one loss by a home team was decided by just two points.

While this trend bodes well for the rest of the home teams in the remaining games in the opening round, the luck hasn’t always been on the side of the hosts. Continue reading Home court advantage paying off early in the 2017 CIT

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Northeast Conference

Darian Anderson and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights surprised many when they advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This season, they'll surprise nobody, as they're the preseason favourites in the Northeast Conference. (Source: John Jones - Icon Sportswire)
Darian Anderson and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights surprised many when they advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This season, they’ll surprise nobody, as they’re the preseason favourites in the Northeast Conference. (Source: John Jones – Icon Sportswire)

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

2016 USBWA National Freshman of the Year Candidate Watch – January 5, 2016

If Sophie Cunningham continues her style of play for the rest of the season, it will be tough for any other player to pass her as the Freshman of the Year. (Source: Timothy Nwachukwu Mizzou Athletics) (Header Photo: All credit to Missouri Athletics)
If Sophie Cunningham continues her style of play for the rest of the season, it will be tough for any other player to pass her as the Freshman of the Year. (Source: Timothy Nwachukwu Mizzou Athletics)

The USBWA National Freshman of the Year is a prestigious award for one select NCAA Women’s Basketball player each year.

Here at College Court Report, we are following the award closely, and will be releasing a bi-monthly watch list for the award.

In our first watch list,  our #1 candidate currently is Missouri Tigers guard Sophie Cunningham. There are five other standout freshman women’s basketball players, nipping at her heels,  that are on our candidate watch list. These women are all players who are more than deserving of the USBWA National Freshman of the Year as well.

Click here to see our first official candidate watch list….  Continue reading 2016 USBWA National Freshman of the Year Candidate Watch – January 5, 2016