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College Court Report Player of the Week: Zach Thomas, Bucknell Bison

A star both on and off the court, senior forward Zach Thomas averaged better than 28 points and eight rebounds in helping Bucknell to three wins over the past week. (Source: Bucknell Bison Athletics) (Header: Arizona Daily Star)

CANMORE, Alta. — Across the entire NCAA, senior Zach Thomas has been one of the nation’s top players through the first two weeks of the season.

Despite a slow start out of the gate for the Bucknell Bison, who have one of the toughest non-conference slates of any team in the country, Thomas has been a star from game one. He’s been a star over his career with the Bison, but has flown under the radar for the majority of his tenure at Bucknell.

Thomas has averaged double-digit points per game in every year since his sophomore season. He posted 7.5 points per game as a freshman, and has improved with each passing year. This season is no different, as Thomas is on pace for a career year in scoring, rebounding, blocks, and three point shooting through seven games.

Entering the week, the Bison were 0-4. Thomas had a pair of double-doubles to his name, and had recorded at least 17 points in all four games to start the season. With three games on tap this past week, Thomas and the Bison were looking to get back on the right track.

Behind stellar efforts from Thomas, the Bison completed a perfect 3-0 week, and are showing why they were projected as the runaway favourites in the Patriot League this season.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of three games that saw him post his third double-double of the season and average better than 28 points per game, Bucknell forward Zach Thomas has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 20-26, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Zach Thomas, Bucknell Bison

Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

With Justin Robinson gone from the fold, Monmouth will turn to the likes of Austin Tilghman (above) and Micah Seaborn to lead the team in 2017-18. (Source: Monmouth Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Entering the 2017-18 season, the MAAC will be without several familiar faces from a year ago.

Several of the conference’s biggest stars from 2016-17 have moved on to the next chapter in their respective basketball careers, leaving massive shoes to fill in the process. The Siena Saints have arguably lost the most, with Brett BispingMarquis WrightLavon Long, and Javion Ogunyemi having graduated.

Not to be outdone, the Monmouth Hawks will be without the reigning MAAC Player of the Year, in Justin Robinson, who will be anxiously waiting to see if his name is called in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22nd.

In 2017-18, seemingly every team has an opportunity for a player or two to step up and seize a starring role with their respective program. Minutes are there for the taking, and coaches are looking for someone to step up and lead their team.

Here are ten players to keep an eye on in the MAAC for the upcoming season.

Disclaimer: This particular list could have easily been 15-20 players.
Continue reading Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Monday Headlines: Rider Broncs, Connecticut Huskies Notch Crucial Wins, Tyler Hall’s Career Night, and More

Rodney Purvis scored 21 points, and the Connecticut Huskies squeaked out a win over the Syracuse Orange on Monday night, 52-50. (Source: Bleacher Report)
Rodney Purvis scored 21 points, and the Connecticut Huskies squeaked out a win over the Syracuse Orange on Monday night, 52-50. (Source: Bleacher Report)

With the exception of November and early-season tournaments, Mondays tend to be one of the quieter days of the week in the college basketball world. The first Monday of December was no different, as only a handful of games took place across the country.

That doesn’t mean there weren’t any exciting games.

Conference play in the MAAC was underway, and the Siena Saints paid a visit to the Rider Broncs to cap off what was an exciting weekend for the conference as a whole. There was a big time showdown inside the infamous Madison Square Garden, where two teams were looking for a resume-boosting win early in the year.

There was a 42-point game in Bozeman, MT, and the night cap in Portland went to double overtime.

Here are Monday’s Headlines. Continue reading Monday Headlines: Rider Broncs, Connecticut Huskies Notch Crucial Wins, Tyler Hall’s Career Night, and More

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

With a back court duo of Khallid Hart (above) and Brian Parker, the Marist Red Foxes are poised for a rise in the MAAC standings in 2016-17. (Source: Marist Athletics)
With a back court duo of Khallid Hart (above) and Brian Parker, the Marist Red Foxes are poised for a rise in the MAAC standings in 2016-17. (Source: Marist Athletics)

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 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week: Brett Bisping, Siena

After missing most of last season due to injury, Brett Bisping is healthy and leading the Siena Saints to the top of the MAAC standings. After averaging 23.5 points and 15 rebounds per game over two wins last week, he is the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week! (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header Photo: Times Union)
After missing most of last season due to injury, Brett Bisping is healthy and leading the Siena Saints to the top of the MAAC standings. After averaging 23.5 points and 15 rebounds per game over two wins last week, he is the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week! (Source: Mid-Major Madness)
(Header Photo: Times Union)

The Siena Saints made headlines back in 2013-14 when they went on a tear in the post-season, taking home the CBI title in the process.

After they knocked off the Fresno State Bulldogs for the title, fans quickly turned their attention to the 2014-15 season, wondering what the team would do for an encore.

Injuries to key players derailed the plans for the Saints early in the season, and they were never able to live up to the preseason hype.

Fast forward to the 2015-16 season, and the Saints are healthy and playing some strong basketball. It may be a year later than planned, but the Saints are now a front-runner in the MAAC title race, and look to be on their way to another post-season appearance.

One of the keys to their resurgence this season has been the return of forward Brett Bisping. After missing most of last season due to injury, Bisping is healthy this season and has been the leader of the Saints.

After a big week for the junior forward, which included a pair of double-double performances in two wins for Siena, the Saints’ Brett Bisping is the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week for January 25-31! Continue reading CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week: Brett Bisping, Siena

Javion Ogunyemi Eligible in 2015-16 for the Siena Saints

Javion Ogunyemi was granted eligibility for the 2015-16 season after a pair of transfers in the off-season saw him return to the Siena Saints when all was said and done.
Javion Ogunyemi was granted eligibility for the 2015-16 season after a pair of transfers in the off-season saw him return to the Siena Saints when all was said and done.

Shortly after the 2014-15 season came to an end, it was announced that a key member of the Siena Saints was transferring elsewhere. Forward Javion Ogunyemi had made the decision to transfer from the program, looking for a change of scenery and a fresh start elsewhere.

In what many thought was the end of the story, Ogunyemi had committed to Boston University.

The story was far from over, as Ogunyemi then chose to return to Siena as opposed to attending Boston University, citing family reasons. Since Ogunyemi had not practiced with the Terriers or enrolled in classes after the transfer, he was able to return to Siena.

His decision to transfer back to school put his eligibility into question for the 2015-16 season, because he was technically a “transfer” player for the Saints.

On Friday, it was announced that Ogunyemi would not require a waiver from the NCAA to get back on the hardwood in a Siena jersey this season. Continue reading Javion Ogunyemi Eligible in 2015-16 for the Siena Saints