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Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

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 junior forwards 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. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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Chasing History: Isaiah Tripp’s journey to making history, both on and off the court

Senior guard Isaiah Tripp is chasing history in 2017-18, both on and off the court at Abilene Christian. (Source: Abilene-Reporter News) (Header: Abilene Christian Athletics)
ABILENE, Tex. — It all comes down to balance.

Isaiah Tripp, a senior guard with the Abilene Christian Wildcats, has a busy day-to-day schedule. From attending class to studying for midterms, to having a young family at home and an internship, Tripp is being pulled several different ways.

Then, when you add in the fact that he’s a Division I basketball player and records and edits his own videos for his own YouTube channel, finding that perfect balance is essential for his success and sanity.

“Balance comes with preparation and scheduling,” said Tripp, in a recent interview with College Court Report. “Nowadays I have to make a schedule and stick to it verbatim. I have to take days off from Tripp Talk at times, I have to study on the weekend at times, and I have to drop everything including my phone and be with my family at times”

Even through his busy schedule, Tripp always knows where to find the strength to keep pushing through.

“I have to always leave time in my busy schedule for God, because that’s where I get my strength from,” continued Tripp. “It honestly gets tough trying to balance school, basketball, a job at KACU, an internship, Tripp Talk and family life but through him, I’m getting through all of that.’ Continue reading Chasing History: Isaiah Tripp’s journey to making history, both on and off the court

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Southland Conference

Ehab Amin led the nation in steals per game last season at Texas A&M-CC, averaging 3.4 steals per night.

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.

Up first is one of the conferences that we are most excited for this season. The Southland Conference boasts a plethora of talented players, and the top half of the conference will be extremely competitive this season.

The case could be made for four or five teams to win the conference, and people wouldn’t think you were totally crazy.

Below, you can find our Preseason Southland Player of the Year, and our All-Southland Conference teams for the upcoming season!
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Texas native, Indiana State transfer Laquarious Paige commits to Lamar

Texas native Laquarious Paige opted to transfer closer to home for his final two years of eligibility, verbally committing to the Lamar Cardinals on Thursday morning. (Source: Getty Images UK)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — A former guard of the Indiana State Sycamores has opted to transfer closer to home for the remainder of his collegiate career.

After three seasons in Terre Haute, Indiana, red-shirt junior Laquarious Paige is returning to his home state of Texas for his final two years of eligibility in the NCAA. Paige verbally committed to Tic Price and the Lamar Cardinals, and Verbal Commits put out the news via Twitter on Thursday morning. Continue reading Texas native, Indiana State transfer Laquarious Paige commits to Lamar

Beaumont native Jordan Hunter transfers to Lamar

Former New Mexico guard Jordan Hunter announced on Twitter on Monday that he was returning home to Beaumont and transferring to Lamar. (Source: USA Today Sports)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — ‘I’m comin’ home”.

Jordan Hunter hails from Beaumont, Texas, but decided to move away from home for college, committing to the New Mexico Lobos out of high school. After two seasons in Albuquerque, the 5’11” guard opted to transfer following the 2016-17 campaign.

Last Thursday, Hunter wrapped up a visit with his hometown team from the Southland Conference, the Lamar Cardinals. A day later, he tweeted about a workout with current Lamar guard Zjori Bosha.

The writing was on the wall for a hometown reunion for Hunter, and the decision came just four days after his visit.

On Monday, Hunter took to Twitter to announce his decision with three simple words to kick off the tweet.

“I’m comin’ home”. Continue reading Beaumont native Jordan Hunter transfers to Lamar

Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Southland Conference

Colton Weisbrod had a strong junior season with Lamar, but can he build off that and take Lamar to the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18?

CALGARY, Alta. — The Southland Conference has been one of the top conferences from outside of the power six in recent years, and it has been chalked full of talent with each passing year.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the conference will look a tad bit different than it did a year ago.

Rashawn Thomas? Gone.

Christavious GillErik ThomasTyler Singleton, Zeek Woodley, Colter Lasher, and Dakarai Henderson? You guessed it. Gone.

Despite the loss of several star-caliber players from across the conference, a ton of talent remains firmly in the Southland. The return of Jalan West will bolster the roster for the Northwestern State Demons with the loss of Woodley.

And, if you don’t know the name Jordan Howard, then you need to pay more attention to the conference, It’s as simple as that.

Outside of the bigger names in the conference, here are ten names you need to know from the Southland Conference heading into the 2017-18 season.
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