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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!

Continue reading College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big East

St. John’s Federico Mussini to miss third straight game with infection

Photo courtesy of Patrick E. McCarthy and Newsday Sports.

After St. John’s biggest win of the season, the Red Storm will continue to be without a lighting bolt.

Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, sophomore Federico Mussini will miss his third straight game today. The Italian, who is averaging 9.7 points per game, has been out due to an infection. Continue reading St. John’s Federico Mussini to miss third straight game with infection

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

Report: Michigan State Transfer Marvin Clark, Jr. Commits to St. John’s

According to sources, Michigan State transfer Marvin Clark, Jr. has committed to St. John's, where he will sit out 2016-17 and have two years of eligibility remaining.
According to sources, Michigan State transfer Marvin Clark, Jr. has committed to St. John’s, where he will sit out 2016-17 and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Slowly but surely, the dominoes are falling in regards to the NBA Draft and transfers following the 2015-16 season.

The early entry deadline for the NBA Draft is fast-approaching, which means we should have a better idea of what rosters will look like heading into next season.

At the same time, players are starting to decide where they will transfer and continue their basketball careers. Some players are eligible this season, while others will sit out 2016-17 and make their debut in 2017-18. Regardless, their decisions impact the future for teams all across the country.

On Wednesday, a Big East team got a big boost.

According to reports, Michigan State Spartans’ transfer Marvin Clark, Jr. has committed to play for the St. John’s Red Storm. Continue reading Report: Michigan State Transfer Marvin Clark, Jr. Commits to St. John’s

Loaded Field Announced for 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament

Lourawls Nairn, Jr. and the Michigan State Spartans will be one of 8 teams heading to Paradise Island to take part in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Lourawls Nairn, Jr. and the Michigan State Spartans will be one of 8 teams heading to Paradise Island to take part in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

If the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament was any indication, we are in for an unpredictable 2016 edition of the marquee event.

This season saw the likes of Gonzaga, Texas, Texas A&M, Connecticut, Michigan, Charlotte, Washington, and Syracuse ascend on Paradise Island, Bahamas for the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis. Four of the teams (Gonzaga, Texas A&M, Connecticut, and Michigan) started the season ranked inside the top 25, and looked like the front-runners for the title.

However, it was unranked Syracuse who pushed their record to 6-0 to start the season and came away with the tournament title. They knocked off Connecticut and Texas A&M on back-to-back days to take home the hardware. They should find themselves ranked comfortably inside the top 25 rankings come Monday, November 30th.

On the heels of the Orange winning the tournament, the field was announced for the 2016 edition of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The field will be loaded once again next season, as it is decorated with perennial contenders from power conferences and dominant mid-major programs.

The list of teams heading down to take part in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis is a star-studded one from top to bottom. The teams partaking in next year’s festivities are: Michigan State, Louisville, Wichita State, Baylor, VCU, St. John’s, LSU, and Old Dominion.

A lot of these teams will have new looks to them in comparison to this year’s teams. Michigan State will be without star guard Denzel Valentine, Wichita State will be without Ron Baker and Fred Van Vleet and could be without head coach Gregg Marshall, and LSU could be without star freshman Ben Simmons.

Despite the absence of key players from this year’s edition of the teams, the tournament will still be a fun one to watch. The Spartans bring in a high-profile recruiting class and will be one of the nation’s best teams. Louisville, Baylor, and Wichita State are always top contenders in their respective conferences. Old Dominion has been a tough out the past couple of seasons, and next year will be no different.

The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament attracts some of the nation’s top programs, and gives fans some great basketball action. Next season’s field will be no exception, as we will get to see great contests from start to finish.

– T.B.