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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

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

Jahad Thomas does it all for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, as evident by his two triple-double performances in 2016-17.

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.

Last season, the Vermont Catamounts rolled over the rest of the America East, and all signs point to another dominating team in 2017-18. Canadian guard Trae Bell-Haynes took home the America East Player of the Year award last season, and will be looking to become a two-time winner to close out his career.

However, there are several talented players in the conference who are all worthy of the award. Even though Vermont is the team to beat, the Player of the Year award winner could come from one of the other eight programs in the conference.

Take a look below at who we have selected as America East Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-America East teams, which feature at least one player from all nine teams!

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

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: America East

After a strong freshman campaign, Albany's Joe Cremo is ready to take on a lead role for the Great Danes in 2016-17. (Source: Times Union)
After a strong freshman campaign, Albany’s Joe Cremo is ready to take on a lead role for the Great Danes in 2016-17. (Source: Times Union)

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 in the America East. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: America East

RECAP: Stony Brook Seawolves Advance to First NCAA Tournament in School History

Behind Jameel Warney's 43 points and 10 rebounds, the Stony Brook Seawolves fought back to take down the Vermont Catamounts, 80-74, to earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history. (Source: NY Post)
Behind Jameel Warney’s 43 points and 10 rebounds, the Stony Brook Seawolves fought back to take down the Vermont Catamounts, 80-74, to earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history. (Source: NY Post)

Fans of the Stony Brook Seawolves have been waiting a while for the school to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and many thought that this year could be the year that they finally earn a ticket to the big dance. After finishing atop the America East standings in the regular season, the spot in the field of 68 was theirs to lose.

After advancing to the conference tournament finals, the Seawolves were one win away from realizing their dream. They had to get past another perennial conference powerhouse to earn the spot, the Vermont Catamounts.

Both teams have been regular fixtures near the top of the conference standings, so a Seawolves-Catamounts finale is no surprise. For either team to come away victorious, star players would need to bring their best.

Fortunately for the Seawolves, Jameel Warney and Carson Puriefoy did just that. Warney scored a game-high 43 points, while Puriefoy added 23 points of his own, and the duo helped lead Stony Brook on a massive second-half comeback to secure a berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

After falling behind by 9 at halftime, the Stony Brook Seawolves fought their way back and came away with the 80-74 victory over the Vermont Catamounts. Continue reading RECAP: Stony Brook Seawolves Advance to First NCAA Tournament in School History

CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, Vol. 2

Weber State forward Joel Bolomboy is one of two players to average a double-double on our Watch List for Mid-Major Player of the Year, and he has the Wildcats atop the Big Sky standings.
Weber State forward Joel Bolomboy is one of two players to average a double-double on our Watch List for Mid-Major Player of the Year, and he has the Wildcats atop the Big Sky standings.

Calendars have switched over to February, and the stretch run has kicked in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths are in high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards.

Here is the latest edition of the Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

We looked at statistics of each player, and the overall impact that each player has on their team. While the selections may not be the best player on their respective team, they are a key cog in the process, and that weighs heavily in our decisions.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the second edition of the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Friday! Continue reading CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, Vol. 2

CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List

Point guard Justin Robinson has the Monmouth Hawks flying high this season, and are currently the team to beat in the MAAC. Where does Robinson rank in our Mid-Major Player of the Year race? (Source: Monmouth Athletics)
Point guard Justin Robinson has the Monmouth Hawks flying high this season, and are currently the team to beat in the MAAC. Where does Robinson rank in our Mid-Major Player of the Year race? (Source: Monmouth Athletics)

Calendars are about to switch over to February, and the stretch run is about to kick in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths will be kicked into high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards. Each day of the week, we will update a different Watch List for different awards.

Here is the first edition of the Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

We looked at statistics of each player, and the overall impact that each player has on their team. While the selections may not be the best player on their respective team, they are a key cog in the process, and that weighs heavily in our decisions.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the first edition of CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Friday! Continue reading CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List