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Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Fort Wayne Mastodons

Harrell, Kason
Kason Harrell (32) put up a career-high 28 points against Indiana last time out, and he will look to put together a similar effort when Fort Wayne takes on Liberty at the New Orleans Shootout. (Source: Bloom Magazine) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

NEW ORLEANS, La. — With the 2017 calendar year coming to an end, teams across the country are rounding out their non-conference schedules and looking towards 2018 and the start of conference play.

On Thursday, the Liberty Flames and the Fort Wayne Mastodons are two of four teams that will take to the hardwood in New Orleans as a part of the 2017 New Orleans Shootout. The Alabama State Hornets and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs square off in the other match-up, with the winners and losers of each respective pairing on Thursday squaring off on Friday to cap off the event.

Both the Flames and the Mastodons come into Thursday on a hot streak, as Liberty has won three straight and Fort Wayne has two straight wins under their belts. They both sit at eight wins on the year, and are looking to put together a strong showing over the two days in New Orleans before breaking for Christmas.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Thursday afternoon’s match-up between the Flames and Mastodons. Continue reading Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Fort Wayne Mastodons

College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Kobe Webster, Western Illinois Leathernecks

Freshman guard Kobe Webster is emerging as a star for Western Illinois in 2017-18. (Source: Western Courier)

CANMORE, Alta. — After finishing in eighth place in the Summit League standings last season, many people were picking against the Western Illinois Leathernecks heading into 2017-18.

In the preseason Summit League poll, they were picked to finish eighth once more. With the departure of the IUPUI Jaguars to the Horizon League, that meant the Leathernecks were projected to finish last. They received 60 points in the poll, whereas the seventh place team received 104.

Based on their start to 2017-18, it’s safe to say that the Leathernecks have used that as motivation early on. Despite the loss of guard Garret Covington, among others, the Leathernecks are 5-2 this season, with a win over the aforementioned Jaguars to boot.

Leading the way is Dalan Ancrum, who is among the nation’s leading scorers with an average of 21.8 points per contest. A player we were high on during the preseason, Brandon Gilbeck, is among the nation’s leading shot blockers once again, averaging 3.2 per game.

However, with Ancrum being a senior, the Leathernecks needed their guard of the future to step up early on in 2017-18. They may have found their next star, in freshman guard Kobe Webster.

The native of Indianapolis, IN opened his collegiate career with a stat line of 19 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals to lead Western Illinois to a season opening win. He sits second on the team in scoring, and has been a big factor in their strong start to the season.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw the Leathernecks split a pair of games to open a four-game home stand, Western Illinois freshman guard Kobe Webster is the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 27 – December 3, 2017!
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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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Fort Wayne lands Northern Arizona transfer guard Marcus DeBerry

Northern Arizona transfer Marcus DeBerry will provide Fort Wayne with some much-needed guard depth in 2018-19.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — College basketball is an ever-changing game.

Each season, it seems as though more and more players are looking to transfer to a new program. This year’s list is approaching the 600-mark, and names are still being added to the list with each passing day. Players transfer for varying reasons, most of which we will never truly know why.

With that being said, there are always big name transfers who hit the open market. This season, the likes of Marcus EvansDedric LawsonKhris Lane, and Chase Jeter have all been looking for new homes, among others.

While the big name transfers get the bulk of the attention, many impact transfers fly under the radar. One of those names on this year’s transfer list is guard Marcus DeBerry. After two seasons with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, the 6’5” guard opted to transfer for his final two seasons of eligibility.

On Wednesday afternoon, he found his new home, and is off to the Summit League to help bolster a back court that will look vastly different following the upcoming season. Continue reading Fort Wayne lands Northern Arizona transfer guard Marcus DeBerry

Transfer Market: Trio of guards highlight Tuesday’s movers and shakers

Just days after declaring early for the 2017 NBA Draft, guard Mark Alstork announced on Tuesday that he was graduating from Wright State and transferring.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is a mere memory now, and the attention has quickly shifted to the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

Several websites have released their way-too-early top 25 rankings, while Joe Lunardi has already released his first edition of Bracketology for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The 2017-18 season is still over 200 days away.

While the off-season gets underway, the transfer marker is already over 350 names, according to Verbal Commits. With each passing day, the list continues to grow, and it’s tough to keep up with all of the happenings throughout the work day.

That’s where we come in. Every day or two, we will update fans across the country with some of the biggest news from around the transfer market, from scholarship offers and acceptances, to simply new names hitting the open market.

On Tuesday, several big time players decided to test the waters of the transfer market, while an underrated sophomore guard picked up four offers from schools across the southern parts of the United States.

Here’s what you may have missed on April 4th, 2017. Continue reading Transfer Market: Trio of guards highlight Tuesday’s movers and shakers

Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Juniors, Part One

Elijah Brown is one of the top scoring guards on the transfer market this season, and is immediately eligible next season. (Source: New Mexico Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, the transfer list continually grows with each passing day.

According to Verbal Commits, the 2017 Division I transfer list has eclipsed 240 names, and that number will only continue to rise as the off-season rolls along.

For the record, the off-season doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, April 4th, the day after the National Championship is decided.

With the high numbers of players finding themselves on the open market, testing the waters in the hopes of securing a scholarship at a school that better fits their needs, there a plethora of talented student-athletes on the list. From the power conferences and perennial national title contenders, right down to the smallest of schools, there are transfers from all across the country.

So, we got thinking. What would a team look like if it was built solely from uncommitted transfers?

We decided to dig a little deeper and see what kind of team we could come up with. The list was divided into each player’s year of eligibility, and then rosters were formed of players in the same year.

Here is the best roster that we could come up with for junior players who have transferred, but not yet committed to a new school.

As each week passes, and more players either transfer or commit to schools, we will alter the rosters on Tuesdays to accommodate the changes in the market. Continue reading Building a 12-man roster from uncommitted transfers: Juniors, Part One