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Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

Nehls, Austin
After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

Kern, Connor
Connor Kern averaged 3.7 points per game in 2017-18 for Arkansas State while appearing in all 32 games. (Source: Arkansas State Athletics) (Header: Arkansas State Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s been quite the week for The Citadel Bulldogs on the transfer market, to say the least.

Earlier in the week, they had three players transfer out of the programTariq SimmonsFrankie Johnson, and Rob Johnson all requested their releases from the Bulldogs’ program following the 2017-18 campaign.

The Citadel went 11-21 overall this past season, and 5-13 in Southern Conference play.

When you add in the loss of Preston Parks, who was dismissed from the program during the regular season, and the Bulldogs have lost four pieces of the puzzle for next season and beyond.

However, over the weekend, the Bulldogs got a bit of good news on the transfer market, landing a Division I transfer who played two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference. Continue reading Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

The Citadel Loses Three Players by Way of Transfer

Johnson, Frankie
Sophomore guard Frankie Johnson is one of three players to transfer from The Citadel since the 2017-18 season has come to an end. (Source: Post and Courier) (Header: Post and Courier)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the 2017-18 season winding down, the vast majority of teams have turned their focus to the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.

The end of the season brings forth an influx of coaching changes and player transfers all across the country. Some have said the number of players transferring has been a problem over the last few years, with more and more players choosing to transfer with each passing year.

At this point, close to 200 players have opted to transfer and seek other opportunities in college basketball, and the Elite Eight hasn’t even begun. Several teams have been hit hard on the transfer market already, losing key pieces of the rotation for next season and beyond.

One team in particular that has been hit hard so far has been The Citadel Bulldogs. In total, four players have transferred out of the program, with three players opting to seek new opportunities within the last week. Continue reading The Citadel Loses Three Players by Way of Transfer

College Court Report Player of the Week: Femi Olujobi, North Carolina A&T Aggies

The play of Femi Olujobi has been one of the best surprises to start the season, as the junior forward is averaging 30.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over four games at North Carolina A&T. (Source: North Carolina A&T Sports Information) (Header: North Carolina A&T Sports Information)

CANMORE, Alta. — Last season, they won a total of three games, with their third win not coming until March 2nd, which was the regular season finale.

This season, they were picked to finish last in the MEAC in the conference preseason poll. Based on how they’ve played over their first four games, it’s safe to say that the North Carolina A&T Aggies have used all of that as motivation to prove people wrong.

As the month of November moves along, the Aggies sit at 3-1 after the first ten days of the season. They’ve already matched last season’s win total in the span of a week and a half. North Carolina A&T has been one of the bigger surprises so far this season, and they show no signs of slowing down.

A big reason for their quick turnaround has been the play of junior forward Femi Olujobi, who is in his first year with the program after transferring from the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.

He opened his career with the Aggies by scoring 34 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, and he has scored at least 20 points in all four games this season. This past week was no different, as he led the Aggies to a pair of wins to push their record to 3-1.

For his efforts over the past seven days, a stretch that saw him post a career-high 37 points and record his second double-double of the year, North Carolina A&T forward Femi Olujobi has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 13 – 19, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Femi Olujobi, North Carolina A&T Aggies

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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Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen is just one of several sophomore guards that all fans should know about heading into the 2017-18 season. (Source: MLive)

CALGARY, 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 sophomore guards 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-calibre players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

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