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Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

Hopkins, Shawn
Shawn Hopkins (right) is one of three Division I transfers who will play for the North Georgia Nighthawks in 2018-19. (Source: Dothan Eagle) (Header: HERO Sports)

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Sometimes in life, one has to take a step backwards in order to take two steps forward.

In the college basketball world, that could be seen as transferring out of Division I with the ultimate goal of returning to the top level down the road. Over the last few years, more and more players have made the move out of Division I, finding homes elsewhere across the country where they can play meaningful minutes and work on their game.

This off-season is no different, as there have been plenty of players transferring to various levels across the United States in advance of the 2018-19 season.

Back on May 29th, the North Georgia Nighthawks announced their signing class for the 2018-19 season. It was made up of nine players overall, which is the largest signing class for the program in the last several seasons. Three of those players will join the program from Division I programs, and they’re a trio that head coach Chris Faulkner is excited to have on his squad. Continue reading Three Division I Transfers Commit to North Georgia

College Court Report Player of the Week: Geno Crandall, North Dakota Fighting Hawks

Geno Crandall put up a career-high 41 points in North Dakota’s opener on Friday against Troy, with 37 coming in the second half alone. (Source: Kelvin Kuo – USA Today Sports) (Header: Russ Hons – North Dakota Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — Last season, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks punched their first-ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament. While they fell to the Arizona Wildcats in the First Round, it was still a successful season for the program.

In the off-season, the Fighting Hawks said goodbye to several contributors from last year’s team.

Forward Drick Bernstine transferred to the Washington State Cougars, while fellow big man Carson Shanks transferred to the Loyola (IL) Ramblers. To top it all off, one of the program’s all-time greats graduated, in two-time College Court Report Player of the Year Quinton Hooker.

Coming into 2017-18, many expected junior guard Geno Crandall to take on a starring role for the Fighting Hawks. Through two games, he has lived up to the preseason billing, and even exceeded some expectations.

Simply put, North Dakota will be just fine with Crandall at the helm.

Through two games at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Crandall has been the go-to guy for North Dakota. He put together one of the more impressive second half performances you will see all season in the team’s opener on Friday.

After leading North Dakota to an even 1-1 record over their first two games in Hawaii, Fighting Hawks’ junior guard Geno Crandall has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week(end) for November 10 – 12, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Geno Crandall, North Dakota Fighting Hawks

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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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Sun Belt

Kevin Hervey (25) is back and healthy for the UT-Arlington Mavericks, which is bad news for the rest of the Sun Belt Conference.
Kevin Hervey (25) is back and healthy for the UT-Arlington Mavericks, which is bad news for the rest of the Sun Belt Conference.

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 Sun Belt Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Sun Belt

Non-Power Five Forwards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Sophomores

South Dakota State sophomore Mike Daum is one of 10 non-power five forwards who will be household names in 2016-17.
South Dakota State sophomore Mike Daum is one of 10 non-power five forwards who will be household names in 2016-17.

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.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at non-power five players who are on the brink of becoming household names, as early as the 2016-2017 season. We’ve separated the lists between guards and forwards, and then again based on their year of eligibility.

Here are 10 non-power five sophomore forwards who will be household names in the very near future, plus 10 extras at the bottom to keep a flag on as their careers progress.
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CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List

Eastern Michigan's James Thompson IV is the top mid-major player on the first edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, and is one of 5 mid-majors in the top 10. Where does he rank in comparison to the others?
Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson IV is the top mid-major player on the first edition of the CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, and is one of four mid-major players in the top 10. Where does he rank in comparison to the others?

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 Freshman of the Year Watch List. Overall, four of the ten players are from mid-major programs, while there’s no surprise as to who is #1 to kick off award season here at College Court Report.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the first edition of CCR Freshman of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Thursday. Continue reading CCR Awards: Freshman of the Year Watch List