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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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College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Frederick Scott, Rider Broncs

Frederick Scott is one half of Rider’s talented freshman duo, alongside Jordan Allen. The future is bright in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. (Source: Rider Athletics) (Header: Rider Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — With all of the talent that the Rider Broncs have assembled, the future appears to be rather bright in Lawrenceville, NJ.

For starters, there’s star sophomore Stevie Jordan, who seems to flirt with a triple-double whenever the Broncs have a game. Then, there’s sophomore big man Tyere Marshall, who is anchoring the front court.

Add in Rider’s trio of talented freshmen this season, and it’s easy to see why this is a team on the rise. There’s Dimencio Vaughn, who has played well in just three games this season. You’ve got Jordan Allen, who is the team’s leading scorer, averaging a shade under 18 points per game. Lastly, you’ve got forward Frederick Scott, who had himself a solid week for the Broncs, who sit at 5-1 on the season after a perfect 3-0 week.

The 6’8” freshman was looking to help the Broncs build off a win last week over the Hartford Hawks. With three games this past week, Rider had three winnable games, all of which would add momentum to an already strong start.

Over the week, Rider would go onto win all three games, while Scott posted the second double-double of his young career, and added his first 20+ point game the next night out.

For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw him almost average a double-double, forward Frederick Scott has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 20-26, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Frederick Scott, Rider Broncs

RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

NORMAL, Ill. — Postseason basketball; a new season for all.

Although it was not in the tournament they desired, Illinois State clubbed pesky UC Irvine in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, 85-71.

Seniors Deontae Hawkins and Paris Lee, in a showing that featured the Redbirds shooting 52% from beyond the arc, scored 22 and 13 points respectively to advance the active home winning streak to 22 games.

“Some guys were like, ‘Man, I’m grateful we’re here but this is not the NCAA Tournament,'” said Lee of the group’s mentality after Selection Sunday. “Once we got settled in practice, everyone was like, ‘We might as well win it while we’re doing it.'” Continue reading RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big West

In a conference that has it's fair share of top-tier guards, Justin Bibbins is one of the best in the Big West. (Source: Joshua S. Kelly - USA Today Sports)
In a conference that has it’s fair share of top-tier guards, Justin Bibbins is one of the best in the Big West. (Source: Joshua S. Kelly – USA Today Sports)

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 West Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big West