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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!

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College Court Report Player of the Week: Jahad Thomas, UMass-Lowell River Hawks

Jahad Thomas recorded the first triple-double in program history on Saturday in the River Hawks' 71-55 win over Hartford.
Jahad Thomas recorded the first triple-double in program history on Saturday in the River Hawks’ 71-55 win over Hartford.

Recording a triple-double at any level is an impressive feat, unless your name is Russell Westbrook, where it’s becoming more of a feat when he doesn’t record a triple-double in a game.

When you record the  first triple-double in program history, it becomes even more special. For guard Jahad Thomas, that’s exactly what he did on Saturday afternoon for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks against the Hartford Hawks.

It was the culmination of another strong week for the native of Williamsport, PA. Over his career with the River Hawks, Thomas has regularly stuffed box score, and the 2016-17 season is no different. He has been on quite the roll on an individual level since the start of the season, and has the River Hawks near the top of the America East standings after their first four conference games.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of two games where he averaged a double-double and etched his name into the history books twice, junior guard Jahad Thomas has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of January 9 – 15, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Jahad Thomas, UMass-Lowell River Hawks

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

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Juniors, Part Two

Ohio's Jaaron Simmons is one of the nation's top assist men, and is one of ten junior guards who will become household names on a national scale during the 2016-17 season.
Ohio’s Jaaron Simmons is one of the nation’s top assist men, and is one of ten junior guards who will become household names on a national scale during the 2016-17 season.

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 guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. 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.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the junior guards up into two parts.

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

Check out Part One here.

**Note: Jaylen Adams and E.C. Matthews didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale.**
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