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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Chimezie Metu and the USC Trojans have a top-ten roster heading into the 2017-18 season, and they will look to become the first repeat winner of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in December.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 edition of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports.

After scoring their biggest win of the season, USC head coach Andy Enfield may be getting back a soldier.

Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, sophomore Bennie Boatwright is eyeing a return next week during the Trojans’ road-trip in Washington. The 6’10” forward has been sidelined since November 30, missing the last 15 games due to a sprained left knee.

“We’re hoping to get him back on our next road trip, but it’s still to be determined,” Enfield told Rothstein on Friday. “He hasn’t done a full-contact practice yet so we’ll see, but we’re anxious to get him back.” Continue reading USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Pac-12

Chris Boucher is one of four Oregon players to be named to the All-Pac 12 teams. (Source: Adam Eberhardt - Emerald)
Chris Boucher is one of four Oregon players to be named to the All-Pac 12 teams. (Source: Adam Eberhardt – Emerald)

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 Pac-12 Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Pac-12

Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending VIllanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending Villanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.

With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!

You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.

The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.

Let us know your thoughts on the list, by either leaving a comment or letting us know on Twitter and Facebook!
Continue reading Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

2016-17 Schedules: USC Trojans

With both Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic having declared early for the NBA Draft following the 2015-16 season, the spotlight in Los Angeles is now on both Bennie Boatwright (25) and Jordan McLaughlin (top) as the leaders of the USC Trojans.
With both Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic having declared early for the NBA Draft following the 2015-16 season, the spotlight in Los Angeles is now on both Bennie Boatwright (25) and Jordan McLaughlin (top) as the leaders of the USC Trojans.

USC Trojans

2015-16 Record: 21-13 (9-9 in Pac-12; Tied-6th)
Key Returnees: Jordan McLaughlin, Bennie Boatwright, Chimezie Metu
Key Departures: Julian Jacobs, Nikola Jovanovic, Katin Reinhardt, Elijah Stewart
Continue reading 2016-17 Schedules: USC Trojans

Four-Star Guard Jonah Mathews Commits to USC

Four-star guard Jonah Mathews (4) has committed to USC as a part of the recruiting class of 2016 for the Trojans. He is the brother of California star Jordan Mathews.
Four-star guard Jonah Mathews (4) has committed to USC as a part of the recruiting class of 2016 for the Trojans. He is the brother of California star Jordan Mathews.

For years, the USC Trojans have been a football-dominant athletics program in the Pac-12. With the likes of Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, and Troy Polamalu having donned a Trojan jersey since the new millennium hit, it’s no surprise as to why football has been the priority. There have been a ton of greats in the past who have suited up for the Trojans as well, and we didn’t want people to think we forgot them.

Basketball hasn’t been the main focus for USC, despite having churned out some talented professional prospects of their own in recent memory. O.J. Mayo, DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson, Nikola Vucevic, and Nick Young all played for the Trojans, and are currently playing in the NBA. They have had their fair share of talent, but haven’t been able to translate it to success.

Over the past five seasons, the Trojans have compiled a record of 62 – 100 overall. They last made the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11 as a 6-seed, and they were eliminated in the opening round by VCU. They have just five conference wins in the past two seasons combined.

The past wasn’t the brightest of times for USC basketball, but the future is looking more and more promising as we progress along. With talented players like Jordan McLaughlin and Nikola Jovanovic having at least two years of eligibility left, the Trojans have already hit the ground running in terms of their 2016 recruiting class.

On Wednesday night, the Trojans bolstered their back court with a key recruit for the 2016-17 season. Point guard Jonah Mathews committed to USC for his collegiate career. Continue reading Four-Star Guard Jonah Mathews Commits to USC