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Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

Lehigh transfer Brandon Alston was used sparingly over hos two years with the Mountain Hawks, but he has the talent to lead a team deep into March.

CALGARY, Alta. — You get a graduate transfer, and you get a graduate transfer.

Over the past three days, several of the top graduate transfers announced their decisions for the 2017-18 season, causing a big shake-up in terms of the overall rankings. In the process, they all boosted the chances of their respective teams for next season in their own conference races.

Kendall Smith committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys,Ray Bowles committed to the Fresno State Bulldogs, and Duby Okeke committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the past couple of days. Arguably the biggest commitment over the weekend was forward Khris Lane committing to his hometown team, the VCU Rams.

Four of the biggest names on the grad transfer market are off the board, so now where do teams look for some immediate production come the 2017-18 season?

Another big name hit the market this weekend, and he averaged over 15 points per game a year ago for the UTSA Roadrunners. Add him to the mix, and there’s still plenty of talent out there, all of whom are eager to find the right fit and help a team play deep into March.

Amidst all of the changes, here’s an updated list of the top 15 uncommitted graduate transfers from non-power programs, as of April 23rd.  Continue reading Top 15 graduate transfers from non-power programs in 2017 – April 23rd

College Court Report Three Stars: November 12th, 2016

Alec Peters recorded 36 points and 15 rebounds to help Valparaiso fight back from a first-half deficit to top Trinity (IL) in their second game in as many days to open the 2016-17 season..
Alec Peters recorded 36 points and 15 rebounds to help Valparaiso fight back from a first-half deficit to top Trinity (IL) in their second game in as many days to open the 2016-17 season..

What a way to kick off the 2016-17 regular season!

On Saturday, fans everywhere were still in a bit of shock in terms of what they saw on Friday. Some teams were still celebrating program-defining wins, including the Wagner SeahawksAlbany Great Danes, and Nicholls State Colonels.

Some power conference teams were left looking for answers as to what went wrong on opening day, trying to correct any mistakes before their next game.

Saturday was a much quieter day in terms of games as opposed to Friday, but there were still some memorable moments out there, which included some big-time individual performances across the country.

All three of the Three Stars for November 12th put together some impressive shooting performances, as all three finished their respective games with a shooting percentage of 48% or better.

Below are the College Court Report Three Stars for Saturday, November 12th, 2016.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Horizon League

Despite only making 20 starts, Cameron Morse averaged 20.3 points per game as a sophomore, and earned a spot on the All-Horizon League Second Team at year's end.
Despite only making 20 starts, Cameron Morse averaged 20.3 points per game as a sophomore, and earned a spot on the All-Horizon League Second Team at year’s end.

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 Horizon League. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Horizon League

Pair of West Coast Conference Teams Top Preseason Mid-Major Top 20 Power Rankings

Emmett Naar and the Saint Mary's Gaels return everyone from last year's 29-win team, and are widely considered as one of the top mid-major teams in the country.
Emmett Naar and the Saint Mary’s Gaels return everyone from last year’s 29-win team, and are widely considered as one of the top mid-major teams in the country.

Regular season college basketball returns in just five days.

If you’re like us, you couldn’t be more excited about what the next five months will provide for basketball fans alike, in terms of pure entertainment mixed with some anxious moments surrounding your respective favourite teams.

From coast to coast, there are a plethora of talented teams heading into the 2016-17 season. Each season, we rank the top ‘mid-major’ teams in the country in our weekly ‘Top 20 Power Rankings. (Hate the term ‘mid-major’, for the record).

Last year, the Valparaiso Crusaders finished the regular season as the top mid-major team in the country, in our opinion.

Heading into the 2016-17 season, the top two teams reside on the west coast, and will do battle once more in the West Coast Conference. The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Saint Mary’s Gaels are atop the preseason edition of the College Court Report Mid-Major Top 20 Power Rankings.

Who comes in at #1? Continue reading Pair of West Coast Conference Teams Top Preseason Mid-Major Top 20 Power Rankings

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!
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Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.

After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).

The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.

Take a scroll down to read a bit about each game that will take place over the 2015 ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. Grab some caffeine, get comfortable, and get ready for a crazy 24 hours. Continue reading Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon