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Former NCAA stars headline the 2017 NBA G League Draft

Former Sacramento State center Eric Stuteville was taken with the first overall selection in the 2017 NBA G League Draft on Saturday, October 21st. (Source: The State Hornet)

NEW YORK — On Saturday, October 21st, the NBA G League held their 2017 draft via teleconference at their offices in New York.

Over 140 players made up the draft pool, with the hopes of being selected over the course of the four rounds. Each team had to make a minimum of three selections in the draft. After three selections, a team could choose to forego any selections after that.

If a team opted to forego a selection, they were unable to make any picks for the remainder of the event. The Northern Arizona Suns had three picks in the first round, and after they passed on their second round selection, their day was done.

In total, 96 players were selected in the 2017 draft. The players came from all across the NCAA, and a handful came from either JUCO, Canada, or other parts of the world.

Here are some of the more notable selections from the four rounds.
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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big East

Jalen Brunson is entering his junior season, and will look to lead Villanova to another NCAA Championship this year.

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.

In recent years, the Villanova Wildcats have had a stranglehold on the conference, and their dominance culminated in a National Championship in 2016. The biggest question coming into the 2017-18 season in the Big East isn’t who will win the conference, but rather who has the best chance of knocking the Wildcats out of the top spot.

A handful of teams have a chance to do so, including Chris Mack and the Xavier Musketeers. They look to have the best chance to bump Villanova out of the top spot in the Big East standings. Regardless, the Big East is home to a plethora of talented players, and the race for the conference title will be an exciting one.

Take a look below at who we have picked for our Preseason Big East Player of the Year, along with our All-Big East teams as the season approaches!

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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Jimmy V Classic

Kevin Ollie will look to guide his team to a win over Syracuse in the 2017 Jimmy V Classic on December 5th in New York. (Header: ESPN Events)

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 Jimmy V Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Jimmy V Classic

Preseason Top 25 rankings released in Episode One of the CCR Podcast

Miles Bridges and the Michigan State Spartans topped a pair of our Preseason Top 25 Rankings.

CANMORE, Alta. — August 1st marks the start of a fresh month, which means a fresh start for many things in this world.

It also marked the launch of the CCR Podcast, powered by College Court Report.

Nico Wright, Ryan Scarfone, and myself, Tyler Bennett, took an introductory approach to the inaugural episode of the podcast. We each recorded our own introductions, providing insight into our basketball experiences to date, while also touching on how we all came together to launch the podcast.

Admittedly, it didn’t come without some hiccups and some wrinkles that need to be ironed out over the coming weeks. Some names were pronounced incorrectly, while the volume on some parts were higher than others. It all comes with unfamiliar territory.

However, we are fully committed to providing listeners with a high-quality product that is insightful and engaging.

At the end of our intros, we all released our Preseason Top 25 Rankings. There were some surprises along the way, but there were several teams that were constant across the board.

Here are our Preseason Top 25 Rankings, in their entirety. Continue reading Preseason Top 25 rankings released in Episode One of the CCR Podcast

RECAP: Fighting Irish Fall to Top-Ranked Villanova; Suffer First Loss of the Season

{Source: Notre Dame Athletics)

The undefeated streak has come to an end for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as they suffered their first loss of the 2016-17 season Saturday afternoon to the defending national champions, the Villanova Wildcats.

A very highly anticipated game that featured two of the last few remaining undefeated teams in the country, looking to make early statements before conference play starts.

During his press conference leading up to Saturday’s matchup, Irish Head Coach Mike Brey talked about the challenge at hand and what he wants to see out of his Irish squad.

“I think ‘Nova has a great mental and physical toughness, you know you just watch what they did down at Purdueto win that game down there against a heck of a team in a tough atmosphere, there’s where, we’re going to have to be able to match that, I’m interested to see if we are able to match that”.

In the days leading up to the game, Brey reportedly took a shot at the Duke Blue Devils and the media for the endless hype of Duke’s team and their injured freshman super star, while his team remains in the shadows regardless of their impressive start.

The former assistant of Coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke about how the narrative should be around two experienced teams facing each other that have had tremendous starts to the season rather than whether a freshman will come back from injury before or after the New Year.

It is evident that regardless how well the Irish are doing, they will always have a chip on their shoulder, especially coming into Saturday’s game taking on the defending national champions.

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RECAP: Irish Down Mastodons, Look Ahead to Matchup Against Top-Ranked Villanova

(Source: Notre Dame Athletics)

The newly ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now 9-0 on the season after taking care of the Fort Wayne Mastodons Tuesday night, 87-72.

This is the best start under Head Coach Mike Brey, and the 4th best in program history.

The Irish have had an impressive start to the season, winning the Legends Classic after taking down the Northwestern Wildcats and Colorado Buffaloes on consecutive nights, and recently scoring a win over the Iowa Hawkeyes by 14 points.

Sunday marked the first time this season the Irish have been ranked in the AP top 25, coming in at #23.

Fort Wayne proposed an interesting challenge to the red hot Irish, as the Mastodons were 7-2 coming into the game. Their most impressive win came against the then-3rd ranked Indiana Hoosiers.

While it would be hard for the Irish to not look ahead at their matchup Saturday against the #1 ranked Villanova Wildcats, Notre Dame could not afford to take Fort Wayne lightly.

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