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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 Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Daniel Dixon, William & Mary Tribe

Senior guard Daniel Dixon has scored in double figures in eight straight for the Tribe, a stretch that has included two 30+ point performances.
Senior guard Daniel Dixon has scored in double figures in eight straight games for the Tribe, a stretch that has included a pair of 30+ point performances.

Over the past few years, it seems as though the William & Mary Tribe are always near the top of the standings in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) come conference tournament time.

They emerged as a perennial contender a couple of years back, when guard Marcus Thornton was terrorizing opponents. Fast forward to this year, and it’s another senior guard who is causing all kinds of headaches for opponents.

Meet Great Falls, VA native Daniel Dixon, a four-year senior for the Tribe who is having himself quite the year in 2016-17.

The 6’6” guard has had himself a strong career with the Tribe, but he saved his best season for his last. Dixon is averaging career-best marks in point, rebounds, and assists per game, while shooting a career-best 46.3% from the field.

This past week was more of the same from Dixon. In two wins for the Tribe, he stuffed the box score on both occasions, shooting lights out in the process. He also put up his second 30+ point performance in a span of four games.

In an online poll, Tribe fans came out in full force to show support for their senior guard. Thanks to his big time performances, Daniel Dixon has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for January 2 – 8, 2017!
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Colonial Athletic Association

With a slew of talent back for another season, Chris Flemmings and the UNC Wilmington Seahawks are the pre-season favourites in the Colonial Athletic Association.
With a slew of talent back for another season, Chris Flemmings and the UNC Wilmington Seahawks are the pre-season favourites in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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 Colonial Athletic Association. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Colonial Athletic Association

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

Marcus Johnson, Jr (13) and the Little Rock Trojans are looking to build off last year's record year, and Johnson will become a household name on a national stage, much like Josh Hagins (right) was last season.
Marcus Johnson, Jr (13) and the Little Rock Trojans are looking to build off last year’s record year, and Johnson will become a household name on a national stage, much like Josh Hagins (right) did last 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 senior 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 senior guards up into three parts.

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

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.**
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NBA Draft Profile: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary

Marcus Thornton, the all-time leading scorer in Tribe basketball history, has received a lot of attention in pre-draft workouts leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft. (Source: Tribe Athletics)
Marcus Thornton, the all-time leading scorer in Tribe basketball history, has received a lot of attention in pre-draft workouts leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft. (Source: Tribe Athletics)

The NBA Draft is less than a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

60 of the best young basketball players in the world will hear their name called, as they finally realize their dreams of being drafted to the NBA. At the same time, however, players will see their dreams come to an end as they fail to walk across the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand.

With a rich talent pool this season, there are bound to be players who had great collegiate careers that don’t get drafted. It doesn’t mean they won’t ever play in the NBA, they will just have to take a detour.

This is the time of year when people try to find out as much information about players as they possibly can, so they can be familiar with whomever their favourite NBA team selects on draft day.

Yes, there will be situations like Toronto last season, when they selected Bruno Caboclo, where even the commentators were stunned at the selection. For the most part, the players selected have been household names in college, or on the international stage.

Over the course of the next few weeks leading up to the draft, we will post a new draft preview each day that highlights a player who has a great chance to be drafted. One thing that we are doing different than other sites is not focusing on players in the first round. These players are constantly covered, and you can find information on them all over the place.

We will look at players who don’t get as much attention as they deserve, as we try to shine the light on some underrated talents in the NBA Draft. Today’s feature: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary. Continue reading NBA Draft Profile: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary