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Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –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 forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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Assembling a Mid-Major Dream Team for the 2017-18 Season

Jock Landale emerged as one of the nation’s top big men as a junior in 2016-17, increasing his scoring average from 7.9 points per game to 16.9.

CANMORE, Alta. — The level of parity in college basketball in recent years is at an all-time high.

Still, on a nightly basis, mid-major teams are often the underdogs against power conference teams. The likes of the Kentucky WildcatsDuke Blue Devils, and other blue-blood programs land the top high school recruits each season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of talent elsewhere in the country.

Smaller programs have just as much talent on their roster, but their names don’t come with the same pedigree as the ones in the ESPN Top 100. So, we thought we would filter through all of the mid-major schools and assemble our own Dream Team for the 2017-18 season.

We assembled a 14-man roster that we would want to see play together. The team is open to interpretation, and can be assembled in an endless number of ways. But, this is a team we think would contend with the best of the best in the NCAA.
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RECAP: Big second half propels Wofford past Chattanooga, into semifinals of Southern Conference tournament

Eric Garcia went for 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in Wofford's 79-67 win over Chattanooga in the quarter-finals of the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Eric Garcia went for 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in Wofford’s 79-67 win over Chattanooga in the quarter-finals of the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — College basketball is a game of two halves. On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford Terriers proved that to be true.

In their quarter-finals match-up with the Chattanooga Mocs in the Southern Conference tournament in Asheville, N.C., the Terriers broke free in the second half, coming away with a 12-point victory over the Mocs, 79-67.

Both teams limped into the post-season, of sorts. Wofford fell in their regular season finale to the Furman Paladins. But, they had won their previous two contest.

The Mocs, on the other hand, struggled mightily at the end of conference play. Riddled by injuries to key players down the stretch, Chattanooga came into the conference tournament riding a four-game losing streak.  Continue reading RECAP: Big second half propels Wofford past Chattanooga, into semifinals of Southern Conference tournament

RECAP: Cameron Jackson’s career-high 25 points lead Wofford to rout of VMI

Cameron Jackson (33) scored a career-high 25 points to help lead Wofford past VMI on Thursday night, 88-70. (Source: : Dawson Powers - USA Today Sports)
Cameron Jackson (33) scored a career-high 25 points to help lead Wofford past VMI on Thursday night, 88-70. (Source: : Dawson Powers – USA Today Sports)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Take a bow, Cameron Jackson.

Coming into Thursday night’s tilt against the VMI Keydets, Jackson had been on quite the roll. Over his last two games, a stretch in which the Wofford Terriers went 1-1, he averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, both of which were higher than his seasonal averages (10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg).

Against the Keydets, the sophomore out of Winchester, VA put forth the best performance of his young collegiate career.

Jackson finished the night with a career-high 25 points, going 11-of-13 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds and dished out 1 assist to help lead Wofford to the 88-70 rout of VMI in Southern Conference action. Continue reading RECAP: Cameron Jackson’s career-high 25 points lead Wofford to rout of VMI

RECAP: Wofford Terriers Outlast Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in Tight Battle

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Wofford senior point guard Eric Garcia posted a career-high 23 points as the Terriers escaped from Conway, S.C., with a one-point victory over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a non-conference tilt on Monday evening. (Source: Denver Post)

It was only fitting that Coastal Carolina‘s Artur Labinowicz drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Wofford Terriers on Monday evening.

The game was a two-hour long shooting festival, a patchwork quilt consisting of run after run, much physicality and an ever-slim margin of error. Labinowicz’s shot would have fit into the madness nearly perfectly if it had forced overtime or won the game.

Unfortunately for the Chanticleers, it did fit into the madness perfectly — because before the heave, Wofford led by four.

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RECAP: Wofford Terriers Take Down Austin Peay, 96-77

Fletcher Magee scored 18 points, and was one of five players to score in double figures, and Wofford took down Austin Peay on Thursday night, 96-77.
Fletcher Magee scored 18 points, and was one of five players to score in double figures, and Wofford took down Austin Peay on Thursday night, 96-77.

The Wofford Terriers exploded in the first half, especially from behind the 3-point arc, to notch its first Division I victory of the season in a 96-77 home rout of the Ohio Valley Conference‘s Austin Peay Governors on Thursday evening.

Wofford, bouncing back from a non-conference loss to the TCU Horned Frogs last Saturday, landed nine of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, including four made by Fletcher Magee and three from Jaylen Allen. The Terriers (4-7) also moved the ball well, and thanks to both senior point guard Eric Garcia and reserve Derrick Brooks, recorded an impressive total of 15 assists on 20 made shots.

The Terriers led 55-31 at halftime, and began the second half with a 13-2 scoring run.  Continue reading RECAP: Wofford Terriers Take Down Austin Peay, 96-77