Welcome all to 2015. Before we depart from the origin point of a brand new 365-day journey, this edition of the College Campus Tour will reflect upon an action packed New Year’s Eve that was loaded with notable performances. The following handful of players closed out the 2014 calendar in fantastic fashion and certainly set the stage for the early winter portion of the NCAA Men’s Basketball schedule.
This time, the College Campus Tour will take us around the nation to check in on some of the best second-generation stars donning NCAA Division I uniforms this season. The list of men’s basketball players whose fathers also showcased talent on the hardwood as student athletes is more extensive than one might think. The current crop includes names such as Shawn Kemp Jr. (Washington), Treavon Jackson (Wisconsin) and John Horford (Florida); all three of which have done their surnames well. However, the focus here is on a few sons that are each performing at exceptionally high levels for their respective programs.
Now that virtually every school on the landscape of NCAA Basketball has at least a few games in the books here in 2014-15, definitive trends are beginning to show up among the 351 Division I teams. This week’s College Campus Tour will examine the extreme ends of the offensive-to-defensive spectrum.
With early season tournaments providing plenty of compelling matchups across the NCAA Basketball landscape, as they tend to do on an annual basis, one such showdown from this past Sunday (Nov. 23) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut is where this week’s College Campus Tour begins.
The NCAA men’s basketball season has officially gotten under way, and with that it is time to take a look back at some of the sensational statistical feats around the nation over the first few days of the campaign.
• Missouri State seems like a great place to start, as Bears junior guard Marcus Marshall knocked the starting gates of the 2014-15 season right off their hinges with a 38-point performance (12-16 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 8-8 FT) versus Eastern Illinois Friday. This incredible effort is even more impressive when considering the fact that this marked Marshall’s first game back after missing the final 17 contests of last season due to knee surgery.