The third edition of the Cayman Islands Classic tips off at 11 a.m. today at the John Gray Gymnasium. The tournament features eight NCAA Division I programmes, the highest level of college basketball in the United States.
Past Cayman Islands Classic tournaments have featured teams that have advanced to the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships and a handful of players that went on to play professionally, either in the NBA or in Europe.
Colorado State vs. New Mexico State
Loyola vs. South Florida
George Mason vs. Old Dominion
Washington State vs. Nebraska
Breaking down the teams
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Coach: Niko Medved
- Led NCAA in rebounding last year
- First team All-Mountain West
- Mountain West Conference all-defensive team
- 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Most Improved Player
- Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year
Did you know?: Loyola advanced to the 2018 Final Four. It has won two-straight MVC league titles but graduation losses include back-to-back MVC Players of the Year Clayton Custer and Marques Townes.
- 3 junior college recruit
Dachon Burke (transfer)
- All-Northest Conference 2nd team (Robert Morris)
Did you know? Of 16 players on roster, only one appeared in a game last season for the Cornhuskers.
- Western Athletic Conference 1st team all-league
- Western Athletic Conference all-newcomer team
- Western Athletic Conference 2nd team all-league
- Western Athletic Conference all-defensive team
- Western Athletic Conference tournament MVP
Did you know? The Aggies have played in the NCAA each of the last three seasons and eight times in the last 10 years.
- Conference USA tournament MVP
A.J. Oliver (transfer)
* 4-star prospect coming out of high school
Did you know? The Monarchs advanced to the NCAA tournament last year.
- College Basketball Invitational tournament MVP
Did you know? The Bulls won the College Basketball Invitational last year, considered the third-tier college basketball postseason tournament.
- Worked out with several NBA teams in offseason before deciding to return to school.
Did you know? The son of former NBA All-Star and Chicago Bulls superstar Dennis Rodman, Dennis Rodman Jr., plays for the Cougars.