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Re: MBB: NESCAC
« Reply #25275 on: May 26, 2018, 12:58:24 am »
Update on Duncan Robinson:

It is reported that he had a workout with the Lakers today.  He has already been seen by the Heat and the Celtics, and will visit the Bulls this Saturday.  I suspect his basketball future is in Europe, but it's great to see NBA teams showing some real interest.

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Re: MBB: NESCAC
« Reply #25276 on: May 31, 2018, 10:47:46 am »
Williams wins 21st of 23 Director Cups despite changes in scoring format designed to increase chances of other institutions to compete for first place. No awards, individually or collectively, academically or athleticly are targeted by the College, simply are a bi-product of sustained excellence in many facets.

I do believe these changes in Director Cup are artificial and tend toward major and minor emphasis and will incent odd behavior by some administrations.

Stay turned for more escalation and professionalism in what used to be a preserve of amateur athletics....

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« Reply #25277 on: May 31, 2018, 11:39:33 am »
Changes in scoring also strike me amusingly as a misguided attempt by some executive to regain relevance of a marketing technique that had become "ho-hum" due to decades of a sole winner. The outcome will be just the opposite ---the Directors' Cup is now a bit more irrelevant as an over-engineered award with more scoring changes likely in the future until there are few repeat winners in order to appeal more broadly to Learfield's customer base.


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Re: MBB: NESCAC
« Reply #25278 on: May 31, 2018, 01:32:46 pm »
Williams is clearly the unrivaled leader in leveraging its elite academic reputation to recruit academically qualified student athletes to fuel the success of a wide range of athletic programs.  Their sustained excellence in the Director's Cup standings over more than two decades is truly impressive.  Most if not all of the other NESCACs have followed suit in various ways to varying degrees.

And I think it's safe to conclude that Williams success is institutionally driven and not personality driven.  Harry Sheehy, who was the AD during the first 15 years or so of Williams 20+ year run, was brought in by Dartmouth (my alma mater) to bring some of that same magic...and that simply hasn't happened...

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Re: MBB: NESCAC
« Reply #25279 on: May 31, 2018, 03:23:07 pm »
Changes in scoring also strike me amusingly as a misguided attempt by some executive to regain relevance of a marketing technique that had become "ho-hum" due to decades of a sole winner. The outcome will be just the opposite ---the Directors' Cup is now a bit more irrelevant as an over-engineered award with more scoring changes likely in the future until there are few repeat winners in order to appeal more broadly to Learfield's customer base.

Seems unlikely that Learfield's customer base cares much about how the D-III award is handed out.
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Re: MBB: NESCAC
« Reply #25280 on: June 06, 2018, 03:19:04 pm »
I cannot believe I didnít notice it sooner, but Nathan Krill is actually eligible for a 5th year after his red shirt freshman year. The same goes for JR Bascom. Doubtful that either will play. Any other big seniors who have this option?

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Re: MBB: NESCAC
« Reply #25281 on: June 07, 2018, 10:29:00 am »
Interesting re: Krill and Bascom.  Wesleyan's returning front court talent without those two plus Sears is on the thin side next year, that's a lot of muscle lost, but if either return (especially Krill) it would vault Wesleyan into pre-season top-15 contention, I'd say.  As of now, I have them behind Williams and Hamilton, though. 

The only other players of note I can think of in NESCAC eligible to take a fifth year based on injuries -- and none were seniors last year -- are Kyle Scadlock, Tim McCarthy, and Hilal Dahleh.  I've not heard of any plans to do so by any of them, but of course McCarthy has a lot of time to decide.