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Looks like the Calvin roster is coming together behind the scenes. Some interesting names on it and not on it so far...

The Calvin roster is live on the website.

Thad Shymanski and Emmett Warners are back, using their extra year of eligibility as graduate students.

Luke Morrison returns as a graduate student after two seasons (and a COVID year off) at Emory.

Alec Fruin arrives as a graduate student after starting at Northern Michigan the last two years.

Luke Scheffers and Brandon Paul are not on the roster.

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Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: Top 25 Pool
« on: October 16, 2021, 10:15:27 am »
I'll take Texas-Dallas if they're still avail.

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Trine will open the season ranked no. 7 in the nation. Albion is also receiving votes.

https://www.d3hoops.com/top25/men/2021-22/preseason

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I was just curious how much stock we should put into Trine's season last year. 17-1 is really good. A quick look at their schedule, they basically played conference opponents 3 times and the one true test they had, they lost to RMC by 14. Are they really the class of the MIAA this year?

I think there are really two different things here being conflated into one. The first is wondering if Trine's rather insulated schedule last year is indicative of a high preseason ranking that it looks like they will get. I think Trine is really good but it is a reasonable question. The other is whether they should be seen of the class of the MIAA heading into the season. Whereas last season left room to wonder nationally, I don't believe it leaves room to wonder within the league. But, we've seen preseason favorites stumble and teams picked lower to surprise. That's why they play the games!

Trine didn't just win the league, they cleaned up pretty easily. The MIAA is not a top tier league by any stretch, but it's a reasonable one and I think Albion would have proved to be a rather good team had it been a normal season. Calvin and Hope were a step back as they have been for a few years, but they were both closer to 'good' than 'bad' last season. Really strange year though, so hard to say anything for sure.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Regional Realignment
« on: August 30, 2021, 05:26:38 pm »
Looks like maybe Lynchburg is missing from Region 6.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Bumblin' B's
« on: August 30, 2021, 01:43:26 pm »
I need a reminder, is AEC still Pool B and are they the only ones?

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: August 19, 2021, 09:52:53 am »
Among the proposals for vote at the NCAA convention in January is a measure co-sponsored by 7 D3 conferences that would reduce the Pool A minimum number of teams from 7 down to 6. Will be interesting to see if that passes. Could be a game-changer.
Caz, who are the 7? Thanks.

AMCC, Atlantic East, Empire 8, HCAC, MASCAC, United East, USA South
Members for each conference (not necessarily mens basketball):
USA South - 19
HCAC - 10
AMCC - 9
Empire 8 - 9
United East - 9
MASCAC - 8
Atlantic East - 7

AEC obviously in the danger zone with just 7, USAC could split, but a conference like the HCAC supporting seems odd

I know I'm still speaking mostly from a basketball perspective, but these leagues are all in relatively densely populated areas of D3. The result of going down to 6 minimum would be more automatic access for schools in these areas at the expense of at-large bids of everyone else. The exception is probably areas of the USA South, but as mentioned, they're already big enough to split if they wanted to.

Schools in these regions of the country should generally be able to find a league sponsoring football or LAX or whatever.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: August 18, 2021, 04:22:16 pm »
Among the proposals for vote at the NCAA convention in January is a measure co-sponsored by 7 D3 conferences that would reduce the Pool A minimum number of teams from 7 down to 6. Will be interesting to see if that passes. Could be a game-changer.

I would really hate to see this. I'd rather see the minimum upped to 8.

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KnightSlappy, Taking this one step further, does the extra year of eligibility have to be used in any time frame.  For example, could they leave college for a year or two, and then use the extra year, let's say, five years later?

In D3, eligibility works on a "per enrolled semester" system.  Typically an athlete had four seasons of eligibility over 10 enrolled semesters.  Those who were enrolled in 20-21 now have five years over 12.  So, yes, as long as they aren't enrolled in college anywhere, the eligibility pauses.

Things can get a little trickier for basketball, because the season is over two semesters, so you can split seasons, which complicates matters, but you get the idea.

And there's no "redshirting" in D3, so if they are enrolled and not playing, they can't practice with the team or participate in activities.  It's got to be complete separation.

Always wondered this - how many course hours are required to meet the "enrolled" requirement?  Could someone who graduated this spring, enroll in a single course each semester and use another year of eligibility (perhaps while also working)?

I think, in general, no.

I found this page on the UNLV site.
https://www.unlv.edu/asc/student-athlete/ncaa-requirements

The most common part time situation would be a senior or 5th year needing only 1 or 2 classes to fulfill the degree requirements (see also: Matt Leinart taking only Ballroom Dancing his final season at USC).

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So how does this extra year of eligibility work?  Do the players who lost their freshman, sophomore, and junior years also pick up an extra year of eligibility for the next three years?

Yes, any player would get the extra year of eligibility. The 2020-21 season did not count as a year of eligibility used for any player regardless of whether or not they participated in the sport. Players who were freshmen this past season will still have four years of eligibility ahead of them should they choose to use them all.

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Former Calvin standout Bryan Powell has been named the varsity boy's basketball coach at Lowell HS

https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2021/06/former-wyoming-park-calvin-university-standout-named-lowell-boys-basketball-coach.html

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Per Twitter, Gabe Dirksen, 6-4 small forward from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA, commits to Calvin.

Kind of a fun fact here as Gabe plays high school ball with the son of Peja Stojaković, who is currently a sophomore.

Wow, I would have thought Peja would have his diploma by now.


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Per Twitter, Gabe Dirksen, 6-4 small forward from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA, commits to Calvin.

Kind of a fun fact here as Gabe plays high school ball with the son of Peja Stojaković, who is currently a sophomore.

Wow, I would have thought Peja would have his diploma by now.

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Logan Van Essen from Illiana Christian will be attending Calvin.

https://twitter.com/LoganEssen/status/1375191091054587906

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DPOY is a nice award

......but its hard to take it seriously when one year the defending DPOY wasn't even nominated the next year.......and was better than the year before.

and hard to take seriously when Tony Canonie didn't win it that one year when he should have.

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