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I understand what everyone is saying, but if I had to guess, Coach Hammer's recruiting tactics are much more a product of modern day social media than anything else. How do you think Devanney is getting 30 kids a year to Trinity? If he was getting 50% of the kids on his board, which would be an astronomically high success rate, that's 60 "offers" right there. These tactics are not much different than what the rest of the league does.

Nice to see some football talk however! Hope you are all well.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 09, 2020, 05:19:28 pm »
Duncan is also not an upcoming free agent, so much of this will depend on his performance next season, although he has certainly proven himself worthy of a big extension. Furthermore, he will be a restricted free agent so much of it will depend on the Heat's salary cap situation and their priorities.

Speaking of Duncan and the bubble, he has also been joined by his former teammate and classmate, Mike Greenman:

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 08, 2020, 06:14:20 pm »
While I wouldn't say I "expect" anything out of Duncan's further development, it seems ridiculous to put a ceiling on him as well. Nothing would surprise me at this point.

What's even crazier is that this was probably a make or break year for his career. Not a lot of 26 year olds get second chances. I'd say he made it.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 04, 2020, 06:27:30 pm »
Marlon Sears gets his first commitment, Noah Helmke:

From Crotty's AAU team, too.

It is kind of incredible how far Crotty's Middlesex Magic have come in the last decade or so. When Duncan was on the team, I think their best player/biggest name ended up at Princeton or something like that. Cole Prowitt-Smith's teammates went to Harvard and George Mason. Noah Helmke didn't even play on Crotty's main 17u team. Just crazy.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 04, 2020, 06:17:11 pm »
We are definitely seeing earlier commitments this year on a COVID related timeline. Crotty knows the recruiting landscape as well as anyone, it will be interesting to see how this plays a role in a couple of years. For example, I think any school with a lot of young talent---Williams, Hamilton, Colby, for example, although there are certainly others---will be able to get kids they otherwise might not have gotten because of limited early opportunities for playing time. But now, these kids might just have to take what they can get.

30 freshman incoming class is common at other schools.....

30 incoming freshmen is common at precisely 1 NESCAC school.

I can't imagine Bowdoin's batting average when it comes to recruiting is very high---if they're offering 80+ kids they're probably hoping they can get 15-20 of them.

What's more interesting is the timing of them all, obviously high school football is up in the air, but it's probably the smart move by them to get recruiting earlier, flex their academic muscle, and hope to steal a couple of kids early in the process before they prove to be higher NESCAC talents during their senior seasons.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but was the larger point about rosters, or the fact that they probably won't be bringing in as many kids because everyone is returning? I'm sure the coaches will want to take advantage of the larger rosters but that doesn't mean any recruits will be psyched about joining a 30 man incoming freshman class.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: July 22, 2020, 10:53:36 am »
Barring any catastrophic changes in approach and support, I'd be hard pressed to believe there will be a serious changing of the guard anytime soon. Although I suppose you could make the case that that is what is happening at Amherst, I just think them and Williams will always be poised to compete at the highest level more consistently than the rest of the league. With that being said, we always see other schools pop up and put together a few nice runs---such is life in a high academic conference with such deep pockets.

For example, in the last 6 seasons we've seen Hamilton advance to the Sweet 16 twice, Colby come a 40 foot prayer away from winning the NESCAC, Trinity and Bates playing against each other in the Sweet 16, and an additional 2 Sweet 16 appearances for Tufts, one of which could've continued had it not been for COVID. However, in that same time frame, Williams and Amherst also made two more Final Four appearances.

I'm sure plenty of teams will continue to make runs like that in the future, Conn potentially being one of them. But I'm going to need to see a pretty big sample size before the league changes hands.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:23:15 am »
I had heard that each of the 6 finalists had met with the team, but do not know whether or not their input was either solicited or taken into consideration

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: July 09, 2020, 09:20:54 pm »
What would Notre Dame and the other independents do?

 ND has the 5 ACC games and, possibly, 1 with each service academy would bring them to 8 games.

Wouldn't Notre Dame traveling to Colorado, Maryland, and New York or vice versa defeat the point of staying in conference and limiting travel?

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: July 08, 2020, 01:35:02 pm »
I actually agree--was more so making a cheap joke. From my limited knowledge of the entire Amherst athletic situation, I actually thought it did a good job of capturing all of the elements at play in the hire, for better or for worse.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:51:25 pm »
Discussion would be a generous term  ;)

I will guess that the NESCAC will get creative and increase roster size in a way that makes sense. The conference already determined that winter sports (should they play at all) will be allowed to begin practice on October 15th, as opposed to the usual Nov. 1 start date. This to me shows that they are willing to work around their usual limitations.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: July 01, 2020, 09:17:16 pm »

Amherst has outlined their plansómost notably to this board:

For the fall, we will give priority to all first-year students, all transfer students, all sophomores, any seniors who are scheduled to graduate at the end of the fall semester, and seniors who are returning to campus after spending the fall and/or spring term of the 2019-20 academic year studying abroad.

If Iím not mistaken, does this mean the entire junior and senior classes of winter sports teams will not be on campus for the fall?

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