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Seriously, if I remember correctly, last summer Coach Baines announced the majority of his recruits  later rather than sooner. Although, it IS getting pretty late for recruit announcements, other than for transfers. I guess it's possible, but I would be VERY surprised if EC didn't have any further announcements.  :o

As far as this being pretty late for recruit announcements, it's not late at all for North Park. Expect several more NPU names to show up here.

Due to the relative lateness of the hour, I'm assuming most of these "several more" names will be transfers as opposed to pure freshmen.  ;)

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Seriously, if I remember correctly, last summer Coach Baines announced the majority of his recruits  later rather than sooner. Although, it IS getting pretty late for recruit announcements, other than for transfers. I guess it's possible, but I would be VERY surprised if EC didn't have any further announcements.  :o

I'll bet all the corn in Manito that Elmhurst will have more than two newbies this coming year.

Just a wild guess, but I think this is Sagerese for you agree with me;)

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Shortly after the close of the season the other conference coaches voted to limit John Baines to two recruits for next year. Rumor has it the movement was led by Stomper Giovanine as he feels EC currently poses the most serious threat to his team's conference superiority, and he wants to maintain as much of a degree of separation as possible.  ;)

Seriously, if I remember correctly, last summer Coach Baines announced the majority of his recruits  later rather than sooner. Although, it IS getting pretty late for recruit announcements, other than for transfers. I guess it's possible, but I would be VERY surprised if EC didn't have any further announcements.  :o

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NCC TRANSFER

Jake Maestranzi, 5'8" PG from D2 Delta State. HS at Niles Notre Dame. Will be a junior.

So for those of us in Cardinal Nation who are not on the inside, you mentioned 6'8" D2 guy below, and this shows 5'8" D2 guy.  Should I interpret this to mean that we might have one more present under the tree in the weeks ahead?

Yes, indeed. One more expected. I didn't hit the wrong key.  ;D

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NCC TRANSFER

Jake Maestranzi, 5'8" PG from D2 Delta State. HS at Niles Notre Dame. Will be a junior.

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Future CCIW basketball scheduling:

While not set in cement yet, with Carroll's (re)entry into the CCIW in 2016-17, preliminary plans being considered call for the conference basketball season to begin in December rather than continuing the traditional January start. Teams would play at least the 2 additional conference games in December, possibly 3 games.
Not sure if this can be avoided but, depending on exactly when December games might be scheduled, such scheduling could easily fall during several school's vacation periods and potentially result in some pretty sparse crowds.

Don't know what others think, but I'm not crazy about the loss of 2 non conference games and the associated opportunity for team travel to either a warm locale during the Midwest winter season, or at least for travel to an area of the country that many kids have not had the opportunity to experience. Although the counterbalance to this is the fact that it seems to be increasingly difficult for some teams to schedule as many as 11 non-conference games, especially those that will aid in their consideration for national tournament play. Also, in looking at things from a financial standpoint, I'm sure administrators will look more favorably at a bus trip to Waukesha, WI as opposed to a flight to, and hotel rooms in, someplace like Las Vegas or Florida.

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John Lorenz @ Harper CC in 2012-2013:
8.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, FG%-37.0, 3pt%-37.0, FT%-71.4
Was said to have committed to IL Inst of Technology for 2013-14, but it looks like he never played there or possibly anywhere else since 2012-2013.

Lorenz is a great example of why I say that in D3 verbal declarations, even when they're put into print, are not bona-fide proof when it comes to making recruiting lists like Bob's. Kids change their minds. Lorenz changed his mind shortly after the Harper press release you've just cited was put out. He decided to pass on IIT and instead join his Harper teammate Garrett Gatz at NPU, and his tuition deposit's actually been in North Park's hands for two years now. However, he tore his labrum in August of 2013 and North Park allowed him to defer his enrollment for a year. So he was set to finally become a Viking last year -- but, again, he was the unlucky victim of a major injury, as he tore his ACL. He again deferred his enrollment. He's now supposedly healthy and is ready to become a Viking at last. Given his injury history, though, I'm not expecting much from him.

As for Darius Brown, he's a dramatically undersized inside player. He's not only 6'3, he was also only listed at 180 pounds last season. Tom Slyder likes his heart, his energy, and his mental makeup, but, given the extreme limitations of Brown's size, I'm not expecting much from him, either.

Of course, I'm enthusiastically willing to be proven wrong by either, or both, gentlemen. ;)

Sometimes a nice surprise can come from an unexpected source. You never know what someone may be capable of until their name is called.

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Mark also left out our newest recruit from his list. He must not be aware of the 6'8 D2 transfer that committed this week. :)

If you're talking about the 6'8" D2 transfer that was a 2014 IBCA Special Mention All-State player, and was on full scholarship and started 64% of his D2 team's games last year while averaging 23 minutes per game, 8.1 PPG, and 4.5 RPG, I AM aware.  8-)
However, I am also aware that the young gentleman in question has yet neither deposited nor registered. Accordingly, both protocol and common sense preclude me from formal identification until at least one of the aforementioned processes has been consummated.  ;D

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Carthage seems to have added only guards to its squad, and North Park appears very likely, with the possible exception of the Swedish import, to have done the same. Wheres the beef?  ;)

You're correct in assuming that Adam Sönnerås is a small forward.

NPU will have more additions forthcoming. They will mostly be of the transfer variety, given that summer is traditionally the time of year when a lot of transfers tend to emerge. Two of them have already put in deposits:

Darius Brown (jr), 6'3, Belvidere, IL (Belvidere) / Rock Valley CC
John Lorenz (jr), 6'2, Elk Grove Village, IL (Elk Grove) / Harper

I'm pretty sure that NPU will be adding a big or two.

Darius Brown @ Rock Valley CC in 2014-15:
2.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, FG%-67.3, FT%_65.0%, No 3pt%

John Lorenz @ Harper CC in 2012-2013:
8.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, FG%-37.0, 3pt%-37.0, FT%-71.4
Was said to have committed to IL Inst of Technology for 2013-14, but it looks like he never played there or possibly anywhere else since 2012-2013.

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Just updating the CCIW recruit list originally compiled by TitanQ

Augustana
* Jake Asquini, 6-2 SG (St. Charles East H.S.)
* Jordan Bradshaw, 5-10 PG (Hinsdale Central H.S.)
* AJ Dollmeyer, 6-8/240 C (Sauk Valley CC, Polo H.S. '14)
* Nolan Ebel, 6-0 PG (Regis Jesuit H.S., Aurora, CO)
* James Fox, 6-2 PG/SG (Edgerton H.S., Wisconsin)
* Joe Kellen, 6-1 PG/SG (Rockford Lutheran H.S.)
* Jake Nowak, 6-3 G/F (Plainfield North H.S.)
* Sean O'Neil, 6-6 PF (South Eugene H.S., Oregon)
* Chrishawn Orange, 6-2 PG (Jacobs H.S.)
* Pierson Wofford, 6-4 G/F (Springfield Lutheran H.S.)

Carthage
* Matt Acevedo, 6-3 SG (Maine West H.S.)
* Mike Canady, 5-10 PG (Jacobs H.S.)
* Chris Dolce, 6-2 SG (Conant H.S.)
* Jordon Kedrowski, 6-2 PG/SG (Downers Grove North H.S.)

Elmhurst
* Adam Braxton, 6-3 G/F (Leyden Township H.S.)
* Aaron Twist, 6-11 C (West Frankfort H.S.)

Illinois Wesleyan
* Danny Baker, 6-5 SF/PF (Vianney H.S., Missouri)
* Colin Bonnett, 6-3 SG (Benet Academy, Lisle)
* Nick Coleman, 6-2 PG (St. Patrick H.S., Chicago)
* Mark Falotico, 6-1 PG (St. Viator H.S., Chicago)
* Jason Gregoire, 6-4 SG (Cary-Grove H.S.)
* Chasen Peez, 6-7 F/C (Batavia H.S.)
* Ben Sestak, 6-5 SF (Sacred Heart-Griffin H.S., Springfield)

Millikin
* Matt Kruse, 6-9 PF (NCAA D2 McKendree/Monticello H.S. '13)
* Nathaniel Lackey, 6-8 F/C (Fairfield Community H.S.)
* Nathan Lovekamp, 6-3 SG (Cerro Gordo H.S.)
* Tyler Pygon, 5-11 PG (Providence Catholic H.S.)
* Jack Simpson, 5-11 PG/SG (Kickapoo H.S., Springfield, Mo)
* Thomas Williams, 6-2 SG (Byron Nelson H.S., Trophy Club, TX '14...formerly Kaneland H.S.)

North Central
* Jagger Anderson, 6-0 PG (Transfer from Lincoln College, Springfield Southeast H.S.) Jr.
* Jack Bronec, 6-8 C (St. Charles East H.S.)
* Aiden Chang, 6-2 PG/SG (Aquin H.S., Freeport)
* Tanner Gardon, 6-7 SF/PF (Elgin Larkin H.S.)
* Logan Ivy, 6-6 F/C (Plainfield Central H.S.)
* Josh Jandron, 5-10 PG/SG (Woodstock North H.S.)
* Chris Jenkins, 6'0" PG/SG, (Luther North H.S.) NEW
* Tommy Koth, 6'3" SF (West Aurora H.S.)
* Jaquan Phipps, 6'3" CG/SF (Lyons H.S., LaGrange) NEW
* Connor Raridon, 6-5 G/F (Neuqua Valley H.S.)

North Park
* Darius Brown, 6'3" (Belevidere HS/Rock Valley CC) NEW
* John Lorenz, 6'2" (Elk Grove HS/Harper CC 2012-13) NEW
* Matt Perhats, 6-1 PG (Prairie Ridge H.S. '14, Crystal Lake)
* Vance Rockford, 6-1 SG (Lane Tech)
* Adam Sonneras, 6'4" (Kungsbacka, Sweden) NEW
* Jayson Stone, 6'2" (Danville, IN) NEW
* Tim Townsell, 6'1" Seton H.S., South Holland) NEW

Wheaton
* Tyrel Derrick, 6-0 PG (Lakeland H.S., Rathdrum, ID)
* Kobe Eichelberger, 6-4 SG (Trinity Prep, Maitland, FL)
* Trevor Gunter, 6-6 PF (Grace Community School, Flint, TX)
* Reagan Jones, 6-6 PF (Lake Braddock H.S., Burke, VA)
* Trae Masten, 6-7 SF (South Side H.S., Fort Wayne, IN)
* Troy Morrison, 5-11 PG (Phillips Exeter Academy, NH/Greater Atlanta Christian School '14, GA)
* Luke Peters, 6-3 G/F (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Stow, OH)
* Michael Winowiecki, 6-3 SG (Indiana Wesleyan/Saugatuck H.S. '14, MI)

Elmhurst currently bringing up the rear in terms of the size of this year's recruiting class. However, as we know, quantity does not necessarily = quality. Nevertheless, it seems strange EC would only net 2 new recruits, especially in light of last season's highly successful campaign. Additions to follow?
Carthage seems to have added only guards to its squad, and North Park appears very likely, with the possible exception of the Swedish import, to have done the same. Wheres the beef?  ;)

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The IBCA All-Star games, which have been played at the Shirk Center for many years, were switched to the Pontiac H.S. gym for 2015. The Shirk Center was filled with Special Olympic swimmers and a women's high school basketball event. Interesting comment that Connor Raridon played solid defense at Pontiac last Saturday. I've attended many of the Shirk All-Star games and the standing joke is that nobody plays defense in these games. Most of the games wind up with the winner scoring over 100 and the loser not far behind.

Well, the Rebels beat the Yankees 110-107 so if Connor was playing good D, he may have been the only one.

Comparisons have already begun to be made between Connor and his brother Derek, a D3 All-American who played on North Central's 2013 Final Four team, and graduated that same year. If people are going to do that, I hope they compare freshman year to freshman year, sophomore to sophomore, and so on, rather than than trying to compare the younger Mr. Raridon's first year to his brother's hugely successful entire career. Keep in mind that in his first year, Derek played on one of NCC's least successful teams in recent years, and was looked to primarily to score as that particular team had only one other proven scorer. Connor may be asked to fill a different primary role in his freshman campaign. Suffice it to say that, entering their freshman years, Derek was probably stronger in some facets of the game, and Connor in others. Frankly, Derek was a freshman long enough ago that it is hard to remember his relative strengths and weaknesses in each individual phase of the game. Overall, Connor has the potential to be a better overall player. But again, much depends on things like the primary role he is asked to play, how good his teammates are, and a further array of unknows at this point.
While not analyzing specific points at this time, one overall difference that I sense is that Connor is a little more demonstrative, and plays with a bit more of an edge than did Derek. This trait may manifest itself more on the defensive side of the ball where Connor seems to bring a little more intensity, at least outwardly/visibly, and possibly a touch more talent. I suspect more of Connor's fouls will be of the Charlie Rosenberg "how can it be a foul, there's no blood" variety than were the majority of his brother's.

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Another NCC recruit:

Chris Jenkins, 6'0" 170 PG/SG from Luther North

* 17.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG
* Associated Press Class 1A/2A 2nd team All-State
* Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 1A/2A 2nd team All-State

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Does anyone close to (or far from) the NCC football program know if the Cardinals are still attempting to schedule a 10th game for 2015 season, or if they have decided to be content with their current 9 game schedule?
Also, why only the 2 non-conference games to date? Did a previously scheduled team back out?

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Congrats to North Central head assistant coach Mitch Raridon whose nuptials I had the pleasure to attend yesterday afternoon. Mitch had the immense great fortune to marry the lovely former Brianna Peters who now becomes Mitch's much better half.  ;D
Not surprisingly, the new Mr. & Mrs. Raridon originally met at the 2011 DI Final Four in Houston.

The affair was attended by many former NCC players including Ray Vicario, Josh Corso, Dean Prince, Chris Drennan, Matt Rogers, Reid Barringer, David Twyman, Kevin Gillespie, Aaron Tiknis, Vince Kmiec, Landon Gamble, Jack Burchett, and brother and best man, Derek Raridon.

And who knew that Cardinal head Coach Todd Raridon either had such a sense of humor or could speak so eloquently on a subject other than basketball.  ::)  :)

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