And One, or others....how'd the summer games go? Any potential impact players discovered?
I would rate the overall "alternate" 2014 summer league experience as adequate
. The concept of a "no cost" league was solid, especially given the distance the majority of CCIW kids had to drive plus the mostly incompetent level of officiating that existed at Joy Of The Game in Deerfield, particularly over the last 2-3 years. For $900 a team, the kids weren't really getting either what was advertised or what they were paying for, other than the fact that JOG is a nice facility. This year the majority of games were played at Elmhurst and Benedictine which graciously donated their facilities. I believe North Central also hosted once. I didn't make every session throughout the summer. With the combination of the schools donating the gym space without charging a fee, and the kids calling their own fouls, thus eliminating the need for paid refs, the league became "no cost."
CCIW teams participating were Elmhurst, North Central, and Wesleyan. Other teams were Benedictine, Aurora, and (NAIA) Judson. EC and NCC usually had 7-10 players there while Wesleyan featured a smaller contingent of 4-5 ( I think
most often Nelms, Stempel, Turner, and Amann? , and sometimes Marietti). Wheaton and Millikin had understandably never played in Deerfield. North Park took part about half the time, while Augie and Carthage were Deerfield league regulars along with EC, NCC, and IWU.
IMHO the main problem encountered was games were usually played only once a week. In itself this is on a par with the Deefrield schedule. However, there were at least 3 times that I was aware of where games were scheduled for the week, but then had to be cancelled for an unknown, to me, reason. Additionally, it would have been nice to have had Augie and Carthage included. Both again played in Deerfield. For their sake, I hope the officiating improved over the last 2-3 years. I think Augie dominated there and CC was about .500
As far as impact players, on the cumulative nights I attended, Kyle Wuest of EC was the MOP. I'd be very surprised if he isn't an all-conference player this year. While a doubtful all-conference level performer, EC's Kenny Payonk is clearly improved. For NCC, the return of Charlie Rosenberg with his combination of power and quickness will pay nice dividends. When coupled with the reliable and capable Jack Burchett, NCC could very well have 2 front line A-C players. Kevin Honn has added both strength and range, and should be an important contributor.