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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 13, 2020, 02:47:57 pm »
I for one hope to be around to see him play!  If the boy is as good as his father....I will think Amherst will recruit him hard😎.
By the way...is your son becoming a Nescac player?

Sounds like Amherst should start recruiting some players for the upcoming season, assuming it will even take place. Robinson, Day, and Timmy McCarthy are supposedly taking gap years as well as an incoming FY player. Che is considering graduation in December and playing elsewhere in 2021-22. Any other similar developments in NESCAC that people are hearing about?

No insight on specific players, but I've heard that there will be a lot of players doing this. At this point it seems pretty unlikely there will be a season any way.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: June 25, 2020, 01:25:48 pm »

Hi there - apparent dinosaur here - thanks for throwing a blanket over the situation in tarnishing anyone who dares to disagree with the decision making process that Amherst embarked on.   Always very helpful to make glib assumptions and going with them.   For what it is worth, I am intimately familiar with the Amherst situation and the public facts are simply incorrect.  There is a reason that there have been hundreds of Amherst alumni - dinosaurs, I guess - who have bombarded the administration with letters of complaint/concern with the fact that the administration not only did not correct the public facts but also ran a faulty process.

By the way, the perpetrators of this act went through an exhaustive discipline process by the school.  All four of them.   Know what the result was??  Anyone want to venture a guess?

Not one of the four students was disciplined and all graduated on time.   All four students took part in the virtual graduation ceremony.

I've yet to see any public details that indicate the players didn't say the n-word. I understand there was a lot of hyperbole around the initial reporting of the story, but unless that part is incorrect, I don't really blame the Amherst brass for overreacting. I do understand the frustration, and I obviously think the McKinsey thing is ludicrous, but coming off as "lenient" against racist comments is far worse than the other way around.

I can't speak to the hiring on the non-basketball sports, but I think the Spears commentary on here has been unfair. His resume is legit. I understand that there are a lot of other qualified candidates, some who have Amherst degrees, but I don't think picking Spears is a ludicrous decision that some are making it out to be.

Do you view the lack of student suspension by the school as coming off as "lenient" against racism?


Yes. I wouldn't want people who use that word graduating from my alma mater. I'm guessing there are legal and logistical hurdles to a suspension or expulsion that led to that decision, which doesn't necessarily make it the correct one.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: June 25, 2020, 12:49:18 pm »

Hi there - apparent dinosaur here - thanks for throwing a blanket over the situation in tarnishing anyone who dares to disagree with the decision making process that Amherst embarked on.   Always very helpful to make glib assumptions and going with them.   For what it is worth, I am intimately familiar with the Amherst situation and the public facts are simply incorrect.  There is a reason that there have been hundreds of Amherst alumni - dinosaurs, I guess - who have bombarded the administration with letters of complaint/concern with the fact that the administration not only did not correct the public facts but also ran a faulty process.

By the way, the perpetrators of this act went through an exhaustive discipline process by the school.  All four of them.   Know what the result was??  Anyone want to venture a guess?

Not one of the four students was disciplined and all graduated on time.   All four students took part in the virtual graduation ceremony.

I've yet to see any public details that indicate the players didn't say the n-word. I understand there was a lot of hyperbole around the initial reporting of the story, but unless that part is incorrect, I don't really blame the Amherst brass for overreacting. I do understand the frustration, and I obviously think the McKinsey thing is ludicrous, but coming off as "lenient" against racist comments is far worse than the other way around.

I can't speak to the hiring on the non-basketball sports, but I think the Spears commentary on here has been unfair. His resume is legit. I understand that there are a lot of other qualified candidates, some who have Amherst degrees, but I don't think picking Spears is a ludicrous decision that some are making it out to be.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: June 25, 2020, 10:49:47 am »
https://www.recorder.com/Keeping-Score-Amherst-College-lacrosse-34048451

From the sounds of this, the Amherst president made a horrible situation about a million times worse in her zeal to prove athletics are the root of all evil in the Western world.

Clearly, someone had their itty-biddy hands all over this.

I''l quibble with the lede -- "a mountain has grown from a molehill..." Using the n-word in any way is despicable and I think making a big deal out of it is warranted. It's not a molehill, that's for sure. Martin probably went too far, but, I think erring on that side is easily the better side to err on.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: June 09, 2020, 09:10:22 pm »
Sears will be familiar with at least some of his Nescac foes... Him and Damien Strahorn were assistants together at Columbia in 2009-10 (Sears' first go round at Columbia).

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: May 14, 2020, 03:09:52 pm »
Agreed with grabtherim.  And recall, Conn did make the Final Four twenty years ago.  One of only five Nescac teams to have done so.  With the right leadership, that school can attract good hoops talent. 

Looking ahead, I feel like Conn and Colby have been bringing in really strong talent of late.  I would not be surprised to see that pay (in Colby’s case, continue to pay) big dividends in future years.  Williams looks loaded for the future as well, but I think the big three Williams/Amherst/Midd period of dominance is likely a thing of the past. 

Midd strangely has been a bit light on the recruiting front it seems, the last few years (outside of a star transfer).   But Jeff Brown always makes the most of his available talent, and I will never count his program out.

If Conn makes strides in the coming years, it really changes the shape of the league. Obviously, it's very early and they've had talented young players before, so there's no guarantee that they turn things around. Conn (and Colby to a lesser extent) have been at or near the bottom of the league for the last decade or so. If Colby becomes a regular presence in the top half of the league and Conn improves (at a minimum they look to be improving from doormat status) that really changes the complexion of the league. Not that the big three are going anywhere, but just that the depth of solid teams grows quite a bit. Bowdoin is really the only team that seems to be heading in the wrong direction. Should be interesting.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: April 16, 2020, 10:47:44 am »
Will be an interesting caoching search for sure. Probably looks slightly different if Amherst had lived up to preseason expectations -- would be much harder to move on from Toomey if Amherst won the league, was a top 5 or 10 team nationally or something of the sort.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: April 16, 2020, 10:43:12 am »
Obviously biased, and I know some of the other Nescac posters don't necessarily agree with me, but I think Colby isn't too far outside of this conversation. I'd probably have them somewhere in the 20-35 range. They lose All-American Sam Jefferson and a few other key senior contributors, but they also will have a very good senior backcourt and the last two conference Rookies of the Year. They have four very good players, with some big depth questions -- will rely on a couple of incoming freshman and a few guys who didn't play much last year, so there are certainly reasons to be more pessimistic. Yet, toward the end of the season, Colby beat Amherst and was a miracle 30-footer away from beating Tufts in the Nescac championship with a team that was running primarily through Will King, Matt Hanna and Noah Tyson -- all back next year. 

I'm confident they will be good, but they probably don't have the firepower without Jefferson to be more than a back-end of the Top 25 team. I don't feel particularly strongly that they have to be included, but just another team in the general mix.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: April 01, 2020, 07:38:09 pm »
Good stuff from both SpringSt7 and nescac1. On the incoming FY front for Colby, both O'Connell and Baier seem like they'll have a very good chance to be in the rotation right away. 

Outside of the obvious four, the only guys on the current Colby roster who seem like locks to play regular minutes next year are Alec McGovern and Jonah Obi. I'm pretty confident that McGovern will be a reliable player, he made some big plays in clutch situations toward the end of the year in his limited minutes. Obi has a ton of talent -- strong, athletic and a fairly good ballhandler for his size. He got to the rim easily whenever he was on the court. His finishing around the rim and outside jumper both need some improvement and he's got a ways to go on the defensive end. If he can put it together, I think he has a chance to be a very impactful player -- might be another year away though.

Regarding how the offense will look, I think it will change somewhat. They'll still definitely play very small and fast and won't be shy about taking threes, but the volume of threes will decline without Jefferson and Dorion. The other part is that Jefferson and Dorion were both more effective moving off the ball than with it, where King and Tucker are kind of the opposite. I expect a bit more pick and roll/dribble handoff type action to be featured.

A few other random things. Roughley looks really good, should be an instant impact freshman. I think I'm still more optimistic than most on Hamilton, I like some of the talent they have and perhaps the old Bill Simmons Ewing Theory will be in play. It's hard not to defer to Gilmour all the time, should be more freedom for some of those players. I'm probably slightly lower on Wesleyan than some -- hard to see Walker all of a sudden taking care of the ball and shooting it efficiently. I like a lot of the other players though.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 23, 2020, 07:57:12 pm »
Big time props to Colby Hoops for this preview.  I think he pretty well nails it.  I'd have only a few minor quibbles. 

I agree (and I think everyone really does) with the top tier.  Those are three top-25 teams to start the year.  But I think Tufts after such a strong year, and returning the POY, and losing only one guy (a key player, but with two very good rising sophs ready to take those minutes) is the best of the three heading into the season. 

My biggest quibble is with putting Colby in a tier by itself.  When Colby was humming, a big part of the reason was that Jefferson and Dorion were combining to shoot the ball with just ridiculous efficiency.  Once Jefferson got hurt (actually starting with the game before he got hurt) Colby really did struggle a bit.  In Colby's last ten games, they went 6-4.  The six wins included two wins over Bates (one in triple OT), narrow wins over struggling Wesleyan, Hamilton, and Southern Maine teams, and really only one very good win (beating Amherst).  Three of the four losses were by 10 or more points.  And again, next year, they are not only without Jefferson, but without fully half of the rotation.  Colby's system worked incredibly well when healthy, but that's a lot of guys to replace.  I do love their top four, for sure, all four of those guys can play, but the next 4-5 guys will all be totally new to the regular rotation.  What's also concerning is that for a team that focuses a ton on the 3 ball, the four returning guys aren't in the aggregate dead-eye shooters like Jefferson or Dorion.  And teams will be less likely to allow them breathing room next year as the top options to cover. 

To me, Colby, Trinity, Williams, and Wesleyan all have pretty strong top groups of 3-4 players, but then a lot of question marks after that. Colby has the best top four for sure, but Trinity and Williams each feature highly regarded rising sophomores to plug in behind the top four (whether those players actually pan out, remains to be seen).  And Trinity should get Whitt, a 6'9 big guy, back after he missed this year with an injury, he looked like a very promising player.  Colby Hoops noted Will Dorion, who seems like an impact recruit for Trinity, but I will also note that Williams' Brandon Roughley was the only NESCAC recruit (so far) to be named all-NEPSAC Class A (some were honorable mention as well) and the only NESCAC recruit to date in NERR's New England top 100.  The Ephs' also get Marc Taylor back after what was essentially a season lost due to injury. 

Bates is hard to figure.  So much depends on that trio of rising sophomores, who I love.  But Sarr and Iwowo are pretty raw as players -- guys like that could really use an off-season practicing with their peers, which now can't happen.  And Bates has pretty much no shooting (or anything else) returning on the wing.  I think the Bobcats are likely a year away, and could really struggle at times next season. 

I also might put Hamilton down in kind a tier by itself, right above Bowdoin (who I'd actually rank last heading into the season) and Conn.  There is some young talent there, but Hamilton went 16-9 versus an extremely weak schedule, finished 8th in the league, struggled big time down the stretch (5-7 in the last 12), and graduates a three-time all NESCAC / former POY in Gilmour, plus two more senior starters who were two of their four next leading scorers.  No double-digit scorer returns for them.  I don't really see any all-league candidates on the team except for MAYBE Cooper, but he missed the second half of the year to an injury, so presumably it was something pretty serious, limiting his prospects for a big leap forward next year.  Plus the Conts have only one rising senior on the roster, which is not a great situation to be in.  I think they are clearly headed for a rebuilding year. 


Nescac1, fair points. One counter point is that Colby was also a 30-footer away from winning the NESCAC title without (or with an extremely limited) Jefferson and with Dorion shooting very poorly (he was playing through injury) those last 10 games.

Williams and perhaps Trinity/Wesleyan have higher upside than Colby, and could easily have better years than the Mules. But, Colby is bringing back four players who have all proven themselves to be very good. It's hard for me to see them being anything other than pretty solid, even with some legitimate depth questions. The other teams all have a wider range of outcomes in my mind.

The other teams have a lot of talent, but also far fewer proven players. Williams, in particular, has a ton of talented players and I think some of them are likely to breakthrough, but the only one to ever average double figures is CPS and nobody on the roster has scored with much efficiency. I'm generally optimistic about the Ephs, but they were a team that really struggled to score and lost their best scorer by a wide margin. Even with a lot of highly regarded recruits and young players, that's a big task.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 19, 2020, 12:17:02 pm »
Nothing like a being cooped up to spend some time posting. Stay safe and healthy everyone out there.

Looking at next year, I think the league breaks down into a few pretty clear tiers.

Rogers and Farrell are the two elite players (maybe Robinson if he's back to form) at the top of the league. After that I think there's a whole lot of players who you could find in the all-league discussion next year. Have noted some players I see as potential all-league players next year.

Top Tier

National contenders

Tufts -- Despite losing Savage (literally the only senior on their roster), who did everything for them and was their go-to-guy in any clutch situations, they are in a great position to replace him. Rogers will be an absolute handful and they'll still be deep in perimeter talent with Aronson, Thoerner, Morris, Brady, Cohen. Each of those first three guys all seem very capable of handling a larger load on offense.

All-League Potential: Rogers, Thoerner, Aronson, Morris

Middlebury -- I'd probably peg Midd as the favorite next year if Sobel is back. With or without him they'll be extremely good. They are teeming with big-time upperclassmen players. They will face the same questions defensively next year on the wing (although Sobel helps erase some issues). But Folger and Delorenzo were two of their better defenders against wings and now they mostly have small guards or big guys. Brockport exposed them athletically a bit. They should be a ridiculously good offensive team.

All-League Potential:Farrell, Eastman, Bosco, Sobel

Amherst -- Hard to get a read on the Mammoths after a strange year. Still a lot of questions to answer going into the season. Is Robinson back to his 2018-19 self? Can Day improve is consistency? Will the young big guys be able to step up? But, with Robinson, Day, Che, Allen, McCarthy that's a lot of perimeter talent to start with. I think you could argue putting Amherst in the tier below with Colby, but I have to think Robinson returns to a first-team all-league type player, which makes them a much different team.

All-League Potential: Robinson, Day, Che

Second Tier

Proven talent, lacking depth

Colby -- Mentioned a lot about them in my post from last week, but a lot will come down to players 5-8 in the rotation, which will be players who have not played much or true freshman. The top four is very good. Big man should be even more of a question mark as well.

All-League Potential: King, Hanna, Tyson, Tucker

Third Tier

Talent, but plenty of questions.

Williams -- Plenty of talented players, but very unproven. I think Williams' season made it look a bit worse than it was given the extremely difficult schedule. The defense was elite, but may slip without Feinberg and Babek. The offense is still a big question mark. CPS, Spivy and Jones all need to take big steps forward. If all three of them do, I think they could compete near the top of the league. If they don't it could be another up and down year. And they just need to make some perimeter shots, the shooting this year was a big struggle.

All-League Potential: CPS, Spivy, Jones

Wesleyan -- They return a lot, but they need a few guys to take a step forward. Sam Peek looks the part of a great Nescac player, but the shooting comes and goes. Antone Walker has never been a portrait of efficiency, if he can improve his shot selection and cut the turnovers that will help a lot. But this team should defend at an elite level and take a step forward.

All-League Potential: James, Peek, Walker

Trinity -- They lose a lot of minutes from good players including Padmore, Porydzy, Serretta, Bell and Brooks. Yet, there's still some players to build around. Colin Donovan is an all-league level player, Donald Jorden continues to be a very solid interior player and Steven Lora had a nice freshman year. Will Dorion seems like the most-likely incoming frosh to make a big impact as well. I'd expect a similarly inconsistent year, with stretches of great play.

All-League Potential: Donovan, Jorden

Bates -- Perhaps, these two teams could be in a lower tier, but it's close. Bates is probably another year away. Sarr, Baxter and Iwowo are super talented but will only be sophomores and it seems fairly likely that Sarr will not be able to play huge minutes given his constant foul trouble issues. Still, the future is bright and there will be a lot of opportunity for these young guys to expand their game.

All-League Potential: Sarr, Baxter

Hamilton -- I still like a lot of the players on this roster, but it was a really disappointing year for the Conts. None of the secondary players stepped up in ways that we might've expected, and Gilmour was left trying to do too much. I think Hamilton is in a somewhat similar position to Williams. They have a lot of talented players who need to all take steps forward. Cooper, Tirbaso, Mogan, Osarenren, Kendall, and Anderson all have plenty of talent to step forward. Just very hard to say if they will.

All-League Potential: Cooper, Tirbaso

Fourth Tier

The cellar dwellers

Bowdoin -- Going to be a long year in Brunswick without David Reynolds. Some solid players, but scoring is going to be hard to come by.

All-League Potential: Grad

Conn -- Should be improved and will be interested to see what the freshman class looks like. But they have a lot of improving to do to get close to the rest of the league (excluding Bowdoin).

All-League Potential:Draffan, McPherron


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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2020 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 11, 2020, 04:24:11 pm »
Seems there is at least some consideration to canceling the D1 tournament (which, would undoubtedly lead to the D3 tourney being canceled): https://twitter.com/Hassel_Chris/status/1237827196296757249?s=20

Still think fanless games are the most likely outcome, but we'll see.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2020 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 11, 2020, 11:29:00 am »
And, to back up what I just posted...

https://generalssports.com/news/2020/3/11/baseball-thursday-contest-against-tufts-cancelled.aspx

Tufts just cancelled spring sports for the remainder of the spring semester according to a W&L press release. They were scheduled to play baseball.

Whole NESCAC conference cancelled spring sports: https://nescac.com/news/2019-20/COVID19-Athletics

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 10, 2020, 07:54:06 pm »
Looks like Tufts is next in line according to NBN. I won’t be surprised if all NESCAC schools follow suit by the end of the week. https://twitter.com/cacsportsblog/status/1237526231156842496?s=21

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 10, 2020, 01:35:37 pm »
Official announcement here: https://www.middlebury.edu/office/announcements/previous-announcements/covid-19-remote-instruction-and-other-measures

Section on sports "Spring Athletic Events and Practices: Effective 10 p.m. tonight, we are suspending all spring athletic activities, including practices and home and away games, until further notice."

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