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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 29, 2017, 05:22:51 pm »
Ugh

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 28, 2017, 07:51:08 am »
One of last year's "significant" recruits, Brice Robinson, who averaged 15.9 PPG and 7.6 RPG as a HS senior, played a grand total of 14 minutes all year, and another, Daniel Hoekstra, the leading scorer in the history of his HS, didn't even make the IWU varsity team!


The extent of what I posted about Daniel Hoekstra a year ago...

IWU has landed Daniel Hoekstra, a 6-3 SG from Bishop McNamara H.S...

https://twitter.com/TheReal_Hook31/status/712064194422685700

http://www.prephoops.com/2016/03/daniel-hoekstra-illinois-wesleyan/

http://www.daily-journal.com/sports/boys-basketball-meet-our-all-area-team/article_6b8debb6-496d-5cc4-bd75-1905039a339d.html


Hoekstra averaged 19.5 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior.  He is Bishop Mac's all-time leading scorer.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 28, 2017, 07:44:34 am »
I think it's pretty obvious that "significant recruit" is not synonymous with playing time as a freshman.  And it would be a waste of time to even type any more words to explain that a college athletic career consists of 4 years.

Based on the evaluations of people not affiliated with IWU in any way (other CCIW/D3 coaches, AAU coaches, HS recruiting evaluators, etc) who I have spoken with, I will stick by "significant" for Brice Robinson, Grant Wolfe, and Max Muller. 

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:16:05 pm »
Significant PG recruit for IWU...

* Grant Wolfe, 6-0 PG, Effingham H.S.  21 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg

https://twitter.com/gwolfe_24/status/846508068389240838

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2639461/58cd404ae97ab72c0caf2e5d

http://www.ihsa.org/IHSAState/IHSAStateArticles/tabid/768/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1228/2016-17-IBCA-Boys-Basketball-All-State-Teams.aspx


Wolfe had a D2 offer from Cedarville and seems like a nice addition for the Titans.  Matt Nadelhoffer told me a few weeks back he saw Wolfe play over 30 times.
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  * Charlie Bair, 6-6 F/C, Glenbard South H.S.
  * Eric Higgs, 6-0 PG/SG, Farmington H.S.
  * Max Muller, 6-5 G/F, Porta H.S. (Petersburg, IL)
  * Grant Wolfe, 6-0 PG, Effingham H.S.

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If I was making the decision, Todd Creal would have been my pick way ahead of Mark Scherer.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:25:15 pm »
Yes, a couple recent IWU commits per Twitter...


* Max Muller, 6-5 G/F, Porta H.S. (Petersburg, IL)

https://twitter.com/MaxMuller98/status/845298028512788482

https://twitter.com/scottybscout/status/836758068952195072

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP8C3gIAT2A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a_-f-vLl3s

https://www.prephoops.com/2017/03/max-muller-illinois-wesleyan/

http://www.ihsa.org/IHSAState/IHSAStateArticles/tabid/768/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1228/2016-17-IBCA-Boys-Basketball-All-State-Teams.aspx



* Eric Higgs, 6-0 PG/SG, Farmington H.S.

https://twitter.com/QuadCityElite/status/845075768128483329

http://www.week.com/story/34472539/farmingtons-higgs-wins-the-25-sports-player-of-the-week

http://www.ihsa.org/IHSAState/IHSAStateArticles/tabid/768/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1228/2016-17-IBCA-Boys-Basketball-All-State-Teams.aspx

http://www.ncsasports.org/mens-basketball-recruiting/illinois/farmington/farmington-central-high-school1/eric-higgs1


Muller seems to be a significant recruit for IWU.  He is a 6-5, extremely skilled wing player - can handle the ball, shoot it, and post up.  He was recruited heavily at the small college level and, I believe, had an offer from D2 Quincy.  I've heard his name since the late-summer.

Higgs is Farmington's all-time leading scorer.  He could help at the 1 or the 2 down the road.  From what I've heard, a really impressive, mature kid who is a great leader.
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IWU recruits I'm aware of:
  * Charlie Bair, 6-6 F/C, Glenbard South H.S.
  * Eric Higgs, 6-0 PG/SG, Farmington H.S.
  * Max Muller, 6-5 G/F, Porta H.S. (Petersburg, IL)

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 22, 2017, 11:10:20 am »
Illini to hire Nancy Fahey of D3 Wash U for their vacant head women's coach job...

http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/illini-sports/mens-basketball/2017-03-22/whitman-set-make-another-hire.html

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 08:15:03 pm »
Tough one.  Great season and great tourney run, Augustana! 

The Vikings will be crazy good next year.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:46:43 pm »
Congratulations to North Park's Jordan Robinson on being named a 1st Team All-American by D3hoops.com.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:44:15 am »
Per Twitter...

Dark Horse Recruits‏ @dhrecruits 
#DarkHorse 2017 6'4 F Chamar Flanigan (Glenbard North HS) just committed to play college basketball at North Park University (D3).

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:24:18 am »
I made this post on New Year's Day...

I have watched a lot of games across a lot of regions so far this season.  The team I follow has played a number of strong teams (Ohio Wesleyan, North Central, North Park, Wash U, Chicago, Middlebury) and I've also been able to catch several other games of interest - like the Chicago/Babson game yesterday. My biggest takeaway on 2016-17 so far is that there is tremendous parity in Division III men's basketball.  A few thoughts within that...

I am confident there is a group of 4-5 teams that are the favorites to win the national championship, but it's not really even obvious to me who those teams are yet.  Early indications, to me, are that group includes Babson, Whitman, Amherst, and UW-Whitewater.  It's possible there is another team or two that belongs in that group...it's also possible that not all of those teams I listed belong in that elite tier.  Having watched Babson yesterday against Chicago, I like the Beavers as the best team I've seen.  I like that they have a 1st Team All-American to give the ball to when times get tough, I like the other impressive talent around Flannery, and I like the way they go about their business on the floor.

Starting immediately after that "elite tier" I mentioned above, I see a huge pack of extremely even teams that spans from about 5 down to 25. For example, here are teams I have watched that I really can't find any significant separation between (going down the current Top 25) - #4-Marietta, #7-St. Norbert, #11-UW-Eau Claire, #12-Benedictine, #13-North Park, #15 Hope, #17 Wesleyan, #18 Illinois Wesleyan, #20 North Central, #25 Wash U, Middlebury (not ranked), Augustana (not ranked), UW-Stevens Point (not ranked).  If any of these two teams played each other on a neutral court, I'd have to call it a "pick 'em."  I'm guessing most of those other Top 25 teams and candiates I have not seen belong in this pack too.

And finally, while I do see separation between that small top tier and the big second tier, I don't think that separation is very big.  For example, Greg mentioned #1-Babson vs #18-Illinois Wesleyan.  I agree that Babson is better overall than Illinois Wesleyan and certainly should be ranked higher, but if those two teams played on a neutral court I believe that would be an incredibly close and competitive game that IWU could absolutely win. The combination of 6-8 Trevor Seibring and IWU's great outside attack would give Babson a lot of problems. (In the same way IWU played a barn-burner at North Central on 12/3 when North Central had Connor Raridon.) Or replace IWU in my point above with Middlebury or Wash U or North Park or Marietta, etc.  There might be 3-4 points of difference, in terms of a point spread, between the top 4-5 teams and that second tier. Those games could end up going either way.

Trying to sort out the Top 25 is always fun but when there is this much parity, I doubt there will be many concrete answers until things get settled in the tournament.  The tournament, by the way, should be awesome.  It's probably a year where any of the 21 Pool C teams could legitimately make a Final Four run.

I think the season has pretty much unfolded this way.  Despite #3-Babson being ranked high all season long, and Augustana not even in the Week 13 poll, I don't think there is much separation here at all.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:15:08 am »
Congratulations to the Vikings on reaching the national championship game.  I thought Augie played extremely well last night vs Williams.

Chrishawn Orange and Jacob Johnston get most of the pub (and they've both been great), but I think Nolan Ebel makes the Vikings tick as much as anyone.  He's really emerged as a strong floor general-type PG who just does a lot of things to help Augie win games.

I've seen Babson play 4 times now and I'm very impressed -- that said, I love Augie's chances tonight.  I think Augie's size, strength, and the physical nature of their play will give Babson trouble.  The Vikings will need to shoot it well again -- not like last night's crazy 62% FG/56% 3-point, but somewhere around their season averages of 49%/37%.

It's time for the CCIW's 19-year national championship drought to come to an end tonight, and I believe it will.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:56:23 am »
Wheaton recruit...

https://twitter.com/zhoopster11/status/838953641985904640

* Zac Holman, 6-4 G/F, Grand Haven, MI (15.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.2 apg)


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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:51:50 am »
Congrats to Augustana on an impressive run through the first 4 rounds and a trip to Salem.  Final Fours are really big deals and to get there twice in the last 3 years is very impressive.

I think Augie will be very hard to beat in Salem - the Vikings don't really have a weakness as I see it.

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