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#1
Centennial Conference Honors for 2023-2024: Stafford grabs Player of Year, Thybulle Defensive Player of Year, and Fagbemi rookie of year. First team seems right to me with Stafford, DeAngelo, Caprise, Wall and Windley. Great to see Ogbu from Dickinson and Contee from McDaniel recognized on second team as they both had excellent seasons for their teams. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see Stafford take player of year over DeAngelo. Easy pick would have been DeAngelo, but quite honestly I think Stafford was more valuable to his team, and DeAngelo did not have quite the same season as last year (but boy did he turn it on late and in the playoffs). Fagbemi was a no-brainer as he was certainly a top five freshman nationally.
Mystery to me continues to be Thybulle - 3 straight defensive player of year awards. I know Hopkins has been tremendously successful during his time there, but for four years I feel he has been underwhelming. This was certainly his best defensive year, so maybe he earned DPOY this year. But he somehow picked up a national reputation as some type of elite level player, and I just never really saw it. No where near the player that Caprise is, yet he seems to be considered on that level. Congrats to all (including Thybulle). 
#2
For the non-Swat and non-Hopkins fans, the 2024 playoffs had to be a disappointment. I really thought we would see something other than the usual. Gettysburg had everything break right for them down the stretch of the season to allow them to finish in first and grab home court advantage. Sadly, they could not take advantage of it. I guess I have to give credit to Swat who really turned things around, and ultimately became the best team in the conference, including beating the 1 and 2 seeds on the road. Don't see Hopkins or Gettysburg getting an at large, so Centennial will end up with only one team in the field of 64. Hard to imagine Swat making a deep run this year, but with DeAngelo and Caprise leading the charge, you never know.
#3
Region 4 men's basketball / Re: MBB: MAC Freedom League
February 25, 2024, 04:44:24 PM
I believe 1 MAC Freedom championship for DeSales in past 10 years, with 6 or 7 regular season 1st place finishes. I know for sure that their very talented senior class this year had four regular season 1st place finishes, and lost 3 home game championships and 1 home game semi-final. At some point that does creep in to the heads of the coaches and players. As far as yesterday went, I think you need to give credit to Stevens who put together a very good defense effort, and quite honestly were the tougher team yesterday. Hard to beat a good team 3 times in one year, and Stevens is clearly a good team. 

In my opinion, the way this D3 season has played out with seemingly any team vulnerable on any given night, it is a challenge to put a Sweet Sixteen lock label on anyone.
#4
Region 4 men's basketball / Re: MBB: MAC Freedom League
February 22, 2024, 04:54:53 PM
DeSales has actually gone to another level since the departure of Ellis who was clearly a distraction, but was without question their most talented individual player. A testament to Coval and staff, as well as their veteran players. 21 straight wins is impressive, and I am sure they are salivating at an opportunity to take down some teams from the so-called power conferences in D3. The fact that they are sitting behind Rowan in the regional rankings is laughable.

As far as Arcadia goes, I think you might have been a bit harsh. Yes, their expectations were high, but the reality is they were coming off a season where they were the third best team in the conference, and while they had all starters returning, they had no depth at all. They went 17-9 with five losses to DeSales (0-2) and Stevens (0-3) who are clearly just better teams this year than Arcadia. And for the record, if Watkins was disappointed that a D2 school didn't grab him, he surely did not mail it in this season. A heck of a career for that young man. 
#5
Region 4 men's basketball / Re: MBB: MAC Freedom League
December 20, 2023, 03:51:18 PM
An under the radar game yesterday between Misericordia and Willamette in Salem OR just happened to be one of the most entertaining games I have seen all year. An overtime thriller with tremendous action throughout that saw Northwest Conference Willamette prevail on the strength of an offensive explosion from one of their guards in OT who absolutely caught fire after being held in check the entire game. Misericordia got really good games from 5th year seniors Hornung, Kreitzer and Smith, while their main man Lazdowsky had a near triple double and filled up a lot of statistics. Unfortunately for Lazdowsky some of the statistics he filled up included 5 fouls, 6 turnovers and 14 missed shots. Sad to say the difference in regulation may have been the technical foul on Coach Chandler in first half when he just would not stop berating an official over what he believed was a missed foul call. 

Adding to the game was the outstanding broadcast production of Willamette. One of the top D3 broadcasts I have ever seen that included an outstanding job by their long time broadcaster and a very professional camera operation with multiple views, replays, zoom in/out, etc. Great stuff.
#6
Not much mentioned about it on social media, but interesting stuff in the NJAC last night ... Rutgers-Camden takes down Stockton; Rutgers-Newark takes down Montclair St; TCNJ takes down Rowan. Would love to know someone who picked this trifecta. Stockton and Rowan better be careful or they will see their Pool C chances slip away before they know it.
#7
Great win by F&M last night on the road at Gettysburg. Diplomats simply executed better down the stretch of the game, while Gettysburg had some really questionable shot selection in the last five minutes of the game. Grauslys has really stepped up this season and the balanced attack behind him makes F&M tough to defend. Interesting that Seidman seems to be playing the role of facilitator this season, and Parra (who has continued to be a load to handle in the paint) can't seem to play more than about 15 minutes a night. F&M fans should be very optimistic based on that performance last night.

For Gettysburg fans they have to be disappointed coming off a great win at Hopkins. Looks like many of the same challenges that plagued the Bullets periodically the last two seasons continue to pop up at inopportune times. In the last 6-7 minutes you saw about 6 turnovers, 5 very questionable shot selections and a few defensive lapses. Three years in with the core group on this team and I would expect those things to be cleaned up a bit. A very talented roster, so they need to move forward and focus on playing a full 40 minutes.

For what its worth, Swat and Hopkins simply don't look like Swat and Hopkins yet. Credit to Swat for still finding a way to win almost every night, but they definitely have a challenge with lack of depth at this point. Hopkins clearly still trying to figure it out as they are just not the same defensively at this point. I suspect they will start to piece it together.
#8
Region 4 men's basketball / Re: MBB: MAC Freedom League
November 28, 2023, 05:20:36 PM
6th year in the case of Dunn!
#9
Region 5 men's basketball / Re: MBB: Landmark Conference
November 20, 2023, 11:49:40 AM
Quote from: NEPAFAN on November 20, 2023, 08:51:36 AM
Quote from: Stretch4 on November 19, 2023, 10:16:20 PM
Quote from: NEPAFAN on November 18, 2023, 07:33:23 PM
EJ Matthew-Spratley no longer on roster. Anyone got a scoop?

Watched the Scranton/Stevens game and the story I heard was that the coaching staff dismissed him from the team. From what I was told there were repeated conflicts and challenges with Matthew-Spratley going back to last year and the coaches had given him numerous warnings and chances to comply with team rules. Sounded as if it came to a head this past week.

If he is indeed done, that is obviously a big blow for Scranton. I can tell you that on the printed program for Saturday's game, his name was not on it. Next man up.

You recieved this insight from the broadcast? Curious where you heard the story.

... Heard this in the lobby at the Long Center from a congregating group of Scranton players parents
#10
Region 5 men's basketball / Re: MBB: Landmark Conference
November 19, 2023, 10:16:20 PM
Quote from: NEPAFAN on November 18, 2023, 07:33:23 PM
EJ Matthew-Spratley no longer on roster. Anyone got a scoop?

Watched the Scranton/Stevens game and the story I heard was that the coaching staff dismissed him from the team. From what I was told there were repeated conflicts and challenges with Matthew-Spratley going back to last year and the coaches had given him numerous warnings and chances to comply with team rules. Sounded as if it came to a head this past week.

If he is indeed done, that is obviously a big blow for Scranton. I can tell you that on the printed program for Saturday's game, his name was not on it. Next man up. 
#11
Region 4 men's basketball / Re: MBB: MAC Freedom League
November 16, 2023, 01:20:26 PM
Quote from: lefty2 on November 15, 2023, 09:36:02 PM
Misericordia Head Coach Will Chandler won his 100th career game tonight, likely becoming the first member of the 2,500 point/100 win club.

All at the same school! Congrats to Coach Chandler.
#12
Pre-Season coaches poll released and as expected it is Swarthmore and Hopkins, and then everybody else. https://centennial.org/news/2023/11/2/mens-basketball-preseason-poll.aspx

Swat lost a great deal of scoring, experience and intangibles from last year, and on paper Hopkins has the deeper and overall more talented roster than Swat, but Kosmalski's track record is hard to ignore.  Nice to see that both teams have set themselves up with really challenging non-conference schedules, and it will be interesting to see if the coaching change at Hopkins has any impact in their level of play to start the season.

Gettysburg has a very talented and deep team returning. If they can do a better job this season with the consistency of their shooting and taking care of the ball, look for them to potentially challenge the top two. Muhlenberg, F&M and Ursinus also are talented teams, but clearly do not have the depth to challenge the front runners. As has been the case in recent years, Dickinson, Haverford, McDaniel and Washington College do not appear to have enough depth on their rosters to truly challenge.

Some individual performers to keep an eye on: Rubino from Muhlenberg who with Gaines gone may become one of the top scorers in the country; Schaller and Stafford from Gettysburg who form a really dynamic backcourt who do a bit of everything; Hanson and Paquette from Swat who will be asked to take big steps forward this year in much more prominent roles; Wall from Ursinus who will have everything run through him for the Bears; D1 grad transfer Ogbu from Dickinson who will have an opportunity to have a major impact in his one season in Carlisle; Parra from F&M who seems to get overshadowed by Caprise and Thybulle but is honestly every bit the player as them.

Looking forward to another great season in the Centennial Conference.
#13
Three potentially impactful transfers I recently learned about. Ivy League Dartmouth big man Nate Ogbu will use his extra year at Dickinson College in the Centennial Conference. This is interesting as although he was a reserve player for Dartmouth he certainly had more of an impact with his time on the court then the much more heralded Ivy league reserve big men transfers at NYU and Hopkins. Also, CUNYAC front runner Baruch College has added Will Fredericks from RPI for his extra year, as well as big man Jack Shannon from D2 Post University. 
#14
Region 4 men's basketball / Re: MBB: MAC Freedom League
October 26, 2023, 07:43:34 AM
I see that Nate Ellis has returned to the roster. He definitely was not originally included. That is good news for DeSales fans.
#15
Region 4 men's basketball / Re: MBB: MAC Freedom League
October 24, 2023, 12:51:22 PM
DeSales 2023-20024 roster posted and there is one very glaring omission. Last season's conference rookie of the year and (in my opinion) most talented player on their roster, Nate Ellis, is missing. DeSales still has a very strong roster with the bulk of the roster returning from last year, and one of the best coaches in D3 hoops, but if Ellis is truly gone that is a huge loss for them as he was there leading scorer as a freshman and I'm sure was a big part of their plans moving forward.

https://athletics.desales.edu/sports/mens-basketball/roster