Notes from a fool:
CUA: Cutts 33 in speed gives me hope for those sky-high speed recruits. Cutts had meaningful all around growth as compared to JC who came in with the spd/per and just filled in the other holes. Cutts has definitely grown into the better pure scorer, but don't think I can trade the meaningful impact JC has had the past 3 years, even if the extra little bit in this high leverage season could make a world of difference. 10 to 31 in Defense is also notable from a low starting point. What's up with Tanuyoe? The really nice freshman bigs may make that easy to forget but yuck. His improvements are actually above what I would expect out of 18 WE. McCormick is filling in nicely, but can those green scoring categories become relevant by his senior year? This is a really good team this year, but despite returning 3 starters next season, there's a pretty big drop off, unless people step up and fill some pretty big shoes. I think Burton will be ready to take on an increased role for sure - how high will the PE go? Spears has looked great with limited looks but he'll have to be the man to keep the pressure of hollon/burton.
Sal: Trollinger needs to be starting at all costs. And this would hold true if he were on most of the teams in D3. Plus, he has one of the greatest names in WiS. It will be sad to see him go. Shadrick is a great pull. I really like the creativity behind the Malave signing. As France pointed out, Jones however is a poor man's Malave and but without the upside. Creative scheduling could also help quite a bit. Free Trollinger - or maybe wait till 6/19 then set him loose.
Gallaudet: Wow 10 underclassmen. What's more shocking is that they are still playing great defense - scary considering how important IQ is. They're going to get MUCH better as the season progresses obviously. I'm going to be certain not to overlook our trip to DC on 6/25 (thankful it's not any later than that) and if I were a betting man I would have the CUA 6/27 game circled, unfortunately it's not in DC. They still might catch them and Cutts in particular looking ahead. Mount is lucky to get them out of the way by 6/22. Anderson has embraced his role in the offense and the PE just keeps rising (9 points in 12 games yikes) and makes up for his lack of speed. I recognize a lot of his players from my own recruiting efforts. Even the more bizarre cases like Bazile. This gives me some confidence that I've got the right idea in mind - even if his execution has dwarfed MW's despite the lower prestige. I went hard and failed on some guards (a higher priority than bigs) but Dreiling is already making me regret that. Wow he's a beast already. A lot of teams in D2 could have used a guy like that. Edelman could take over the north and not look back. And Marymount may be the only one in a position to say anything about that.
This team is really good. 3 of the 5 losses within 4 points and all within 8. Doner and Deaton are already to be feared. I like them much more than the 2 bigs right behind them, but those guys don't have to be ready for 4 years amirite? This team needs to come up with another Grimaldi to balance the great talent inside in upcoming years - I'm not sure if the current crop of guards will be able to produce one however. MW had no business pulling out the win last night. They were out gameplanned and out played by this Goucher team. They had the ball down 1 with 19s but the refs bailed MW out with a traveling call. ridiculous. JC got his against the double team, but JH was absolutely smothered and couldn't get to the line either. The point here is that Deaton and Doner have great ATH/DEF to shut down strong post scorers already. And they did so without putting him on the line with sophomore level IQ's.
Yikes we are going to struggle mightily in the next few seasons. We will live in the moment this season, however, and hope for high leverage run-good down the stretch. We already had one last night. Then we'll try not to bomb our 3rd recruiting class in a row and start rebuilding. Only thing worth noting is that Lofton was sky high in PER and LP and I likely won't put any minutes into either of those because he has so much room for growth elsewhere and he won't be needed to score in his two years on campus. If I wasn't competing this year, a red shirt would have been awesome for him but he's giving me good minutes. This team has no Strayhorn and definitely misses last year's Carter, but is making up for it with 5 different players averaging over 2 assists per game.
Rees had some pretty sick across the board growth. I've shied away from the 30-40 everywhere with highs on my SF looking for more of the JC strong starting point low potential / low starting point high potential sorts that can play roles right away and grow into all around players, but they rarely turn into the all around studs that a Rees is by his Senior year. I might need to reconsider that if I want to compete for titles every couple years instead of just being mediocre year after year. Marymount and Goucher are my hopes to keep Gallaudet in line the next few years. It's going to be really interesting to see who contributes the scoring out of the backcourt next year. I presume Patton will be the one called up first if his PE keeps rising as the freshman shooters lack the ath/spd at the moment. The post is is good hands however in the foreseeable future. As for this year, the attention in the north has been on Callaway and Cutts, but the mount is ever dangerous and could be the best of the lot. There 2 losses keep them under the radar but they have had a much harder schedule and those losses were both vs RPI top 5 (that's top 5, 2 and 5) and one was on the road and the other went to OT. This team has struggled with FT issues in the past but their overall rating is climbing but their 3rd and 4th in attempts still rank as C's. Pure outside shooting is a little low as well, but that's made up for with ath/def and a very strong and deep inside presence.