7/20/2013 6:22 PM
The rollover happens tonight and season 66 recruiting starts in 2 days.  St. Mary's TX loses our starting PG and C, but we bring back good scorers from the outside and inside.  Our biggest issue will be figuring out who to play at PG.
7/24/2013 8:06 PM
Now that signings have started I will say it: that batch of recruits was much weaker than we've seen in a while.  There were a lot of good players, but no great ones I saw.  They all had some small flaw.  I like all of the guys I signed, but I don't love any of them.  They've all got small flaws (Italian PG's DE will be below what I like, as will his BH; TX PG will have lower ATH and SPD than I like and the big man won't be quite as athletic as I'd like).  I'm happy with what I got given the soft batch of players, but wish there had been more top talent this season.
7/24/2013 11:18 PM
found a lockdown defender that might be able to shoot eventually, a point guard that'l be kinda good at everything, and a big thats prime for everything but scoring

unfortunately this is probably the best crop i've found at OBU lol

7/24/2013 11:26 PM
Dave Filby! And Ole Miss...

davefilby and Ole Miss have no idea how they shaped the landscape of my recruiting this season. I needed 4 and was getting 3 local ranked guys for pretty cheap (#183 SG, #195 SG, and #174 C). I had my eye on a SF in UT. davefilby shows up on him final cycle. So I look around and see Ole Miss cut a PG that was #138 last recruiting cycle. He was < 350 miles away. Someone was on him but much > 350 mi away. No-brainer move. Grabbed him. I really wanted that SF Dave, but this season, unlike last season when you got Litwin from me, I think I got the better consolation prize.
7/25/2013 9:23 AM
Hackerhog!

I needed three this time around, and a SG and a couple of PFs considering.  A SF wasn't even on my radar.  Started looking around and saw the SF.  I recruited a sub-standard PG a couple of seasons ago (Jason Burke) that I decided to cut loose and replace with the SF.  So you should really thank him.  He's still available, you should maybe give him a non-athletic schollarship.....

We got a high potential guard who will foul you the minute he gets off the bus, the SF that does a little bit a of everything, a servicable but non-scoring big, and a big (James Snow) who I think will be a good player.  But I have to agree with mduncanhogs, I thought the pickings were relatively slim (No Brian Litwins this time around hacker).

Looking around the country, it seems like there are a bunch of schools that have recruited very well.  Feels like Iba has stepped its game up in recent seasons. 
7/25/2013 3:03 PM
I'm completely rebuilding Montevallo. New defense in place, cut a bunch of guys and will start the freshman.

Recruiting with a C+ was tough, but I was able to take two decent ineligibles and I hope they report. One I got because his terrible WE, so I'll have to start him from day 1 if he reports and hope he maxes out (still I dont know how his IQ will be in the end). The PF (will play SF) that I got is a good defender and has decent peripherals, especially if his PE and LP explode. I spent twice as many SVs as I ever have to pull him down, but the last coach left me a huge cash reserve. The other SF, also from Pensacola is an average all around player, but I figured since he'll be in a different class as the first guy (cause he's ineligible) he could back him up and be decent off the bench. 

The Russian PF/C may be decent and can provide above average REB which I'll need in the zone. The two guards should have decent PA, which is especially what I was going for in the PG and he was the best guy I could find in the end of recruiting.

BOL to all!
7/25/2013 9:28 PM
Very excited about the class we put together here at Queens. The big man Daughtery will provide some nice athleticism and defense but what I am really excited for is the 2 guards. Kelvin Addison and Chris Treadwell should be a really nice duo for us in their career. I was on Dale Fields early who ultimately signed with Valdosta St and should be a very good player, although he is an ineligible. All in all though I really think these 2 guards are going to do big things here!
7/25/2013 11:41 PM
I'm pretty excited about my class as well. Pulled an ineligible with the little money I had left with an eye toward next season. But the PG and SG I signed should be pretty nice. Let's get this season started!
7/26/2013 1:51 AM
Posted by davefilby on 7/25/2013 9:23:00 AM (view original):
Hackerhog!

I needed three this time around, and a SG and a couple of PFs considering.  A SF wasn't even on my radar.  Started looking around and saw the SF.  I recruited a sub-standard PG a couple of seasons ago (Jason Burke) that I decided to cut loose and replace with the SF.  So you should really thank him.  He's still available, you should maybe give him a non-athletic schollarship.....

We got a high potential guard who will foul you the minute he gets off the bus, the SF that does a little bit a of everything, a servicable but non-scoring big, and a big (James Snow) who I think will be a good player.  But I have to agree with mduncanhogs, I thought the pickings were relatively slim (No Brian Litwins this time around hacker).

Looking around the country, it seems like there are a bunch of schools that have recruited very well.  Feels like Iba has stepped its game up in recent seasons. 
I agree. Seems everyone I follow is bringing in stellar classes. I just think it's because numbers are down in D2 Iba coaches, but who knows?

But back to my post and your reply. D1 recruiting is boring. High prestige/Good conference? Spend X amount of money on recruit and sit. Low prestige/Bad conference? Sit and wait on the scraps.

Meanwhile D2 recruiting can change on the dime. It really is cycle to cycle. Much the reason I love D2. I have this plan in place at the very beginning. Then I have a plan in place every cycle. Things change rapidly. Then BOOM! New plan. Wash-Rinse-Repeat. 
7/27/2013 10:34 AM
St. Mary's starts the season unranked again.  Last season it gave the kids the extra motivation they needed to make the Final Four.  Hoping to use that motivation again this season.

Meanwhile, I have a 4 game stretch in the Yarnell @ #8 CSU, Stanislaus, @ #4 Longwood, vs. #7 U. of Indianapolis and @ #20 Harding.  That should be fun, in a "pain is fun" kind of way.
7/28/2013 3:39 AM
Bellarmine's schedule rivals  St. Mary's.  In the Derby City, I play #12 Wayne St.; #14 U. Science; #9 Miles, and #5 Cal-San Diego. Throw in road games at #1 Northeastern and #20 Harding and my boys will be battle-tested early.
7/29/2013 12:51 PM
Arkansas-Monticello of the Gulf South conference played a double-header on the first day. Somehow they played in Buckhannon, WV and Montevallo, AL on the same day.
7/30/2013 11:48 AM
I had the AD recommission the Concord at Montivello so I could fly crappy teams in on not even a nights a rest. It worked. 

On a side note, I can't believe I took #22 Columbus St to OT with my squad. I knew I had a decent gameplan, but I can't believe I overcame starting three freshman and not amazing ones. Maybe this season wont be AS bad as I thought if I could sneak a win out here and there.
8/2/2013 9:51 AM

#9 Incarnate Word has our first home game of the season, hosting #3 Northeastern State.  I think we've caught some breaks to be 5-0 and Northeastern's team is very good.  Hopefully it's at least competitive. 

8/2/2013 8:45 PM
I'm looking forward to it tonight dave.  I think this is a great matchup between our teams.  I always like the early season games.  Its just a lot of fun to tinker with the new roster and try and make things work.  
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