7/28/2014 3:26 PM
I rarely have issues with deciding on a starting lineup, and often have too much pride to ask others for help....but I'm struggling to put together a starting lineup for my Kent St. Team in D1 Naismith. I would really appreciate if some of the more experienced D1 coaches could offer their 2 cents. 

The only things that I am sure of....Leland is my starting Center, and Gilliland and Meadow are starting somewhere. 
My biggest dilemma is Point Guard. Gilliland can start there, but he's a much more natural SG. Meadow is too slow. Harris might be the best choice, but we might have to take some lumps due to his youth + defense. 

Also not sure to do with Burke. Backup SF maybe? He's pretty good, but such a tweener. 

So far, I'm thinking (but very open to suggestions)
PG Fredrick (should have 1 more season as a 5 yr senior) or Harris
SG Gilliland
SF Meadow 
PF Cushman
C - Leland

Thanks in advance!

http://www.whatifsports.com/hd/TeamProfile/Ratings.aspx?tid=2375
Player Ratings
Name Yr. Pos. A SPD REB DE BLK LP PE BH P WE ST DU FT OVR
John Frederick Sr. PG 85 66 27 86 13 8 67 60 65 31 78 67 C+ 653
Aaron Collins Fr. PG 68 70 3 55 1 11 46 45 42 76 78 48 C+ 543
Terry Harris Fr. PG 62 84 14 57 14 10 64 72 82 46 65 50 D+ 620
Michael McBrown So. SG 68 73 3 57 3 22 88 67 75 40 80 48 B- 624
Oscar Gilliland Sr. SG 96 72 16 99 6 16 96 50 75 83 82 93 C+ 784
George Meadow Sr. SF 85 61 15 94 4 36 71 80 74 64 91 53 B 728
George Burke Sr. SF 67 59 33 68 49 51 87 73 48 65 93 98 C 791
Jeremiah Chaves So. PF 66 35 89 70 91 73 11 37 48 75 62 72 B- 729
Max Leathers Fr. PF 58 21 84 40 77 87 49 22 17 65 68 36 D+ 624
Roy English Fr. PF 53 46 60 50 47 48 40 27 36 32 65 73 C+ 577
Michael Cushman Sr. C 96 48 86 81 42 41 55 6 7 60 89 81 C 692
William Leland Sr. C 85 36 99 99 82 99 16 30 45 74 85 62 B- 812
7/28/2014 4:42 PM
I think Meadow could work there, and that he's 5 pts slower than Frederick certainly isn't ideal, but it should be more than compensated by his 8 pts better DEF, 20 pts better BH, and 9 pts better in Passing vs. Frederick..  I think Harris is just too young to be counted on this season, but he's serviceable at PG3.  And Meadow's 91 ST means he could stay on the court a long time (and keep Harris off most of the time) running the offense. 

I'd try:

PG:  Meadow, Frederick, Harris, McBrown
SG:  Gilliland, Frederick, McBrown, Harris
SF:  Burke, McBrown, Collins, Harris
PF:  Cushman, Chaves, Leathers, English
C:  Leland, Chaves, Leathers, English

It would be nice of course if Burke had better ATH/SP, but he could definitely contribute on offense at least so it's worth trying to start him.  I don't know the Naismith D1 landscape at all really, but it's not like you'll be facing 90/90 guys at the 1-3 spots every game, so I think you can cut corners where it makes sense.  Having your seniors play the most minutes on this team will be the most important thing imo.  This lineup does that.

7/28/2014 9:41 PM
thanks. i like the idea of meadow at pg for now
7/29/2014 12:57 AM
What are Harris' IQs, and how much potential does he have?  I ask because if it's at all decent, he's close enough to the other guys to be worth starting in spite of being a freshman.  Obviously the rest of the lineup depends on who starts at the 1, so I won't share my other thoughts until I know about this.
7/29/2014 8:00 AM
also relevant whether the goal is to win now or develop players - whats the team posture in that way - are W's the goal?
7/29/2014 1:11 PM
I want to win enough to keep our prestige at at least a B-, because the next recruiting class will be pretty huge, with 5 open spots (Fredrick will have a 5th year senior season). So starting Harris might not be the best, at least not until next season. I think we can get into the NT(probably early exit), or more likely the PIT, with this squad.
7/29/2014 11:44 PM
Start the FR. I want to beat you, haha. I do think Meadow might be the way to go, but also once Harris' IQ gets better towards the end of the year, you could move him up the depth chart.

I also usually play guys like Cushman (bad BH/Pas) at C rather than PF, but maybe that's not helping me like I thought. Since Leland is the better player, you could also think about switching the two based on matchups.

7/30/2014 2:39 AM
i'm 2-0 with jdno's recommendations, so I'm happy to stick with them! And thanks Ek, I'll probably swap Cushman between PF and C due to matchups. 

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