8/14/2012 9:34 AM
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#8 Johnson St. bieberfever 0-0 9-1 0-0 9-1 0-1 9-1 W5 9 28
#7 Lasell carlbuzz 0-0 9-1 2-0 7-1 3-1 9-1 L1 7 17
Becker ixolabrat 0-0 7-3 1-1 6-2 2-1 7-3 W4 10 13
Elms tyber90 0-0 7-3 2-1 5-2 0-1 7-3 W3 99 207
#22 Castleton St. rdb03161987 0-0 6-4 0-0 6-4 3-3 6-4 W1 4 2
Husson gvsujulius 0-0 4-6 2-0 2-6 0-0 4-6 L3 254 322
 
 
 
 
 
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#6 Maine Maritime Academy theeyetest 0-0 9-1 5-1 4-0 0-1 9-1 W8 13 26
Maine, Farmington teamkf 0-0 9-1 2-0 7-1 0-0 9-1 L1 87 313
#15 Mount Ida mizzou77 0-0 9-1 3-0 6-1 1-0 9-1 W8 17 83
#2 Thomas kujayhawk 0-0 9-1 2-1 7-0 4-1 9-1 W2 1 1
#24 Salem St. dacj501 0-0 9-1 0-0 9-1 0-0 9-1 W7 28 134
#21 Maine, Presque Isle bob33179 0-0 9-1 3-1 6-0 2-0 9-1 W2 34 104
9/7/2012 5:13 PM (edited)
Current RPI's to break into the top 10 ever.

10th Individual .726

10th Conference . 623

(just to make these easier for us to find when we kick their, er I mean surpass them)
9/12/2012 2:58 PM
Final Standings
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#4 Castleton St. rdb03161987 15-1 26-7 8-0 13-5 12-5 7-3 L1 1 1
#1 Lasell carlbuzz 14-2 30-4 10-0 13-3 11-4 8-2 W6 2 3
#15 Johnson St. bieberfever 10-6 23-9 5-3 14-4 2-7 8-2 L1 8 6
Becker ixolabrat 6-10 14-15 4-6 9-7 2-11 4-6 L2 34 5
Elms tyber90 5-11 14-16 5-6 9-9 2-8 5-5 L1 69 15
Husson gvsujulius 0-16 4-23 2-8 2-14 0-8 0-10 L20 221 24
 
 
 
 
 
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#6 Thomas kujayhawk 13-3 27-5 10-1 12-3 11-3 8-2 L1 3 2
Salem St. dacj501 8-8 20-11 3-5 14-4 4-7 6-4 L1 28 14
Maine Maritime Academy theeyetest 8-8 19-11 9-5 8-4 2-8 3-7 L1 19 4
Mount Ida mizzou77 6-10 16-13 8-3 7-8 2-8 5-5 L2 33 9
Maine, Presque Isle bob33179 6-10 15-13 5-7 10-4 3-6 4-6 L5 41 8
Maine, Farmington teamkf 5-11 14-14 4-7 10-6 1-7 1-9 L3 81 31
9/12/2012 3:00 PM
1. North Atlantic Conference B+ 222-141 .6256 .6265
2. New England Small College Athletic Conference B 191-161 .5716 .5614
3. Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference B- 194-159 .5674 .5597
4. Ohio Athletic Conference B- 186-160 .5413 .5356
5. Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association C+ 185-154 .5292 .5302
6. University Athletic Association C+ 184-160 .5242 .5244
7. Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic C+ 183-161 .5277 .5236
8. Commonwealth Coast Conference C 181-156 .5188 .5215
9. Capital Athletic Conference C+ 179-161 .5201 .5189
10. Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference C+ 169-169 .5247 .5179
9/12/2012 4:27 PM (edited)
Recruiting Cash per season

         #48   70,000
         #49   61,000
         #50   50,000
         #51   80,000
         #52   76,000
         #53   63,000
         #54   86,000
         #55   73,000
         #56   76,000
         #57   77,000
         #58   79,000

                                  National Champion - Lasell      
Final 4 - Castelton St.              E8 - Johnson St.       S16 - Thomas
2nd round - Salem St & MMA         1st round - Mt Ida, UMPI, & Becker
   PIT   -  Elms - 3rd round       Maine Farmington  1st
 
9/14/2012 3:30 PM
Looking ahead to season 59 ...

Team talent compared to average NAC team

Team Number Returning Talent Rank
Lasell 10 16%
Mount Ida 10 15%
Castleton 10 9%
Salem State 10 9%
Johnson State 10 7%
UMPI 10 3%
Thomas 9 -4%
MMA 9 -5%
Becker 9 -6%
UMF 9 -10%
Husson 9 -13%
Elms 8 -21%


Average player  talent compared to average NAC player
Team Number Returning Talent Rank
Lasell 10 9%
Mount Ida 10 8%
Castleton 10 3%
Salem State 10 3%
Johnson State 10 1%
Thomas 9 0%
MMA 9 -1%
Becker 9 -1%
UMPI 10 -3%
UMF 9 -6%
Elms 8 -7%
Husson 9 -8%


9/20/2012 10:29 AM (edited)
Name Pos. GPA FG% FT% A SPD REB DE BLK LP PE BH P WE ST DU TOT
Richard Atchison PG 2.11 42.6 58.8 42 69 12 34 12 10 31 72 42 24 63 44 455
Dale Fisher SG 2.80 64.8 69.6 48 49 42 39 39 39 32 39 45 51 57 59 539
Average   2.45 53.7 64.2 45 59 27 36 25 24 31 55 43 37 60 51 497
9/20/2012 11:07 AM
Name                          Pos.      GPA      FG%      FT%      A      SPD      REB      DE      BLK      LP      PE      BH      P      WE      ST      DU      TOT
Joshua Bragg          PF          2.85      50.5      72.6    50      13         43         32       29        33      13       11     11      59        73      45       412
Nicholas Hughes    PG         2.38      52.0      68.8   10       48           1         11          1          1      60       37     53      60        84      50       416
Christopher Smit     PF          2.17      64.1      59.4   50       36         28        42        20        47      23       21     33      42        71      70       483
9/21/2012 4:56 AM (edited)
ok, so forever into writing that , I hit something and got that clusterfuck instead of what I had spent forever typing. I had potentials for the recruits, and all returning players and listed starting lineups. Not gonna do it over. Sorry.

edit: deleted the immensely long and totally fubar thing that somehow my post got converted into to clean up the forum. Short version is my 2 recruits sort of blow, but the rest of the team is pretty good...
9/20/2012 2:51 PM
there's a clusterf*k delete button at the top mate.
9/20/2012 10:14 PM
Name                          Pos.      GPA      FG%      FT%      A      SPD      REB       DE      BLK      LP      PE      BH      P      WE        ST      DU  TOTAL   
Donald McDonald     C            2.6     33.0     58.7       64     29          59          54      53         12              13     33      16         57     19     413
Raymond Dorsey      C            3.6     50.4     60.0       48     13          24          45      12         11     15        14     18      83         56     62     401
10/3/2012 9:27 AM
At the turn
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#2 Johnson St. bieberfever 0-0 10-0 0-0 10-0 0-0 10-0 W10 1 5
#1 Lasell carlbuzz 0-0 10-0 3-0 7-0 1-0 10-0 W10 9 35
Elms ryandaniel 0-0 8-2 4-1 4-1 0-0 8-2 L1 91 214
Husson larryluck7 0-0 7-3 4-1 3-2 0-0 7-3 L2 84 148
#12 Castleton St. rdb03161987 0-0 7-3 0-0 7-3 2-1 7-3 W4 6 7
Becker ixolabrat 0-0 3-7 0-2 3-5 0-1 3-7 L5 167 109
 
 
 
 
 
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#8 Maine Maritime Academy theeyetest 0-0 9-1 2-0 7-1 0-1 9-1 L1 5 16
#6 Mount Ida mizzou77 0-0 9-1 3-0 6-1 2-0 9-1 W2 20 95
#3 Thomas kujayhawk 0-0 9-1 2-0 7-1 2-1 9-1 W2 4 12
#22 Salem St. dacj501 0-0 8-2 0-0 8-2 0-0 8-2 L1 18 55
Maine, Farmington teamkf 0-0 8-2 3-1 5-1 0-0 8-2 L1 43 100
Maine, Presque Isle bob33179 0-0 6-4 0-1 6-3 0-0 6-4 L1 24 23
10/23/2012 9:33 PM
Pre-Conference All North Atlantic Conference Teams (Season 59)

First Team
Pos.  School Name  Yr.  Pos.  A  SPD  REB  DE  BLK  LP  PE  BH  P  WE  ST  DU  FT  TOT
PG Johnson State Alfonzo Olson Jr. PG 60 95 1 71 4 4 77 66 48 34 86 46 B- 592
SG Johnson State Byron Hershman Jr. SG 59 74 1 60 3 40 69 58 67 46 69 65 C+ 611
SF Thomas Jeffrey Taylor Sr. SG 71 75 47 73 5 41 40 83 49 69 76 66 B 695
PF Lasell Donald Bourassa Sr. C 74 37 84 60 76 92 14 29 32 88 77 73 C+ 736
C Salem State William Matthews Sr. C 70 22 73 82 70 72 2 1 1 53 73 72 B- 591

Second Team
Pos.  School Name  Yr.  Pos.  A  SPD  REB  DE  BLK  LP  PE  BH  P  WE  ST  DU  FT  TOT
PG Lasell Kelly McFadden Jr. PG 67 83 8 77 14 11 43 71 56 52 73 33 B 588
SG Salem State Nestor Rowe Sr. PG 61 64 23 55 4 47 66 64 48 76 78 69 C+ 655
SF Salem State Harold Marconi Sr. PF 94 54 25 99 30 44 45 41 32 75 64 17 C+ 620
PF Mount Ida Joe Duryea Sr. PF 53 46 85 29 57 99 63 18 35 67 63 92 C- 707
C MMA Elwood Bannon Sr. C 70 26 62 67 76 80 0 9 36 88 93 49 C+ 656

Third Team
Pos.  School Name  Yr.  Pos.  A  SPD  REB  DE  BLK  LP  PE  BH  P  WE  ST  DU  FT  TOT
PG Lasell Roy Smith Sr. PG 74 74 5 70 3 11 59 62 63 44 90 67 B 622
SG Castleton State George Manzanares Jr. PG 66 59 8 62 3 43 67 59 44 71 87 87 B- 656
SF Lasell Charles Brazil Sr. SF 59 60 63 66 43 51 44 39 29 52 78 56 C- 640
PF Mount Ida James Barbosa Sr. PF 60 57 61 31 69 97 44 38 46 74 79 78 B 734
C Thomas Jimmy Frederick Sr. C 70 36 80 74 54 67 14 9 13 52 78 58 B- 605

Honorable Mention (top 15 talent overall, but failed to qualify for a top 3 position)
Rank School Name  Yr.  Pos.  A  SPD  REB  DE  BLK  LP  PE  BH  P  WE  ST  DU  FT  TOT
7 Castleton State Jim Ashford Sr. C 70 33 92 70 52 47 0 52 18 58 69 76 C 637
8 Salem State James Maroney Sr. SF 62 42 56 41 41 50 80 36 56 58 75 50 B- 647
10 Castleton State Shawn Connors Sr. PF 62 49 69 67 65 49 11 13 40 66 85 59 C+ 635
11 Castleton State Neil Williams Jr. PF 68 49 34 63 51 23 58 56 51 42 69 56 D+ 620
12 Johnson State William Lloyd Sr. PG 74 64 25 88 8 37 42 20 47 80 80 61 C+ 626

10/23/2012 9:35 PM
Thomas Recruiting Season 59

Overall Grade: B

Got done what needed to be done in recruiting.  Probably not anything more than that.  Given the ugliness of the the season 58 recruiting class, the season 59 class is likely not strong enough to avoid Thomas taking a small step backward in the NAC.  Recruiting stars are always a good idea so this might sound a bit silly, but I was quite disappointed to not have signed one in this go around.  Thomas right now looks to be a collection of role players and in recent years past has been able to lean heavily on the star or two (or three!) on the roster.  This recruiting class adds to the list.  In a lot of conferences that might be good enough, but not in the NAC.


My goal for recruiting was the following:

(1)  Sign a point guard.  The current Thomas roster is approaching record low levels in the ability for the guards to dribble and pass.
(2)  Sign a small forward.  I want to sign a small forward every other season and then redshirt him.  Didn't sign one last season, so was due to sign a SF this time.
(3)  Sign a good JUCO 2.  The debacles of previous recruiting seasons has led to an unbalanced roster in terms of class distribution.  Thomas has 1 junior and 5 sophomores.  Signing a Junior would help things tremendously.

Ending up failing on #3.  #2 is a partial success.  The small forward is signed but it is to be determined if he can be redshirted.  #1 is a likely success but will depend on just how the potential develops.


Louis Carson
PG | 5'10" | 162 lbs. | 2.9 GPA
Howard HS | Wilmington, DE
Athleticism - 34 (high)
Speed - 62 (high)
Rebounding - 1 (low)
Defense - 39 (high)
Shot Blocking - 1 (low)
Low-post - 8 (low)
Perimeter - 32
Ball Handling - 61
Passing - 40 (high)
Work Ethic - 40
Stamina - 62
Durability - 60 (low)
FT Shooting – 65.2% (high)

Marvin Bowen
SG | 6'1" | 193 lbs. | 3.1 GPA
Cypress Creek HS | Orlando, FL
Athleticism - 34 (high)
Speed - 67
Rebounding - 14 (high)
Defense - 36 (high)
Shot Blocking - 8 (low)
Low-post - 15 (high)
Perimeter - 34 (high)
Ball Handling - 52 (high)
Passing - 62
Work Ethic - 27
Stamina - 78 (low)
Durability - 41
FT Shooting – 64.6% (high)

Nathan Keiser
C | 6'10" | 227 lbs. | 4.0 GPA
Butte County HS | Arco, ID
Athleticism - 40
Speed - 17
Rebounding - 79 (high)
Defense - 47
Shot Blocking - 60 (high)
Low-post - 37 (high)
Perimeter - 3 (low)
Ball Handling - 10 (high)
Passing - 14 (high)
Work Ethic - 27
Stamina - 72
Durability - 25 (low)
FT Shooting - 58.2% (high)


Louis Carson -- I might end up having regrets about signing Carson but he looked to be the purest point guard that was available to me.  Skipping over the fact that he won't be able to score, he's more likely to be a good point guard instead of a great one.  He has a chance to be great but I don't know enough about his potential to determine what the likelihood of that is.  My assistant was not terribly helpful in his evaulations and I chose to save the money since even if his potential was on the low-end of all the unknown categories, he still would have been better by any other point guard that seemed to be available to me.  Carson has four high potential categories and I only know about two of them.  His speed is high-high and his defense is low-high.  The low-high defense suggests that his athleticism is likely to be low-high.  Assuming the passing rating is low-high, that means Carson is probably going to end up being a 55 ATH, 90 SPD, 60 DEF, 70 BH, 60 PAS point guard.  That's pretty good although in particular I'd like the passing rating to be higher than that.  When you throw into the mix that he can't score, his a fairly mediocre recruit overall.  Thomas desperately needed a point guard, however, so I'm ok with mediocrity.

Marvin Bowen -- Recruited to be the small forward of the future.  Questionable if he can become that with the poor work ethic.  He took the redshirt so that makes it more likely that he will be.  Bowen has a good deal of potential and could end up being a very well rounded player if the work ethic allows for development.  Known potential is high-high for athleticism, high-high for low post, and high-high for perimeter.  There is enough high potential categories that Bowen could be a monster after five seasons.  I think that's unlikely because of both the work ethic but also because too many of the high potential categories aren't known if they are low-high or high-high.  And even a couple of the ones that are high-high (LP and PER) aren't going to be all that impressive unless there is 40+ points of growth.  And, of course, 40 points is both unlikely in terms of potential but also if somebody with a 27 work ethic could get that much growth.  The good thing about Bowen is that he's already talented enough that even if he develops as a worst-case scenario, he should still be ok as a small forward.  He'll have good speed with good ball handling and passing regardless.  The ATH and DEF don't start at terrific levels but each is high enough that he should be respectable.

Nathan Keiser -- An odd recruit for Thomas.  Probably one of the least projectable players that has come as a freshman to Thomas in 20+ seasons.  He's also one of the most impressive recruits based on high school ratings to come to Thomas.  The work ethic was a slight reason to be concerned but since he's potential is limited, it should not be nearly as much trouble as it is with Marvin Bowen.  Bowen needs to try to max out seven high potential categories; Keiser just "needs" to max out four categories.  Keiser is high potential in six categories but there is no real pressure to try to max out the high potential categories in ball handling and passing.  The other thing that should make it a bit easier to get the most out of Keiser despite the work ethic is the fact that he had a perfect 4.0 GPA in high school.  I don't anticipate him getting a single minute of study hall so he will get extra minutes that should help compensate for the work ethic.  As a player, Keiser should be a solid player but won't be able to be a star.  His athleticism and defense won't be good.  Each will be on the low end of acceptability but nothing more.  That hopefully will be balanced by the 99 rebounding rating and a shot block rating that will at least be 80.  His low post rating is high-high and that might mean he's got a shot at being a good scorer by the time he's an upperclassman.  The assistant revealed that the passing rating is high-high but as indicated earlier, there may not be reason to try to develop it.
10/23/2012 9:36 PM
THOMAS TEAM OUTLOOK SEASON 59

Team Offense: Flex
Team Defense: 2-3 Zone

Likely Starting Lineup, (Season 58 Stats)
PG: Michael Bosch, Sr (0 GS, 12.3 pt, 1.7 ast, 2.2 TO, 41 FG3%)
SG: Samuel Miller, So (0 GS, 4.4 pt, 1.3 ast, 1.6 TO)
SF: Jeffrey Taylor, Sr (32 GS, 4.3 pt, 3.8 reb, 2.3 ast, 54 FG%)
PF: Peter Buttrey, Jr (0 GS, 1.8 pt, 5.3 reb)
C: Jimmy Frederick, Sr (32 GS, 7.6 pt, 7.0 reb, 0.9 blk, 52 FG%)

1st guard off the bench: Bryan Cope, So (0 GS, 1.8 pt, 0.8 ast, 1.7 reb)
1st post off the bench: Michael Wallace, So (0 GS, 1.3 pt, 3.0 reb)

Summary

Thomas looks to recover from a (yet another) disappointing conclusion to season 58.  Thomas earned a #1 seed in the NT based on a very strong regular season performance but flamed out early once the dance began.  Recovery will be difficult in season 59.  Thomas has a good collection of talent on the 12 man roster.  However, observers of the North Atlantic have been whispering that Thomas' overall skill level may be less than the sum of the individual parts.  On the defensive side, Thomas should be ok.  Both the guards and the post player can defend and Thomas should have one of the better field goal defenses in the North Atlantic.  The defense does have a risk with its lack of rebounding.  Thomas will do a good job of preventing the first shot from falling but if the opponents can get second, third, and fourth chances, it is likely that eventually one of the shots will drop.  The offensive end is where things could be very ugly.  Scoring looks to be a challenge for what seems like the 20th season in a row.  That will be even more difficult than normal since Thomas has a rather poor collection of guards that will struggle to simply hold onto the ball, much less be able to set up teammates for easy scoring chances.  Thomas may play a lot of games in season 59 where the first team that gets to 50 wins.

In the North Atlantic, Thomas looks to take an unexpected roll as underdog.  Thomas would do well to finish 2nd in the NAC South.  Third is a more likely outcome.  Thomas is still likely to be in the better half of NAC teams ... which of course means that Thomas should be one of the top 25 teams in the D3 world.  But Thomas might be that 6th team in season 59.  And while unlikely, it wouldn't be a shock to see Thomas end up as the 7th or 8th best team in the NAC.

Thomas has made it to the 2nd round of the NT for the past 27 seasons, but 28 might be a bit of a challenge.  Thomas should make the NT and should be the lower (favored) seed in the 1st round of the NT but it will be more likely as a 5-7 seed instead of the 1-3 seed that Thomas has been accustomed to as of late.  With a group of talent that doesn't mesh all that well, making it to the Sweet 16 would be a significant accomplishment.

Guards

Senior Michael Bosch enters his final campaign as an (all but) maxed out player.  He has a some moderate room to improve his rebounding and stamina but all the important guard categories have little room to improve.  Bosch will be expected to run the point for Thomas and that's a bit scary.  That was not the intention when Bosch was signed.  Bosch was initially signed to be a light-out scorer.  That did not happen and whlie Bosch is not really a point guard, he's the closest thing to one on the roster.  Bosch's high-high potential for perimeter shooting ended up having the bare minimum growth.  At 84, the rating makes him dangerous but it is not good enough to carry the team on his shoulders.  As point guard, Bosch is probably in over his head.  He's slow, not terribly athletic and for a starting guard has so-so ball handling and passing ratings.  Coming off the bench last season, Bosch managed 2.2 turnovers a game.  In a starting role, the turnovers could end up costing Thomas dearly.

Samuel Miller is probably not ready to enter the starting lineup but the sophomore looks like he could end up being a real talent for Thomas by the time he graduates.  Miller has a lot of room to improve: his defense, perimeter shooting, and stamina are both high potential; he has average room for growth in athleticism, speed, ball handling, and passing.  Miller is being asked to be a shooting guard in season 59.  That may be a challenge considering he hit just 39.6% of his two point shots in season 58.  Miller's 73/60/70 ATH/SPD/DEF combo already makes him ready to play high level D3 defense even if he had no improvement in his game.  On the offensive end, Miller has barely enough ball handling and passing to justify his spot in the lineup as a shooting guard.  His scoring won't be there in season 58 but even if his improvement is the bare minimum, he'll turn into at least a decent scorer by the time he maxes out.

Bryan Cope is the first guard off the bench.  The true sophomore is still too raw to play the minutes that are going to be expected of him in season 59.  His passing remains high potential, but the 33 rating just isn't close to cutting it for North Atlantic play.  Cope has a risk of being eaten alive by good press defenses.  In addition to the ball handling, Cope's perimeter shooting is also high potential.  Cope was signed knowing there was a chance he would not pan out as a D3 player.  While both PER and PAS are high potential, he likely is going to need to get at least an additional 30 points of growth in both to be a decent player and that may be asking for a bit too much.  The 52/58/62 ATH/SPD/DEF combo should allow him to hold his own on the defensive end and all three of those categories still have average room for improvement.  In addition to those three Cope has average room to improve his rebounding, low post, and ball handling.  Right now Cope looks like a player that will never be good enough to start for Thomas.

Freshman Louis Carlson will be expected to play significant minutes as Thomas has a four man guard rotation in season 59.  When the four guards need a breather Jimmy Baker will slide over from the small forward spot.

Small Forwards

Jeffrey Taylor begins his fifth season at Thomas as a completely maxed out player.  While he's got no room to improve, he's pretty good as it is.  Taylor isn't much of a scorer but he is very good at everything else.  He has a terrific ATH/SPD/DEF combo and he mixes that with an outstanding ball handling rating and good rebounding and passing for a small forward.  Taylor will be the glue that keeps Thomas together.  In a worst case scenario, Taylor may finish the season as Thomas' point guard.  His skills for the position are better than Michael Bosch so if Bosch can't hold onto the ball, Thomas may choose to rob Peter to pay Paul and put Taylor at the PG position which would leave Thomas without a good SF.

Jimmy Baker should take up most of the minutes that Taylor doesn't play at SF.  The third year sophomore still has a good amount of improvement to his game.  Only his ball handling and stamina remain high potential ... but only his low post scoring is low potential.  Baker is already pretty solid.  He's a well rounded player that has "weaknesses" with categories that are in the low 40's.  The flip to that is that he doesn't really have categories that make him great.  His 56 speed is pretty good for a SF but nothing special.  His 74 perimeter rating is similar in that it is good, but not great.  Baker is a player that won't do much to help Thomas win, but shouldn't do anything that causes Thomas to lose.

Post Players

Senior Jimmy Frederick is almost a finished product.  He has some room to improve his speed and also his ball handling and passing (the coaching staff hasn't bothered to try and develop the BH or PAS his first three seasons).  Thomas will lean hard on Frederick.  While his 81 rebounding is nothing special, the backups have poor rebounding skills so Frederick will be expected to contribute more than his fair share of the team's rebounds.  The same can be said offensively.  Frederick's 67 rating in the low post is nothing special.  But it shines on a Thomas team that does not have better options among the post players and will expect Frederick to put up scoring numbers that go beyond what you would think for a player of his modest talents.  If Frederick is up to the challenge, Thomas may be able to tread water at the top level of the North Atlantic.  If not, Thomas is likely to sink since the team does not have any other options.

Peter Buttrey is your typical Thomas post player.  Very good athleticism, pretty good rebounding, excellent defense ... no ability to score.  The junior is ready to enter the starting lineup and he still can improve from where he currently is.  Only his passing (which hasn't been developed) is high potential but Buttrey has average room to improve his speed, rebounding, defense, low post, perimeter, ball handling, and stamina.  Thomas has had a good run with players like this occupying the paint and Buttrey looks to continue the tradition.

Michael Wallace is the first post off the bench.  The sophomore played a decent amount of minutes as a freshman and his terrible work ethic of 23 is now an almost as terrible 25.  That may not matter all that much since all of Wallace's high potentials as a freshman turned out to be of the lowest of the low-high variety.  For a true sophomore, Wallace doesn't have much room to improve his game.  Nothing is high potential.  The only average potential categories are athleticism, rebounding, defense, and stamina.  (Technically perimeter and passing are average potential as well but those won't ever be practiced.)  Wallace will be a liability when he is on the court.  He has a good ATH/SPD/DEF combo but his rebounding of 46 is unacceptable for a player getting significant minutes.  He isn't able to block shots.  And his low post rating of 21 means that even tip ins will be a challenge.  (Of course, with his poor rebounding, he won't have many opportunities to show off his 1 foot range.)  Wallace was signed with the assumption that he might be the first player to be cut in Thomas' history.  At this point, he hasn't yet shown enough to guarantee himself a scholarship for four seasons.

Wallace wasn't guaranteed a four year scholarship and neither was Robert Smith.  Smith was, and remains, the likelier player to get cut but at least Smith has high potential that gives him a chance to end up being better than Wallace.  Of course, Smith's work ethic of 28 might make that realistically impossible even if he technically has max ratings that are better than Wallace's.  Smith starts his sophomore campaign with high potential in rebounding, defense, and shotblocking.  Since those three ratings are, respectively, 47, 47, and 27 they need to be high-high potential if he has a chance of sticking around for four seasons.  As a sophomore, he will be a liability whenever he takes the court.  Wallace's speed and low post are maxed out so that really limits his chance of being an asset for Thomas while his athleticism still has average potential.

Nathan Keiser will see limited minutes as the 5th post player in the rotation.
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