Posted by gvsujulius on 6/7/2012 12:03:00 PM (view original):
I have put in an application for a D1 school in Knight. I have had a few people send me messages or comment that I shouldn't go to D1 and that D2 is much better.
I really enjoy the conference I am in but ultimately I won't ever have the chance to be at a big D1 program unless I move up to a low D1 school and move up.
Anyone have any insight or thought?
Thanks in advance
both d1 and d2 can be great, some people prefer one over the other. in a lot of ways, i prefer d2, and in others, i prefer d1.
the main attraction of d1, without question, is d1 recruiting. it is a veritable blood bath, at least in most parts of the country. in d2 the typical coach doesn't battle very often, and on contested players, its rare multiple coaches put in more than 1 scholarship worth on money. in d1, it happens all the time. if you make it through a season without a battle, 90% of the time, you are shooting too low, 5% of the time, you had no scholarships, and 5% of the time, you just got really lucky :) OK, i might be stretching the truth, but only slightly!!
d1 recruiting is a whole new ball game. it is awesome, can be incredible fun, but also, incredibly frustrating, and on occasion, death threats are levied. these are usually forgotten well before the next recruiting season :) d1 recruiting is THE most competitive part of the game, and i don't think its even close.
on the other hand, game play in d1 is diminished, in my opinion. when you are not a top end team, and you are playing against a team who has 10 players better than all but 1 of your players, and 5 players better than your best 1, its just not very fun. nor is it fun when you have 10 players better than all but 1 of your opponents players, although its certainly better than the reverse case :)
however, when you are a top team, playing other top teams, its also not as fun. what makes game play fun to me, is having a team with strengths and weaknesses, significant ones, and trying to leverage your strengths while minimizing the impact of your weaknesses. and then, looking at your opponent, and trying to limit their strengths while exploiting their weaknesses. well, when two teams play with a starting 5 that is virtually perfect, there is really not much to do except to watch the dice roll on by. i mean, you can always do SOMETHING, and there are always coaches who will play their team wrong, and all that. but the overall strategy in the game play is diminished, IMO.