I am going to try and answer as much as I can there was a ton of different thoughts thrown around. Why do we just have tiers to scouting service? Allow the most money be paid towards the most accurate service. From a coaching, standpoint I don't think a scouting service should be the answer to a teams prayers. I have spent times in the coaching ranks, and I used to get those emails for scouting service telling me that player A is D1, I watch film and laugh and say you are nuts. Just not realistic.
I used to recruit many more JC and Transfers, mainly to get scholarship numbers to even out. I haven't done so recently.
I use all scouting trips, that is my service. Llamanunts, I know you were just throwing out numbers, but I would never begin to recruit a PG at 30 speed lol. I wouldn't need a service at that point, but let's say the service would say 30 rating high potential, great. If I had time to develop a PG it would be fine, but when rebuilding, you just don't have that kind of time.
At $3K, it would be much better to have any player rather than a walk-on. I would take my chances with player with better current ratings, at least that player could play, then just find someone better the following year.
Gillespie. I believe what you said to be true. Although, indirectly you made a point for me. The teams with the higher prestige tend pull more from D2 anyway. At that point you don't really need a service anyway, because the players should be better. I can turn any team into a higher prestige team without the service. (I have done it already.) I start pulling more from D2 and be in the same boat.
I do want to address that m2m question. You have to do it for zone. I use zone, but if I could put a tall quick post at the top of a zone that would be great. IRL, I've put PG in the past at the bottom of 1-3-1 zones that could get us out and running on the break.
M2M defense, need more fouls called on players who are poor defenders, with the new rules out there this past year, teams are using more zone to avoid that hand check-release-hand check foul.