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  • Originally posted by Blue42 View Post
    I do believe AJ will play in the league. Watching his pregame routine in person is pretty impressive. He already has the approach of a professional.
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    It might sound stupid, but watching him in pregame is something you never see. He's going 100% when others lolly gag. There's one drill where the shooter starts in the corner, goes off a screen and takes a shot. No offense against the other guys, but compare his approach vs anybody else... and that's why he's as good as he is. Every play/drill is taken seriously.
    To avoid confusion - my username is baseball (Cy Young award) related, NOT for the Cyclones.

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    • Originally posted by CyCarp View Post

      It might sound stupid, but watching him in pregame is something you never see. He's going 100% when others lolly gag. There's one drill where the shooter starts in the corner, goes off a screen and takes a shot. No offense against the other guys, but compare his approach vs anybody else... and that's why he's as good as he is. Every play/drill is taken seriously.
      Exactly. Don't remember who the interview was with but said something to the effect of 'every rep that you don't take seriously is a chance that you just wasted to get better'. Stunning maturity for a kid that age.
      #MACtion

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      • Welp, JLF just hit the transfer portal, so there goes Valpo.

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        • Ouch, not sure why I thought the valley would be able to retain all this talent. Every time there's a whisper of a good Valley, the transfer portal bites us.

          I'm not always happy with our recruiting, but our ability to retain talent is unparalleled in the Valley. Using our pipelines, building tons of trust and making sure they're onboard with the system before they even set foot on campus.

          Could we be a little more aggressive with recruiting, yes, but this is the risk in the current state of mid majors.

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          • The current state of NCAA transfers makes me think of NFL contract holdouts. As soon as a guy thinks he's better than the program he's in he wants to leave his school high and dry and transfer to the big program.
            Just another advantage for the P5 over midmajors.

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            • We're not losing guys. Loyola's not losing guys. Bradley's not losing guys. Indiana State's not losing guys.

              Programs that know who they are, are consistent and recruit the right kind of kids not only tend to win more, they don't lose players.
              #MACtion

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              • Speaking of Indiana State, is Greg going to keep his job? I hope so. I think he was on the hot seat (maybe even the AD had said they needed to win Arch Madness for him to stick around)? Then all the coronavirus stuff happened and maybe that changed the plans? I would imagine it would be tough to bring in a new coach right now.

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                • Other MVC news, Ill State guard Lijah Donnelly entered the transfer portal Tuesday as well:

                  http://www.videtteonline.com/sports/...6392dd62e.html

                  He was not a starter last year, but was just put on scholarship in January and is the fourth Ill State player to leave the program this season.
                  "Well, that escalated quickly."

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                  • Originally posted by BCPanther View Post
                    We're not losing guys. Loyola's not losing guys. Bradley's not losing guys. Indiana State's not losing guys.

                    Programs that know who they are, are consistent and recruit the right kind of kids not only tend to win more, they don't lose players.

                    I would say we have improved because of the transfer game. Loyola and others as well. I feel like it's given us a chance at 3 Star and above recruits.

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                    • Originally posted by Gboom23 View Post
                      Speaking of Indiana State, is Greg going to keep his job? I hope so. I think he was on the hot seat (maybe even the AD had said they needed to win Arch Madness for him to stick around)? Then all the coronavirus stuff happened and maybe that changed the plans? I would imagine it would be tough to bring in a new coach right now.
                      He's going to keep it but next year is definitely a make it or break it year.
                      #MACtion

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                      • Loyola and Depaul have a home and home series starting this season.

                        https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/...ketball-series

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                        • Originally posted by PantherFan View Post
                          Loyola and Depaul have a home and home series starting this season.

                          https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/...ketball-series
                          Nice. Loyola really needs to win those games for the Valley!

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                          • Originally posted by BCPanther View Post
                            We're not losing guys. Loyola's not losing guys. Bradley's not losing guys. Indiana State's not losing guys.

                            Programs that know who they are, are consistent and recruit the right kind of kids not only tend to win more, they don't lose players.
                            Not arguing - just pointing out that in a broader sense, "we," did lose guys. We lost Robbins and now JFL. We do depend upon the rest of the MVC schools to have good OOC seasons for our metrics. Guys like Robbins who had no offers and a year ago nobody thought was going to be valuable are great examples. Drake took a chance on him when others didn't. And they brought him to the point where he is a valuable guy. I get that Robbins did what was good for him, and many don't blame him. But in my view, if NOBODY took Robbins two years ago, most likely he would not have gotten in shape and wouldn't have the opportunities he does now.
                            In my view, when a school takes a project like him, the commitment should be two way: If you don't develop into much, we won't cut your scholarship. And if you do develop, you won't transfer.

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                            • Originally posted by sivert View Post

                              Not arguing - just pointing out that in a broader sense, "we," did lose guys. We lost Robbins and now JFL. We do depend upon the rest of the MVC schools to have good OOC seasons for our metrics. Guys like Robbins who had no offers and a year ago nobody thought was going to be valuable are great examples. Drake took a chance on him when others didn't. And they brought him to the point where he is a valuable guy. I get that Robbins did what was good for him, and many don't blame him. But in my view, if NOBODY took Robbins two years ago, most likely he would not have gotten in shape and wouldn't have the opportunities he does now.
                              In my view, when a school takes a project like him, the commitment should be two way: If you don't develop into much, we won't cut your scholarship. And if you do develop, you won't transfer.
                              I think this is why the transfer system always forced players to lose a year of eligibility if they decided to transfer...to discourage this type of transfer. If this trend continues, schools may start stripping scholarships from players who aren't developing the way they'd hoped.

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                              • Originally posted by orangetennis View Post
                                I think this is why the transfer system always forced players to lose a year of eligibility if they decided to transfer...to discourage this type of transfer. If this trend continues, schools may start stripping scholarships from players who aren't developing the way they'd hoped.
                                Well, that would be fair. When you come in, you either both commit to one another, or you don't. If you don't commit to 4 years, then neither does the school.

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