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Thread: Official DriveTheLane Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsupial311 View Post
    Sometimes I wonder how certain guys just fall through the cracks. Looking at my L37 recruiting, I noticed this:

    PG Ryan Golden (26th most recruited, 4 way tie) 24.6/3.4/3.5/1.2/0.2/2.1
    PG Luke Johnson (Clear Lead at 49 RPs) 26.1/4.2/3.2/1.3/0.3/2.8
    I am in on Golden. I think, with his exc win preference, it's really a two team race. Probably will depend on who does the best in the big dance.
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    Re: Official DriveTheLane Thread

    L37 - eeked out a CT1 win against Anchorage, 73-71. I'm currently ranked #57, and probably need one more CT win to make the NTT. Unfortunately #1 Burbank is up next. We were respectable against them in game 14 (82-91), so hoping for the miracle win. Since LA upset Sacramento, we could steal an auto-bid with an upset then a not exactly upset over LA or Yakima. At least we're relevant in C30 again.

    L31 - The poll voters can't make up their mind. They had us at #37 after we upset Pasadena (#16), then down to #54 when we lost to Little Rock (#123), then all the way up to #24 when we beat Chicago (#120). Now, after 2 more wins (#186 and #201), we're down to #39. Still, strong NTT bid territory. Up next is a real test against #2 and undefeated Fort Wayne.

    L34 - After some very promising results in scrimmages, I am starting to believe this team is improved. Beating LP's #16 Aspen team in EXH1 by 11 does nothing to diminish that optimism. Strong's "real" sim debut at PG went well (14 pts on 6-12 shooting, 3 reb, 7 ast, stl, 2 TO in only 20 mins due to 4 fouls). Hayter didn't make me regret leaving him in at SG (11 pts (4-4), 4 reb, ast, 2 stl, blk, TO in 19 minutes due to 4 fouls). And their backups more than picked up where they left off filling in for their foul trouble (Dennis: 3-5 FG, 8-10 FT, 14 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, but 4 TO's, which is why he's benched, Leeper: 4-5, 11 pts, reb, ast, blk, TO). Hines' "real" sim debut at C was equally promising (19 pts, 8-15, 11 reb, 4 stl, blk, 2 TO). The FR starters were quieter than they were during scrimmages, which always worries me. Jackson was 15 pts on 6-15 shooting, with 1 reb and 2 TO. Parker went 7 pts on 3-8 shooting, with 8 reb and 4 ast. This kid can pass!
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    Re: Official DriveTheLane Thread

    Haven't done a full update in awhile.

    L31 - Kissimmee is ranked 21st with a 6-1 record. All five of our starters are averaging double digit scoring so we have a nice balanced attack.

    Recruiting wise we missed the 1st week so we are trying to pick up the pieces and find some gems. It's never good to be behind when you need height as those guys are usually pretty popular. Gonna be a rough one especially since the #1 SR class is graduating.

    L34 - Pulled in a 99/87 class that is a combined +8/-7. The holes in the front court are starting to show and it's going to be a tough season in Lansing if those guys can't step up. They all averaged double doubles in HS so maybe they're hidden gems.


    L37 - Burbank has been ranked #1 since Game 4 of the season and we avoid Anchorage in Round 2 who handed us our only loss of the season. Counting down the final games with the best class I've ever recruited in any league. The big tie Aidan Donley and the surprise clear lead in John Morris have been tearing up C30 for four seasons while Jalen Thomas has been a revelation at PG in his SR year. His 11.6 APG leads the nation by a healthy margin and if he keeps that pace would have the all time record for assists in a season.

    Got 4 Clear Leads to choose from and a big tie.

    5/5 Tie - Fabian Dushane 6'11" C 18.0/11.8/1.9/1.5/4.2/1.4

    Fabian wants to win and all the big guns are going after him so this is a probable miss for us. We're against last year's National Champion and a couple other teams that won their conference so even if I blew through to the championship, it's still probably a 25% chance at best. The block party of Dushane and Mowery in our front court is likely a dream we will never realize.

    CL - Jayden Catchings 6'3" SG 10.4/3.9/4.8/1.6/0.4/1.0

    Smart, good handles and good defense. He's a prototype for a PG and losing our 2 E handlers in Thomas and Morris make his skills very valuable. Still, he might be the odd man out here.

    CL - Hannah Pate 6'4" SG 20.0/3.9/3.8/1.3/0.7/1.1

    Pate's numbers are very comparable to John Morris' HS stats (20.3/5.0/3.9/1.0/0.4/1.2). Morris was 1st All Conference his first three seasons so that's a nice comparison. The Burbank native has the HS team leading the conference at 13-6 so it would be great to keep him in town with those winning ways.

    CL - Lawton Young 6'10" C 15.8/11.7/3.7/0.8/2.5/1.0

    Another Burbank native, Young is tall and does it all. The scout doesn't like him but a guy with N hands doesn't have a nearly 4:1 Assist to Turnover ratio at Center. I think he will be a pleasant surprise.

    CL - Luke Johnson 6'2" PG 26.7/4.1/3.1/1.3/0.3/2.7

    Johnson was a safety net guy who had no one else on him at the reveal. I couldn't imagine that would stick with his scoring numbers so I went after him hard. He's clearly a SG and would definitely fill the scoring hole that Donley and Morris will leave.

    Ideal Class: Dushane, Pate, Johnson
    Probable Class: Pate, Johnson, Young.

    I'm on the fence between Young and Catchings. FR Daniel Davis is probably good enough to start at PF next season but the size on the bench is shallow. I'm nervous about Pate being a PG because Morris played pretty poorly in limited time in that role and Camden Shaw turns the ball over too much to be trusted as the man there. I can't turn down two 20+ scorers when we're losing two guys that are big scoring threats so that last slot is the challenge. Lot of questions but I think it'll be exciting as we get down to the wire with this decision.

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    Re: Official DriveTheLane Thread

    I never get how you all get so many clear leads. It seems like every season I'm lucky to get 1 or 2 clear leads at the reveal. Not that recruiting overall has been bad, as I have won quite a few low level ties, but these players with clear leads are not bad looking players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndreltonSimmons View Post
    I never get how you all get so many clear leads. It seems like every season I'm lucky to get 1 or 2 clear leads at the reveal. Not that recruiting overall has been bad, as I have won quite a few low level ties, but these players with clear leads are not bad looking players.
    I think I've done a good job at figuring out guys that can slip through the cracks. I've been able to grab up F+/G- Local pref guys because they tend to be avoided for some reason. Pate and Young were both local and there was a lot of quality recruits in C30 this year that wanted to stay local. Catchings is the type of guy that a lot of people probably put in their safety net and I got lucky that I picked him over a couple of other similar types on my list that have someone else maxing them. Johnson was just complete dumb luck. I don't know how he slipped past everyone but when I saw that the 1 point I put on him was the only point on him I just had to max him after the reveal. I know people really like to avoid turnovers in their recruits but for 27 ppg, I'll take a PG with 3 TO per game that I can put in at SG and cut those in half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsupial311 View Post
    I think I've done a good job at figuring out guys that can slip through the cracks. I've been able to grab up F+/G- Local pref guys because they tend to be avoided for some reason. Pate and Young were both local and there was a lot of quality recruits in C30 this year that wanted to stay local. Catchings is the type of guy that a lot of people probably put in their safety net and I got lucky that I picked him over a couple of other similar types on my list that have someone else maxing them. Johnson was just complete dumb luck. I don't know how he slipped past everyone but when I saw that the 1 point I put on him was the only point on him I just had to max him after the reveal. I know people really like to avoid turnovers in their recruits but for 27 ppg, I'll take a PG with 3 TO per game that I can put in at SG and cut those in half.
    I use a similar strategy. Key is throwing out a wide net to find clear leads.
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    Re: Official DriveTheLane Thread

    I think LA punched our NTT ticket with a blowout of Yakima. We move up to #39 and I have to think that we make it even if we lose to #1 Burbank Friday. I made a late season lineup overhaul, benching starting PG Hayward, moving Duke to the point and Parker to SG, Strong from C to SF and putting shotblocking specialist Incorvaia into the starting C position. It's not a perfect lineup as Duke shoots a lot for a PG and won't match Hayward's assists, but Parker is better at SG than SF and we should be a better defensive team overall this way. It was tough to bench a +7 player for a +2 player, but since the switch we are 2-1 with the one loss 84-82 to Burbank. So we are going to roll with this big lineup and see how far it takes us. It is too bad that C30 looks like we'll only get 3 NTT teams.

    L31 Eugene is 7-1 with a team that is only +41 overall. Can't complain. Not a tough schedule though. If we can't beat #6 Salt Lake then we will need 15 wins to have a chance at the NTT.

    L34 Worcester is super happy to have Harley Dixon who is shooting 58% through two exhibitions. We are ranked 101 in preseason and our whole team is only +38 but I have high hopes for these freshmen.

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    Re: Official DriveTheLane Thread

    Not sure why but my teams always seem to lose to Oracle's teams. He's like my DTL Kryptonite. I'm 0-3 against him and 7-4 against the rest of Conf 30 this year,
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    Re: Official DriveTheLane Thread

    L34 Chattanooga is a happy mystery so far. We beat #16 by 11 in exhibition 1, then laid a 37 point beat down on #12. That leave us with the #1 SOS, but oddly only ranked #58.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulpecula View Post
    L34 Chattanooga is a happy mystery so far. We beat #16 by 11 in exhibition 1, then laid a 37 point beat down on #12. That leave us with the #1 SOS, but oddly only ranked #58.
    Any chance you'd like to rematch in a scrimmage? (I have a lot of pseudos and am trying out a new lineup)
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