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Everything posted by 3star_recruit

  1. Okoro is a top 3 big in the conference. If he's not top 20, he's very close.
  2. Nobody appreciates a traditional big man unless he's on their team. They're effective but not the most exciting players to watch.
  3. The NIL exists precisely to avoid the scenario you're describing. It pays players so they don't have to leave early to grab a paycheck. What was the point of going through all this NIL chaos if we're just going to give them strings-free eligibility anyway?
  4. Why? We went years without an age limit without this happening.
  5. Okoro was clearly more productive in his junior season than Loe was. What we don't know is what Okoro's senior season will look like. He will get more minutes so the assumption is his stats will be better than last year's, possibly even the best big man in the conference. But that's just an assumption.
  6. Okoro's junior season over Loe's junior season? Absolutely.
  7. Who was the toughest player to guard in your A10 career and why?
  8. Again, most of those are more tech-focused or closer to tech and finance hubs than SLU is.
  9. Meanwhile, Santa Clara, Pepperdine, Villanova and other schools smaller than SLU -- who are more closely aligned with the economy in terms of curriculum and geography -- zoomed right past us. And as I pointed out, their endowment per student is larger.
  10. With the economy shifting to tech and finance over the last couple decades, we've seen the rise of small schools near those business centers or focused on those fields. In most cases their endowments are larger than SLU's on a per student basis.
  11. The endowment arms race of the past couple of decades years has caused a lot of schools to sink in the rankings. The top 50 is dominated by schools with strong ties to tech, the big law firms and Wall Street.
  12. Degrees from certain universities open up a whole lot more doors than others. This is especially true in tech. It's a numbers game. If my degree opens up 15 doors and yours only opens up 3, my chances of success àre much higher.
  13. If you're recruiting at a high enough level, you'll always lose good players to transfer. High major programs lose four star recruits to the portal every year. The only way to avoid losing players 11-13 is to recruit guys specifically to be practice players. No one wants that.
  14. The only thing that a player having success at another mid-major school proves is that he was a good fit at that school. Which is something I hope for all local/regional players.
  15. One guy gets three months in jail, another guy gets a 6 year contract at Xavier. Luck of the draw, I guess.
  16. Someone has to replace Florida International as the worst football program in D1. They've held the title long enough.
  17. Xavier is the same school we are? Sean Miller currently has a top 10 recruiting class. No A10 team is pulling that off.
  18. It's always nice to get a talented big out of high school. But rest assured, there will be big men with similar high school rankings transferring down in the spring.
  19. The bidding wars for the Mosleys of the world aren't our concern. We would be bidding on 4 stars moving down (Okoro), not 3 stars moving up.
  20. I'm surprised that Iowa couldn't even get a visit. Must be a hell of a package.
  21. A tougher schedule cuts both ways. What if there were two more Q1 opponents on the schedule and we went 1-4 in Q1 games and lost at Iona (very plausible)? A 7-5 OOC record would force us to go 15-3 just to have enough wins to get on the bubble. You can't use the OOC schedule to mirror the difficulty of high major schedules. They have over a dozen Q1 opportunities in conference and are allowed to finish .500 by the selection committee. A mid-major is expected to win most of their Q1 games. It's not a level playing field.
  22. Point taken. These are edge cases. The best years in the program didn't have a Larry Hughes. Our program could become the top dog in the conference and a frequent NCAA participant without ever signing a blue chip recruit out of high school.
  23. Player poaching is the major issue with the NIL. It appears that high school recruiting will remain business as usual -- 2 and 3 star recruits will continue to go to mid majors, borderline 4 stars and above will continue go to high majors.
  24. A fool and his money are soon parted. Lots of fools on deck.
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