|1||Frantz Massenat||Tramaine Isabell|
|2||Chaz Crawford||James Butler|
|3||Derrick Thomas||Daryl McCoy|
|4||Kazembe Abif||Kari Jonsson|
|5||Zach Walton||Rashann London|
|6||Matey Juric||Evan Neisler|
Before voting, here’s some chalk talk with the coaches:
Defense is the name of the game on this team.
My first pick was Frantz Massenat to run the point, with a good balance of three point shooting, penetration and plus defense. With Damion Lee and Chris Fouch off the board, I think this was a pretty obvious pick and he gives you a more all-around game compared to Fouch. Frantz is a great passer, big for his position at 6’4, and has an innate ability to pull up on his drive at the free throw line and always hit the shot. Drexel had a surprising amount of offensive talent during his tenure and he didn’t need to score as much as someone like Cam Wynter has needed to, but I think that was the only thing keeping him from winning CAA Player of the Year.
Second pick was Chaz Crawford. Interesting pick for me because I missed him on campus by a year and never actually got to see him live, but from looking at the numbers and hearing stories about “swatting flies”, it’s obvious that I got the best rim protector and shot blocker in the field, though I’d be remiss to not mention both Rodney Williams and Austin Williams as well as Darryl McCoy. While not an offensive creator, Chaz will clean the glass and put back any misses.
Sticking with the defensive theme, the third pick is Derrick Thomas, a swiss army knife of sorts who did a little bit of everything and was a lockdown defender against 1’s, 2’s, or 3’s. Derrick had a slightly inconsistent but good enough three point shot and would flash some nice athletic ability driving to the basket. A true glue guy on this squad, he will put up numbers in all five statistical categories.
The fourth round pick was Kazembe Abif, as I continue to show my 2012 bias. I needed a four and someone down low who could provide some scoring with Chaz at the five. Kaz was a bouncy, athletic, true four who had the range to consistently drain midrange jumpers and even hit a three on occasion. A solid defender with enough athleticism to defend a three without worrying you too much, but with enough size to even guard the five in a pinch. Kaz will get to the rim for some exciting dunks which should get the DAC Pack going.
Closing out the starting lineup, I picked a versatile wing/small forward in Zach Walton who is a real wildcard. This is a guy who can put the team on his back and score 30 when he’s in the zone. He’s got moments where the game gets away from him, but without the scoring pressure he feels on this past Drexel squad, I like him here. Walton is huge for how athletic he is which really allows me to mix and match lineups with his ability to hit an iso three or post up for a layup. For a pick this late, getting a guy who could easily win you the game on his own is great value.
With the sixth and final pick, I stuck with the theme of my team and chose Matey Juric. Though I would have drafted the player chosen after him, Gabriela Marginean, with probably my 5th pick had I known she was draftable, Juric is another glue guy whose effort is never going to be questioned. Matey is underrated as an athlete and gives the squad grit and hard-nosed defense. This is a guy who could do a good job on a point guard or shooter, with great man to man defense and the ability to move his feet and stay in position in front of his man. He’s not afraid to drive the lane against larger opponents and still has two years to develop. As an added bonus, he can also run the point for you in a pinch.
Bill’s Transfer U:
First pick came down to Trill and Samme. While Samme was an absolute favorite of mine and to this day the forward with the most impressive post skills I’ve ever seen (on either Drexel or an opponent), it was too tough to pass on Tramaine’s 21 and 7.5. He might have as much offensive upside of any player on the entire list. When he was on he was unstoppable.
Mr. Double-Double was my second pick. A guy who will go down as an all-time Drexel great whether he plays another year or two (two, please). James provides a good short game, impressive rebounding, and really sound defense in the post, which this team probably needs with the guards on the roster. Would have been happy with both Chaz (the best defender in my time at DU) and Austin Williams, but picked Butler for his two-way game and upside.
I took the best big left on the board in Daryl McCoy next. He, along with JB, will provide a formidable defensive backcourt. There were a few guards I considered but with the lack of high-end forwards left on the board, this seemed like the prudent pick. We all know Isabell is a ball-dominant player so I think pairing him with Kari, a heck of a spot-up shooter, is an ideal situation. Kari really had a chance to make a name for himself at Drexel, would have loved to see what the next three years of his career provided. Oh well.
With some talented players still on the board I elected to take Rashann London, a skilled point guard. You can never have too many ball-handlers, and he gives this team added skill and versatility. The roster rounded out with Evan Niesler who was a great value pick in round 6. He provides size, and good two-way play. Can’t ask for more from your sixth man.
Game 4 brings us our last roster releases:
Rosters below, and breakdowns here: https://t.co/7QLuzp91jM
Anthony’s Lockdown: Frantz, Chaz, Thomas, Abif, Walton, Juric
Bill’s Transfer U: Isabell, Butler, McCoy, Jonsson, London, Neisler
— Always A Dragon (@AlwaysDU) April 17, 2020