Game 5: The Semifinals Begin

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First, a bracket update:


 

Today’s matchup:

Roland Dan
1 Damion Lee  Frank Elegar
2 Bashir Mason Alihan Demir
3 Leon Spencer  Scott Rodgers
4 Troy Harper  Jeremiah King
5 Danny Hinds  Coletrane Washington
6 Jarvis Doles Freddie Wilson

 

 

Before voting, here’s some chalk talk with the coaches:

 

Roland Goes to War(zel)

With the number one pick in the draft, Roland took the most talented player of the last fifteen years – and he will argue the most talented of Drexel’s history.  Pairing Lee with two guards who have speed, can penetrate and includes maybe the best defensive guard in the field in Bashir Mason, the point guard who started the run of four year point guard starters at Drexel (apologies to Jeremiah King)?  No brainer.

Drafted the inside late, but still got “The Rejector”, Leon Spencer to provide more D and some inside scoring.  Danny “Captain Intangibles” Hinds rounds out the starters with size and shooting ability at the four.  Jarvis Doles provides useless size (he never used it!) and shooting ability off the bench, and some versatility if I want to run some zone.

 

Dan’s Go Big or Go Home

I think Bill Belichick is a good coach, so this draft was going to be determined by two things:  Who dropped to me in the first round, and getting versatility on the court.  I also knew that Bru didn’t necessarily push for production from the four spot, so the draft was going to be very thin there.  When the best big man in the draft dropped to me in the first round, I quickly snagged Frank Elegar and a strategy was established:  Go Big or Go Home.

While whoever was in Alihan’s ear at this time last year was a fool, and not only hurt the Dragons, but hurt Alihan’s career as well (the last person to go to Minnesota and have a flourishing career was KG, and before that it was the kid from Little Big League), I still appreciate Alihan and his game.  With him and Frank, I have a clear edge up front on the rest of the field, and Frank’s all league defense covers up for Alihan’s lone area of weakness.

At the guard spots, picking up Jeremiah King and Scott Rodgers gave me two combo guards who were both good ballhandlers in their day.  Both can distribute and penetrate, which, when coupled with the frontcourt means this team will see plenty of zone D against them.

The draft rules say that we get the best season from each player (not potential season, or I would have fought Bill to get TJ would be on my team) so I break the Z with two 40%+ three point shooters in King (43% his senior year) and Washington (43% last year).  Freddie Wilson adds a guy who can play the 1, 2, or 3 and brings speed off the bench, giving this squad even more of the versatility it needs.

Two elite bigs, two ballhandlers, two elite shooters, two of the top five best defenders in the draft (Elegar and Rodgers).  This team is going to be as tough an out as there is in the bracket.

 

Who gets your vote?

 

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