Game 6: The Semifinals Conclude

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Today’s matchup:

Marshall Anthony
1 Chris Fouch Frantz Massenat
2 Austin Williams Chaz Crawford
3 Terrell Allen Derrick Thomas
4 Kenell Sanchez Kazembe Abif
5 Randy Oveneke Zach Walton
6 Gabi Marginean Matey Juric

 

 

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

 

Marshall’s Fire Drill

As anyone who watched Drexel through the Bruiser Flint years knows, his teams were best when he had a great 3-point threat, a distributing PG, and a big that allowed you to play the inside-outside game. Even as the college game has changed over the last decade, I think that still holds true and was the philosophy around which I built this team.

Chris Fouch: There were a lot of really good options with the #2 overall pick. Ultimately I picked Chris for his elite shooting but also his ability to put the ball on the ground and get to the rim. Many of the other great shooters on this list don’t have that additional ability.

Terrell Allen: He only spent his freshman year as a Dragon, but I’m not going to hold it against a guy for transferring with a coaching change. He clearly showed his talent getting UCF to the second round of the NCAA tournament and he could have dominated that CAA had he stayed. But even looking at just his freshman year, he’s worth it for that starting PG spot with the upperclassmen I’ve paired with him

Austin Williams: His last game as a Dragon will be one I never forget when he threw a block party in the CAA tournament. He’s 6th on the all-time list with 143 blocks but he has an INSANE 92 of them during his senior year. Add in his 9.4 ppg and 8.5 rpg and that’s a big to fill out that trifecta.

Kennell Sanchez: The only guy on my roster that I never saw play. But a 6’5” guard who can get you 10 ppg and half a dozen assists is a nice complement to the main three guys I built this strategy around.

Randy Oveneke: Arguably the most built guy Drexel has had in the last 15 years. His senior year slam dunk to end the first half against VCU imprinted on my freshman brain as one of the moments I’ll never forget. He got plenty of minutes on that really great 2006-07 team as a senior, so having him as my other big is a solid get.

Gabi Marginean: I don’t care what the other guys say – we never made a rule that said this draft only had to be players from the men’s team, and if we can see matchups of 2019 players vs 2005 players, then why not include the women? She only scored 2,500 points in her career while leading the team to new heights. Give her the ball at the end of a close game to ice it with her 89% senior year FT percentage – just like she did to win an NCAA bid in 2009.

 

Anthony’s Lockdown

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.

 

 

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