Today’s final matchup:
|1||Damion Lee||Chris Fouch|
|2||Bashir Mason||Austin Williams|
|3||Leon Spencer||Terrell Allen|
|4||Troy Harper||Kenell Sanchez|
|5||Danny Hinds||Randy Oveneke|
|6||Jarvis Doles||Gabi Marginean|
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.
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.
Thoughts on their teams: https://t.co/mQgPbdd82D
Roland Goes to War(zel): D Lee, Mason, Spencer, Harper, Hinds, Doles
Marshall's Fire Drill: Fouch, Williams, Allen, Sanchez, Oveneke, Marginean
— Always A Dragon (@AlwaysDU) April 22, 2020