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  • #16
    Originally posted by crixus View Post
    I just heard a Doctor with the World Health Organization say that he doubts they'll be a vaccine for Covid 19 until the next 12-18 months. So there's a possibility that there won't be a 2020-2021 basketball season. But I'm an optimist and will be hoping for the best.
    My motto right now is: Hoping for a hoop season. I think football season is kaput for this year. Complete, 100% moron idiots like Mike Gundy and Dabo Swinney are saying practices will get going this summer and we'll be ready to go. I guarantee you not one has ever read a peer reviewed science journal in their life. Swinney says because we put a man on the moon we''ll fix this by the fall. Freaking moron. The University of Oklahoma -- yeah, the Sooners -- aren't letting anyone back on campus until August 1st. They're not listening to stupid football coaches, they're listening to scientists.

    Yes, next year's hoop season could be in peril and I'd understand why, NYC deaths are climbing right now, rural America is getting hit harder. Here in idaho our numbers keep going up every day -- not down. Stupid, rich football coaches should spend some time in hospitals right now and see how things are going.

    Just hoping for a hoop season ... not expecting it, but hoping for one.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by tsull View Post

      My motto right now is: Hoping for a hoop season. I think football season is kaput for this year. Complete, 100% moron idiots like Mike Gundy and Dabo Swinney are saying practices will get going this summer and we'll be ready to go. I guarantee you not one has ever read a peer reviewed science journal in their life. Swinney says because we put a man on the moon we''ll fix this by the fall. Freaking moron. The University of Oklahoma -- yeah, the Sooners -- aren't letting anyone back on campus until August 1st. They're not listening to stupid football coaches, they're listening to scientists.

      Yes, next year's hoop season could be in peril and I'd understand why, NYC deaths are climbing right now, rural America is getting hit harder. Here in idaho our numbers keep going up every day -- not down. Stupid, rich football coaches should spend some time in hospitals right now and see how things are going.

      Just hoping for a hoop season ... not expecting it, but hoping for one.
      For a bit more optimism...Fauci was just on one of the news networks and he said while he can’t completely predict, that he thought schools (grade, high and college) everywhere will be back in session in the fall. And if schools are open then it’s probably not far behind that it’s back to life in some semblance of normal. So we can continue to hope...

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      • #18
        Boy, I really hope for a season next year too. If I were a football fan, I would be worried too. Vaccines are a ways out. It's possible that they could be ready earlier than a year from now, but that probability is really, really low. We still don't have a vaccine for HIV and we continue to struggle to stay ahead of influenza and develop vaccines each year that will actually target circulating strains.

        The U.S. is behind the 8-ball with testing and we are thus flying blind compared to other countries who can see better what's happening and how they'll be able to back out of "lockdown status" without triggering another huge wave of cases. Remember in the 1918 influenza pandemic, there were three waves of deaths due to this strain of flu that was novel, like the coronavirus circulating now. Without better testing the single factor that remains the most important in getting society back to normal is how people behave. If we want to watch sports, we need to break the chain of transmission and stay away from people and follow mandates seriously. I'm surprised to learn in my group of friends locally how many people are twisting the mandates to interpret them as is most convenient for what they would like to be able to do rather than what the mandates are intended to direct us to do and not to do. If we can get enough people to break the chain of transmission it means that the big brains and great minds in the U.S. can shift to figuring out how to back out of this lockdown after we've controlled the initial outbreaks in a way that won't trigger another big wave rather than fighting over ventilators and PPE.

        Schools may be open well before everything else gets back to normal though. All models indicate if we loosen up NPIs (non-pharmaceutical interventions, eg school closures, public gathering bans, business closures, etc) there will be a rebound in cases and we will start all over again. Children are different with regard to the fact that they are not as susceptible to this virus, but what is their role in transmission? Sporting events will likely be low on the priority list of restrictions to loosen, due to the huge economic impacts that are going to take precedence over sports when we can start baby-stepping back to normal. The best news sources for what backing out and getting back to normal may look like will come from watching and reading news from other countries that are ahead of us in this pandemic. China is very slowly opening up, Germany is talking about how to do that and getting closer, Norway and Austria too. Sweden and Iceland took very different paths initially and will be interesting too.

        My "best case scenario" right this minute is that preseason/non-conference play for basketball may come too early based on models to actually happen, but it might be more likely that timing of the regular season in December or January might be more realistic. Fan restrictions? Maybe. A LOT could happen that we can't predict though. I was wrong about basically everything about basketball over the last few years. I said you guys were clowns for thinking Sparling would come to Fairbanks, amongst lots of other wrong predictions...

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        • #19
          Great post, Northern, and I'll say you're usually right about all things basketball here. I remember when you predicted Tanner Omlid of WOU was a future superstar. I saw good player, you saw star -- he ended up being the West Region D2 player of the year and a first team All-American (maybe 2nd, can't remember). I'm hoping your similar prediction for WOU's Emanuel Gant comes true next year.

          Regarding health and the virus, I get on college football message boards -- yeah, perhaps this is a hobby of mine, I don't know how to play video games -- and they are batty. One guy today says they'll be starting up in May. Americans insatiable appetite to be constantly entertained is going to put us in another lockdown. I'd rather lock everything up right now -- maybe even tighter -- like have cops harassing me on my daily walk, so in a couple months we're really out of the woods. We already wasted 2 1/2 months dorking around doing nothing, letting up in May, June, or even July and August is going to raise the body count. I'd rather be ready to go January 1st or even later and be waiving this virus goodbye forever. But we're the U.S., we need our movies, our sports, our entertainment, and we're going to screw this up, I just know it.

          * One of California's top health experts said no way football starts in that state until November -- by then it's getting colder, even in Cali, and the virus will spread in that weather. I say shut football down this fall and hope to start hoops by January 1st. Knock it out on the front end so you don't have to keep opening and closing for the next 3 years.

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          • #20
            Yeah, just to keep this going (and to keep it more basketball themed) and maybe even milk it a little, here's one player from each team I'm keeping an eye on next season:

            WOU: Gant. I'm not sure the nature of his injury in why I didn't see him play till the end of the season when UAF played them twice in a row, but he's fundamentally sound and pretty good. He caught my eye more than anyone else late in the season.

            MSUB: Maduakor. Sure Howard and Richmond return, but it's really who people don't know a lot about that make a difference for teams. Maduakor had some promising moments late in the season.

            NNU: Reidy. As a R. frosh, he was already making a big impact this year. I noticed him a lot in Fairbanks when these guys absolutely destroyed us here.

            CWU: Hudson or Poquette? I'm at a loss with CWU this year. I'm not sure this is who is looking promising for next year, but the year before I liked these two guys and they weren't generally around this year. I'm not sure, I'll defer to Nation on this one, because this team is a mystery and I didn't follow them very close.

            SMU: Adams. Again, not super sure on this team, but Adams was something for everyone else to have to plan for.

            SPU: Anderson. He hit it big a few times early in the season and if he can be more consistent and diversify his game, he'll be a terror in the GNAC.

            WWU: Ayala! It'll be interesting to see how he fits with WWU and if he gets time. I liked Green too.

            SFU: Balata?

            UAA: Sweet. Again, interesting to see how he fits in and if he gets time and finds a place in just one season.

            UAF: Banks. Lots of promise, work on that confidence!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Anchorage View Post
              UAA -


              Best Returning Player -

              Oggie Pantovic/Tobin Karlberg

              Pantovic was possibly the surprise player of the GNAC showing a great ability to score and rebound the ball around the basket for the Seawolves. Tough as nails with silky smooth jumper, Karlberg took another giant step forward to become one of the most consistent players on the team despite being just a sophomore.

              Other Key Returning Players -


              DeAndre Osuige, solid do-everything guard. Great athlete and motor with improvements on his jumper needed.

              Amare Hale/David Riley, came in with expectations but never found consistent minutes. Will be interesting if they decide to come back or try to find a program that better fits.


              Concerns -


              It’s early...potentially a lot of openings to be filled this summer despite this crazy recruiting period. Wings need to be a top priority for the team.


              Unknown -


              Wing Danilo Guzman is a jack of all trades type who has spent his redshirt year developing his outside shot and ball handling skills. He should be a rotation player in the near future.


              6’9 redshirt freshman Center Evan Hoosier should add some interior defense, presence and rebounding right off the bat which the Seawolves desperately need.


              6’0 true freshman Moses is dynamic point guard who is a 3 level scorer. Isaiah can play extremely fast or slow it down and run an offense. He excels at getting to the basket but also is a career 40% + 3pt shooter in high school. He gives the Seawolves a different look than they previously had but he also has never played a minute of college ball so that is an unknown.


              Keegan Crosby - Wing Player with great pedigree (High School starter from the #1 team in the country his SR year, North Idaho CC) who redshirted a year at North Idaho because of injury. Crosby got to UAA with 3 years eligibility but issues with his transfer made it so he couldn’t play till the spring semester. He was very rusty and seemingly trying to play himself into shape, never got consistent minutes down the stretch. I think there is a lot more to this guy that could show through with a full pre-season and season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

              There is talent in this group...it’s just showing it on the court in real games.


              Outlook - The Seawolves will assuredly have a different look next season from this season. Being so early in the process not knowing fully who is coming back and what their recruiting class ends up being...it’s tough to make any type of prediction. I feel good about the bigs and the point guard position...but lots of work needed 2 through 4. So my prediction will simply be change around Oggie and Tobin, who are two very good building blocks.

              ***update 4/4 - following UAA mentions on twitter, it appears 6’4 wing Hunter Sweet has committed to the Seawolves for his senior season. Hunter scored 12 ppg and shot 40% from 3 for Concordia (Or) last season and was honorable mention all-GNAC. He fills a area of need for sure and I suspect will get some good minutes in the rotation for the Seawolves.

              4/5 - UAA adds 6’2 SG Tyson Gilbert, previously of D2 CSU-Pueblo. Gilbert averaged 11 pts and shot 43% from 3pt range last season. He has 2 years of eligibility remaining.
              According to Verbal Commits, guard DeAndre Osuigwe has decided to transfer from UAA. This will be the 2nd D2 team that Osuigwe has transferred from (NYACK the other). A little surprising because he was part of the rotation and played pretty well unlike Hale. I guess some players are just never satisfied. As far as UAA goes it probably won’t impact them, they have a lot of depth at the position.

              UAA roster is currently...

              F/C Oggie Pantovic (SR) 6’7
              C David Riley (SR) 6’8
              C Evan Hoosier (FR-RS) 6’9
              F Keegan Crosby (JR-RS) 6’6
              W Hunter Sweet (SR) 6’4
              SG Danilo Guzman (FR-RS) 6’3
              G Amare Hale (SR) 6’1
              G Tobin Karlberg (JR) 6’0
              G Tyson Gilbert (JR) 6’2
              PG Isaiah Moses (FR) 5’11

              I would suspect they are really looking for wings/forwards still to fill out the last couple spots.


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              • #22
                I thought UAA had a great off-season of recruiting. Just read Isiah Moses' bio today -- wow, what a player. Wonder if he's a D-1 guy who slipped through the cracks because he was in Alaska? Nevertheless, I'm glad he's in the GNAC. The Seawolves really helped themselves on the recruiting trail.

                I also don't get Osuigwe (sp?) transferring out, that will be four schools? I wouldn't touch the guy if I was a coach. He was going to start at UAA, right? The transfer portal has over-inflated kids' views of themselves, IMO. Some of the portal is good, some not. I think Moses, however, will make them forget about the guys transferring out, great signee.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by tsull View Post
                  I thought UAA had a great off-season of recruiting. Just read Isiah Moses' bio today -- wow, what a player. Wonder if he's a D-1 guy who slipped through the cracks because he was in Alaska? Nevertheless, I'm glad he's in the GNAC. The Seawolves really helped themselves on the recruiting trail.

                  I also don't get Osuigwe (sp?) transferring out, that will be four schools? I wouldn't touch the guy if I was a coach. He was going to start at UAA, right? The transfer portal has over-inflated kids' views of themselves, IMO. Some of the portal is good, some not. I think Moses, however, will make them forget about the guys transferring out, great signee.
                  Moses had D1 feelers for sure, Boise St being one of them. Ultimately he is a kid that wanted to stay home and play in front of his family. He is a great addition to the Seawolves and I think he can be a solid contributor right away.

                  Here is a well done highlight clip of him If you haven’t seen him play.

                  https://twitter.com/ashleyramothh/st...210966016?s=21

                  The matchup with #1 PG in the country Daishen Nix (UCLA bound) in which Moses had 42 was something. If you search Alaskan Athlete on Twitter on Jan 26th he has some clips of that game on there.

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                  • #24
                    Great highlight reel, Moses is a serious player, he'll contribute right away, might start.

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                    • #25
                      I'm here, just haven't been in the mood to think about much of anything right now. As for APU, Rymer is the only starter who wasn't a senior this season, so there's a lot of rebuilding to do. Which hurts, because I would've loved to just have a shot at UCSD.

                      So, yeah, Rymer is back at the point and has a capable backup in Becvar. Ken West looked promising off the bench as a stretch 4 as a freshman and I look forward to seeing how he develops, and Ben Avera can play either forward spot as well. That said, at a minimum we need a new rim protector and a shooting guard, and I haven't heard anything yet in terms of recruiting as obviously that hasn't been high on anyone's radar lately.

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                      • #26
                        According to Verbal Commits, guard Amare Hale and forward Eric Jenkins have announced they will be transferring.

                        Also according to a ASAA write up on senior athletes in Alaska, 5’11 Valdez HS guard Jalen Freeman has committed to UAA. I liken his game a lot to Tobin Karlberg’s. He is a smart, tough guard who makes the correct team play.

                        UAA roster is currently...

                        F/C Oggie Pantovic (SR) 6’7
                        C David Riley (SR) 6’8
                        C Evan Hoosier (FR-RS) 6’9
                        F Keegan Crosby (JR-RS) 6’6
                        F Vojtech Rujek (JR) 6’9
                        W Hunter Sweet (SR) 6’4
                        SG Danilo Guzman (FR-RS) 6’3
                        SG AJ Garrity (JR) 6’3
                        G Tobin Karlberg (JR) 6’0
                        G Tyson Gilbert (JR) 6’2
                        PG Isaiah Moses (FR) 5’11
                        PG Jalen Freeman (FR) 5’11
                        Last edited by Anchorage; 05-11-2020, 01:42 AM.

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                        • #27
                          Basketball in Alaska should be exciting next year. Alaska-Anchorage has one of the better freshmen on the west coast in Moses, and UAF has in my opinion the best division 2 player in America in Shabazz.

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                          • #28
                            UAA adds 6’3 SG AJ Garrity from Santiago Canyon College in CA. Garrity is yet another shooter, came from a very successful JC program (26-2 record) known for developing shooters. He has two years of eligibility.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Anchorage View Post
                              UAA adds 6’3 SG AJ Garrity from Santiago Canyon College in CA. Garrity is yet another shooter, came from a very successful JC program (26-2 record) known for developing shooters. He has two years of eligibility.
                              I would say based on the internet Alaska-Anchorage and Central Washington of been the most active on the recruiting trail this spring.

                              Western Oregon really help themselves in the size department in my opinion and with the red shirts coming up.

                              I'm curious on whom Northwest Nazarene will bring in. They always add a super talented JC guy from Arizona ranks, Arms, Migwa, Alley, etc., guys who are really good right out of the gate.

                              Also curious on a few other schools, St Martin's being one, UAF the other if they will bring in more players or not.

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                              • #30
                                It seemed like they were the most active last summer too. I’m craving some stability roster wise moving forward.

                                UAA added a ton of shooting but lost a ton of shooting as well. I think the hope is to replicate their perimeter performance but this time with a lot more height, depth and versatility from their big men. They were not a good rebounding team last year and it looks to me improving that was an area of emphasis for this coming year. I’m sure UAA is pretty close to done, they are at 12 players currently. They haven’t been one of those programs that keep 18 guys around traditionally. But it also wouldn’t surprise me if the staff has a little money left over in case a talented player is around late they didn’t expect either.

                                Western Oregon I’m sure will have another athletic team That will give everyone fits.

                                Sparling likes to announce his class late, at least it seems he has his first two years in Fairbanks. So either he likes to wait and see what Pacific Northwest players slip through the cracks, or he keeps his class really close to the vest and off these sites like verbal commits. Quite an accomplishment if it’s the latter.

                                I suspect the conference as a whole will be better this year than last. With all those coaching changes caused a lot of teams in flux last year so the stability alone I’m willing to bet we see a higher caliber of competition. A team like St Martins I’m sure will be much much better.

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