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Old 03-10-2017, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking ahead for 2017-18

Is it too soon to start looking ahead for next season?

Can this be the start of opinions about how AE men's basketball teams stack up for next season?

I'd be interested in that discussion.
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Re: Looking ahead for 2017-18

1. Vermont
2-8. Everyone else
9. Maine
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Re: Looking ahead for 2017-18

UVM will have EIGHT seniors next season. If UVM makes the NCAAs, is Becker going to stick around to rebuild after next year? Unless he goes with a lot of transfers or JuCos it's going to be tough to keep the 20-win streak alive.
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He will hopefully still have Duncan and Lamb after next year. Those are two great building blocks for a 20 win team. However, I think next year is the peak for this group at Vermont. If everyone comes back I don't see them not being an elite midmajor team. I think after that is when Becker really starts to look around to see what he can get.
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UMBC will host a playoff game next year, as will Vermont, Albany, and New Hampshire.
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1. Vermont
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He will hopefully still have Duncan and Lamb after next year. Those are two great building blocks for a 20 win team. However, I think next year is the peak for this group at Vermont. If everyone comes back I don't see them not being an elite midmajor team. I think after that is when Becker really starts to look around to see what he can get.
I think this season is the peak...they will be very good next year but it's going to be hard to replicate a top 50rpi and a perfect AE season.

I called UVM having a perfect season this year back in October or November watching one of their games. However, I think Brown is building a juggernaut as soon as next year that will have more depth and will go toe to toe with UVM as soon as next year.
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I think this season is the peak...they will be very good next year but it's going to be hard to replicate a top 50rpi and a perfect AE season.

I called UVM having a perfect season this year back in October or November watching one of their games. However, I think Brown is building a juggernaut as soon as next year that will have more depth and will go toe to toe with UVM as soon as next year.
I agree. I believe UVM loses too much on defense and depth this year to be as good next year.
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I agree. I believe UVM loses too much on defense and depth this year to be as good next year.
I agree, but...UVM is still going to be exceptional, Lamb will only get better.

The dynamic of UVM will change but you don't just lose Steidl, Wills and Payen and plug someone in who's never played with Vermont before.

That's all I'm trying to say, these kids grew up in the program and knew the system in and out and fit like a glove.
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TBH, Lamb, Henson, Duncan - 4 Starters returning

Then depth will definitely take a hit but I argue that these four guys are the top four players on the team and all will be one year older/better. I think there are enough talented options for a few players to emerge to create a solid rotation. Overall the competition should be better from other conference members, but I can easily see next year's team being better than this one.
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TBH, Lamb, Henson, Duncan - 4 Starters returning

Then depth will definitely take a hit but I argue that these four guys are the top four players on the team and all will be one year older/better. I think there are enough talented options for a few players to emerge to create a solid rotation. Overall the competition should be better from other conference members, but I can easily see next year's team being better than this one.
LOL, Duncan?

Look at his minutes. Have you seen his defense? What's he had, one 20 point game in the last 6? Please...I love the kid and I'd love to see him be dominant, but so far...he has not been. If you don't include Steidl in your top 4, then we have nothing to talk about.
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LOL, Duncan?

Look at his minutes. Have you seen his defense? What's he had, one 20 point game in the last 6? Please...I love the kid and I'd love to see him be dominant, but so far...he has not been. If you don't include Steidl in your top 4, then we have nothing to talk about.
Then I guess you have nothing to talk about with the league head coaches either...

Steidl is a significant loss, no doubt. But it is not an outrageous idea to think Duncan is slightly better.

I honestly think most of the losses will be offset by getting Lamb 32 minutes a game and many of the shots that those guys took. He is, in my opinion, the front runner for player of the year next year.

Patella is a similar type player to Steidl, who knows what we have there. Some smart people think he can be a contributor as a freshman.

I think we will find someone out of the newcomers to fill in some quality minutes. They won't have pressure to be anything more than a role player.
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Then I guess you have nothing to talk about with the league head coaches either...

Steidl is a significant loss, no doubt. But it is not an outrageous idea to think Duncan is slightly better.

I honestly think most of the losses will be offset by getting Lamb 32 minutes a game and many of the shots that those guys took. He is, in my opinion, the front runner for player of the year next year.

Patella is a similar type player to Steidl, who knows what we have there. Some smart people think he can be a contributor as a freshman.

I think we will find someone out of the newcomers to fill in some quality minutes. They won't have pressure to be anything more than a role player.
Offensively, Duncan is SLIGHTLY better. Steidl is WAY better on defense and rebounding. He averages about 2 minutes more per game and is always on the floor at the end of a close game for offense and defense. I could not care less what the 8 other coaches in the league think. The one coach that matters is the one that coaches him and sees him every day. I know he thinks Steidl is one of the most important and unheralded guys on the team.
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