Western Illinois, Year 39, 2045-2046

 Western Illinois, Year 39, 2045-2046

Western Illinois goes for a 3-peat with simplest two seasons left in our sim dynasty in College Hoops 2K8. Welcome back to our simulated dynasty with the Western Illinois Leathernecks in College Hoops 2K8. You might perhaps be ready to search out a plump explanation of this venture + spoiler-free hyperlinks to old seasons right here. Take a look at out the introduction to this sequence from early April for plump context. As a reminder, we simulate every game on this sequence and simplest control the recruiting and teaching methods. Dynasty mode runs for 40 years.
Sooner than we accumulate up with the Leathernecks firstly of Year 39, right here’s a recap of the whole lot that took teach final season:

Western Illinois entered the season as defending nationwide champions after taking pictures the ninth title in program history in Year 37. We misplaced four starters off that crew, nevertheless returned enough skills to open the 365 days at No. 23 within the preseason polls. We tore thru non-conference and Summit League play with simplest two total losses ahead of punching our computerized uncover to the NCAA tournament.
We earned a No. 2 seed to the NCAA tournament and beat Weber Sigh within the first spherical, Oklahoma Sigh within the spherical of 32, Illinois within the Candy 16, Louisville within the Elite Eight, Michigan Sigh within the Final Four, and Boston College within the nationwide championship game to rob title No. 10 and tie John Wooden for the most championships in faculty basketball history.
We recruited for 3 scholarships and landed three recruits: five-critical particular person worldwide taking pictures guard James Haranga out of Cameroon, three-critical particular person heart Dean Warner, and three-critical particular person minute ahead Jaycee Queen.

Right here’s a main eye at the roster for Year 39:

Our creep with the Leathernecks is coming to a shut. Coach Ricky Charisma started at Western Illinois as a 25-365 days-stale looking out for to attain the very now not going and rob a nationwide championship at one in all the smallest and least a success programs within the nation. Nearly four a long time later, the Leathernecks delight in obtained 10 titles, which ties us with John Wooden for the most by any coach within the history of DI males’s faculty basketball.
We enter this season coming off back-to-back nationwide titles. We’ve below no conditions pulled a 3-peat ahead of.
It obtained’t be easy. We misplaced critical particular person hover Ketshner Evertsen and beginning level guard Cam Kately early to the NBA coming off final season’s title creep. On the plus aspect, we easy delight in a crew that’s proficient enough to be ranked No. 10 within the preseason polls.
Let’s meet the beginning lineup:

PG Christano Ngounou, sophomore, 83 general: Ngounou is getting forced into the beginning lineup a 365 days earlier than anticipated ensuing from Kately turned professional, nevertheless we’re optimistic he has what it takes to lead us on a deep tournament creep. The 6’3 guard has improved to a 75-rated three-level shooter, and he’s a monster defender with A grades in on-ball defense and steals. We don’t need him to be a celeb in March, we ideal need a staunch hand setting the desk. Broken-down five-critical particular person worldwide recruit out of Cameroon with B doable.

SG Bernie Doyle, redshirt junior, 88 general: Doyle used to be a key bench scorer at some level of our tournament creep final season, and now steps into the spotlight as anyone who might perhaps perhaps finish up as our predominant scoring option this season. A lanky 6’9 taking pictures guard, Doyle has terrific three-level taking pictures ability (87 ranking), tight ball handling, and an A grade in steals. I’m giving him the Paul George comp and I need to eye him become our biggest critical particular person this 365 days. Broken-down No. 36 general recruit from Detroit with C doable. Projected 2d spherical accumulate.

SF Floyd Keller, redshirt junior, 89 general: Keller came off the bench final season to present us some correct minutes, and now steps into the broad shoes left by Shner. The 6’7 ahead has a 3-level ranking within the mid-80s, and is an elite offensive rebounder for a hover with a ranking within the low 90s. Keller is absolutely one in all the most extreme pieces on the crew this 365 days, and if he’s indisputably correct, our crew must be indisputably correct, too. Broken-down No. 101 general recruit out of Dallas with C+ doable. Projected 2d spherical accumulate.

PF Oscar Fray, redshirt junior, 86 general: Fray is one in all two returning starters from our nationwide championship crew final season. The 7-foot energy ahead is a colossal three-level shooter for his teach with a 75 ranking, nevertheless we’ve noticed he likes to come to a decision pull-up triples reasonably than ideal map within the bottom in tournament video games. Defensively, he has an 82 ranking in shot blocking, which is tops on the crew, and moreover does a pretty correct job on the glass. Broken-down No. 118 general recruit out of Lynn, MA with C doable. Projected 2d spherical accumulate.

C D.J. Foster, redshirt senior, 90 general: Foster grew to become a fable on our creep to the nationwide championship final season by being named Most Excellent Participant of the NCAA tournament. The 7’2 heart is solely an enormous drive at every ends of the bottom. He’s one in all the colossal rebounders in program history, moreover to being a staunch scorer offensively and a main deterrent at the rim on defense. He went off for 20 aspects, 18 rebounds, and seven assists within the title game rob over BC final 365 days. Broken-down No. 173 general recruit out of Chicago with C doable. Projected high accumulate.

Our bench has been a energy the final two years, nevertheless that might also now not be the case this 365 days at all. We can delight in an elite sixth man in redshirt junior heart Brody Munoz (89 general), who used to be a drive for us within the tournament final 365 days and is already a projected lottery accumulate. We also delight in 7-foot heart Logan Polk, who we’re energetic to energy ahead, junior guard Archie Howel (77 general), ideal freshman minute ahead Jaycee Queen (76 general), heart Dean Warner (74 general), and five-critical particular person worldwide freshman taking pictures guard James Haranga (67 general, A- doable).
With Munoz, Keller, and Doyle all projected as doable NBA draft picks as juniors, it’s going to be curious to eye how this season performs out and if any of them return for my final season next 365 days in Year 40.
Recruiting
Right here is our final recruiting class ever! Now we delight in three scholarships to recruit for, and for certain, every of these gamers will compile simplest one 365 days on campus. Lets as successfully swing for the fences. The high precedence correct now? Convalescing on the hover.
After scanning the within the market suggestions, we reach to a decision to offer the next gamers:

6’6 SG Urule Millar out of Phoenix: No. 32 general recruit, No. 10 at his teach
6’7 PF Kenny Butler out of Los Angeles: No. 58 general recruit, No. 10 at his teach
6’6 SF Jerald Obasohan out of Inglewood, CA: 5-critical particular person JUCO recruit

Obasohan is rated as the third simplest JUCO recruit within the nation. Millar looks love the most attention-grabbing two guard prospect for us, and as the Mr. Basketball in Arizona, he’s doubtless correct enough to step into minutes from day one next season. Butler is a minute shorter than the energy forwards we most steadily recruit, nevertheless we love the belief of having a extremely rated prospect with a numerous skill map at that teach.
Year 39! No. 10 within the preseason polls! Three-peat??? National title No. 11 to jog John Wooden for the most all-time??? Now we delight in intrigue heading into this season. Let’s jog!
How did the conventional season jog?
We birth off the 365 days 3-0 with wins over Houston, Illinois, and UW-Milwaukee. That moves us up to No. 5 within the polls and units up a showdown with Kansas. Bill Self is long long gone, nevertheless the Jayhawks are easy a high program moreover to one in all our biggest rivals. They offer us our first loss, 91-67, which drops us the total ability down to No. 20 within the polls. Damn.
We rebound with wins in our two early conference video games, after which head out West for a matchup with UCLA. Mountainous, enormous game. Accomplish I sound inflamed?

That moves us to 6-1 on the 365 days. We play Syracuse next: it’s a rob. Then we face Minnesota: rob. Duke? Plot shut. We shut out the 365 days with Grambling, which is one other dub.
We’re 10-1 heading into the plump conference slate.
Did we jog undefeated in Summit League play?
Yes we did. We accomplished 18-0 against the Summit League slate at some level of the conventional season, after which obtained all three video games within the conference tournament to punch our computerized fee to the NCAA tournament.
After losing four conference video games mixed between Year 36 and Year 37, it feels colossal to eye our crew enact undefeated against the league slate two years in a row.
We can enter the NCAA tournament at 29-1 on the 365 days. As Quite so a lot of Sunday arrives, we’re up to No. 7 within the polls. I can’t wait to eye what seed we compile.
Sooner than we uncover out, let’s decide a eye at the conventional season stats:

Foster! Correct a good 365 days for the reigning MOP of the NCAA tournament. Our dude build up 24.3 aspects, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. I love that we also had three numerous gamers enact in double-figures in scoring. This crew lacks the depth some of our simplest groups delight in had, nevertheless I’m feeling indisputably correct in regards to the five starters.
How did recruiting jog?
We didn’t land anyone at the early signing deadline, nevertheless we’re in correct form for the offseason. Kenny Butler, the finish-60 energy ahead recruit, is at 100 p.c ardour, meaning he’s going to signal on the first day of the spring duration. That’s going to be a nice addition to our front court.
Now we delight in the most efficient offer out to Obasohan, nevertheless he with out warning has extra ardour in UCLA plain within the technique. Essentially the most attention-grabbing man we misplaced out on used to be Millar, nevertheless we’ve changed him with Erwin Walls, a 6’4 taking pictures guard out of 6’4 taking pictures guard out of Houston who is ranked No. 47 general. Walls might perhaps be interested by LSU and Houston, nevertheless now we delight in the most efficient offer out to him to this level.
2046 NCAA tournament
We earned a No. 4 seed to the NCAA tournament and a main spherical matchup with Ivy League champ No. 13 seed Brown. I’m neutral a minute offended, ensuing from I belief we must thrill in earned a No. 2 seed given that we’re No. 7 within the AP Pollentering the tournament. Even after 10 championships in 38 years, the Quite so a lot of Committee is easy disrespecting our ‘Necks.
We enter the game as a 98 general, whereas Brown is rated as a 79 general.
Sooner than we compile to the first spherical matchup, let’s test in our roster:

Our starters are taking a eye colossal. Our bench is taking a eye rather outmoded. To rob title No. 11, we’re going to need our high gamers to steer clear of having an off evening in divulge that they’ll carry us to a 3-peat.
I love that now we delight in three elite bigs with Foster, Fray, and Munoz off the bench — who has to be the most efficient sixth man in The United States. Our hover tandem of Bernie Doyle and Floyd Keller delight in the scale, the rate, and the taking pictures compulsory to be stars. Essentially the most attention-grabbing ingredient we had been lacking when we recruited all these gamers used to be a level guard, and Ngounou are stepped up admirably to possess that role. It’s rather amazing that he’s already rated as an 87 general as a truthful sophomore.
Logan Polk, the sophomore 7-footer, is the man I believe the most off the bench after Munoz. Howel will need to hit some photography off the bench, and I’m also to eye what James Haranga can attain. Essentially the most attention-grabbing freshman taking pictures guard from Cameroon is up to a 71 general and has a nice mixture of size and taking pictures.
The chase to a 3-peat begins against Brown. Let’s jog!

Plot shut, 93-67. We commencing our Year 39 title creep with a blowout victory.
We ran Brown off the bottom within the first half, and had been ready to ‘sim to entire’ early within the 2d half. Our size interior used to be ideal ability too powerful for them to manage with.
D.J. Foster looks to be like primed to invent a creep at his 2d straight MOP award. The 7’2 heart accomplished with 21 aspects and 13 rebounds on 10-of-17 taking pictures from the sphere within the rob. Oscar Fray also dominated to enact with 21 aspects and seven rebounds.
Our beginning wings Keller and Doyle mixed to head 5-for-7 from three-level fluctuate within the rob. That can compile the job finished. I also love the defense from Ngounou at level guard to enact with four steals.
We toughen to 30-1 on the season with the dub.
The rob units up a game against No. 5 seed Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets were a consistent NCAA tournament crew on this sim with several deep runs to the Final Four.
Georgia Tech enters rated as a 94 general. We’re a 98 general. Clearly, right here goes to be an spectacular stiffer take a look at than Brown.
Let’s jog!

Plot shut, 110-86. We’re onto the Candy 16!
Our guys regarded absolutely dialed in from the outlet tip. By ability of ball circulate, scoring effectivity, and generating turnovers, this used to be rather powerful a supreme game from our ‘Necks. The first half used to be an absolute sanatorium: we shot 67 p.c from the sphere, didn’t turn the ball over at all, and took a 27-level lead into the spoil. It used to be a wrap from there.
Oscar Fray performed love a flat-out critical particular person. Fray used to be the most overpassed member of our final five-365 days recruiting class, nevertheless he has the scale (7-foot) and the taking pictures that we eye for in a energy ahead. He performed doubtless the most attention-grabbing game of his occupation, going off for 23 aspects and eight rebounds on 9-of-15 taking pictures within the rob. This switch used to be too indecent.

Every numerous starter also accomplished in double-figures in scoring. Foster (17 aspects, six rebounds) kept his doable repeat MOP uncover alive, whereas Doyle and Keller stayed hot from three. How about four extra steals from Christano? We gather to eye it.
The bench also regarded dope in rubbish time. My man Haranga, up to a 71 general, regarded extra special, going 4-of-5 from the sphere to enact with 10 aspects. Neutral freshman hover Jaycee Queen also added 13 aspects, six assists, and three steals. This crossover used to be filthy:

Correct a colossal crew game all around. That’s the formula for how this squad can rob the total ingredient.
The rob units up a Candy 16 game with No. 8 seed Indiana
The Hoosiers upset No. 1 seed Nevada to crash the Candy 16. Indiana can also simplest be an 8-seed, nevertheless they’ve hundreds younger skills up-and-down the roster. IU begins five-critical particular person recruits at level guard, taking pictures guard, and minute ahead.
Indiana enters rated as a 95 general. We’re a 98 general. An Elite Eight uncover is on the road. Can our dream of a 3-peat are residing to eye one other day?
Let’s jog!

Plot shut, 96-64. One more game, one other beatdown. We’re rolling into the Elite Eight.
We spread out a 20-level lead midway thru the first half, and the rout used to be on from there. Indiana closed the half solid to reduction things competitive, nevertheless we cranked up the tension again within the 2d half to lock within the blow out.
I belief Bernie Doyle used to be ridiculously correct, scoring 19 of his 28 aspects within the 2d half to staunch the rob. Dude went 10-of-14 from the sphere and 6-of-10 from three on this game. Indiana had no respond for him. How are you purported to finish a 6’9 taking pictures guard who can compile buckets in any venture?

The front court used to be also dominant again. Foster remains to be unreal, going off for 15 aspects, 16 rebounds, and five assists. He’s now grabbed extra boards within the NCAA tournament than any Leathernecks participant ever, per our comprehensive database. It is a ways so wide to an enormous 7’2 heart preserving things down within the heart. Fray had 15 aspects and three steals within the rob, as successfully.
It used to be one other solid performance from Christano Ngounou, too. He had 11-6-5-1 on 5-of-7 taking pictures, including this candy crossover.

We are playing inconceivable crew ball correct now. Let’s protect it going.
The rob units up an Elite Eight game with No. 2 seed Florida
The Gators delight in a pretty unique mix of skills for a No. 2 seed. They are stacked within the front court with most of their simplest gamers as energy forwards. They’ve a celeb 5’10 level guard, nevertheless don’t delight in many natural wings on the perimeter.
We enter at 32-1 rated as a 98 general. Florida is 31-8 rated as a 95 general.
One rob a ways from the Final Four! Three-peat on the road! Let’s jog!

Loss, 115-100. Oh my, we bought shellacked. Our season is over ideal love that.
I in actual fact can’t imagine it. We had been playing such colossal ball all 365 days, and in particular within the tournament. After seeing our guys rob the nationwide title the final two years, I belief this used to be one other crew of future. Florida proved that belief unfriendly by running us off the bottom.
Florida began to tug away at the finish of the first half, nevertheless I belief our 2d half crew would delight in enough juice to tug-off the comeback. It wasn’t meant to be. We simply might perhaps perhaps now not compile a finish or enough turnovers to leisurely down Florida’s excessive-powered assault. I can’t undergo in mind an opposing offense cutting us up love that too repeatedly ahead of.
It used to be a tough game for our starters, and we simply don’t delight in enough skills on the bench to search out supplemental scoring when they went frigid. Doyle accomplished with 20 aspects nevertheless went 2-for-12 from three-level fluctuate. Keller went 1-of-7 from three. Fray shot 1-of-6 from the sphere. No longer decrease than Foster — 14 aspects, 12 rebounds — had one other correct game in his final appearance in a ‘Necks uniform.
There isn’t powerful else to instruct. Right here is an extremely disappointing loss. I desired to spoil Wooden’s memoir and I desired to a couple-peat for the first time ever. It wasn’t meant to be.
We’re onto our final offseason ever, that contains our final recruiting class ever. I’m getting choked up ideal inflamed by it. It’d be curious to eye who of Munoz, Keller, and Doyle return for Year 40.
Offseason

North Carolina wins the nationwide championship.
D.J. Foster wins conference participant of the 365 days for the 2d straight season. We also decide home four of the five spots on the All-Summit Group.
WOW, EVERYONE IS COMING BACK. Our lone senior, Foster, graduates as a lottery accumulate. I’m fearful that Munoz is returning as a doable first rounder, and it’s colossal to eye Doyle and Keller back too. We’re going to be loaded next 365 days. Would possibly per chance perhaps well we be preseason No. 1?
My memoir stands at 1,142-209 with 10 nationwide titles at 64 years stale.

Recruiting
Now we delight in three birth scholarships as we enter the spring recruiting duration for our final class ever. All people is aware of now we delight in one participant locked down, and he commits on the first day of the signing duration:

Kenny Butler, a 6’7 energy ahead out of LA, rated as the No. 57 general recruit and No. 10 energy ahead prospect. He’s neutral a minute shorter than we love, nevertheless his taking pictures projection looks to be like colossal, and he’ll be the most efficient natural four on our roster. We love him.
Now we delight in two numerous offers out to 5-critical particular person JUCO hover Jerald Obasohan and 4-critical particular person taking pictures guard Erwin Walls. They every commit soon after.

Obasohan is the No. 3 rated JUCO prospect. Walls looks love he’s going to be terrific — eye at these AAU stats!
I’m inflamed these guys. Our recruiting class ranks No. 19 within the nation.
Now let’s map the schedule for our final season.
Bradley, NIT Tip-off, Southern Illinois, @ Florida, Illinois, @ DePaul, Kansas, @ Duke, UIC, Golden Undergo Traditional.
As we sim to Year 40, we’re greeted by an unwelcome message:

Year 40
Right here’s a main eye at our roster in Year 40:

If the game is forcing me into vital retirement at age-65, at the least we’re going out with a broken-down crew that’s proficient enough to rob the nationwide championship. We simplest misplaced Foster from final 365 days’s Elite Eight squad, and we must thrill in some loyal depth this season.
Right here’s a eye at the freshmen:

SF Jerald Obasohan, 79 general, C doable: Unfortunately simplest a 70 ranking in three-level taking pictures, nevertheless right here’s an out of this world beginning ranking. He must be playable for us this 365 days.

SG Erwin Walls, 74 general, B doable: Walls has a ambitious 79 ranking in three-level taking pictures. He’ll be a deep bench option for us.

PF Kenny Butler, 74 general, C+ doable: He grew an inch to 6’8 and will most doubtless be one other deep bench option.

With one season to head, we’re tied with John Wooden for the most nationwide championships in history with 10 titles. Accomplish we compile No. 11 in our final 365 days?
We’re going to be streaming Year 40 on Sunday, Would possibly per chance perhaps well 16 at 8 p.m. ET on my Twitch channel. We’ll be gazing a few traditional season video games, after which going into the tournament. If now we delight in a long tournament creep and can’t entire the season in a single evening, we’ll doubtless enact out the tournament creep on Sunday, Would possibly per chance perhaps well 23 at 8 p.m. ET on my Twitch.
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Peek The Final Dance with Western Illinois in Year 40
What: Western Illinois Year 40 season
When: Sunday, Would possibly per chance perhaps well 16 at 8 p.m. ET. If compulsory: persisted on Wednesday, Would possibly per chance perhaps well 23 at 8 p.m. ET
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