– Metrolina Greenhouse
has got to be last and it might as well be a full team of CBC rookies. I went to scout this team in the Charlotte
Sportscenter League and they played against a team of players that were
completely undraftable in the CBC, so it was hard to get an idea of how
guys would play in a competitive environment, but either way, it’s
going to be
a jump in intensity going from that garbage league to the pretty even
the board CBC and I don’t know if they will get a lot of wins in their
season. They do have Marcus Dillagard as
their top guy and as most of the veterans know, Marcus has 9 CBC
his belt and has never won a CBC playoff game although we would all
agree he is
a excellent talent and will still put up crazy numbers.
Tramaine Gardiner is a quality big man and
will serve as the #2 guy and will do damage in the middle…after that I
know too much about the other guys on the team.
The Captain is Art Vanwingerden who plays about the same way
Dan Tomasian, Nik, Eric Willis, and Alan Boyer play…but every team
guy that flares out to the 3 point line and waits for his shot. The rest of the team we will find out more
about as the season goes along, but right now I’m starting them off in
strayed away from the family setup last season and suffered through a
months of agony and losing. The Heagle
boyz are returning to their roots this season and have drafted a team
familiar with and I think this is a really strong team, if it were
7….unfortunately it’s Season 16 and the league has evolved and I’m not
this team has the horses to get it done.
This team is lacking a #2 scorer to go along with Jason unless
Hines guy hits the league like a wrecking ball.
They do have the original PG wrecking ball in Scott Rodgers who
nice season 15 campaign, but that was a team that had Maynor,
Rowles, and Drago and Scott was really the #5 guy teams worried about,
is the #2 guy that teams will worry about.
Matt Heagle will still do his thing and get some run out baskets
the unprepared teams, but his production has been steadily slipping as
get a little smarter and more athletic.
Matt Campbell was once a solid player, but I think basketball
slipped out of his top 10 things he worries about on a daily basis. He says it’s probably around #12, right
behind eating a lot of muffins but right in front of thinking of smarmy
Facebook Status updates. I do like the
return of the ReguLadies who will be in attendance for their games I’m
but unfortunately I think they will be putting their pom poms in their
early in the second half of a lot of games this season.
Captain Bernard Lee is doing and saying all the right things and is
take on the roll as the new Captain, however, this team just doesn’t
fit together and is missing that “glue” piece.
Add in the fact that the rookie curse has already made an
when 3rd round selection Drew Miller tore his knee up. Having to talk a new guy in to replace Drew
is a bad sign. Brandon Thomas may be a
slight upgrade in overall talent, but Drew was one of the smartest IQ
the CBC and was that “glue” type guy that makes the other guys better. I don’t know if Brandon is that or not, but
if he is just a guy who wants the ball to get his points, then this
spin out of control early. We know Titus
to bring it every game, but how will him and Bernard co-exist? They both seem like they need to be the main
guy with the ball? Larry Thomas had a
below average season last season also.
Kenny thought he was getting a 6’7 rebound monster to control
and instead got Charles Snipes numbers with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Larry will need to do better, but he (like
many big men) only seem to get into the games when he gets touches and
didn’t get them last year playing with Larry Davis and Estwick. Something for Relentless to keep in mind, but
I’m sure Bernard has that as a talking point for his pregame team
meet and greet.
– Kinetics –
theme here….Rookies. Rookies
historically suck in the CBC, especially the ones that don’t buy into
pickup, so although by all accounts, Ben Ebong seems to be a pretty
inside player, I just don’t see him leading his squad to enough wins to
the playoffs this season. The team looks
slow to me, which isn’t always a terrible thing if you have a group of
that all play slow. However, this looks
like a slow team with a few guys that like to play fast, and that may
issue. Kin plays fast and tends to take
the first available open shot, Reggie will push fast and misses the
available layup, but looking at AJ and Tracy this off season, I don’t
they want to do anything too fast right now.
Just sayin’. Both AJ and Tracy
have beautiful looking jumpers and in a perfect world Kinetics would
have a great
inside outside game with Ben drawing defenders and being able to kick
reliable shooters wherever the double team comes from, but 2 of those
not had good shooting off seasons and may need to go through a few
balls to get their touch back but stay away from the rack of ribs. I think that Kin got all good players and
like last season where Kinetics got better as the season wore on and
learned each others games, they will probably be like that again, but I
think the pieces fit as well together this season and instead of just
how to play with each other, some players may need to change the way
to make it work and that usually ain’t happening.
looking to return to the glory days where BMAC’s teams were always
but lately they have been lower half of the league, however, Brad looks
refreshed so far this off season and has been hitting his three and I
care what anyone says, I still have never seen anyone be able to keep
getting into the middle and making plays.
He has great vision and great handles, the only thing that has
him down is stamina and once he gets tired he settles for long jumpers,
is also a bad decision when your tired, but like I said, he looks a lot
coming into this season. Truesdale looks
to have extra bounce in his step also.
Truesdale is coming off a great statistical season but a
as well. David is rising to the top of
the “Best Player to Not Make it to a Title Game List”.
I know he is focused on grabbing some wins
this season so that people don’t hang the David Losedale nickname on
him. Zack is coming off a title season in
also shot 43% from the arc to go along with his post game.
Zack is quietly in that best inside/outside
combo game conversation, and now it also looks like Winter is on top of
game. This team 4 top pieces have all
had excellent off seasons and if pickup is any indication of how they
under the whistle, then these guys will do a lot better than #10 in the
rankings. They also have a bona fide
defensive specialist in Steve Brooks, which is a perfect fit for this
because well, ya know where I’m going with that………..I think they did
their 6th man also in Ray Muellerman. Ray
is a perfect 6th man who isn’t
afraid to mix it up and take his 5 fouls and it gives them a little
height to mix in. Zack at 6’4 is a
little undersized to battle some teams for 44 minutes, buy Ray at 6’7
them a lot. I’m keeping them at 10, although as I’m writing this I like
team more than I initially did
– Old School
so last season Bob drafted Bobby Short and Carl Holmes and this season
Matt Rowles and Matt Chotkowski. That is
about the biggest 1 season change of direction in CBC history. Old School is never fun to play because Bob
demands that people play defense and if they don’t then he somehow is
good enough to guard his man and make up for another players defensive
however this year he has Chotkowski guarding the lane and Rowles isn’t
lockdown defender but he takes pride in guarding his guy and doesn’t
anything easy. Add to that mix a very
underrated Alan Boyer and they will go 6’7, 6’7, 6’5, 6’3 and then
Badgett at 6’3. They will be a tough
team to get 2nd shots on, and will even be tough to get 1st
shots up on them. The obvious question
is where are they going to get their points from??
Their highest scoring guy on that team is
Badgett who has 17 last season but that is playing with
who kept the floor spread. This team is
going to see packed zone defense from the opening tip to the last
the last game. I think people are
underestimating Boyer a little bit when they say they have no shooters,
Alan can and will hit jumpers and has no fear to take them when he is
at 6’7 a guard running at him late isn’t effecting his look. I love the Nik Radonjic pick also because he
isn’t afraid to let it fly also and he is in shape and will hit at 40%
well. However, I just think it’s
unprecedented that the 3 leading scorers on a team will be the 3,rd, 4th,
and 5th picks and not 1 and 2…so I’m curious to see how this
out. They say that defense wins
championships, and Old School will test that theory.
I would like to flip flop this team with The Grinders in the rankings
giving Rodney the benefit of the diubt being that he is the best
this league. I said this last season and
the season before that….Rodney isn’t going hard every minute of every
you have to knock him out early because if you let him get to the end
game, he is going to beat you…end of story…ask Bobby Short…..twice! It’s the reason I fouled Houston 3 seasons
ago up 1 with 10 seconds left because I didn’t want Rodney hitting a
the buzzer, which he would have done.
Ultimately it didn’t go down as one of the best coaching moves
career, Damn you Houston, but maybe Old School should have
fouled someone in the title game before
Monroe daggered them at the buzzer…just sayin’.
Hit Squad’s challenge is jus to get to the playoffs and then
dangerous, however, getting there may not be that easy.
If Rodney decides to go 85% in a game, then I
don’t see another guy that can pick up the slack. Last
season there was Calvin who could go
create his own shot and get Zack and Badgett nice looks, but Coletrain
have those same abilities as Zack and Badgett from last year, however
isn’t any “calvin” like player to create opportunities for them, which
that Monroe has to carry a much bigger load.
I think Coletrain is the best scrapper in the league and is the
undisputed king of the welterweight division of inside players but he
other players creating gaps for him to exploit.
I like Deal’s game also, but he is also a fly under the radar
that relies on others to get him opps. Dave
Carr is your standard prototypical CBC reliable white guy in the corner
player and Chris Bruce used to be that.
I think they got a steal with Burgess at 53 and that allows Deal
perhaps get a smaller guy on him that he can abuse, but unless Monroe
bigger load than last season, I think this team is touch and go if they
make the playoffs of not.
– Crossover Sports
obvious advantage of Crossover Sports is that they have a group of guys
all buy into the same basketball theory, even more so than last season. Against undisciplined teams, Crossover was
just too consistent and eventually pulled away, but they lacked a
down the stretch of games against good teams.
I see this team being an improved version of last year, however
same deficiency of not having that big time closer.
They will take smart shots, work the
mismatches, communicate well on defense, make the right adjustments,
the things that will lead to an enjoyable season and a great team to
but when it comes down to tie game, 2:20 on the clock, I don’t know if
that that “hey fellas…I got this” type of guy.
Crossover is one of the few teams that
everyone fits into a natural position on the floor and are good at
roles. Seneca is a solid PG and he will
have a nice balanced floor to work with at all times in the game with a
post player in Stywall, the perfect team player and slasher
Clark, a lights out shooter in Kenny May, and whatever it is that I do
as I run
around on my tippy toes in my perfectly matching outfits.
Thomas Lewis off the bench fits in with
Crossover’s team ball concept as well and COS is versatile enough that
come in for any of the 5 players and it still works as a balanced team. We won’t be flashy, and we might not be
but we went 6-3 last season and I think we got better.
– Roc Boyz –
There comes a time
Got no patience
To search for peace of mind
Want to take it slow
No more hiding
Or disguising truths I've sold
Something hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses that I know…. Alice in
Chains, from the song No Excuses. Bless
is out of them now and it’s probably time he shook the CBC gorilla off
and won this thing. He has certainly got
the team to do it this season. He is
playi9ng great, he looks a step quicker than I’ve ever seen him, and
is more consistent and he is penetrating and passing effectively. Bless, as many don’t know, outside of the CBC
is a pass first type of player, however he has always been relied upon
up points in the CBC, but this season he will be running with 2 guys
give him 30 a piece…..easy. Add in a
very solid big guy who is also a scorer and can catch and finish for
James Graceley. I worry about JG who
hasn’t played a ton of hoops since last season ended, but that perfect
from 3 isn’t going anywhere and actually, Bless and Badgett will take
off him anyway and he may be as dangerous waddling up the floor on the
secondary break. We know that JG in the
post if a handful as well and with a little extra stuffing, not many
will be able to deal with him there. The
only reason I have them as low as 6 is that they are the only team in
(not including The Late Show who are brand new) who don’t have a guy
won a title yet. So, with over 30
combined seasons of experience. None of them have broken through yet,
deducted a few points. Still, this will
be a dangerous team to play and when you look around at tip-off and
size up the
opponent, most teams will at least be a little nervous when they see
with their game faces on. .
team took a lot of criticisism at the draft, although I have no idea
why. I have
also had a few people tell me they don’t like this team, but I’m
going to need 90 points to beat them and many teams may not be capable
getting that. First off, they are going
to wear teams out by going uptempo and Bobby and Colt can play that
well as any 2 guard combo in the league.
Don’t let Jed McMuffin’s look fool ya, he can also play quicker
looks and plus he will play emotional and keep the team playing
emotional. Rudy is arguably the 2nd
scoring big man in the league, so if teams are set up on defense and
half court set, they have Rudy to get easy baskets because nobody can
anyone else on the floor. Their 4th
round guy may be the best shooter in the league and has an arsenal of
moves. This was a steal in the 4th
round and fits into this style of team great.
I know that Jed was only picking MicroDave so that it made him
thinner in the huddle, but he probably got 20 per game from that round. David Craig will get plenty of shots in this
offense and there will be plenty of times that he may be transitioning
playing the big man role when Rudy needs a break, which may be early
often. OK, defense is not going to be
the strong suit of this team and teams are going to put up big scoring
against Antagonists, but it will be fun games to play in..except in the
minutes when your dead-ass tired from running up and down with them and
staring at the clock hoping that it mives quicker, Mid-20 year old
will still be warming up and that is where they may be able to steal a
games. The danger is that they could get
on different agenda’s and turn into a bad version of Back2Basics teams,
they stay on the same page and everyone feels like they are getting
shots, they could run away and hide from some teams.
– The Late Show –
team that some of the critics aren’t sold on.
Yea, they have some issues like 3 of their guys are all PG’s and
like they want the ball , and maybe they lack some three point
their big men looked tired after lacing up their shoes, but come
ex-professional athletes. From the time
all of us were 2 years old, when asked what we wanted to do…all of us
be pro athletes or firemen. None of us
said “I would like to get up at 6:30 am everyday and drive into my
sit for 9 hours”. So of all the millions
of boys bouncing, dribbling, throwing, catching, balls only 1% get to
do it for
a living, so that means your dealing with a whole different level of
competitiveness. I think that what The
Late Show may lack in some aspects, they will more than make up for it
athleticism and willingness not to lose.
Curry, Bly, and Leggett may have some growing pains figuring out
should have the ball most and what do
other 2 do when they don’t, since they all appear to have basically
different versions of the same skill.
All have good handles and look to shoot the midrange shot, and
good at that. I’m pretty sure they will
see zone all season and I wonder if any of them have extended range. Josh looked to have the cleanest shot of the
group, so he may be the guy that needs to open up the zone, but I’m
guessing. Tough to tell by just a handful
of games….on certain pickup nights even Brantley looks like he can
until you get under the whistle and the stat sheets come out, you never
know. I think this team will put a lot
of pressure on the ball and if you don’t have a solid PG, they may be
cause numerous turnovers and Bly is really good at semi-leaking out for
layups on change of possessions. Dre Bly
scored 119 points last season and about 115 of them were runout layups
nobody within 10 feet of him. Ronald
Curry will be their best player, but he may actually be a step ahead of
everyone else on the team in terms of how he sees what’s going on. I noticed that in pickup that he bounced a
few passes off people hands and one off my face because I wasn’t ready
that. You don’t see a lot of pure PG’s
in the league and TLS better keep their hands ready.
– Money Talks
could be the steal of the draft. I had
him as my number 2 guy heading into the draft and he slipped all the
ELEVEN. Not sure what his weakness is
yet, but he has shown that he can do everything and add to the fact
that he has
bought into the pickup scene, unlike a lot of other first rounders, so
be hitting the league comfortable. He
can get to his shot when he wants but he also seems willing to kick to
guys and he will like having Fayed to rely on. Montanari will have to
34% shooting and I haven’t seen him in the gym much, so my guess is
will stay right around there, but he will get plenty of opportunities
to let it
fly. Tyrone Sands is another guy that I
have not seen in the gym much and could be a weakspot for this team. You know, the more I look at this team the
I think I’m overvaluing Money Talks.
Yes, Fulton is a stud…but Monty was 13 qame last season, Sands
a ghost, and Terrell Brooks is a rookie unknown. Yikes….OK,
actually, let’s make these guys #5
and bring Roc Boyz to #3!!! Too much
hype about Fulton blinded my initial judgment.
– Quiet Storm
not to love this team. You have last
season’s MVP in Calvin and if Bobby Short would have hot a couple free
then Calvin wouldn’t have won it, but Carl Holmes would have…and now
on the same team!! Carl is the perfect
CBC player because he isn’t just getting the ball and volume shooting
buzzer sounds! He is out there thinking
about what’s the best way to attack this team I’m playing.
So, you have 2 talented, unselfish, smart
players in Calvin and Carl and then if you look in Websters dictionary
role-player you’ll see Chris Davis and if you look in the Urban
under role-player there is a picture of Tim Franklin.
These 2 are absolute perfect role
players…both can play D, both are very smart, both have scored 30 in
have had double digit rebounds and then there are games that both have
have taken less than 5 shots. They are
“do what needs to be done” guys and both have extremely versatile games
wide skill set in which to draw from.
They aren’t great at anything but good at everything and that
a perfect fit. The wild card on this
team is Brantley and we’ll see if the Curse of the OC is transferrable
not. Brantley is also a versatile player
in spurts. I’m sure every teacher in
Elementary school probably wrote this statement on Brantley’s
evaluation form “
Brantley is a joy to have in class although he lacks focus and can be
emotional, we are working daily on having Brantley express his emotions
rather than with his actions” If
Brantley blows a circuit breaker at any point, then Quiet Strom has a
insurance policy in sharpshooting Dan Tomasian.
Dan looked to be in top form a week before the start of the
is ready to defend his title as top 3 point percentage shooter in the
CBC. If you want to find a knock on this
that they don’t really have a true big man.
Calvin is a shot blocker and can man the middle, but people like
and Ebong and bigger post players make him look small.
Still, he has great timing and Carl Holmes is
long and rangy and can help out. It will
hurt them in a few games this season, but Quiet Storm is too solid to
many games this season.
Shockers will hold down the #1 spot coming into Season 16.
Larry Davis is an unstoppable force and will
come in to his 2nd season with a chip on his shoulder. Letrasky may be the best defender in the
league and also has a chip on his shoulder.
Darrin Hucks used to be the top shooter in this league and has
some shots from the media in the last
seasons and I know he has a little something to prove and judging from
games I’ve seen him play this off season, he is ready to get his name
the “best shooter” discussions. Larry
is a strong inside player who also has a nice midrange touch and I hear
the three a little bit, however the only time he should shoot a 3 on
is at the end of the half. Larry looks
like he plays a little angry also, which fits directly into The
operandi. I thought a weakness of this
team would be that they didn’t have anyone to keep the quicker guards
penetrating but then they grab Houston waaaaaay later than he should
gone. Houston is an excellent defender
and that was a great draft pick because they needed him to chase guys
keep the scorers fresh. They also got Carl
to keep the bench area clean from debris and/or wet spots so that the
slip during a timeout. Cliff thought of
everything this draft. Scoring?, Check.
Defense? Check. Shooting? Check.
Debris?........hold on….is Carl still available?
Awesome…Check. Cliff is at the
top of his game…he is playing great lately and obviously thinking
clearly. This is definitely the team to