I happened to be looking over your blog this morning from March 26th (why I do not know). But it was interesting to me that you called Tyler Stoczynski the best all around player in the region. I think Stephen Dennis showed you and all Gannon fans exactly who the best all around player in the region was by far. A back injury suffered against IUP in the regional semis and some bs calls by the ref in the first half against Gannon in the finals slowed him down the last two games, but in the PSAC's and the regionals he took over Erie. While I admit Gannon was the best TEAM and the best coached team by far, Tyler wasn't even the best player on his team.
Another thing I have been itching to ask someone who covers Gannon Sports is why was Joe Lindsey starting over Corey Knight ever? I admit I am a Kutztown fan, but I am a basketball fan more than anything. Honestly without Corey Knight Gannon doesn't beat Kutztown in any game this season. The stat sheets didn't even begin to tell his story, they were clearly a better team with him on the floor every time out. I would like to say that Gannon was one of the best basketball atmosphere's I have ever been to. The fans were great, fiery, and talked a lot of smack but definitely were good sports!!! I had a lot of fun.
On another note do you think Joe Jones deserved to be on the All American team? Dennis leads him in every statistical category (pts, steals, rebounds, blocks, assists) and yet didn't make the All American team? He didn't even win the PSAC East player of the year and he lead the winner in all statistical categories as well? I'm just trying to get another opinion on how the NCAA works.
First, thanks for your interest in Gannon Hoops. Now to address your specific points:
- I don't know either why you were looking over my March 26th entry. It is Lent, so maybe it was penance assigned by your priest after confessing to cheering for Mark Bower (#44 for the Golden Bears). Let me also recommend a few other Kutztown-related posts: Jan. 1 "Kutztown: A look ahead, a look back", Jan. 3 "Undermanned GU Outcoaches KU", March 7 "Bobwa over basketball?", and March 18 "Something special."
- Dennis was the best offensive player in the region for sure. I've watched Division II basketball for a few decades now, and I don't recall too many players with Dennis' combination of height, speed, jumping ability, agility, ballhandling, body control, and ability to shoot off the dribble or standstill. But there are two ends of the floor in basketball, and Dennis isn't among the top 100 defenders in the region. It's not that he doesn't have the ability; it's that his intensity frequently wanes when KU's opponent has the ball. I called Stoczynski "the best all-around player in the entire region" because his game is excellent in every aspect ... and he was named in Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic Regional Tournament, so I'm not completely crazy making that claim.
- Seeing Lindsey and Knight play in only the regional tournament, I could understand why you might like Cory better than Joe. In my opinion, those were the best games of Knight's career. But over the course of the season, Lindsey was the better point guard for a variety of reasons -- controlling the tempo, limiting his turnovers, not forcing penetration, etc. Where Lindsey earned his spot on the PSAC West first team was carrying Gannon offensively when Kyle Goldcamp was injured. His signature game was a stat line of 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 8 assists and only 2 turnovers in Gannon's regular season 88-58 romp over Kutztown. (Sorry I had to bring that up.)
- As far as your statement of "Honestly without Corey Knight Gannon doesn't beat Kutztown in any game this season," I disagree completely. If Knight had missed the aforementioned 88-58 shellacking, GU still would have won the game handily. (Sorry I had to bring that up again. But I am glad it gave me the opportunity to use the word "aforementioned.")
- That was a great atmosphere in the regional finals, wasn't it? My wife told me afterwards that she was lightheaded from screaming all game. I told her I hadn't noticed because the place was so dang loud.
- I don't pay attention to D-II All-American teams because they're pretty bogus. How can anyone say that Division II first-teamer Matt Rogers of Southwest Baptist is better than second-teamers Lucas Alves of BYU-Hawaii and Laurence Ekperigin of LeMoyne?
- Thanks very much for writing in. Feel free to join in the comments section -- and come back to the Hammermill Center -- any time you like.