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Who has what and what are the expectations for the MI this season? I can only speak for the Panthers. With a lot of experience, they will still be a young team. They will have some size in the frontcourt. If those young men progress and gain some toughness, this team will be very successful. The backcourt of DLow, Ware and Havens is going to give opposing teams fits. One thing is for sure, the Panthers are going to guard you and very rarely get out hustled. The TOC will have them ready for conference play.

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Panthers first and then HUGE gap.... I would think Metamora will be down this year after losing Kennell, Morgan and a few others. You never know about Limestone because of various transfers......Morton was down last year but do have some players back although they might not have a lot of size. East Peoria lost their best scorer....Pekin lost their top scorer and a few starters - the Dragons have no size and will be mediocre again...Anybody know about Dunlap and Canton? I really don't see any good teams outside of Washington at this point..

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Who is Ware for Washington? I don't remember him last year.
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BLACK CAT wrote:Who has what and what are the expectations for the MI this season? I can only speak for the Panthers. With a lot of experience, they will still be a young team. They will have some size in the frontcourt. If those young men progress and gain some toughness, this team will be very successful. The backcourt of DLow, Ware and Havens is going to give opposing teams fits. One thing is for sure, the Panthers are going to guard you and very rarely get out hustled. The TOC will have them ready for conference play.
Anyone know if the kid with ACL injury is back and healthy? Was defensive stopper but for the life of me , can't remember the name :scratch

illini25 wrote:Who is Ware for Washington? I don't remember him last year.
Dunno. Must be a transfer
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ACL kid is Brett Williams, Ware is a transfer from Peoria Central, both kids can play!!!

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Concerned wrote:ACL kid is Brett Williams, Ware is a transfer from Peoria Central, both kids can play!!!
Question is Williams healthy? I believe he got hurt in 1st half of season. That would be quick turnaround for ACL considering the rigors of the sport.
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Bballnut wrote:
Concerned wrote:ACL kid is Brett Williams, Ware is a transfer from Peoria Central, both kids can play!!!
Question is Williams healthy? I believe he got hurt in 1st half of season. That would be quick turnaround for ACL considering the rigors of the sport.
He is practicing with no restrictions from what I heard from teammates parents.

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Man, where did the big boys go in Pekin? They used to always have a 6'5-6'8 type player - shoot I remember some years where they had 6'8-6'5'6'5 front line but the last several years the size has shrunk in Pekin. Is it the water? :D This year their two tallest players are 6'3 and then a bunch of mites...Dragons will struggle against teams that have good interior size....they do have seven seniors and some experience but I would be pleasantly surprised if they finished .500 this year. Pekin has fallen off the radar in basketball...

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Washington appears to continue recruiting out of Peoria.......I feel for the kids that have been a part of the Panther program working their way up but now have to give up spots to these new outsiders. It's all about winning. Does the coach own property he rents to these kids families like Richwoods coach used to do? Just wondering.
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Pittstop wrote:Washington appears to continue recruiting out of Peoria.......I feel for the kids that have been a part of the Panther program working their way up but now have to give up spots to these new outsiders. It's all about winning. Does the coach own property he rents to these kids families like Richwoods coach used to do? Just wondering.
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Recruiting? I've posted before I'm not accusing the basketball coaching staff of recruiting but the "Student Success" article posted is a form of recruiting being done by the school. It's not illegal by IHSA standards but is clearly an attempt to attract families and students. In an effort to defend the program, proof has been proffered that the school is actively engaged in recruiting.

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Great article until I read who wrote it. SS slants his articles so nothing is ever black and white. Guess you can just form your own opinion.
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Based on some early results, the M-I appears to be very weak...and then some :shock:
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Bballnut wrote:Based on some early results, the M-I appears to be very weak...and then some :shock:
Yeah, Washington should go 14- 0 in league play....I couldn't tell you who will finish second - Morton or Metamora?

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illini25 wrote:Recruiting? I've posted before I'm not accusing the basketball coaching staff of recruiting but the "Student Success" article posted is a form of recruiting being done by the school. It's not illegal by IHSA standards but is clearly an attempt to attract families and students. In an effort to defend the program, proof has been proffered that the school is actively engaged in recruiting.

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Washington should perform very well in the MI. Their guards will be very tough on MI foes. They looked good in spurts during the TOC. The long, extremely athletic teams give them difficulty. They lost to 2 solid teams in Uplift and Kenwood. The thing they are missing this season is a consistent, lights out 3 point shooter, which they have had for several years. The frontcourt will continue to improve. They look soft and out of sorts at times.
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Pekin had two Juniors who would have been in the rotation of 8 who didn't even try out. Probably not a huge effect as there is just not a lot of talent or size this year, but does raise eyebrows about the future of the program.

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XmanCol wrote:Pekin had two Juniors who would have been in the rotation of 8 who didn't even try out. Probably not a huge effect as there is just not a lot of talent or size this year, but does raise eyebrows about the future of the program.
Yeah, the program has been spinning its wheels for years and I can rarely recall such a stretch where there is such a lack of excitement among students and fans....maybe just a lack of talent in Pekin along with lack of size. Where oh where did the big boys go? The football team seems to have good football size every year but Pekin seems to lack basketball size lately (6'5-6'6 types). I really don't know much about the coach (Walraven). Most people, including students, seem to like him on a personal level. But I really can't tell you what kind of coach he is - my knowledge is mostly football. It does seem that for years Pekin has been offensively challenged...

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Washington up 28-17 at half on Canton

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A bit surprised at how a winless Limestone blasted a MI "sleeper" team like East Peoria. :) Also, was a bit surprised at how easy Morton handled Metamora. While I think East Peoria might have been a bit overrated by the PJS, I think Morton is a legit team that might possibly challenge Washington - note I said might. Outside of Washington and Morton, the rest of the league is not a pleasant sight....

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Washington didn't look good at all at Canton. Washington very beatable this year. They could really use Sharp's 3 point shooting. Too bad he's not out there. Williams looks nowhere near 100%.

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True about Williams. He's a couple steps behind being his usual lock down defender. Panthers have a load of talent but the kids look like they're trying to figure out who fits where. I guess that happens sometimes when you are at least 10 deep. There seems to be no rhythm or flow to the offense. It's looked that way in all the games with the exception of the Aurora Marmian game, where they had a lot of transition scoring. This early, the half court offensive game looks a bit off. I still think they will win the league by a wide margin.

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Ripple Effect wrote:True about Williams. He's a couple steps behind being his usual lock down defender. Panthers have a load of talent but the kids look like they're trying to figure out who fits where. I guess that happens sometimes when you are at least 10 deep. There seems to be no rhythm or flow to the offense. It's looked that way in all the games with the exception of the Aurora Marmian game, where they had a lot of transition scoring. This early, the half court offensive game looks a bit off. I still think they will win the league by a wide margin.
Panthers really seem to struggle when game is called close. Against Canton, they were in double bonus with a couple minutes gone in 2nd quarter :shock: .Ultimately, it affects how they play on O, with seemingly allot less aggressiveness
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