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Unread 02-02-2019, 11:52 PM
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Default A New Career at Abilene Christian

Normally when I start a new dynasty I use Grand Canyon Univesity but this time wanted to start with a new school and chose Abilene Christian due to them also being new and because they were in a bigger conference which is something I was looking for. It has been probably close to a year since I have played but basketball season has me back and interested.

We are starting in the 1938-1939 season as that was the first season that had a national championship in real life. Instead of replaying that version of history we will start with a modern day setup with all 4 postseason tournaments and the 3 point line turned on for our entire history. Ratings are 1-100 and real coaches should be enabled and I believe I had edited everything for their career wins and losses to be 0 so that we truly are starting from scratch.

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The Abilene Christian Wildcats are in the Southland Conference. We have a team prestige of 0 and the conference has a total of 13 teams with Stephen F. Austin having the highest prestige at 53. I believe our conference has a prestige of 0 and it will be fun to see if we can turn Abilene Christian into a team that has any level of success.
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The first order of business is hiring our assistant coaches! We have a total budget of $150,000 so we will go for $30,000 for each coach and use the rest for recruiting. Our first two coaches signed pretty early but the last one took a while and as a result we got a bargain.

Recruiting Director: Gregory Gullett (Lipscomb University)
Lead Scout: Coleman Johnson (Cornell University)
Coaching Assistant: James Hill (Fairfield University)

Coleman Johnson is an elite scout and is much too good for our program but we got a bargain on him. Gullett and Hill are both mediocre and the type of people I expected to sign.

Next on the agenda is setting up our schedule as well as perusing the roster. The first year will probably be our worst season as the roster will be very poor and hopefully we can see continued and sustained success.
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Default 1938-1939 Roster Preview

Here is the roster for you 1938 Abilene Christian Wildcats! Our team is made up of a lot of local "talent" with 12 players from Texas. The 3 out of state players are from Minnesota, Kansas, and Arizona. We will be trying to tap into the Texas pipeline in recruiting but ultimately will take the best talent no matter where they are from. You can see that we currently have 3 seniors, 4 juniors, 4 sophomores, and 4 freshman. Since the beginning of this post as well I have decided to cut both of our non-scholarship players in Edgar Barrios and Brian Johnson. So we may end up with two walk-ons this year and will keep those spots revolving every year until we are able to find anybody who can potentially help us out at some point.

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ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS General

 Player                 #  Pos   Yr    Ht   Wt  Sch  Acd  Status            Hometown
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 Michael Martinez       3    C  Sr*   6-8  233  Yes   68      OK         Oberlin, KS
 Michael Rodriquez     40    C   Sr   6-8  260  Yes   20      OK         Houston, TX
 Henry Kozak           42   PF   Sr  6-10  243  Yes   48      OK      Huntsville, TX
 Charles Hurley        13   PF  Jr*   6-8  233  Yes   25      OK          Kenedy, TX
 James Reuter          52   SG   Jr   6-3  221  Yes    6      OK          Conroe, TX
 Ali Morales           12   PG   Jr   5-9  170  Yes   22      OK   Mineral Wells, TX
 Tom Johnson           34   PG   Jr   5-9  161  Yes   79      OK         Lubbock, TX
 John Kirkpatrick      21   SF   So  6-10  227  Yes   22      OK      Fort Worth, TX
 Edgar Barrios         53   SF   So   6-6  223   No   54      OK          Perham, MN
 Jonathan Philip       55   SG   So   6-1  190  Yes   38      OK           Mayer, AZ
 Nickolas Toy          54   PG   So   6-4  175  Yes   50      OK        Santa Fe, TX
 Henry Hughes           4    C   Fr  6-10  218  Yes   70      OK     Whitewright, TX
 Brian Johnson         33   PF   Fr   6-8  253   No   52      OK       Van Vleck, TX
 Willie Seibert         0   SF   Fr   6-7  221  Yes   16      OK          Alpine, TX
 Harland Kerr          15   SG   Fr   6-4  208  Yes   30      OK         Lubbock, TX
Next I want to give a preview of our 20 player call list. We don't have any preference as far as position goes as we are just trying to get any type of talent in here. Right now there are three players with high interest that are 3 stars and a few 2 stars with high and very high interest. There also are some 1 star guys on our call list that we will be scouting who put up big numbers in highschool. We will see if those big numbers and low star rating was due to poor competition or due to bad initial scouting. Hopefully we can find a few hidden gems. 12 of the people on our call list are from Texas and 3 are from Oklahoma so 75% of our call list is very local. Only one is international which is a player from Canada which is nice because scouting international players is costly.

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ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS Recruiting

 Name                   Pos    Ht   Wt  Rating   Interest     State
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 Charles Rowe            PG  5-10  153     ***  Very High     Texas
 Brian Smith             PG   6-0  187     ***  Very High     Texas
 Patrick Pye             PF   6-7  211     ***  Very High     Texas
 Tanner Albin             C   6-7  238      **  Very High     Texas
 Arthur Evans             C   6-8  242      **  Very High     Texas
 Michael Thorton          C   6-8  252      **  Very High     Texas
 Chris Seiler            PG   6-0  174       *  Very High  Oklahoma
 David Simmons            C   6-8  266       *  Very High  Oklahoma
 Frances Towery          SG   6-1  178       *  Very High  Colorado
 Van Eliason             PG   6-2  177      **       High  Oklahoma
 Joseph Walsh            SF   6-4  227      **       High     Texas
 Douglas Arguello        PG   6-3  182      **       High     Texas
 James Kent              SF   6-7  215      **       High     Texas
 James Bent               C   7-0  244       *       High     Texas
 David Gallagher          C  6-11  285       *       High   Alabama
 John Mountain           SG   6-2  183       *       High    Kansas
 Tyree Willis             C   6-9  252       *       High  Missouri
 Lewis Simpson           SF   6-9  224       *       High     Texas
 Kevin McLaren           SG   6-3  189       *       High    Canada
 Christoper Steffens      C  6-10  269       *       High     Texas
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Default 1938-1939 Schedule

Here is the schedule for the 1938-1939 season. As you can see it is a lot of low level teams as we hope to stack up some wins and inflate our win total this year.

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ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS Schedule

  Date        Opponent                     Record  RPI  Result  Score  Record
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  11/11/38    Grand Canyon                    0-0    0                       
  11/15/38    at Maryland-Eastern Shore       0-0    0                       
  11/19/38    at SIU-Edwardsville             0-0    0                       
  11/22/38    at North Carolina Central       0-0    0                       
  11/25/38    Omaha                           0-0    0                       
  11/29/38    at Northern Kentucky            0-0    0                       
  12/03/38    at NJIT                         0-0    0                       
  12/07/38    UMass Lowell                    0-0    0                       
  12/12/38    at Bryant                       0-0    0                       
  12/17/38    North Dakota                    0-0    0                       
  12/21/38    at Nicholls                     0-0    0                       
  12/24/38    at Howard                       0-0    0                       
  12/28/38    at Stephen F. Austin            0-0    0                       
  12/31/38    New Orleans                     0-0    0                       
  01/04/39    Northwestern State              0-0    0                       
  01/07/39    at Sam Houston State            0-0    0                       
  01/14/39    Central Arkansas                0-0    0                       
  01/21/39    Southeastern Louisiana          0-0    0                       
  01/25/39    at McNeese                      0-0    0                       
  01/28/39    at Houston Baptist              0-0    0                       
  02/01/39    at New Orleans                  0-0    0                       
  02/04/39    Nicholls                        0-0    0                       
  02/08/39    Sam Houston State               0-0    0                       
  02/11/39    Stephen F. Austin               0-0    0                       
  02/15/39    at Southeastern Louisiana       0-0    0                       
  02/22/39    at Central Arkansas             0-0    0                       
  02/25/39    Incarnate Word                  0-0    0                       
  03/01/39    at TAMU-Corpus Christi          0-0    0                       
  03/04/39    Lamar                           0-0    0
Here is our starting 5 to open the season:

C: Michael Martinez (SR*)
PF: Michael Rodriguez (SR)
SF: James Reuter (JR)
SG: Jonathan Philip (SO)
PG: Nickolas Toy (SO)

Nickolas Toy is our player with the most potential and could be a solid player by the end of his career. We don't have any specific go to players here but my guess is that Toy would put up the best numbers on the team this year.

Bench:

6th - PG Tom Johnson (JR)
7th - PF Charles Hurley (JR*)
8th - PF Henry Kozak (SR)
9th - PG Ali Morales (JR)
10th - SF Willie Seibert (FR)

The bench is pretty poor but Tom Johnson is at least a nice 3 point shooter. I don't have high hopes for this season but hoping for the best!
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Default November 1938

November 1938

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ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS Schedule

  Date        Opponent                     Record  RPI  Result  Score  Record
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  11/11/38    Grand Canyon                    1-6   81       L  54-43     0-1
  11/15/38    at Maryland-Eastern Shore       1-5  133       L  62-46     0-2
  11/19/38    at SIU-Edwardsville             1-3  258       W  43-41     1-2
  11/22/38    at North Carolina Central       0-5  251       W  55-45     2-2
  11/25/38    Omaha                           0-5  193       W  49-42     3-2
  11/29/38    at Northern Kentucky            0-5  140       W  56-52     4-2
November 11, 1938

Grand Canyon (0-0) vs. Abilene Christian (0-0)

Final Score: Grand Canyon - 54, Abilene Christian - 43. We were down by 20 in the first half and made it a single digit game late in the 2nd half but couldn't make a full comeback. The fouls hurt us as in the second half we committed 8 and they committed 0. Michael Martinez and Michael Rodriguez both had 8 points and Rodriguez also had 8 rebounds. We didn't play great in this one but after scoring only 2 points in the opening 8 minutes things got a lot better as the game went on.

Injury News:

Michael Martinez broke his finger and will be out for 7 days.

November 15, 1938

Abilene Christian (0-1) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (0-0)

Final Score: Grand Canyon - 46, Maryland Eastern Shore - 62. We were thoroughly beaten again as we couldn't stop any sustained run by the opponent. So far this season we have made a total of one 3 pointer on 17 attempts and it was by our center (whose 3 point rating is a 4 out of 100). Hopefully we stop taking the 3 as any of those shots have turned into wasted possessions. There were certainly positives from this game but foul trouble did us in again. Michael Martinez had 10 points and 7 rebounds while Michael Rodriguez had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Philip tacked on 10 points of his own. Nickolas Toy has been a disappointment through 2 games so far and we need to see more from him.

November 19, 1938

Abilene Christian (0-2) vs. SIU-Edwardsville (0-0)

Final Score: Abilene Christian - 43, SIU-Edwardsville - 41. We get our first win in program history! Jonathan Philip was the player of the game with 16 points and 3 rebounds. Nobody else had more than 6 as he carried the team on the offensive side of the ball. Michael Rodriguez helped out with 14 boards including 6 on the offensive glass. Our lead stretched to 14 at one point but we were unable to keep it large but never trailed in the entire game.

November 22, 1938

Abilene Christian (1-2) vs. North Carolina Central (0-2)

Final Score: Abilene Christian - 55, North Carolina Central - 45. This team may not be the most skilled but they play with a lot of heart. In this one we committed 14 turnovers while NC Central committed only 6. We out-rebounded them 45-21 though, including an astounding 17 offensive rebounds - and those offensive rebounds were the reason we came back and won this game. Michael Rodriguez recorded the first double-double in program history with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Martinez had 7 points and 11 rebounds while James Reuter and Jonathan Philip both had 10 points. This was a true team effort as it also included 12 points off the bench. We were down throughout most of this game but I was proud of the team because of how hard they played, I didn't expect it to turn into a win but am ecstatic that it did.

November 25, 1938

Omaha (0-3) vs. Abilene Christian (2-2)

Final Score: Omaha - 42, Abilene Christian - 49. James Reuter led the way with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Michael Rodriguez added on 8 points to go along with 8 boards. We didn't play our best game in this one, evidenced by the 17 turnovers but thankfully Omaha committed 17 as well. This one gets us to a winning record and although all our opponents have been awful it at least feels good to get some wins strung together.

November 29, 1938

Abilene Christian (3-2) vs. Northern Kentucky (0-4)

Final Score: Abilene Christian - 56, Northern Kentucky - 52. Michael Martinez led the way with 14 points while Jonathan Philip had 12. Michael Rodriguez pulled down 8 rebounds and we were able to secure the win and overcome 14 turnovers. This 4 game win streak has been great for team morale.

Overall Record: 4-2
Home Record: 1-1
Away Record: 3-1
Ranking: NR
RPI: 349

Season Stats

PPG

SG Jonathan Philip - 10.0
SF James Reuter - 8.2
C Michael Martinez - 8.0

RPG

PF Michael Rodriguez - 10.0
C Michael Martinez - 5.3
SF James Reuter - 3.5

APG

SG Jonathan Philip - 2.3
PG Nickolas Toy - 1.8
C Michael Martinez - 1.3

Recruiting News

Our Top two targets spurned us for other schools. Arthur Evans decided to attend Texas Tech and Joseph Walsh decided to attend UTEP. Right now our biggest focus is on PG Douglas Arguello who is a good shooter and even better defender. Getting him would be a huge boost.
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December 1938

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  Date        Opponent                     Record  RPI  Result  Score     Record
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  11/11/38    Grand Canyon                   1-13  136       L  54-43        0-1
  11/15/38    at Maryland-Eastern Shore      3-11  194       L  62-46        0-2
  11/19/38    at SIU-Edwardsville            2-12  181       W  43-41        1-2
  11/22/38    at North Carolina Central      2-12  295       W  55-45        2-2
  11/25/38    Omaha                          0-14  192       W  49-42        3-2
  11/29/38    at Northern Kentucky           0-14  186       W  56-52        4-2
  12/03/38    at NJIT                        1-13  101       L  61-56        4-3
  12/07/38    UMass Lowell                   1-13  236       W  64-55        5-3
  12/12/38    at Bryant                      2-11  257       L  61-51        5-4
  12/17/38    North Dakota                    3-8   54       L  51-46        5-5
  12/21/38    at Nicholls                    1-10  275       L  54-43  5-6 (0-1)
  12/24/38    at Howard                       3-9  154       L  64-38        5-7
  12/28/38    at Stephen F. Austin            8-4  107       L  49-44  5-8 (0-2)
  12/31/38    New Orleans                    2-10  279       W  50-42  6-8 (1-2)
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1938 Southland Conference Standings

 TEAM                             CW  CL    Pct   W   L   Pct  RPI  Prestige
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 Sam Houston State Bearkats        1   0  1.000  10   2  .833  239        41
 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks     2   0  1.000   8   4  .667  107        53
 Lamar Cardinals                   2   0  1.000   6   6  .500  301        29
 Southeastern Louisiana Lions      2   0  1.000   5   7  .417  311        29
 TAMU-Corpus Christi Islanders     2   1   .667   6   6  .500  326        34
 Northwestern State Demons         1   1   .500   8   4  .667  341        28
 McNeese Cowboys                   1   1   .500   5   8  .385  324        25
 New Orleans Privateers            1   1   .500   2  10  .167  279         4
 Nicholls Colonels                 1   1   .500   1  10  .091  275        16
 Abilene Christian Wildcats        1   2   .333   6   8  .429  351         0
 Houston Baptist Huskies           1   2   .333   1  10  .091  291         4
 Central Arkansas Bears            0   3   .000   3  10  .231  215         7
 Incarnate Word Cardinals          0   3   .000   0  13  .000  334         0
December 3, 1938

Abilene Christian (4-2) vs. NJIT (0-5)

Final Score: Abilene Christian - 56, NJIT - 61. Our ability to score is not in question but it is the turnovers as we had 19 in this game. This is while playing at a slow pace as well so it isn't as if we are trying to force the ball and turning things over. Recruiting ballhandlers will be a big part of our future. Nickolas Toy had 19 points to set a school record and James Reuter had 8 points and 7 assists. Our little win streak has come to an end and even though we lost it was a close game that came down to a 1 point game in the final minute.

December 7, 1938

UMass Lowell (0-7) vs. Abilene Christian (4-3)

Final Score: UMass Lowell - 55, Abilene Christian - 64. I am so proud of the team after this one! We were down 31-17 at the half and fought back for a huge comeback! Then with 9 minutes in the second half and down 49-35 we went on a 19-0 run to take a 54-49 lead and hold on for the victory. I was absolutely amazed as it looked like we were toast in this one but the boys really fought back. We got into foul trouble early as four of our starters ended the game with four fouls, so the bench saw a lot of minutes and produced with 27 points including a career high 10 for Ali Morales. Jonathan Philip added on 13 points and James Reuter had 10. Michael Rodriguez finished with 8 points to go with 13 rebounds. This one could be a huge momentum builder moving forward and a 19-0 run is one of the biggest runs I have ever witnessed.

December 12, 1938

Abilene Christian (5-3) vs. Bryant (0-7)

Final Score - Abilene Christian - 51, Bryant - 61. The refs were blowing the whistle early and often as this one saw 26 fouls in the first half. The fouls were aplenty but this one came down to turnovers and how we made 17 compared to Bryant's 10. Nickolas Toy and Jonathan Philip both had 11 points and Michael Martinez had 9. This one was disappointing and further reinforces our need to cut down on turnovers next season.

December 17, 1938

North Dakota (1-7) vs. Abilene Christian (5-4)

Final Score: North Dakota - 51, Abilene Christian - 46. Turnovers were big again as we committed 17 to their 12. Free throws were big as well as we shot 7 to their 34. Jonathan Philip had 11 points and Michael Rodriguez had 8. The bench had a solid game with 19 points and had a very solid game.

December 21, 1938

Abilene Christian (5-5) vs. Nicholls (0-8)

Final Score: Abilene Christian - 43, Nicholls - 54. We had 17 turnovers again in this game (compared to only 12 made field goals). Nickolas Toy had 11 points and Jonathan Philip had 9. Michael Rodriguez had 12 rebounds including 7 on the offensive side. This was a rough start to conference play but with our turnover total it could have been a lot uglier.

December 24, 1938

Abilene Christian (5-6) vs. Howard (0-9)

Final Score: Abilene Christian - 38, Howard - 64. We made 13 field goals and committed 16 turnovers as those again came up big and cost us dearly. Jonathan Phillip had 8 points and Michael Rodriguez had 7 rebounds. This one was a very rough game and we hope we can bounce back soon!

December 28, 1938

Abilene Christian (5-7) vs. Stephen F. Austin (6-4)

Final Score: Abilene Christian - 44, Stephen F. Austin - 49. Stephen F. Austin had 5 steals but we committed 19 turnovers. I am actually very excited for the future as we are having a lot of close games and once these turnovers decrease we will be looking very good, and with a lot more talent. Jonathan Philip had 12 points and Nickolas Toy had 10 points. Philip also had 8 rebounds and went 8-8 from the free throw line and we went 16-18 from the free throw line. Our 19 turnovers dwarfed our 14 made shots in this one.

December 31, 1938

New Orleans (2-9) vs. Abilene Christian (5-8)

Final Score: New Orleans - 42, Abilene Christian - 50. We only had 9 turnovers in this game which was a huge contributor to our win! Jonathan Philip had 16 points with 7 rebounds and 2 assists en route to player of the game honors. Michael Rodriguez had 11 points and 6 rebounds. The bench had 10 points in this game and really helped us out.

Overall Record: 6-8
Conference Record: 1-2
Home Record: 3-2
Road Record: 3-6
Ranking: NR
RPI: 351

Season Stats

PPG

SG Jonathan Philip - 10.5
PG Nickolas Toy - 7.1
SF James Reuter - 6.9

RPG

PF Michael Rodriguez - 8.9
C Michael Martinez - 4.3
SG Jonathan Philip - 3.4

APG

SG Jonathan Philip - 1.8
PG Nickolas Toy - 1.5
PF Michael Rodriguez - 1.1

Recruiting News

We have our first recruit! PG Douglas Arguello from Sunray, TX has decided to play for Abilene Christian next year. He is a plus defender with the potential to be a very good jump shooter. His defense is already well developed which will help him see playing time.

We had another scholarship offer out to PG Van Eliason but he declined our scholarship offer and committed to North Texas.
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Great to see two dynasties being posted simultaneously on the forum; I'm following both. Like you I still go back to this fabulous game after large time gaps. A shame Brian didn't get to develop some of his ideas to elevate this game even further. Still delighted though with what it offers.

I agree with your initial recruiting strategy to get some talent on the roster regardless of position. Obviously if you don't manage to recruit any big men this year, you will have a challenge next season with three of your four inside men graduating. Of course you will need to address that at some point, but the time to judge is in four years time when your roster consists of all your own recruits.

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Great to see two dynasties being posted simultaneously on the forum; I'm following both. Like you I still go back to this fabulous game after large time gaps. A shame Brian didn't get to develop some of his ideas to elevate this game even further. Still delighted though with what it offers.

I agree with your initial recruiting strategy to get some talent on the roster regardless of position. Obviously if you don't manage to recruit any big men this year, you will have a challenge next season with three of your four inside men graduating. Of course you will need to address that at some point, but the time to judge is in four years time when your roster consists of all your own recruits.
I am looking forward to seeing your insight as my dynasty goes along and will be happy to answer any in-detail questions. Here is to Abilene Christian!
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