This will bear watching as the University of St. Thomas has been officially granted D1 status by the NCAA. Although they will be in the Summit League in most sports, it will be a little harder for GB to get mid-major D1 recruits in the MSP area.
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Post by phearthephoenix on Jul 17, 2020 11:51:37 GMT -6
It's pretty baffling that GB hasn't had much success recruiting in Minnesota considering they only had 1 Division I school and 0 mid-major schools until now. I agree that with UST going D1 it will make it a little bit more difficult to make any in-roads into Minnesota recruiting, especially with programs like NDSU, SDSU, Northern Iowa, ect already having had a lot of success establishing a pipeline to get those MN mid-major recruits.
GB's new coaching staff seems pretty poised to be competitive anywhere in the Midwest on the recruiting trail though which is exciting, especially a guy like Jared Swanson who is a Minnesota native and likely recruited the area during his time as an assistant at NDSU.
Post by shooting the J on Jul 17, 2020 13:18:48 GMT -6
Green Bay hasn't had success recruiting Minnesota based on sheer numbers, but 2 of the programs NBA draft picks hail from that state. Not many games played closer to that region likely hurts.
I'm not worried about any challenges or inability recruiting there. I'm far more concerned with recruiting in Wisconsin, and encouraged that the new staff will be able to do that.
------------------------------------------ "We got beat physically beat mentally beat internally and we're leaving in 20 minutes" Loyola coach Porter Moser to his team after loss to Green Bay Green Bay basketball is back! The Green Bay Way!
Post by phoenixphan87 on Jul 18, 2020 21:12:31 GMT -6
St Thomas has a chance to be a sleeping giant. MPLS/ St Paul market and an area with plenty of players. What St Thomas can offer has to entice kids who may have went to the Dakotas or elsewhere is impressive. Will they focus on FCS football or push for a great mid major basketball atmopshere. I agree, GB needs to focus on that metro and with all the success that Wisconsin has had with Minnesota kids, maybe in time our version of Badger ball can get some kids who play a similar way.