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8 hours ago, EagleManiac said:

Can't wait to get my hands on one of those jerseys. Wish they were available in different player names. 

I'd love to know some of the specifics of how this works with the new NIL rules. I thought that the university was not allowed to be involved in any dealings that the player profits from. I assume that Max is getting some sort of compensation for this so obviously I was wrong on that. I also wonder if there are any regulations on giving equal opportunity to all players to make money? Obviously nobody else's jersey would sell like Max's will, but it's interesting that the university is allowed to give Max this opportunity to make money while none of the other players get that same opportunity. 

It would be nice if they sold Lacis's uniform, too.  Never met the man but he just seems like such a great guy.  Somebody you want to be the best man at your wedding.  So it seems that Max is the only one on the team who has benefited from NIL.  Surprised he has not done any commercials or paid PR events.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Following in Francis's footsteps!

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Max has slipped some in the NBA Draft prospects.  ESPN has him listed at 79 out of their top 100 players.  Maybe he comes back for his senior year! Time will tell.

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The only other mid-major player on the list is Roddy from undefeated and 20th-ranked Colorado State.  ORU by far the smallest school with a candidate. 

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TheEagleman would expect Max to be back for the 2022-23 season....sounds like he wants his degree plus he still needs to bulk up to play pro ball...just my 2 cents but ORU and Max are made for each other.....👍

 

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After last night's game at St. Thomas Max is in the top 5 in scoring...

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Here is a Max Abmas saying" Grind in the dark so you can shine in the light". I was told that Max prefers to workout in the practice gym where he is not as likely to be seen. In so many ways  Max exemplifies what it means to be a humble, confident, hard working athlete who is an incredible role model! It is always really cool to see Max sign autographs and encourage young  athletes. Max was truly a hidden gem!

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A buddy of mine was running around ORU at 5am to train for a marathon and bumped into Max going to the gym. My buddy says, "So this is how you win championships." Max simply smiles and says, "Yes, sir."

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With his 70-point explosion in two games this week, Max is now up to 3rd nationally in the NCAA.com stats at 22.9 points per game, trailing Iowa's Keegan Murray at 24.7 and Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis at 23.6, respectively.

He's also pulling away from a couple of other Big Ten stars in Johnny Davis of Wisconsin at 22.6 and Kofi Cockburn of Illinois at 22.5.  No one else in D1 is averaging more than 21.6 per game.

I really like Max's chances of taking the scoring lead by mid-February; he's done most of his damage lately on the road against upper-division Summit teams; he could really blow up in the comfy confines of Mabee Center in the next few weeks vs. lower division opponents. 

And those Big Ten guys are going to start falling off as they deal with the grind of their conference schedule, much as Luka Garza of Iowa did last year as Max passed him near the end of the regular season.

Would not surprise me at all if Max ends up averaging at least 25 points per game this year.

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2 hours ago, Old Titan said:

With his 70-point explosion in two games this week, Max is now up to 3rd nationally in the NCAA.com stats at 22.9 points per game, trailing Iowa's Keegan Murray at 24.7 and Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis at 23.6, respectively.

He's also pulling away from a couple of other Big Ten stars in Johnny Davis of Wisconsin at 22.6 and Kofi Cockburn of Illinois at 22.5.  No one else in D1 is averaging more than 21.6 per game.

I really like Max's chances of taking the scoring lead by mid-February; he's done most of his damage lately on the road against upper-division Summit teams; he could really blow up in the comfy confines of Mabee Center in the next few weeks vs. lower division opponents. 

And those Big Ten guys are going to start falling off as they deal with the grind of their conference schedule, much as Luka Garza of Iowa did last year as Max passed him near the end of the regular season.

Would not surprise me at all if Max ends up averaging at least 25 points per game this year.

If Max continues with his current 27.5ppg Summit average over the final 12 conference games, he will end the regular season at 24.89ppg.  I agree that there is still some upside with the remaining schedule, and a 25 ppg season is definitely in reach. 

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Well earned by Max with his 70 point week on the road.....now he has a full 7 days to rest up for the trip to KC on Saturday......TheEagleman is still shaking his head about that 2pm start time at Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon....that's not right and should be reviewed by the League when a visiting team has a Thursday night game only 42 hrs earlier.....😬

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Next two game road trip is basically the same: late Thursday night with Omaha and then 2 pm Sat. tip with Denver.  See a pattern forming here.

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26 minutes ago, Keenan Henderson said:

Next two game road trip is basically the same: late Thursday night with Omaha and then 2 pm Sat. tip with Denver.  See a pattern forming here.

As well as the next and final road trip - with a game on Thursday (2/17) against NDSU and then a Saturday game at 2:00 versus North Dakota….

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11 minutes ago, ORUTerry said:

As well as the next and final road trip - with a game on Thursday (2/17) against NDSU and then a Saturday game at 2:00 versus North Dakota….

The final road trip isn’t unreasonable, as NDSU and UND are separated by 90 interstate miles.  But the drive from St Paul to WIU (or the flight between Omaha and Denver) definitely favors the home team.  

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Ya know, maybe it's by design:  so the team can get out of town (particularly catch a flight) early Saturday evening, rather than have to spend the night?

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eh....it's only money.....what's an extra night at the Motel 6 in Fargo cost anyway?.....😎

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20 minutes ago, theeagleman5 said:

eh....it's only money.....what's an extra night at the Motel 6 in Fargo cost anyway?.....😎

That's kind of my point:  who really WANTS to spend an extra night in the Motel 6 in Fargo if you can avoid it?? #FireUpTheBus 

excuse me bus GIF

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After the win at Omaha Max is back in 2nd in the scoring race

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He is  a question about Max for this year: has he improved between his sophmore and junior year?  

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1 hour ago, Keenan Henderson said:

He is  a question about Max for this year: has he improved between his sophmore and junior year?  

Not really a fair question is it, considering factors beyond his control have changed from last year.

He's being guarded completely different this year.  Last season, defenses were slow to believe he would take - let alone make - shots from 5-10 feet behind the arc, and defended him conventionally.

Now, he's getting man-handled at halfcourt (most times sooner) and he rarely gets wide-open looks.  He's had to change his approach to making space and getting his shot off.

Plus, he doesn't have the benefit of Kevin Obanor keeping defenses honest with his 40% 3-point shooting on the pick-and-pop.  This season, Max is often getting double-teamed off those screens and forced way off the line.

His stats have dropped slightly, but he's still a major offensive force from a statistical and bottom-line perspective.  

So, yeah - he's "improved", because he's repeating an incredibly high level of performance in a much more hostile environment.

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