This website created in April of 2010, is dedicated to Fast Break College Basketball. A text-based, computer sim game, created by Brian Nichols. It will attempt to help newcomers learn a few things to help with their own coaching career. For now I'm focusing on recruiting. Eventually I hope to have a page covering all aspects of the game. If there is something you'd like some help on, let me know on the Guestbook page.
There are many different philosophies on how to build a good team and program in real college hoops. You will find this to be the same in FBCB2010. I'll try to give you a more general view here. If you have a certain style of play you like, you'll be able to create that in the game, just be sure to recruit players that fit your style.
For example, I like defense and hate turning the ball over, so I'll go for players with good ball handling skills and higher defensive ratings. If you like a wide open, fast-paced style, you might recruit players with high athletic ability, maybe higher in steals, and not worry so much about defense or ball handling. However no matter what, I'm always looking for that high INS rating. Most of the time that trumps everything else.
I have updated my team prestige calculation file. I have all final RPI rankings since the 1999-2000 season.
Changed my calculation a bit recently. Found a way to also incorporate wins into my equation. Also, seasons since 2004-05 that a team was not D1 counts against their prestige.
I do not like the new conference alignments. Personally I think all the movement is ruining college sports. My files below are mostly based upon 2005, with a handful of changes.
Place into your "My Documents/GDS/Fast Break College Basketball 2010" Folder and unzip. I would suggest first making a backup of the original files that came with the game as doing this will overrite the existing files.
All 350 schools that were D1 at some point since the 1999-2000 season.
Instead of starting from the beginning and taking any job you want, I like to sim a few years. Usually I go at least 5 years into the league. I like to do this in order to build up some history and let some schools offer me a job. If I don't feel like starting at the bottom, then I'll just take one of the open jobs.
I didn't want to make my job too difficult, so I'm starting the game on level 5 with 200 points to spend. I assume I'll be starting with a low prestige school. In order to convince kids to come play for me, I've used most of my points on recruiting. I also want to be able to scout decent enough. I will have to rely on my Asst Coach to help develop the players.
You may have different goals. Maybe you want to rely on others to get you players and develop them once they in your program, so you might spend more of your points on coaching offense/defense. It's all personal preference, there is no one specific right way to play this game.
I don't know that I would ever put most of my points into scouting. Reason being, you already kind of get some help with scouting thru the star system, and by looking at the recruits stats. Now, you can't always count on those to give you an accurate representation of a recruit, but it's a good start.
Which ever way you choose to go with for your own coaching profile, you will want to balance out your deficiencies when hiring your staff.
See my Game Help page for a guide to recruting at low prestige schools.
My favorite part of the game. This is so difficult to come up with a one-size-fits-all model. I'll just give you a few general guidelines to get you started. I will be going from the point of view of a low prestige school with a low budget.
1) Evaluate as many players as your budget allows! Since you have a limited budget, got to be smart with that money. I would suggest looking at players close to your school, and evaluate all recruits at the $500 or less cost level.
2) First thing I look at are the recruits who have a "very high" interest in my program. However I'm still not going to automatically evaluate these players if they have much higher prestige schools ahead of me on their Top Schools list, or don't even have me in their top 5. (example) If the recruit costs more than $500, I'm probably only going to evaluate him if I'm listed as his #1 school. Remember, gotta be smart with that money!
3) If you still have money left. Condense the list of recruits by selecting only your region. You are not going to get a 5 or even a 4-star recruit at this type of school yet, might as well condense your list further by making the max 3-star.