Gorski: Game Allows You To Illegally Recruit Players

Ever wanted to build a college basketball program? Well, now you can. You can also decide whether or not to cheat along the way

The DA Show
April 07, 2020 - 10:20 am
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We’ll never know who would have won the 2020 NCAA Tournament, but thankfully, simulations exist. Gary Gorski, who owns Wolverine Studios, did one such simulation. The result? Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Gonzaga reached the Final Four, with Duke beating Michigan State in the championship.

If you’ve not familiar with Gorski’s work, well, you may want to check it out. Through Draft Day Sports, he allows people to become de facto coaches and general managers and build programs.

“I think fans are smarter now and they’re so much into the analytics and the management and the thinking,” Gorski said on The DA Show, explaining the game’s appeal. “They think they can draft better, they can trade better, they can build a better team. Games like ours give them that opportunity to sit there and play it out. They don’t have to wait for fantasy results. They don’t have to wait to see what happens in real life – and right now, there is nothing going on in real life. So they can sit there and have all the sports they want all day long and test their skills and see if they really could build better rosters.”

If you want to build your own college basketball or football program, you can do it. You can experience the journey of a real-life coach, replete with temptations and potential pitfalls along the way.

“You have the opportunity to change schools along the way and get better jobs and maybe work your way up to what would have been your dream coaching job,” Gorski said. “We even have it built in where you can turn on a feature where you can help players come to your school and maybe leave before you get found out about it.”

That’s right. You have the option of cheating while recruiting.

“Yes, you can,” Gorski said. “We do have that option in the game. Sometimes the game finds out and punishes you and your school and sometimes not. Just like in real life. During the recruiting model, you have a couple of options you can choose to bribe some of the virtual players there. The game keeps track of it and does investigations from time to time to see if you’ve been on the up-and-up, and if not, [there are consequences].

“We wanted to keep things as real as possible for people who like realism,” Gorski continued. “And if not, they can turn it off and pretend those things don’t exist in the college basketball world.”

Gorski was asked if he ever cheats in the game.

“No,” he said. “I don’t want my reputation sullied.”