It's finally here, the long-promised summer basketball contest. It's a bit different than what we have done in the past and our hope is that everyone enjoys it. Thanks to @harnettgator for her usual well-written instructions How to Participate PHASE I: Each person who wants to participate should make a list of their top 5 former Gators players at each position (a total of 25 players) per participant. Participants should put their 5-deep lists in a PM to the 3 managing Mods for this Contest - @HallGator, @OklahomaGator and @harnettgator. Be certain that all three of us are included in your PM. At this point we ask that participants neither discuss nor post their individual picks on the open forum until each position thread is “opened” for voting and discussion. The reason for this is we would rather all of our participants put together their own list rather than possibly being influenced by the picks other members are making. Your lists need to be in within a week to 10 days so we can get the contest underway. How to Participate PHASE II: From the PM lists, we (3 managing Mods) will compile a list of the 5 most-nominated players at each position. We will then create separate threads for each position 1-5. Participants and lurkers will all be encouraged to discuss their thoughts, opinions and why/how they arrived at their respective top picks. In this contest, both UF (collegiate) and NBA or professional careers may be considered in the evaluation but it is not a necessity for inclusion. Only the top 5 vote-getters will be listed so even if some, or all, of them, are not in your particular list we still encourage everyone to discuss how those players listed should be ranked, and why. After approximately one week(maybe longer if our members want) of allowing discussion on how different members feel each player should be ranked, we will create separate threads allowing for voting by all participants, lurkers and/or observers may then vote on their own top 5 players by position. Each position will have its own voting thread. Points Allocation & Identification of "Winners": We will award points for any player who falls into the top 5 (virtually guaranteeing all participants should score points and will, therefore, be more motivated to keep playing). We would also award bonus points for getting them in the correct order. They don't have to get all correct but they would get points for any player who fell in the order they initially placed them (as an example - if they got #1 and #5 correct they would get an additional 2 points). Top 3 Participants would be identified as “Winners” based on total points scored after the closing of voting. If necessary, the tiebreaker would be the time stamp. IOW - In the event of a tie, the earliest to get their picks in (by PM) would win. Our intention is to keep the Nuttin' But Net members (and hopefully the Full Court Press folks) engaged during the offseason and will keep everyone focused on positive hoops-based discussion. Membership awards will be as follows: 1st place - 1-year Premium membership. 2nd place - 6 months Premium membership. 3rd place - 3 months Premium membership. Anyone who already has a Premium membership will have this added to their current subscription. One last thing here. If there is something that is not clear we will be glad to address that but we are not going to get into a discussion on how we are running the contest. We want everyone who wishes to join in, however, we have neither the time nor the desire, to drag this thing out because someone doesn't like the way it is put together. With all of that in mind, let the game begin and good luck to all of our members.