Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
A lot of you, me included, have been concerned with the lack of recruiting successes in the '15 and '16 cycles. This is exacerbated by strong classes by MSU and OSU. I thought it would interesting to see how the incoming transfer, potential recruits and the foreign prospect stack-up against other B1G teams.
I'm using 247 sports composite for rankings and the class calculator. Those without a 247 ranking I used a similar player in the '15 recruiting class with the presumed rankings below. For example, Raymond Spalding in place of Wagner. I'm making assumptions with the rankings, obviously, but I think I'm close to reality.
Moritz Wagner - regarded as a top 50 recruit if he was in American high school. That makes him a 4*, 98 points.
Duncan Robinson - 6'8" shooter with experience and impressive statistics. I don't know, high 3*? ~150th, 90 pts.
Kenny Williams - 4*, 89th, 94 pts
Jaylin Brown - 5*, 3rd, 99 pts
If KW signs we will have roughly 49.95 pts in the team rankings. JB, 49.77 pts.
Current 2015 B1G recruiting rankings(247):
- MSU - 50.8
- OSU - 49.5
- Illinois - 48.09
- Indiana - 44.89
Teams could add more players, which means more points. In 2014 we had the 4th best recruiting class in the B1G according to 247 with 44.71 points. So, potentially better than last year based on rankings alone.
Averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks and 3 assists during five playoff games this year. http://t.co/1OHknGnWBR
UK blog site (http://www.aseaofblue.com/2015/3/28/8304713/kentucky-vs-notre-dame-a-sta...) comparisons Notre Dame with last year's UM team:
The truth is that Notre Dame is a quality opponent, they went 3-1 against Duke and North Carolina this year. They are great offensively, well coached, and may have the best player on the floor in Jerian Grant. Notre Dame is basically 2014 Michigan wearing green and gold instead of maize and blue.
In essence, Kentucky has already played this game, it was in last year's elite 8 as well. The difference is that the Wildcats are much better this year.
Great story by Darius Morris on The Players Tribune today. He writes about the 2011 NCAA Tournament and how it put Michigan basketball back on the map.
I'm not sure if I would say 2011 was the year they got back on the map, because they did win a game in the tourney 2 years prior. It did start a good consistent run though. It's a good read if you have some time.