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As the NBA season begins, all 5 players that started the Championship Game are on NBA rosters. The craziest stat is that 4 of them still would techincally have NCAA eligibility. Link
I know this has been discussed before, but since it's an evolving conversation I just wanted to throw it out there again.
Why isn't Michigan basketball pulling in Top 5 recruiting classes yet? Don't get me wrong, Beilein and Co. have pulled in some great players, (GRIII, Trey Burke, McGary, Walton, Chatman, Levert, Stauskas, etc...) but they always seem to be guys that were either flying under the radar, late bloomers, or were seen as having a glaring deficiency in their game:
Stauskus (just a shooter)
McGary (old, concentration issues)
Levert (totally under radar)
Burke (small, passed over by OSU)
The list goes on...
247 has Michigan:
After the fantastic success JB and the team has had, why aren't the Top 10 guys coming here? JB is clearly one of the best coaches in the country, gets his guys to the pro's, and has tangible success in the Big 10 and NCAA tournament. Michigan is also a top notch university. WHAT AM I MISSING! If I was a top 25 player in my class, I'd pay Michigan to let me play for JB.
EDIT: Clarified title a bit.
EDIT 2: This post wasn't to blame JB for bad recruiting. He's actually done a fantastic job recruiting, all things considered. I should have been more clear. My main point was to ask why top 20 type players aren't coming here on a regular basis when it seems there are so many great reasons to do so.
SBNation put out their Top 100 players in the NCAA and Caris LeVert is ranked #9 in the country (right behind Kaminsky. Zak Irvin is listed on the "50 Who Just Missed" List. The entire list is here.
Caris LeVert is finally ready to make his Elmo-esque step into the spotlight after serving as an accent piece for a slew of NBA-bound Wolverines over the past two seasons. The Columbus native smoothly made the transition from little-used reserve to 35-minute-a-night starter last season, which should ease some of the fears in Ann Arbor over whether or not LeVert is ready to handle the role of feature player. Part of that concern is centered around the fact that LeVert is naturally shy (you thought I was going to make an introvert joke there, but swinging isn't as fun when the ball's on a tee), which is a far cry from recent stars like Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas.
On the court, however, LeVert is an animal. His 6'7, 200-pound frame makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing shooting guards, and he's not one to back down from exploiting the advantage on either end of the court. After averaging just over 2.0 ppg as a freshman, LeVert took his minutes boost last season and turned himself into a second-team All-Big 10 performer in 2013-14. He shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc, and scored 20 or more points on eight different occasions.
Pickerington isn't Columbus but whatever.
According to This Scout Article ($$$), the number 2 recruit in the class of 2015, Jaylen Brown, is likely to take his final official visit to Michigan. This is a very happy surprise as the first sign of interest in him was October 22, when Lavall Jordan watched a workout of his after HIS family contacted Beilein and explained their ties to the Michigan area. This would be a huge get, and provide the spark needed to possibly become a recruiting power. (I thought we might need some good recruiting news with the football situation going on). Here is his Official Mixtape.
Edit: His ties to Michigan are that his family is from Muskegon, and his uncle who is apparently very close to him went to Michigan, but his mom went to MSU. Here's the rest of the quote:
"Basically half of my family went to Michigan and the other half went to Michigan State. People in my family started to make calls and they finally got in touch with a manager or something, and I can’t remember exactly the whole story, but they got in touch with the coaches who then contacted my mom, and contacted me.”
Wisconsin - 6
MSU - 12
OSU - 14
Michigan - 15
Indiana - 26
Iowa - 33
Maryland - 34
Nebraska - 36
Minnesota - 37
Illinois - 38
Purdue - 40
PSU - 56
Northwestern - 77
Rutgers - 103
Also of interest: Oregon (35), Villanova (9), VCU (17), Syracuse (11), Arizona (5), SMU (27).
Basketball's almost back!