to play football, not to play trumpet
I was just over at UMHoops to give myself a pick-me-up. I see that Jaylen Brown, Rival's number 2 prospect for 2015, is considering an official to Michigan. He is from Georgia, but his mom is a MSU grad and his uncle is a Michigan grad.
We don't have any 2015 recruits yet and there may only be two spots. If we land this guy all I have to say is... Beilein, man, Beilein!
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.