this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Some good Wednesday morning reading.
"Talking to Coach Beilein, he's like an offensive genius," Brown told Scout. "The way he gets these guys that aren't really ranked high to be lottery picks in the draft is amazing. It's definitely something that drew my attention."
Austin Davis has been bumped up to a 4*, #10 center and #82 overall by 247. The other services have not yet acted so his composite is lower. Coach Beilein way ahead of the curve as always.
So as to not let the board go devoid of hypothetical, fan-girl caterwauling for too long, here is the latest on Jaylen Brown:
Last 19 picks (!!!) have been to Michigan now, and we sit at 50% on his Crystal Ball (Kentucky is next at 26%). Of the latest picks, of note are:
Jerry Meyer, 247 Director of Basketball Scouting
Jason Marcum, Kentucky Sports Connection
Randy Newman, Big Blue Express
Ross Martin, UNC Insider
Chad Lykins and Chris Bunn, Blue Devil Lair
Also interesting is Kentucky offering a new combo forward yesterday. Shaun Kirk is a 6'7 3* SF from NC and is committed to NC State. In a trend possibly related to Jaylen's crystal ball, the last 5 picks for Kirk have him going to Kentucky. Is Kentucky scrambling for a last second option to fill the space they had saved for Brown? Does Brown not care that Coach Cal knows Drake?!? I'm sure we'll find out soon.
Edit: Instant update. PF Cheick Diallo just committed to Kansas (who is already thought to be out of the Brown sweepstakes anyways) and the UK recruiting writer for the Lexington Herald also says all signs point to Brown to Michigan.
Last 12 crystal ball predictions have him going to Michigan.
11 of them being today.
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.