I did not make this headline up
When we, readers of MGoBlog, consider the state of the basketball program, most of us pull from a very large bank of data and historical context. We sing praise to Coach Beilein for bringing the pogram back from the depths of basketball purgatory, for his infinite ability to recruit and coach-up diamonds in the rough, for his entertaining style of basketball, for a magical March Madness run, and now, this season, for crafting a top 5 offense despite having lost the best player in college basketball, another nba first-rounder, and a preseason all-american.
My question to you is: how much stock do you think basketball recruits put into any of that? Do you think 16 and 17-year olds look at Michigan and see the progress we've made, the consistency of Beilein's offense, how much we utilize freshmen and sophomores, etc.?
Basically, I'm asking you to play adolescent psychologist.
Full game upload for last nights win against the badgers. If you missed the game this is a muct watch!! Great win and the team is looking solid in every aspect. Lets enjoy this win but dont take it to our heads. Still got a long way before a a big ten title and another final four run!! Enjoy GO BLUE!!!
Full game highlights of Burke vs the Pistons from a couple days ago. Career high 12 assists.
With tonight's victory in Madison, Beilein just needs to win in Value City Arena to have won everywhere in the Big Ten.
The progress of our guards under the guidance of Coach Jordan has been nothing short of extraordinary and it was on full display tonight. The pick and roll was unstoppable for most of the game and Coach Jordan should receive some of the praise for that. This is clearly a superbly coached team.
In the past four years, we've had the pleasure of seeing Morris, Burke, Hardaway, Walton, Stauskus, and LeVert improve at an extremely accelerated rate. No doubt those players have put in a great deal of work themselves (as we've seen on YouTube), but I think Coach Jordan deserves plenty of praise for his guidance during each players' improvement process.
I get the feeling that other schools around the country are taking note and I think sooner rather than later he'll make a very fine branch on the Beilein coaching tree (maybe even here). Let's appreciate him while we have him.