this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Our very own Nik Stauskas comes in at #10, as the lowest ranked recruit on that list with respect to espn's recruiting rankings. Nice to see him greatly out-peforming his recruiting rankings thus far.
They also mention he is on pace to break the freshman 3pt % record.
LINK (Wooden Watch)
1. Mason Plumlee, Duke
2. Doug McDermott, Creighton
3. Michael Carter - Williams, Syracuse
Our own Trey Burke comes in at #4
Trey Burke, Michigan -- The No. 2-ranked Wolverines would be merely average if not for Burke, whose 18 points and seven assists per game have helped keep Michigan undefeated. Burke shoots 53.5 percent from the field and combines with Tim Hardaway Jr. (15.7 points) to form arguably the nation’s top backcourt.
5. Jeff Withey, Kansas
Big Ten Players on the cusp of top 5:
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
LINK ($$$) (Matchup Nightmares)
He comes in at #2, just behind Russ Smith, Louisville
Burke sets the tone and pace for the Michigan offense and defense. He brings the ball in transition at warp speed, and his ability to stop on a dime and change speed and direction makes him tough to keep out of the lane.
It has been said that it is between MSU and Duke, with Duke being the favorite. I know some of you are all about the BIG being stronger and want him to land at MSU, but I would rather not see Michigan play against this kid two times a year.
6'8" 220 lbs, SF. He is currently the #2 recruit in the nation for the class of 2013.
As a junior, Parker was named the ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year, Illinois' Mr. Basketball and the national Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a game.
edit - MSU prematurely (common for them) came out with an article saying Parker to MSU around 2:30 ET. LINK (It has been taken down, but you can still see the title)
Twas the night before Eastern
And all through my house
Not a creature was stirring
The twins were knocked out
The Dukies had long since put the Red Bears to bed
#2 for another week shrugged my shoulders and said...
If Michigan can break 50 they have nothing to fear
They may be Boilerslayers, but Purdue sucks this year.
Daylen Harrison is their best player 49% for 10 points a game
Leads the Eagles grabbing 7 rebounds with his lanky 6-6 frame.
Glenn Bryant runs the post, his shooting couldn't be colder
10 points on 40% from the field, 7% from Boulder.
Derek Thompson leads them in scoring at 12 points a contest
38% averaging 7 tries, their only deep shooter and best.
Jalen Ross runs the point dealing 3 dimes and 2 refunds
shoots 23% from the floor and 17% on the long ones.
Got pounded by 18 on the boards, but beat Purdue by 3.
Boilers gave 'em 18 Christmas presents, Mike Hart tweeted “Yipee!”
Nearly doubled up by the “Cuse, Eagles really can't score
Forced 18 orange turnovers, but gave back 24.
When Michigan they play they have not a chance
All of the rebounds to McGary, then he will do a Beiber dance
The Eagles play good defense and make you turn the ball over
But Trey Burke is slicker than Gene Keady's combover.
In the end Tim and St. Nick will make them look terrible
Any defense they play, Trey will never lose his dribble.
And the announcer will call as we walk out of sight
85-44 Michigan, and to all a good night!
I decided to put this together really quickly because I was bored at work. I used the most recent of two human polls (AP and Coaches) and two computer rankings (KenPom and Sagarin). Both types have their flaws (everyone probably knows about KenPom's love for Wisconsin at this point), so hopefully some sort of average makes sense.
It's a really simple ranking algorithm. The conference gets 25 points for a team in 1st place in whichever poll/model, 24 for 2nd, etc. So theoretically, a single team could earn its conference a total of 100 points. I only look at the top 25 teams, so this isn't incredibly accurate, but it's hopefully a nice little back-of-the-envelope calculation.
The Big 10 is pretty strong right now. I think everybody knew that.
There is a big drop-off between the B10/BE and the rest of the conferences. Their total point value is greater than the rest of the conferences combined.
The top teams in the SEC are looking better overall than the top teams in the ACC, which is interesting to me. This is especially unusual since Duke is so good (providing the ACC with 97 of its 112 points) and Kentucky surprisingly bad (only 17 of 139) right now.