I noticed the little blurb on ESPN, but wanted to find the actual report. It is really interesting to see how much the graduation rates vary across teams, especially considering that there isn't some definite correlation between talent, season performance, etc.
Graduation rates of NCAA tournament teams
Seems like basketball would be a high variance sport for measurements considering the frequency of transfers and players going pro compared to the small team size.
That's quite true. It did appear that many of the top schools ascribed to either the "Duke" model (recruits kids who might need a bit of work and, thus, less likely to jump to the NBA) versus the "Memphis" model (recruit the best kids, even if you know they'll bolt after a year). I'm not sure what side I fall onto, but it was interesting to see the breakdowns nonetheless.
Based on the way JB runs his system and his past performances, I have the feeling we are going to more like what you call the "Duke" model.
The most depressing stat in this article: the rate of graduation for African-American athletes is actually higher than that of African-American students in general. I find that just unbelievable. Is the black graduation rate poor at U-M?