Like many on the board, I am waiting for tomorrow's game with Oklahoma State. While waiting, one thing I am interested in is the potential impact this season has on recruiting.
It has been said by many that Michigan is a tier 2 basketball school, and that it will never compete on the level of North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Louisville, Villanova. I'd like to know: why not? I understand that there is a history at those schools. But why not build a new history here? There was an article I read about the high quality of Michigan's strength and conditioning program for basketball. Camp Sanderson has made a difference. Beilein also has received significant national praise for his coaching acumen. Does this matter at all?
It has been said that Beilein will never have real recruiting success until he "gets his hands dirty." Is it absolutely necessary to be corrupt and to pay players off in order to attract the best players?
It has been said that one and done guys want to play a different style of ball, and that Beilein's schemes are too boring, too cerebral, too difficult.
It has been said that Beilein has no connection with high school coaches in Detroit and Chicago, areas with significant amounts of talent. That AAU and Club coaches and HS coaches steer kids away from Michigan. Is this true? Can this be changed?
Let's look at several players.
- Brian Bowen, 5 star forward out of Saginaw, best player in Michigan in 2017, #15 in country, considering MSU, 'Zona, UCLA. He eliminated Michigan from consideration.
- Mohamed Bamba, 5 star center out of Harlem, 7'1", #3 player in the country in 2017, considering Duke, Kentucky, Michigan. Widely thought to be interested only in KY and Duke, a strong possibility of a one and done.
- Romeo Langford, 5 star guard out of Indiana, #3 in 2018, considering Duke, KU, NC, KY, IN, Louisville, Purdue, UCLA. Not a Michigan target at all.
- Ayo Dosunmu, 4 star PG out of Chicago, top 50 in 2018, considering Illinois, NW, among others, not looking at Michigan.
All of these guys are in Michigan's footprint. Adding a couple of them could make a huge difference. Right now, that doesn't seem to be in the cards.
(I won't look at 2019 because Michigan doesn't put offers out that early. There are two 5 star guys from Michigan . . . . Weems and Armstrong.)
Others have done the research, but it has been suggested that to win the tourney, it is almost a necessity to have a couple NBA caliber kids on your team. It doesn't seem Michigan is quite there yet. Will this year's success cause a couple high level kids to take another look at Michigan? Or is that just wishful thinking that ain't gonna happen?