Since it looks to be a light day of posting from Ace and Brian I thought I'd try to come up with an interactive Forum post. This past week of hype building up to the huge game with OSU tomorrow has made me reflect on where we are as a basketball program. We are clearly fortunate to have Beilein in charge of the program as we head into another tournament appearance, could contend for the conference title with a win on Saturday, and have two highly ranked recruiting classes lined up already.
So what would have happened if we hired Beilein years earlier? More specifically, if you look at the players who languished through the Ellerbe "let's hope we don't committ a crime during a TV timeout" era and the Amaker "let's pass the ball around aimlessly for 30 seconds" era - who would have been the best fit in the Beilein system?
My answer - At first I thought Daniel Horton would be my pick because having a point guard who can shoot from anywhere would have been great, but I think the offense works just as well with a pass-first PG. So the guy I picked was Lavell Blanchard.
Having him as a slightly undersized PF seems like a dream scenario in this system - he was a tenacious rebounder, could shoot from outside, and wasn't a liability on defense. In many ways he was Zach Novak only three inches taller. What could have been.....
Who else can you think of?