I was a big supporter of JB when he was hired. I thought, here is a guy who gets more out of less, and if he could do that at WV then certainly he can recruit even better at Michigan right?
Here are my main complaints about our coach.
1) I don't like his style on offense. We have zero inside play. There seems to be little in the offense for low post play, very little in way of attacking the basket. It is a series of handoffs and passes around the 3 point line until someone jacks one up. If people complained that RR's style was soft for the big ten, then good god I don't know how this isn't. Now, some may say that it is because of the players on the team that we have zero penetration and zero post play...but who is to blame for that? Which brings me to my next point.
2) He appears to be a terrible recruiter. I'm sorry, but I'm just going to say it. You can say all you want about Michigan's facilities not being up to snuff, but at least he can promise kids the facilities are coming, Amaker couldn't do that and he landed way more talent. Say all you want about Amakers talents as a coach, he at least recruited which I bring up to prove only that you can recruit better at Michigan than JB has done. We have a team full of nice players, no elite players. You can't reach an elite level with all role players. The only two players he had that were even close to elite, Manny and Sims, weren't his players, and no I don't count Manny as his player. We have an absolute lack of difference makers, but not just that, even great athletes. I don't want to disparage guys like Zack and Stu, they work hard and seem to be good kids, but they just aren't great athletes. You can have a guy or two like them, but when they are two of your best players, you are in trouble. And before you spill love on the players on the roster, take your Michigan goggles off. Darius Morris, for all of his improvements which have been significant, is only great compared to his teammates. Being the best player on a bad team doesn't make you an elite player. Similarly, making vast improvement doesn't make you an elite player. People are so pumped about this recruiting class, but it features a 6'1" SG and our class is ranked lower than basketball powerhouse....Alabama. You are going to tell me Michigan can't pull in one, ONE freaking top 25 class in all of JB's time? I realize Michigan is not the basketball power it once was, but not one top 25 class in all his time?
I am frustrated. I appreciate the kids on the team and the effort they give, it isn't their fault. But our recruiting has been an incredible disappointment. Where are the NBA level recruits? Even just one every two years, I'm not even asking for 4 or 5 every year like Duke or UNC. Just one every few years is a reasonable expectation. I'm starting to think JB may not be the man for the job.