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|1 day 8 hours ago||I wonder what these people are saying today|
|4 days 5 hours ago||I think that is Trent Dilfer||
I think that is the king douche of the Elite11 camp: Trent Dilfer
|1 week 21 hours ago||But where was he ranked when he committed to Michigan?||
I think that is the more important data point here. Beilein has demonstrated an ability to identify talent well before the rankings, especially the kids that come to his Elite Camp.
Stauskas was a 3-star ranked in the 100s when he committed to Michigan. He was even lower than that when he got his offer.
GRIII was a 3 star ranked lower than Stauskas when he committed to Michigan with only one other BCS offer (Colorado). ESPN didn't even bother to rank him at the time.
Part of the error in looking at his final ranking is that prospects often times get a significant bump when they get offered or commit to major programs. Also, Stauskas played some significant competition his final two years in high school when he transferred to St. Mark's Prep. The NEPSAC is one of the most competitive basketball prep school conferences in the country.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Same here.||
Stauskas was not highly touted when Michigan started recruiting him. I still remember many people judged him just based off his early recruiting profile picture. He didn't jump into the top 100 rankings until his senior year--one year after he already committed to Michigan.
Similar story with GR III. GRIII was a 3 star recruit when he committed to Michigan and then proceeded to blow up his senior year. Both Stauskas and GR III were in the #100-125 range when they committed to Michigan.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That isn't the criteria for these rankings||
This ESPN ranking is supposed to rate which coaches are running the best programs right now. That includes regular season and postseason wins, recruiting, player development, X & Os...the whole package. I don't see how you couldn't have Self in the top 5. Kansas has won the Big 12 conference title an astounding 10 years in a row (and the tourney title 6 times in those 10 years). He is one of the best recruiters in the country and put a lot of kids into the NBA. He has had some flameouts and underachieved in the NCAA tournament a couple years, but Kansas hasn't been Georgetown bad in the tournament as he has still won an NCAA title in 2007 and made the champ game 2 years ago. Has Self been any worse than Izzo in the NCAA tourney the last 5-6 years?
Bill Self has won his conference regular season title 14 times in his last 17 years coaching (10 of 11 at Kansas, 2 out of 3 at Illinois, and 2 out of 3 at Tulsa). And if you want to talk career, don't forget that Bruce Weber's best years at Illinois were with Self's players the first 2 years (winning the Big Ten both years), and then the program cratered.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||About where I expected ESPN to put him||
I think this is where most of us predicted Beilein would be when this ESPN countdown first started.
I think the top 5 are going to be in some order:
then the next tier:
I am a little surprised Beilein is below Gregg Marshall. Although I don't agree with it, I had a feeling he was going to be ranked below Izzo and Bo Ryan because this is ESPN.
It hurts me to write this, but the guy who is really ranked too low is Thad Matta at #20. No way he should he should be below the likes of Jay Wright, Mark Few, Fred Hoiberg, and Tony Bennett. Matta should probably be ranked higher than even Sean Miller.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I hate these click bait lists but here are my thoughts||
I think the top 5 will have Krzyzewski, Calipari, Pitino, Donovan, and Self. I think Bo Ryan will be ranked higher than Beilein. It will be interesting to see where they rank Tom Izzo and Thad Matta, but I think both of them are going to be ranked higher than Beilein. This is not how I believe they should be ranked, but how I think they are going to end up being ranked.
Names we already know will be in the top 25:
I also would not be surprised if Tommy Amaker makes a surprise appearance in the top 25.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||KJ McDaniels just announced for the NBA Draft||
So you can cross him off the list.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||KJ McDaniels||
Other ones to look out for in addition to the Harrison twins: Clemson's KJ McDaniels, UConn's DeAndre Daniels, and Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie. This article from last week is a little dated as some of the players listed have already made their decision:
|11 weeks 3 days ago||GR III and the Harrison twins are the players that just missed||
He has GR III at #33 in his top 100. Ford also has Jerian Grant at #31, but most reports have Grant returning to Notre Dame for a 4th year after his academic suspension. I have a feeling GR III is going to sneak up into the bottom of the 1st round like Hardaway Jr. when it is all said and done though.
Ford is not as high on Mitch McGary as some other sites (like SI and DraftExpress) placing him at #43.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Oops||
You're right. I misread the ratings breakdown. The reverse mirror was for 3:30pm not 8pm.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||True||
It shared the ABC 8pm slot with KSU-Texas, but it was televised in the Midwest, East Coast, and Florida so a good portion of the country did get the game. Hard to dissect the rating more, but the ABC 8pm game was the highest rated game of the week.
I also think it was on reverse mirror with ESPN2 in out of region so you didn't need the internet to watch it. And that rating does not include the reverse mirror rating numbers as well.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Probably pretty well compared to the other BTN games||
Can't compare apples to oranges. I think the Michigan-Rutgers game will probably be one of the highest rated BTN games of the season. And I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a viewership number competitive with MSU-Nebraska.
The Michigan-UConn game last year, if I remember correctly, was one of the highest rated games of that weekend.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Rutgers: Blackout for Michigan game||
I wonder how many Michigan fans show up in maize
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Some good candidates for night games on Oct. 4th||
Alabama at Ole Miss
|11 weeks 3 days ago||They actually might||
|11 weeks 6 days ago||He's got a 5-star name||
I trust the rest to John Beilein and staff.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||But I think MSU loses out more||
I don't know if MSU had much bargaining position. I think MSU loses more with the loss of the annual Michigan-MSU game.
And quite honestly, I don't see how the scheduling change helped them. They now have Michigan and OSU home during even years (only Indiana has a similar setup in the division). MSU's odd year schedules are just awful--4 Big Ten home games with only PSU at home. At least Michigan's terrible even year schedules have 5 Big Ten home games in the future making the likelihood of drawing Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa on the home schedule higher.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||Agreed||
Dave Brandon should have made sure this never happened. He should have seen (like most did) the effect this was going to have a ticket sales in even years and raised hell with the Big Ten office. Even a marquee home and home was never going to rectify the scheduling problem of putting OSU and MSU home during odd years especially with how watered down the Big Ten schedule becomes with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||This is also partly the Big Ten's fault||
Putting MSU and OSU at home in the same year was ridiculous and avoidable. But I guess Dave Brandon should have raised hell to keep it from happening as well.
There is no motivation at all to buy season tickets in even years any more. Even if you added a marquee non-conference opponent, I don't think it would rectify the situation.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||One thing to keep in mind when watching MAAR's film||
The game most of those highlights were pulled from was MAAR's final game as a HS player in a loss in the PA state tournament semifinals to the eventual state champs. The team they lost to had a 4 star PG that signed with Miami (YTM) and some other D-I prospects so the level of competition in those highlights was decent for the HS level.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Mannix like a lot of the national NBA reporters have NBA sources||
But even with the early entry list finalized next week so much can change in the NBA workouts. The NBA workouts are where a lot of these guys get their true evaluations from teams and that eventually works its way to the agents and media. The predictive power is pretty low until a week or two until the draft. A mock NBA Draft now is like a mock NFL Draft before the Combine--way too early to be accurate.
The problem for McGary: is he healthy enough to compete in workouts? If he can't, I don't see how any NBA team can take him in the 1st round.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I think the bigger news is moving Brandstatter to PBP||
Not sure if I'm totally onboard with Brandstatter on play-by-play.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not sure Florida is definitely the better team next year||
They graduate 4 senior starters. Florida will probably be more young and inexpierienced than Michigan next year.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Not that surprising||
Florida graduates their entire starting frontcourt, and his brother played there.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe a little more but nowhere near adidas||
Alabama and Tennessee both signed with Nike just a couple months ago for far less (in the $3.5 to $4 million range). I would argue both of those schools are worth more than Louisville.
I would not be surprised if Tennessee actually turned down a larger offer from adidas to go back to Nike.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Like a small market team trying to sign a star player||
adidas and other apparel companies have to overspend and outbid to compete with Nike.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It's a message board dude||
Just a step above twitter or text messages. I feel bad for anyone who feels the need to proofread or spellcheck a message board post. I would understand if the post was completely unreadable, but cumong man. Wait, can I not write "cumong man" either?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||If that's true||
you can pretty much pencil in adidas right now. Nike has not shown any signs that they are willing to pay like adidas, and this Louisville deal shows that adidas is still going to shell out the cash. I had some doubts about adidas' willingness to pay for collegiate apparel contracts after ND and Tennessee left adidas earlier this year, but this news proves otherwise.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Hard to compare because it was a long time ago||
But I think it was in the $2-3 million range.
EDIT: I think I may have misinterpreted that. Texas has the largest Nike contract netting around $5.56 million-$5.76 million per year when you combine apparel product and cash. Different sites have different numbers posted, but I think you get the idea. Nike is paying the biggest schools around $4-5 million per year.