January 16th, 2018 at 5:04 PM ^

Jalen Smith -- Maryland

I know there are only like 9 or 10 remaining conference rooms in the Residence Inn Ann Arbor, but this still counts.

That said, yeah, these players are largely one-and-done and Big Ten programs tend to have more developmental models. This is a down year for the league but developing multi-year players has proven effective at many schools, including Villanova who is not on this list. It's not an idictment of the league.


January 16th, 2018 at 5:12 PM ^

Well, only 10 schools have a guy in the game (several are undecided) so I don't know what to make of that.

BTW, Vanderbilt has two guys in the game?  That's got to be a first for them.

Mr poonsniffle

January 16th, 2018 at 5:50 PM ^

I haven’t watched this game since four of the fab five played in the 1991 game. That game got me so hyped up for what was about to happen with Michigan basketball.

Did I miss anything important in the last 27 years?


January 16th, 2018 at 6:07 PM ^

UM needs a bb player that is well schooled or has the capacity to be in fundamentals. This includes everything needed for every position. They have been able to get enough size. I believe UM's main criteria is cerebral and John and crew teach them the game, the UM way, and Princeton, two decades ago, is the only school that one can point to easily and say, "That's Michigan Basketball." As a purist, you have to love it. 


January 17th, 2018 at 12:52 AM ^

and I understand your point. Hell, anyone can; it was a give me if you want to play the "I'll take it, it's easy game." But normally watching the All-America game that is not the attributes that just jump off the floor and people start discussing immediately.  Add that to the value most commonly associated and chances of an immediate contributor are far greater. 


January 17th, 2018 at 1:21 AM ^

with McDonald's All Americans going elswehere.  Recent scandals show that recruiting this type of player usually takes dirty tactics.  We are hitting the sweet spot right now in recruiting with players just below this type of recruit who are still comparable in talent (Brazdeikis, Johns, etc.) but will likely stay a couple years and more likely to have better character and be better student athletes.  We don't need the "one and dones."