MBB: Xavier Simpson Up 20 spots in new ESPN 2016 Rankings

Submitted by TripJ on January 22nd, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Well 19, but still... Hail!




January 23rd, 2016 at 12:07 AM ^

He's a player for sure. I'm really excited too see what Ibi can do though, from what I've heard he's improved tremendously the past year and is seriously underrated. We might have another Caris situation with him. I love how Beilein recruits just always seem to improve once they commit. Now if only we can recruit some elite bigs... Hopefully Teske can prove me wrong and puts on 30 lbs of muscle and becomes a terror in the paint.

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January 23rd, 2016 at 12:20 AM ^

Kentucky has 4 of the top 15 players in the nation, and 5 of the top 27. That compilation is BETTER THAN the fab 5 (Ray Jackson I believe was in the 40's). I know this is a different era of recruiting, but gawd..

Also, MSU has 4 of the top 40 players, which is pretty depressing news..

snarling wolverine

January 23rd, 2016 at 11:30 AM ^

I know a couple of Ivy grads.  They are now - in their 30s - doing OK.  But after graduation they went through the same challenges finding their first real job as other people.  At the end of the day, employers value experience more than anything else.

Now granted, for an athlete it's different, because almost every school will have alumni willing to hire ex-athletes.  But that being the case, you don't necessarily need to go to a place like Harvard.  

Frank Chuck

January 23rd, 2016 at 2:00 AM ^

If Coach Beilein could do that recruitment over, he would.

We were Langford's leader for months. After Battle gave his commitment, Beilein stopped recruiting Langford who started looking elsewhere. Now, MSU had been recruiting Langford for some months and swooped in. Our loss was their gain.

I'm a Beilein fan and I've defended him for a long time. But he messed up by putting all his eggs in the Tyus Battle basket.


January 23rd, 2016 at 9:24 AM ^

In addition to Langford as you mentioned, I would also say Jaylon Brown (I heard JB screwed this up, but I haven't got any details. Anyone?)

Interestingly, in stark contrast to Michigan football recruiting, Michigan basketball recruiting is mostly uneventful - and I'm ok with that (or maybe I'm used to it). Rare exceptions aside, it doesn't involve big time recruits that drive a lot of fanfare. Most recruits fall under the radar and are JB development projects. Don't get me wrong, I would love more elite basketball recruits, but the calm waters of basketball recruiting is soothing compared to the roller coaster ride that is football recruiting.