April 19th, 2017 at 11:04 AM ^

That's great to see. I didn't realize Livers was so thin though! 

247 lists him at 6'8 220. ESPN has him 6'7 185??? I've read he is closer to 6'6/6'7, but which weight is more accurate?


April 19th, 2017 at 11:55 AM ^

Well, if you think Livers is skinny you are going to think Bamba is REALLY skinny.   He is listed at 7'0" and 220#!!!   In reality 220# isn't that unusual for a HS basketball player.   Most tall athletic 17-18 year olds are still growing and have a hard time putting on weight.   BBall players don't tend to focus on weight lifting in HS the way football players do.


April 19th, 2017 at 11:17 AM ^

Mitchell Robinson is ranked #10 and is listed as having signed with Western Kentucky. This seems...strange. It would also be a heck of a thing if WKU ended up with a player higher than any of Kentucky's recruits (though Kentucky obviously still has a shot with a couple of higher ranked guys).


April 19th, 2017 at 11:22 AM ^

The same day ESPN moves Livers and Poole up, 247 drops them like a rock. Poole #93, Livers #165, Brooks #171.

One of these rankings is going to look very good in a few years while the other will look very foolish. Time will tell which is which.


April 19th, 2017 at 7:03 PM ^

and it's likely ESPN is just slightly on the optimistic side and 247 is just slightly on the pessimistic side.  Certainly better that one service is optimisitic than not.

Poole is top 100 in both and not close to 5 star by either service. So he's not a can't miss prospect, but in both rankings the odds of him being a solid starter at the B1G ten level is high.  ESPN expects him to be a borderline draftable player, 247 says he has a little work to do to get there.  That's really not a lot of variance.  Not enough to worry about anyway.

Livers is similar but slightly behind Poole and with slightly more variance.

They're both typical Beilien recuits. If you're expecting can't-miss 5 stars, it's just not gonna happen with Beilein.  But all three are his usual top 200ish guys that could end up being NBA players in 3 years or they could end up transfering to a lower tier program in Florida.  Just the way it is. 


April 19th, 2017 at 7:13 PM ^

How much evidence do people need to see before they forget about "tradition" when considering recruiting.  The coach is 97 percent of what matters.  That's it.  Kids do not care about tradition independently of the current coach and that coaches ability to win, and far more importantly, that coaches perceived or real ability to get that kid to the NBA (or NFL in the case of football).


April 19th, 2017 at 12:02 PM ^

Holy Crap, OSU has a recruit that is 6'9" 316lbs!!!!   Does Urban know that he is a basketball Center not an OL   I bet he has quite the 3-pt go along with the rest of the great Buckeye shooting.


April 19th, 2017 at 7:12 PM ^

The 247 Composite is up to date now.  SCOUT updated their final rankings today too.

Composite has Poole #90, Livers #133.  Bamba is the Composite #2.  MSU's Jaren Jackson is now the composite #7.

I'll tell you what's a problem, if no Big Ten team adds a top 50 player, the grand total of top 50 plays coming into the conference this season will be 1, MSU's Jackson, the next hgihest ranked player is Minny bringing in a kid who is #58.  And that's after last season when MSU brought in 4 top 50 players and the rest of the conference brought in 2.  That's not good for our conference.  And if MSU doesn;t win a big ten title next season Izzo should be ashamed, they'll have players ranked #7, #12, #20, #32, and #42 in the country where as the entire rest of the Big Ten will have players from those two classes ranked #41 and #50.


April 19th, 2017 at 7:23 PM ^

What are our odds at landing Bamba? I know were in his Top 4 but nobody really talks about Michigan when they talk about where he's going to land. He has no crystal balls for UM where as Texas at least has one.

I cant even find Bamba on social media to get a feel for where he's leaning.