R.J. Barrett Visit, and implications of FBI investigation into basketball elsewhere

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 27th, 2017 at 9:40 PM

EDIT:  Since the visit is off per Sam Webb, which I completely missed, this entire post is irrelevant. Move along. Although, I think Beilein's reputation will certainly not hurt for any players considering Michigan.

Number 1 basketball player R.J. Barrett makes his official visit to Michigan this coming weekend. I don't think I have read a single report anywhere suggesting that he might actually end up at Michigan, even though he has them in his top 5 teams. What I'm curious about is whether the current (and widening) FBI investigation will have any impact on Barrett.

Beilein is well known for being a clean coach, with not a whiff of corruption. Is it possible, in light of a number of teams being charged with payouts to players, that this will help Michigan? There are at least 3 factors I can see:

  1. Michigan itself, and the coaching, facilities, and future. With Brazdeikis also being from Canada, with Stauskas encouraging Barrett, with Michigan having a good team, it could well be attractive on it's own merits.
  2. Beilein's reputation. Right now, given the uproar over payouts, could it be attractive to go to a school that has absolutely not a hint of corruptions and shenanigans? To play for a coach who is highly and universally revered?
  3. Looking at the other teams, you would think that Arizona is toast, given the investigation. Duke and Kentucky, while not currently charged, have always been at least a bit suspicious. Oregon? I dunno. But you might think that a player would want to avoid going to a school that could be drawn into this scandal.

I don't disagree with Brian that the whole enterprise stinks, and that basketball players should be paid in some way. This whole amateur student-athlete thing is a sham and a joke. Coaches, schools, the NCAA, agents, TV networks, are all gorged on the money. And it is because of the playersl who don't get a thing. Maybe the system will change. But right now, in the middle of everything that's going down, it certainly won't hurt Michigan.

Addendum:  Man, am I glad that the events surrounding some of the Fab 5 and others are far in the rear view mirror. Glad to be well past that debacle.



September 27th, 2017 at 9:48 PM ^

I would be perfectly fine with Michigan never being involved with 5-stars. It is just not worth the trouble in basketball. Beilein wins fine without them.

Mike Damone

September 27th, 2017 at 9:52 PM ^

from Nik Stauskas, after Brazdekis committed:  "Any chance we can get a two for one special?  R.J. Barrett, I am pretty sure you would love Ann Arbor."

Gotta love Nik - and with or without Barrett, may be fun to bust out the flag for a few more years while Brazdekis is here...


September 27th, 2017 at 10:09 PM ^

I get the desire to pay players in basketball, but there are already other paying options out there for players good enough to earn a paycheck. Foreign leagues sometimes pay good money to players. Way more than colleges will ever pay. Emmanuel Mudiay got 1.2M to play for a year in China. Of course there are drawbacks to this and I'm not really condoning it, but I'm a bit surprised more high school star players don't do this.

AA Forever

September 28th, 2017 at 6:50 AM ^

know the game, and pretty much all of them have their hands out.  Any program that lands multiple 5 stars on a regular basis can be presumed to be dirty.  No school's reputation alone is going to outweigh 100K in your pocket.


September 27th, 2017 at 10:47 PM ^

We must take no recruits from these implicated schools as all recruits are potentially tainted and eligibility might be impacted. Any of these players and families are not immune from culpability. Plus, would you want f-ing cheaters in the program? Not me.