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U of M Basketball Recruiting Discussion

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  • Now's the right time to go after some one-and-dones, because there are other players coming up in the system, and those one-and-dones can be the final piece or two. I still think we have a lot of talent on the bench. But for the long term there needs to be an emphasis on properly identifying good fits amongst the top-100 kind of kids who are going to be 3- or 4-year players. It's just hard to imagine a sufficient supply of five-stars content with a clean recruitment process across the various positions on the court. We don't want to get in that cycle in which there are super-taletned lineups followed by an NBA exodus and then NIT years and all that. We can't be the clean version of Kentucky. Way too ambitious.

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    • From what I've read, it sounds like UNC may be close to locking in Jalen Wilson. Hopefully not but Juwan will have an uphill battle.

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      • This tweet was liked by Cole Bajema, so things seem to look pretty good on both fronts:
        https://twitter.com/iamzebjackson1/s...32871531237378

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        • Juwan offers his first scholarship. It's to Joshua Christopher, the #6 composite player on 247.

          https://twitter.com/JoshHenschke/sta...00515606085632

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          • Juwan also offers Abdur-Rahim, after one conversation:
            https://www.michigandaily.com/sectio...r-juwan-howard

            One might think he's handing out offers like chiclets but the staff had already been recruiting Abdur-Rahim and it seemed like only a matter of time that he was going to get an offer. I think it also shows Juwan's trust in Saddi.

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            • Saddi has also been Jabri's lead recruiter.

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              • Jalen Wilson is announcing on Wednesday and Juwan hasn't had a visit with him. I'm guessing he's Carolina-bound.

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                • Yup, a few minutes until we hear Wilson announce he is enrolling at Kansas or UNC.

                  People were assuming Kansas a few days ago, but who knows. It’ll be a VERY unexpected surprise if we hear good news.
                  AAL 2018 - Teez Tabor

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                  • Jalen Wilson to Kansas. Kinda looked like he wasn't coming back here.

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                    • Too bad he couldn't find it in his heart to give Juwan Howard a chance. Under new NCAA rules covering transfers, he could have played for Howard for a year, and if he decided he didn't like it, he could have entered the transfer portal at the end of the year. Instead, he completely dissed Howard and never gave him a chance.

                      I guess situations like this are the future of college sports.

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                      • Like him a good bit (Wilson), not as a likely NBA player but a very good college player. I had him as a Zak Irvin type with hopefully more aggressiveness. Could've helped Juwan a lot, Juwan just didn't have the time to recruit him.

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                        • No idea what went on in the background here, but he was ready to listen and expected Howard to come down there and sell himself, which is entirely reasonable. I don't know why that never happened, but it didn't, and that sucks. Hard to know whether to blame Wilson or not, but easy to be disappointed in what looks like a very slow start to recruiting, be it shoring up existing commitments or working that grad-transfer market hard enough. If you filter this whole thing through showing respect for your seniors, which is a very Michigan thing to do, it's very disappointing. Z and Teske deserve better from everyone from Manuel on down. This season doesn't have to be a waste -- you have an elite PG and an elite C and together they make up one of the most lethal P/R combos in the sport. If this ends up a bubble team the lazy analysis will just blame it on the coaching search, but that wouldn't be accurate. There's serious talent on the roster now.

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                          • The timing of Beilein's departure screwed us pretty badly.
                            Last edited by Hannibal; June 13th, 2019, 11:29 AM.

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                            • Losing Wilson hurts, but M will survive. Beilein built a good foundation that will be hard to screwup.
                              Counting on the players in the 18’ class to get better. + Cole and Zeb coming in will be good pieces.

                              Howard has some time to figure it out when it comes to recruiting...
                              AAL 2018 - Teez Tabor

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                              • Originally posted by hack View Post
                                No idea what went on in the background here, but he was ready to listen and expected Howard to come down there and sell himself, which is entirely reasonable.
                                I think the OV to Kansas must've won him over. Yak was also his primary recruiter so that probably played an additional part to Michigan falling further behind.

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