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When we posted updated Big Ten recruiting rankings a month ago we thought we were nearly at the end but there’s been additional action across the conference. Michigan State and Minnesota added recruits and several services updated their rankings one final time. We also added in rankings from 247 Sports including their team composite ranking as a reference point (national ranking in parentheses).
|Rank||247 Comp.||School||#||Rivals||Scout||ESPN||247||Avg.||Avg. Score||Cum. Score|
|6||5 (33)||Ohio State||2||4.00||4.00||4.00||4.00||4.00||81.52||720|
|7||8 (71)||Penn State||4||3.00||2.75||2.50||3.00||2.81||75.86||1130|
|9||9 (72)||Michigan St.||2||3.00||3.00||3.00||3.00||3.00||60.80||620|
After the jump we look team-by-team across the league, a breakdown of the top ten incoming recruits in the conference, and a bonus historical chart of recruiting rankings over the last year.
Trey Burke’s time in Ann Arbor is over and it won’t soon be forgotten. His impact as Michigan’s point guard was obvious. He dominated the ball, scored, created, and defended. Burke was the National Player of the Year because of his impressive statistics. He was a winner and carried Michigan to heights it hadn’t seen in 20 years. There is no shortage of numbers to prove how great Burke’s sophomore season was.
We know about Burke’s production but there’s one element of his game that shouldn’t be overlooked – or at least hasn’t been quantified – his ability to create late in the shot clock. According to Synergy Sports, Burke was the most productive late clock player in the Big Ten. He used 53 offensive possessions with less than four seconds remaining on the shot clock (more than any player in the league) and scored 1.097 points per. He was also the 10th most efficient late clock player in the league – an impressive feat considering only one of the nine players better than him used more than 17 late clock possessions.
When Noah Dickerson was 10 and 11 years old growing up in New Jersey, he remembers his mother holding a select few colleges especially close to her heart. One of those schools was based quite a ways west from his home: the Michigan Wolverines.
“We would always talk about schools around the house, and one of them was Michigan. She loved that school,” Dickerson recalled. “It was one of her favorite schools growing up as a kid. She just kept it around the house. She used to hang up Michigan posters and things like that.”
As a result, Dickerson said, he developed a fondness for the Maize and Blue, as well.
“It just gradually became one of my favorite schools.”
How fitting, then, that as the 6-foot-8 former football standout makes a name for himself on Nike’s EYBL circuit this summer, Michigan would come calling. Dickerson, a class of 2015 prospect, is averaging 14 points and four rebounds per game playing almost exclusively for the 17U Georgia Stars. Although his team has had an up-and-down summer, they are still 6-3 in the EYBL and the Atlanta-based big man is making a name for himself with his physical play and versatility.
With the NBA Draft order set in stone after last night’s lottery, the NBA Draft picture is slowing coming into focus. With just over a month until the June 27th draft, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.’s draft stock continues to improve and the duo could be the first pair of Michigan players to go in the first round since Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard in 1994.
Trey Burke didn’t participate in drills at the NBA Draft Combine or post any sort of eye popping measurables but there’s little doubt he’s the top point guard in the draft. While there were whispers last week that Burke could be a potential No. 1 pick, that talk was put to rest as the Cleveland Cavaliers landed the No. 1 spot in the lottery. However, Orlando (2), New Orleans (6 ) and Sacramento (7) are three teams that would strongly consider drafting Burke and it would be surprising if he fell past seventh overall.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was one of the stars of the combine – impressing with his vertical, bench press, shooting ability and everything in between – and his stock is pushing toward the first round. About half of the prominent mock drafts have Hardaway slotted as a late first round pick while the others have him in the first half of the second round.
After the jump we round up all of the top NBA Mock Drafts with assorted notes and quotes from various analysts.
“Nik Stauskas, he’s not just a shooter.” That fact was proven again and again so many times that it became a running joke to anyone who watched more thana few Michigan games. Over and over, Michigan’s freshman guard from Mississauga, Ontario showed off his diverse skill set against the country’s best players. And every time an analyst saw it live, he acted as if he was the first person to realize that Stauskas was more than “just a shooter.”
That being said, it’s clear that Stauskas has a specialty: long range shooting. He can do other things, just none as well as he can shoot 3-pointers. The 6-foot-6 freshman found his way into the starting line up by the seventh game and made an immediate impact. He found his way quickly and proved to be a quick learner on offense – reaching double figures in 22 of Michigan’s first 24 games. On defense, however, his progress was more freshman-like. Stauskas routinely experienced difficulty playing sound team defense and appeared to struggle with some of the defensive principles, especially once the Big Ten season kicked in.
By the end of the season, Stauskas was a critical cog in Michigan’s lethal offensive machine, even if he finished the year on a bit of a streaky note. Michigan’s Canadian import appears to be the kind of dead-eye 3-point shooter Michigan is used to playing against, someone in the mold of a John Diebler or a Blake Hoffarber. But don’t forget — that’s not all he is.