That’s a well-known fact – the Big Ten conference hasn’t brought the NCAA championship after Tom Izzo and Michigan State won the crown in 2000 – a 22-year drought.
Most experts say that being too pointless in March stems from a physical style of play that doesn’t mean offspring, and prevents high-level high school talent from even joining a league.
“The biggest challenge has been to recruit NBA-level talent throughout the conference,” ESPN spokesman Myron Medcalf said last year in a debate over why Big Ten hasn’t thrown out the cup in a generation.
In recruiting circles, this is undeniable, the physicality of the big ten is a concern and something that non-league coaches use as a negative tool. In essence, “don’t go there, you’ll be beaten and you’ll never get into the NBA.”
Overall, this narrative has been accurate.
In a 2016 study by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, the Big Ten was the last of the six major conferences in the 1996-2015 NBA first round of driving options. And here’s the update – even if you add Big Ten first round options. in the next six drafts, while keeping the other leagues at the 2015 level, which would still be in last place. In fact, Big Ten has had only one first-round selection in both of the last two drafts.
But that all changes on Thursday night.
According to most NBA drafts, including ESPN’s last update for Thursday, the Big Ten should have five players hearing their names in the first round.
To get a draft in today’s NBA, you need to show the ability to develop in an open field, in a free-flowing style, and to varying degrees, Jaden Ivey, Keegan Murray, Johnny Davis, Malaki Branham and EJ Liddell have done so. playing in the big tenth.
Certainly Big Ten has not magically cured everything that has bothered him stylistically. It’s still too natural and it still hasn’t produced a product that would have been translated in March.
And recruitment has not increased sharply in the league either.
Although Branham (247Sports Composite No. 38) and Liddell (44) could reasonably be considered potential NBA players, Ivey (89) and Davis (164) were far from experts in likely lottery selections. ), Murray (334).
But when five out of ten players are invited on Thursday night, the notion that the Big Ten will hurt your chances of reaching the NBA will suddenly become a setback to recruiting Mike Woodson and the rest of the league.
Former Indiana head coach Archie Miller recently gave an open-ended interview admitting that the biggest regret of her time in Indiana was the approach to recruitment.
With only 13 scholarship places on offer, talent evaluation is crucial for college staff, and Thursday night’s first round is likely to condemn Miller’s ability to scout.
Ivey was a state product and was considered by many to be the most perfect Hoosier in the 2020 class. But Miller didn’t even offer Ivey a scholarship, despite being in an IU team camp in 2018, when he burned nets in Simon Skjodt’s Assembly Hall and awakened his future NBA potential.
Ivey, the son of South Bend and the son of Notre Dame’s women’s coach Niele, was certainly thought to be staying home. But obviously, as it turned out, it was a misconception.
Another South Bend product, Blake Wesley, did receive an offer from Indiana, and for some time there was mutual interest. But I clearly remember August 2020, when his father told me that the family hadn’t heard from IU workers in months. It was a recruitment that Indiana had a chance to win if she worked hard with the right message.
That message was supposed to be exactly what Notre Dame did this year – put the ball in his hands and let him go. As a true freshman, Wesley scored an average of 14.4 points per game and was exactly the two-way athletic wing that Hoosiers lacked in 2021-2022. He will also be drafted in the first round on Thursday.
Finally, it is a product of Indianapolis. Jake LaRavia of Lawrence Central, HS Miller, had three chances to land him – first before he committed to SIU-Edwardsville, then after he reopened recruitment after a change of coach and landed in Indiana.
The last chance to land at LaRavia came at an inopportune time, just as Miller’s tenure at the IU was falling apart.
But his 14.6-point game in Wake Forests and 38.4 percent archery shot as a modern 6-foot stretch-4 would have been another big advantage for Hoosiers.
Now on Thursday, LaRavia will probably hear his name in the first round as well, and this is another reminder of what may have been.
LaRavia and Wesley were also the two biggest misses from recruitment sites. Wesley was 121st, while LaRavia was completely ranked.
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