Podcast: Breaking down the Big Ten after the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline

The Moving Screen is a podcast collaboration with The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn. We’ll be tackling Michigan, Michigan State and Big Ten basketball at large with a blend of rational analysis and hot takes.

After weeks of podcasts about John Beilein, Juwan Howard, Michigan, and Michigan State, we focus on the Big Ten now that rosters are mostly finalized after the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline. We analyze each team and decide whether they will finish higher or lower than their current projection on barttorvik.com.

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  1. Mattski

    A certain amount of cold, hard reality will shortly be upon us. Not to be too dramatic, but a couple of big early recruiting wins could pretty obviously be difference-makers for Howard and the new staff.

    This is also why the question of system really does loom large–Beilein proved how important it can be. The core of Teske, Isaiah, and X COULD boost the team beyond a ca. eighth-place finish, seems to me. Or they could flounder. (Gonna be a certain amount of thrashing, almost no matter what.)

    Shutting down media operations for a little while. . . wishing everyone a happy summer!

  2. BillG

    When a power 5 conference head coach moves on, at least a part of his career reputation with the team he left should be “what shape did he leave the team/players in and “what did he do for his assistant coaches”? Looks like JB would get a D or F in that part of his scoring.

    I remember Coach Haynes speaking at one of the UM Club of AA luncheons at Weber’s this year where he talked about how much he and the other assistant coaches and their families loved being at the games. They loved their coaching and their coaching contributions in instruction, recruiting, and player motivation. Without them, what would Michigan’s performance have been like the last 2 years?
    Did JB think about them at all in making his decision to leave when he did?

    I have been living in AA the last few years, attending many games, and oftentimes seeing JB at St Mary’s church on Sundays. I had a very special liking of him and felt he was a unique college coach and especially considerate person. Maybe he still was, but my opinion of him has definitely changed.

  3. kturnup

    Yaklich ended up at Texas with a raise and a new title. Haynes is at Maryland probably making about the same. Saddi stayed on at Michigan. It turned out fine for them. JB didn’t have to think about them on his way out, he had already massively improved the trajectory of their careers.

    There wasn’t much JB could do to leave to leave us on better terms. He left 4 rising sophomores from a heralded recruiting class, 2 solid recruits, 2 senior all-big ten level players. It was just the timing that hurt and couldn’t be helped since thats when the NBA carousel turns.

    IMO thinking less of JB as a human because he left Michigan is silly. Sorry.

  4. bebopson

    Jeez, enough of the negative hot-takes. Are you seriously going to spin into a negative that he developed 3 players into NBA draft prospects and therefore we have holes in the roster? Is it his fault that the NBA coaching cycle doesn’t match the NCAA’s? He has a right to protect the privacy of his NBA job negotiation. He didn’t do anything wrong. Get a grip.

  5. Oberon

    Oh poor us. He left Richmond and West Virginia and everywhere else to move up in his profession, that’s what ambitious and talented people do. We’re in great shape thanks to him.

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