The 2022 NBA Draft Will Crush Big Ten Narrative As It Remembers IU Basketball Recruiting Failures – The Daily Hoosier

It’s a well known fact: The Big Ten Conference hasn’t produced an NCAA tournament champion since Tom Izzo and the state of Michigan won the crown in 2000: 22 years of drought.

Most experts will say that the futility of the league in March comes from a physical style of play that does not translate into post-season and discourages high school talent from joining a league team in the first place.

“The biggest challenge in the league was his ability to recruit NBA-level talent at the conference,” ESPN’s Myron Medcalf said last year in a discussion about why the Big Ten didn’t hoist a trophy in a club. generation.

It’s undeniable in recruiting circles, the Big Ten’s physicality is a concern, and something used by off-league coaches as a negative tool. Basically: “don’t go there, you will be beaten and you will never make it to the NBA”.

Overall, that narrative was accurate.

In a 2016 study by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, the Big Ten was the last of the top six conferences when it came to NBA first-round draft picks from 1996 to 2015. And here’s the update, though add the choices of the first round of the Big Ten in the next six drafts keeping the other championships at the levels of 2015, it would still be in last place. In fact, the Big Ten only had one first-round pick in each of the last two drafts.

But everything will change on Thursday night.

According to most fictional NBA drafts, including ESPN’s latest update on Thursday, the Big Ten are expected to get their names heard by five players in the first round.

To be drafted into today’s NBA, you need to show the ability to thrive in a freestyle and open-field style, and to varying degrees Jaden Ivey, Keegan Murray, Johnny Davis, Malaki Branham, and EJ Liddell have done so while playing in the Big Ten.

To be sure, the Big Ten hasn’t magically healed everything that has plagued it stylistically. It’s still too physical and hasn’t yet produced a product that translates to March.

Nor did recruitment suddenly take off in the league.

Indeed, while Branham (247Sports Composite # 38) and Liddell (44) could have reasonably been viewed as potential NBA players, the so-called experts were far away when it came to probable lottery picks Ivey (89), Davis (164), Murray (334).

But when five Big Ten players are called up Thursday night, the idea that the Big Ten harms your chances of reaching the NBA will diminish and suddenly become a recruiting counter-punch for Mike Woodson and others in the league.


Credit – Via Blake Wesley on Instagram

Former Indiana manager Archie Miller recently gave an honest interview in which he admitted that his biggest regret stemming from his time in Indiana was his approach to recruiting.

With just 13 scholarship places to offer, talent assessment is mission critical for college staff, and Thursday night’s first round is also likely to be a condemnation of Miller’s scouting prowess while he was at. IU.

Ivey was an in-house product and believed by many to be the most complete native Hoosier of the 2020 class. But Miller didn’t even offer Ivey a scholarship despite having him at the IU team camp in 2018, a day he set fire to the nets. at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and showed his future NBA potential.

Truth be told, the idea was that Ivey, a South Bend product and the son of Notre Dame women’s coach Niele, would stay home. But of course, as it turned out, this was a misleading thought.

Blake Wesley, another South Bend product, received an offer from Indiana and for a while there was mutual interest. But I clearly remember in August 2020 when his father told me that the family hadn’t heard from the IU staff for months. This was a recruitment that Indiana got a chance to win if they pushed hard with the right message.

That message had to be exactly what Notre Dame did this year: put the ball in his hands and let it go. Wesley averaged 14.4 points per game as a true freshman, and he was exactly the kind of two-way athletic winger the Hoosiers were missing in 2021-22. On Thursday he will also be enrolled in the first round.

Finally there’s the Indianapolis product that Lawrence Central HS Miller’s Jake LaRavia had three chances of landing him: first before committing to SIU-Edwardsville, then after reopening his recruiting following a change of coach and landed at State of Indiana.

The last chance to get LaRavia came at an inopportune time, just as Miller’s tenure at the IU was collapsing.

But his 14.6 points per game at Wake Forest and 38.4% behind-the-arch shots as a modern 6-foot-9 stretch-4 would have been another major advantage for the Hoosiers.

Now on Thursday LaRavia will likely hear his name called in the first round as well and will serve as another reminder of what may have been.

LaRavia and Wesley were also two other huge misses at the recruiting sites. Wesley was number 121, while LaRavia went completely unranked.

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