The Michigan basketball program has seen quite the revival under head coach John Beilein, as he has elevated the program to great heights, with the team getting to the 2013 NCAA title game as his obvious signature moment. Beilein should have no trouble keeping up that momentum as he gets set to make his mark on the recruiting trail once again. With the 2015 recruiting class probably at the forefront of his mind, Beilein is getting ready to close.
While Beilein and his staff have not nabbed many 5-star recruits, nor any McDonald's All-Americans, he knows what he is doing when it comes to recruiting. He keys in on players who fit into his system and develops them into stars (see Nik Stauskas, Trey Burke, etc.).
With Michigan reaching the title game in 2013 and following it up with a trip to the Elite Eight last year, Michigan is riding a tidal wave of momentum. With limited scholarships to dole out this coming year, Beilein has to be very selective and judicious when deciding who he wants in the 2015 class.
With the July evaluation period almost coming to close, soon enough Michigan will be lining up official and in-home visits in the fall. That is when things get serious.
So what sales pitches are Beilein and company likely to use when recruiting this summer/fall? Well, here's a few that could work and resonate with recruits.
Want to win? Come to Michigan!
As previously mentioned, Michigan has done a good job of having success on the court, having reached the NCAA title game in 2013 and reaching the Elite Eight last year.
In Beilein's seven years at Michigan, his teams have gone 150-94 while winning more than 20 games five times and reaching the NCAA tournament five out of the past six years. Coming off of their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years, Beilein is building a winning program and taking it to places it hasn't enjoyed in more than 20 years, when the Fab Five packed the Crisler Center.
With another fine recruiting class (ranked 17th best, according to Scout.com) coming in, Michigan should be set to continue its winning ways for many years to come.
Want to get to the NBA? Come to Michigan!
The track record of Beilein sending his players to the NBA has been nothing short of impressive as of late.
Without the services of a McDonald's All-American, Beilein and his staff have still sent five players (Stauskas, Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary) to the NBA in the past two years. More could be on the way with current Wolverines Caris LeVert and Zak Irvin catching the eyes of scouts and GMs, as ESPN's Chad Ford has both of them ranked among his top 50 NBA prospects.
So, if guys like Eric Davis, Jalen Coleman, Jalen Brunson and Prince Ali (all major Wolverine recruits in 2015) have ideas of reaching the NBA, they could do no wrong by making Ann Arbor their home for the foreseeable future.
John Beilein & John Groce among those watching 2015 @ColemanJalen who cut his list to 6— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 19, 2014
Want to improve on your overall game? Come to Michigan!
Considering they didn't come to Michigan amid much fanfare, players like Stauskas, Burke and Hardaway Jr. (despite his pedigree) gradually improved their games and fully developed under the tutelage of Beilein.
Beilein is masterful in harnessing untapped potential and molding his recruits into top-notch players. Look at the kind of player he made Zack Novak. Here was a recruit with no high rating attached to his name, but he would go on to become an integral part of Michigan's revival.
Simply put, Beilein will make you a better, complete player who could excel at both ends of the floor. The proof is in the pudding with the way he is sending his players to the next level.
So when you combine winning at a high clip, the strides players will make in their game and a good chance to play at the next level, Beilein is making Michigan a viable place for student-athletes to jump-start their careers.
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