Well, recruiting went downhill a little when we started chasing five star kids and missed - Booker, Kennard, Bates-Diop, Leaf, Thornton, Battle, Brunson. etc.
Can we all agree that the 2012 and 2013 classes were pretty good? Yes, Irvin wasn’t the five star we hoped, and Donnal wasn’t great, but on the whole those two classes were strong and were the backbone of our Elite Eight run in 2014.
And plainly the guys we landed before that - like Hardaway, Burke, and even Jordan Morgan - were strong recruits. Right? We did, after all, win a Big Ten title in 2012, make the title game in 2013, and make the Elite Eight in 2014.
So, we went sideways when, trying to capitalize on our success, we chased the big fish but we weren’t fishing with the right bait.
I guess maybe we fault Beilein for being naive? I don’t know.
And even among those “down” classes, we landed a five star kid everyone thought would be good (Chatman), a first round draft pick (Wilson), and a very good big man (Wagner).
I’m not saying JB is perfect by any means. But I am saying he’s damn good. And I’ll also say he’s the best clean Michigan coach we’ve ever had.