Eh, I dunno. Seems like Nick was pretty loose with the facts to fit a story. I mean, at least as far the common narrative goes, Beilein didn’t “wind up at Michigan after the Wolverines realized Cassius Winston was headed to Michigan State.” And it’s not like Xavier Simpson was some plucky nobody, he was a top 100 guy higher ranked than, for instance, Carsen Edwards. And from what I remember, Vincent Edwards wasn’t some super high profile recruit and PU had been on him much longer than UM.
Yes, MAAR and Duncan have unusual stories, but otherwise? “They took Charles Matthews off the talent scrap heap” – really? I mean, I’m not sure the former top 50 guy had such a shortage of options, including Xavier.
Had “few in the United States had ever heard of” Wagner? He’d been scouted by NBA guys and had a bunch of pretty high profile schools at least interested in him.
“Jon Teske and Austin Davis got scholarships because someone had to backup Wagner.” Teske was a top 150 guy with OSU and Miami offers that JB offered as soon as he offered anyone for 2016.
It is true that JB prioritizes being a good teammate, etc., but this article was pretty sloppy and lazy.