"He will always favor the Donnals and McLimanses and Wagners." What does this even mean--the Irish and the Italians? With the exception of our last two stellar starting big men--one of whom would have still been in the frontcourt if not for stupidity of the NCAA--he favors. . . guys who do not excel? Where is the logic in this? Doyle conveniently left out of the equation because he couldn't fit in your brain at the moment you coughed this up? Opinions are cheap, but we are stretching for some new lows here. . . as if a (now Rivals) four-star with Wagner's promise can simply be dismissed out of hand.
What really pisses me off about all of this criticism is that if McGary, Stauskas, and GRII had been here this year, or if Caris and Walton hadn't been injured, this lame stuff would be nowhere to be found--FIVE GUYS WE WERE DOWN this year (hello!). Absent McGary, none of these guys would have fitted the bill with the anonymous basement savants on this board.
Yes they had injuries this year but they also had some of the worst "bigs" play during the Beilein era. McGary was a top 20 recruit coming in was a bit older you can't get blindsided if he was going to leave early.
I think it's fair to discuss Beilein recruiting guards/sfs vs bigs. I bet he grades out much better with the guards. I watched a lot of the NCAA tournament and saw a big man that played his ass off, in fact at points in the tournament was downright dominant.
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He went to a very good school, same one as a current Michigan player. This said player would easily be the best Michigan frontcourt player and will certainly end up with a better career than say Donnal, Doyle etc.. This player never had a sniff from Michigan and definitely not one of this highly touted guys his name Zach Auguste. I am well aware recruiting is not an exact science but do you see the same capabilities from Donnal and Doyle as you see from an Auguste.
Maybe Wagner will be a great player at Michigan but in general the play from the bigs at Michigan during Beilein's tenure hasn't been great. Michigan has a lot of bigs right now, some players are going to be stapled to the bench which isn't a bad thing but they need a lot more support and production from the ones that are playing.
Beilein loves the stretch 4 hasn't really had one to date maybe Wagner will be it but there is a philosophy in his recruiting of bigs that lends itself to getting beat on the boards, getting beat on physical plays. Maybe Wagner will beat those guys but Wagner will still need help from others.