2019 - G - Cole Bajema (Commit)


#142

Funny cameo by Beilein at 2:15 of the highlights of FOH Seattle v Howard Pulley.


#143

Bajema enters the 247 rankings at 61.


#144

Pretty amazing. In just a matter of weeks, Cole goes from an under the radar, two star only known to a few mid majors on the west coast to the number 61 prospect and a four star on 247 with offers from Xavier and Virginia and Michigan. Now he has been offered and accepted a scholarship to Michigan. THIS, because of the eye of a man named Beilein.

We’ll see how the rankings work themselves out as the year progresses. I’m not going to say I don’t care about rankings. I do, but I care more about the eye of Beilein. It’s never a good idea to question the eye, or the heart or the gut or the brain, of John Beilein.


#145

Also thanks to a smart plan from his family and AAU coach and a gamble on himself. Without that, Beilein probably maybe never hears of him until Michigan opens a hypothetical NCAA Tournament against Pepperdine in 2021.


#146

Third straight class with at least two composite 4*. Second straight with 2 composite top 75 players.


#147

Gotta see what Rivals ranks him before judging his composite rank, right? (Not that I particularly care for such topics as ranking debates :laughing:)


#148

Here, here! Congratulations to the young man and his family. Nice story by Ethan, too.


#149

Lol, jumped the gun I guess. Forget that we’ve only got two prominent ranking sites left.


#150

Holy shit. That’s incredible


#151

You took the words right out of my mouth.


#152

So what do we think his ranking would be if he committed to Washington? 80? Virginia? 60? San Francisco? 125?

Just being facetious but that’s the funny part about national rankings. I don’t envy the chore of trying to rank the top 150, 200, whatever kids, but the fact of the matter is that so much of it is based on word of mouth, etc. Then combining feedback from all different scouts and I doubt more than 1 or 2 of them have seen him live (and probably only last weekend in Vegas) and then they decide to plop him in there at No. 61 the day after he commits to Michigan /shrug.

I think Bajema is a terrific fit and a great player, and I’ve written about why, I’m just commenting on the process of ranking kids and how silly it can become.

We can also cue up the inevitable drop in April (probably because no one made the trip out to Lynden, WA to watch him) as a couple of uncommitted prospects rise.


#153

Let’s not pretend that Beilein “discovered” Bajema.

The kid solicited us with his film and his marketing.

He backed it up with his performance from then on.


#154

I absolutely agree, but I do think they’ve seen a lot of film they perhaps wouldn’t have seen if Coach B hadn’t taken notice and gotten involved.

Ranking kids CAN become silly, but guys make a living doing it because guys like me eat it up! :rofl:


#155

It’s never a good idea to question the eye, or the heart or the gut or the brain, of John Beilein.

True. I have thought for a few years that other schools keep an eye on guys that Beilein is watching out of respect for his eye for talent. Also, Beilein (and UM) are benefiting from his reputation, record and network. More than a few players have become Wolverines because someone has reached out to Beilein. I believe Bajemia, Wagner, Robinson and Spike all fit that category.


#156

You can add MAAR to that list too.


#157

No question about it, chezaroo. There WAS a bit of marketing employed by his coach and his dad, and then the kid absolutely put on a show and delivered a great performance. Interesting, though, that it was John Beilein who was invited and given front row tickets to the show. And maybe, just maybe, a whole lot of other folks showed up because John Beilein was there. Kudos to the kid and his coach and family, but kudos to Coach B, too.


#158

This is true, but it takes some stones to go after a kid who is basically completely off the radar. There are plenty of coaches out there who might not. There is a lot of group think in recruiting. For Beilein, it is business as usual and I don’t think he thinks anything of it.


#159

True, but they get film on a LOT of kids sent to them. Beilein still has to evaluate and decide to follow the kid all summer. If he had sent film to Izzo, would he be a Spartan commitment right now?


#160

Kid backed it up with his play. End of story.


#161

He’s really good already. I don’t see any risk in adding this young man to the team, and his upside is NBA. I’m sitting here thinking about why he wouldn’t develop into a very good player under Coach Beilein’s tutelage and I’m coming up with nothing.

2 really good players in this class