I see in remarks in almost every recruiting thread arguing Beilein’s lack of recruiting success. When JB was hired it was said that he’d never be a good, let alone great, recruiter. So I decided to take a look at his classes based on Rivals rankings.
Spike Albrecht - 3* only offer App State - Late Add when Trey was looking to leave - Solid 4 year contributor
Mitch McGary - 4* - 1st Round Pick
GR3 - 5* - 2nd Round Pick
Nik - 4* - Lottery Pick
Caris - 3* - Solid 4 year starter - Probably NBA Career
Donnal - 4* Top 100 - TBD
Irvin - 5* Top 100 - TBD
Walton - 4* Top 100 - TBD
Chatman - 4* Top100 - TBD
Wilson - 4* Top100 - TBD
Doyle - 3* - Freshman Starter
Rahk - 3* - Showed solid signs in minutes after Caris injury
Dawkins - 3* - Points to solid career
Hatch - Self-Explanatory
Wagner 4* Top100 type - TBD
Teske - 4* - Beat Ohio St
So Beilein’s 3* recruits are Hatch, Doyle and 4 late adds when people declared or transferred and a scholarship opened up.
I’d say he’s done an excellent job of identifying contributors with his late additions that fit his system. He has also landed (2) 5* recruits and (8) 4* recruits. I’d say that’s he’s become a pretty decent recruiter at Michigan. Sure it’s frustrating to miss out on Kennard/Thornton/Bates-Diop/etc. But recruiting has a lot more misses than hits for anybody not named Duke, UK and Arizona.
I think it comes down to expectations for recruiting. Beilein isn’t gonna land UK/Duke type classes because he doesn’t have a USA Basketball or World Wide Wes Connection. However, I’d say his stats show that he is doing a really good job on the recruiting trail. My opinion.