I thought it might be fun to take the 9 offerees and/or targets we currently know of (not including commits), and rank them 1-9 as to who you take if all wanted to come and you had the ultimate choice. The choice is for Michigan and John Beilein, not who you’d pick in a vacuum or for another team/coach/system, and it has zero to do with who you think we’ll get, but rather who you’d like to get.
I’ll start. Before I do, to make I clear, I think 1-3 are essentially interchangeable, as are 5-8. Also, getting certain guys would drop others way down the list–for example, if we got Jackson or Young, we wouldn’t need Livers, etc.
Jaren Jackson–his length, size and shooting ability fit best.
Brice Bowen–the most dominant, productive player we’re recruiting.
Kris Wilkes–the best athlete and slasher.
Kyle Young–the quintessential stretch 4 and the best motor–think Novak plus 3 inches of height and 6 inches of vertical jump.
Isaiah Livers–If we haven’t gotten one of Jackson or Young, he’d fill the bill.
Justin Smith–slightly better upside than Cain.
Jamal Cain–A slightly better fit than Smith; these 2 are truly interchangeable IMO.
Nojel Eastern–the best player in this group of 4 by a fair amount, but the least needed given current roster and commitments.
Anthony Gaines–Very productive–not yet sure about fit or how his game translates.
I’m mystified as to (a) why you think I believe that any of Jackson, Bowen and Wilkes will attend Michigan, and (b) what that has to do with the topic of the thread. We currently have 9 kids out who either have offers and haven’t eliminated us, or don’t have offers but have us in their final group nonetheless. I asked how people would rank those players from a Michigan perspective. I specifically said that the ranking has “zero to do with who you think we’ll get, but rather who you’d like to get.”
For the record, I am very dubious that we’ll get any of Jackson, Bowen or Wilkes. However, since they haven’t eliminated us (and in the case of Wilkes, has put us in a large final group of 11), I find it somewhat silly to do a ranking which doesn’t include them.
You are probably right about Jackson, Bowen and Wilkes not coming to UM, but we are in on more than just Young and Cain. We have very good shots at Smith and Livers for sure and possibly with Eastern and Gaines.
So does Livers eliminate anyone else besides Young? Really wish we could get Eastern on board early, he could be the guy with ball in hands. We have enough shooting with Livers now, need someone skilled at create for themselves and others.