- I know most people disagree with my opinion, but I think THJ has a very high ceiling and there is a good chance he will be very successful in the NBA. My biggest concern about THJ is his head - I think sometimes he presses and his head gets in the way of his talent. Confidence and moving on from bad plays/missed shots is something he will have to work on. I think he is underrated athletically - I love his combination of size and athleticism including his ability to rise above defenders on his jumper. He will have to work on his handle and especially his ability to go left/use his left hand. People will disagree, but I think ultimately he may be more successful in the NBA than Burke.
- Beilein and his system are simply great at putting guys in positions to look good/be successful. He is great at maximizing strengths and hiding weaknesses - and this results in players being thought of as better NBA prospects It will be interesting to watch how Burke and Hardaway do in the NBA. I'm not aware of any of his WVU players having any great success in the NBA. Neither Morris or Harris have emerged. At some point, if Beilein's guys don't achieve great success in the NBA, scouts may start looking at their production/efficiency in college as largely a product of Beilein's coaching . . . and consequently downgrade their NBA potential (perhaps they are already doing this, I don't know). Something to watch . . .
- In terms of recruiting, what Beilein seems most exceptional at is identifying guys who have talent and/or guys that have the personality, skill set, etc. to develop into productive basketball players - even at a younger age. I think some coaches when recruiting likely are blinded by athleticism while JB has a somewhat unique ability to see past that and look at basketball skills (shooting, passing, vision, basketball IQ, work ethic). With only one exception (CB), I can't think of a single example where he has really missed on a prospect. And its not just the guys who have landed at UM, but other guys who he has pursued who ended up going to other schools. I'm pretty confident that when JB decides to hang it up as a coach, there will be some offers from the NBA to scout.
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Your second point sounds a lot like what many people having been saying about Duke for many years when guys like Dawkins, Amaker, Ferry, laettner and others didn't have great NBA careers. Hasn't hurt the Duke program. Wouldn't mind if we had similar success. Saying Hardaway has a high ceiling is the same as saying he needs a lot of work. He could be really good if he improves his ball-handling, if he shoots more consistentlly, if he misses fewer free throws, if he develops a short range game Lots of ifs