Each Wednesday we hold a round table where we give our guys are given the platform to give their “NCAA Hot Takes”.
**The Week of December 3
Recruit in-state players and you will be successful
There is no secret that the state of North Carolina is a hot bed for collegiate basketball prospects. Last year, 70 plus players committed to D1 programs. Coach Wes Miller of UNC-Greensboro has made recruiting his “home state” a priority and it is producing huge dividends. Last season, UNC-G won the regular season Southern Conference and eventually won the Southern Conference to earn a NCAA tournament bid. This year’s roster has nine players from North Carolina and next year’s recruiting class has three players as well. Wes Miller secured the commitment of Kobe and Keyshaun Langley who were both verbally committed to Virginia Tech of the ACC. In addition, UNC-G beat out Arkansas and Houston for the commitment of 6’9 Derricko Williams … One thing is for certain, in-state players have a sense of pride when playing for their native state.
Michigan is the Number 1 Team in the Country
After what Michigan did to North Carolina, I think some buzz started in this direction. With the hot start Duke got off to and then Gonzaga beating Duke head-to-head in the Maui Finals many cannot take their allegiance from there. Kansas started off number 1, and remained undefeated, even after a win over Top 10 Tennessee. Sure each of these teams could, and should, stake their claims to the top position. But it is Michigan who is playing the best right now. At 8-0 Michigan has wins over Top 20 teams, UNC, Villanova and Purdue by an average of 20.3 points. They are also the best defensive team in the country, both by the eye-test and analytics (#1 defensive efficiency rating in the country via KenPom). They have a roster filled with guys who will spend time in the NBA and John Beilein is an all-around offensive genius whose team also rebounds the ball and doesn’t turn it over. That is a large recipe for success and their early season numbers go to prove that.
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