Basketball Insider – Joey Baker commits; Who’s subsequent?

Each week through the school basketball season, and each different week through the offseason former Michigan Basketball standout Tim McCormick joins TMI’s Sam Webb for a podcast referred to as ‘The Michigan Basketball Insider.’ Every present gives a deep dive into the X’s & Os and statistical evaluation from Michigan’s video games, commentary on school basketball within the Massive Ten and past, and interviews with topics from Tim’s huge array of contacts.

McCormick spent 10 seasons taking part in within the NBA after being the no. 12 choose within the 1984 draft. Since finishing his professional profession he has labored as a marketing consultant with NBA gamers for the final twenty years educating methods to enhance efficiency and obtain greatness. Moreover, he runs the NBA Gamers Affiliation’s Prime 100 Basketball Camp for the nation’s finest highschool basketball prospects. Tim additionally gives colour evaluation as a broadcaster for ESPN’s school basketball protection and Fox Sports activities Detroit’s Detroit Pistons protection.

On this week’s episode Tim and Sam break down the dedication of Duke switch Joey Baker and the way he’ll slot in Michigan’s rotation subsequent yr. Consideration then turns to the doable late addition of worldwide goal Youssef Khayat earlier than profiling prime 2023 heart goal Papa Kante. The duo additionally predicts subsequent yr’s beginning 5, breakout participant, and the highest choose within the 2023 NBA draft.

Within the excerpt under, Sam and Tim speak cheap expectations for Baker and the way his contribution will doubtless evaluate to Caleb Houstan’s.

Tim McCormick: “To start with, I like the truth that Jett needed him. Like… why would you herald anyone that may sort of play the identical place as you? However Jett is that man. He likes to compete. Joey Baker was on the Prime 100 camp … I feel it was in 2017. I feel he is a extremely good participant (and an) excellent pickup on numerous completely different ranges. I feel that the primary factor I bear in mind about him is he simply does not miss open photographs. He actually has wonderful confidence, he expects to make all the pieces, (and has) a fast launch. The rationale that is so essential is that I can see him noticed up on the weak facet, Hunter goes to be working within the low put up, and simply (Baker’s) presence on the market … you possibly can’t go away him. He’ll create area for Hunter. I feel Hunter goes to be taught to search out him. These guys are going to coexist very nicely. And at 6-6 he jogs my memory somewhat little bit of Luke Kennard. I feel Luke had higher ball expertise … somewhat bit faster, extra of a playmaker. However Joey Baker shoots like that. And when you concentrate on Caleb Houstan, Caleb shot what? 38%? Which could be very respectable. I feel that quantity is somewhat bit deceptive as a result of so lots of his large video games got here towards a few of the lesser competitors groups. I desire a man that may go into Meeting Corridor, or the Breslin … a tricky recreation on Massive Monday or Tremendous Tuesday and knock down photographs. And Joey Baker performed a Duke. He performed towards nice competitors each single day in observe. And I get the sense that as an elite competitor, he acquired buried at Duke. They have so many good gamers. I feel what is going on to occur is he will are available right here with somewhat angle and say, ‘I must bump my minutes up as a substitute of 12 per recreation, I need to play 20 or 22.’ I feel he generally is a actually good participant. Sam. I am very glad about that.

Sam Webb: “Let’s speak concerning the flooring with Joey Baker. If he can are available and offer you not less than what Caleb gave you final yr … and this isn’t to disparage, or diminish, or denigrate Caleb in any means, form, or kind … but when he may give them that then they have not misplaced any floor. And I feel that baseline is affordable to anticipate. You are speaking a few man who was a 38% shooter from three, I feel he shot over 40% final yr. He is simply had a restricted pattern area. Between getting buried and combating by means of accidents, it was only a recipe for him to not flourish there. If he can not less than offer you Caleb… like I mentioned… you are not taking a step again. However I feel it is also cheap to anticipate that he is gonna offer you extra (taking pictures consistency than Houstan) for all the explanations that you simply talked about. The extent of competitors that he confronted persistently at Duke and that strain cooker that he was in… the competitors that he noticed in observe not to mention video games … and a change of surroundings. Typically for guys like {that a} change of surroundings is all the pieces. And nobody is anticipating him to be THE man … I am simply anticipating him to be A man. Take into consideration what number of attractiveness he ought to get from three with Hunter Dickinson patrolling the center. ”

Tim McCormick: “Yeah, he is gonna get misplaced on the market and discover himself huge open for threes. And when you concentrate on coming from the ACC… that’s as excessive degree as you will get. And we noticed Chaundee Brown are available and after taking part in within the ACC, he actually shot the ball higher than anyone anticipated. The opposite factor about Joey Baker is that he is a captain on a Ultimate 4 group, he is hungry to show himself, he’s a frontrunner, and he is a enjoyable man. And I feel that Juwan Howard goes to love having a couple of older guys in his locker room. Bear in mind, it was arduous as a result of final yr’s group was so darn younger. Captains and veterans aren’t afraid to do some teaching. We have heard the very best lead groups are player-led groups, and Joey Baker goes to assist in that space lots. ”

Sam Webb: “Yeah, I feel it’s a extremely good pickup. Now once more, I’m not anticipating a world beater, however I’m anticipating a taking pictures improve from what they acquired from Caleb. You identified an important issue. (Caleb) shot nicely towards numerous decrease degree groups, and numerous decrease degree groups at dwelling. The house / highway splits have been dramatically completely different for him. So once more, I feel you possibly can anticipate for that to be a tick or two higher with Joey Baker. Michigan is betting on him being wholesome. I feel they in all probability checked that out fairly totally. Between that, his expertise, and the change of surroundings, I am simply anticipating for them to have a greater taking pictures quotient there. ”

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