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

Each week through the faculty basketball season, and each different week through the offseason former Michigan Basketball standout Tim McCormick joins TMI’s Sam Webb for a podcast known as ‘The Michigan Basketball Insider.’ Every present provides a deep dive into the X’s & Os and statistical evaluation from Michigan’s video games, commentary on faculty basketball within the Huge 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 advisor with NBA gamers for the final 20 years instructing methods to enhance efficiency and obtain greatness. Moreover, he runs the NBA Gamers Affiliation’s Prime 100 Basketball Camp for the nation’s greatest highschool basketball prospects. Tim additionally supplies shade evaluation as a broadcaster for ESPN’s faculty 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 attainable late addition of worldwide goal Youssef Khayat earlier than profiling high 2023 middle 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 discuss cheap expectations for Baker and the way his contribution will seemingly evaluate to Caleb Houstan’s.

Tim McCormick: “Initially, I like the truth that Jett needed him. Like… why would you usher in anyone that may form 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 would not miss open pictures. He actually has superb confidence, he expects to make the whole lot, (and has) a fast launch. The explanation that is so necessary 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 depart him. He’ll create house for Hunter. I feel Hunter goes to study to seek out him. These guys are going to coexist very nicely. And at 6-6 he jogs my memory a bit little bit of Luke Kennard. I feel Luke had higher ball abilities … a bit bit faster, extra of a playmaker. However Joey Baker shoots like that. And when you consider Caleb Houstan, Caleb shot what? 38%? Which may be very respectable. I feel that quantity is a bit bit deceptive as a result of so lots of his huge video games got here in opposition to a number of the lesser competitors groups. I need a man that may go into Meeting Corridor, or the Breslin … a tricky sport on Huge Monday or Tremendous Tuesday and knock down pictures. And Joey Baker performed a Duke. He performed in opposition to nice competitors each single day in follow. And I get the sense that as an elite competitor, he bought buried at Duke. They have so many good gamers. I feel what is going on to occur is he will come right here with a bit perspective and say, ‘I must bump my minutes up as an alternative of 12 per sport, I wish to play 20 or 22.’ I feel he generally is a actually good participant. Sam. I am very completely happy about that.

Sam Webb: “Let’s discuss concerning the ground with Joey Baker. If he can are available in and provide you with no less than what Caleb gave you final yr … and this isn’t to disparage, or diminish, or denigrate Caleb in any approach, form, or kind … but when he can provide them that then they have not misplaced any floor. And I feel that baseline is affordable to anticipate. You are speaking a couple of man who was a 38% shooter from three, I feel he shot over 40% final yr. He is simply had a restricted pattern house. Between getting buried and combating via accidents, it was only a recipe for him to not flourish there. If he can no less than no less than provide you with Caleb… like I mentioned… you are not taking a step again. However I feel it is also cheap to anticipate that he is gonna provide you with extra (capturing consistency than Houstan) for all the explanations that you just talked about. The extent of competitors that he confronted constantly at Duke and that stress cooker that he was in… the competitors that he noticed in follow not to mention video games … and a change of surroundings. Generally for guys like {that a} change of surroundings is the whole lot. And nobody is anticipating him to be THE man … I am simply anticipating him to be A man. Take into consideration what number of beauty 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 broad open for threes. And when you consider coming from the ACC… that is as excessive degree as you may get. And we noticed Chaundee Brown are available in 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 Closing 4 crew, 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. Keep in mind, it was onerous as a result of final yr’s crew was so darn younger. Captains and veterans are usually not afraid to do some teaching. We have heard one of the best lead groups are player-led groups, and Joey Baker goes to assist in that space loads. ”

Sam Webb: “Yeah, I feel it’s a extremely good pickup. Now once more, I am not anticipating a world beater, however I’m anticipating a capturing improve from what they bought from Caleb. You identified an important issue. (Caleb) shot nicely in opposition to numerous decrease degree groups, and numerous decrease degree groups at dwelling. The house / street 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 most likely checked that out fairly completely. Between that, his expertise, and the change of surroundings, I am simply anticipating for them to have a greater capturing quotient there. ”

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