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 presents a deep dive into the X’s & Os and statistical evaluation from Michigan’s video games, commentary on school 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 decide within the 1984 draft. Since finishing his professional profession he has labored as a advisor with NBA gamers for the final 20 years educating methods to enhance efficiency and obtain greatness. Moreover, he runs the NBA Gamers Affiliation’s High 100 Basketball Camp for the nation’s greatest highschool basketball prospects. Tim additionally offers coloration 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 12 months. Consideration then turns to the doable late addition of worldwide goal Youssef Khayat earlier than profiling high 2023 middle goal Papa Kante. The duo additionally predicts subsequent 12 months’s beginning 5, breakout participant, and the highest decide within the 2023 NBA draft.

Within the excerpt beneath, Sam and Tim speak affordable expectations for Baker and the way his contribution will doubtless examine to Caleb Houstan’s.

Tim McCormick: “Initially, I really like the truth that Jett needed him. Like… why would you herald someone that may type of play the identical place as you? However Jett is that man. He likes to compete. Joey Baker was on the High 100 camp … I believe it was in 2017. I believe he is a very good participant (and an) excellent pickup on numerous completely different ranges. I believe that the primary factor I keep in mind about him is he simply would not miss open photographs. He actually has wonderful confidence, he expects to make every little thing, (and has) a fast launch. The rationale 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 believe Hunter goes to study to seek out him. These guys are going to coexist very effectively. And at 6-6 he jogs my memory just a little little bit of Luke Kennard. I believe Luke had higher ball expertise … just a little bit faster, extra of a playmaker. However Joey Baker shoots like that. And when you consider Caleb Houstan, Caleb shot what? 38%? Which could be very respectable. I believe that quantity is just a little bit deceptive as a result of so a lot of his huge video games got here towards a few of the lesser competitors groups. I need a man that may go into Meeting Corridor, or the Breslin … a tricky recreation on Huge Monday or Tremendous Tuesday and knock down photographs. And Joey Baker performed a Duke. He performed towards nice competitors each single day in follow. And I get the sense that as an elite competitor, he obtained buried at Duke. They have so many good gamers. I believe what is going on to occur is he’ll are available in right here with just a little perspective and say, ‘I must bump my minutes up as a substitute of 12 per recreation, I wish to play 20 or 22.’ I believe he is usually a actually good participant. Sam. I am very completely satisfied about that.

Sam Webb: “Let’s speak concerning the ground with Joey Baker. If he can are available in and provide you with at the least what Caleb gave you final 12 months … and this isn’t to disparage, or diminish, or denigrate Caleb in any method, form, or kind … but when he can provide them that then they have not misplaced any floor. And I believe that baseline is affordable to count on. You are speaking a few man who was a 38% shooter from three, I believe he shot over 40% final 12 months. He is simply had a restricted pattern house. Between getting buried and combating by accidents, it was only a recipe for him to not flourish there. If he can at the least provide you with Caleb… like I stated… you are not taking a step again. However I believe it is also affordable to count on that he is gonna provide you with extra (taking pictures consistency than Houstan) for all the explanations that you simply talked about. The extent of competitors that he confronted constantly at Duke and that strain 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 every little thing. 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 consider coming from the ACC… that’s as excessive stage 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 Last 4 crew, he is hungry to show himself, he’s a frontrunner, and he is a enjoyable man. And I believe that Juwan Howard goes to love having a couple of older guys in his locker room. Bear in mind, it was onerous as a result of final 12 months’s crew was so darn younger. Captains and veterans usually are not 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 believe it’s a very good pickup. Now once more, I’m not anticipating a world beater, however I’m anticipating a taking pictures improve from what they obtained from Caleb. You identified an important issue. (Caleb) shot effectively towards numerous decrease stage groups, and numerous decrease stage groups at house. The house / street splits had been dramatically completely different for him. So once more, I believe you possibly can count on for that to be a tick or two higher with Joey Baker. Michigan is betting on him being wholesome. I believe 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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