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

Each week throughout the faculty basketball season, and each different week throughout 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 & O’s 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 enjoying 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 twenty years instructing methods to enhance efficiency and obtain greatness. Moreover, he runs the NBA Gamers Affiliation’s High 100 Basketball Camp for the nation’s finest highschool basketball prospects. Tim additionally gives coloration 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 match into Michigan’s rotation subsequent yr. Consideration then turns to the potential late addition of worldwide goal Youssef Khayat earlier than profiling prime 2023 middle goal Dad Edge. The duo additionally predicts subsequent yr’s beginning 5, breakout participant, and the highest choose within the 2023 NBA draft.

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

Tim McCormick: “To begin with, I like the truth that Jett needed him. Like… why would you herald any person 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 feel it was in 2017. I feel he is a extremely good participant (and an) excellent pickup on quite a lot of totally different ranges. I feel 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 explanation that is so essential is that I can see him noticed up on the weak facet, Hunter goes to be working within the low publish, and simply (Baker’s) presence on the market… you’ll be able to’t depart him. He will 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 Houston, Caleb shot what? 38%? Which may be very respectable. I feel that that quantity is somewhat bit deceptive as a result of so lots of his huge video games got here in opposition to among the lesser competitors groups. I desire a man that may go into Meeting Corridor, or the Breslin… a tricky sport on Huge Monday or Tremendous Tuesday and knock down photographs. different Joey Baker performed a Duke. He performed in opposition to nice competitors each single day in apply. 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’ll are available right here with somewhat angle and say, ‘I must bump my minutes up as a substitute of 12 per sport, I wish to play 20 or 22.’ I feel he generally is a actually good participant. Sam. I am very joyful about that.

Sam Webb: “Let’s speak concerning the ground with Joey Baker. If he can are available and offer you at the very least what Caleb gave you final yr… and this isn’t to disparage, or diminish, or denigrate Caleb in any approach, form, or type… but when he can provide them that then they have not misplaced any floor. And I feel that baseline is cheap to count on. 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 way of accidents, it was only a recipe for him to not flourish there. If he can at the very least at the very least offer you Caleb… like I mentioned… you are not taking a step again. However I feel it is also cheap to count on that he is gonna offer you 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 strain cooker that he was in… the competitors that he noticed in apply not to mention video games… and a change of surroundings. Typically 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 broad open for threes. And when you concentrate on coming from the ACC… that is as excessive stage as you will get. And we noticed Chaundee Brown are available and after enjoying 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 staff, he is hungry to show himself, he is 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 staff was so darn younger. Captains and veterans usually are not afraid to do some teaching. We have heard the most effective lead groups are player-led groups, and Joey Baker goes to assist in that space lots.”

Sam Webb: “Yeah, I feel it is a actually 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 quite a lot of decrease stage groups, and quite a lot of decrease stage groups at residence. The house/highway splits had been dramatically totally different for him. So once more, I feel you’ll be able to count on 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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