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

Each week in the course of the school basketball season, and each different week in the course of 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 affords 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 choose within the 1984 draft. Since finishing his professional profession he has labored as a guide with NBA gamers for the final 20 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 offers 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 12 months. Consideration then turns to the attainable late addition of worldwide goal Youssef Khayat earlier than profiling prime 2023 middle goal Papa Kante. The duo additionally predicts subsequent 12 months’s beginning 5, breakout participant, and the highest choose within the 2023 NBA draft.

Within the excerpt beneath, Sam and Tim discuss cheap 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 wished him. Like… why would you usher in any person that may form 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 a variety 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 rationale that is so necessary is that I can see him noticed up on the weak aspect, Hunter goes to be working within the low publish, and simply (Baker’s) presence on the market … you possibly can’t go away him. He’ll create house for Hunter. I feel Hunter goes to study to search out him. These guys are going to coexist very nicely. And at 6-6 he jogs my memory a bit of little bit of Luke Kennard. I feel Luke had higher ball abilities … a bit of 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 of bit deceptive as a result of so lots of his large video games got here towards among 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 photographs. And Joey Baker performed a Duke. He performed towards nice competitors each single day in apply. And I get the sense that as an elite competitor, he obtained buried at Duke. They have so many good gamers. I feel what is going on to occur is he will are available in right here with a bit of perspective and say, ‘I must bump my minutes up as an alternative of 12 per sport, I need to play 20 or 22.’ I feel he is usually a actually good participant. Sam. I am very joyful about that.

Sam Webb: “Let’s discuss concerning the ground with Joey Baker. If he can are available in and provide you with at the very least what Caleb gave you final 12 months … 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 affordable to anticipate. You are speaking a few man who was a 38% shooter from three, I feel he shot over 40% final 12 months. He is simply had a restricted pattern house. 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 provide you with Caleb… like I stated… you are not taking a step again. However I feel it is also cheap to anticipate that he is gonna provide you with extra (taking pictures 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 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 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 large 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 definitely shot the ball higher than anyone anticipated. The opposite factor about Joey Baker is that he is a captain on a Last 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 number of older guys in his locker room. Bear in mind, it was onerous as a result of final 12 months’s group was so darn younger. Captains and veterans should 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 loads. ”

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 obtained from Caleb. You identified a vital issue. (Caleb) shot nicely towards a variety of decrease stage groups, and a variety of decrease stage groups at dwelling. The house / highway splits had been dramatically totally 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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