IU Basketball’s Mike Woodson silencing critics he would fight in recruiting

BLOOMINGTON – Mike Woodson had a good day on Monday.

The IU coach has landed a spring engagement from five-star forward Malik Reneau, a former Florida player and Montverde Academy teammate of five-star colleague (and IU contractor) Jalen Hood-Schifino. Joining Hood-Schifino, CJ Gunn and Kaleb Banks, Reneau gives Woodson the top-rated 2022 class in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports Composite.

He’s also the third player ranked number 30 or better on the metric to commit to IU in the 13 months Woodson has been in charge, a pretty straightforward rebuttal to questions about Woodson’s recruiting ability when he was pulled from a career. of decades in the NBA to lead his alma mater last year.

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But there’s something more fundamental signaled by Monday’s news, something basketball needs to recognize: It’s time to stop saying that professional coaches can’t succeed in college.

It became a precariously lazy position to begin with.

The popular opinion for some time has been that the best and brightest minds in the game gravitate to the NBA, so exhausting are the headaches that come with college training, and that’s where all the innovation happens. Therefore, players and coaches should arrive as soon as possible and stay as long as possible. Reality is not so black and white, but it is presented (and often accepted) to be so.

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