June 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

U-M's Beilein, MSU's Izzo ranked among nation's best at developing NBA talent

John Beilein and Tom Izzo could have up to five players combined taken in the June 26 NBA draft. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)

Michigan's John Beilein and Michigan State's Tom Izzo are among the top college coaches in the nation at preparing players for the NBA, ESPN analyst Jeff Goodman says.

Goodman identified 12 (pay site) who best prepare their players for the transition to the next level, and Beilein and Izzo were joined on the list by other respected coaches such as Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Florida's Billy Donovan and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg.

Goodman on Beilein: "He’s starting to churn out NBA guys lately -- Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III this year. 'He works on players' individual games,' said an NBA scout. 'There’s a lot of shooting, of course, but every practice he takes 20 or so minutes to focus on getting guys better.'"

On Izzo: "Izzo doesn’t necessarily churn out a ton of NBA guys, but when they do get there they are well-equipped. The latest example is Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green."