MSU coach Tom Izzo, left, and Michigan counterpart John Beilien, right, both went in the second round of CBSSports.com's four-round college coaches draft, unveiled Wednesday. Six writers were tapped to make selections in a 'snake' format. Chip Patterson took Izzo at the top of the round (No. 7 overall), while Beilein was selected by Jeff Borzello at No. 11. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Mock drafts are everywhere.
With the NBA set to hold its draft Thursday night, and the NHL poised to hold its draft Friday and Saturday, it’s hard not to find someone who’s offering their best guess as to which team takes which player, when, and why.
CBSSports.com is no different, only it’s not sizing up college basketball players, but their coaches. Given the results, it’s safe to say Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein are prime-time talents.
Izzo and Beilein each were taken in the second round of CBSSports.com’s four-round college coaches draft, unveiled Wednesday. Six writers were tapped to make selections in a “snake” format. Chip Patterson took Izzo at the top of the round (No. 7 overall), while Beilein was selected by Jeff Borzello at No. 11.
Writers were asked to consider the following, according to Gary Parrish, who came up with the draft:
“If you could pick any man to run your college basketball program for the next five years, and you don’t have to worry about that man retiring or changing jobs, which man would you pick? Forget credentials. Forget records and recent results. Only look forward. You can pick any man to run your program for the next five years. Which man would you pick?”
For Patterson, who chose Florida’s Billy Donovan at No. 6, Izzo would bring toughness to his program.
“Five years with Izzo would toughen up any basketball team,” wrote Patterson, who covers college basketball and football, “and not just physical toughness stemming from practices. Izzo’s teams at Michigan State find a way to adjust to injuries, personnel issues or to shake things up when a particular style or lineup is not working.”
Borzello, who took Louisville’s Rick Pitino at No. 2, preferred Beilein to Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan with his second pick.
“(Beilein’s) also a terrific X’s and O’s coach, recruiting players to his system while also giving more dynamic players the freedom to create on their own,” wrote Borzello, who covers college basketball and recruiting. “In his system, Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas went from fringe top-100 prospects to lottery picks, but Beilein has also shown the ability to land five-star recruits. His style has worked at a variety of levels, and it doesn’t show any sign of stopping.”
Kentucky’s John Calipari was the No. 1 overall pick, selected by Gregg Doyel. Izzo was the first of four Big Ten coaches taken in the 24-coach draft, followed by Beilein, Ohio State’s Thad Matta (No. 12), and Ryan (third round, No. 17). Former Michigan coach Steve Fisher, now at San Diego State, was taken at No. 18.
To see the entire draft, click here.