John Beilein Rumors

Michigan coach John Beilein guided the Wolverines to the Final Four while Caris LeVert and Nik Stauskas were freshmen at the program, but that’s not the memory of Beilein that sticks with either Brooklyn Nets player. “I’ll always respect him because I think the first time I talked to him it was like a month or two before I went to school because I had a late recruitment,” LeVert said. “It was the first time I talked to him, and he told me, ‘We’ve got a lot of good players coming in, and you’ll probably redshirt.’ He told me that straight up, and I really appreciated him for that. He didn’t really sugarcoat anything. He could’ve told me I was going to come in and start. He could’ve told me anything just to get me to come there, but he told me straight up. He was like, ‘I think you’ll probably redshirt. We’ve got a lot of guys who I think honestly are better than you. You can come in and work for your spot, but we don’t need you as a program. We would love to have you, but we don’t need you. You’ll have to come in and work.’ I really respected that.”
Ironically, Stauskas, who learned to appreciate film study under Beilein, spends time watching film with Babcock and Ott. “Something that really stood out to me about him was just his patience with his players,” Stauskas said of Beilein. “I think after, I don’t know, 30 years of coaching he’s had now, I just think he’s gotten to the point now where he’s very understanding of his players and very understanding that sometimes it takes a while for certain players to grasp certain concepts. His attention to detail, whether it’s watching film, I’ve never watched so much film as I did at Michigan. He was just so patient with every clip. If he had to go over the clip five or 10 times to show a player what he needed to do, that’s what he would do. I think that’s what makes his teams great, they always really focus on all the little details, and he always takes the time to show them those little things. He doesn’t just skip over them like they don’t mean anything. He understands those little things add up to something bigger.”