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    Best college coaches at NBA prep

    By Jeff Goodman | June 11, 2014 10:21:16 AM PDT

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    Some of Billy Donovan's players have flourished in the NBA.
    NBA general managers prioritize natural talent over just about everything else. But the NBA folks also take a look at where the player came from -- the college program and, specifically, the coach. Some guys prepare their players for the transition to the NBA while others don’t arm their kids with enough to make a seamless adjustment.

    Here are 12 coaches who NBA personnel feel are superior when it comes to preparing their players for the next level:

    1) Billy Donovan, Florida Gators: Donovan has churned out plenty of pros lately, and many of them are excelling in the NBA ( Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Chandler Parsons, Bradley Beal). There’s a reason he’s as highly sought after in NBA circles as any college coach in the country. “He runs a lot of pro stuff and integrates a lot of wrinkles,” one NBA exec said. “He has an innovative playbook. … He just gets it.”

    2) Ben Howland, TBD: I know Howland isn’t actively coaching in the college ranks, but NBA guys love his ability to prepare his players for their league. He helped develop Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison -- a pair of unknowns coming into college. He also coached Kevin Love, Jrue Holiday, Arron Afflalo, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jordan Farmar and Shabazz Muhammad. “Howland prioritizes toughness and defense, and those are two traits we love,” one NBA GM said.

    3) John Beilein, Michigan Wolverines: 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. “Player development,” said one NBA scout. “Bottom line. He works on players' individual games. There’s a lot of shooting, of course, but every practice he takes 20 or so minutes to focus on getting guys better.”

    4) Tom Izzo, Michigan State Spartans: 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. “Izzo demands effort in everything,” an NBA guy said. “The little things and big things are equally addressed and all deemed equally important. There are no shortcuts, no favorites. He demands preparation for opponents, and that’s a big deal. His guys tend to be smart, not always the best player but often the best fit.”

    5) Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State Cyclones: The Mayor played in the league and was also in the front office for the Timberwolves, so he’s taken plenty from the NBA and utilized it in Ames. Hoiberg’s calm demeanor helps, and while he hasn’t necessarily produced a ton of pros yet, both DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim have a chance to get drafted this year. “He puts guys in NBA situations and as a result has changed the game offensively in college,” said one NBA executive. “He runs NBA sets.”


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    Mike Krzyzewski's work with Team USA has helped him.
    6) Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils: He’s adapted over the years and has earned the respect of all the elite players in the NBA through his role as the coach of the Olympic and national team. Some knock the fact that he doesn’t have a ton of NBA stars, but he’s coached plenty of quality NBA players. “He’s a great communicator and coach who can provide an experience that no other college coach can share with his players. In addition to college championships, he has coached and been around the best that have ever played and knows what it looks like,” said one NBA coach.

    7) Bill Self, Kansas Jayhawks: There haven’t been a ton of NBA stars yet, but that could change with Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins -- who will almost certainly be chosen in the top three picks in the 2014 draft. Self has coached plenty of quality players, from Mario Chalmers to Xavier Henry and the Morris twins. “The way he pushes guys in practice and the way he incorporates pro concepts into his offense,” one NBA coach said of his strengths.

    8) Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech Hokies: He’s done a nice job getting unheralded guys to the league, whether it’s been Lazar Hayward, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder and even Dwight Buycks. “He teaches defense, how to compete, work ethic, and you know you are going to get a tough-minded kid when he’s coached by Buzz,” one NBA executive said.

    9) Rick Pitino, Louisville Cardinals: He churned out high-level pros back when he was at Kentucky and has done fairly well in Louisville with guys like Earl Clark, Francisco Garcia and Gorgui Dieng. Pitino spent plenty of time in the NBA and has his guys prepared from a conditioning and mental standpoint. “He may be a victim of his own greatness by getting the most out of his guys while in college and then their talent level and deficiencies show up at the next level,” said one NBA executive.

    10) John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats: He has no peer when it comes to recruiting, and while many NBA guys don’t feel as though the players improve as much on the court, they feel as though the experience off the court prepares them for the move. “Cal’s guys are all ready for NBA life,” one NBA executive said. “Media, attention, 24/7 news cycles. That’s where he does a great job.”

    11) Sean Miller, Arizona Wildcats: He’s a guy who teaches toughness and defense. He did a tremendous job developing Solomon Hill, and he’ll be churning out pros in Tucson from here on out. “When you get a player from Arizona these days, you don’t have to worry about whether he’ll be prepared to handle all aspects of NBA life,” said one NBA general manager.

    12) Tony Bennett, Virginia Cavaliers: This was an interesting inclusion since Bennett hasn’t coached a ton of NBA guys. However, Bennett did coach Klay Thompson at Washington State and Mike Scott at Virginia. “He has terrific attention to detail on the defensive end, and that helps young players [to] be able to get on the court in our league,” said one NBA type.

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    Great nod to BD...I just posted this thread but see you beat me to it ;)

    Hopefully recruits take notice too...though seems based on recent recruiting they're coming around too
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    Great for Billy!

    Love the (at least how I'm going to view it) back handed compliment to Calipari. He can't coach but his players know how to deal with the media...
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    They are up in arms on catspause. It's hilarious
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    LOL!!!!! No, he won't help you become a better basketball player, but he will teach you how to flaunt it like a true pimp!
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    You guys realize this is Jeff Goodman, right? Apparently not so far. Do spare me the notion that these were quotes from NBA guys and, therefore, must be a fair representation of reality. Seriously, for Cal he used one quote saying where Cal does a "great job." The insinuation is that its the ONLY place he does a great job, something that may not have actually been insinuated if we saw the context. Gotta trust Goodman though... Not with Cal. He's readily admitted that he hasn't forgiven Cal for trying to get him fired when Cal was at UMass. Hey, maybe Cal did try that. I wouldnt' be objective after that point either.

    I'm by no means suggesting Cal should be first. Behind Pitino though? Laughable. Problem with Cal recently is that so many of his top players have left after one year and, as a result, he's not given any credit for them. Maybe this is fair, maybe not.

    I'd also point out that players being ready for "NBA life" actually goes against the popular opinion (on message boards at least) that Cal doesn't care about anything off the court.
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    Whatever. Go hang out with your PR specialist you call a "coach."
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    Interesting that the guys who blog mock drafts including those at ESPN do not seem to have gotten the memo. If this is true then maybe Phoenix will take Young at 27 and Wilbekin will be drafted afterall.
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    Very high praise indeed.

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