22.Mar.2010 "In Riley We Trust"
I’ve been meaning to dispel the notion in Beaverland that Mike Riley is a great talent evaluator for some time. In this edition, I’ll look at all the 1, 2, 3, and 4-star busts Riley has evaluated and signed dating back to the 2006 and 2007 classes. Any later (i.e. 2008) and the player has not had adequate time to develop. I define a “bust” as a player who (a) is more than two years into his Beaver career who has not yet contributed nor shows signs of contributing in the near future or (b) has played but at a sub-par level. Players who left for missions and non-qualifiers are left off the list and not included in final percentages.
* and fewer
Failure Rate: 9/26 or 35%
Success Rate: 17/26 or 65%
Comments: As noted above, LDS players like the Unga brothers, Mau Nomani, and Geoff Garner were left off the list completely and not included in the 26 (i.e. class total would have been in the 30s with all these players).
Final grade: 63% is a “D” on any exam.
Failure Rate: 19/29 or 66%
Success Rate: 10/29 or 34%
Comments: Non-qualifiers such as Jon Ione, Jake Gelakoska, Reggie Dunn etc were left off the list. I tried to do this with the 2006 list as well, but frankly I can’t remember the plight of every player (e.g. Danzel Issac), so if I missed one let me know and I’ll adjust the percentage as necessary.
Final Grade: 34% is a low F.
What is interesting to note is that over the two year period examined Riley Failed (51%) more often than he succeeded (49%). That percentage essentially equates to a coin toss–a low, failing grade by all standards. As you can see, many of the “turned stones” have nothing underneath them. Please, let’s dispel this myth that Riley is a better talent evaluator than myself, yourself, the scouting sites, or other head coaches. All of our opinions, analysis, and judgments of these athletes have just as much merit as those of a head coach who is wrong half the time. Let’s drop the slogan “in Riley we trust” from the Beaver lexicon.