It’s basketball draft season, and CBS Sports decided to have fun with writers drafting college basketball coaches to run their program. Iowa State mayor Fred Hoiberg went ninth overall.
Here’s what CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein said about drafting Hoiberg ninth:
"Many wondered how Hoiberg would do when he returned to his alma mater in 2010 with zero head coaching experience, but he’s quickly dismissed all doubters. “The Mayor” is as good an X’s and O’s coach as there is in college basketball and gives his players the freedom they so desperately crave on the offensive end. He treats his players like they’re professionals, and that’s something you don’t see at most college programs."
The entire draft consisted of four rounds with six coaches in each round — one for each CBS Sports writer that covers college basketball. The pool of writers are of course Rothstein, Chip Patterson, Matt Norlander, Jeff Borzello, Cyclone cheerleader Gary Parrish, and the one person that gets nearly as much hate as Skip Bayless, Gregg Doyel.
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There aren’t a lot of surprises in the top of the draft. The order of the coaches drafted in the first round were John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Bill Self, Sean Miller, Mike Krzyzewski, and Billy Donovan.
While articles like these are made in the offseason to build up billions of comments and spark fanbases’ biased opinions on why their coach is so much better than anybody else, remember that something like this is constructed by six different people. You could honestly take any of those six guys at the top and be solid.
Hoiberg is definitely the new, young guy in the upper echelon of college basketball coaches. Probably the only two things I’d question is if they are going to pick UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, he should be higher than 20th, and Doyel’s final pick of Dayton’s Archie Miller.
But that’s Doyel.
Next up, CBS Sports will have the best-looking college basketball coaches draft, and Fred Hoiberg looks to be winning it in a tight one with Virginia’s Tony Bennett.