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John Beilein shook up the college basketball world Monday by accepting a five-year deal to become the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new coach following 12 seasons at Michigan.
While Beilein will have an adjustment period to the NBA similar to fellow college-turned-pro coaches Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan, the move to hire an influential college coach for a rebuilding NBA franchise is intriguing.
But there’s a reason successful coaches like Kentucky’s John Calipari, Nebraska’s Fred Hoiberg and Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton have returned to the college game after unsuccessful NBA stints: It’s not easy managing egos of multi-million dollar paid players.
Here’s a look at five college basketball coaches who should also consider the leap to the NBA. Note: College coaches who have already coached in the NBA like Calipari or Nevada’s Eric Musselman were excluded.
Villanova’s Jay Wright. The 57-year-old coach has been coveted by NBA teams in the past, and his name will be atop the leaderboard should the 76ers fire Brett Brown. But Wright seems content at ‘Nova, where he’s steered the Wildcats to two national titles in the past four years.
Tom Izzo, Michigan State. Izzo, coming off his eighth career Final Four appearance, has grown weary of some of the baggage that is attached to the college game, including offseasons on the recruiting trail that often seem more important than the actual season. Keep in mind Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, a Spartans die-hard, tried to lure Izzo to Cleveland back when LeBron James left for the first time in 2010.
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke. At 72, it’s unlikely that