This is a fantastic read about what Coach Brett Brown is doing with Nerlens Noel in Philly, before Noel has even played a single game in the NBA.
Considering Brown was stolen away from the Spurs, there's pretty solid evidence that this approach will be successful, and I really wish this was something that we could really build a culture around. Developing young players is an investment. I read a LOT about the Raptors, and although I may have missed it, I've never seen anything remotely this comprehensive created for developing one of our young players. The plan always seems to be... add 10-15 lbs in the summer and work on your 3-pointer. (I'm only half-kidding. Last summer we had Demar/Rudy/Quincy Acy/Amir Johnson shooting threes.)
Gotta say I'm a little jealous.
(As an aside, Hiring that type of coach from San Antonio was a pretty genius move by Sam Hinkie, not to mention stockpiling amazing young talent. It speaks to a sort of unified vision that I have yet to see unfold from MU, given that all our starters are Colangelo guys and we just re-signed Colangelo's coaching hire for three years. Hopefully MU can put his stamp on the team this summer.)