Bye Bye Ekpe?

Dylan Burkhardt
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Lacy has the latest on Ekpe, nothing is official but Lacy caught up with Udoh’s AAU coach and it doesn’t sound good:

Udoh’s former AAU coach in Texas, and he might have given me a clue. When reached on his cell phone and asked to comment about the situation, Malone said, “I don’t care to comment until Monday.” What that means is anyone’s guess. I have somewhat of an idea, but as we know, in the strange world of collegiate athletics, it’s hard to speculate until something is official or at least on the record.

Lacy updated his blog and just sent me an email to tell me that Ekpe is in Ann Arbor according to his high school coach. I would think that this could mean one of two things: Ekpe is staying with the team or Ekpe is going to get his transfer papers signed and cleared away and make everything official. At this point I’d still guess the later. Although Ekpes coach explains it like this:

“He told me he’s in Michigan, but he didn’t want to tell me anything,” Hardaker said. “I asked him if he’s there looking to get a release (for a transfer) and he just said, ‘I’m just here chillin,’ just hanging out.”

One thing to note, Miles Plumlee might asked for his release ($) from Stanford and is back on the open market. He would probably play a lot immediately if Michigan were to land him. Beilein is familiar with the Plumlees from recruiting Miles’ little brother Mason.

  • petey ballgame

    That is incredibly lame. How will he have a better chance at the NBA from another school? He needs to be good at michigan before he can be great at a better basketball school. I don’t get it

  • Ky Fox

    thank you Petey pablo! I dont get it either! The guy is a goof! I meen i guess i understand if he wants to be closer to his family its kind of understandable, but what a baby! He has a pretty good family rite here at UM! And to answer your question about getting better at another school to get into the NBA…is hes not! Hes not going to get any better anywhere else than he would have rite here at UM! Im sure all the loses got to udoh, but it got to all of the players…he needs to have a mindset of we are in this together….lets get better together! I lost some respect for the guy now! But who cares…we have to forge ahead and get guys in here who want to be apart of something great!

  • Musket Rebellion

    In the age of irrational drama the exclamation point is the new period.

    It’ll be sad for Ekpe if he leaves. It sets the program back a year with having to have a freshman come in and compete immediately (we’re kidding ourselves if we think that Zach Gibson should be a starter). Furthermore it hurts Ekpe because he will have to a) transfer b) sit a year and c) learn an entirely new system and hope that where he lands he will be in a better position to star. He is guarenteed the starting position in Ann Arbor. For him to go somewhere else where there are no guarentees seems rediculous. Either he is terribly homesick, or he just hates Ann Arbor. Either way, stay or go, I wish him the best because I think he’s a talented player, but I think that whomever is in his ear and is telling him to transfer does not have his best intentions at heart.

  • umdcbball

    I wish Ekpe the best. This makes our defense worse. But if we are actually going to be better next year it isn’t going to be due to playing better defense, it is going to be due to playing MUCH better offense. Ekpe’s impact on offense was negligible this year and he was not the guy we were all looking to next year to start scoring. Thus, I think, the loss of Ekpe will not have much of an impact on our win/loss record next year, which I predict as 17 wins.

  • Ky Fox

    thats rite its the new period 3 musketeer!!!!!!!! I dont think its really drama at all, its just a simple fact emphasized. We need to forge ahead and get guys in here who want to be apart of this program! Being ho hum, laid back fans hasnt got us anywhere in the past! We should(it somewhat hhurts me to say this) but exude more of an ohio state attitude when it comes to athletics.

  • Musket Rebellion

    Ky – I was simply stating that not every sentence needs an exclamation point. You make valid points often. Just hard to read. That’s all.

    I think Ekpe was beginning to blossom on the offensive end. He had begun to shoot outside, with mild success. He’d expanded his range inside the arc as well. He’ll never be a dunk it in your face, make you a Sportscenter highlight type of player. He doesn’t have the body type. But his finesse game had gotten much better late in the season. That’s another reason that I’m sad to see him go. All the hard work in improving that he has done at UM will be the profit of some other institution should he decide to transfer.

    And no, we’ll never be tUoOS fans. They are ignorant and vicious. Being enthusiastic is one thing (see UNC basketball) it is another to be downright despicable human beings about it (i.e. Duke).

  • troublet0605

    I think he will stay and this is nothing more than a guy angry at last season. He has it made here, plus with belien’s work he actually extended his offensive game by adding a 17′ jumpshot to his arsenal.

  • Ky Fox

    Heres the thing, i send a lot of these comments from my phone, which is why yall see a lot of exclamation points due to the fact my period button doesnt function properly! It seemed like the easiest alternative to end a sentance! I was unaware we were correcting eachothers grammer errors now! Wait its not even really an error! I dont mean for anyone to take this personal or anything!
    as far as epke goes i would love to have him around but its his attitude that needs to change a bit! Seems to me he needs to display more of a team oriented attitude rather than a what does epke want to do attitude! Its tuff to keep a guy around who has wishy washy feelings about stickin around! Hopefully he will have a renewed sense of belonging here and give it his 110% percent! But we shall see!

  • Ky Fox

    i think epke’s departure will have an impact on the team as far as wins and loses are concerned! He did in fact start to add some dimensions to his game! And with JB he would have only developed even more! Now its going to be up to Cronin Gibson and deshawn to make things happen in the paint! Which is somewhat worrysome to me! Unless Cronin comes in and is very good and has some offensive ability! Epke would have really rounded out our team nicley we would have had some good depth but now we are unbelievably thin at the 4 and 5! Which is why ive always said that we need to focus on a 4 to 5 player even on top of morgan coming in! I guess a plus in a situation like this is that it opens up a ship! Jb could go after a solid big guy! Someone athletic or versitale!!!

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  • hat

    OK people, can we stop trashing the guy? What if he reads this? Personally I really, really hope he stays.

  • Ky Fox

    yeah he might read this and I hope he does! I mean i dont think people are really trashing him, ok i maybe did that one time but that was my bad and it was out of frustration! Epke is a very solid player and i honestly believe JB would be just as influential in getting epke into the NBA as the next guy maybe and probably even more so than the next guy! He does infact have it made here at UM! I think by this upcoming november epke would have really made even more strides if he sticks around! He has the defense down and you know JB would really start to develop his shot, maybe even extend it to 3land! And that is infact what the NBAers like to see out of a player!!

  • Ky Fox

    thats rite its the new period 3 musketeer!!!!!!!! I dont think its really drama at all, its just a simple fact emphasized. We need to forge ahead and get guys in here who want to be apart of this program! Being ho hum, laid back fans hasnt got us anywhere in the past! We should(it somewhat hhurts me to say this) but exude more of an ohio state attitude when it comes to athletics.