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Dylan Burkhardt
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Tim Hardaway Jr.

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According to Sam Webb in a recent Detroit News article, Michigan is the number one school at this point for Tim Hardaway Jr.

While Moses Morgan and Will Regan continue to drift in other directions, Tim Hardaway Jr. appears to edge closer and closer to the top of Michigan’s board. The higher (officially offered) tier appears to be Trey Zeigler, Casey Prather, and Ray McCallum but Tim Hardaway Jr. is no doubt nipping on their heels.

As expected, according to Hardaway’s coach, Hardaway is being recruited to play a similar role as Manny Harris.

“They are looking at him as a Manny Harris type,” said Brown. “He’s somebody who can come in right away and be a big guard who can rebound, run off some screens, and hit the three. I think the 1-3-1 (defense) fits him well too because he’s so long.”

Hardaway makes it clear that Michigan is his leader and also seems to have decided on a timeframe.

“He’s a great coach and he’s really interested in me,” the younger Hardaway said of Beilein. “I trust him with everything — with all my decisions. He is just a great coach. (Michigan) is definitely on top of my list. No question about it. I am going to start cutting down schools when school starts back next year and have my decision at the end of basketball (season) or maybe during.”

Make sure to read the whole article because there are plenty of quotes from both Hardaways. The Wolverine recently posted some video highlights ($) from the Boo Williams tournament, I’m not sure if they say more about Hardaway’s abilities or the level of play at some AAU tournaments.

Hype Machine

Another pre-season top 25 and another mention of Michigan. This time it’s Luke Winn from Sports Illustrated, Winn has Michigan at #17 in his post-draft power rankings. I think the 15-25 range is a much more accurate assessment of where Michigan should be ranked next year.

The Big Ten should be very strong. Winn has 5 other Big Ten teams in the top 25: MSU (2), Purdue (7), Ohio State (11), Minnesota (22), Illinois (23). My early impression is that Ohio State is rated too high at 11 and Minnesota is too low at 22.

APR

The Michigan basketball team appears to be in the clear in regards to graduation rates. All of the Michigan sports teams came through with passing APR marks. The men’s basketball team’s score of 944 was the lowest of any team at Michigan. This is a bit disappointing but understandable because of the way the APR is setup, a program is hit hard by transfers and early NBA draft entries. While we haven’t had any NBA draft departures, there have been plenty of transfers over the last several years.

It can always be worse; Indiana’s basketball team receieved a score of 866 which falls far short of the NCAA-required 925. Indiana saw the problem coming and made sure to accept their scholarship penalty a year early, you know the year when they returned something like one scholarship player.

King Solomon

California big man Richard Solomon continues to receive high-major interest. Solomon has played well with the Compton Magic early on this summer and according to a pair of recent ($) Scout.com updates ($), his recruitment is starting to take off across the country with Pac 10, Big Ten, and ACC interest. Michigan is involved but at this point it appears that Solomon has yet to trim his list.

  • Kenny

    Is hardaway offerred yet? Getting hardaway and waiting for zeigler/prather/Soloman to fill the third scholarship sounds a reasonable approach to me.

  • Adam

    I agree. I’d like to leave 2 spots for McCallum, Zeigler and Prather just in case 2 of them want to pull the trigger and commit. But I think McCallum and Prather are long shots and I don’t want to put all of our eggs into those baskets when we have a player like Hardaway who wants to play for Michigan.

  • Dave

    beilein is playing the waiting game for one of the top dogs to either commit or tell him they arent coming to michigan then moves will be made on other candidates

  • I don’t think that Hardaway has an official offer at this point. But Michigan appears very involved. It may be a bit of a waiting game but because Hardaway doesn’t plan to make a decision yet, they have some time.

  • Benjamin

    Hmm, according to Rivals (free content area), it looks like Tim Jr does have an offer.

    Maybe its not “official”…

  • jim

    Seems like Beilein is playing chess. IMO he prefers Ziegler/Prather to Hardaway. He’s also looking for a point guard. Don’t see any of these guys filling that role so who other than McCallum is on the radar to fill that spot.

    Dylan, you may not know and I asked several days ago about this without a reply I believe, what’s the latest on Cronin? Was the surgery successful? How is the recovery/rehab process going? Will he be suiting up in the fall? If Cronin isn’t available then the front line will be an issue. Surprising we haven’t heard more about Big Ben.

  • NVE

    I’ve got a question for how Manny’s potential (likely?) departure after this season impacts the scholarship situation for the Class of ’10 recruiting class.

    By the time we know he’ll be in our out, the Class of ’10 will be largely wrapped up – save the shady situations like Sidney which we won’t be involved with.

    So, it’s not like we can actually go after 4 guys in anticipation of him leaving early, right?

    I feel like I may be missing something simple here, and would appreciate anyone who can clarify.

  • Michigan is unlikely to take four in 2010 because that would leave them with so few scholarships in the class of 2011.

    RE: Cronin. Last I heard he’s been steadily rehabbing. I don’t think he’s full go yet or anything but I haven’t heard anything negative either.

  • jim

    Thanks Dylan! Count Manny definitely gone after next year. Hopefully for his sake and that of the team he has a huge year. If so 2009-10 should be an improvement on last season and then set Manny up for a good draft slot.

  • Ken in Vegas

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Manny stayed for his senior year, but it’s not likely. Good to hear we have Hardaway if we need him. He probably has plenty of room to improve and would be a good namesake to have. I’m a little worried about the year after next. I have a feeling that could be another NIT year until some of our youngsters age.

  • Kenny

    2010 would not be too bad. Losing the top two scorer hurts, but we will have a very experienced back court with three juniors Stu, LLP and Novak and two sophomore Morris and Vogrich. The front court is a bit less experienced, with a bunch of sophomores/red-shirt freshmen. But I expect Morgan and Cronin to develop a solid game at 5, and Smotz will provide some immediate impact at the 4 spot. Wright, hopefully, can provide some senior leadership as the only senior in the team. A veteran Beilein team with many 3-point shooters, even with less raw talent, can still be very dangerous.

  • Paul

    Hardaway Jr. really likes John Beilein. Still say I like Tim and Casey Prather over the other pairing.

  • KJay

    How about taking Zeigler, Hardaway, McCallum and Smotrycz in the 2010 class? If Manny leaves, that fourth spot is open. We’ve all talked about wanting to leave schollies open for the ’11 class, but would you really turn any of these guys down if you had open spots? Hardaway seems the big question mark, but a 6’5″ kid with long arms and can shoot, with that kind of lineage, sounds intriguing to me. Seems like a kid with a pretty high ceiling, and may offer as much or more versatility than a Brundidge or Kearney.

    If we took four in ’10, there’d be one spot for the ’11 class and you could be quite selective, probably take only a big like Williams or Gibson.

  • It’s really an issue of class balance. If somehow Beilein were to land Ray McCallum, Trey Z, and Smotrycz that would be a VERY VERY good class. Hardaway is an intriguing prospect but at that point is it the right move? He would essentially be the eighth backcourt/wing player (TZ, R McC, LLP, Stu, Novak, Morris, Vogrich) and that’s with Manny leaving.

    It’s a situation that I would love to be stuck in though. We’ll have to see how the summer plays out.

  • jmblue

    Re: the APR, it’s pretty shady that schools can accept these penalties whenever they want. The NCAA needs to put more teeth into it and dish out the penalty the same year as the report.

  • Dave

    having to many people like that will be a problem because guys are going to want to come in and play right away……..have to watch out and keep that balanced as well

  • Hardaway seems like a good player, but we need to remain focused on Ziegler and McCallum. After Manny leaves we need at least one player who at the end of the game who can create their own offense and carry a team. It’s the only way to have a team go past the sweet 16. Keep the talent in the state.

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  • Dave

    can anyone enlighten us on the new offer that zeigler got from michigan state…………it was a pretty upsetting headline

  • El Capitan

    I hate to be the pessimist here, but let’s be real. Prather is not coming, McCallum is garnering interest from Kansas, and if Zeigler is offered by MSU, he’s going to take it. We simply have not established our program enough yet to attract 5-star caliber talent away from the elite schools.

    Having said that, I think Beilein is going to land Hardaway Jr, and he is going to be a very good player. He won’t be able to completely fill the void left by Manny, but he will be a very good player down the road. He appears to have a solid skill set, and he is very athletic. And if he can shoulder the scoring load, I think he will be our go-to-guy later on.

  • Zeigler has had an offer from MSU for sometime I believe. The article that I think Dave is referencing from SpartanMag is regarding other offers which it does seem like Trey picked up this weekend.

  • Tom Too

    I agree with El Capitan. We are about two more Big Dances and one B10 Title away from 5-Star Recruits. Everyone has to admit landing a 5-Star would be a MAJOR coup at this point in the rebuilding process.

  • jmblue

    But wasn’t Manny a 5-star recruit? When we’re talking about in-state kids, there’s a different dynamic at play. For out-of-state, yeah, it’s doubtful that we can get one.

  • Giddings

    Manny and Deshawn were both 4-stars. The only 5-star recruit we’ve gotten since Ellerbe left was Daniel Horton.

  • To be fair… DeShawn was the highest rated four star at Rivals I think. Manny was also borderline. But yeah they were both four stars.

    Then again I think McCallum and Zeigler are probably both four stars at most places. McCallum is a 5-star at Scout I think though.