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Jeff Goodman and Fox Sports.com named Manny Harris to their 2nd team preseason All-American team.
He was the primary reason why the Wolverines jumped out to a quick start last season. The Detroit native thrived in John Beilein’s system and was able to show his versatile skill set.
Goodman’s list will definitely stir some discussion. His preseason player of the year is a freshman, John Wall. Goodman’s top two shooting guards, Willie Warren and Manny Harris, were both featured in Michigan’s 2nd round NCAA tournament game last year.
Harris (ranked 3rd in my B10 POTY handicapping post) is the the highest rated Big Ten player on the list. Harris is rated higher than Kalin Lucas (3rd team), Robbie Hummel (4th team), and Evan Turner (5th). Some of this has to do with the fact that positions appear to be followed pretty strictly. Finally, I don’t care what position you put him at, Evan Turner deserves better than the fifth team.
Goodman named Matt Vogrich as one of his 25 players “you must know“, a list of sleeper types across the country. Vogrich checks in at #20:
John Beilein did as much as he could last season with limited talent. He has brought in a freshman class full of his type of guys — and Vogrich will instantly become the team’s top perimeter shooter. With Vogrich and Stu Douglass launching threes, it’ll make life easier for Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims.