Friday Links

Dylan Burkhardt
  • WTKA Recruiting Roundup (2-26-10)Part 2
    Sam Webb with some basketball recruiting notes. There’s an update on Zeigler as well as mention of a new 2010 big man on the radar, Mat Piotrowski (ESPN profile with scouting). According to Webb, he’s a 7-foot-1 perimeter big man who attends prep school in New Jersey.
  • Horford’s recruitment winding down, likes three
    Sam Hosey (or DaChairman) with a nice piece on Jon Horford including his final top 3: Michigan, Providence and Cal. Providence is the only school out of the three that has offered a scholarship at this point.
  • Katenda Nets Big East Offer
    Here’s another big man on the recruiting radar, 6-foot-8 Eric Katenda (2011). Notre Dame has offered the Chesire Academy junior but UConn, Michigan, St. John’s, West Virginina, and Oregon State are already expressing interest.
  • U-M guard Stu Douglass still searching for answers
    “It’s almost a vicious cycle thinking about it too much, like I’m going to hit this next one,” Douglass said. “You almost can’t even say that. Sometime you need to just quit thinking and just play. Even with the positive reinforcement sometimes turns into you thinking about it too much.”
  • Birthday Blow Out
    Brundidge scored 29 points (with 6 assists and 5 rebounds) in a comeback victory in front of John Beilein last night.
  • Senegal native Dieng could be a UK target ($)
    One more 2010 big man to keep an eye on: Gorgui Dieng. Dieng’s coach mentions Michigan as one of the schools recruiting Dieng but Louisville appears to be the leader. Video here.
  • Opposing coaches scout top teams (cont.)
    Seth Davis breaks down the top 5 teams in the Big Ten with words from other coaches in the league.
  • Are Announcers Necessary?
    Gasaway on television and the announcer.
  • Purdue star Hummel out for season
    Just terrible news for Purdue. I thought they had a very good shot at not only winning the Big Ten and landing a #1 seed, but making a run to Indianapolis. It will be interesting to see how they react Sunday versus Michigan State.
  • Turnovers or Shooting – What’s Eating Michigan State?
    KJ Pete concludes that, yes, shooting is killing Michigan State. I am willing to bet that Michigan fans won’t be very sympathetic to other teams complaining of lack of shooting prowess.
  • Tweeter

    Interesting to see some new names on the 2010 list. Helps to explain why Horford maybe has not been offered yet. Hard to find much info on this Piotrowski guy as he appears in neither scout or rivals. But I did find several articles confirming his 7’1 height as opposed to espn listing him at 6’9. It looks like he might have a younger brother who is 6’9.

    I also found this link to a Cornell bball blog that said they were recruiting him, but so were several high major schools: NC State, Virginia, Arizona State and Standford. This was from 2008 though, so who knows.

    Also found him listed in the top 30 players at the 2007? Adidas top 150 frosh/soph camp. Trey Ziegler was also there but was a freshman at the time.

    Maxpreps has an 08-09 profile: lists 16, 9 and 6 as stats. “Mat is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after 09 big men after a strong AAU summer. Excellent shooter and passer – runs the floor -challenges and blocks shots – working on strength – Current college list all high majors.”

  • Zach

    Anyone know what the update on Zeigler is, I can’t listen to the recap

  • Status quo. Webb says he thinks we are still right in it. Points to the fact that lots of schools on Trey’s list are struggling and he has a very broad set of criteria. Points to the fact that he’s been to Ann Arbor twice in the last month.

  • Paul

    Gorgui Dieng looks like he’ll be a good one!

  • Colby

    This Piotrowski kid sounds like he has potential but enough with the finesse guys we need a true post player or two to get some points in the paint for us. Dieng does look like a player and I still hope JB gets involved with Enes Kanter.

  • Paul

    I don’t see Piotrowski on Scout. He must be way under the radar- unless I’m not spelling it correctly(?)

  • Paul
  • AG2

    After what Sam Webb said, I feel like it’ll come down to Michigan, UCLA, and Arizona State with Zeigler. It sounds to me like he intends to take official visits to Pac-10 country once his season is over. If McCollum goes out west, Zeigler might go with him.

    As for Horford, I think he’ll end up at either Michigan or Providence. I know Mike Montgomery is a former NBA coach and that might give him an edge but if he’s serious about close to home than I don’t see him going out west. But I do think providence with their offense-first philosophy might be tempting, and I have a hard time believing that Providence offering him a scholarship first won’t be a factor in his decision.

  • Evan

    I am pretty confident that michigan will not get horford. they are definetly having bad thoughts on his game and are looking for better options

  • Paul

    I agree with Evan. Here’s hoping Beilein can pull a ‘rabbit from the hat’ overseas. I hear Beilein was looking closely @ the likes of Jonas Jerebko for U of M (before the Pistons drafted him)

  • intrpdtrvlr

    Hasn’t Horford been stringing together some really good games lately? As of last week, he was averaging over 20/game and Sam Hosey has him rated ahead of Gauna as a college prospect. I’m baffled that he’s not good enough for Michigan. Perhaps the fit is really poor. Good luck, guys, but I think this is a mistake.

  • Bluebufoon
  • Dieng: finger roll, touch passes, good persistence in the high post and on D, where he stays w. his man for two blocks. Seems to know where to go. Even an effective shake and bake. Nice short-range jumper. It’s a highlight vid, but he looks good. (We don’t really see him work it around underneath, or do we?) Also looks like he would bruise people if he put on weight and muscle; Horford is more of a project in that regard, as much future promise as I thought I saw there. They are both the same year? Beilein needs help now.

  • Brian W

    Beilein was at Horford’s game on Monday, so UM is interested in him. It may be a situation of where the coaches want to bring in a big man who can compete for playing time next year and not have to redshirt. Morgan’s had a knee issue again recently that kept him out of practice. I haven’t seen Horford play (other than video), but I got the impression that he still needs to develop. If Piotrowski is more ready to contribute next year than Horford and is already 7′ 1″, he might be the better option. Beilein may have someone else on the radar that hasn’t been mentioned already. Benzing’s recruitment came out of nowhere when that was going on.

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