Marcus Thornton Trims List, Eliminates Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt
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Georgia forward Marcus Thornton has eliminated Michigan from his list and will decide between UGA, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Texas per Michael Carvell of  the AJC. The other schools to miss the cut were Kentucky and Clemson. Distance has always been a big factor for the Thornton family so the short list seems to make sense. (Thanks again to commenter Brian W who is always on the ball in the comment section.)

  • Deacon Blues

    Check that: Battle pulled out too! So Turner and Harris are the only ones.

  • MusketRebellion

    Or Memphis, or UMass…

  • steve

    No surprise but Manny is staying in the NBA Draft… with a lot of underclassmen returning this improves his chances of getting drafted

    http://freep.com/article/20100508/SPORTS06/1005

  • Giddings

    So based on the last paragraph of
    that freep story, it sounds like we're playing Oakland in the non conference…

  • Dan Johnson

    Have you guys heard of a kid from Georgia named Jordan Poydras? He's nice he was invited to the U Of M elite camp this year.

  • Dan Johnson

    he has already received letters from Ga tech, miami, clemson and michigan

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  • Wayman Britt

    Boy with all these underclassman returning to the Big Ten, the sledding is going to be extremely tough for UM. Could be a long season for all our inexperienced players.

  • Wayman Britt

    Boy with all these underclassman returning to the Big Ten, the sledding is going to be extremely tough for UM. Could be a long season for all our inexperienced players.

  • kennyMe

    remember Beilein's last season and WVU. The next year's team could surprise a lot of people.

  • WTHef?

    Any news on Colton Christian's visit?

  • SamGoBlue

    Yeah, I like to think positive too. What happened the last time we had a team that had very low expectations going into the season with Beilein at the helm? I'm thinking similar surprises may be in store.

  • Brian W

    Per Rivals, Cimeon Bowers is moving to the class of 2012. Michigan is one of the teams pursuing him.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

    Big Ten expansion talks fraying nerves of Big 12…

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/OU/articl

    Some perspective on Rutgers and Big Ten expansion…

    http://www.nj.com/rutgers/index.ssf/2010/05/rut

    And this article from Missouri's perspective mentions Rutgers as a potential albatross…

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories

  • Bluebufoon

    Mathis Keita, a 6-3 1/2 PG from France looks like he's headed to the States to play coolege basketball. Could he end up in Ann Arbor ?

    http://twitter.com/christopheepcom

  • Billiam

    Brian and Bluebuffon:
    Thank you both for the links. Please keep up the good work.
    With Admiration and gratitude,
    A fellow blogger

  • Bluebufoon

    The college programs that have been the most innovative have been Bill Self's Kansas/ Illinois teams and Jay Wright's program at Villanova. Each of those teams have played multiple (quality) PG's at the same time. Obviously at Illinois Deron Williams and Dee Brown and Kansas Chalmers, Robinson and Collins.

    Hopefully Keita play alongside Morris or Kevin Pngos is something Beilein is seriously considering.

    PS Keita has a 6-4 teammate William Howard that is of American descent, his father is an American and he is considering coming to the States for college.

    I've been hopefull Coach Beilein would implement that element into U-M's line-up. That's why I'm fascinated

  • Bluebufoon

    The college programs that have been the most innovative have been Bill Self's Kansas/ Illinois teams and Jay Wright's program at Villanova. Each of those teams have played multiple (quality) PG's at the same time. Obviously at Illinois Deron Williams and Dee Brown and Kansas Chalmers, Robinson and Collins.

    Hopefully Keita play alongside Morris or Kevin Pngos is something Beilein is seriously considering.

    PS Keita has a 6-4 teammate William Howard that is of American descent, his father is an American and he is considering coming to the States for college.

    I've been hopefull Coach Beilein would implement that element into U-M's line-up. That's why I'm fascinated

  • http://ufl.edu mattski

    As a former Jersey boy and M grad, I see Rutgers as a very tough call. The school has stood on the brink of breakthroughs, particularly in football, and has good facilities. The academic quality is there, or almost there, but–as many places–financially threatened. There has been a greater embrace of the U by the state as a whole in recent years, but I fear Rutgers could become a perennial doormat and not pull in the NY/NJ/CT viewership as hoped.

    Now, if you pull in Syracuse and CT, TOO, I think the East Coast could become Big Ten territory. But that's STILL not a given, and it certainly ain't the Big Ten I know. Nebraska and Mizzou, on the other hand, seem like no-brainers.

    In a selfish way, I'd like to see the B10 become dominant, and I think that academically, it could lift the conference into absolute second place behind the Ivy Leagues. I think the conversations among school presidents/chancellors are probably much more geared to these considerations than those of fans. They probably also ask themselves whether football teams and coaches become their full-time indisputable bosses under such scenarios, too.

  • http://ufl.edu mattski

    Like your comments about Self and Wright–I made a comment earlier about how having five tall guys who can handle the ball is appealing (probably every coach's dream). Is there some indication that Beilein is considering Keita, though?

  • Brian W

    I thought the articles presented some interesting dynamics that are developing with the expansion talk. It sounded like some of the Big 12 members are getting fed up with Nebraska and Missouri. The Rutgers faculty weren't all that thrilled with the idea of joining the Big Ten, and it sounds like the Assoc. of American Universities (AAU) membership is a must have criteria for prospective universities, according to the St. Louis article. Also, it was a little wierd that someone with a Missouri lean would throw Rutgers under the bus and say they “have a chance to be an albatross.”

    Three of the five universities that have been floated lately (Nebraska, Missouri and Syracuse), I'd like to have join the Big Ten. Rutgers and Pitt, I'm not as sold on. If they took Rutgers, I'd rather have UConn instead of Pitt since UConn is at least really good at men's and women's basketball, which would possibly help with bring more championship revenue in and make things more exciting. Other schools that I wouldn't mind them considering would be Maryland or Kansas; Maryland would help bring the Washington D.C. market in. Kansas wouldn't add a new market if Missouri is added, but they're either good or competitive in the major sports.

    If the AAU membership is the most important factor, that would eliminate UConn. The following are all AAU members who are in the areas near or surrounding the current Big Ten footprint: University of Pittsburgh, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, Syracuse University, Rutgers, University of Maryland, University of Kansas, Iowa State University, and University of Colorado.

  • http://ufl.edu mattski

    Notre Dame is, interestingly, not in the AAU, although there's a sense they're the big fish here. If we assume there is now real sentiment for expansion to 16, I expect that the approach may just be to bring in the five strongest candidates. I'd like it if Syracuse came; and Pitt is quite a strong academic institution. Bring Kansas and UConn and–gulp, great! We might never win the B10-plus hoops championship again, but the conference would arguably be vying for nationwide conference preeminence in both football and bball.

  • Bluebufoon

    There has been speculation that U-M may be cking out who is available overseas and while doing a little digging Keita sounds like the type of player Beilein may be interested in.

  • Brian W

    A Kansas City radio station, 810 WHB, reported today that Nebraska, Missouri, Rutgers & Notre Dame have been extended “initial offers.” But since that broke earlier today, the schools have issued denials.

  • Brian W

    I probably should have added this when I posted earlier, but I guess I don't mind adding the more difficult teams to the conference to the east and west of Michigan since, based on what I've seen reported earlier, the Big Ten will be put into divisions. If U-M is stuck in a division based on geography with MSU, Wisconsin and Minnesota, I'd like the other divisions to have equally tough competition for the other current teams in the Big Ten. Adding Nebraska and Missouri would make for a tough division for Illinois and Iowa, and adding any combination of Syracuse, Pitt, Maryland or UConn would give Penn St. some equally tough competition in their division.

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