Video: Beilein Meets with Media Before BGSU


John Beilein was made available to the media today and here’s what he had to say about Crisler renovations, playing faster, Bowling Green, and more.

You can find video from Darius Morris and Zack Novak posted earlier and a recap of Beilein’s statements after the jump.

  • Beilein has seen some of the designs for the Crisler renovations and is pleased with what he saw.  “I’m only 6-1 and I’m sitting in those chairs and I know my knees are right into those babies.”  Excited for it to be a place that will be good for the players and recruits.
  • Darius Morris is seeing the floor much differently, in high school he “saw the basket just as much as he saw his teammates,” but now he’s seeing his teammates more than just looking to score.  On defense, Darius is taking better angles.
  • The team is looking more confident as a whole, not just Darius.
  • Probably won’t be tinkering much with the starting lineup but they will be playing with different rotations.  “It’s deep right now with 10 or 11 guys.”  Would like to get it down to eight guys but it’s a young team and he sees a lot of guys playing.
  • “We’re pretty healthy, as healthy as we’ve been up to this point.”
  • On Bowling Green big man Cameron Black, 6-10: “He’s just gonna get rebounds just because he’s a space=eater.  So we gotta play with our feet around so somehow we can establish some leverage around him.”
  • Been recruiting Carlton Brundidge for three years.  He’s a winner, led Southfield to East Lansing.  “He’s a tough, hard-playing guard who can score.”
  • Trey Burke has had a ball in his hands most of his life and knows about winning.  “An outstanding young man who has great leadership abilities.”  A proven shooter, not just a ballhandler.
  • Regarding the remaining scholarship, going to try to find out what the team needs the most as the year goes on and see who’s developing.  “We’ll be looking for the 11’s who are available.”  Okay with using it on a ’12.
  • With just 10 players on scholarship right now, tough to redshirt anyone.
  • Evan Smotrycz has watched film, most of the guys haven’t watched much film in their lives.  Most high schools don’t have the resources necessary to scout and watch film.
  • Whenever there’s an opportunity to fast break, you must get at least a good shot off of it.  With a man or more advantage, shouldn’t turn the ball over like they did a few times against USC Upstate.  Thought defense let down a few times against Upstate even though Michigan put up good numbers.
  • Have always tried to push the ball unless they were up by 10 points with two minutes left.  Just a matter of players wanting to run the floor the right way, putting their heads down, not running with their hands up.
  • Looks like the the practice facility will be ready by next November.
  • AG2

    Dylan, do you think this team can run?

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      That’s a great question and to be short… Not really. I’m thinking of working on a post about tempo for maybe early next week.

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  • AG2

    I know he’s a buckeye, but Greg Oden doesn’t deserve this. Out for the season because he needs microfracture surgery again. Portland has already said they’re not going to resign him. What a shame.

  • kainkitizen

    Greg Oden has to be the #1 bust of all time in NBA History. Coming out of High School and College he was the next greatest player to play. Well, the critics were wrong with that one. Moving on to a different note…..Center Micheal Chandler decommits from Xavier. We had some interest with him before he commited to Xavier. Do you think Coach will take on the Interest again and pursue him with loosing Amir???

  • drae

    just watched a video on Chandler on ESPN and this could be a really good pick up for U of M… mobile, good back to the basket big body in the post… if he can be had they should be really trying to pick him up… get on it Coach Alexander…

  • kainkitizen

    Micheal Chandler (Louisville decommit & Xavier decommit, on early signing day) #67 overall 4* 6’10” 245lbs Center #47 overall 4* 6’10” 220lbs Center #51 overall 4* 6’10” 225lbs Center
    His hometown is Indianapolis. He’s grown up in Big Ten Country. I bet he knew of Stu at Carmel High, since Carmel is just outside of the city limits of Indy. His strengths would greatly fit at Michigan. His weakness is silly fouls on defense by being out of position. That’s definitely something the coaches can correct. Really good low post player. He’s a true center.

  • Bluebufoon

    Stefan Jankovic is a kid Michigan should get involved with 2012 6-9 Combo forward, who attends a prep school. U-M could win with this kid.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    Given Beilein’s conservative recruiting track record, I’d be he’d be hesitant to recruit a guy who has decomitted twice. It’s not unusual to see personal issues at the root of situations like that.

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    SC Upstate torrent is up at

    I’m posting this in the postgame post as well, but most people seem to comment on whatever the most recent article is, so I figured it’d get seen more here.

  • Colby

    Chandler woud be an interesting target to get involved with but it makes you wonder with two decommits. There is not much left out there in the 2011 class so JB will have to work hard to find some who can come in and play.

    With the looks of 2012 recruiting right now I would be happy with Dorsey-Walker and Jordan Hare joining the class.

  • Maybe someone who really knows Beilein and the team could comment: what does the ideal big man look like in our coach’s system? How different is he from the classic dominating low-post presence we are used to? (Even though such a style is increasingly less prevalent, even in the NBA.) Obviously, you start with someone who can shoot the long ball. . .

  • kainkitizen

    Your typical big man for Beilein’s system is Pittsnogle, because he had such great success in scoring from all area’s on the court for being 6’10”. There will probably be no one like Pittsnogle again for Beilein to recruit and coach.

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    I don’t think Beilein has a problem with more traditional fives. The bigger difference is at the four position.

    He wants his five men to be skilled with the ball, and they’ll play some on the perimeter, but he’s had a number of big men of different styles. Obviously Pittsnoggle could do just about everything. D’or Fischer and Rob Summers were more traditional interior focused players. Smalligan was a three point shooter.