Friday Bullets: James Blackmon Jr., positions, 2015 visitor, other notes

Dylan Burkhardt
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  • blackmon-jr-399x600[1]Rumors swirled on Thursday that James Blackmon Jr.. had trimmed his list to just two schools, Michigan and Kentucky. Blackmon denied those reports to our Joe Stapleton, insisting that his list still includes Indiana, Michigan State and Kansas as well.
  • However, with a likely decision date of October 22nd and just one more official visit (Kentucky on Oct. 18) scheduled, it’s clear that Michigan and Kentucky are the two schools in strong position for Blackmon’s services. For what it’s worth, recent U-M commit Kameron Chatman thinks Blackmon will end up at Michigan.
  • Fran Fraschilla named Glenn Robinson III one of the top undersized power forwards in the game. “Robinson is a tricky case, as he ranks No. 13 in Chad Ford’s NBA prospect rankings as a small forward but played his freshman season in the player forward role with great success,” Fraschilla wrote. “While I have no doubt that coach John Beilein will figure out what is best for Robinson and the Wolverines, he must make sure Robinson doesn’t stray too far from what makes him successful: intelligent energy plays. He shot 65 percent inside the arc last season, primarily on transition baskets, offensive rebound putbacks and timely basket cuts. Robinson shot 32 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the line, and his free throw rate (number of free throw attempts divided by number of field goals attempted) and rebounding rates on both ends were underwhelming” Much has been made about Robinson transitioning to the three position but Fraschilla points out a number of reasons to leave him at the four.
  • Times and television information have been released for Michigan’s entire schedule. Non-conference tickets also went on sale through the University on Thursday. You can find the best after-market prices on our ticket page.
  • Jeff Goodman writes that position changes for Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas are the key to Michigan’s season.
  • Michigan has a new player-blogger this season, 6-foot-5 freshman Cole McConnell. McConnell is replacing Josh Bartelstein as Michigan’s resident blogger and published his first entry last week.
  • As we reported in September, class of 2015 wing Tyler Williams will visit Michigan, today for a practice. Williams is also planning trips to Michigan State on Saturday and Texas A&M later this month.
  • Class of 2015 Michigan offeree Jalen Brunson added a big offer on Thursday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo offered the talented point guard at his school. The Michigan State offer was Brunson’s fourth in the Big Ten along with Michigan, Purdue and Illinois.
  • Michigan State also extended an offer to another class of 2015 prospect drawing Michigan interest, Ohio wing Kyle Ahrens. Ahrens visited Michigan for a football game this fall.
  • Trey Burke is trying to prove his merit by making a big first impression.
  • Mike Woodson says Tim Hardaway Jr. ‘will be in the rotation’ after his strong preseason debut.
  • John Beilein was inducted into DeSales Hall of Fame. “I never thought in my life I’d be sitting in the Final Four championship game,” Beilein said. “But I thought if I hadn’t dreamed of that, would I have ever gotten there?”
  • Stephen Zimmerman was offered by North Carolina.
  • Mattski

    Dear Lord, let the women at Kentucky be unappealing, the food be terrible, Cal his usual smarmy self, etcetera! And deliver Mr. Blackmon unto the Maize and Blue. And please say hi to Grandma, Mattski

  • jkuofm27

    Down to a decision between being with his buddy Hatch and walking in his fathers footsteps?

    • geoffclarke

      Probably a lot more going into the decision-making…

      • jkuofm27

        Explain…oh wise one

        • Mattski

          PT, dude, PT.

        • geoffclarke

          I didn’t mean to imply that I had any special inside info, just that I would guess that most kids who are fortunate enough to be making such a big decision probably have many pros and some cons – many considerations – for each of their finalists. I’d guess the things you and Mattski mention are factors and i believe Blackmon has mentioned relationships with coaches/players. I’d guess there are more.

  • guestavo

    Blacmon Jr is on MSU’s campus, visiting with Kevin Looney

    • guestavo

      This is confirmed, according to MSU fans

      • Mattski

        Would restore a little of Izzo’s lost recruiting luster if he pulled that off. Meanwhile, I’ll save my panic for the football team.

  • Webbdog

    Just realized Chatman was going up against Blackmon Jr. quite often in this Video.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XSog1B4iMI

  • Brandon

    I heard that Blackmon Jr. pushed back his announcement date and will now visit Indiana for his last visit. Is this right and how do you think it affects his decision?