Roundup: Michigan headed to Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Dylan Burkhardt
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College basketball practice is 30 days away with the start of college football ahead this weekend. Here’s a look at some news and notes from around the Michigan basketball world. 

MLive’s Brendan Quinn reported that Michigan will play in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off in 2018. The other participants in the field haven’t been announced for the four-team bracketed tournament that takes place on November 17th and 18th in Connecticut.

A trip to Uncasville isn’t quite as exciting as the Bahamas, Maui, or New York City, but the event has pulled in some decent teams in the past. Duke and Cincinnati are participating this year and Purdue won the event last year.

Find a full run-down of Michigan’s future scheduled dates on our future schedules page. Michigan is expected to start a home-and-home with Cincinnati in 2018 and also will play the home leg of a series with South Carolina in 2017 or 2018.

Upcoming visitors

Former Michigan target Kyle Young committed to Butler this week. Young and Michigan had gone in separate directions after the Wolverines landed a pledge from Isaiah Livers, but the Ohio native won’t be a fixture in the Big Ten as many had expected.

Speaking of commitments, Michigan’s class of 2017 commits — Jordan Poole, Eli Brooks and Isaiah Livers — will be on campus this weekend for their official visits.

Class of 2018 guard Tyler Herro is set to visit Michigan on September 17th. Herro is a 6-foot-2 combo guard from Wisconsin with high-major interest.

Herro is ranked 55th nationally according to 247Sports Composite and he holds offers from Arizona, Marquette and Wisconsin among others.

Herro is ranked 42nd in Scout.com’s latest 2018 rankings which were released this week. Michigan offers Robby Carmody (60), Jerome Hunter (77) and Brandon Johns (97) are ranked in the top-100 while Cormac Ryan is unranked. Carmody also added a recent offer from Syracuse.

NBA updates

It sounds like Mitch McGary could be on his way out from Oklahoma City after the Thunder traded for Joffrey Lauvergne. McGary is facing a suspension to start the season and has struggled to stay healthy with the Thunder.

A fresh start could be good for McGary, but there are also plenty of red flags that could prevent a team from taking a chance on him.

Caris LeVert is adjusting just fine to life in Brooklyn as he gets profiled by Complex.

“Usually I get a feel for cities real quick, but Brooklyn is different,” he says. “It’s something new every day. But that’s what makes it so special, that’s why there’s no place like it.”

Twenty minutes later, he rolls up to a place that feels like it hasn’t changed in 60 years. L&B is relatively busy for a Tuesday night, but it’s not overwhelming. LeVert takes a seat in the outside patio near the restaurant’s entrance, and waits to dive into one of the slices. A tall, young black kid in Brooklyn isn’t abnormal, but let’s just say, at 6’6” LeVert stands out here. Except nobody comes up to him, points or tries to get off a stealth Snap—even after our photographer has him pose for a few portraits. LeVert’s asked how often he’s recognized in Brooklyn.

“Never,” he says.

And what about in Manhattan?

“I get recognized more in Manhattan,” he says. “Maybe they’re Michigan fans? I don’t know.”

Crisler Center floor

The floor at the Crisler Center is being resurfaced with a few ever-so-slight cosmetic changes.

  • bobohle

    Thanks for the update Dylan.

  • A2JD

    Dylan-

    I noticed Scout doesn’t have any of Michigan’s 2017 commits ranked near the Top 100 (looks like Poole is #121), whereas ESPN has Poole at #58 and Livers at #76. Is this just vastly differing opinions or do you think politics ever enters where a player gets ranked by a service?

  • Chris

    Any idea on when we get to see the uniforms?