UM Hoops.com http://www.umhoops.com Michigan Wolverines Basketball Recruiting, News & Video Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Television designations finalized for 2014-15 season http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/18/television-designations-finalizedfor-2014-15-season/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/18/television-designations-finalizedfor-2014-15-season/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:52:42 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64733 Spike-2The Big Ten announced time and television information for the remainder of the conference games that will be broadcast by CBS or ESPN’s family of networks. Two of Michigan’s 18 conference games will be broadcast by CBS with nine additional games picked up by an ESPN station. CBS will broadcast Michigan’s road games at Michigan State […]

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Spike-2The Big Ten announced time and television information for the remainder of the conference games that will be broadcast by CBS or ESPN’s family of networks.

Two of Michigan’s 18 conference games will be broadcast by CBS with nine additional games picked up by an ESPN station. CBS will broadcast Michigan’s road games at Michigan State (Feb. 1) and Indiana (Feb. 8) while the February 22nd home game against Ohio State is a potential wild card game.

Time and television information has now been announced for Michigan’s entire schedule for the 2014-15 season and can be found here. In total, Michigan will play 14 games on the ESPN family of networks (with two additional games streamed online by ESPN3) and two games on CBS.

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Big Ten’s Best Post-Up Scorers http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/18/big-tens-best-post-players/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/18/big-tens-best-post-players/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:40:09 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64606 image_thumb.pngWelcome to Big Ten’s Best, a look at some of the Big Ten’s specialists returning for the 2014-15 season. Today we break down the best post-up players in the conference. (Previously: Best pick-and-roll players)  These lists are based on last year’s numbers, but involve some prognostication as well. 1. Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin) Percent of Offense: […]

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Welcome to Big Ten’s Best, a look at some of the Big Ten’s specialists returning for the 2014-15 season. Today we break down the best post-up players in the conference. (Previously: Best pick-and-roll players)  These lists are based on last year’s numbers, but involve some prognostication as well.

1. Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)

Percent of Offense: 24.6%
Points Per Post-up: 1.167

Frank Kaminsky is arguably the best returning player in the conference. He’s not just a post player by any means – only a quarter of his offensive possessions are post-ups, a smaller percentage than many other players on this list – but he still had more post-ups last season than all but two returning players in the conference.

He also sets a new standard for efficiency with his back to the basket. (A fact that Michigan fans don’t need to be reminded of.) Kaminsky was more efficient than some of the league’s best last season – including Adreian Payne (1.055 points per post-up) – and he’s pushing for 1.2 points per post-up while other league players struggle to top 1.00. Kaminsky was ranked No. 1 on our Big Ten Top 25 Players list and his ability to score on the low block is a major reason why.

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2. Alex Olah (Northwestern)

Percent of Offense: 47.8%
Points Per Post-up: .926 PPP

Northwestern didn’t do much of anything effectively on offense last season – scoring just .88 points per possession – which makes Olah’s post production even more impressive. For most teams, post-up production is less efficient than their base offense, but that’s not the case in Evanston. Olah was the only Wildcat to post an offensive rating over 100 last season and almost half of his possessions came on the low block. The Wildcats should be much improved on the offensive side of the ball in Chris Collins’ second year, but expect Olah to be a featured element of the attack once again.

3.  A.J. Hammons (Purdue)

Percent of Offense: 53.5%
Points Per Post-up: .82

Hammons led the Big Ten with 200 post-up possessions last season – 51 more than Alex Olah, the conference’s No. 2 post-up option by volume – which helps explain why he has the worst efficiency numbers on the list. The million dollar question is when Hammons will finally put everything together. At 7-foot, 251 pounds he has all of the physical tools to be a dominant scorer in the post, but he’s still painfully inconsistent.

4. Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin)

Percent of Offense: 32.1%
Points Per Post-up: .889

Last year’s Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year can knock down 12-foot jumpers and face up opposing big men, but he also has a complete offensive repertoire in the post. Roughly a third of Hayes’ offensive possessions last season were post-ups and he had modest efficiency. Given Bo Ryan’s track record with young big men, the fact that Hayes was given so much offensive freedom last season – he used more possessions than any other Badger when he was on the floor – is perhaps his greatest endorsement after  a successful freshman campaign. Expect Hayes role to grow in the offense as he combines with Kaminsky to form one of the conference’s best frontcourts.

5. Adam Woodbury (Iowa)

Percent of Offense: 20.4%
Points Per Post-up: .927

Iowa had a stable of post players last season which is a reason we’re willing to give Woodbury the benefit of the doubt despite limited usage. Woodbury is effective and should have increased opportunities now that Melsahn Basabe has graduated. Woodbury will be paired with Gabriel Olaseni, but Woodbury is the more productive and diverse offensive option. Woodbury was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school and his junior year could be poised for a breakout season in 2014-15.

Others to Watch: Joey King, Mo Walker, Amir Williams, Kadeem Jack, Brandon Taylor

Data from Synergy Sports.

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Introducing Alejandro Zúñiga http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/17/introducing-alejandro-ziga/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/17/introducing-alejandro-ziga/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:30:27 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64691 We’re excited to announce that we’ve hired our new beat writer, Alejandro Zúñiga, for the upcoming season. Alejandro will be taking over all of the day-to-day duties that Joe served for the last two seasons here and we’re thrilled to have him on board. Make sure to follow him on Twitter and look for his […]

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve hired our new beat writer, Alejandro Zúñiga, for the upcoming season. Alejandro will be taking over all of the day-to-day duties that Joe served for the last two seasons here and we’re thrilled to have him on board. Make sure to follow him on Twitter and look for his coverage in the weeks and months to come. 

Hi everyone,

I’m so thrilled to join UM Hoops for the upcoming season. Over the years, I have watched this site grow and improve, and I’m excited to be part of the upcoming developments.

While I’ll be easing into the position here over the next few weeks, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.

I’m a senior at Michigan majoring in anthropology, but since spring of my freshman year, my focus and passion has been sportswriting. That semester, I began working for The Michigan Daily, where I’m currently Co-Managing Sports Editor.

Before my junior year, I interned at USA Today Sports near Washington, D.C., writing primarily baseball and soccer. I returned to the area again this summer, joining the Orioles baseball beat at The Baltimore Sun. I also helped the Detroit Free Press’ football coverage as a freelancer last fall and have worked on the Daily’s softball and hockey beats. This semester, I’ll be covering the Michigan football team for the Daily.

But I have also loved Michigan basketball for as long as I can remember. I still cherish the memory of sprinting down the Crisler Center steps from the top row to storm the court after the Wolverines upset Duke in 2008 and again when Michigan beat Connecticut in 2010. It’s nice that the Wolverines have reached a point where wins over the No. 15 team in the country don’t merit court stormings. And it’s only fitting that such a storied and resurgent program has this incredible website and community devoted to it.

If you ever want to talk Michigan sports history, or soccer, or obviously basketball, be in touch! You can reach me at azs@umich.edu or on Twitter at @ByAZuniga.

Again, I’m so happy to join this community. I know Joe left big shoes to fill, and I can’t wait to get started.

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Recruiting: Where Things Stand http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/17/recruiting-things-stand/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/17/recruiting-things-stand/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:13 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64716 9802921_thumb.jpgMichigan’s coaching staff has been on the road for the last week, checking in on various class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 targets across the country. Michigan’s 2015 recruiting board has narrowed significantly, but the 2016 board remains full with seven outstanding scholarship offers and a commitment in hand. Here’s the latest on where things stand with […]

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Michigan’s coaching staff has been on the road for the last week, checking in on various class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 targets across the country. Michigan’s 2015 recruiting board has narrowed significantly, but the 2016 board remains full with seven outstanding scholarship offers and a commitment in hand. Here’s the latest on where things stand with Michigan’s recruiting.

Class of 2015

The commitment of Duncan Robinson changed Michigan’s recruiting focus in the class of 2015. Robinson is a transfer, but he’ll gain eligibility next season and his commitment caused the Wolverines to cool on 2015 guard Jalen Coleman, who is now down to a final three of Notre Dame, UNLV and Illinois. Other former offers, Jalen Brunson and Eric Davis, made recent commitments to Villanova and Texas respectively, which leaves one primary option in the class of 2015: PJ Dozier.

John Beilein will have an in-home visit with Dozier today, following up on LaVall Jordan’s in-home visit last week. Michigan will then host Dozier on his first official visit on September 26th for home football weekend against Minnesota. Dozier also has trips planned to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgetown.

Michigan also remains in contact with five-star big man Caleb Swanigan. Michigan State is the presumed leader in Swanigan’s recruitment, but the Wolverines hosted Swanigan for camp last year and continue to work in his recruitment. Kentucky and Purdue are two other schools that have been linked to Swanigan as Matt Painter had an in-home visit on Monday.

Class of 2016

Jon Teske

Michigan’s lone commitment in the class of 2016 continues to show improvement on film. We posted fresh highlights of Teske earlier this week and the Wolverines were already in to check on their future post player during the evaluation period.

Derryck Thornton Jr.

John Beilein was in to check on Derryck Thornton and the Wolverines continue to do everything right in his recruitment. Thornton is now a top ten recruit nationally, ranked No. 7 in the 247 Sports Composite and as the No. 1 point guard in the country by Scout.com. The Wolverines continue to have plenty of competition and Kentucky appears to have made the biggest impact. Fall visits to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and Michigan for a football game have been discussed as the next step in Thronton’s recruitment.

TJ Leaf

John Beilein also stopped in to see TJ Leaf when he was on the West coast. Arizona’s Sean Miller, Florida coach Billy Donovan and UCLA have also stopped by to see the versatile combo forward. Leaf has discussed a February visit to Michigan and there’s been speculation that he could aim to make a college decision this spring. Michigan has hosted Leaf on two unofficial visits and there’s heavy mutual interest. Leaf’s top ten includes Arizona, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, SDSU, Texas, UCLA and Xavier along with Michigan.

Tyus Battle

John Beilein, Jeff Meyer and LaVall Jordan were all in-home with Tyus Battle and his family on Monday. The Wolverine staff made an impression on Battle’s father with their thorough approach.

“They did a great job of laying out for Tyus what it would be like at Michigan for him and how they would develop him to reach his goals, and the campus life and stuff like that,” Gary Battle told ZagsBlog. “They did a PowerPoint on the iPad and they were pretty thorough. They were really good. Really good.”

Battle has also been visited or will be visited by Thad Matta, Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie, Tony Bennett , John Calipari, Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan and others.

Cassius Winston

John Beilein and Tom Izzo were in to watch Cassius Winston last week and Fred Hoiberg (with two assistants) and Thad Matta have also been in to watch the talented point guard. Winston visited both in-state schools for football games during over Labor Day, but Ohio State and Iowa State have been very involved in Winston’s recruitment for a long time. Winston is up to No. 36 in the 247 Sports Composite rankings and should be poised for a big season at U of D.

Josh Langford

John Beilein, Jeff Meyer and LaVall Jordan were also in to check up on Michigan’s most recent offer, Josh Langford, on Tuesday. Langford and his family have kept things close to the vest, but expect Michigan to be very involved in this recruitment once the Langfords begin to move the process along. Florida Atlantic, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan State, California, Stanford, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and Memphis are other schools expected to check up on Langford.

Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray doesn’t hold a Michigan offer yet, but the Wolverines have made their interest in the Canadian combo guard clear. John Beilein made the trip to Canada to watch the 6-foot-5 guard last week. Murray is also hearing from Michigan State, Syracuse, Illinois among others and there remains a chance that he could reclassify to the 2015 class. Murray will play on a loaded squad this season at Athlete Institute as Thon and Matur Maker both opted to transfer to the Canadian powerhouse.

Seth Towns

Michigan continues to track the 6-foot-7 Northland scoring forward and he continues to improve. Wolverine assistant coach Bacari Alexander was in to check in with Seth Towns last week and Towns continues to speak favorably about Michigan.

“You know, it’s a great system, great school,” Towns told Zach Fleer.  “[Alexander] was talking about how I fit just right into their program, I mean, I can’t argue with him, so I’m just looking forward to seeing how things work out.”

Ohio State, UCLA Wisconsin, Iowa and Harvard were also in to check in on Towns recently.

Quentin Goodin

Quentin Goodin visited Florida over the weekend and added an offer from the Gators. Alabama, Marquette, Tennessee and Xavier are a few schools that have been or are planning to be in to check in on Goodin during the fall evaluation period thus far, according to reports.

Miles Bridges

At one point mutual interest between Miles Bridges and Michigan appeared to be very cool, but it’s picked up a bit in recent months. John Beilein and Bacari Alexander have been in contact with Bridges and his family and the Wolverines were in to watch the do-it-all forward last week.

Tyler Cook

Michigan was in to check on Tyler Cook last week along with Kansas, Missouri and St. Louis. Cook visited Ann Arbor in August and the No. 58 Composite forward is another front court player to track this season.

Class of 2017 Targets to Watch

John Beilein watched 2017 Canadian wing guard Christian Davis during the evaluation period and Saginaw Arthur Hill super-sophomore Brian Bowen has already visited Ann Arbor for a football game. It’s still very early for class of 2017 recruiting, but these are two targets that are high on Michigan’s recruiting board in the early stages.

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Glenn Robinson III signs guaranteed contract with Minnesota Timberwolves http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/16/glenn-robinson-iii-signs-guaranteed-contract-minnesota-timberwolves/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/16/glenn-robinson-iii-signs-guaranteed-contract-minnesota-timberwolves/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:01:39 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64701 GR3-1_thumb.jpgDustin Johnston Glenn Robinson III left Michigan after his sophomore year and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 40th pick in the NBA Draft. Being selected in the second round meant that Robinson wasn’t guaranteed a contract and with an NBA offseason filled with roster moves and trade, his status was up in the air […]

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Glenn Robinson III left Michigan after his sophomore year and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 40th pick in the NBA Draft. Being selected in the second round meant that Robinson wasn’t guaranteed a contract and with an NBA offseason filled with roster moves and trade, his status was up in the air until today.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Robinson signed a guaranteed contract with the Timberwolves and will join the team at the start of training camp.

Robinson averaged 7.7 points and three rebounds per game with the Timberwolves during the NBA Summer League. He’ll join a young Minnesota roster that features No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, first round pick Zach LaVine and last year’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.

Robinson will join Trey Burke, Jamal Crawford, Mitch McGary, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas as former Wolverines that are currently active on NBA rosters.

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Mid-range game critical to evolution of Caris LeVert http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/16/mid-range-game-critical-evolution-caris-levert/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/16/mid-range-game-critical-evolution-caris-levert/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:30:52 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64653 image_thumb.pngDustin Johnston Everybody hates the mid-range jumper. Iowa State has nearly eliminated it from its offense. Daryl Morey has tried to do something similar in the NBA D-League with Rio Grande Valley. John Gasaway recently tweeted that “’developing a mid-range game’ is like hitting well from the rough. Need to do it sometimes, but the […]

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Michigan 87, Coppin State 45-12
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Everybody hates the mid-range jumper.

Iowa State has nearly eliminated it from its offense. Daryl Morey has tried to do something similar in the NBA D-League with Rio Grande Valley.

John Gasaway recently tweeted that “’developing a mid-range game’ is like hitting well from the rough. Need to do it sometimes, but the best solution is don’t go there.”

But while everyone wants to exterminate the mid-range jumper, I’m here to tell you that it might be the most important area for Caris LeVert to improve his game this season.

Expectations couldn’t be higher for LeVert entering his junior season. Two summers ago he was a 6-foot-5, 170 pound guard without a home after former Ohio head coach John Groce took the head coaching job at Illinois. Now he’s a 6-foot-7, 200 pound NBA prospect ready to lead Michigan’s offense.

Being the focal point of John Beilein’s offense comes with plenty of responsibility, but it has also been a fast-track to the NBA. Over the last four seasons, Michigan’s No. 1 and No. 2 offensive options – Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III — have all heard their names on draft night before their eligibility expired. LeVert appears to have next up.

For all of LeVert’s achievement as a sophomore, he still has a few holes in his game. He needs to continue to add weight, distribute in the half-court and will have an increased rebounding burden in 2015, but the mid-range is his biggest weak spot. 111 of LeVert’s 369 field goal attempts last season were outside of five feet, but inside the three-point line and he made just 29.7% of those attempts.

Step back to three-point range and LeVert made 41% of 147 attempts. Move closer to the basket LeVert made an impressive 62% of his 113 attempts.  He was terrific inside despite his slender frame and very effective outside – especially down the stretch – but for whatever reason he couldn’t find consistency in the mid-range.

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The theory behind eliminating the mid-range shot makes plenty of sense – Why shoot 35% from 18 feet when you can shoot 35% from 22 feet and earn an extra point? – but a successful mid-range attack is still critical to a balanced offense. At least some scoring production needs to come from the middle of the floor to keep opposing defenses honest.

Sure it would be ideal if half of LeVert’s shot attempts were at the rim and the other half were open threes. But as the presumed focal point of Michigan’s offense, LeVert is going to be under pressure to make plays in less than ideal situations. He’s going to have to knock in mid-range jumpers because somebody on Michigan’s roster is going to have to.

As a team, Michigan shot 37.4% on mid-range jumpers last season and the Wolverines lost two players that excelled in the mid-range to the NBA Draft. Glenn Robinson III was Michigan’s mid-range specialist, making 41.1% of a team-high 124 attempts, and it’s no secret that Nik Stauskas (39% on 80 attempts) was a pretty good shooter from any spot on the floor. LeVert actually had more mid-range attempts than Stauskas, but his effectiveness lagged behind.

Last year the threat of Robinson knocking down pin-down jumpers from the elbow, or Stauskas pulling up from 16-feet off of a ball screen, helped open up space for players like LeVert, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton. This year, the onus will be on LeVert to be Michigan’s primary creator in 2014-15. The majority of mid-range jumpers are created shots off the dribble, unlike many three-pointers which are of the catch-and-shoot variety.

LeVert is the best creator on Michigan’s roster and the Wolverines don’t have a lot of proven mid-range threats. The Wolverines’ three returning rotation players — Walton, Irvin and Spike Albrecht – were just 24 of 79 (30%) from the mid-range last season. Irvin is another natural candidate to improve his mid-range production and incoming freshman, and likely starter, Kameron Chatman is another player with a prototypical size and skillset to impress in the mid-range.

LeVert has a full collection of hesitation moves, crossover dribbles and a silky smooth outside shot. He can get wherever he wants on the floor, but the next step is to finish from all areas.. If he’s able to increase his productivity in the middle of the court, he could very well be on the same fast track as Michigan’s previous offensive leaders.

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Video: Jon Teske Sophomore Highlights http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/15/video-jon-teske-sophomore-highlights/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/15/video-jon-teske-sophomore-highlights/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:22:59 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64681 Video: Jon Teske Sophomore HighlightsOur friends at 3rd Coast Hoops passed along the following highlights of 2016 Michigan commitment Jon Teske. The highlights are predominantly from Teske’s sophomore season at Medina High School. RELATED Video: Jon Teske Scouting Highlights Michigan is the ‘right place’ for Jon Teske

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Our friends at 3rd Coast Hoops passed along the following highlights of 2016 Michigan commitment Jon Teske. The highlights are predominantly from Teske’s sophomore season at Medina High School.

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Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 5-1 http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/15/big-tens-top-25-players-5-1-2/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/15/big-tens-top-25-players-5-1-2/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:15:18 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64675 Michigan-57-Wofford-40-28_thumb.jpgWith the official start of practice three weeks from today, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of […]

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With the official start of practice three weeks from today, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our final installment of players 5-1 is available below: (Previously: 25-21,20-16, 15-11, 10-6)

5. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana (6-foot-0, guard, junior)

33.8 mpg, 17.3 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3 rpg, .8 spg, 52.1 eFG percentage

As a sophomore, Ferrell made a leap from bring primarily a distributor to one of the league’s top scorers. The Hoosiers put the ball in the Indianapolis native’s hands often and he accounted for half of the team’s made 3-pointers on the season with 88. He was also reasonably efficient from distance as he managed to knock down 40 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. Ferrell ranked seventh in the conference in assist rate (25.6 percent) and while his turnover rate (18 percent) was improved, it was still too high as Indiana finished as the Big Ten’s worst turnover team. Going into his junior season, Ferrell’s workload may decrease a bit as the Hoosiers have added several key backcourt pieces, including James Blackmon Jr., which should allow him to score more efficiently and also distribute the ball more.

4. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin (6-foot-9, forward, junior)

29.8 mpg, 12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, .8 spg, .6 bpg, 52.8 eFG percentage

Dekker entered his sophomore season with high expectations and while his efficiency dipped a bit from his freshman season, he was a big reason why the Badgers went to their first Final Four under Bo Ryan. Listed at 6-foot-7 during his first two seasons in Madison, Dekker has now reportedly sprouted up a few inches to 6-foot-9 and has the perfect skillset to play the four. He made 55 percent of his 2s, stepped out and hit the 3-pointer when it was available and also was Wisconsin’s second best defensive rebounder behind Frank Kaminsky. He also very rarely turned it over (10.2 turnover percent), which is fourth best among returning players in the league. Two key areas for of improvement Dekker as a junior are his free throw shooting (68.6 percent) and 3-point shooting percentage (32.6), which, if he improves upon both, could catapult him higher up this list by season’s end.

3. Terran Petteway, Nebraska (6-foot-6, wing, junior)

31.7 mpg, 18.1 ppg, 1.6 apg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 spg, 48.2 eFG percentage

The Big Ten’s leading returning scorer averaged 18.1 points per game for Nebraska last season and was the primary reason why Tim Miles’ group was able to overachieve and earn an NCAA tournament berth. Petteway used 31.7 percent of Nebraska’s offensive possessions, more than any Big Ten player since Tim Frazier in 2012. He wasn’t the most efficient player in the conference by any means, but that’s to be expected with such a high usage rate. Nebraska had the 10th best offense in Big Ten games and if the Huskers are going to improve this season, a more balanced attack might be needed. Petteway is the best ball screen player in the Big Ten by a wide margin and 39 percent of his offensive possessions came off of the pick-and-roll. We worry a bit about his regression due to his reliance on long threes and jumpers off the dribble, but Petteway shot just 33 percent from long distance last season and was still very productive.

2. Caris LeVert, Michigan (6-foot-7, wing, junior)

34.0 mpg, 12.9 ppg, 2.9 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 spg, 52.0 eFG percentage

Much was made of Nik Stauskas’s breakout season last year, but Caris LeVert was arguably the most-improved player in the conference last season. LeVert nearly redshirted his freshman season and played sparingly before emerging as one of the league’s best playmakers in 2014. LeVert was instrumental in Michigan’s late season run to the Big Ten Championship – averaging 16.5 points per game over the final 10 conference games. He shot an impressive 44 percent from three-point range in Big Ten play and will have an increased role as a junior. LeVert will have to learn how to serve as Michigan’s primary option in 2014-15 and will also have to improve his distribution, an area where Stauskas excelled on the wing.

1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin (6-foot-11, center, senior)

27.2 mpg, 13.9 ppg,  1.3 apg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 57.8 eFG percentage

Kaminsky earns the top spot on our list thanks to his offensive versatility. He also holds the distinction of being the best returning player on the consensus best team in the conference.  The Badgers return their entire rotation minus Ben Brust this season and Kaminsky should be poised to build on his impressive junior season. The 6-foot-11 senior shot 58 percent on 2s, 38 percent on 3s and was also one of the league’s better rebounders and shot blockers. He’s not only one of the best low-post scorers in the league – he scored 1.167 points per post up – he’s also capable of scoring by other means. Only 25 percent of his offensive possessions were post-ups, with the rest made up of pick-and-pop jumpers and face-up possessions. Despite his successful season, it was the NCAA tournament that left a lasting impression. Kaminsky averaged 16.4 points and six rebounds per game while leading the Badgers to the Final Four and earning NCAA tournament West Regional Most Outstanding Player honors.

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Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 10-6 http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/12/big-tens-top-25-players-10-6-3/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/12/big-tens-top-25-players-10-6-3/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:19:27 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64665 unnamed_thumb.jpgWith the official start of practice three weeks from today, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction […]

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With the official start of practice three weeks from today, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our fourth installment of players 20-16 is available below: (Previously: 25-21,20-16, 15-11)

10. Dez Wells, Maryland (6-foot-5, guard, senior)

30.6 mpg, 14.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 50.8 eFG percentage

While freshman Romelo Trimble could be the x-factor for the Terps, Wells is the leading returning scorer for Mark Turgeon and should be one of the Big Ten’s most versatile perimeter players. He used 25 percent of Maryland’s possessions as a junior and posted an effective field goal percentage close to 51 percent. Wells uses his body very well to draw fouls and gets to the line as evidenced by his free throw rate of 58.1. His 14.9 points per game rank him as the fifth leading returning scorer in the conference and if Maryland is to rebound from a shaky 17-15 campaign and excel in its first Big Ten season, Wells will have to lead the way.

9. Andre Hollins, Minnesota (6-foot-2, guard, senior)

30.5 mpg, 13.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, .9 spg, 47.0 eFG percentage

Hollins battled a severe ankle sprain last season, which forced him to miss two games and had him laboring once he did return to action. His 3-point shooting percentage took a large dip from his sophomore season (nearly seven percent), but he did get to the line far more frequently (49.7 free throw rate) as a junior than in his first two seasons. If he can continue to make attacking off the dribble a bigger of his game rather than just settling for jumpers, Hollins can take advantage of what is one of the better free throw strokes in the conference (84.1 percent). His usage has remained in the 24 percent range throughout his career and he’s a solid pick for an all-league type season as he returns to full health.

8. A.J. Hammons, Purdue (7-foot, center, junior)

25 mpg, 10.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 bpg, .5 apg, .4 spg, 51.3 eFG percentage

Through his first two seasons in West Lafayette, Hammons has been an enigma. At his best, he’s capable of taking over in the paint like he did in Purdue’s 77-74 win over Minnesota last February when he finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. And at his worst, he’s foul prone and has minimal impact like his two points in 12 minutes performance last January against Wisconsin. With another year of maturity and offseason work, Hammons should emerge as the best true post player in the conference. His block percentage of 13.3 was seventh nationally a season ago and he was the Big Ten’s fifth best defensive rebounder (22.7 defensive rebounding percentage). For a player with NBA aspirations, a pivotal season awaits for Hammons.

7. Branden Dawson, Michigan State (6-foot-6, forward, senior)

28.3 mpg, 11.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg, .9 bpg, 61.3 eFG percentage

We’re not as bullish on Dawson as The Sporting News, which named him a preseason first team All-American, but the Gary, Indiana native will finally be the man in East Lansing with the departures of Gary Harris, Keith Appling and Adreian Payne. Dawson is arguably the best returning rebounder in the conference as he ranked in the top six in both defensive and offensive rebounding percentage last season. While he’s limited offensively, he did post an effective field goal percentage of 61.5, which would have led the league had he not missed seven games due to an injury. On paper, it looks like a transition year in East Lansing, but Tom Izzo is hoping that Dawson can finally live up to potential that once made him a McDonald’s All-American.

6. Aaron White, Iowa (6-foot-9, forward, senior)

28.1 mpg, 12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1 spg, .6 bpg, 60.0 eFG percentage

White has flown under the radar for most of his career in Iowa City, but it’s time that he’s recognized for what he is: one of the most underrated players in the country. As a junior, he led the Big Ten in effective field goal percentage and was second in free throw rate. He shot over 63 percent on 2s and was also in the top 10 in the conference in defensive rebounding percentage. The one hole in his game is his perimeter game as he shot just 25.8 percent on 3s last season. Despite nearly collapsing down the stretch, Iowa finally reached the NCAA tournament last season under Fran McCaffery, but the Hawkeyes will have plenty to replace this winter with the graduation of Devyn Marble and Melsahn Basabe. White will be Iowa’s best player and how effectively he can lead in his final season could ultimately determine the outcome of the season for the Hawkeyes.

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Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 15-11 http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/11/big-tens-top-25-players-15-11-2/ http://www.umhoops.com/2014/09/11/big-tens-top-25-players-15-11-2/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:20:57 +0000 http://www.umhoops.com/?p=64658 Michigan-77-Purdue-76-2_thumb.jpgWith the official start of practice less than four weeks away, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty […]

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With the official start of practice less than four weeks away, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our third installment of players 15-11 is available below: (Previously: 25-21, 20-16)

15. Rayvonte Rice, Illinois (6-foot-4, guard, senior)

32.7 mpg, 15.9 ppg 6.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 spg, 48.0 eFG percentage

Rayvonte Rice hit the ground running at Illinois. He helped the Illini dominate their non-conference schedule and his scoring average sat at 19 points per game after piling up 29 points in a win over Indiana to open Big Ten play. Then came the rapid regression toward the mean as Rice only averaged 13.8 points per game with just a 42.9 effective field goal percentage in Illinois’ final 21 games.  He’s still the No. 4 returning scorer in the conference, but if Illinois wants to play in the the NCAA tournament then Rice is going to have to make adjustments and find ways to be more efficient in Big Ten play during his second and final season in Champaign.

14. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin (6-foot-8, forward, sophomore)

17.4 mpg, 7.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.8 spg, 51.0 eFG percentage

Wisconsin is a school where you have to wait your turn. Frank Kaminsky averaged fewer than 10 minutes per game for two years before exploding into an All-Big Ten First Team caliber player as a junior. Nigel Hayes is already ahead of the curve. He earned playing time as a true freshman and he made his presence felt, using 27 percent of available possessions when he was on the floor. Hayes was productive and versatile in the frontcourt,  but he might have to wait one more season before his ultimate opportunity. He’s still going to share frontcourt minutes with Kaminsky, a preseason All-American, and Sam Dekker, a projected first-round pick. There’s only so much opportunity for Hayes, but he should make an impact. Hayes can score in the low post, he has a reputable mid-range jumpshot and he can dribble past larger defenders. Above all else, his ability to get to the free throw line – he drew 7.3 fouls per 40 minutes last season – is what separates him from the pack.

13. Derrick Walton, Michigan (6-foot, guard, sophomore)

26.7 mpg, 7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.6 spg, 53.0 eFG percentage

Derrick Walton played a somewhat complementary role for the Wolverines last season, but he made critical winning plays in three Big Ten road games: at Ohio State, at Nebraska and at Michigan State. Michigan fans hope that Walton’s knack for making big plays in hostile venues will manifest itself in a breakout sophomore season. Walton was the No. 4 option in the Wolverine offense last season, but with so many departures he should have every opportunity to make a sophomore leap. Walton is a great ball screen scorer and shot over 40 percent from 3-point range last season, but he needs to improve his assist and turnover numbers with a bigger role in John Beilein’s offense.

12. DJ Newbill, Penn State (6-foot-4, guard, senior)

34.4 mpg, 17.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 59.1 eFG percentage

When DJ Newbill transferred to Penn State, he was supposed to be Tim Frazier’s right-hand man. Frazier would run the point guard while Newbill was freed up to attack the basket from the off-guard position. Instead, Frazier injured his Achilles’ in the fourth game of the 2012-2013 season and Newbill was forced into point guard duty. Newbill handled the task admirably, but he was always better suited to play off the ball. With Frazier back last season, Newbill was able to play his natural position and the results were what you would expect: Newbill’s assist numbers were down, his scoring efficiency improved and his turnovers decreased. Now a senior, Newbill is probably going to be forced back to the point guard position after Frazier’s graduation. Penn State’s 2014-15 success might depend on how much he’s learned at that spot since arriving at State College.

11. Shavon Shields, Nebraska (6-foot-7, forward, junior)

32.5 mpg, 12.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.9 spg, 47.2 eFG percentage

Shavon Shields was a trendy breakout candidate entering last season, but it took him quite a while to find his game. He was held to single digits in five of Nebraska’s first seven Big Ten games before exploding in the second half of conference play. Shields had monster scoring performances in two of Nebraska’s biggest wins of the season: 33 points against Illinois and 26 points against Wisconsin. He averaged 12.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in league play despite his slow start. Shields excels attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line, his 2014 free throw rate of 61 free throws per 100 field goal attempts is third best among returning conference players. The key to his development, like many combo forwards, will be improving his consistency with his jump shot. He shot just 32 percent on 3-pointers last season and only 19 percent of his field goal attempts were from long distance.

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