Report: Tim Hardaway Jr. named to USA Basketball select team

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Former Michigan and current New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is among the group of players selected to compete against the USA Basketball men’s national team players at a three-day training camp in Las Vegas later this month, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Hardaway, who was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team this past season, averaged 10.2 points per game per game in his first season in the NBA. He was also the second leading scorer at the NBA Summer League, averaging 21.8 points per contest.

According to reports, Hardaway is expected to be joined on the select team by Boston’s Marcus Smart, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, Phoenix’s Miles Plumlee, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, , Orlando’s Tobias Harris and Chicago’s Doug McDermott.

The training camp begins on July 28 in Las Vegas. The purpose of the training camp is for USA Basketball to pair down its roster of 19 players, announced last Monday, to 12 in advance of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which begins August 30 in Bilbao, Spain.

Hardaway previously played on the USA Basketball U19 team in 2011.

Friday Bullets: Roster Updates, CJ Lee, Recruiting Notes

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Dates, opponents announced for Michigan’s Italy trip

UqcNLzDB[1]Michigan will face the Perugia All Stars, Birracrua All Stars, Opitergium All-Stars and the Mantova Stings during its trip to Italy this August. The games are scheduled for the 17th, 19th, 20th and 22nd of August and were announced by a press release from CollegeBasketballTour.

The Wolverines are expected to play four games over the course of eight days in Italy. More information about the tour can be found at CollegeBasketTour.com.

“We’re a little bit schedule-constricted, because we have to wait until classes end, and then Labor Day we have to be back ready to go (for the start of school), so it’s only an eight-day trip,” John Beilein said earlier this summer. “Same thing we did last (time)—four games, eight days, sightseeing, practice.”

Michigan’s first two games will be against local assembled teams with an assortment of players from various levels of Italian basketball – the rosters for these teams are still being finalized. The game against Mantova on August 22nd is expected to be the most difficult of the bunch. The Stings finished second in the Italian third last season and will be promoted to the second level of Italian basketball next season. Former Villanova guard Mike Nardi was among the standouts for Mantova last season.

Announced European Dates

  • August 17: Michigan vs. Perugia All Stars @ Roma
  • August 19: Michigan vs. Birracrua All Stars @ Palazzetto di Vicenza 20:30
  • August 20: Michigan vs. Opitergium Spartans @ Palazzetto di Vicenza 20:30
  • August 22  Michigan vs. Mantova Stings @ Mantova PalaBam 20:30

Freshman Focus: D.J. Wilson

Freshman Focus is a UM Hoops series profiling each of Michigan’s six freshman on the 2014-15 roster. We examine where each player fits into Michigan’s system and also put together a video scouting report. Today: DJ Wilson. Previously: Kameron Chatman

DJ Wilson wasn’t the first stretch four that Michigan recruited in the class of 2014. He wasn’t even on Michigan’s recruiting radar until July before his senior season. But once he caught John Beilein’s eye at the NY2LA Invitational in Milwaukee, his recruitment progressed quickly. Wilson made it to Ann Arbor for an official visit in the fall and accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan.

Wilson fell off the radar during his junior season when his rapid growth spurt (he grew from 6’6″ to 6’9”) resulted in a series of back injuries (a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra in his lower back and lingering pain/inflammation). He wasn’t a 6’6” combo forward tweener anymore — he had legitimate size — he just couldn’t play basketball.

The stretch four spent the better part of three months in a back brace that went from his hips to his chest and missed most of his junior season. Some West coast schools – notably Gonzaga, USC and Cal – had kept tabs on him during the injury, but he was largely unknown nationally before his final summer of AAU play.

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Big Ten’s Best Pick and Roll Players

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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. First up, we breakdown the best returning pick and roll players in the Big Ten. These lists are based on last year’s numbers, but involve some prognostication as well.

1. Terran Petteway (Nebraska)

Percent of Offense: 39%
PPP (inc. passes): 1.042 (89th Percentile)
Shoot/Pass Ratio: 73/27

Terran Petteway was a dominant ball screen scorer last season and his expectations should be even higher as he returns for his junior season. Petteway is much more of a scorer than a distributor on pick and rolls, he only passes on 27% of his ball screens, but he’s remarkably efficient. Petteway had an impressive 52.1% aFG% when shooting off of ball screens last season and had the ball in his hands constantly. His forte is to shoot the ball off the dribble when coming off the screen, but he’s also capable attacking the basket and even finishing with a runner. When he passed, it was usually to his pick-and-pop options last season, mainly Walter Pitchford. Nebraska will try to get Petteway more help this season (he accounted for 32% of the Huskers’ offense), but expect him to still feature prominently in the high ball screen game in 2015.

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Michigan’s 2015 recruiting picture continues to take shape this summer after the first weekend of the July live evaluation period. John Beilein spent time in Las Vegas tracking a number of 2015 targets including offerees Jalen Coleman and Eric Davis along with new targets Prince Ali, Kenny Williams and Shake Milton.

Jalen Coleman has been the top guard on Michigan’s recruiting radar for months. His status hasn’t changed and Michigan is expected to be in Coleman’s top group until he decides, with Notre Dame and Illinois widely regarded as its top competition. He caught Rivals’ eye in Las Vegas

A four-star combo guard, Jalen Coleman has long been known for his shooting and scoring. At LBJ, he assumed point guard duties and looked pretty effective running a team. Playing off the ball as a scorer is still his specialty, but if he can run a team for stretches he becomes much more valuable. Notre Dame’s Mike Brey was watching closely and the Irish are heavily in the mix here along with others like Illinois, Michigan and UNLV.

But Michigan’s recruiting board continues to grow as well and Florida guard Prince Ali appears to be steadily rising to the top of that list. Ali was spectacular at the LeBron James Skills Academy and added offers from Maryland, UCLA and Louisville. Michigan is still one of two schools recruiting Ali the hardest and he wants to visit Michigan this fall.

“Prince Ali is shooting the ball with confidence,” Evan Daniels tweeted. “Throw that in with his athleticism and ability to make plays off the bounce is a good combo.”

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