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John Beilein met with the media for the first time since the team returned from its 2-1 showing in Maui and recapped the Wolverines performance in Hawaii while previewing Virginia and the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Watch Beilein’s comments in the embedded video player below or find detailed notes and quotes after the jump.
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Michigan traveled home from Maui with a 2-1 record and a third place finish. The wins over Memphis and UCLA were impressive and the loss to Duke was competitive. From a realistic standpoint, it’s the best outcome the Wolverines could have hoped for short of a championship.
John Beilein emphasized what a great opportunity the tournament was for the team and coaching staff to grow and continue to learn what works, what doesn’t and what pieces they have to utilize. Six games into the season, here a few early observations and takeaways.
Michigan fans have come to understand the importance of the NBA Draft process after losing their leading scorer to NBA Draft early entry in each of the last two seasons. With the tentative agreement on a new NBA collective bargaining agreement and Michigan playing in a high profile tournament over Thanksgiving, NBA Draft talk probably won’t be more prominent until April.
The first notable development is the affect of the new CBA on NBA Draft rules. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that a committee will be established to examine the NBA Draft age limit but it’s not expected to affect the 2012 Draft:
“Only the agreement to have the committee may be part of the new CBA,” the source said. “I doubt it will have any affect on the 2012 draft.”
QuickVideo: Glenn Robinson III vs. Hamilton Southeastern
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It was a busy weekend for Michigan basketball commitments as the high school basketball season begins to heat up.
First, there were a handful of commitments on hand for the Michigan football team’s win over Ohio State on Saturday including Mitch McGary, Mark Donnal and Austin Hatch. Two commitments that weren’t in attendance were Glenn Robinson III and Zak Irvin. Those two were facing off in a game of their own as Robinson’s Lake Central squad took on a Hamilton Southeastern team led by MSU bound Gary Harris and U-M junior commitment Zak Irvin.