2013 Intro: Goodluck Okonoboh


Goodluck Okonoboh is a class of 2013 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward out of Tilton School in New Hampshire that’s been playing very well on the prep circuit this fall. He’s excelled at numerous high profile events and Michigan has jumped into the youngsters recruitment in an effort and is in the early stages of showing interest. I caught up with Okonoboh earlier this week to discuss the recruiting process, his game and more.

For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? I’m just a hard working guy. I can step out and shoot, I like to block a lot of shots and rebound and I just got nice post moves.

What schools are recruiting you right now? UConn, Syracuse, West Virginia, Michigan, Louisville. There’s a lot of schools. [click to continue…]

2012 Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III was in action on Saturday facing off against fellow U-M commitment Zak Irvin and MSU commit Gary Harris. Harris and Irvin got the win, 79-64, but Robinson had what might be an early leading candidate for dunk of the season.

Above video from the @INBRecruits, additional angle after the jump. [click to continue…]

Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. UCLA

1. Jon Horford’s 5-for-5 performance in the first half

We’ve been waiting for Jon Horford to show why John Beilein thought he was good enough to start in front of Jordan Morgan early in the season. Horford was solid against Memphis and struggled against Duke but he had a breakout performance in the first half versus UCLA, scoring 12 points off of 5-for-5 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds. He was the benefactor of a couple great passes by Hardaway and Burke but Horford made the right reads, caught the ball effectively and finished around the hoop. His most impressive first half bucket came with 2:30 to play. Horford establishes position against Travis wear on the block and receives the entry pass from Stu Douglass, a rarity in the Michigan offense. With Wear on his back, Horford fakes left, turns back right off one dribble, and nails an fade away jumper right over Wear. Michigan simply doesn’t have playmakers with their back to the basket and this is a great sign that Horford has the potential to be that back to that back to the basket scorer. [click to continue…]

Game 6: Michigan vs. UCLA Recap

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It wasn’t always pretty, and Michigan allowed UCLA to hang around for a bit too long, but in the end the Wolverines took care of business and knocked off the UCLA Bruins convincingly by a score of 79-63. The win moved Michigan to 5-1 overall (2-1 in Maui) and secured a third place finish in the 2011 Maui Invitational. The story for John Beilein’s club in this game was on the offensive side of the ball where the Wolverine offense showed significant improvement for the sixth consecutive game. [click to continue…]

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Photo: Maui Invitational

John Beilein and his three leading scorers met with the media to discuss Michigan’s 79-63 drubbing of the UCLA Bruins. Zack Novak (22 points) and Jon Horford (12 points) both went for career highs while Tim Hardaway Jr. averaged 20 points per game over three games in Maui.

COACH BEILEIN: That was good for us to get out to the lead in this game, unlike last night. We could control some of the tempo. We didn’t take a lot of shots. A few too many, but we didn’t take a lot of shots, but we took quality shots over and over again. So you see 79 points.

We’re still learning that sweet spot a little bit. It’s not perfect. It never will be. But we keep working at that so we can put points on the board. Obviously, really proud of the 63 points when you play a team that’s talented. You need to find the things they need to do to win. They will. Ben’s a great coach, and they will find that. Down the road that will turn out to be a very impressive win. [click to continue…]

Michigan 79, UCLA 63

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Photo: @umichbball

Michigan takes care of business versus UCLA with a 79-63 win to secure a third place finish in the 2011 Maui Invitational. The Wolverines head home with a 2-1 record that should be judged as nothing short of a successful trip to the Pacific Ocean. Post game quotes, analysis, Five Key Plays and more in the coming hours.

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