Video: Zack Novak at 2011-12 Big Ten Media Day

Here’s footage of senior captain Zack Novak addressing the media this afternoon in Chicago at Big Ten Media Day. Novak was in attendance along with head coach John Beilein, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Stu Douglass.

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Transcript: John Beilein at 2011-12 Big Ten Media Day

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COACH BEILEIN: It’s hard to believe that it’s been already five years to have the privilege of coaching at Michigan. We love practicing with this team right now.
We have an incredible team-first attitude that’s been very healthy so far. And now we’re a couple of weeks away from the start of the season. So we love the young men on our team.
The most difficult thing will be replacing Darius Morris and all the intangibles that we had last year as a team that was really playing with a chip on their shoulder. So we’re working hard at that. And I like the progress so far.

Find the full transcript after the jump and we’ll have more coverage from Media Day in the coming days and hours. Make sure to also follow along with our Live Blog as well. [click to continue…]

Live Blog: 2011-12 Big Ten Media Day

imageThe local and national media will convene in Chicago today for the Big Ten’s annual media day. Michigan will be represented by head coach John Beilein, Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak and Stu Douglass. You can catch John Beilein (and every other Big Ten coach) during their press conferences streaming live here – Beilein is scheduled to take the podium around 10:40 ET. Our own Kevin Raftery is on the scene and we’ll be keeping track of his reports along with compiling other interesting tidbits in this live blog.

The other important piece of news today is that top-5 2012 recruit Mitch McGary has narrowed his list to Florida, Duke and Michigan and plans to announce a decision next week.
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Mitch McGary Down to Three, Will Announce Next Week

920741[1]After shutting things down for the last two weeks, Mitch McGary is almost ready to announce his decision. The 6-foot-10 big man from Brewster Academy will decide between Florida, Duke and Michigan next week, according to his most recent blog at ESPN.com.

I’m planning to make my commitment next week sometime too.

I can honestly say that right now I don’t know where I’m going so anything you read that says I do isn’t true. I already talked to my man Jason Jordan from ESPNHS and let him know that I want to do another blog before I make my announcement just to get all of my thoughts out and clear my mind so I can make the best decision possible.

At this point, I’m focusing on Florida, Duke and Michigan.

2013 Intro: Jaren Sina

imageJaren Sina is a 6-foot-2, 175 pound guard out of Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ. He recently decommitted from Alabama and now garners offers from several Big East, ACC and Big Ten schools. Michigan has also recently gotten into the recruiting process, and Sina is emphasized that he’s very interested in the Wolverines. I caught up with the sharp-shooter last night to discuss his recruitment.

For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? I’m more of a point guard, a floor general. I lead my team. I feel like I have a great ability to score. I’m a very good 3-point shooter, and I’m good at getting into the lane. I’m a good leader.

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2011-12 Player Preview: Jon Horford

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Jon Horford was the number eight man in Michigan’s rotation last season and played fewer than seven minutes per game. Despite his limited playing time, the sophomore big man is regarded as the most likely breakout player on Michigan’s roster.

Horford has the bloodlines – his brother exploded between his freshman and sophomore seasons en route to two national champions and the NBA. He demonstrated his potential, including a big dunk during Michigan’s NCAA tournament loss to Duke, and has added strength to his already long and athletic frame. Despite the positives and obvious potential, we’re still talking about a guy who played 19 minutes and scored 3 points during Michigan’s final 13 games combined. The sample size is small but here’s a closer look at what Horford could be capable of this season.

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