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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Tuesday Links: Novak Kicks, PDC, Trey Burke Impresses, More

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2011-12 Player Preview: Matt Vogrich

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The differences between Michigan and Tennessee were striking as both teams ran onto the floor at Time Warner Cable Arena for their round of 32 NCAA tournament game last March. The Vols were markedly bigger and stronger at almost every position. As Michigan struggled with Tennessee’s size and athletic advantage early, missing 12 shots in the first eight minutes and falling behind by a four point deficit that felt larger, it was Matt Vogrich that arose as the unlikely hero. The 6-foot-4 skinny sophomore with floppy hair  checked into the game and provided Michigan with an immediate shot in the arm.  He scored on an array of three pointers, backdoor layups and fast break steals while keeping Michigan afloat in the first half. That was enough to get the Wolverines to the second half where they went on to dominate the game.

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2011-12 Big Ten Position by Position: Combo Forwards

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Our fourth and final Position-by-Position piece focuses on the conference’s diverse collection of combo forwards. Whether they play inside-out or outside-in, combination forwards with size and skill have become a mainstay in modern college basketball. Some of the league’s most talented players are in this group but it’s also a very top heavy group with a number of unproven commodities in the bottom half of the top 10. [Previously: Guards, Wings, Bigs]

1. Draymond Green – Sr. – Michigan State

MPG PPG RPG APG ORtg Usage eFG% 3PFG% DR% OR% A Rate TO Rate FT Rate
30.1 12.6 8.6 4.1 106.8 25.7 48 36.6 23.8 9.6 30.6 18 41.2

Upside: Green racked up two triple doubles last season, including one in the NCAA tournament, and is among the league’s most versatile players. He’s a tenacious rebounder and a smart passer but has proven he can score as well.
Downside: Green continues to slim down and proved that he can hit the three point shot last season (37%) but really struggled inside the arc, especially with the 10 to 15 foot jumper.

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