Michigan and the NBA Draft, 2012 Edition

Michigan's Trey Burke drives around Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon in the first half Monday.Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times Mitch McGary of SYF plays during the Adidas May Classic. uspw_5727496[1]

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.”

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Footage from @INBRecruits. Game recap and recruiting notes here.

Recruiting Notebook: Robinson Battles Harris, Irvin

Photos from Jamie Owens/JScottSports

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.

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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.

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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…]

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