Scouting & Video: Tyler Wideman vs. Portage

Class of 2014 Lake Central prospect Tyler Wideman is already garnering high major interest. The big man already holds an offer from Purdue and is drawing interest from most of the Big Ten, including Michigan. Wideman attended Michigan’s College Practice Camp over the summer and has played well this summer along 2012 Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III. Watch Wideman in action in the media player below versus Portage and find scouting notes after the jump.

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Non-Conference Wrap: Big Ten Team Capsules

osux-large[1]This was supposed to be a down year for the Big Ten. Many of the stars from the 2010-11 Big Ten campaign moved on and the season was setting up to be an Ohio State versus everyone else affair. The Buckeyes are still the class of the league but the middle group of teams that featured more preseason question marks than sure things has clearly surpassed expectations throughout non-conference play.

All objective metrics – Ken Pomeroy, Sagarin and RPI to name a few – rank the Big Ten as the nation’s best conference by a fairly wide margin. The Big Ten won its third consecutive Big Ten-ACC Challenge (8-4), features five top 25 teams and eight teams listed by Joe Lunardi as likely NCAA tournament squads.

Big Ten play tips off tonight and things begin to get interesting. Here’s a team-by-team look at the league to date including major question marks and storylines that could affect the conference this season.

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Scouting & Video: Derrick Walton vs. Southfield

2013 Michigan commitment Derrick Walton had 21 points, five assists and just one turnover in a 58-55 victory over Southfield at the Battle of the Best event last Friday. UM Hoops was in attendance to watch Walton, who controlled the game for his Chandler Park squad. Watch footage of Walton’s performance in the embedded media player below and find a scouting report after the jump.

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Scouting: Glenn Robinson III vs. Portage

Class of 2012 Michigan signee Glenn Robinson III and his No. 9 ranked Lake Central team improved their record to 7-1 with a decisive 85-42 win over Duneland Conference rival, Portage. The 6-foot-6 Michigan-bound senior scored 15 points in the win as Lake Central picked up their sixth consecutive win since losing at Hamilton Southeastern on November 26th. UM Hoops was in attendance for Lake Central’s win and caught up with Robinson after the game for a quick chat. You can view our interview with Robinson below, as well as scouting notes on his performance after the jump:

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Holiday breaks for Nik Stauskas present a great opportunity for some outdoor Canadian shooting, usually on film. This time Stauskas takes to the winter Canadian blacktop to put on a shooting clinic making 27 of 32 jumpers from 28-feet.

Five Key Plays: Bradley at Michigan

1. Trey Burke’s block and finish on the other end

With just under five minutes left in the first half on Thursday, Bradley was on a 7-0 run and had taken the lead for the first time since the games opening moments. Fans were starting to get a little nervous and Michigan looked sluggish as Bradley continued to make just enough plays to hang around. On this play, Trey Burke gave everyone a reason to relax for at least the time being – weathering the Bradley run. After blocking a 3-point attempt from Bradley’s Walt Lemon Jr, Burke took off and Matt Vogrich tossed him a nice pass in transition right around half court. From there, Burke’s speed took over. All he needed was two dribbles to get by Taylor Brown for the easy fast break bucket. The play was the start of a quick 6-0 Michigan run that appeared to give the Wolverines some breathing room as half time approached.
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