By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on December 2, 2013 at 9:15 am
DJ Wilson traveled to the Midwest over the Holiday to participate in the State Farm Tournament of Champions in Peoria, Illinois. The tournament provided a great opportunity for Wilson to display his improved skillset on a big stage for the first time after committing to Michigan. He didn’t disappoint.
Wilson led Capital Christian and three wins in Illinois, topping Champaign Central, Fort Zumwalt North (MO) and Springfield over the holiday weekend.
Wilson had a game-high 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a 58-45 win over Champaign Central and tallied 10 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in a 63-49 win over Fort Zumwalt North.
Iowa Elites was on hand and impressed with Wilson’s play, tweeting that “Wilson has been dunking all over the place today – dude plays above the rim” and “Wilson with the swat on one end followed by massive dunk his 3rd of first half kid is crazy.” Chicago Hoops’ Scott Burgess also was impressed, “Michigan commit DJ Wilson is a big time athlete! Two monster dunks early”
The Michigan preseason NBA draft hype has really surrounded Robinson and McGary. But, through the Wolverines’ first five games, it’s been Stauskas who has been Michigan’s best player on the floor. He’s averaging more than 20 points per game, shooting 47 percent from 3 and is even taking over some of the point guard duties for the team. Although Stauskas is neither an elite athlete nor a great defender, his offensive abilities are getting him a serious look from NBA scouts. Not only does he continue to be a lights-out shooter but he’s getting to the line this season; last season, he had just 87 free throw attempts in 39 games, but this season he already has 46 in six games.
By Joe Stapleton | 2013-14 Season | Posted on December 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm
1) Jordan Morgan gets the offense going early
Thus far this season, Jordan Morgan’s offense has been largely MIA in the sparse minutes he’s logged. But on Friday, Michigan’s fifth year senior got the start and made the most of it, scoring six of Michigan’s first ten points and doing so in a variety of ways. With Coppin State employing a 2-3 zone for the majority of the first half, opportunities for the bigs were in the middle, and that’s precisely where Morgan got his points. On the first play of the sequence, we see Morgan and Mitch McGary alternating cuts to the free throw line. Morgan makes a good strong cut and demands the ball. He makes a nice turn and with Sterling Smith watching McGary running the baseline, he has a clear path to the hoop. On the next play, Morgan is just in perfect position to rebound Glenn Robinson III’s missed 3-pointer — he boxes his man out, elevates and gets the putback. Imbued with some confidence, Morgan cuts to the middle from the perimeter and receives the ball, rising for a short jumpshot. Morgan’s offense was a pleasant surprise in this one, even if the renaissance was short-lived: the big man did not score again the rest of the game. Overall, however, it was a productive night for Morgan: six points, five offensive rebounds and a block in 16 minutes? Not bad.
By Joe Stapleton | 2013-14 Season | Posted on November 30, 2013 at 9:42 am
Zak Irvin doesn’t show much emotion, at least not when he’s speaking with members of the media. His answers to questions are perfectly polite but often short; in a soft monotone, he deflects attention from himself and is eternally deferential to his teammates. Since I began covering Irvin, before his junior year in high school, the most emotion I can recall him showing in an interview is a sly, confident smile. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)
Needless to say, Irvin broke open that smile a few times during his post-game interview following Michigan’s 87-45 rout of Coppin State on Friday. But he seemed to betray an added emotion after the game: relief.
"It’s definitely a relief to finally see some shots go down," Irvin said after the game. "Hopefully I can continue to do this as the year goes on."
Irvin hasn’t experienced the smoothest of starts to his career as a Wolverine. The freshman was averaging about 16 minutes per game and he couldn’t find his shot — before Friday, Irvin was shooting just 19 percent from beyond the arc. He was coming off a particularly demoralizing shooting performance against Charlotte in which he made only two of his seven long-range attempts.
But after that slow start, it’s fair to say Irvin had a breakout game against the Eagles: the Fishers native led the Wolverines in scoring with 24 points, hitting 6-of-10 3-pointers in 26 minutes, filling in for the injured Nik Stauskas. He also pulled down five rebounds, dished out three assists and played probably his strongest defensive game of the season.
On the heels of its worst offensive performance of the year, and playing without its best offensive player, Michigan’s offense bounced back in a 42 point win over Coppin State on Friday.
The Wolverines scored 87 points on 59 possessions in their most efficient offensive performance of the John Beilein era. Scoring 1.47 points per possession, Michigan got offensive production from nearly every player that stepped on the floor as 11 different Wolverines found the score sheet. Zak Irvin led the way with 24 points on six three-point makes while Caris LeVert (15 points) and Glenn Robinson III (14 points) also reached double figures.
The win was pivotal to get the Wolverines headed back in the right direction after a frustrating loss to Charlotte and heading into their most difficult game of the non-conference season at Duke on Tuesday night.