Brewster, McGary Win New Hampshire Prep Invitational

McGary_Mitchell1Brewster Academy tipped off its 2011-12 season last week and already won its first tournament of the year on Sunday. Brewster grabbed its fourth consecutive New Hampshire Prep Invitational championship with a pair of wins over Redemption Christian and Notre Dame Prep.

Brewster cruised past Redemption Christian (NY) in the opening round, recording a 98-67 victory to advance to the finals. McGary, a 2012 Michigan commitment, had 11 points and eight rebounds in the opening win. McGary added 16 points and 17 rebounds in the finals, a 108-89 victory over Notre Dame Prep (MA).

HoopRootz was tweeting from the event and noted that there were a few dozen Michigan fans in the gym checking out McGary and that Mitch was easily the loudest and most intense person in the building.

Next up for Brewster is a trip to the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, CT, a high profile event featuring the top prep schools across the country. That event will be held next weekend, November 18th-20th, and Brewster will face Fishburne Military Academy and Massanutten Military Academy.

New England Recruiting Report recently previewed the NEPSAC AAA, pointing out that Brewster Academy is the most talented team (six high-major players) in the most talented league in the country.

Pick to Click: Michigan vs. Towson

Pick to Click is sponsored by Moe Sport Shops.

Today’s pool of eligible players includes: Evan Smotrycz, Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford and Zack Novak. (You must pick one of these four players.)

Rules live here. Standings will be updated soon but just two contestants submitted the correct prediction of Stu Douglass last game.

Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Ferris State

Five Key Plays is back for the 2011-12 season with a look back at five notable, important or otherwise interesting plays from Michigan’s 59-33 win over Ferris State.

1. Jordan Morgan’s strong drive to the bucket for an and-1
Although he averaged over nine points last season, most of Morgan’s points came in transition, on put backs or off the pick and roll from Darius Morris. Here’s a play that we have rarely seen from Morgan, and one that is hopefully a sign of things to come.  Morgan received the ball at the top of the key, pump faked and took it strong to the hole on just one dribble. The help-side defender tried to stop him but never had a chance. Morgan made the lay up with two defenders on him, also drawing the foul. To cap it off, he made the free throw. It’s plays like this that will put force Beilein to think twice about starting Horford, who was scoreless and very quiet on Friday, over Morgan.
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Glenn Robinson III has shot up recruiting charts over the last 12 months and this video help explains some of his rapid improvement. The video is impressive and the cited numbers might be even more eye opening. The numbers show significant improvement in almost every category but the most impressive appears to be an eight inch (30″ to 38″) vertical leap improvement in one year.

Game 1: Ferris State at Michigan Recap


The first 30 minutes were eerily similar to Michigan’s ugly exhibition game against Wayne State. Michigan’s offense had little movement, shots weren’t falling inside or out and frustrating turnovers seemed to stop any momentum before it started. The light finally went on over the final quarter of play as the Wolverines began to resemble the team that most expected to see this season. Suddenly the offense was flowing, shots were falling and Michigan closed the game with an emphatic 21-1 run. The end result was a respectable 59-33 win.

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It wasn’t pretty, but Michigan got the ‘W’ in a 59-33 victory over Ferris State. Here is video along with notes and quotes of what John Beilein had to say after the game:

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