Maui Invitational: What We Learned

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Michigan traveled home from Maui with a 2-1 record and a third place finish. The wins over Memphis and UCLA were impressive and the loss to Duke was competitive. From a realistic standpoint, it’s the best outcome the Wolverines could have hoped for short of a championship.

John Beilein emphasized what a great opportunity the tournament was for the team and coaching staff to grow and continue to learn what works, what doesn’t and what pieces they have to utilize. Six games into the season, here a few early observations and takeaways.

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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

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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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