By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on February 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm
We do our fair share of first hand scouting here but we also receive e-mails from readers that make it out to more high school games than Joe and I could on our own. We’ve been trying to figure out what to do with some of this content and decided to experiment with a semi-regular user contributed scouting reports post. These aren’t our first hand impressions but they are still useful additions from readers that have made it out to watch these kids in action.
To start, here are some reports from the field on Max Bielfedt’s performance on Friday night as well as notes from the Flint Powers vs. Carman Ainsworth game featuring Javontae Hawkins and Denzel Watts. All are after the jump to conserve front page space.
This was a really impressive sequence from Jordan Morgan early in the game. Even though the big man didn’t have a great night — he struggled with fouls and couldn’t convert some of the looks inside he did against Northwestern — this series is a very good example of what he can accomplish when he runs the floor effectively. Morgan isn’t known for his shot-blocking ability, but he did a great job on help defense switching to Jeremiah Rivers when Zack Novak was picked. Jordan trailed him all the way to the basket and swatted Rivers’ layup attempt, which Zack followed and grabbed the defensive rebound. Zack pushes the ball ahead to Stu Douglass and Jordan is off and running. The big man fills the middle of the floor and makes himself visible to Stu, who gets him the ball in stride. Morgan does a nice job finishing a contested lay-in at the rim. This is a good example of the damage Morgan can do when he runs the floor and he wasn’t beating a slower post player down the floor, he ran past a five guard Indiana lineup. [click to continue…]
Inconsistency has plagued Michigan all season long but the last two games have upped the ante. For the second game in a row Michigan opened up a seemingly comfortable second half lead before falling asleep at the wheel. This time it was a 22 point lead with 5:26 left to play in the second half that crumbled into a four point win. A win is a win but finishing two games in a row with a relative lack of conviction certainly leaves a bitter after taste.
Getting to the free throw line is a primary goal of any offense in basketball. Today, against one of the most foul happy teams in the Big Ten, Michigan attempted a season high 37 free throws. Those free throw attempts (something I listed as a key in my preview) just happened to be Michigan’s undoing. The Wolverines made just 19 of those 37 attempts (51%) and missed freebie after freebie down the stretch, a primary reason the lead crumbled. Luckily, Michigan played well enough for the first 10 to 15 minutes of each half that it could afford to limp to the finish line.
Tip off is at 4 p.m as Michigan looks to continue its newfound success. A victory would be Michigan’s fifth in six games while a loss would effectively eliminate Michigan’s slim NCAA tournament odds. Christian Watford’s status is still shrouded in mystery as neither Jordan Hulls or assistant coach Steve McClain would address Watford’s status in media availability yesterday.