ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein announced today (Monday, Sept. 26) junior guard Jordan Dumars (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Country Day) has decided to leave the Wolverine program.
“Jordan has worked very hard the last two years to get back to the court,” said Beilein. “However, these injuries have not allowed him to play basketball at a level he expects. This has not been easy for him and I know he has thought long and hard about this decision. We will miss Jordan. He is a wonderful young man, with a very bright future.”
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Trevon Bluiett is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound small forward from Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis. His coach is former New Jersey Nets assistant and former University of Memphis assistant Ed Schilling. In the 2A State Championship game last year, Bluiett, then a freshman, had 21 points and 8 rebounds and made the game-winning bucket. He’s already received offers from several schools, including Indiana and Purdue. I caught up with the sophomore earlier this week. (Find more video at Inside the Hall)
How would you describe your game? I’d say I’m a shooter. I can get to the hole whenever needed, and I can go out and guard somebody if somebody needs me to. Kind of like an all-around game.
What schools are recruiting you? I have Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, IUPUI and Virginia as my offers. Florida State, Marquette, Michigan, Dayton and Illinois are the other schools that are contacting me the most right now.
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2012 Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III participated in Under Amour’s inaugural Grind Session camp over the weekend. The event was hosted in Chicago and featured 50 of the nation’s top players regardless of class. The combine style event featured traditional athletic testing as well as professional level instruction and drills.
Robinson measured very well during combine testing and recorded the highest vertical leap of all camp participants. Under Armour’s website lists Robinson with a 36-inch vertical leap, 12-foot vertical approach with measurements of 6′ 4.25″ (presumably without shoes) and 204 pounds. He also appears to have the best Combine 360 composite score that’s listed on the website with a mark of 298. You can find Robinson’s full testing results as well as scouting notes from around the internet after the jump.
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- Last night was the first opportunity for fans to check out the newly renovated Crisler Arena. Fans stopped by to check out new seats and get some autographs and coaches and players answered a few questions about the redesigned Arena. There are also a number of photo galleries floating around: Detroit News, Michigan Basketball on Facebook, Free Press and Ann Arbor.com.
- Austin Hatch continues to improve and the most recent update to his Caring Bridge page is the most encouraging yet: “Austin is steadily improving in all dimensions. While there are tough moments,he responds quickly by keeping his eye on the prize—-getting home ASAP. This week, he started aquatic therapy in a pool where he can practice "running" in a safe manner. He dearly misses his friends and school mates and is thankful he has access to a cell phone to keep in touch. He make so many calls, we’ve had to set a 10:00pm (Eastern) phone curfew.”
- 2014 Illinois guard Peyton Allen is on an unofficial visit to Michigan this weekend. Allen is drawing high major interest from around the midwest and beyond.
- 2012 commitment Nick Stauskas is also on campus for the weekend for his official visit. Stauskas also posted a diary feature (free link) on GoBlueWolverine recapping his summer and talking about the upcoming season.
- 2012 commitment Glenn Robinson III is scheduled to participate in the Under Armour Grind Session in Chicago this weekend. The event is an instruction focused combine in Chicago featuring 50 of the top prospects in the country. Check out a quick preview here.
- Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank will be the featured speaker at Michigan’s Coaches Clinic on October 22nd. LaVall Jordan and Jeff Meyer will also speak at the clinic followed by an open practice after lunch. Brochure and details here.
Trey Burke was far and away the most popular subject among submitted questions. Everyone wants to know whether Burke will start, what impact he will make and how he fits into the team. The last two times I saw Trey play live he displayed the full spectrum of both why he could excel and why he might struggle.
The first game, an 84-81 win over Lakewood St. Edward’s, showed off everything there is to love about Burke. He was aggressive, played with emotion and single handedly kept his team in the game. He finished the game with 35 points on 14 of 21 (7-12 3pt) shooting and played well enough to turn a few northeast Ohio natives into Mr. Basketball believers. His competitiveness, leadership and feel for the game are impressive but it’s his three point shooting which could enable him to make the biggest impact on the 2011-12 season. His shooting ability will prevent defenses from sagging off of him, a luxury that Darius Morris never had and will prove more effective with other viable offensive and shooting threats surrounding him.
Keita Bates-Diop is a 6-foot-7 wing with a 7-foot wingspan from University High School in Normal, Illinois. Several Big Ten schools, including Purdue, Illinois and Michigan, have already shown interest in talented combo forward. He was a standout at Michigan’s College Practice Camp in June and visited Ann Arbor a few weeks back. I caught up with the sophomore earlier this week:
For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game a little bit? I play both small forward and power forward because of my versatility and my long arms.
What would you say your biggest strength is? My perimeter, mid-range shooting.
Do you shoot 3′s, or is it mainly inside the arc? I’ll shoot the 3 when I’m open or off the dribble, but I can pull up mid-range.