Pitino told police he had consensual sex with Sypher
It’s great to know that you really don’t have to worry about issues like this or this with Beilein’s program. Stories about recent graduates from the program starting their own company that emphasizes community are certainly more enjoyable.
Odom Has New List
Rod Odom, a 6-foot-9 class of 2010 forward, claims a Michigan offer and lists UConn, Louisville, Boston College, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Miami, Georgia Tech and Harvard as his favorites.
Sullinger stands out at adidas Nations
ESPN still loves Zeigler, this time it is because of his ability to run a team playing the point guard. They also have kind words about Marshall Plumlee: “Plumlee is focused, intense, never takes a play off and is always thinking a move ahead. He is relentless, has a great attitude, gives consistent effort and has a little nasty in him. He is the kind of kid you love to coach because he will continue to get better for years to come due to his work ethic…”
Kearney Looking at Michigan State, Jr. Season ($)
The second paragraph of this article is a gem: “One of the things he has to consider is does he want to be a part of program at Michigan that will surely be in rebuilding mode after the graduation of their two big stars, Corperrayle “Manny” Harris and DeShawn Sims or does he want to be a part of the juggernaut at Michigan State that is coming off a National Finals appearance?”
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on August 10, 2009 at 12:31 am
Latest on Casey Prather
North Carolina recently landed a commitment from PJ Hairston, a top 20 wing forward in the class of 2011, and it appears that they may be slowing down their recruitment of Casey Prather. Speculation around NC circles, including this thread on Inside Carolina, makes it pretty clear that Casey has fallen off the UNC radar and is very unlikely to receive an offer. UNC is in a position where they can pick and choose who they offer out of the very best of the best, so this is definitely not a knock on Prather’s game.
This is definitely good news for Michigan and everyone else that is recruiting Prather. The list sans-UNC includes Kentucky, Florida, Memphis, Michigan, Clemson and Vanderbilt. The only other school that hasn’t offered at this point is Kentucky.
While on his recruiting trip, the Wolverine co-captains sat down with Bartelstein and talked to him about how they both decided to come back for a fifth year because they knew they would have a chance to contribute and bring Michigan back to the NCAA Tournament — a promise in which Merritt and Lee were able to deliver. That is when Bartelstein started to think.
Trey Zeigler helped the Team USA 2010 team to a championship with an 85-83 win at the adidas Nations tournament near Dallas, Texas. There are no stats from Zeigler listed for the championship game but he did score 16 points and grab four rebounds against the USA 2011 team earlier in the tournament. Ray McCallum is pictured from an earlier adidas Nations event but over the weekend he was at the Nike Global Challenge in Oregon.
Big Ten Coaches
Judging by my post last week, there is plenty of talent returning to the Big Ten. This recent Rivals article on the best X’s and O’s coaches in the game makes it clear that there is no need to worry about coaches not getting the most out of their talent. John Beilein is Jason King’s selection:
I’ll go with Michigan’s John Beilein. I can’t remember the last time I saw a bigger coaching mismatch than Beilein vs. Clemson’s Oliver Purnell in last season’s NCAA tournament. Michigan had two good players in Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims, but otherwise the Wolverines had no business hanging with a bigger, quicker and stronger Clemson team. Beilein, though, won the game by simply outcoaching his counterpart on the sideline. Clemson was confused and rarely got off a quality shot. The other thing I like about Beilein, and I realize this is off-topic, is that he runs his program the right way. There are always rumors about coaches cutting corners and bending the rules, but none of them ever involve Beilein — who has as good a reputation as anyone in the business.
Three of the four Rivals analysts selected a Big Ten coach as their #1 guy (Izzo, Ryan, and Beilein) and Matt Painter also received a mention. There is certainly no shortage of coaching talent in the conference.
Traylor is on a quest to make it back to the NBA, where he hasn’t played since 2005, and despite looking incredibly fit at 298 pounds I don’t think he’ll ever get the chance to play in the league again. He just has too much baggage to get back into the league at this point. It is still great to see that Traylor is making strides to get his life back together and realizes the mistakes he’s made.
The story profiles Traylor’s past, his struggles growing up dealing with his mother’s crack addiction, why he took money from Ed Martin (along with Mateen Cleaves), his money laundering charges, as well as the fateful night when Maurice Taylor’s Ford Explorer rolled on M-14.
Plenty of these topics are sore subjects with Michigan fans, and for some very good reasons, however it is hard not to have at least a little bit of sympathy for what Traylor has been through and personally I can’t not root for him.
Louisville offers Rod Odom
2010 top 100 prospect is listing Michigan along with Louisville, Boston College, Arizona, Harvard and UConn. Being listed in one article is not really much to go off of and I haven’t heard Odom’s name before this article. Put him on the watch-list for now I suppose.
VBTN is quick to point out that returning minutes (and other statistics) is not necessarily a great predictor when comparing teams. It tends to be more effective to predict a team’s improvement over the year before. VBTN also looked at three year trends to confirm some of this and noted that John Beilein’s West Virginia teams tend to imr. This isn’t surprising given Beilein’s complicated system and proven track record for steady improvement.
We all know that the entire all-conference first team is returning, so the star power will definitely be back next year. The question is beyond the stars, how much does each team bring back? Apparently quite a bit, only one team, Iowa, loses more than half of their scoring and minutes. Comparing the chart of the Big Ten (below) to the Big East is staggering in terms of how much more the Big Ten returns.
Top two and bottom two of each statistical category are highlighted. These numbers aren’t guaranteed, I may have missed a transfer or departure but I was mostly working off of this list for transfers.
The news here looks pretty good for Michigan, who ranks very high in most of the categories. Michigan returns the most in blocks and free throws made, these are two of the weaknesses of last year’s team. The debate is whether this means Michigan will see a big jump with added experience, or they are stuck with the same struggles on the interior.
Three point shooting, shooting, and scoring are all very encouraging. The nucleus of this team returns and with a couple added parts Michigan has the potential to be very good. Michigan’s numbers aren’t necessarily that surprising, we knew this team brings back a lot, however the rest of the numbers from around the conference are pretty appalling. All of the contenders bring back a lot of their teams from last year, this could be a special year in terms of Big Ten talent.
Here are some quick notes on each team in the conference (other than Michigan) in roughly the order I think they will fall this year:
Michigan State loses a big chunk of their minutes, defense, and rebounding with Walton, Suton, Gray, and Ibok all moving on. However, it would be pretty foolish to complain about returning around 70% of a team that made it to the Championship game last year.
Purdue returns 80% of their production across the board and really doesn’t lose anyone of note besides Calasan and Green. The Baby Boilers are growing up and they should be a consistent top 15 team this year.
Minnesota ranks in the top two in 7 of 8 categories, and they return over 85% of their production in every category. With a monster freshmen class headed to the Twin Cities there is plenty to be excited about. Minnesota was the 2nd best rebounding team in the conference, they return the most rebounding, and Trevor Mbakwe and Royce White should only make things better.
Ohio State returns everyone but BJ Mullens but they don’t bring any freshmen. The Buckeyes have an odd combo of wing players without a true point guard. I’m not sure if that keeps them from getting over the hump and being a great team but they have experience and talent as well as arguably the best player in the conference, Evan Turner.
Illinois loses their defensive stopper (Frazier) in a similar fashion as Michigan (Lee) and Michigan State (Walton) but they have arguably the best one-two punch inside with Davis and Tisdale. Illinois losing a lot of their three point shooting doesn’t worry me because that was not their game plan last year, the assists on the other hand are an issue. Incoming freshmen Brandon Paul and DJ Richardson will provide an influx of talent and athleticism into the backcourt next to Demetri McCamey.
Wisconsin is looking at a rebuilding year on paper after losing Krabbenhoft and Landry. I still have a tough time believing they will struggle because Wisconsin seems to always reload regardless of who is on the court.
Penn State is probably the biggest loser besides Iowa — losing Cornley, Pringle, and Morrissey — Battle is great but they are going to need some people to step up that weren’t contributors last year.
Northwestern returns everyone’s favorite rec league player, Kevin Coble, but they lose Craig Moore. Three point shooting takes a huge hit but Northwestern should continue to improve on the inside with so many pieces returning.
Indiana brings in another huge freshmen class but they already lost enough of last year’s class (Story and Williams) that there probably won’t be enough continuity to make huge strides.
Iowa fans have nothing to look forward to besides the upcoming football season. The Hawkeyes return the least in every statistical category that I picked out. They weren’t great last year and their incoming class won’t raise many eyebrows either.
Who do I have ranked too high? Who is too low? I think Michigan falls somewhere in the Minnesota, Ohio State, Illinois range but I’m having a very tough time differentiating there. Where would you place Michigan in the conference at this point?