- The Detroit Free Press reports that John Beilein plans to stay in Ann Arbor past his fifth season. I’m not sure there were many questions around that but there are a number of other quotes on the program in the article.
- Updates to Austin Hatch’s Caring Bridge page continue to improve, here’s the most recent update that was posted on Monday: “Austin had another good week. He keeps exceeding the goals that the therapy team sets for him. To our delight, he continues his strong determination to recover. All who work with him are inspired by his progress. His commitment to God, family/friends and basketball are always evident.”
- This quote from Jordan Dumars that was originally published on MGoBlue.com is making waves in national media: “Michigan basketball should be a lock for the tournament every year,” Dumars, a transfer from South Florida, said via Michigan’s website. “We’re not a low-major school that is just looking to make the tournament; we’re trying to get things done. Obviously it would be lovely to make the Sweet 16 or the Final Four, but at the end of every one of our workouts this year all we say is, ‘national championship.’ That’s our mindset for sure.
- 2014 targets Peyton Allen (Sept. 17), Keita Bates Diop (Sept. 3), Amanze Egezeke (Sept. 3) and Perry Poindexter (Sept. 17), Sean Sellers (Sept. 17) and Bryant McIntosh (Sept. 17) have all scheduled unofficial visits to Michigan in the coming month. As Michigan continues to turn it’s focus to the 2014 class, we should have profiles posted in the coming days.
- John Beilein discusses continuity on the coaching staff and what it means to be the head coach at Michigan in these videos created for JohnBeilein.com.
- Rivals.com updated its 2013 rankings and three Michigan commitments are within the top-150: Zak Irvin at No. 54, Derrick Walton at No. 87 and Mark Donnal at No. 124.
- Ballin’ is a Habit compiled consensus post-July rankings for 2012 which are an aggregation of Rivals, Scout, ESPN, CBS and 247Sports. Michigan’s 2012 commitments both land in the top-100 with Glenn Robinson III at No. 52 and Nick Stauskas at No. 79.
Trent Montemayor took our inquiry for help to heart and volunteered to construct and maintain a running database of Big Ten Recruiting Rankings. The idea is borrowed from MGoBlog, who maintains a similar list for football classes. There will likely be some tweaks in future iterations but for now, here’s the current data:
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg.||Scout Avg.||ESPN Avg.||24/7 Avg.|
Team by team data after the jump.
Several of our friends, rivals and companions in the Michigan sports realm have announced major staffing moves over the last month and now we want to take the opportunity to announce a move of our own. Kevin Raftery will be joining the team as a day-to-day correspondent in a role similar to Joe Stapleton’s last season. Raftery is essentially a utility man, he’ll cover games and press conferences, most likely dabble in recruiting and deal with any other duties that come up along the way.
Raftery is currently a senior editor at the Michigan Daily where he’ll be covering the Michigan football team this year. This spring he also traveled to Augusta to cover Michigan student Lion Kim at the Masters. He will still be invested in his football coverage at the Michigan Daily but you should start to see posts from him shortly and he will gradually post more as we draw closer to the season. You can also follow him on twitter.
2012 Michigan recruiting target Mitch McGary was invited to play in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event in Venice Beach this weekend and made headlines but shattering the backboard with a dunk during warmups. Here’s footage of McGary’s dunk:
McGary will begin taking visits next weekend when he takes his first official visit to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s football season opener. He’ll also travel to Kentucky (unofficial, 9/5), North Carolina (official, 9/7) and Duke (official, 9/8) in the comings days and weeks.