Zack Novak and Stu Douglass have been making the media rounds lately as college basketball preseason content slowly comes to the forefront. The duo participated in a Q&A session with Chantel Jennings, of ESPN’s newly formed WolverineNation. Perhaps the most interesting quote was from Douglass on the team’s off-season workouts without Crisler Arena available:
Douglass: It was tough. It was one of the more stressful summers I’ve had here. I had to take eight credits. I’ve never taken that many credits in the summer. And not having guaranteed gym time. The freshmen have a lot of stuff to do with their programs, and orientation, so it was tough to see all the guys and bond as a team like we’d wanted to. Tim [Hardaway Jr.] was gone, Jon [Horford] was gone. But I think we did as well as we could with what we had. I’m worried about coming into the year with all the problems we had in the summer, all the hurdles we had to jump over. But once the season comes we’ll be as close as ever like a team.
Some might overlook comments about off-season cohesion, or lack thereof, but this was undeniably a major issue during the 2009-10 season. Last year was a dramatic opposite as the entire team got practice, game and travel time during August. This team has stronger core leadership (something Novak and Douglass discuss further) but this is a storyline worth following.
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We’ve posted updates, scouting reports and video of Michigan’s commitments and recruiting targets but in an effort go beyond the basketball court we’re debuting a new feature. In our new “Getting to Know” feature we’ll ask commitments questions about their day-to-day life, inspirations, hobbies and more. To debut this feature, we asked Glenn Robinson III about his motivation, favorite movies and music artists, his official visit to Ann Arbor, Mitch McGary and a wealth of other subjects.
What is something most people might not know about you?
”Most people probably would not know that I was born premature. I was born 3 months premature and only weighed 3 pounds at first. Doctors have told me that I am lucky to be around, let alone be 6-foot-6 and almost 6-foot-7.”
Does that make your athletic accomplishments like earning a scholarship to Michigan that much more special?
”Oh, definitely. It makes me feel blessed and helps me to stay humble at all times.”
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2012 target Mitch McGary updated his recruitment in a blog post on ESPN.com. The blog entry is the first update on McGary’s recruitment with direct quotes in sometime. McGary discusses his visits to Michigan, North Carolina and Duke and denies rumors that he made a commitment to any school. McGary notes that the fans stood out on his Michigan visit and also discusses his future plans for visits and in-homes. You can read the full update here but here’s a snippet:
Zack Novak was my host during my two days there and that was cool because he’s from my hometown and we played together during my freshman year. I loved the campus and loved the social life there. I definitely got a chance to speak with the coaching staff there and they just talked to me about how much they wanted me there and about how much of an impact I could make right away.
I would say that the part that stood out most about the visit was the fans and just how much love they showed me. I really wasn’t expecting all of that. People talk about the Cameron Crazies at Duke, but that’s how it was at Michigan too. Those fans showed me the most love of the three visits.
.. I still want to go to Kentucky, Maryland and Florida, but I’m not sure that I’ll get to those schools just yet. I’d like to get there, but we’ll just have to see.
Glenn Robinson III took his official visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend. The 6-foot-6 senior got the full tour of Ann Arbor, including a stop at College Game Day and tweeted that the weekend was “probably the most fun [he's] had in a long time”. Robinson was joined by his SYF Players AAU coach, Wayne Brumm, who is Mitch McGary’s AAU coach as well.
Michigan’s other 2012 commitment, wing guard Nick Stauskas, is scheduled to take his official visit to Ann Arbor on September 24th for Michigan’s game against San Diego St.
2013 commitments Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton and Mark Donnal were also in attendance Saturday night for Michigan’s win over Notre Dame. The trio certainly enjoyed their time on campus as Irvin tweeted that “NO ONE DOES IT LIKE MICHIGAN!!!” adding that he even got a hug from Erin Andrews and Skylar Diggins. [click to continue…]
1. The non-conference home slate is disappointing, but there’s a reasonable explanation.
Home games against Ferris State, Towson, Western Illinois, Iowa State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Alabama A&M and Bradley won’t necessarily have people lining up in droves to buy tickets. However, the Michigan staff has been very aggressive scheduling home-and-homes in recent seasons with series against Duke, Georgetown, Kansas and Connecticut. How did the home schedule end up so weak? There are a couple reasons. First off, Michigan was in line for a home game in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in a game that should have been against a top half ACC team, but conference realignment gave the Wolverines a road game at Virginia. Second, the Maui Invitational is extremely difficult to schedule around. The field is loaded and Michigan could hypothetically play Memphis, Duke and Kansas – three preseason top 15 teams on a neutral court – in three days time. Of course Michigan could also play Memphis, Tennessee and Chaminade if things go poorly.
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