Momentum Shift: A Look Back at the Last 16 Months

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Michigan’s 2009-10 season was as disappointing as any in recent memory. Preseason expectations were as high as they had been in over a decade and the Wolverines fell flat on their faces. A summer filled with turnover, turmoil, question marks and frustration followed, leaving Michigan fans wondering which direction the program was heading. [Photo: Michigan Stadium Aerials]

A little over a year later, the picture couldn’t be more different. Michigan translated on court momentum into recruiting momentum and, from top to bottom.  The program has direction. Here’s a look at the key moments, surprises, disappointments and commitments that defined the last 16 months.

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Austin Hatch Makes Slow Progress

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Elizabeth Merrill wrote a tremendous story for ESPN on the Hatch family, tragedy and the massive outpouring of support that they’ve received. If you read one article today, or even this week, it should be Merrill’s piece and please continue to keep Austin in your thoughts and prayers.

Austin’s family updated his Caring Bridge page, which has now been viewed over 130,000 times, this afternoon:

We continue to be optimistic that Austin will make steady ( but slow) progress. Most days bring new and positive evidence. We are engaging close family members in the therapy process. We are extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support of so many wonderful people through this website and by other means. Through you all, the Lord has and is providing great strength to Austin and us.

Friends, family and supporters are purchasing wrist bands (pictured above) to support Austin which you can find at austinismybrother.com.

Video: Mitch McGary at 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest

Michigan picked up a pair of 2013 commitments in the last 48 hours in Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin but there are remaining possibilities in the class of 2012. Mitch McGary is one hopeful option that Michigan will continue to pursue in the coming weeks and months. McGary has impressed this summer and continued on his rise from top-100 player to top-5 player. He has a Michigan offer and visited Ann Arbor in June but is being pursued by a who’s who of high major programs including Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut, Maryland and Kentucky.

Michigan Prep Stars was in attendance at the 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest in Milwaukee, WI this July to watch McGary in action.

Derrick Walton to Michigan

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2013 point guard Derrick Walton has committed to Michigan. Walton is the second 2013 commitment that the Wolverines have landed in as many days. Walton is a consensus top 100 recruit and is ranked 88th by Rivals.com, 77th by Scout.com and 92nd by ESPN.com. Those rankings were published before the July evaluation period where Walton excelled, exploding for over 30-points on several occasions in front of Michigan head coach John Beilein.

Walton joins Austin Hatch, Mark Donnal and Zak Irvin as Wolverines in the class of 2013. Video, scouting and more information after the jump.
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Video: Demetrius Jackson at GRBA National Championships

2013 Mishawaka Marian point guard Demetrius Jackson is one of three 2013 guards with a Michigan offer and the explosive guard was followed by head coaches from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Xavier at the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne last week.  Jackson currently holds offers from Michigan and Xavier but could see that list grow during the coming days and weeks.

Here’s footage from our friends at Inside the Hall who filmed two of Jackson’s games at the Spiece Fieldhouse to close out the 2011 live evaluation period.

Michigan Announces 2011-12 Non-Conference Schedule

The University of Michigan announced the 2011-12 non-conference basketball schedule this afternoon. Many opponents and dates had been previously reported but now the schedule is official. The non-conference slate is highlighted by a trip to Maui (brackets should be out shortly) as well as trips to Virginia and Arkansas and a home game versus Iowa State. The Big Ten schedule is expected to be released later this month but the Wolverines will play Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa (away) and Nebraska (away) once and all other teams twice.

University of Michigan Men’s Basketball 2011-12 Non-Conference Schedule

  • Friday, Nov. 4 – Wayne State (Exh.)
  • Friday, Nov. 11 – Ferris State (D2)
  • Monday, Nov. 14 – Towson (Maui mainland game) (292)
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 – Western Illinois (336)
  • Monday, Nov. 21-23  - Maui TBD [Tournament features Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade]
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 – at Virginia (B10/ACC Challenge) (138)
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 – Iowa State (140)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10  - vs. Oakland (Palace of Auburn Hills) (57)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13  - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (327)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 – Alabama A&M (307)
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 –  Bradley (229)
  • Saturday, Jan. 21 – at Arkansas (130)

2010-11 RPI in parentheses

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