- The Bartelstein Blog: Winning!, The Bills, A Real Practice, 50-in-5, Can’t Wait!
Bartelstein talks first workouts, 50-in-5 drills and the unveiling of the new practice facility. (Yes, that appears to be an iPad2 ready locker.) You can see the updated seating chart for the new seating configuration here.
- The Unveiling of Crisler Arena
Here’s another video of the team’s first look at Crisler from JohnBeilein.com
- Mitch McGary Open Gym Q and A
A free McGary Q&A from the North Carolina Rivals site after an open gym last week.
- Illinois offered 2013 Michigan target Dominic Woodson a scholarship. As previously reported, Michigan coaches John Beilein and Bacari Alexander were in to watch him work out last week.
- Big 12 preview: Royce White aims to capitalize on second chance
Michigan will face White and a surprisingly talented Iowa State squad
- Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia will be at Park Tudor today to watch 2014 targets Trevon Bluiett and Troy Spears.
- 2015 Player Profiles » K.J. Walton
A 2015 prospect from Indiana to keep a close eye on, Jeff Meyer watched him play last week during open gym.
- John Beilein and Matt Painter were in to watch 2013 wing Keita Bates-Diop during open gym yesterday morning.
- Eligible transfers 2012
A useful resource as we get closer to the season. Big Ten notables include Brandon Wood (MSU) and Sam Maniscalco (Illinois. Bo Spencer (LSU to Nebraska) and Evan Ravenel (BC to Ohio State) are two others to keep an eye on.
Last year at this time, expectations for Jordan Morgan were low. He battled through two major injuries – rehabbing knee and shoulder surgeries – during his redshirt year, didn’t necessarily impress on Michigan’s European tour and wasn’t highly regarded out of high school. When he committed to Michigan as a sophomore at University of Detroit Jesuit High School, he was unheralded and unknown with his only other notable scholarship offer coming from Xavier. Scouts questioned his athleticism, skill and motor and wondered aloud whether he was a Big Ten caliber player. As Morgan enters his sophomore season, perception couldn’t be more different than it was four years ago. He’s turned baby fat into muscle and put together a redshirt freshman campaign that many wouldn’t have deemed possible until late in his career.
Before last season started, there were questions whether Morgan could contribute at this level, let alone make it through the season healthy. At season’s end, he started every game, scored in double figures 16 times – with three games over 20 including a career high 27 against Northwestern – and led the team in rebounds and blocks.
Morgan has made it clear that he has what it takes to be a successful Big Ten center. The question now is just how good can he be? Here’s a look at what to expect from him this season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan men’s and women’s basketball programs will host an open house on Friday (Sept. 23) from 5-8 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
The event is free of charge and will be the first time season-ticket holders and the general public will be able to view the newly renovated Crisler Arena, which includes new seats and a new HD scoreboard. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to see what seats are available for purchase as season tickets for the upcoming 2011-12 season and purchase them on-site.
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Grant Evans is a 6-foot-2 guard out of Wapahani High School in Liberty Township, Indiana, where he averaged 20.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that the left-handed sharp shooter has garnered interest from many high major programs and has an early offer from Wright State. Evans has visited Indiana, Butler and Michigan in recent weeks and has plans to travel to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Purdue before his high school season. Here’s what he had to say about his Michigan visit and the recruiting process so far:
For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? Right now the best aspect of my game is my shot. If I have to get to the hole I can, but that’s something I still need to work on.
What have you been doing to prepare for the upcoming season? Right now we’re just working out pretty much every day after school to prepare for the high school season.
What schools are currently recruiting you? Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Xavier, Wright State and Butler.
Perry Poindexter is a 6-foot-7, 190-pound power forward from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He played junior varsity as a freshman last season, but his 7-foot-2 wingspan and his potential have caught the eye of many Big Ten schools. Poindexter is rated the No. 4 player in Indiana’s class of 2014 by Inside the Hall. Here’s what Poindexter had to say about his game and the recruiting process so far:
For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? Offensively, just finishing around the basket. Defensively, controlling the middle and that’s really it.
What’s your biggest strength? Probably finishing on the inside and my post defense, guarding people that are bigger than me.
What schools are recruiting you right now? Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Michigan, Michigan State, IUPUI, Butler and Illinois.
Sean Sellers is a 6-foot-5 forward from Greensburg High School in Indiana, where he averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds as a freshman. He’s still early in the recruiting process, but he’s already garnered high major interest and is rated the No. 6 2014 prospect Indiana by Inside the Hall. Michigan coaches followed him on the July AAU circuit and more recently U-M assistant coach Jeff Meyer stopped by Greensburg for an open gym. I caught up with Sellers on Sunday to discuss his recruitment and unofficial visit to Michigan for the Eastern Michigan football game.
How would you describe your game? I’m a shooter, but if the defense will crowd me I can drive past them and I’ll dish to my teammates who will score inside.
What schools are recruiting you right now? Michigan, Butler, Purdue and maybe Michigan State a little bit.