- Working Out With Lake Forest High School Product Matt Vogrich
Vogrich working out with E’Twaun Moore and assorted Chicago Bears.
- V.J. Beachem plans to visit Michigan State this weekend before traveling to Michigan’s Elite Camp on June 11th, per tweets from Kyle Neddenriep. Neddenriep also reported that Zak Irvin plans to visit Tennessee this weekend.
- Indiana turns the page
Gasaway looks at Indiana in an article that includes as many gloomy statistics as you would expect, including a 3-29 record after Feb. 1st. Expectations for Cody Zeller couldn’t be much higher.
- NBA.com Video: Darius Morris Draft Video
D-Mo compares himself to Derron Williams
- Class of 2013 Guard – ESPN Top 100 – E.C. Matthews
Some footage of EC Matthews from Spiece
- Big Ten’s Chicago vs. Indy debate nearing close
Big Ten Tournament could be moved to Chicago, with a decision coming soon.
- Measuring Student Section Effectiveness: Big Ten
An analytical look at the student sections of the Big Ten
- Everhart will talk today to Penn State
PSU interviewing Duquesne’s head coach
- RTC NBA Draft Profiles: Darius Morris
- Does the age limit work for the NBA?
Eamonn Brennan on the NBA age limit.
|Max Bielfeldt – 6-foot-7|
|Peoria Player of the Year
Class 3A Illinois All-State
State Farm Holiday Classic MVP
|Sr: 22.5 pts, 11.4 rebs & 4.6blks, 28-1 record
All-time PND leading scorer and rebounder
Max Bielfeldt was the third commitment in Michigan’s class of 2011 and the one that casual observers probably know the least about. Fans and reporters alike first learned that Michigan was pursuing Bielfeldt on February 7th, a month and a half later Bielfeldt had committed to the Wolverines. Compared to Carlton Brundidge, who committed to Michigan after his sophomore season, or Trey Burke, who has seemingly endless amounts of video footage on the internet, Bielfeldt is a relative unknown.
Much was made of Darius Morris’s dramatic improvement that saw him go from disappointing freshman to potential first round draft pick. While it’s unlikely that any player on next year’s roster will improve as much as Morris, the opportunity is there. Morris was responsible for roughly half of Michigan’s offense last season and there are plenty of shots and possessions up for grabs next season.
What defines a “breakout player”? It’s more than just routine improvement. A player like Morris improved but he also was presented the opportunity to flourish. Morris always had the tools, but was clearly not comfortable in the college game as a freshman. His physical ability – size, strength and passing ability – combined with his incredible work ethic yielded dramatic improvement which wasn’t unleashed until Michigan’s two primary shot-takers (Harris and Sims) moved on. In this post we’ll take a closer look at the breakout candidates on the current roster and the reasons they are likely or unlikely to breakout next season.
Obviously the chances of a Morris-esque leap are far fetched, but there are some candidates who have the chance to go from role player to key contributor.
Michigan has added another non-conference game to it’s 2011-12 basketball schedule, a home game versus Iowa State. The game is the first leg of a home and home series with the return trip scheduled for 2013.
The Iowa State series should be intriguing as there are some notable ties back to the state of Michigan. Former Michigan State players Chris Allen (eligible this season) and Korie Lucious (not eligible this season) both transfered to Iowa State while Detroit Southeastern big man, and former Michigan recruiting target, Percy Gibson switched his commitment to the Cyclones.
The game might not pack the punch of a truly marquee home game like we’ve seen in recent past – Georgetown, Connecticut and Kansas – but it’s also the kind of game that helps create a balanced strong schedule. It will be interesting to see how Michigan finalizes the non-conference slate. Michigan could add a bigger name to the schedule, but there will also be some guarantee games (we’ve heard Alabama St. is a likely possibility for a low-major opponent).
Michigan will play in the Maui Invitational, a field which includes Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade. The Wolverines will also host Towson and Bradley while traveling to Virginia (Big Ten-ACC Challenge) and Oakland (at the Palace).
All notes on next year’s schedule are maintained here.
- 2012 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings – ESPNU 100
Glenn Robinson III at No. 60 and Nick Stauskas at No. 100
- Five Michigan teams record perfect APR scores; all 27 varsity programs avoid NCAA penalties
Hoops team appears to be in very solid shape. With three rotation players in the Business and Engineering schools, I wouldn’t expect this number to be in much danger going forward.
- Byrd to have surgery | LSJ Blogs | Joe Rexrode
Russell Byrd is having foot surgery again. He’s scheduled to be out for four months but with all of the problems he’s had before playing a game in East Lansing, it’s probably time to start worrying about the career implications.
- Top newcomers in Big Ten basketball
Seven newcomers that Jason King feels are better than any of Michigan’s additions
- Denzel Watts 2013 Flint Carman
Spring video of 2013 guard target
- Ed DeChellis bolts Penn State … for Navy
Pretty surprising move that leaves Penn State in a complete bind. DeChellis appears to have opted for job security while taking a $200k pay cut. Dana O’Neill reports that DeChellis would have been fired for not making the tournament last season and that he was entering the final year of his contract.
- The one thing that might screw up college basketball is college football
Gasaway examines the latest Big Ten proposal to increase monthly stipends to college athletes and the negative effects it would have on college basketball.
- 2013 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings – Super 60
Notables: James Young 34, Malcolm Hill 36 and EC Matthews 45
- Michigan State is now recruiting 2013 PG Jalen James.