An Early Look at the 2011-12 Rotation

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The Michigan coaching staff will be on the road for the next month but the team, both newcomers and returnees, is on campus and ready to work.

May and June provide opportunities for players to get better on their own. Go to China, Latvia or workout with a personal trainer. Now, as the clock rolls around to July it’s time to start putting the pieces back together as a unit. As far away as next season feels, the start of practice is just over three months away. The roster is finalized – freshmen are on campus and Darius Morris has been drafted away to Los Angeles – and it’s finally safe to begin examining the rotation for the 2011-12 team.

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2011 July AAU Preview

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The July recruiting evaluation period begins on Wednesday as Division I college coaches will board airplanes, get behind the wheel of a rental car and travel to gyms across the country to watch AAU basketball. Over the next month coaches will end up in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Akron, Augusta, Orlando and just about everywhere in between. Contact between recruits and coaches at games is impermissible, so the only actual recruiting that the Michigan coaches can partake in is wearing a maize polo shirt proudly and sitting on bleachers for 13 hours per day. Here’s a breakdown of where to find both Michigan commitments and recruiting targets over the next 30 days.

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Team USA Survives Overtime Versus Lithuana, Moves to 5-0


After being dominated in two exhibition games versus Lithuania’s U19 and U20 teams, Team USA got some revenge with a second round overtime victory over Lithuania’s U19 squad. Team USA marched out to an early lead and led throughout until Lithuania made a nine point fourth quarter comeback to send the game to overtime. Carrying that momentum into the extra period, Lithuania opened up a six point overtime lead but Jeremy Lamb proved to be too much for Lithuana to handle. Lamb scored 35 points including a turnaround game winner with 2-seconds remaining.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10 points on 3 of 5 (0-1) shooting, two rebounds, an assist, steal and two turnovers in 17 minutes of play. Hardaway battled some foul trouble throughout but did have a monster first half alley oop dunk in transition (above).

Team USA is now 5-0, having cruised to an 83-54 victory over Canada yesterday. Hardaway had 3 points on 1 of 5 shooting in that game. The Michigan sophomore is the team’s fifth best scorer and is averaging 8.8 points, two assists and one rebound through five games.
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Hardaway Scores 13, Helps Team USA to 3-0 Record

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Team USA moved to 3-0 and won its pool at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships with an easy win over China, 82-66.

Tim Hardaway Jr. played what was probably his best game of the tournament thus far, notching 13 points, two steals and an assist in 21 minutes. Hardaway was 5 of 7 from the field and 3 of 5 from three point range. He closed the first quarter with a personal 9-0 run powered by three consecutive 3-point shots.(Box score)

Hardaway is averaging 10 points, three assists and one rebound through three games in Latvia.

The American squad will resume action on Monday as part of the second round when it will face the top three teams from Group C which includes Croatia, Lithuania, Canada and Korea.

Austin Hatch Makes Improvements, Remains Stable

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Austin Hatch’s family released an update on his condition through his CaringBridge page this afternoon. The update is encouraging, indicating that Austin continues to progress and that doctors are slowly reducing his medications to bring him out of the medically induced coma.

Update 7/2/11:

Austin had another good and restful night.  The concern regarding brain swelling has subsided and his condition continues to improve. We are encouraged by Austin’s response to the excellent medical care he is receiving, a testament to his prior athletic training regimen.  We will keep all of you posted with any meaningful changes in his condition.God bless you all.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. Hits Game Winner, Team USA Moves to 2-0

Small_USA_8[1]Team USA trailed Serbia late in the fourth quarter but managed to battle back for a 80-78 win to advance to 2-0 in FIBA U19 World Championship group play. Michigan sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. had an up and down game, making just one of seven three point shots, but hit the game winner with 47 seconds remaining. Hardaway finished the game with 11 points, a team high four assists, two steals and one rebound in 22 minutes.

Joe Jackson (Memphis) led Team USA with 19 points while Patric Young (13) and Tony Mitchell Jr. (11) also reached double figures. Team USA made 25 of 27 free throws but connected on just 1 of 13 three pointers. (Box score)

Through two games, Hardaway is averaging 9 points and four assists while shooting 42% from the field. Quotes and notes after the jump.

Here are some quotes from Tim Hardaway Jr. (via USA Basketball) on the game:

Talk about tonight’s game:
It came down to some big plays. We didn’t hold our head down, we all came together as a team and I think this W proves to everybody that we are playing together and we are getting better, and at the same time we’re not holding our heads down or fussing or fighting even though we were down five with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. We all came together and said, ‘let’s huddle up and get the W’ and it paid off.
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