2014 Intro: Sean Sellers

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.

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Open Thread: Predict U-M’s Regular Season Record

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The schedule is finalized, practice begins in just under a month and Michigan will play its first regular season game in under two months time. March is a distant memory and, despite the requisite fall attention to the gridiron, it’s almost basketball season.

As preview magazines and predictions begin leaking out onto the internet, we want to hear your opinion. How many games does this Michigan team win? The Wolverines will play 31 games – 13 games out of conference and 18 Big Ten match-ups. Review the schedule, vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments.

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CBS: McGary’s Parents Favor Duke, AAU Coach Michigan

bilde[1]CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman stopped by Brewster Academy’s open gym on Wednesday and had the opportunity to talk with many of Brewster’s highly rated recruits, including Michigan target Mitch McGary. Goodman relays that McGary “didn’t deny” that his parents favor Duke while his AAU coach, Wayne Brumm, favors Michigan. John Beilein and Roy Williams were at Brewster yesterday while Coach K will stop by today. McGary continues to keep things close to the vest:

McGary didn’t deny the fact that his parents favor Duke while his summer coach with the SYF team, Wayne Brumm, likes Michigan.

“I’m keeping quiet,” he said. “I’m putting it down on paper and seeing what school fits me. I’m not sure when I’ll commit.”

Could today be the day? It’s when Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will travel to Brewster and meet with McGary.

McGary discusses his process, potential future official visits and more in the full article.

Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: September 14th, 2011

In what will become a regularly updated feature, here is the first iteration of the Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings. All of the data is compiled by Trent Montemayor, who also compiled the 2012 rankings two weeks ago. With just 14 commitments throughout the conference, it’s still early for the class of 2013 but several schools like Michigan, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have gotten off to a nice start.

Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg. Scout Avg. ESPN Avg.
1 Michigan 4 3.50 3.25 3.25
2 Purdue 3 3.67 3.67 3.67
3 Illinois 2 4.00 4.00 3.50
4 Ohio State 1 4.00 5.00 4.00
5 Indiana 2 3.00 3.00 3.50
6 Nebraska 1 0.00 0.00 2.00
7 Northwestern 1 0.00 0.00 0.00
T-8 Iowa 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Michigan State 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Minnesota 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Penn State 0 N/A N/A N/A
T-8 Wisconsin 0 N/A N/A N/A

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APTOPIX Bowling Green Michigan Basketball
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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Getting to Know Glenn Robinson III

DSC00105[1]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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