2012 target Mitch McGary updated his recruitment in a blog post on ESPN.com. The blog entry is the first update on McGary’s recruitment with direct quotes in sometime. McGary discusses his visits to Michigan, North Carolina and Duke and denies rumors that he made a commitment to any school. McGary notes that the fans stood out on his Michigan visit and also discusses his future plans for visits and in-homes. You can read the full update here but here’s a snippet:
Zack Novak was my host during my two days there and that was cool because he’s from my hometown and we played together during my freshman year. I loved the campus and loved the social life there. I definitely got a chance to speak with the coaching staff there and they just talked to me about how much they wanted me there and about how much of an impact I could make right away.
I would say that the part that stood out most about the visit was the fans and just how much love they showed me. I really wasn’t expecting all of that. People talk about the Cameron Crazies at Duke, but that’s how it was at Michigan too. Those fans showed me the most love of the three visits.
.. I still want to go to Kentucky, Maryland and Florida, but I’m not sure that I’ll get to those schools just yet. I’d like to get there, but we’ll just have to see.
Glenn Robinson III took his official visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend. The 6-foot-6 senior got the full tour of Ann Arbor, including a stop at College Game Day and tweeted that the weekend was “probably the most fun [he's] had in a long time”. Robinson was joined by his SYF Players AAU coach, Wayne Brumm, who is Mitch McGary’s AAU coach as well.
Michigan’s other 2012 commitment, wing guard Nick Stauskas, is scheduled to take his official visit to Ann Arbor on September 24th for Michigan’s game against San Diego St.
2013 commitments Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton and Mark Donnal were also in attendance Saturday night for Michigan’s win over Notre Dame. The trio certainly enjoyed their time on campus as Irvin tweeted that “NO ONE DOES IT LIKE MICHIGAN!!!” adding that he even got a hug from Erin Andrews and Skylar Diggins. [click to continue…]
1. The non-conference home slate is disappointing, but there’s a reasonable explanation.
Home games against Ferris State, Towson, Western Illinois, Iowa State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Alabama A&M and Bradley won’t necessarily have people lining up in droves to buy tickets. However, the Michigan staff has been very aggressive scheduling home-and-homes in recent seasons with series against Duke, Georgetown, Kansas and Connecticut. How did the home schedule end up so weak? There are a couple reasons. First off, Michigan was in line for a home game in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in a game that should have been against a top half ACC team, but conference realignment gave the Wolverines a road game at Virginia. Second, the Maui Invitational is extremely difficult to schedule around. The field is loaded and Michigan could hypothetically play Memphis, Duke and Kansas – three preseason top 15 teams on a neutral court – in three days time. Of course Michigan could also play Memphis, Tennessee and Chaminade if things go poorly.
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The University of Michigan basketball program announced the finalized 2011-12 basketball schedule this afternoon. Two thirds of the schedule (non-conference and ESPN/CBS conference games) had been previously released but now the final third, conference games televised by the Big Ten Network, has been unveiled.
Michigan’s non-conference slate features a trip to Maui and games against Iowa State, Virginia and Arkansas. The Wolverines open play in the Maui Invitational against Memphis before facing either Duke or Tennessee in the second round. The Maui Invitational also features Kansas, UCLA, Georgetown and Chaminade and you can find the complete bracket here.
Michigan will play 11 Big Ten games on ESPN or CBS and open the Big Ten season against Penn State at home on December 29th. The Wolverines will play just one game against Minnesota (home), Wisconsin (home), Iowa (away) and Nebraska (away) while facing every other Big Ten team twice. ESPN will also bring their College GameDay set to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ home game against Ohio State on February 18th.
You can find the complete 2011-12 schedule after the jump.
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Today was the Michigan basketball team’s first opportunity to tour the newly renovated Crisler Arena. After a long summer of working out everywhere on campus but their home arena, the Wolverines began their preseason workouts in the revamped arena.
MGoBlue.com was on hand to grab reaction quotes and new photos from the first day inside the arena. Phase One of the Crisler renovations focuses on infrastructure but the most notable improvements are brand new seats and the new scoreboard. The attached Player Development Center is still on schedule to open in the middle of October. Phase two of the Crisler Arena renovations, which include concourse remodeling and club level seating, are expected to be completed by 2014.
Here’s Zack Novak’s reaction to the new-look Crisler Arena:
“We talked to Dave Brandon a little bit ago and he told us it looked like a brand new stadium, but I really could have never imagined this. It really does look like a brand new place. This is exciting and I’m glad that I’ll get to play my senior season in this kind of environment. I just can’t wait to see how it’s going to look when it’s all finished because this is unbelievable.”
“I think is it going to be a much better experience for the fans. I think they’re going to be much more engaged in the game, especially the students because we’ve got them sitting right on top of the court now. Being a senior, I’ve seen a lot of things change here and just to see this drastic of a change so quickly, it’s really cool and it’s special to be a part of it.”
Click through for more quotes from John Beilein, Stu Douglass, Trey Burke, Bacari Alexander and LaVall Jordan.