- Video: Michigan’s Zack Novak can kick it
Goodman stops by Michigan’s practice and Novak heads to the Big House to kick field goals (watch the video here if above link doesn’t work). Goodman was also impressed with Michigan point guard Trey Burke: “Watched Michigan practice. Came away EXTREMELY impressed with freshman point guard Trey Burke. Knows how to play and can really shoot it.”
- PDC MOVE IN DAY
Goodbye “Crisler Estates”, Hello Player Development Center. Check out John Beilein’s first impressions of the facility here and of course Bacari Alexander was tweeting about the occasion.
- The Bartelstein Blog: Week One Done, the Killer B’s, Be the Voice, Leave the Lights on!
A fresh Bartelstein blog
- Michigan Basketball Coaches Roundtable Seg1 102411 / Part Two / Part Three
Michigan basketball assistant coaches stop by WTKA on Monday morning.
- NCAA could impose stricter academic requirements for 2012 basketball tournament
More specifically, an APR limit
- Changes on the way for college hoops recruiting
Dave Telep breaks down the recruiting rule changes that are likely to be implemented
- The myth of parity($)
Gasaway featured on ESPN, explaining that big teams still control the college game
- U-M Coaches Clinic Photo Gallery
The differences between Michigan and Tennessee were striking as both teams ran onto the floor at Time Warner Cable Arena for their round of 32 NCAA tournament game last March. The Vols were markedly bigger and stronger at almost every position. As Michigan struggled with Tennessee’s size and athletic advantage early, missing 12 shots in the first eight minutes and falling behind by a four point deficit that felt larger, it was Matt Vogrich that arose as the unlikely hero. The 6-foot-4 skinny sophomore with floppy hair checked into the game and provided Michigan with an immediate shot in the arm. He scored on an array of three pointers, backdoor layups and fast break steals while keeping Michigan afloat in the first half. That was enough to get the Wolverines to the second half where they went on to dominate the game.
Our fourth and final Position-by-Position piece focuses on the conference’s diverse collection of combo forwards. Whether they play inside-out or outside-in, combination forwards with size and skill have become a mainstay in modern college basketball. Some of the league’s most talented players are in this group but it’s also a very top heavy group with a number of unproven commodities in the bottom half of the top 10. [Previously: Guards, Wings, Bigs]
1. Draymond Green – Sr. – Michigan State
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Upside: Green racked up two triple doubles last season, including one in the NCAA tournament, and is among the league’s most versatile players. He’s a tenacious rebounder and a smart passer but has proven he can score as well.
Downside: Green continues to slim down and proved that he can hit the three point shot last season (37%) but really struggled inside the arc, especially with the 10 to 15 foot jumper.
Michigan is the one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25, coming in behind Ohio State (3) and Wisconsin (14). Michigan State and Purdue also received votes.
Memphis, the Wolverines’ opening opponent at the Maui Invitational, is ranked 9th in the preseason poll. Three other schools in the Maui Invitational are ranked in the top 25 including Duke (6), Kansas (13) and UCLA (20).
The last time Michigan was ranked in either top 25 poll was November 23rd, 2009 when the Wolverines were ranked 15th. The AP Preseason Top 25 is expected to be released on October 28th.
You can find complete USA Today/ESPN Top 25 after the jump.
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Photo: Michigan Stadium Aerials
- Horford has high hopes for new season
Chantel Jennings on Horford, his added weight, quest for more playing time and more at Wolverine Nation.
- MICHIGAN BASKETBALL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CENTER *updated as of 10/15/2011*
Fresh pictures of the Player Development Center at Michigan Stadium Aerials
- U-M Basketball: Round Table Wrap-Up
More notes from yesterday’s media availability at MGoBlue.com
- 2011-12 season preview: Top 100 players in college basketball
Tim Hardaway Jr. checks in at No. 68. Is that too high or too low?
- Preseason Top 25 (and one)
Michigan also checks in at No. 20 on CBS Sports’ preseason top 25(+1) which is second best in the Big Ten. Michigan’s first round opponent in Maui, Memphis, is ranked ninth.
- Preseason Top 32: No. 20 Michigan
Another pre-season top 25, Michigan checks in at No. 20 on the Yahoo! Sports/Rivals preseason top 32.
- No time to waste: Zack Novak values the finality of his senior season at Michigan
Nick Baumgardner on Zack Novak at AnnArbor.com
- Top Ten Teams You Don’t Know Yet (But Soon Will)
Two of Michigan’s non-conference opponents, Virginia and Iowa State, make the list. Virginia was also picked fourth in the pre-season ACC poll.
- Become the Voice of @umichbball …
You can apply to be the official tweeter of the Michigan basketball team including an all-access pass to practices and games.
John Beilein addressed the media before practice this afternoon and discussed everything from what he’s seen out of the freshmen to his expectations for this year’s squad, noting that Michigan’s goal should always be to win a championship. Here’s video of what the Beilein had to say before the team’s sixth practice of the season.
Find the second half of the video (from an improved angle) along with notes, quotes and more after the jump. [click to continue…]