Dave Telep: Wolverines “Back in Driver’s Seat” for McGary

mitch-mcgary-roar[1]Mitch McGary is ready to announce his college decision next week which means that speculation and rumors will be a dime-a-dozen for the next several days. One of the most respected scouts, analysts or insiders in the world of basketball recruiting, Dave Telep, posted his two cents on the situation this afternoon. Telep calls the McGary recruitment “one of those rare full circle situations” and quotes an assistant coach as predicting McGary to Michigan:

Next week, Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster) will decide between Michigan, Duke and Florida. He officially visited each school except for Florida. “I think the kid’s getting kind of burnt out with it,” one college assistant said. “I think the kid’s going to Michigan.”

This is on the verge of becoming one of those rare full circle situations. A few weeks ago, the Wolverines were on the verge of getting a commitment from McGary; I believe that. At that point, a number of programs, sensing that Michigan was close, began chipping away. When a leader emerges — as Michigan did — it makes it easy for every school to see whom they have to beat and therefore the leader winds up under attack. A lot of times, the perceived leader never recovers and fades. In this case, Michigan appears to have overcome the objections and has itself positioned to nab the top power forward in the country next week. Now, here’s the caveat: this situation has changed before, therefore it could change again but right now it’s on autopilot and the guy flying the plane likes the Wolverines.

Media Day: Big Ten Opponents Size Up Michigan

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At Big Ten Media Day on Thursday, I talked to several different players around the conference and asked them a handful of questions about playing Michigan and Michigan’s key players. There were only two or three players there from each team, so the guys there were some of the best players in the league who have been around for awhile.

I never asked about the departed Darius Morris but, nearly every player I talked to mentioned him. “I bet there’s a lot of teams in the league that are pretty happy that Darius Morris left,” said Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor, “because that definitely makes a difference.” Added Michigan State guard Austin Thornton: “Anytime you have a point guard like they’ve had in Morris, it makes for a very good team.” So does that mean since Darius gone, the Wolverines will be a bad team this year? Not necessarily – but it did seem pretty clear that opponents are sleeping easier knowing that Darius is gone.

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Michigan Ranked 18th in AP Preseason Top 25

7774d1313850464-aptop25_logo[1]Michigan is ranked 18th the Associated Press Top 25 media poll that was released this afternoon. The Wolverines are also ranked 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll which was announced last week.

Michigan is the one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25, coming in behind Ohio State (3) and Wisconsin (15). Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota also received votes.

Memphis, the Wolverines’ opening opponent at the Maui Invitational, is ranked 11th in the preseason poll. Three other schools in the Maui Invitational are ranked in the top 25 including Duke (6), Kansas (13) and UCLA (17).

The last time Michigan was ranked in the top 25 poll was November 23rd, 2009 when the Wolverines were ranked 15th. Click here to view the complete AP Top 25 preseason poll.

Video: John Beilein Big Ten Media Day Press Conference

Find video of John Beilein’s official press conference from Big Ten Media Day. You can the previously posted transcript here.

More Media Day Coverage:

John Beilein met with the media in a roundtable discussion at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Here’s video of what the coach had to say, followed by notes and quotes after the jump.

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More from 2011-12 Big Ten Media Day, Stu Douglass and Tim Hardaway Jr. face the cameras during the roundtable session this afternoon.

Footage of Hardaway along with several additional quotes after the jump.
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