While everyone else was watching Michigan get run off the court in Bloomington, I spent the day at Lansing Eastern High School watching some of the best young basketball talent in the state duke it out. I got to see 2012 Michigan prospects Jordan Hare and Sherron Dorsey-Walker in action, as well as other big-time players like LaDontae Henton, Chris Harrison-Docks, and Tommy McCune. Be sure to check back over the coming hours and days as we will be posting game video and video interviews.
Jordan Hare (6-foot-8, 2012)
Strengths: Jordan Hare is very athletic and extremely long. He is very quick for his height and well-coordinated. He does a very good job of erasing his teammates’ mistakes on both offense and defense. On offensive end, he’s a good rebounder and a big target for his guards when they look to get him the ball down low. On defense, he moves his feet well and his length causes lots of problems. His quickness was on display when he would occasionally guard out on the perimeter and stay in front of guards. His athleticism and length allow him to make a few “wow” plays per game and his potential is obviously very high.
Needs to improve: First, free throws. Hare missed almost every free throw he took and looked very uncomfortable at the line, a place he’ll be spending a lot of time if his goal is to be a post player. He also has little back-to-the-basket post game to speak of. I didn’t see his team feed him the ball in the post and let him go to work once. He needs to be more assertive on both ends of the court and especially rebounding. He did a decent job of rebounding but he has the potential to be a great rebounder.
Final Thoughts: Jordan Hare is an extremely intriguing prospect but he’s still a project at this point. He finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks. His athleticism and length is great — he has all the tools he needs to be a very good player. He just needs to develop his offensive game and work on rebounding technique.
Photo Credit: Jamie Owens
Going into this game it was Indiana’s defense that was universally accepted as substandard. When the smoke cleared it was Michigan that appeared to have very serious questions to answer about its defense. To put this game into perspective, the 1.31 points per possession that Michigan surrendered was the most its allowed in any game over the past two and a half seasons.
Indiana’s offense was able to get whatever shot it wanted and Michigan had no answer. Indiana scored 1.31 points per possession thanks to an effective field goal percentage of 74%. Indiana actually had fewer missed shots (14) than turnovers (16) in the game. When the Hoosiers did miss they were usually able to recover the miss, as they managed eight offensive rebounds for the game. Indiana was nearly flawless and deserves plenty of credit for its performance but Michigan deserves plenty of blame for a complete lack of defensive intensity and execution.
Here’s video of John Beilein discussing Michigan’s 80-61 loss at Assembly Hall. Thanks to our friends at Inside the Hall for passing along the video.
Indiana natives Zack Novak and Stu Douglass will lead Michigan to the Hoosier state in search of Michigan’s first Big Ten road win of the season. The game tips off at 8:00 pm ET and is the last game of a quadruple header on the Big Ten Network. Hopefully you can pull yourself away from the NFL playoffs, change the channel, and join in our open thread.