Video: Glenn Robinson III at Best Buy Classic

Glenn Robinson III has put together a very solid spring, rising up the recruiting rankings and impressing at numerous camps, exhibitions and AAU tournaments. Our friends at Michigan Prep Stars put together this video of Robinson from earlier this spring at the Best Buy Classic in Chicago.

We’ve also posted other videos of Robinson this summer including footage from the Pitt Jam Fest, Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star Classic and Adidas May Classic.

hardaway_tim_2011[1]Team USA Struggles

Early returns from Lithuania are not encouraging. Team USA’s exhibition losses will either serve as a wake up call or the Americans are going to be in for a long trip to Latvia for the FIBA U19 World Championships. The Americans lost a pair of exhibition games to Lithuanian U19 and U20 squads, 108-75 and 101-72, respectively.

After a strong performance in the first exhibitionTim Hardaway Jr. struggled in the second game, going 0 for 8 from the field and notching just five points, four steals and three turnovers. Jonas Valunciunas returned from the NBA draft festivities to dominate the American squad, scoring 23 points in 25 minutes.

Team USA will open the World Championships on Thursday with a 9am (eastern) game versus Egypt. Future group play games include Serbia on July 1st (9 am eastern) and China on July 2nd (11:15 am eastern).

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Austin Hatch Makes Progress, Continues to Fight

Many commenters and readers have asked how they are able to provide support for Austin and his family. Right now, the best way is to post a message on Austin’s Caring Bridge website. There will also be updates on Austin’s condition posted to the website, here’s the latest:

Austin is still in ICU.  His condition remains critical but stable.  A recent CT Scan shows no worsening in his condition.  The major objective is to minimize stimulation to allow him to heal.  His Care Team is limiting visitors to immediate family only to aid in his healing.  The family sincerely appreciates all thoughts and prayers.

Austin is still not completely out of his medically induced coma, but most signs were encouraging today as he reportedly moved all four extremities and is moving in the right direction:

“I’m sure he will be in a coma for a few more days as they continue to work on him. But they think he’s out of the woods. They didn’t know initially if he was going to make it but I think he will make it now and we’re praising God for that,” said [Blackhawk Teaching Pastor Steve] Webster.

Dave Telep reports that the Michigan staff will be able to visit Austin and provide the necessary support by attending funerals. One of Austin’s best friends from high school emphasizes that Austin is a fighter and will make it through this ordeal:

“He’s definitely one of the toughest guys I know,” said VanHorn, 16. “We’ve known each other our whole lives. If there’s anyone who can make it through this tragedy … it’s definitely him.”.

257953760-27111654[1]The Hatch family was flying with both of their family dogs and one canine miraculously escaped the accident unharmed. Brady was picked up by the Humane Society on Monday afternoon after someone called in a report of a stray dog and they were able to identify him by his microchip:

“They put two and two together,” Whitley said, and concluded that Brady must have also been on the plane.

Whitley said the police were notified and a friend of the Hatch family picked Brady up Sunday.

“It’s an absolute miracle,” Whitley said of Brady’s survival and apparent absence of injuries. “Our thoughts are, this is (Austin’s) dog, this will maybe be one little bright spot in an otherwise horribly horrific situation,” she said.

Video Interview: Zak Irvin at 2011 USSFA High School Shootout

Zak Irvin and his Hamilton Southeastern team took the floor this weekend for the 2011 USSFA High School Shootout. Saturday the Royals competed in pool play at Warren Central, finishing in second place and landing in Sunday’s second place bracket. On Sunday, Hamilton Southeastern was forced to take the floor without star 2012 guard Gary Harris, who was out of town at the Kevin Durant Skills Camp.

UM Hoops was in attendance as Irvin and company took on Broad Ripple in the semi-finals of their bracket. Hamilton Southeastern fell to Broad Ripple who was led by 18 points from 2012 Indiana commitment Ron Patterson. Irvin tallied 11 points in the loss, struggling with his shooting from deep, but doing his best to score from the mid-range and near the basket. UM Hoops caught up with Irvin after the game for an interview that you can check out below in the embedded media player:


Check out Inside the Hall for a report on Irvin’s play on Saturday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Scores 18 in Team USA Exhibition Loss

4acf6bbf-e[1]The USA U19 World Championship team played its first exhibition game in Europe this afternoon, falling to Lithuania’s U20 squad. The American squad showed signs of jetlag as they fell behind 32-8 in the first quarter, while shooting just 2 of 15 from the floor. After managing to cut the deficit to 72-55 through three quarters, Lithuania pulled away in the fourth and won the game by a final score of 101-72. (Photo: USA Basketball)

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points in the loss with 16 coming in the second half. He was the leading scorer for Team USA and converted on 7 of 18 field goal attempts (2-8 3pt), grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists. (Box score)

Highlights and more details after the jump.
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The Latest on Austin Hatch

austinhatch[1]Both the Detroit Free Press and Greg Jones of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette posted updates on Austin Hatch’s current condition. (Photo: National Hoops Report)

Greg Jones tweeted that the plan is to bring Hatch out of his medically induced coma on Monday. Mark Snyder added this quote from Hatch’s high school coach:

“Everything’s kind of the same,” Kline said. “Today’s an important day. This is the 48-hour range and they’re trying to keep the stimulation down (on the brain) to see if the swelling goes down. The plan right now is to bring him out of the medicine (Monday.)”

“They’re optimistic and pulling for him,” Kline said. “They said he looks like the same Austin.”

Snyder has several other quotes from Hatch’s coach which emphasize just how much support he’s received from around the country. Coaches and athletic directors from around the country have reached out and even tweeted support. Michigan State forward Russell Byrd made to trip up to Traverse City and is visiting Hatch at the hospital.

Perhaps one of the most unfortunate and painful aspects of the situation is the lack of support that the University of Michigan is able to provide to Hatch, per NCAA rules. Make no mistake about it, the Michigan staff will do all that’s allowed but NCAA rules surrounding contact and support of prospective student athletes still apply in this situation.

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