An Early Look at the 2011-12 Backcourt

Borrowing an idea from our friends at Inside the Hall, here’s an early look at five major storylines affecting the Michigan backcourt for this upcoming season.

How does Trey Burke perform as a true freshman point guard – In all but the rarest circumstances, freshmen point guards struggle. We examined this phenomenon during Darius Morris’s freshmen year and despite his struggles as a freshman, he excelled as a sophomore. Reports from open gym on Trey Burke have been extremely positive, with some going as far as proclaiming Burke as the best player on the floor for stretches. Open gym is just open gym, and the hardest step for Burke will be learning the offense once practice starts. That being said, his quickness and three point shooting should add a new element to the pick and roll offense that was featured last season with Darius Morris.

Ty Kish, from City League Hoops, posted some footage of Burke at a recent summer league game in Columbus. The footage isn’t necessarily earth shattering but it’s pretty clear that Burke has gotten bigger and stronger:

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Thursday Links

Twitter Mailbag: McGary, Novak, Defense and More

bilde[1]From @MichiganPrepStars: What are the chances of Michigan landing Mitch McGary and/or Gary Harris if at all?

Michigan has a shot at McGary. The Wolverines have already landed an unofficial visit, made McGary’s top six and have developed a strong relationship with the SYF Players AAU program after landing commitments from Glenn Robinson III and Max Bielfeldt.

On the other hand, it’s tough to be too optimistic when the competition includes Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky. There’s a reason that McGary is ranked among the top five players in the country: he’s really good.

A recent report from Evan Daniels noted that Michigan was one of the teams most often mentioned in regards to McGary. However, there’s also been plenty of talk that most people don’t have a clue what McGary’s going to do. McGary took a trip to Florida this week and outlined his visit plans in a new blog on ESPN:

At the beginning of September, I’m taking an official to Michigan [Ed: WMU game]. After I get back from there, I’ll take an unofficial visit to Kentucky, then Sept. 6-7 I’ll take an official visit to North Carolina. After that I’ll head over to Duke from Sept. 8-10 for an official. I’m gonna watch Duke play Stanford on the football field. Then I’ll head to school on Sept. 11.

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Video: Nik Stauskas vs. Baylor University

Baylor’s basketball program is currently in the middle of the foreign trip to Canada this summer and the Bears faced off against a Canadian youth squad that featured 2012 Michigan commitment Nik Stauskas. Baylor won the game easily, 104-78, but Stauskas put together a solid performance, tallying 27 points and seven rebounds. Here’s some footage of Stauskas from the exhibition:

ESPN College GameDay Headed to Ann Arbor

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ESPN announced the locations for the upcoming season of College GameDay this morning. The basketball edition of the show will make eight stops on the road, one of which will take Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight to Ann Arbor.

GameDay is scheduled to stop in Ann Arbor on February 18th to watch the Wolverines host Ohio State.

GameDay will also visit Florida State, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Connecticut with a final stop in Durham or Lawrence.

2014 Introduction: Sean Sellers Summer Highlights

John Beilein and his staff have made their presence felt in the state of Indiana after landing commitments from Glenn Robinson III, Zak Irvin and Austin Hatch within the last year. Beilein has made a conscious effort to focus on the state, which seems to always produce talented classes, and assistant coaches Jeff Meyer and Lavall Jordan both have strong ties to the state.

As Michigan shifts the recruiting calendar forward, we’ll begin to take a deeper look at some of the talented 2014 players on the Michigan radar. This video focuses on Greensburg (IN) forward Sean Sellers. The 6-foot-5 forward had a strong summer with the Eric Gordon All-Stars – drawing interest from Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Butler and New Mexico – and also attended Michigan’s College Practice Camp in June.

Sellers is a versatile wing with above average length and improving athleticism. His biggest strength right now is his mid-range and perimeter shooting. He is also a capable slasher who absorbs contact well in the lane. His greatest area for improvement is strength, which should also help improve his reliability as a defender.

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