By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on June 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Here are the rosters posted at Elite Camp. Joe will have a full report later tonight. I also added several links to Rivals/Scout/ESPN profiles for some of the notable prospects. Follow Joe on twitter for more updates throughout the day.
DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris were the face of Michigan basketball for the last three years. I have mixed emotions about Thursday’s draft. Most of all I am rooting for a couple of kids that gave their all to Michigan. Both Harris and Sims are by all accounts exceptional kids. Harris was consistently a member of the All-Academic Big Ten team while Sims managed to bring a smile to any situation despite dealing with more adversity through his 22 years than most could imagine.
Sims and Harris were the foundation of Michigan’s best team of the decade. They were also the foundation of one of the most disappointing teams of the decade. It’s disappointing to see them leave on such a low note but it’s also important to remember the good times to be fair to the ‘Detroit Duo’.
Sims and Harris were both extremely productive in Michigan uniforms. Their games might not be flawless but when you take a step back it’s impressive just how productive they were over their careers.
The first time I saw Harris play was at a Christmas tournament at Highland Park during his senior year. His Redford team was overmatched by a Saginaw team, which would eventually win the state championship, anchored by Draymond Green and Josh Southern. I’ve watched Harris play over 100 games since and his game has improved by leaps and bounds. Over his three years at Michigan he improved significantly in almost every statistical category. Harris went from a one dimensional scorer to one of the most dynamic off guards in the college game. He improved his rebounding (although that peaked his sophomore year) and most of all he dramatically improved his assist to turnover ratio.
Sims’ improvement might be even more impressive. His freshmen year was stricken by tragedy and it was clear that Sims was a shell of the player he could be. His confidence was nowhere to be found and he struggled to finish even the easiest of layups. His sophomore year he developed his ball skills and became an inefficient wing player before blossoming in the post his final two years. When DeShawn Sims was feeling it, there was no one better. I had the opportunity to watch a few of his single handed scoring runs at neutral and away venues in person (Iowa BTT, at Purdue) and the respect from opposing fans was clear.
Definitely we lacked chemistry issues. Even though our roles were defined, we couldn’t get over the hump as far as chemistry. I think we had all the pieces to be a great team, but our chemistry just didn’t unfold. As well as we’d like yeah. We had all the tools, almost the same exact team from last year. The ball just didn’t bounce our way sometimes and you live with the chemistry. (Read the whole interview here)
The question that’s on everybody’s mind right now is “will we hear their names on draft night?” I am no NBA insider so I can’t speak to that with any concrete knowledge but if I had to venture a guess it would probably be. Manny Harris: yes. DeShawn Sims: probably not.
DeShawn Sims has worked out with Detroit, Sacramento, Charlotte, Cleveland, and Milwaukee and may still work out with Dallas, Utah, and Indiana. Sims also attended the Portsmouth Invitational, a camp traditionally for second round to undrafted prospects.
Manny Harris worked out at the pre-draft combine has worked out for New Jersey, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Indiana, and Minnesota among others. Harris also participated in the NBA pre-draft combine. Sims and Harris are also scheduled to work out for the Knicks as well.
It’s tough to find a mock draft with Sims listed but that’s not the end of the world for Peedi. While he might not get drafted, it’s very likely that Sims will get his chance to sign with a summer league team and attempt to work his way onto an NBA roster. If not, there’s probably a very nice salary waiting in Europe for a 6-foot-8 forward with a smooth stroke.
I’ll be rooting for Harris and Sims intently on Thursday night and I am convinced that both players could be successful in the league. They are two players who stuck with Michigan through thick and thin. When the coach that recruited them was fired they didn’t pack their bags and head to Tennessee or Oregon. They planted their feet in Ann Arbor and went to work.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on June 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm
We’ve got another assistant coach. Travis Conlan will be filling the vacant administrative assistant position on the staff. The administrative assistant doesn’t have many actual basketball responsibilities and he’s not allowed to instruct players directly. However, Jeff Meyer proved that the position can certainly be a springboard going forward. Here’s the press release:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Monday, June 21) the hiring of former Wolverine Travis Conlan (1995-98) as the administrative assistant for the Wolverine program.
“We are very pleased to bring Travis Conlan back into the Michigan basketball family,” said Beilein. “From my first meeting with Travis two years ago, I sensed he had a bright future after his playing days had ended. We love the passion he has for this university and this state and know he will bring that same drive with his day-to-day activities.
“Travis will wear many hats for us in the months and years ahead. He will work directly with me on a daily basis and on various special projects. He will also be responsible for our alumni relations, community service, future scheduling and facility management. In addition, I know he is looking forward to serving as the director of our many camps and clinics.”
“I am over the moon for this opportunity to rejoin the Michigan basketball program,” said Conlan. “The opening and timing at U-M was like the perfect storm. When I found out about the position, as well as the chance to work with Coach Beilein and his staff, I jumped at it. This position allows me the chance to learn college basketball from the inside out as well as to observe and absorb as much as I can from such a great staff.
“Growing up in Michigan, I am the biggest ‘Michigan Man’ there is. This university and program means so much to me and has helped me in so many ways. I am thrilled to have the chance to contribute and give back to it as much as it gave me.”
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 21, 2010 at 7:29 am
Yesterday was a huge week for 2012 prospects and Joe did a great job of catching up with a number of them over the week. We were able to confirm that Gary Harris, Yogi Ferrell, JaVontae Hakwins, and Matt Costello all received offers on June 15th. Here’s a run-down of all of Joe’s updates from last week:
The Indy Hoops Blog also posted some recent video of Yogi Ferrell in action at some sort of summer league:
Michigan’s Elite and Team Camps are scheduled for this weekend. The Elite camp is scheduled for Thursday (24th) with Team Camp following on the 25th and 26th. A number of Michigan prospects are obviously expected to be in attendance. Here’s an early list that we’ve put together of kids that are expected at camp on Thursday:
Markus Crider (2011), Jalen Reynolds (2011), Aaron Thomas (2011), Javontae Hawkins (2012), Matt Costello (2012), Yogi Ferrell (2012), Sean Sheldon (2012), Ray Lee (2012), Kellon Thomas (2012), Michael Ramey (2012), Basil Smotherman (2013), Devin Davis (2013).
These are some of the expected players but this list is obviously scheduled to change and we will be doing our best to add to it over the course of the week. If this year is similar to previous years under Beilein, Elite Camp will also be one of the first chances we have to see the freshmen in action.
Notes from NBA Camp
Dave Telep’s annual top 100 camp is one of the best in the business and this year was no different. A number of Michigan targets were in action including commitment Carlton Brundidge, Amir Williams, and Marshall Plumlee.
The most interesting buzz for Michigan fans surrounds Marshall Plumlee. The news surrounding Plumlee isn’t encouraging. While Duke interest in Plumlee appeared lukewarm early on in Marshall’s recruitment, it’s clear that they’ve taken things to another level. Rivals’ ACC recruiting editor, Clint Jackson, tweeted over the weekend that Plumlee to Duke “might be happening soon”.
Jody Demling reported that Plumlee is likely to “just pick a school” at this point and Michigan didn’t receive a mention in Demling’s update (although Plumlee won’t give an official “list”).
Besides the media buzz, Plumlee had a decent camp as well. He was measured at 6-foot-11.5 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan and was also named as one of the camp’s five workout warriors. If Duke is indeed ratcheting up their pursuit of Plumlee it will obviously be a tough situation for the Wolverines. Duke is coming off of a national championship and Marshall would have the opportunity to play with his two brothers, Mason and Miles.
The Izzo Shootout also took place this weekend with a number of Michigan targets in action. SpartanMag mentions that Matt Costello and Trey McDonald both performed well ($). Austin Burgett, Jordan Hare, Denzel Valentine, and JaVontae Hawkins were among some other big 2012 names expected to participate.
By Joe Stapleton | Uncategorized | Posted on June 19, 2010 at 7:29 pm
I managed to catch up with Ray Lee over the weekend to get a quick update on where his recruitment stands. Lee is a 6-foot-3 guard who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways. Here’s my scouting report on Lee from this May:
Lee is very long and very athletic, at one point barely missing a nasty baseline dunk in traffic. His handle is nice and he can get by just about anyone with his crossover. His shot looks decent, though he didnt shoot much. He plays very good defense, kind of a skinnier Darius Morris type with his long arms and getting into passing lanes.
Lee, like most prospects, has a busy schedule on deck. He’ll be attending Michigan’s Elite Camp, adidas Invitational, Kentucky Hoopfest, Great Lakes Classic, and the AAU Nationals in Orlando.
Describe your game. Basically I’m a guard who will give you something different every game. It’s not always the same thing. Some games I might go out and create, not really shoot the ball at all, some games I can go off for 30 or 40. And some games, I just try to put on a show for the fans and everything.
I have seen you throw down on people, you have the ability to put on a show. (laughs) Yeah, I try.
Who did you hear from on June 15th (the first day schools can call 2012 recruits)? Well, schools contacted my dad or my head coach because I was having phone issues, but I heard from Dayton, Oregon State, Colorado, Central Michigan and USC.
You’re going to Michigan’s elite camp, right? Yeah, I’m going to Michigan’s elite camp.