- Most expect Michigan to move forward quickly with their assistant coaching search and it appears that they will. I’m hearing that former Iowa assistant LaVall Jordan will be the guy and it wouldn’t be surprising for this to be announced shortly. LaVall Jordan was an assistant coach at Butler from 2004-07 before following Coach Lickliter to Iowa. Jordan was headed to Western Michigan but it appears he’s headed to Ann Arbor before he was even announced in Kalamazoo. Bio here.
- JaVontae Hawkins is scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor this Friday (June 11th) where he will discuss a June 15th offer with Beilein. Hawkins is also taking an unofficial to Michigan State today and will be participating in Michigan and Iowa State’s Elite Camps. We should have an update with Hawkins later this week.
- It’s also worth noting that Travis Conlan’s name has been connected to Michigan’s open administrative assistant position
- It should come as no surprise but student season tickets are down significantly with only 687 sold to returning students.
- Manny Harris recently worked out with the Spurs.
This has been an off-season filled with staff changes and apparently it’s not over yet. The latest move is that assistant coach Mike Jackson will be moving on to take a position at Purdue. Jackson was known as the best recruiter on the staff and worked heavily with the guards. He was instrumental in the recruitment of Manny Harris among others and it’s safe to say that his loss will be a significant blow.
All three of the assistants (Dunn, Mahoney, and Jackson) that Michigan brought into last season have moved on. They have been replaced by Jeff Meyer and Bacari Alexander. I would assume that Beilein will move swiftly to replace Jackson, considering how late it already is in the summer.
Update: Here’s Beilein’s statement:
“We appreciate the positive contributions that Coach Mike Jackson has made to Michigan Basketball. We wish Mike nothing but the best in his future professional endeavors. My intention is to move quickly and efficiently to fill this coaching staff opening. Currently, we have an energized and proven staff in place. My focus is to add another experienced and knowledgeable teacher of the game, who has college recruiting experience both here in Michigan and throughout the Big Ten footprint.”
Update: It’s official. Jackson’s quote:
“I’m really excited for a new opportunity and a new challenge,” Jackson said. “I’ve known Coach Painter for a number of years, and I think he’s one of the best young coaches in the game. The chance to learn from him and help Purdue work toward a national championship is very exciting.”
Michigan forward Anthony Wright has made up his mind to attend the University of Toledo next season. Wright played four years at Michigan but will have one year of eligibility remaining because he’s transferring to pursue a Masters degree. Wright visited Detroit and Toledo this weekend before reaching his decision.
It’s also likely that some other news is likely to break within the next 24 hours regarding the Michigan basketball coaching staff. The rumors continue to grow that Mike Jackson will be leaving the program and heading to fill Purdue’s coaching vacancy. Nothing is official at this point but we expect an official release shortly.
Detroit, Michigan (May 19, 2010) — NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Braylon Edwards of the New York Jets, and The Braylon Edwards Foundation, announced today that it will host a Celebrity Basketball Game on Saturday, June 19 as part of its annual Charity Weekend.
The event will be held at the University of Michigan’s Crisler Arena, doors open at 7 p.m. and tip-off is at 8 p.m. Participants include four of Edwards’ New York Jets teammates: Mark Sanchez, Darrelle Revis, Kerry Rhodes and Santonio Holmes. Other NFL stars include Mike Hart of the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Mundy and LaMarr Woodley of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinal Steve Breaston and Donte Stallworth of the Baltimore Ravens (participants are subject to change). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the University of Michigan women’s basketball team.
“Being able to contribute to my hometown is very important to me,” Edwards said. “I am thrilled this year my fellow teammates from the Jets and friends from the NFL will be able to join me in helping the University of Michigan women’s basketball team.”
This year celebrates the 3rd year since Edwards endowed $500,000 to the University of Michigan for the #1 jersey. All tickets for this event will be general admission. Tickets will be $10 each and $8 each with orders or 5 tickets or more.
To order tickets, call the Michigan Athletic Ticket Office at (866) 296-MTIX (6849) or log on to www.mgoblue.com/braylonedwards
Campus Visitors: Gary Harris and Jacobby Bledsoe
D3 Heat prospects Gary Harris (video) and Jacobby Bledsoe made visits to Michigan and Michigan State today. Harris is an explosive guard that is arguably the top 2012 prospect in the state of Indiana while Bledsoe is a jet quick 5-foot-9 point guard drawing interest from around the midwest. It appears that Bledsoe enjoyed the visit to Ann Arbor as he fired off a number of tweets about the trip.
DeShawn Sims in Sacramento
DeShawn Sims worked out for the Kings today along with Trevon Hughes, Robert Glenn, Dior Lowhorn, and Tyren Johnson. Sims compared himself to Carl Landry as a versatile post prospect which I think is a pretty fair comparison.