By Dylan Burkhardt | Mailbag | Posted on April 28, 2011 at 10:10 am
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Blazefire84: @umhoops With the renovations to Crisler, does anyone know if the student section will be moved/enlarged, or will Maize Rage be the same?
From what I understand, the Maize Rage bleachers will be moved to the other side of the arena when the new renovations are complete. They’ve already been removed, as you can see from the picture above. This is to make room for the new tunnel, which will be located on that side of the arena. it’s worth noting that everything else will be flipped to the other side of the arena as well – TV cameras, team benches, etc. So you most likely won’t be able to tell that the student section has moved on television. The basketball team has posted many more construction pictures on the Facebook page.
Early reports were that the Maize Rage has pre-sold more tickets than it sold last season and that’s before freshmen (who usually purchase the highest proportion of tickets relative to class size) have made any purchases. The actual section will stay the same size but I assume that there will be a similar wrap around effect with more student seating next to the band.
Aran Smith of NBADraft.net and Kristofer Habbas of NBA Draft Insider both agreed to answer a couple quick questions about Darius Morris’s draft status. I’m far from an expert on the NBA, I probably watched four regular season games this year, so figured it would make a bit of sense to defer to those that follow the draft.
Where do you have Darius listed in your current projections?
NBADraft.net: He’s currently projected as an early second round pick. In the 30-40 range. NBA Draft Insider: Morris is listed 39th overall today and as the 7th best point guard prospect in the draft. He is 34th in our current Mock Draft (going to Washington).
By Dylan Burkhardt | Links | Posted on April 26, 2011 at 11:30 am
Mailbag! We’re going to do a mailbag feature shortly so if you have any questions you’d like to contribute, fire me an e-mail.
The fallout from deadline day (Insider)
Chad Ford lists Morris on the first round bubble and also includes him on the list referenced in this group while also noting that he’s “very much on the fence”: “A quick check among NBA scouts and agents reveals that virtually all of these players are far enough down the road with agents that it’s impossible they’ll return to school.”
Draft Decisions: Which teams have the most hanging in the balance?
Luke Winn quotes a scout on Morris: “I can’t see him getting picked in the first round,” one scout said. “He has a good feel, especially in transition, but there are still some issues with shooting [25.0 percent on threes] and athleticism that leave a lot to be desired.”
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Derrick Walton played very well for the Michigan Mustang 16u squad at King James, leading his team to a 2-0 superpool performance and a nice win over the NY Gauchos. We scouted Walton here but here is footage of Walton from the first two games of the King James Classic. Walton reported interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Purdue and Notre Dame and mentioned that he feels a Michigan offer is coming soon.