By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on June 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm
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.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels was out in California and had the chance to watch Darius Morris and John Wall work out. Daniels stated (via twitter) that Morris looked noticeably stronger and that Morris said he learned a lot from his freshman year and can’t wait for next year.
Last fall I put together a list of the worst games of the 2008-09 season in attempt to damper expectations. This year I put the list together to show off a new development from Ken Pomeroy. Pomeroy released a series of fancy win probability graphs from every division one basketball game last year. The graphs are color coded from blue (least important) to yellow (most important) on a possession by possession basis. Naturally there aren’t many enjoyable graphs to look at from a Michigan standpoint. Anyways, here are the five most painful Michigan losses of the 2009-10 season in visual form:
All of the images are linked to Pomeroy’s full screen graphs (much easier to read) and you can get to any game by clicking the score of a particular game on Michigan’s team page.
vs Ohio State (BTT):
It was fitting that Michigan’s season ended as painfully as this one. Evan Turner’s running shot that ended Michigan’s season is one of the more interesting graph’s from Michigan’s season. Pomeroy’s numbers had Ohio State in control for most of the game before Michigan’s late run put them above 90% win probability. Then this happened.
This is the one game that was really back and forth on the list. Michigan countered every attack by Michigan State and pushed the game back to their side but in the end when it looked like they could finally knock off the Spartans, Kalin Lucas put a dagger in their hearts.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on June 1, 2010 at 8:57 am
Hawkins Flying High
Javontae Hawkins has been high on the Michigan radar for quite some time now. The 2012 wing was told this winter that he was “Michigan’s #1 wing target in the class” and he’s beginning to show why. Hawkins made the switch from Team Pride to Team Detroit and his play appears to have improved. He drew rave reviews last weekend at the NY2LA tournament in Milwaukee and this weekend he continued to impress as Team Detroit swept the Michigan Memorial Classic. BankHoops was there and had this to say on Hawkins:
It was a 2012 prospect who stole the show, this time being 6-5 Team Detroit via Flint Powers sophomore Jovantae Hawkins. He dominated his draw for the second weekend in a row, after leading Team Detroit to the 16-under title of the NY2LA tournament in Milwaukee previously. No one in this most recent 16-under field could discourage his shooting or impede his drives. His release and range bring to mind some of the state’s best big guard jumpshooters of the past decade, like Darryl Garrett and Erik Kangas, with the smooth drives and above-the-rim play of Maurice Ager and a touch of Malik Hairston’s rebounding. So it’s no surprise Hawkins is being recruited by a wide array of schools including U-M, MSU, Indiana, Wake Forest, Arizona and Stanford. It should be exciting in July when Hawkins blows up nationally, doing so in his backyard at the Great Lakes Summer Championship in Swartz Creek.
As Bell says in the scouting excerpt, this summer is when things will likely take off for Hakwins. The “official offer date” is June 15th for 2012 recruits and the live AAU season begins in early July. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on May 26, 2010 at 8:23 am
This video is courtesy of the REACH Legends AAU program, video of their win over Team Pride (McCormick) from last weekend’s Great Lakes Classic. There are plenty more Jalen Reynolds clips in this one and Team Pride is no doubt a better team than the Grand Rapids team from the other video.