2011-12 Big Ten Single Plays Announced

big-ten-logo-pentagram[1]The Big Ten conference announced the single plays for the upcoming season and the Wolverines will play Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska just once next season.

It’s not a bad draw for Michigan, who will avoid a dreaded trip to the Kohl Center in Madison. Iowa and Nebraska will likely be near the bottom of the league, but playing them on the road should help boost the strength of schedule. Minnesota should be solid next season, but with the Wolverines recent success in Minneapolis, it’s a bit disappointing to miss that opportunity for a quality road win.

Michigan
Home: Minnesota, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Nebraska

For all updates on the 2010-11 schedule, including non-conference dates, check out the future schedule page. You can find the conference-wide single play information after the jump.

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Video: More from 2013 U-M Commits Mark Donnal and Austin Hatch

Yesterday was a busy day with phone calls, offers and a pair of commitments so we have a couple of videos to add to the fray that are either new or may have been overlooked yesterday.

First, Some additional footage of big man Mark Donnal courtesy of our friends at Indiana Prep Spotlight:


After the jump we have TV video interviews with Donnal and fellow commitment Austin Hatch as well as some footage from Hatch’s sophomore season that we added late to his commitment post.


For more video, background and scouting on both of Michigan’s commitments make sure to read back into our commitment posts from Wednesday: Mark Donnal / Austin Hatch

207200_1806621317955_1012571708_31691043_6925436_nWhile Michigan landed a pair of commitments earlier this afternoon in Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal, they handed out two three more scholarship offers. Head coach John Beilein extended offers to both Monte MorrisZak Irvin and Derrick Walton throughout this afternoon and evening. [Photo: Next Generation Sports]

[Ed: Updated to include PG Derrick Walton, who texted me that he was "holding offers from Xavier, CMU and Michigan!" after receiving a call from John Beilein this evening.]

Morris has made it clear that Michigan is the No. 1 school on his list and texted me this evening to tell me that Michigan had indeed offered him a scholarship. He wasn’t sure whether it would effect his time-frame for commitment, noting that “he wasn’t sure and was going to think on it tonight”. Morris was the most impressive guard at Michigan’s camp and took an unofficial visit the week before camp.

Michigan also appears to be in very good position for Derrick Walton, who is still digesting things but told me this might push up his time-frame for making a decision as well.
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Mark Donnal to Michigan

MAY_CLASSIC0417-500x7691[1]Commitments come in pairs and 2013 big man Mark Donnal verbally committed shortly after Austin Hatch joined in. Michigan head coach John Beilein extended a scholarship offer this afternoon and Donnal quickly accepted.

Donnal is a 6-foot-9, 200 pound big man out of Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio that plays his AAU basketball with Dan Dakich’s Indiana Elite South squad. Donnal had a very impressive showing at Michigan’s Elite Camp and appears to be blossoming into an impressive prospect. Full video and scouting after the jump. Photo Credit: Herald Times Online

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Austin Hatch to Michigan

bilde[1]Austin Hatch just confirmed that he committed to Michigan this afternoon. Hatch delcared in April that Michigan was “probably No. 1”, today he made it official by verbally committing to John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines. Hatch received an official offer from the Michigan staff on June 15th and didn’t wait long to make his pledge.

On his commitment: “I did commit! Coach Beilein is a great coach and Michigan’s a great school. They have a great program and there’s nothing there that’s a turn off. That’s about it”

Hatch, a 6-foot-6 214 pound wing forward, is the first Michigan commitment in the class of 2013.
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Recruiting Updates: Contact, Offers and More

June 15th is the first day that Division-I coaches are allowed to contact prospects in the class of 2013 and in Michigan’s case, the first date that the Wolverine staff will extend scholarship offers. We’ll be keeping tabs on a handful of prospects today with some live updates here. Make sure to check out our recruiting profiles for all 2013 prospects which feature past scouting reports, video and interviews.

Note: We are still updating the live blog but have to put it after the jump to keep load time down with the two commitment stories.
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