2011-12 Player Preview: Jordan Morgan

20 March 2011: Forward Jordan Morgan (52) of the Michigan Wolverines during a game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Duke Blue Devils in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.

Last year at this time, expectations for Jordan Morgan were low. He battled through two major injuries – rehabbing knee and shoulder surgeries – during his redshirt year, didn’t necessarily impress on Michigan’s European tour and wasn’t highly regarded out of high school. When he committed to Michigan as a sophomore at University of Detroit Jesuit High School, he was unheralded and unknown with his only other notable scholarship offer coming from Xavier. Scouts questioned his athleticism, skill and motor and wondered aloud whether he was a Big Ten caliber player. As Morgan enters his sophomore season, perception couldn’t be more different than it was four years ago. He’s turned baby fat into muscle and put together a redshirt freshman campaign that many wouldn’t have deemed possible until late in his career.

Before last season started, there were questions whether Morgan could contribute at this level, let alone make it through the season healthy. At season’s end, he started every game, scored in double figures 16 times – with three games over 20 including a career high 27 against Northwestern – and led the team in rebounds and blocks.

Morgan has made it clear that he has what it takes to be a successful Big Ten center. The question now is just how good can he be? Here’s a look at what to expect from him this season.

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U-M Hoops to Host Crisler Arena Open House

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Press release:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan men’s and women’s basketball programs will host an open house on Friday (Sept. 23) from 5-8 p.m. at Crisler Arena.

The event is free of charge and will be the first time season-ticket holders and the general public will be able to view the newly renovated Crisler Arena, which includes new seats and a new HD scoreboard. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to see what seats are available for purchase as season tickets for the upcoming 2011-12 season and purchase them on-site.
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2014 Intro: Grant Evans

grantevans072911[1]Grant Evans is a 6-foot-2 guard out of Wapahani High School in Liberty Township, Indiana, where he averaged 20.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that the left-handed sharp shooter has garnered interest from many high major programs and has an early offer from Wright State. Evans has visited Indiana, Butler and Michigan in recent weeks and has plans to travel to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Purdue before his high school season. Here’s what he had to say about his Michigan visit and the recruiting process so far:

For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? Right now the best aspect of my game is my shot. If I have to get to the hole I can, but that’s something I still need to work on.

What have you been doing to prepare for the upcoming season? Right now we’re just working out pretty much every day after school to prepare for the high school season.

What schools are currently recruiting you? Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Xavier, Wright State and Butler.

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2014 Intro: Perry Poindexter

Perry Poindexter is a 6-foot-7, 190-pound power forward from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He played junior varsity as a freshman last season, but his 7-foot-2 wingspan and his potential have caught the eye of many Big Ten schools. Poindexter is rated the No. 4 player in Indiana’s class of 2014 by Inside the Hall. Here’s what Poindexter had to say about his game and the recruiting process so far:

For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? Offensively, just finishing around the basket. Defensively, controlling the middle and that’s really it.

What’s your biggest strength? Probably finishing on the inside and my post defense, guarding people that are bigger than me.

What schools are recruiting you right now? Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Michigan, Michigan State, IUPUI, Butler and Illinois.

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2014 Intro: Sean Sellers

Sean Sellers is a 6-foot-5 forward from Greensburg High School in Indiana, where he averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds as a freshman. He’s still early in the recruiting process, but he’s already garnered high major interest and is rated the No. 6 2014 prospect Indiana by Inside the Hall. Michigan coaches followed him on the July AAU circuit and more recently U-M assistant coach Jeff Meyer stopped by Greensburg for an open gym. I caught up with Sellers on Sunday to discuss his recruitment and unofficial visit to Michigan for the Eastern Michigan football game.

How would you describe your game? I’m a shooter, but if the defense will crowd me I can drive past them and I’ll dish to my teammates who will score inside.

What schools are recruiting you right now? Michigan, Butler, Purdue and maybe Michigan State a little bit.

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Open Thread: Predict U-M’s Regular Season Record

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The schedule is finalized, practice begins in just under a month and Michigan will play its first regular season game in under two months time. March is a distant memory and, despite the requisite fall attention to the gridiron, it’s almost basketball season.

As preview magazines and predictions begin leaking out onto the internet, we want to hear your opinion. How many games does this Michigan team win? The Wolverines will play 31 games – 13 games out of conference and 18 Big Ten match-ups. Review the schedule, vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments.

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