- 2012 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings – ESPNU 100
Glenn Robinson III at No. 60 and Nick Stauskas at No. 100
- Five Michigan teams record perfect APR scores; all 27 varsity programs avoid NCAA penalties
Hoops team appears to be in very solid shape. With three rotation players in the Business and Engineering schools, I wouldn’t expect this number to be in much danger going forward.
- Byrd to have surgery | LSJ Blogs | Joe Rexrode
Russell Byrd is having foot surgery again. He’s scheduled to be out for four months but with all of the problems he’s had before playing a game in East Lansing, it’s probably time to start worrying about the career implications.
- Top newcomers in Big Ten basketball
Seven newcomers that Jason King feels are better than any of Michigan’s additions
- Denzel Watts 2013 Flint Carman
Spring video of 2013 guard target
- Ed DeChellis bolts Penn State … for Navy
Pretty surprising move that leaves Penn State in a complete bind. DeChellis appears to have opted for job security while taking a $200k pay cut. Dana O’Neill reports that DeChellis would have been fired for not making the tournament last season and that he was entering the final year of his contract.
- The one thing that might screw up college basketball is college football
Gasaway examines the latest Big Ten proposal to increase monthly stipends to college athletes and the negative effects it would have on college basketball.
- 2013 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings – Super 60
Notables: James Young 34, Malcolm Hill 36 and EC Matthews 45
- Michigan State is now recruiting 2013 PG Jalen James.
The off-season is a great time to make improvements, big and small, to the site to help improve your experience. (We’re also able to use your generous end-of-season donations to add new features.) A couple weeks ago we revamped the commenting system, upgrading to a Disqus system that has received strong positive feedback thus far. Next up is an upgrade to the mobile version of the site.
The look is clean and simple but still allows you to do almost everything you would do from a web browser. All of the most recent posts are easily accessible and you can access the menu to browse through static content, tags and categories. You can post and read comments with a mobile optimized view and also watch all of our videos with the push of a button. We are aware of one feature that’s not working at this point, the recruiting profiles, but we’re actively investigating a solution.
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Michigan is recruiting Ohio big man Mark Donnal as hard as anyone in the country and the 6-foot-9 sophomore has opened some eyes this spring.
Joe Eberhardt was on hand at the Indiana State AAU Tournament and had the opportunity to see Donnal in extended action. He passed along this video, with a scouting report after the jump.
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- Luke Hancock to Louisville
Hancock’s only visit was the Louisville and they recently hired his coach from Hargrave Military Academy.
- Breunig Visits UW
German power forward Martin Breunig is taking visits after decommitting from Maryland. He visited Washington but lists Michigan among others. Per his prep assistant coach: “We’ve heard from pretty much everyone — Michigan, Florida, USC, Tennessee, UAB and Providence.” At this point it seems like Michigan has thrown its hat into the ring but it remains to be seen whether anything more comes from the situation.
- Michigan will play Nebraska once next season, at Nebraska. We now know that Nebraska is one of Michigan’s single plays while Purdue and Illinois will be double-plays.
- Miami Heat’s Juwan Howard: The Fab Five’s Last Shot – WSJ.com
- Darius Morris explains why he left Michigan basketball program for shot at the NBA
- A few thoughts on Capobiano’s decision to transfer
Indiana loses Tom Crean’s first recruit and Alex Bozich shares his thoughts.
- 5 O’Clock Shadow
”Ed Hightower, who recently slept in a recliner for seven weeks while recovering from rotator cuff surgery, has cut his work load under 60 games and says he’ll retire within the next two years. He is part of the old guard that is being replaced by younger refs.”
- Zak Irvin visited Butler last week and is recently picking up new interest from Georgetown, Marquette and Louisville.
- Troy Spears, a 2014 recruit from Indiana, plans to visit Michigan in June.
The University of Michigan Regents approved the schematic designs of the $52 million makover to Crisler Arena. The overhaul will include new fan entrances, additional retail and ticketing spaces as well as a private club space.
The Basketball Player Development Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed later this year. The first phase of Crisler Arena renovations was previously approved for $20 million and will focus on infrastructure improvements. New scoreboards are also being installed in Crisler Arena this summer. The entire project is expected to be completed by the winter of 2014.
Full release and more photos after the jump