Tuesday Thoughts: Darius Morris, Scheduling & More

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Rumors are running rampant over Darius Morris’ status but, for now, everyone should take a deep breath. Tim posted some very rational thoughts on Morris and his future that are worth your time but here’s my take on the situation.

First off, John Beilein clarified the situation by pointing out that Morris has only reached out to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and hasn’t officially entered his name in the draft – a major difference from what was reported by the Free Press. Morris has every right to pursue his NBA opportunities, in fact I would encourage him to. He wants to be an NBA player and this is the first step down that road.
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Video: John Beilein’s Postseason Wrap Up

John Beilein was available to media for lunch and to talk about the 2010-2011 season, Darius Morris testing the draft waters, improvements in recruiting and much more. Notes and quotes are after the jump.

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Recruiting Roundup: March 28th, 2011

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Nick Stauskas and Max Bielfeldt committed to Michigan this weekend

Last week was a busy week on the recruiting trail. 2011 big man Max Bielfeldt committed to Michigan on Friday and 2012 swing manNick Stauskas joined him on Saturday. It was also an eventful week for Michigan’s previous 2011 commitments. Both led their teams deep in their respective state tournaments but fell short of state championships. Carlton Brundidge and Southfield were knocked out in the semifinals by eventual champions Kalamazoo Central while Trey Burke was named Mr. Basketball on Wednesday before losing in the state finals to Cincinnati La Salle.

We posted more recruiting content than we normally do so here’s a recap:

More thoughts on Michigan’s future recruiting after the jump.
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Video: Trey Burke vs. Cincinnati La Salle

Michigan commitment Trey Burke had 10 points in Northland’s 59-40 loss to Cincinnati La Salle in the Ohio Division I State finals. It was a bitter end to a remarkable season for Burke, who led Northland to a 26-2 record and earned Mr. Basketball.

Nik Stauskas Commits to Michigan

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Michigan’s season ended on a bitter note versus Duke last weekend but John Beilein and his staff haven’t wasted any time before getting back on the recruiting trail. First it was 2011 big man Max Bielfeldt that committed on Friday. Now 2012 Canadian wing guard Nik Stauskas has opted to pledge his commitment as well.

It’s even Facebook official:
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Stauskas is Michigan’s second 2012 commitment, joining forward Glenn Robinson III, and chose Michigan over Kansas, Iowa State and Wake Forest among others. We have a full roundup of scouting reports, videos, rankings and thoughts after the jump.

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Report: Darius Morris to Test NBA Draft Waters

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The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Darius Morris will test the NBA Draft process but not hire an agent.

“He’s going to test the waters,” DeWayne said. “He’s not going to hire an agent. He’s going to go through the process as if he was going to enter the draft.”

“That’s always been his goal to go to the NBA,” DeWayne said. “He wanted to try it out and see where he stands. It can definitely work out. Next year he’ll be familiar with the process and know what he has to work on. If it works, he has a chance to live out his dream also had a chance to see what he can be better at. That’s his dream. Give it a shot.”

Testing the waters and not hiring an agent is a move that makes sense. If Morris gets a first round guarantee, he should go. If not, he still has the opportunity to return to school. The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is May 8th.

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