- Mitch McGary’s upcoming visits are set, per Dave Telep: Michigan official 9/3; Kentucky unofficial 9/5; North Carolina official 9/7; Duke official 9/8. McGary shared his thoughts on each school left on his list with Scout.com ($).
- Glenn Robinson III and Nick Stauskas both saw their rankings rise in Rivals’ most recent top-150 with Robinson up to 35th and Stauskas at 80th. Rivals even notes that Robinson could be underrated. Both players plan to take their official visits this fall, Robinson for the Notre Dame game and Stauskas on September 24th.
- The Bartelstein Blog: Back to School, Don’t Forget Your Drills, the League is here!
Bartelstein breaks down the Michigan basketball fantasy league
- From a makeshift office, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein prepares for move to new facilities
AnnArbor.com on Beilein and more
- Indiana Class of 2012 Rankings
Glenn Robinson III comes in at No. 5 in Inside the Hall’s state of Indiana rankings
- Class of 2012 Team Basketball Recruiting Rankings
Michigan comes in at No. 14 with a pair of top 100 commits, fourth in the Big Ten
- Dwaun Anderson will not enroll at MSU
Dwaun Anderson will not enroll this year, opting to take a year off as he deals with family issues stemming from the death of his mother.
- Bob Hunter commentary: Rumblings …
Prized Ohio State freshman LaQuinton Ross could be ineligible this season after an issue with his transcripts has come to light. The Dispatch filed a second article emphasizing that there hasn’t been a final decision but things still do not look good.
In what we hope to make an annual feature on the blog, here’s an early look at some of the Big Ten players that could have breakout performances during the upcoming season. These are generally players that had limited roles in the offense due to opportunity, or had slightly underwhelming seasons, last year but should be in line for a much more productive season in 2011. Last year we outlined high offensive rating and low usage, high usage blocking players departing and in-season improvement as some of the major criteria for identifying breakout players. As a rule of thumb, players that were named to the All-Freshman Team last year (Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, Melsahn Basabe and Tim Hardaway Jr.) are ineligible for this squad.
Deshaun Thomas (Forward, 6-6, 230lbs, Ohio State)
Deshaun Thomas had no problem finding field goal attempts when he was on the floor last season. He used a higher proportion of shot attempts while he was on the floor than any other player, including conference player of the year Jared Sullinger. For such an aggressive player, Thomas posted pretty solid shooting numbers, making 54% of his twos and 33% of his threes. His defense on the other hand, was an issue as plays like this were a bit too common. Thomas has the talent and his defense should come along as a sophomore and the opportunity is there with both Jon Diebler and David Lighty graduating on the wings.
We’ve posted several scouting and highlight videos of 2012 Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III this summer, but here’s some additional footage from both the NY2LA Summer Jam and Invitational compiled by the Midwest Ballers.
- Video: Glenn Robinson III Summer Highlights
- Video: Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary Summer Highlights
- Video: Glenn Robinson III at IBCA Top 100 Showcase
- Video: Glenn Robinson III at Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star Exhibition
- Scouting Video: Glenn Robinson III at Adidas May Classic
- Video: U-M Commits Glenn Robinson III and Trey Burke
- Scouting Video: Glenn Robinson III at Pitt Jam Fest
- Scouting & Video: Glenn Robinson III vs. Hammond Morton
Borrowing an idea from our friends at Inside the Hall, here’s an early look at five major storylines affecting the Michigan backcourt for this upcoming season.
How does Trey Burke perform as a true freshman point guard – In all but the rarest circumstances, freshmen point guards struggle. We examined this phenomenon during Darius Morris’s freshmen year and despite his struggles as a freshman, he excelled as a sophomore. Reports from open gym on Trey Burke have been extremely positive, with some going as far as proclaiming Burke as the best player on the floor for stretches. Open gym is just open gym, and the hardest step for Burke will be learning the offense once practice starts. That being said, his quickness and three point shooting should add a new element to the pick and roll offense that was featured last season with Darius Morris.
Ty Kish, from City League Hoops, posted some footage of Burke at a recent summer league game in Columbus. The footage isn’t necessarily earth shattering but it’s pretty clear that Burke has gotten bigger and stronger:
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- Above: John Beilein on ESPN U with Andy Katz, Kevin Stallings and Andy Kennedy
- U-M’s Beilein talks money, Big Ten, Darius Morris and more
Beilein chats with the Free Press
- 8/12/11 -Bartelstein Blog: Summer Days Going Fast, the Rookies and the League
- Catching Up with Guard Corey Person
- McGary could go directly to NBA from prep school
This doesn’t seem to be a likely option at this point, but it’s a real option.
- ESPNU 100 superlatives
McGary featured for the best motor in the class of 2012
- ESPN Class of 2012 Rankings
Glenn Robinson III is now ranked 53rd nationally by ESPN.com while Nick Stauskas is ranked 85th.
- ESPN Class of 2013 Rankings
Zak Irvin is ranked 70th, Mark Donnal is ranked 84th while Derrick Walton is the No. 25 point guard and just outside of the top 100.
- Scout Class of 2012 Rankings
Robinson at No. 39
- Austin Hatch Caring Bridge Update: August 14th
“Austin continues to make steady progress on his recovery. He enjoys getting outside for fresh air and sunshine. We are delighted with the excellent medical, nursing and therapy care he is receiving.”