- All-Ohio teams: Northland’s Burke shares player of year
Burke earns a share of the the AP Division 1 All-Ohio Player of the Year award with PSU commit Trey Lewis. The duo will have a chance to go head-to-head this Friday in the state semifinals. The Ohio Mr. Basketball award will be announced tomorrow.
- Mr. Basketball Dwaun Anderson is king from Up North
Dwaun Anderson wins Mr. Basketball in Michigan… A pretty surprising choice as most assumed LaDontae Henton would win the award. Brundidge finished fourth, as most votes seemed to be split between Detroit area prospects iwth Amir Williams grabbing 1429, Brundidge 1334 and Kearney 1124
- Coaching shakeup pays off for Michigan
Katz on the new Michigan assistants
- Michigan Basketball: Making Us Proud
Great stuff from David Merritt as he shares his final thoughts on the season
- The Bartelstein Blog: Entry 28 — Reasons to Smile & Reasons to be Proud
The final Bartelstein blog
- All-Access: Pregame vs. Tennessee
John Beilein.com video
- ALL-ACCESS: U-M’s SATURDAY IN CHARLOTTE
- Previewing Big Ten Basketball for 2011-12…You Can’t Look Ahead Too Early
Encouraging look at the future from The Daily Gopher
- East Detroit and Southfield Basketball Preview
Preview of Southfield’s game versus East Detroit. Carlton Brundidge is looking for his second straight trip to the Breslin.
- Thanks again to everyone that donated money, you are all far too kind and your support will continue to help the site grow during the off season.
Evan Smotrycz explodes in the first half
Smotrycz hasn’t been consistent this year but he’s completely changed the complexion of several games. At the very least he’s displayed samplings of the offensive tools that make him such a promising prospect going forward. Evan had 11 first half points versus Duke and all of them were critical, allowing Michigan to hang around in the game despite playing without several starters. As you would expect, he hit a couple three pointers, but his most impressive move was a quick fake and drive past Miles Plumlee for a three point play. Evan’s potent combination of size and three point shooting ability mean that this pump fake is going to be there constantly. The key is being able to take the ball strong all the way to the hole or learn to shoot a pull up jumpshot. This was probably Evan’s strongest drive and finish all season long and he averaged 10 points per game over Michigan’s final five contests.
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Trey Burke had 29 points on 6 of 12 (3-5 3pt) shooting with eight assists, five rebounds and five steals in an 80-62 Northalnd win. The Vikings advance to the OHSAA Division I semifinals where they will face AP No. 1 Garfield Heights and Penn State point guard commit Trey Lewis. Here’s video of Northland’s win from Cap City Preps. Burke wears #3 for Northland (green).
In other recruiting news, 2011 big man Max Bielfeldt is expected to make a decision shortly. Bielfeldt will decide between Michigan, where he recently had a very positive official visit, and Illinois. This is a recruitment to pay close attention to this week.
Photo: Detroit News
It’s only fitting that Michigan’s season ended in this fashion. Not with heartbreak at the buzzer, but with a second half comeback that nobody more than a couple steps away from the Michigan bench would have deemed possible. Duke was the bigger, stronger and quicker team and held a 14-point lead with 11:40 to play, even a 12-point lead with 6:25 to play. This game was supposed to be over. These are the defending national champions playing a psuedo-home game with a roster full of NBA draft picks and senior All-Americans. 12-point Duke leads are supposed to grow into 20-point leads rather than dissolve down the stretch.
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