By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm
The Michigan coaching staff has turned their sights on 2012 face-up power forward Stefan Jankovic. The 6-foot-10 Canadian has had a strong spring on the AAU circuit, most recently at the Pangos Invitational. Jankovic’s recruitment with Michigan has also heated up. He took the time to chat about his relationship with John Beilein, a potential visit to Ann Arbor as well as his relationship with 2012 commitment Nick Stauskas among other things.
On his game and style of play:: If I were to put it in one word I’d say versatile. I’m about 6-foot-10 wing forward that can go down low. I can shoot the ball, handle it a little bit and just use mismatches to my advantage. If I have bigger stronger guy take him out or take a smaller weaker guy in the paint. I’m working on my defense but can guard out on the wing. Versatility is my biggest thing. Rebounding, blocking shots, all of that.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 6, 2011 at 8:30 am
Most of our recent coverage has focused on the class of 2013 lately but there have been plenty of developments surrounding the class of 2012. Here are several updates on Michigan’s two 2012 commitments as well as a new candidate to fill Darius Morris’s empty scholarship.
Robinson has excelled on the spring AAU circuit as one of the primary perimeter scorers on his SYF Players squad. Robinson played well enough to earn an invitation to the Under Armour Best of the Best Camp over the weekend in Georgia where he was noted as one of the best athletes in the camp.
It’s another big week for Robinson, who will play in both Indiana Senior-Junior All-Star games this week (tonight at Washington and Wednesday at Kokomo). He is part of a six person “core” group which also includes Yogi Ferrell, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Ron Patterson, DJ Balentine and Gary Harris.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Big Ten | Posted on June 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm
The Big Ten held its annual Council of Presidents & Chancellors meeting this afternoon and decided on venues for the conference championship games and tournaments in the new look Big Ten.
The Big Ten Basketball Tournament will return to its original format, rotating between Chicago and Indianapolis. The upcoming 2012 tournament will still be held in Indianapolis, honoring the existing Big Ten contract. Chicago will host the event in 2013 and 2015 and Indianapolis in 2014 and 2016.
The Big Ten Tournament was originally hosted in Chicago before rotating between Chicago and Indianapolis from 2002 through 2008. In 2008 the conference announced a five year deal, which will run through 2012, to host the tournament in Indianapolis.
The Big Ten also announced that the football championship game will be held in Indianapolis until 2015. Full Big Ten release after the jump. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on June 3, 2011 at 11:00 am
Because this blog has been around for roughly as long as John Beilein has been at the end of the bench in Ann Arbor, three point shooting has been a frequent topic. Beilein’s teams are obviously known for the three point shot and his teams have ranked in the top 25 for percentage of threes attempted during seven of the last nine seasons.
We’ve debriefed last season quite a bit but haven’t taken a long look at Michigan’s three point shooting and how it affected the season. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 2, 2011 at 9:11 am
As the calendar rolls into June, we draw closer to one of the most important days on the Michigan basketball recruiting calendar: sophomore offer day. Because John Beilein adheres to the NABC guidelines for offering sophomores, June 15th will be the first day that the Michigan staff extends offers to class of 2013 prospects. In preparation for the big day, we’ll take a look at some of the main 2013 targets in a position-by-position breakdown.
As things currently stand, Michigan has two scholarships to grant in the class of 2013. Because of transfers, early entry, 5th-year situations and every other form of potential attrition, I’d be surprised to see Michigan sign fewer than three players in the class of 2013.
One of those scholarships will almost certainly be tendered to a point guard. John Beilein loves to stagger his point guards two years apart and the impressive crop of 2013 floor generals fits that plan perfectly. The guards on this list have varying styles of play, whether true points or combos, but all of them would likely play an important role in the backcourt of Michigan’s offense.
Indiana turns the page Gasaway looks at Indiana in an article that includes as many gloomy statistics as you would expect, including a 3-29 record after Feb. 1st. Expectations for Cody Zeller couldn’t be much higher.