Friday Links

Video: Nik Stauskas in 2011 Canadian Flight Games Dunk Contest

Nik Stauskas put together an impressive July on the AAU circuit and wrapped it up with one final event last night, the 2011 Canadian Flight Games. Stauskas won MVP of the Canadian exhibition game, which featured a Canadian team against an American team from Buffalo, and he also won the three point contest. This footage is from the dunk contest, where Stauskas placed third:

Nik will be making an unofficial visit up to Michigan on August 1st as a thank you for all of the attention that the Michigan staff paid him on the recruiting trail this July.

Video: Mitch McGary at 2011 Super Showcase

Mitch McGary has clearly established himself as one of the top ten class of 2012 prospects in the country. He’s impressed scouts on the summer circuit with his size, athleticism and high energy style of play. The rising senior attracted college coaches from across the country during July and has drawn offers and interest from a who’s who of high major college programs including Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland and Kentucky. John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines have also continued to make headway in McGary’s recruitment, having recruited him since he was back at Chesterton High School in Indiana. recently posted this footage of McGary at the 2011 Super Showcase:

McGary recently visited Michigan unofficially and was featured in a lengthy Detroit News profile. [click to continue…]

Zak Irvin Down to Two

Team-Gordon_0465-500x724[1]2013 wing forward Zak Irvin holds offers from Michigan, Butler, Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier among others but confirmed today that he’s narrowed his list to two schools: Michigan and Butler. The Indiana native has impressed this July on the AAU circuit where many have noted that he appears to be a different player, playing with a new level of confidence and offensive aggression.

Most recently Irvin impressed ESPN’s Joel Francisco while leading the Eric Gordon All-Stars to the championship game at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas:

Irvin is a prototypical 3-man for the high-major level. He has a terrific frame and he’s very athletic, but it’s his ball skills that really caught our eye. He has a knack to score in a variety of ways from the 3-point line as well as off the dribble. He had a couple of notable drives to the basket and he converted a few legitimate pull-up jump shots with a defender right on him. Irvin is a top-30 prospect for his class with continued improvement.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Michigan and Butler, two of Irvin’s most recent offers, were at the front of his list and the rising junior confirmed via text that he has narrowed his school list. When asked when he hoped to make a decision, Irvin said he’d like to decide “before the summer ends”.

For video and previous scouting reports on Irvin, make sure to view his recruiting profile page.

arkansas_logo[1]ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting that Michigan is likely to add Arkansas to its 2011-12 schedule. Katz notes that the Arkansas game is expected to be lined up sometime during the Big Ten season.

Arkansas went 18-12 (7-9 SEC) last season and will be playing its first season under former Missouri head coach Mike Anderson.

Michigan will also play in the Maui Invitational, a field which includes Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade. The bracket for the Maui Invitational should be expected in the coming weeks.  The Wolverines will host Iowa State, Towson and Bradley while traveling to Virginia (Big Ten-ACC Challenge) and Oakland (at the Palace). All notes on next year’s schedule are maintained here.

Michigan’s schedule appears to be lacking the top flight marquee home games that we’ve seen in recent years, but still includes quality competition. Despite lacking blockbuster home games, the schedule is more balanced with solid high major opponents – home and away – and a loaded neutral Maui Invitational field.

Wednesday Links

  • 110595111_crop_650x440[1] Summer Sessions: Head Coach John Beilein
    “We have really grown as a group over the last several years and we understand what it takes to win. We will continue to remind the players of the little intangibles that made them special last year, but I think they have an appreciation for our success and are eager to succeed even further this upcoming season.”
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. Making a Name for Himself
    Hardaway featured on MGoBlue
  • Dick Vitale Preseason Top 40 – 21-30
    ” 21. Michigan: John Beilein’s team surprised many people last season, but they will have even higher expectations this time around. Led by sophomore shooting guard, Tim Hardaway Jr., look for the Wolverines to be a force in the Big Ten this season.”
  • U16 Super Showcase recap
    Mark Donnal: He is a tough insider who can score and rebound. The Michigan commit has really improved in the past year and is moving toward being an impact player by the time he arrives in the Big Ten. Donnal can face up and shoot to 19 feet, but is also effective on the low block and is not afraid to try to dunk on an unsuspecting opponent. Plus, Donnal is a good rebounder in the paint and a solid position rebounder.
  • Las Vegas Day 3 recap
    “Michigan commit Nik Stauskas (Missisauga, Ontario/St. Mark’s) has gotten stronger and more explosive in the lane, while maintaining his niche as a lights out shooter from the perimeter. Those developments have him on the verge of taking his game to the next level, but he needs to do a better job of harnessing his emotions when the whistle isn’t going his way.”
  • Vegas: Day Four, Part B ($)
    “His three-point shot looks smooth and although he wasn’t finishing well, Stauskas didn’t have much trouble slashing to the basket.”
  • Ekpe Udoh, Cartier Martin caught in financial scandal
    Former Wolverine Ekpe Udoh had $350k tied up in David Salinas’s ponzi scheme
  • DeShawn Sims inks in Korea with KCC Egis
    Peedi will play in Korea next year
  • A layman’s guide to the Class of 2012
    Dave Telep and Eamonn Brennan breakdown the best class of 2012 prospects on the board including Mitch McGary and Gary Harris.
  • Indiana interested in 2013 Flint Beecher point guard Monte Morris
    Hoosiers showing interest in Monte Morris 
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