- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon sees promise in the Michigan basketball program
Brandon talks about Beilein and the need for improved facilities
- WVU reminisces with Beilein
“It was kind of like meeting up with your ex-wife you didn’t really get to finish things off with,” Mazzulla said.
- Back and Forth: Butler vs. Duke
Two of the best, Gasaway and Pomeroy, preview tonight’s national championship game
- The Tank Runs Dry
KJ, as always, remains extremely level headed while breaking down Michigan State’s Final Four loss (I don’t know how he does it). I am still impressed that Butler essentially beat Michigan State at their own game — playing extremely physical defense and holding their own on the defensive glass. It is also quite humorous to hear the Michigan State faithful complain about clutching, grabbing, and last second fouls.
- Hoops: Sykes updates his recruitment ($)
The Wolverine catches up with Sykes, who visited campus recently, but there is little movement in terms of his recruitment at this point.
- Tommy Amaker working on extension to remain at Harvard
Amaker happy at Harvard, wouldn’t consider BC job
- 2010 Portsmouth Invitational: Official Rosters and Preview
Tournament runs April 7th-10th, Sims will play with Samham (groin injury), Da’Sean Butler (torn ACL), Patrick Christopher, Sylvester Seay, Denis Clemente, Marquez Haynes, and Tory Jackson. Somehow Raymar Morgan didn’t get an invite but David Kool did. Go figure.
- Jimmy King Podcast: Our Iconic Style Was A Collaborative Effort
The King on Lost Lettermen (HT: mgoblog)
Here is video of Marshall Plumlee from the ESPN Rise Invitational. Plumlee finished with 5 ponts (2/4 shooting), 7 rebounds, and three blocks. Christ School lost the game 82-72. Plumlee is obviously still a work in progress but right now scouts love his size (6-foot-11) and his motor. He changes the game on the defensive end but doesn’t get many touches on the offensive end. Thanks again to Josh Houchin for providing the video.
A Guest Post by Josh Houchin from the IHSAA State Finals
Class of 2011 PF/C
20 points, 26 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers
4/13 FG (1/2 3pt) — 11/17 FT — Video interview
Zeller’s coach told him that rebounding would be a huge to key to beating Lew Wallace, and he definitely took it to heart. He finished with 20 points and 26(!) rebounds. He battled tough on the inside, grabbing nearly everything within his reach. He also blocked a couple of shots, while altering several others.
Zeller was actually one of two players in the frontcourt bring the ball up against the Wallace press in the first half. He turned it over a couple of times in the first quarter in this role, but overall, I thought his ball handling was solid for a guy that’s 6’10+. Wallace was very physical with him, but he rose to the occasion and helped lead his team to a state title as a junior (something neither of his brothers were able to accomplish.)
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell
Class of 2012 PG
20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover
7/21 FG (1/7 3PT), 5/8 FT
Video: Previously posted here
Ferrell didn’t have the best day shooting the ball, but there’s a lot to like about this sophomore. He can handle equally well with both hands (a rarity nowadays), and he’s incredibly quick. He’s also a very good rebounder for his size, and can jump really well.
I think the most telling number about his performance in this game was an unofficial stat that I kept. He had 7 WBA (would-be-assists). He found the open guy time and again, and his teammates just couldn’t deliver. After Wheeler saw this in the first half, they made a change and sent a double team at Yogi nearly every time he touched the ball. This team really wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t this kid, and the fact that he even got them to this point at such a young age is a tribute to his ability. He’s probably going to end up having offers from pretty much everyone in the country by the time it’s all said and done. If he grows a couple of inches, look out.
Photo credit: Ann Arbor.com
It’s finally official. Harris announced at his press conference today that he will enter the NBA draft and has no plans of returning to Michigan. Harris has not yet hired an agent but plans to do so in the near future.
Here are the quotes from the U-M Athletic Department press release:
“After long discussions with the U-M staff and my family and friends, I have decided to pursue my dream of professional basketball and leave U-M early for the NBA,” said Harris. “It is important for me to thank the University of Michigan, Coach Beilein and his staff, my teammates, my professors, as well as all those in the athletic department who have helped me over the last three years. My growth as a person and player wouldn’t have been possible without them.
“I will always appreciate the college game and what it has done for me, but playing professional basketball has always been a goal and I feel it is the best time to pursue that. I will always be a Michigan Wolverine at heart and bleed Maize and Blue forever.”
“Manny believes it is his time to move on to the NBA and we fully support him,” said U-M coach John Beilein. “It was a tough decision for him and we are prepared to assist him in every way we can as he begins this new chapter in his life. Manny has assured us he plans on successfully finishing this semester, which would put him in a position to graduate from Michigan with just one more academic year.”
“In three short years, Manny has compiled outstanding career numbers in points, rebounds, assists and steals — milestones many very good players do not reach during a four-year career. I have many fond memories of Manny’s time at Michigan. He has been clutch in so many big wins we certainly will miss him however we wish him nothing but the best in his professional basketball career and beyond.”
This amplifies the importance of landing at least one more wing player in the class of 2010. The two targets remaining on Michigan’s board for 2010 are Mt. Pleasant guard Trey Zeigler and Detroit Denby’s Isaiah Sykes. Looking at the scholarship breakdown you can see that Harris’ departure has little effect on the situation because any scholarships used in 2010 will count against the 2011 class.