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Regents Approve Crisler Arena Makeover

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The University of Michigan Regents approved the schematic designs of the $52 million makover to Crisler Arena. The overhaul will include new fan entrances, additional retail and ticketing spaces as well as a private club space.

The Basketball Player Development Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed later this year. The first phase of Crisler Arena renovations was previously approved for $20 million and will focus on infrastructure improvements. New scoreboards are also being installed in Crisler Arena this summer. The entire project is expected to be completed by the winter of 2014.

Full release and more photos after the jump

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Scouting Video: Demetrius Jackson at Adidas May Classic

Demetrius Jackson’s recruitment has exploded this spring. He’s impressed scouts on the AAU circuit and his list has expanded, now including Xavier, Michigan, Notre Dame, Indiana, Michigan State and Illinois. Xavier and Michigan have both indicated that he’s near the top, if not at the top, of their recruiting boards for the class of 2013.

We posted video of Jackson at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam last week, but Josh Houchin managed to catch one of Jackson’s games at the Adidas May Classic as well:

Click here for all of our coverage from the Adidas May Classic.

Michigan to Play at Virginia in 2011 Big Ten-ACC Challenge

big ten acc[1]The Big Ten-ACC Challenge match-ups were announced this afternoon and Michigan will play at Virginia on November 29th.

We have a full listing of the confirmed and rumored games on next year’s schedule. At this point the list is highlighted by Virginia, the Maui Invitational, Oakland (at the Palace) and Bradley.

Michigan coaches have indicated a desire to add one additional marquee home-and-home series, but at this point no plans have been finalized.

The complete listing of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge match-ups is available after the jump.

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Q&A: 2013 PG Derrick Walton Recaps U-M Unofficial

recruit_waltonjr_576[2]Michigan has made sophomore  point guard Derrick Walton an early priority in the class of 2013. John Beilein has been in to watch to watch him workout and the Michigan coaching staff paid close attention during Walton’s sophomore season at Chandler Park, where he averaged 24 points and six assists per game. After missing a tournament early this spring with a knee injury, Walton has played extremely well with the Michigan Mustangs on the AAU circuit.

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Last Friday, Walton made the trip up to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit with the Michigan coaching staff.

On the visit: Basically we toured the campus and talked about the facilities being rebuilt and how it would be if I decided Michigan.

On what stood out:  All of it stood out. I wouldn’t say anything was better than the others. I just liked it all.

On comparing it to other visits: I would, by far, say this was the best one yet.

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