Report Card 2011: Evan Smotrycz


MPG PPG eFG% 3FG% RPG O Rtg Usage
17.8 6.3 51.8% 38.1 2.3 99.8 20.5%

Before the season I mentioned that Evan Smotrycz might have one of the most difficult transitions of any of Michigan’s freshmen. That sounded odd because Evan was the top rated recruit in Michigan’s class, an RSCI consensus top 100 player, and appeared to be a perfect fit for John Beilein’s system.

One of the toughest positions to transition from the prep to college level is a perimeter oriented four man. 6-foot-9 players with skill show out on the AAU circuit, where the level of defensive intensity is a bit lacking, but to utilize all of those skills on the college level is a different fight. There are exceptions to this rule (see: Robbie Hummel) but for the most part it’s tough for these type of players to play an efficient brand of basketball as freshmen and Evan Smotrycz’s up and down year followed this rule. He displayed tantalizing flashes of his potential with nine double figure scoring games, tied for 4th on the U-M roster, including game changing performances versus Clemson and Michigan State. There were also a boatload of 2-9 and 3-11 type performances that demonstrated the freshman wasn’t quite there yet.

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First Word: In-State Rivalry, Glenn Robinson III & More


Fuel on the Fire

Draymond Green took part in Sam Hosey’s Spartan Fastbreak Show and provided this quotes (transcribed by Joe Rexrode) in regards to what was worse: a first round NCAA loss or being swept by Michigan:

“I have to go with the loss to Michigan because that’s gonna stick with me forever right here (pointing to heart). Like, it hurts so bad, I didn’t know the feeling because I’d never lost to them prior to this year. And then to lose twice, it still bothers me. Because it’s Michigan and I hate, just, it makes them feel like they’re better than us. After them not winning at the Breslin for like 13 years, however long it was. And now they feel like this is their state. And this is Michigan State’s state. We own this state, it’s our state. And it gives them the hope and a crazy reason to think this is their state. And I completely disagree with that 100 percent.”

Rivalry talk is cheap in the off season but it’s pretty clear that Michigan’s sweep hit a nerve in East Lansing. My biggest concern is that Michigan and Michigan State somehow won’t play twice next season with the new Big Ten schedules. Assuming they do, there’s no harm in drumming up a little more excitement for next year’s games.

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Report Card 2011: Stu Douglass


MPG PPG eFG% 3FG% APG RPG Ortg Usage
30.4 7.1 51.9 35.8 1.7 3.0 97.3 14.80%

Stu Douglass seems to be a common scape goat among Michigan fans but, by the time his career is over, he’s on pace to be ranked among the top 10 Wolverines in minutes played and top 5 in three point field goals made. His junior year was his most productive statistical season to date, despite shifting between various roles. Douglass opened the season as the sixth man, providing a shooting boost off the bench. He played more minutes as the season progressed, eventually moving into the starting lineup and growing into Michigan’s primary perimeter defender as well.  Many Michigan players saw their roles change throughout the season but Douglass’ shift was the most dramatic.

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Friday Links: Under Construction


Report Card 2011: Jordan Morgan


24 9.2 5.4 0.5 109.0 20.9% 62.6% 10.8% 16.6%

The first of many season review features.

Jordan Morgan committed to Michigan before Zack Novak, all the way back in December of 2007. Morgan was John Beilein’s third verbal commitment at Michigan but by the time he stepped onto the floor to begin his career, after Novak had played well over 200 minutes, he was all but forgotten. Morgan wasn’t highly rated in high school, despite occasional solid performances, and had two significant injuries during his redshirt freshman year.

The Jordan Morgan that we saw this year surpassed even the most optimistic preseason prognostications. To be brutally honest, I figured that the chances Morgan made it through the season uninjured were less than 50%. I certainly didn’t expect an extremely efficient big man that averaged 9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while providing Michigan’s lone reliable low post threat. And this wasn’t his junior or senior season, Morgan accomplished all of this as a redshirt freshman.

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Wednesday Links

  • The Greg Kampe Show: 3/21/11
    You probably don’t want to listen to an hour long podcast about Oakland basketball but there’s one takeaway from Kampe here: “Our schedule is completely blown up. There’s nothing for sure in our schedule right now. Even the Michigan game at the Palace, there are some issues with the date on that. Michigan has the chance to play Texas on the same day.
    Obviously potential opponents’ radio shows aren’t the best source for scheduling information, but this is at least one possibility to keep an eye on. Michigan already travels to Maui (Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Tennessee and UCLA round out that field) and will likely host a Big Ten-ACC Challenge game but John Beilein has mentioned that he wants to add another high profile major-conference game. Texas would fit the bill but I assume there are several other options being floated around as well.
  • Josh Bartelstein, Darius Morris, Zack Novak and Matt Vogrich were all named to Academic All-Big Ten team.
  • Notebook: Junior All-Star roster loaded with top players
    Glenn Robinson III named to the “core” team which features the first six choices by the committee. The Junior team will play the Senior team on June 6th and 8th.
  • Who’s in, who’s out of 2011 draft? (Insider)
    Chad Ford on Morris: “Morris may be the most improved college player in the country. He led the Big 10 in assists this season and has the size, floor vision and inside-outside game that NBA scouts covet in a guard. Morris isn’t an elite athlete and still needs to improve his 3-point stroke, but if he stays in the draft, he’s got a shot at the first round. The question for Morris is — just how much higher could he climb with another season at Michigan? A number of NBA scouts told that he needs to return to school to be a lock for the first round — perhaps even the lottery. Morris has until May 8 to decide whether he’ll stay in the draft.”
  • CROWN: Nick Stauskas interview by Drew Ebanks NPSAA March 19,2011
    Video interview with Stauskas talking Canadian hoops and much more (before his commitment).
  • The hands that guide: Trey Burke could see key minutes next season for the Michigan basketball team
    Mike Rothstein profiles Trey Burke
  • The athletic department has already sold more student tickets this off season than they sold last year.
  • Jalen Rose faces drunken driving charges in Michigan
    Never a good headline.
  • Signing Off
    KJ is officially out of the blogging game. Unfortunate. trey burkeThe hands that guide: Trey Burke could see key minutes next season for the Michigan basketball team
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