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Social Media Mailbag: April 28th, 2011

Don’t hesitate to tweet or e-mail any questions that you want to see answered in future editions of the mailbag.

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Blazefire84: @umhoops With the renovations to Crisler, does anyone know if the student section will be moved/enlarged, or will Maize Rage be the same?

From what I understand, the Maize Rage bleachers will be moved to the other side of the arena when the new renovations are complete. They’ve already been removed, as you can see from the picture above. This is to make room for the new tunnel, which will be located on that side of the arena. it’s worth noting that everything else will be flipped to the other side of the arena as well – TV cameras, team benches, etc. So you most likely won’t be able to tell that the student section has moved on television. The basketball team has posted many more construction pictures on the Facebook page.

Early reports were that the Maize Rage has pre-sold more tickets than it sold last season and that’s before freshmen (who usually purchase the highest proportion of tickets relative to class size) have made any purchases. The actual section will stay the same size but I assume that there will be a similar wrap around effect with more student seating next to the band.

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NBA Draft Gurus Discuss Darius Morris

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Aran Smith of NBADraft.net and Kristofer Habbas of NBA Draft Insider both agreed to answer a couple quick questions about Darius Morris’s draft status. I’m far from an expert on the NBA, I probably watched four regular season games this year, so figured it would make a bit of sense to defer to those that follow the draft.

Where do you have Darius listed in your current projections?

NBADraft.net: He’s currently projected as an early second round pick. In the 30-40 range.
NBA Draft Insider: Morris is listed 39th overall today and as the 7th best point guard prospect in the draft. He is 34th in our current Mock Draft (going to Washington).

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Video: Chris Jenkins Spring AAU Highlights

Despite the commitments of Glenn Robinson III and Nick Stauskas, Michigan continues to evaluate further options in the class of 2012. A number of instate 2012 prospects have played well this spring, including Javontae Hawkins, Sherron Dorsey-Walker, and Chris Jenkins. Jenkins is lengthy wing from Detroit Jesuit that Joe interviewed back in March. Playing with the REACH Legends, he was named the MVP of the Grand Rapids Storm Classic and Michigan Prep Stars was on the scene to put together a video containing footage from both the Motown Showdown and Storm Classic.

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Video: Derrick Walton at King James Classic

Derrick Walton played very well for the Michigan Mustang 16u squad at King James, leading his team to a 2-0 superpool performance and a nice win over the NY Gauchos. We scouted Walton here but here is footage of Walton from the first two games of the King James Classic. Walton reported interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Purdue and Notre Dame and mentioned that he feels a Michigan offer is coming soon.

Click here for all of our coverage from the 2011 King James Classic.

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