- Crisler Construction Update (March 31st)
New pictures from the Michigan basketball Facebook page. For a refresher, here’s a video tour of the player development center. The first stages of Crisler Arena changes should include new seats, infrastructure improvements, a tunnel to the PDC and new video scoreboards.
- Polynomial-centric Big Ten Recap: Part I
Great stuff from one of our commenters, the_white_tiger, breaking down every Big Ten team with polynomial efficiency graphs. As you would expect, Michigan’s late season improvement stems from great defense.
- Testing the NBA Draft Waters May Never Be the Same
NBA teams are attempting to organize a group workout in New Jersey during the weekend of April 29th. This would give underclassmen a significant opportunity to workout in front of many NBA scouts before the NCAA-mandated May 8th withdrawal date.
- THE 2011 FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Collegeinsider.com names Tim Hardaway Jr. to their freshmen All-American team
- Parade Announces 2011 High School All-Americans
Trey Burke was named to the Parade All-American second team
- Detroit News 2011 boys basketball Dream Team
Carlton Brundidge gets the nod
- 2011 JS Big-School Boys Basketball Player of the Year: UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Max Bielfeldt named Peoria-area player of the year, here’s the feature story
- 2010-2011 Indiana High School Basketball Season Recap Video
Our friend Joe Eberhardt with a nice recap video of the best players in Indiana
- No time for premorse by John Gasaway
Gasaway shares his thoughts on amateurism and the NCAA
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.
Rumors are running rampant over Darius Morris’ status but, for now, everyone should take a deep breath. Tim posted some very rational thoughts on Morris and his future that are worth your time but here’s my take on the situation.
First off, John Beilein clarified the situation by pointing out that Morris has only reached out to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and hasn’t officially entered his name in the draft – a major difference from what was reported by the Free Press. Morris has every right to pursue his NBA opportunities, in fact I would encourage him to. He wants to be an NBA player and this is the first step down that road.
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John Beilein was available to media for lunch and to talk about the 2010-2011 season, Darius Morris testing the draft waters, improvements in recruiting and much more. Notes and quotes are after the jump.
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Nick Stauskas and Max Bielfeldt committed to Michigan this weekend
Last week was a busy week on the recruiting trail. 2011 big man Max Bielfeldt committed to Michigan on Friday and 2012 swing manNick Stauskas joined him on Saturday. It was also an eventful week for Michigan’s previous 2011 commitments. Both led their teams deep in their respective state tournaments but fell short of state championships. Carlton Brundidge and Southfield were knocked out in the semifinals by eventual champions Kalamazoo Central while Trey Burke was named Mr. Basketball on Wednesday before losing in the state finals to Cincinnati La Salle.
We posted more recruiting content than we normally do so here’s a recap:
- Video: Trey Burke vs. Cincinnati La Salle
- Nik Stauskas Commits to Michigan
- Video: Carlton Brundidge vs. Kalamazoo Central
- Scouting: Trey Burke vs. Garfield Heights
- Max Bielfeldt Picks Michigan
- Video: Nik Stauskas at NPSAA Championships
- Video: Trey Burke Senior Highlights
- Video: Monte Morris vs. McBain
- Trey Burke Voted Mr. Basketball for Ohio
More thoughts on Michigan’s future recruiting after the jump.
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