Tim Hardaway Jr. Makes USA U19 World Championship Team

hardaway_tim_2011[1]USA Basketball announced today that Tim Hardaway Jr. made the cut for 2011 USA U19 World Championship team. That means that Hardaway will spend the next three weeks training in Colorado and traveling to Europe to participate in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships.

Hardaway participated in four try-out sessions over the last three days and survived the cut from 20 down to 13. Team workouts in Colorado will continue throughout the week, and there will be one more cut (Jeff Goodman reports this is down to Keith Appling or James Bell) before the team leaves for Europe on Friday. The first stop will be in Lithuania where Team USA will practice and scrimmage against the Lithuanian U19 and U20 National Teams. From there, the team will travel to Latvia for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships which will run from June 30th through July 10th.

The USA youth program has been very successful in recent years and several college stars have improved after participating. The 2009 team featured players like Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Klay Thompson and Ashton Gibbs, all of whom had good freshmen seasons before elevating their games to another level after returning.

Two other Big Ten players made the cut, Keith Appling and Meyers Leonard, while Iowa sophomore Melsahn Basabe wasn’t so fortunate. Find the full Team USA U-19 Roster and a collection of links to further reading material after the jump. (Photo: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball)

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Recruiting: Where Things Stand

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The last week was the biggest flurry of recruiting activity that we’ve seen since Nick Stauskas and Max Bielfeldt committed during the same weekend. Michigan hosted its Elite Camp over the weekend and landed a pair of commitments on Wednesday. With two more future slots filled, the recruiting picture became more defined, but the commitments also add an additional layer of complication to the overall recruiting equation.

Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal fill immediate needs on the projected roster. Hatch is a wing shooter with good size and strength that will set foot on campus after most of the current shooters on the roster (Novak, Douglass, Vogrich and possibly Hardaway) have moved on. Donnal is a big man that will provide size and skill in the middle, with a perfect offensive skill set for the five position in John Beilein’s offense.

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2011-12 Big Ten Single Plays Announced

big-ten-logo-pentagram[1]The Big Ten conference announced the single plays for the upcoming season and the Wolverines will play Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska just once next season.

It’s not a bad draw for Michigan, who will avoid a dreaded trip to the Kohl Center in Madison. Iowa and Nebraska will likely be near the bottom of the league, but playing them on the road should help boost the strength of schedule. Minnesota should be solid next season, but with the Wolverines recent success in Minneapolis, it’s a bit disappointing to miss that opportunity for a quality road win.

Michigan
Home: Minnesota, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Nebraska

For all updates on the 2010-11 schedule, including non-conference dates, check out the future schedule page. You can find the conference-wide single play information after the jump.

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Video: More from 2013 U-M Commits Mark Donnal and Austin Hatch

Yesterday was a busy day with phone calls, offers and a pair of commitments so we have a couple of videos to add to the fray that are either new or may have been overlooked yesterday.

First, Some additional footage of big man Mark Donnal courtesy of our friends at Indiana Prep Spotlight:


After the jump we have TV video interviews with Donnal and fellow commitment Austin Hatch as well as some footage from Hatch’s sophomore season that we added late to his commitment post.


For more video, background and scouting on both of Michigan’s commitments make sure to read back into our commitment posts from Wednesday: Mark Donnal / Austin Hatch

207200_1806621317955_1012571708_31691043_6925436_nWhile Michigan landed a pair of commitments earlier this afternoon in Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal, they handed out two three more scholarship offers. Head coach John Beilein extended offers to both Monte MorrisZak Irvin and Derrick Walton throughout this afternoon and evening. [Photo: Next Generation Sports]

[Ed: Updated to include PG Derrick Walton, who texted me that he was “holding offers from Xavier, CMU and Michigan!” after receiving a call from John Beilein this evening.]

Morris has made it clear that Michigan is the No. 1 school on his list and texted me this evening to tell me that Michigan had indeed offered him a scholarship. He wasn’t sure whether it would effect his time-frame for commitment, noting that “he wasn’t sure and was going to think on it tonight”. Morris was the most impressive guard at Michigan’s camp and took an unofficial visit the week before camp.

Michigan also appears to be in very good position for Derrick Walton, who is still digesting things but told me this might push up his time-frame for making a decision as well.
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Mark Donnal to Michigan

MAY_CLASSIC0417-500x7691[1]Commitments come in pairs and 2013 big man Mark Donnal verbally committed shortly after Austin Hatch joined in. Michigan head coach John Beilein extended a scholarship offer this afternoon and Donnal quickly accepted.

Donnal is a 6-foot-9, 200 pound big man out of Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio that plays his AAU basketball with Dan Dakich’s Indiana Elite South squad. Donnal had a very impressive showing at Michigan’s Elite Camp and appears to be blossoming into an impressive prospect. Full video and scouting after the jump. Photo Credit: Herald Times Online

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