By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on February 19, 2010 at 8:00 am
Ace Anbender, of The Wolverine Blog, asked me to do a Q&A about basketball recruiting and I realized that we really haven’t had a comprehensive “where things stand” sort of update in quite sometime. I convinced him that we should split the Q&A content up between both of our two sites and here’s the result. The first half is below and you can find the second half over at his site.
First off, how do you see Michigan finishing off the class of 2010? If Michigan can’t land Trey Ziegler, are there other options on the board?
Trey Zeigler is the big fish in the pond. He’s been Michigan’s primary target for at least 2 years and that fact hasn’t changed. He is the complete package skill-wise and would be an instant impact contributor. He has the ability to play the two or the three in Beilein’s offense and is a complete scorer.
In regards to his recruitment, Zeigler has kept things very close to the vest for sometime. You can probably find another rumor every week that Zeigler is favoring <insert school here> but at this point it’s clear that he isn’t going to rush to a decision and hasn’t told anyone what he wants to do.
Playing for his dad at Central Michigan is a very real option. Michigan and UCLA have consistently been listed among his top options. Michigan State has made a push lately, but their scholarship situation is a little fuzzy. Duke entered the picture late, but seem an unlikely destination. Arizona, Oklahoma (official visit), and Providence are options as well. At this point, its a waiting game. Michigan is certainly a contender but who knows where Zeigler will end up.
Jon Horford is the only other 2010 recruit that has gotten much public attention. The 6-foot-9 big man has consistently mentioned Michigan as one of the leaders in his recruitment but it appears that he doesn’t yet have a Michigan offer. The reasoning behind this is a little unclear. Part of it might be waiting for Ben Cronin’s scholarship situation to clear itself up and part of it might just be further evaluation. Michigan doesn’t have any big men on next year’s roster who have played a minute of college basketball so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Horford end up in the class when all is said and done.
In terms of back-up plans there isn’t a lot that is publicly known. Michigan checked out Isaiah Sykes recently but that seems like an unlikely option. Does Beilein have his eyes on a sleeper recruit somewhere? Possibly but at this points it’s hard to know.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Links | Posted on February 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm
Man who swam naked across Lake Merritt is former college basketball guard
This story is just sad. One of my first memories about Michigan basketball was watching him (an incoming freshman at the time) hit six or seven three pointers in a night time open gym when I was a camper at Michigan’s basketball camp. Saying Ingerson had problems in Ann Arbor is probably an understatement, he had numerous outbursts and never really respected a coach at any point in his career, but it’s still tough to see him hit rock bottom like this.
John Gasaway points out that Michigan’s efficiency margin in conference play (+0.01) is actually better than last year’s (-0.02)*. Michigan finishing with the same 9-9 record in conference play doesn’t seem like out of the question. Remaining home games versus Penn State, Illinois, and Minnesota appear winnable on paper (Pomeroy takes Michigan in all three).
That being said, Michigan’s non-conference performance has already sealed their fate for the worst. Michigan just lost too many games before Big Ten play even tipped off. That being said it would be nice to see them finish the season by winning the games that they should.
Last ditch bubble hopes require a ridiculous hypothetical situation. Michigan would probably have to win out, which means winning at Ohio State and Michigan State. If they could manage to win one of those games and take care of business at home, they might leave the possibility of playing themselves into the tournament with a Big Ten tournament run.
In Beilein’s 2004-05 season that saw the Mountaineers make a run to the Elite 8, West Virginia played their way into the tournament. They finished the regular season on a 7-3 run and then won three games in the Big East tournament to make the final. So it’s not like Beilein has never been in this situation before. That was a miracle run though, and it’s tough to duplicate something like that especially when you remember that we are talking about a team on the NIT-bubble and not the NCAA tournament bubble.
However, winning their final three games at home for a 9-9 conference record and an NIT berth would certainly be a respectable way to finish the season.
It wasn’t one of Michigan’s best performances of the year but it was definitely one of their gutsiest. After losing a seemingly endless number of close games this year, Michigan finally managed to pull one out.
Michigan came out with their guns blazing in the first half. They hit 7 of their first 9 three point shots and scored with ease for most of the first stanza. But like we have seen all too often this year, they took their foot off the gas in the final five minutes. Iowa finished the half on a 14-4 run and the game was tied at halftime.
The second half saw both teams take leads and battle back and forth. Michigan shot only 37% in the second half to Iowa’s 50% and the Hawkeyes appeared to have the game in hand in the final minute until DeShawn Sims took over.
Sims scored all nine of Michigan’s points in the final 1:09 of the second half. Most importantly, he hit the game tying three with 7 seconds left over the outstretched arms of Aaron Fuller. Peedi missed plenty of easy shots throughout the night but he made just enough of them when it counted to make us forget about the misses. It appeared that Sims might have been fouled on that final three point attempt. According to Sims, an official told him that “he would have called the foul if it missed.” Big Ten officiating ladies and gentlemen. [click to continue…]
Who: Michigan (12-12, 5-7) vs. Iowa (9-17, 3-10) Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa When: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9:05 PM EST TV: BTN
Radio: MGoBlue, 950 AM/WWWW 102.9/1050 AM Line: Michigan by 4 Live TFS Pomeroy Profile
Facing consecutive road games for only the second time all year, Michigan heads to Iowa City to take on the struggling Hawkeyes. If you were wondering, the last time that Michigan won consecutive road games in conference play was January 2003 with wins over Ohio State and Northwestern. Those wins were in the midst of a 13 game winning streak during Daniel Horton’s freshman year.
Since their overtime debacle in Iowa City a year ago, Michigan has handled Iowa with relative ease in the last two matchups. First, a 28 point Big Ten tournament win which featured an impressive 27 point performance from DeShawn Sims. Next, a 14 point home win that was never really that close. Michigan was led, once again, by DeShawn Sims who notched 20 points and 12 rebounds.
More important than DeShawn Sims gaudy scoring totals is the fact that Michigan has locked down the Hawkeyes defensively. Holding them to 45 and 46 points in the last two games. It took Iowa 7 minutes to score their first field goal last time out and they didn’t break 20 points until the second half.
Neither team has fared particularly well since the two teams faced off just over two weeks ago. Iowa knocked off Northwestern at home but lost to Illinois and at Wisconsin and Purdue. Michigan lost two of their last three but they are coming off of an encouraging road win at Minnesota.
Iowa still lives and dies by the three. They shoot 48.1% (3rd highest nationally) of their field goal attempts from three point range and knock them down at a 32.9% clip. Devan Bawinkal, Matt Gatens, Cully Payne, and Brennan Cougill are all good three point shooters that you don’t want to leave open.
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Let’s talk about Darius Morris. His game in Minneapolis on Thursday night appeared to be his best game to date. Do you think the light has finally turned on for the freshman point guard? What are you seeing out of him?
I really feel Darius will be a major impact player before his time at U of M is all said and done. Does he have the stellar outside game at the moment? No. However, as evident over the last 4 games, Darius is a true point guard that knows how to run the fast break, find teammates, and can get to the hoop when need be. I think the game is starting to slow down a bit for him and he looks a lot more comfortable out there as his swagger is developing. He’s still a freshman and will probably go through some more ups and downs this year, but I think he will be leading this team at the point guard position for the next three years. If he can improve and find some consistency from the outside, watch out.