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Report Card 2011: Jordan Morgan


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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

Tuesday Thoughts: Darius Morris, Scheduling & More


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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Video: John Beilein’s Postseason Wrap Up

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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Recruiting Roundup: March 28th, 2011

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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:

More thoughts on Michigan’s future recruiting after the jump.
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