“I liked the small classroom size and felt comfortable with the coaching staff and players,” said Pointer. “I also like the fact that coach Lavin has been so successful in the past (at UCLA).”
That leaves Detroit Country Day big man Amir Williams as Michigan’s main recruiting target left in the class of 2011. Williams is expected to visit Michigan on November 5th along with Purdue and Ohio State in the coming weeks. He has previously visited DePaul and Florida. If Michigan doesn’t land Williams, it is likely they will bank the scholarship for the class of 2012.
ESPN’s Reggie Rankin fired off a series of tweets regarding Amir Williams. Williams still plans visits to Michigan, Purdue, and Ohio State and is “looking for the best situation to play early, Develop into a pro and win.”
Next up in our series of preseason interviews, Michigan State and Kyle from The Only Colors. As you probably already know, KJ and the rest of his team do a tremendous job covering Michigan State and always provide quality analysis. Here are his thoughts and predictions on Michigan State’s upcoming season.
Last year I asked you if things could be any better in East Lansing and you provided the following goals for the season: "Contention for a repeat conference championship and another run to the Final Four"… Well done my friend. Is there any reason to expect something different this year?
Well, if you’ll excuse the wrong-sport metaphor, I think the goalposts have moved one more marker down the field. With nine of the top 11 players returning from a team coming off its second consecutive Final Four appearance, a national championship has to be the goal. Now, winning a national title isn’t really a fair expectation for any team, no matter how much talent and experience they might have, given the nature of the NCAA Tournament. Certainly, a third straight year of winning at least a share of the Big Ten title and advancing to the Final Four would be a success by any reasonable measure, but, fair or unfair, there will be at least some level of disappointment if the Spartans fall short of winning the whole thing.
Kalin Lucas is back but he’s recovering from that nasty injury, what’s the latest on his health?
He’s been back on the basketball court as of the last few weeks. My nonexpert understanding is that athletes return from injuries like Achilles’ tears much more quickly than they used to, but you have to assume there’ll still be a period during the early part of the season in which Lucas has to work back toward his full level of explosiveness. I’d expect to see him focus a little more on distributing the ball (and perhaps shooting the three), with Durrell Summers and Draymond Green taking larger scoring/playmaking roles. Lucas’ assist percentage fell about five points last season from what he’d posted as a freshman/sophomore, as he often worked to get open shots off the ball. A rebound in the frequency he assists on his teammates’ scores would likely be a good thing for both him and the team.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on October 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm
The 2011 Maui Invitational field has been announced and it is loaded. As expected, Michigan will make the trip to Hawaii but they will be joined by college basketball’s elite. The field also includes Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Tennessee, UCLA & host Chaminade.
"West Virginia was out when we got back (from the official visit)," Nolan [Pointer’s father] reported. "It is down to St. John’s and Michigan, but we think Michigan is on their game. They are going all out for this kid.”
"I made sure Michigan was last," Nolan said proudly. "After our last visit we’ll come back and it will be over (soon). What makes (the Michigan visit) so good for that day is (Beilein) is planning on all the recruits being there. It is the homecoming day where all the teams get together and it is the first day of practice. That was (Pointer’s) whole concern — getting to know the players. After that visit is when we’ll take 24 to 48 hours and make a decision."
The feature story in the Detroit News is definitely worth a full read. It’s not a done deal by any means, but most consider Michigan to be in a strong position for Pointer’s services. This weekend’s visit will obviously be important as Pointer plans to decide shortly after. There will be plenty to keep Pointer entertained this weekend, including the first weekend of practice and the Iowa football game. Michigan commitments Trey Burke and Pointer’s AAU teammate Carlton Brundidge also both plan to take their official visits this weekend.
John Beilein fielded questions after the players were through. He had a lot to say and covered a wide range of topics, including rotations, the Europe trip, and how he’s going to try to replace all the lost production with Manny and Peedi gone. [Video from MGoBlue here]
Feels like the Europe trip gave the team a head start. The team wouldn’t have made the trip had the freshmen not been allowed to come.
Some of the “direction” of the team’s play may look familiar this year but we will definitely see some “twists and turns.” In coaching, you have to adapt.
Loves the attitude, chemistry and teamwork, as well as length and the improved strength and injury prevention.
There will be no “Michigan Madness” this year, which Beilein said was mostly his decision. Instead he’s going to have a two-hour and 15-minute practice and that’s how the season will begin. Just wanted to get to work–never been a big fan of that. Last year there was a pulled hamstring during it.
Anticipates having a three-headed monster at center, with Jon Horford, Blake McLimans and Jordan Morgan. He said all three are fighting for time, and the competition is “wide open.”
At the four, he said he can always put “The smallest four-man in Division-I basketball (Zack Novak)” in and be sure of what he brings, but he told Colton Christian and Evan Smotrycz to go in and battle for the position.
Feels a fresh atmosphere around the team because of not only all the freshmen but also all the new coaching staff. Said he thought they “set a record” for press releases last year because of all the turnover.