Thursday Links


Report: Max Bielfeldt to Announce College Decision on Friday

33577_1512611732947_1164009845_31160354_8084204_n_thumb[1]WCIA’s Aaron Bennett is reporting on Twitter that Peoria (IL) Notre Dame big man Max Bielfeldt will announce his college choice this Friday after school. Bielfeldt has narrowed his list of college choices to Illinois and Michigan and has officially visited both schools.

Bielfeldt led Notre Dame to a 28-1 record, was named to the Class 3A All-State First Team and averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game.

Trey Burke Voted Mr. Basketball for Ohio

imageThe Associated Press awarded 2011 Michigan commitment Trey Burke with the Mr. Basketball award for the state of Ohio. The floor general has led Northland to a 25-1 record and the Vikings will face No. 1 Garfield Heights in the state semifinals this Friday. Burke averaged 23.6 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals while shooting 59% from the field and 47% from three point range. (Photo: Dispatch)

Here’s what Burke told the Dispatch about receiving the award:

“My personal trainer and I worked really hard over the summer to improve my strength and quickness and make myself more of a scorer, because I knew coach would ask that of me,” Burke said.

“We talked about Mr. Basketball, McDonalds All-American and things like that, but at the top of the list was getting a second state championship.”

Burke was also selected for the All-Ohio Division I first team and was selected co-player of the year along with Penn State commit Trey Lewis. Burke won Mr. Basketball over several other Division I recruits including Aaron Thomas (Florida State), Trey Lewis (Penn State), Travis Trice (Michigan State), Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin), Pat Forsythe (West Virginia) and others.

Michigan’s other 2011 commitment, Southfield guard Carlton Brundidge, scored 12 points in a 59-47 victory over East Detroit. Southfield will make its second consecutive trip to the state semifinals and face Kalamazoo Central on Friday.

Tuesday Links


Five Key Plays: Michigan vs. Duke

Evan Smotrycz explodes in the first half

Smotrycz hasn’t been consistent this year but he’s completely changed the complexion of several games. At the very least he’s displayed samplings of the offensive tools that make him such a promising prospect going forward. Evan had 11 first half points versus Duke and all of them were critical, allowing Michigan to hang around in the game despite playing without several starters. As you would expect, he hit a couple three pointers, but his most impressive move was a quick fake and drive past Miles Plumlee for a three point play. Evan’s potent combination of size and three point shooting ability mean that this pump fake is going to be there constantly. The key is being able to take the ball strong all the way to the hole or learn to shoot a pull up jumpshot. This was probably Evan’s strongest drive and finish all season long and he averaged 10 points per game over Michigan’s final five contests.

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State of the Blog: March 21st, 2011

picOur third full season is in the books and it was quite a journey with a full spectrum of highs and lows. The season was not only a joy to watch and follow, it was a great opportunity to continuously improve our coverage. [click to continue…]

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