Kind of a random topic but watching basketball tonight has made me think of Nik Stauskas, and for whatever reason I've been in an Olympics mood, so this thought came up. Obviously the US has the best national team, but I was thinking about it, and Canada could be really good in the coming years. Looking at the best players of their roster:
F/C Dwight Powell - Plays for Dallas
F Tristan Thompson - Cleveland
F Andrew Nicholson - Orlando
F/C Kelly Olynkyk - Boston
F Andrew Wiggins - Minnesota
G Nik Stauskas - Sacramento
G Tyler Ennis - Phoenix
G Cory Joseph - San Antonio
F Trey Lyles - Kentucky (Still in college)
And a few others.
The biggest thing I notice is that most of the players tend to be on the younger side with minimal NBA experience, but many of them have the potential to be top players. I could very well see this team qualifying for the 2016 Olympics and becoming a serious contender to the US in the coming years, much as the way Spain has been recently. The team also might lack some depth, but certainly the starters and some of the bench will be plenty talented.
A bit random of a topic, I admit, but I just thought I might share it with you all. Thoughts about this?
Michigan probably now has the best Football/Basketball coaching duo anywhere.
So let's enjoy this photo.
Michigan State just lost to Texas Southern (whose coach is former Indiana coach Mike Davis) 71-64 in overtime. Texas Southern had only 1 win coming into today (0 road wins).
In 1965, Michigan lost to UCLA in the NCAA title game. Why did we have the trophy in this photo?
Was at the game last night. Tough loss, but a good showing against a good team, and a lot of reason to feel good about improvement over the course of the year.
Does anyone know if that was our pep band there? They looked super young (of course, that could be because I keep getting older). They also helped with a t-shirt promo that Barclay's ran during the game. And maybe it was just my ears, but their Victors did not sound like it was played by a band who has played it 25,000 times.
The NBA teams on TV last night and tonight included 4 former UM players who should still be in school. Would they have stayed if not for the NCAA prohibitions on student pay? What would have happened with McGary if the NCAA hadn’t pushed him out the door while unable to perform but positive for a non-PED which is now legal or decriminalized in at least 14 states?
Whatever the answers, UM’s early NBA departures do seriously question the NCAA’s stated intent to promote equity. While UM now misses 4 otherwise eligible NBA departures, the B1G favorite, Wisconsin, misses none. It keeps 80% of its 4th or 5th year starters---including the B1G POY favorite, Frank Kaminsky. Similarly, MSU loses only one otherwise eligible player.
Of course, UM's early departures are an indication of the program's greater strength.. But I can’t help wondering what the roster would be if all the eligible UM players stayed. In addition to the current players (assuming no attrition and the same recruiting classes, my roster would include:
Trey Burke (Sr) NCAA national POY, B1G POY, NBA lottery pick, NBA fresh-so All star
Nick Stauskas (Jr) B1G POY, NBA lottery pick
Mitch McGary (Jr) NBA first rounder
Glenn Robinson III (Jr) NBA draftee
And Caris Levert (Jr) current B1G POY/Wooden award candidate.
FOOTNOTE: My reserves would include
Zak Irvin (So) five star recruit, Parade All American, Indiana’s Mr BB
Derrick Walton (So) Parade All American, most first place votes for Michigan’s Mr BB.
Kam Chatman, five star Scout, US national under-18 training camp roster
Spike Albrecht (Jr), who scored 17pts in an NCAA championship game and tweeted Kate Upton.
and Max Bielfeldt (Sr).
I include Max over others not because he buries 3 pointers. Admittedly, he looks less coordinated than Donnal, is small for a 5, and—in other ways also-- has a lower ceiling. Nonetheless, I include Max because he is, literally, an inspiration.
After careful research (?) >/sarcasm, rolling eyes, (-: I have concluded that he inspired the creation of Max at Bielfeld University (?sp). Max is an artificially intelligent machine with human communication abilities. He "understands" what we want him to do and can take on the role of a social partner. Ok, as you’ll see from the link, he’s not exactly a party animal. He looks a bit stiff. He blinks a lot, which could impair his long range shooting. But should the real Max be injured, it would be easy to change his digital purple color into maize and blue. And if we did insert him into the lineup, he demonstrates an admirable degree of self-control, which would help him resist taunting about size from other bigs.