“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Interesting article taken from coach’s interview on Detroit local radio this morning.
Basically, Beilein doesn't foresee himself pursuing a high caliber only there for a year. (Sounds like we should have a couple of years at least with the new frosh.)
“You’ve got to recruit the best players that you can get. If a guy is a Kobe Bryant (type), and he says, 'I’ve dreamed my whole life of going to Michigan, but I’m only going to be there one year,' that is a different thing for us than we’re in the top-10 list of this guy who’s a sure one-and-done."
“You can lose really good players slotted right behind him chasing that one. So we try to choose our battles very carefully, as to who we’re going to recruit that are really super prospects"
Nick Baumgardner did a write up on the Lebron James Skills Academy (Link Here), and noted that Burke and Hardaway Jr. were among the 6 standouts at the camp. Burke was noted as looking 'particularly outstanding', by Joe Kotoch of ProBasketballDraft.com, who chose Burke as his 'best slasher' and 'best midrange shooter'.
Condolences to his friends and family.
Nice, interesting piece in DetNews today about Zack’s decision and trials to continue in basketball’s next level, either in USA or overseas.
I found it interesting that he’s already been offered overseas contracts and US pro tryouts and encouragement.
Good on ya’, Zack! Go for it!
Since I was bored today I thought I'd throw up a board post showing off my burgeoning collection of Michigan cards and autographed memorabilia. I've been collecting since I was a kid, and in the last 10 or 15 years I've really focused on my alma mater. These Picasa albums (which I'm always updating, so please check in every now and then!) include my Michigan autograph/relic collections from the four major sports, plus important rookies, and finally my autographed memorabilia collection I've acquired over time (either in-person or via the internet).
I'm also curious to see if there are any fellow MGoCollectors around here that would like to show off their collections and/or trade. From time to time I pick up doubles that I don't need and would be happy to get some trading going.
For now, here are links to my collection albums, which I hope some of you enjoy!:
To give you a little taste, here's a sweet card I picked up after winning a bet with a Virginia Tech fan thanks to Michigan winning the Sugar Bowl:
Bennie Oosterbaan 1955 Topps All American RC
I remember last year, after Darius decided to leave Michigan for a shot at an NBA career, many of us made negative comments about his decision. Even though others of us supported his decision (even if when standing in his shoes, we may not have made the same decision), the negativity of the many can still show through.
I remember reading a DMo quote last year in reference to the negative feedback he received from fans. I don't have a link from last year, but I remember our then incoming point guard, Trey Burke, seeking out DMo for advice in regards to playing the point-guard position at Michigan. DMo (in so many words) told him to be careful, because the fans at Michigan are fickle and will turn on a player in a heartbeat. I agree. As a fanbase, we can be very fickle. In fact most or all fanbases are.
Fast forward a year, and Trey Burke is now considering the nba draft and once again is seeking out DMO's opinions. I admittedly have not lately kept up on the comments here in re Burke, but a quick scan of many of them show that most of us are calm as he "tests the water." Will we remain calm if he decides to leave? I hope so, but I fear--based on the aftermath of DMo's decision--we may not.
We obviously want Burke back, because we want Michigan to continue to do well and to experience more success. Despite our wishes though, he is trying to make a life/career decision. Whatever that decision may be, we only hurt our reputation (as Michigan fans) if we don't unconditionally support Burke. He's part of the Michigan family, and he therefore deserves our support for the hard work he has put in to help make us champions once again in basketball. Burke, like DMo, has raised the bar at Michigan, making it better than when he first found it.
Here's what Burke recently heard from DMo:
1) in re nba evaluations, "get honest opinions . . . It's exciting, but at the same time, it's a very delicate process because a lot of thoughts are going through your head and you want to gather the best information you can to make a very important decision."
2) in re disclosing his decision, "keep it (to himself) because outsiders will have their opinions. They'll say he's selfish, but you can't fault him for trying to see where he stands."
3) in re success at the nba draft, "there's a lot of politics in the NBA [draft] . . . It's totally unpredictable."
4) in re to his own decision last year, "I have no regrets — none at all. I did all I wanted to do at U-M, which was to rebuild the program and put it on the right foot and leave things better than when I got there."
These are most (but not of all) of the quotes from todays article in the Detroit News (http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120324/SPORTS0201/203240321/1131/sports0201/Darius-Morris-advising-Michigan-guard-Trey-Burke-NBA-decision )
We may not agree with Burke's ultimate decision, but we can still choose to be a fanbase classier than most/all of the rest. Staying positive under these circumstances isn't easy. We naturally worry about the short-term situation, but Beilein has the long-term situation taken care of. I have no doubt that he will continue to grow the point-guard legacy at Michigan no matter what Burke decides. No one player is greater than the team, and no one team is greater than the program. We got this.