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I haven't seen any Jon Horford updates so I thought I'd look into how he is doing at Florida. It looks like Jon is the starting center and averaging 14 points and 6 boards in two games so far this year. On monday #8 Florida was upset by Miami (YTM), but Jon had 17 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks.
http://espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=400587764 (game recap)
It's sad to see him playing for Florida knowing we could have used him this year, but glad he is at least starting and looking to have a good year. I wish him all the best and hope he makes it to the next level.
* looks like I missed a couple of posts about this already. Please delete or change it to Hey, It's Friday! Posbang Thread!
Brendan Quinn put up a nice ARTICLE on Carlton Brundidge's return to his prior home court, and Juwan Howard Jr.'s visit to his father's old stomping grounds. Both players relished a career at Michigan, but Brundidge wanted immediate playing time (he was well-regarded out of h.s.) and Howard Jr. was not quite skilled enough in h.s. to merit a UofM scholarship.
It sounds like Brundidge has really matured well, and Howard comes off well in the article too. Their presence certainly adds a nice element to the UofD Mercy game. I wish these kids the best, and wish things had worked out better for Brundidge during his time with Michigan.
John Beilein doesn't know fear. He is taking a team with 6 freshman out there and taking on one of the toughest - if not the toughest - non conf schedules in the country. Then you throw on a Big 10 schedule on top of it, in a sport our conference is actually legit and whoa nellie.
I was struck by how many ranked treams we have on our schedule and could not remember a season like this. So I thought I'd compare it to the top 8 teams in the country and then threw OSU and MSU out there for comparison. I was aware but not fully aware of how difficult this schedule is until you compare it to peers.
Number of ranked teams played non conf
|UM||4||Syracuse, AZ, SMU, VCU/Villanova|
|UK||4||Kansas, Texas NC, Louisville|
|Duke||3||MSU, Wiscy, UConn|
|Kansas||3||UK, UF, Utah,|
Please note this is taken via ESPN and might not account for some tournaments although as best as I can tell only UM, MSU, and Kansas are involved in tournaments. (could be wrong) We have 4 ranked teams only matched by UK's NBA team. So that's where we are at - rolling out a team with 6 freshmen (not of the UK kind) with 3 players just sent to the NBA.
He had subs. He just don't care.
There are few things more embarrassing than being victimized by a ferocious alley-oop. Last night, Brandon Knight tried to one-up that by blowing a woud-be game-winning, unopposed layup as time expired.
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.