and... i like them? I think I like them.
On both Twitter and today's recruiting roundup (podcast), Sam Webb has reported that the Michigan basketball program will host a second visitor this weekend—Aubrey Dawkins, a 6-4 shooting guard out of New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire. He's the son of Johnny Dawkins, head coach at Stanford and a national player of the year during his college career at Duke who went on to play nine years in the NBA. Rivals lists Aubrey Dawkins with offers from Dayton and Rhode Island. Why not Stanford? Sam says it's probably because of Stanford's tough admission standards.
So that's two possible late 2014 signees who are visiting this weekend—the other of course being Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman.
Looks like Nike is "rebranding" Illinois - this stuff is actually pretty sharp from where I stand and not too far out of line hence do not get the uniformz treatment; I especially like the two upper basketball uniforms.
The upper orange football one looks Syracuse-ish; can't see enough of their blue jersey version to assess - assuming the pants are orange but who knows.
KCP had 30 points tonight for the Pistons. Shot 11-19, including 5-7 from behind the arc.
Added six rebounds and two steals.
Trey is one of my all-time favorite Michigan players...and yes I was disappointed when the Pistons passed on him...but I'm a life-long Pistons fan so it was nice to see KCP get some PT and take advantage of the opportunity.
There's a lot of talent on this team. If Gores can get the right GM and Coach, this is a playoff team.
Drummond/Moose/KCP/Jennings...and find a decent SF thru FA, trade or draft.
Maybe they can find some moran to take Josh Smith off our hands.
Hoping for a Sacremento victory tonight so we'll be tied for 7th worst record...and then hope everything goes our way so that we keep our pick.
Bad Boys 30 for 30 tomorrow night!
Thought I'd give a quick update on the basketball banquet. Jordan Morgan showed a lot of emotion during his senior speech (pulling out his own tissue when someone tried to bring him some), and seemed genuinely grateful to his coaches and teammates for helping him to get to where he ended up. Beilein talked about how Morgan could have become discouraged or just quit last year when McGary emerged, but instead kept working.
Here are the awards I recall (funny and serious intermixed);
MVP, Most assists and likely to be the first to get married: Stauskas
Most improved: Levert (interestingly Donnal was 3rd)
Best Dressed: Robinson
Most likely to succeed in something other than basketball: Morgan
Best defender and Rebounder: Morgan
Iron Man: Robinson
There were some others that mostly went where you'd expect. Though the night pretty much was a standard awards banquet with videos, awards, speeches etc. there were a couple of funny moments. Beilein said that he asked players to anonymously vote for the year's biggest moment, with most picking beating Indiana at home and cutting down the nets. 2 guys voted for "going to Puerto Rico", which made Beilein wonder what happened there. Beilein also said, when thanking the student managers, that they "have to party on behalf of the entire team" since the players can't.
Another quick observation is that these guys seem like a really tight knit group. I was sitting near some parents and noticed players coming up and hugging not just their own parents but their teammates' families as well.
He earned and invitation to the Kevin Durant Skills Academy this summer and will probably attend the camp that takes place the end of June.
USC guard Byron Wesley will graduate and transfer.
Wesley averaged almost 18 points for the Trojans and would be an interesting stop-gap if we don't land Eron Harris. No word on his interest, and he is from CA. But he shoots the ball well inside the arc.