this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Pretty simple Glenn steals the ball and finishes strong last night. Seems he hasn't forgot how to do the 360 with ease.
(Associated Press - 7/13/15) In an unprecedented conference call today, the entire 247 Top 50 of the 2017 men’s basketball recruiting class announced that Michigan would finish second in its recruitment. Speaking for the group, power forward Wendell Carter, Jr. of Atlanta said that Michigan combined “top-flight academics, player development, and recent success” to make it the consensus runner up for the entire Top 50.
“When you look at what they’ve done with guys like Trey Burke, Darius Morris, and Tim Hardaway, you know this is the place you want to very nearly go to school,” said point guard Trevon Duval of Newark, New Jersey. “I mean, in theory, they could take a guy like me and make me a top five pick.”
Today’s announcement came after the players met at various camps and realized they all held Michigan in equal esteem. Shooting Guard D.J. Harvey of Hyattsville, Maryland explained how it happened: “We all got to texting and realized, hey, Michigan and Coach Beilein have sent seven guys to the NBA despite having no McDonald's All-Americans. And it’s a near-Ivy League school too! Who wouldn’t want to strongly consider going there but then pick someone else? We decided we might as well get some of this recruiting craziness over with and announce today that Michigan will be our No. 2.”
When asked for more detail about how they came to almost choose Michigan, players pointed to the academic support provided on campus in Ann Arbor, the “offensive genius” of John Beilein, and even the recent addition of Nike as Michigan’s team apparel provider. A number of parents of the players, who were also available for interviews, said they trusted the integrity of the Michigan coaching staff more than any other staff they had encountered. Said one parent: “Their trustworthiness is a real selling point. I have no problem with my son using Michigan as a back-up.”
When pressed as to why they didn’t want to commit to Michigan, recruits mentioned the recent national success of teams like Duke, the NBA draft success of players from places like Kentucky, the cold weather in Ann Arbor, and in the case of one player, “I just threw a dart at a board, and it hit ‘Gonzaga.’” A handful of players also referenced jobs their parents recently obtained on the campuses of other schools, “transportation alternatives” that were not available at Michigan, and the apparent fact that there are many more lost wallets filled with $100 bills that no one ever claims on some campuses than there are in Ann Arbor.
Is this even fair? How did anyone let this happen? Did anyone even know about this?
Apparently there was something called the World University Games, and the USA team won the gold medal in men's basketball. Apparently that was the first time in years since that has happened. And apparently no one cares, either way.
But really weird: Bill Self was the coach of the USA team this year, and the team was entirely made of KU players, exceot for one guy from SMU.
So... if Jim Harbaugh did this for football, you can guarantee the SEC would be screaming about violations up the wazoo. And certainly there are limits on basketball teams having foreign travel in the off-season -- it's one time in four years, right -- so did Self just massive end-run the rules?
I mean, kudos to him for getting away with it. But...seriously?
Michigan will take on LeMoyne in the 2015-16 season.
Patrick Beilein was hired as LeMoyne's head coach recently.
It will take place on Friday, November 6. The night before Michigan Football's home game against Rutgers.
That Michigan-Le Moyne matchup will be on Nov. 6 in Ann Arbor.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) July 13, 2015
With that November 6th date, it looks like it will be an exhibition game.
Long story short: So a couple days ago Clippers free agent center DeAndre Jordan said he was going to sign a contract with the Mavericks.
Then today the Clippers decided they really wanted him back. So Doc Rivers and a few of the Clippers players came over to DeAndre's house...and are staying with him until midnight tonight when the free agency deadline ends (or something, don't know).
Which is basically a hostage situation to prevent Mark Cuban/the Mavs from stopping by. Or a friendly slumber party with your old (and future?) teammates. Weird. The NBA is really weird.
Also this tweet is pretty funny:
Don't agree with the furniture layout but I'm not an interior designer. pic.twitter.com/23PNgQB88z— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) July 9, 2015
Edit: Further updates as events warrant
Alright everybody goodnight! pic.twitter.com/cME0rFR5LC— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) July 9, 2015
Sources: Cuban is beside himself. Driving around downtown Dallas begging (thru texts) Jordan's family for address to DeAndre's home— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 9, 2015