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Your favorite Big Ten Tournament memories?
Mine: 1998. Enough said. Tractor took it over.
Nice article about Kam Chatman by B. Quinn.
While there have been other articles similar about the adversity he's faced throughout his year and season at UM, this article contained an piece of info I haven't heard.
It seems Chatman is staying in AA for the summer instead of going home. He'll go through the same regimen that Stauskas and LeVert did when they stayed for their summers. It's really good to hear that he's making a effort to get better. I'm excited to see how improves next season, and this certainly should help him live up to the hype that came with him to UM.
Also, didn't realize this until now, but Chatman is young. Like almost LeVert young when he enrolled at UM. Chatman is still 18, and won't turn 19 until summer. So if we're looking for bigger leaps throughout their time at UM, Chatman is a prime candidate.
UPDATE: Per Alejandro Zuniga's twitter, Dawkins said he's staying as well for the extra workouts as well as "most of the freshmen", whatever that means. So, that's really good to hear.
EDIT: as a clarification, even though the nominclature seems to be staying for the 'summer', the extra training is actually more in the spring. I believe an old article said this optional training starts in April, the player stays for the spring term, and gets an extra 7 weeks before the rest of team comes for the summer term for required workouts. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
Obviously all of these games are very important for Michigan's NIT hopes, but 3 NCAA bids will be up for grabs tonight.
Here's the slate. 3 set to tip off now.
|CAA Champ.||1 William & Mary vs. 3 Northeastern||LOST 72-61|
|SoCon Champ.||1 Wofford vs. 10 Furman||WON 67-64|
|Summit Semis||1 S. Dakota St. vs. 5 S. Dakota||WON 78-65|
|MAAC Champ.||1 Iona vs. 3 Manhattan||LOST|
We need the 1 seeds to win, obviously.
Since taking the starting job, he is averaging 33.7 mpg and 11.4 ppg with a shooting line of 51/46/90 (2P/3P/FT).
I think he came a little too late to the party to have an opportunity at All-B1G Freshman Team.
In the coming days (or hopefully weeks) we will wrap up the basketball season and there will be countless posts written about "what if...." or "looking toward next year" or any number of optimistic stories about the growth for next season. As a prelude to those pieces, I will throw out this question.
Can you name these three current or former John Beilein players based on their freshmen stats?
I'll post the answer in the comments, so don't look ahead if you want to guess. I obviously cherry-picked a few stats to tell a story and could have picked some other players as well. The message, however, is that there have been many examples of a "sophomore leap" under John Beilein and if we consider the huge number of freshmen on this year's team we should have reason to believe in next year.