this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Davide Momi acts as kind of the "GM" for Basket Academy in that he was responsible for building the competitive roster from players throughout Umbria. He also played center in the contest against Notre Dame, so he knows a little something about post players. At any rate, Davide is a great guy, responding to an email from random American guy on the organization's website. He did hint that he'd love a Michigan "gadget"(Probably a souvenir...does Amazon deliver to Perugia?) Please forgive the translation issues, as it was pretty clear we were both using "google translate"
What did you think of #32 and #34 for Michigan?
Ricky Doyle is able to play in pick'n roll situation so well. He is a
good cutter after the pick or in a sleep the pick situation. He also
has a good movement(good moves) in low post where he is able to shoot with both
hand(s). He is huge in offensive bounce(rebounding).
Mark Donnal is Doyle's charge(backup?). He is good in drag situation and he
have a midrange shoot from high post.
Were your guys able to take advantage of Michigan's inexperience in the post? What was Perugia's plan in terms of attacking Michigan's defense, and what did they have the most success with?
Michigan's frontcourt is pretty good for future. Coach Belein is good to recruit young player and become their huge. Basket Academy (situated in Perugia) palyed with passing game caused problems for Michigan D. Basket Academy drives and and kicks out ball for 3 open shoot or dishes ball for lay-up.
How would you compare Michigan's front court and team as a whole with that of Notre Dame?
Notre Dame is completely different compared with Michigan cause
Irish've only 3 freshman while Michigan've 8 freshman.
Notre Dame's frountcourt is composed to Auguste. He is so good in low
post where he drive and spin for lay-up. He've nice body control and
I've seen a box score reflecting Michigan's players, can you point me towards one reflecting the statistics of Perugia's men?
(6ft)Casuscelli 4 points 3 assists
(Forward Niccolo 'Urbini)4 points 6 bounce(boards?)
Serino 6 points with 2 slam dunk
Anastasi 3 points
Gentili 11 points 2/3 from behind the yard
(Forward Igor)Karpuk 6 points 10 bounce
(6ft3in)Burini 4 points 3 assists
(6ft3in)Meschini 8 points 4 bounce
(Under 17 league?)Cimarelli 7 points 2/2 from 3 point line
Capponi 4 assists
It should be noted that only Igor Karpuk played in both the Notre Dame and Michigan games. These were different teams.
Many thanks to Davide, I will certainly look into the cost of shipping a T-shirt to Perugia. Maybe coach B could hook him up?
The men's basketball team defeated the Perugia Select Team, 99-60, in the opening game of their Italy exhibition tour. Zak Irvin led the way with 27 points on 10/13 (5/8 2PT, 5/5 3PT) shooting, followed by freshmen Kam Chatman and Ricky Doyle chipping in 12 apiece. Most importantly, Austin Hatch entered the game for the last few minutes, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd:
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) August 17, 2014
The full box score, which was compiled by hand by the Michigan staff—hence no minutes played tally—is below (click to embiggen):
Visual proof of Irvin being Not Just A Shooter™:
Postgame quotes from John Beilein, Hatch, and more courtesy of the athletic department:
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On the opening victory on U-M's Italian exhibition tour ... "Offensively, that first quarter was not what I was expecting. With us playing so well offensively that led to us playing so well defensively. You don't know what to expect in games like these. The first quarter was probably a little above what I thought we would do. The last three quarters were a little more predictable for a team on a trip like we are on."
On what he learned that will help going into the next game ... "We will have 48 hours before our next game. This film will be invaluable. There will be plenty of it that will coach the coaches on what we have to teach better. The second part is we will have a chance to sit down with players on the train tomorrow when we go to Verona. It will be just a great teaching tool."
On getting Austin Hatch getting into the last three minutes of the game ... "It was a special moment. Austin even led us in the fight song after the game was over. It's something he has worked very hard for. It was a great moment for our team; however, it was truly special for Austin and his grandfather, Jim, who was here in the stands."
Freshman Austin Hatch
On getting into the game ... "(long pause) As you can imagine it has been a heck of a journey to get here. Playing basketball at the University of Michigan has been my goal since I was a little kid. It was unreal to be here and to have actually played a game. I really feel like I have that game under my belt now and I really feel like a Michigan basketball player."
On almost getting an opportunity to score ... "I am not going to take a shot if it is not the right point in the game. For example if I have an open three and I have a teammate who is open under the basket, you better believe I am going to be passing it to him. Yeah, it would be cool if I made a three. It would be a good story, but I am about my team and my teammates."
On leading the team in 'The Victors' ... "It was unreal. To lead the team in the fight song after the game is a big tradition. I learned that early on in the recruiting process and watched U-M sing it a lot on my visits. I always thought to myself, 'I hope someday I am in position to be able to do that.' Just like everything else that happened today, it was just unreal to be able to do that."
Sophomore Zak Irvin
On his opening 27-point, 11-rebound game ..."I really shot the ball well today; however, I have to give my teammates credit because they were looking for me and getting me the ball. The big thing for me was getting to the hole and I was able to do that. I was able to score inside and outside. It was a great start for us, a great game and hopefully we can keep this going."
On U-M's red hot first quarter ... "We came out shooting the ball really well. That just speaks volumes for our team. We are all looking for each other and playing unselfish basketball."
On how this team progressed ... "We are a growing team. There were a lot of things that went well today, but there is plenty we still have to work on. We can do better communicating and on the defensive end. We came out to Italy and had a great game, but we also just have to enjoy and really take in everything on this trip."
On Austin Hatch getting into the game ..."It was great to see that, especially after everything that Austin has been through. To see him step out onto that floor just meant so much. I have known Austin since the eighth grade so to see him out there playing was just incredible. I hope he is able to do that a lot more during this trip and beyond."
Freshman Ricky Doyle
On playing his first game in a Michigan jersey ... "It was a lot of fun. Finally getting out there with all these guys was a great experience. There is a lot more to come. It's going to be a great year."
On Austin Hatch getting into the game ..."He has been through so much and for him to be out here with us, it is phenomenal. He is part of our family. He is one of our brothers. Seeing him going out there was just as important to all of us as it is to him."
Not sure how good the competition is in Italy but the first game is a blowout. This is the only way I could find to follow the games.