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This is my first board post so please be gentle... But I have definitely taken a larger interest in the NBA this year over years prior in large part to the influx of Wolverines in the NBA. The season started out rough for Stauskas, McGary, and Robinson as they weren't seeing very much playing time and Trey Burke seemed to be struggling a bit as well.
Lately, McGary has capitalized on his minutes given and has developed into a strong role player with a bright future. With Sacramento out of the playoff race, Stauskas seems to have been given a few more minutes lately and he's hitting a better percentage of his shots. His minutes are still quite limited. Burke seems to have gotten things back in order though he definitely seems to be turning into a high volume shooter (for better or worse). GRob is still riding the pine in Philly which doesn't seem to bode well for his future.
Jamal Crawford is still doing Jamal Crawford things in LA.
Please Beilein get him to transfer here. Please. He is a basketball player.
Fuck stands six feet, six inches tall and has been a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood this season. Through 26 games, Fuck averages a double-double at 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. Now Fuck has the chance to make his mark on a much larger stage at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national championship. On Wednesday night he was awarded all-Canadian status at the tournament’s banquet.
Fuck plays for the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in Canada.
An interesting article at Bloomberg, "March Madness Makers and Takers," explains how the "basketball fund" money (approx. 28% of the NCAA Tournament television revenue) gets distributed to the conferences. Each game played in the tournament earns the team a unit (a one and done team earns one unit, a team that makes it to the final four earns 5 units), and each unit is worth a certain amount of money that changes from year to year.
The Big Ten is the leader in units, and therefore money earned from 1991 to present on the strength of several teams doing well in the tournament over that time span. Michigan State leads the league, but several other schools are prominent contributers as well. The Big Ten has greater balance with more teams contributing positively than any of the other conferences. The ACC has Duke and North Carolina way ahead of everybody else (Maryland was a distant third to those two teams); likewise, the SEC has Kentucky then Florida, then a huge drop to Tennessee with the bulk of the teams receiving far more revenue than they earned.
Btw, I believe the discrepancy between the units and dollars Michigan earned on some of the graphs is because the units were retained, but the dollar amounts were adjusted for Michigan's vacated wins from the 1990s.
Sam said that during yesterday's Recruiting Roundup (link below). He thinks Michigan "without question is a factor" in Brown's recruitment, though he doesn't know how much of a factor they are.
Sam added the following on Brown's recruitment:
*Michigan's coaches and admin staff did an "outstanding" job selling Michigan to Brown and his family over the weekend. They did everything they could have done.
*Coach Jordan, whom Brown's coach has raved about, described Michigan's player development to Brown and Co.
*Brown's AAU coach pointed out to Brown that Michigan has been sending players to the NBA Lottery who came to school rated much lower than Brown.
*Brown says he doesn't care about the "rock star life" a player experiences at Kentucky.
Sam also talked about Brown the player/student:
*He's everything he's hyped to be.
*He's a hard worker per his AAU coach.
*He's "intense" about academics.
*His shot has improved over the last year but still needs work.
*He's an excellent passer.
*He's overly right hand dominant when dribbling.
Another note: Brown apparently visited Cal after visiting Michigan, which suggests to me that he is sincere about his interest in academics.
As first reported ($) by Chris Balas over at TheWolverine.com, Michigan hosted 2015 big man Mike Edwards out of Westland John Glenn high school this past weekend. He's a 3* with most notable offers from Georgia, Kansas State, and Nebraska. Apparently he is a very late bloomer and his recruitment has just started to take off during the tail end of his senior year. From the sounds of things, he frankly wasn't that good throughout high school, but put in a ton of work over the summer and really blossomed this year.
His film reminds me of Gavin Schilling. He's quite athletic and has good feet for a big guy. He runs the court well and has a very physical/aggressive style of play. As to the negatives, he seems to lack touch outside of a couple feet and his skill level is very raw. There is clearly some high upside, though.
As to the German kid, Mo Wagner, I'd think he's still in play since they'll likely play different positions. I think this does mean, though, that Beilein sees some attrition on the horizon vis-a-vis the 4/5 spot.
The season might be over for Kansas, Villanova and Virginia ... but NJIT is still alive. The Highlanders won their opening-round game in the CIT over New Hampshire, and they host Cleveland State tonight in the second round.
This is their first post-season tournament ever, of any kind, so screw it - this is the team I'm rooting for.