in town for free camps
Per Eric Bossi at Rivals, Michigan and UCLA are making a very strong move for recent UConn decommit Prince Ali, a hyper-athletic 6'4" slashing guard out of Florida in the 2015 class. He's good at dunking. Like, really good. Also super aggressive off the dribble, and he's got the athleticism to be an elite defender. Rivals says he's not a great shooter, and his stroke does look a bit mechanical from the video, but he's hitting 39.2% of his 3's so far during EYBL play, so take that for what it's worth.
Currently rated 45 to ESPN, 68 to Rivals, and 46 to Scout, with apparent consensus that he'll be moving up the rankings soon.
He has yet to visit, but if he does, expect him to receive an offer. Oladipo comparison seems to be apt.
Not expecting any Hellos today, but you never know. Seems like out of the likely offerees, Towns could be a possibility today.
Umhoops has a breakdown of likely and possible offers going out today.
Bulls want to swap with Nuggest to get 11th pick, are favoring Nik over Gary:
Interesting head-to-head. I hadn't thought Nik would go that high, but, more power to him. Plus, as a Bulls fan, I can't complain... unless, of course, if they pick Harris.
Saw this tweet from B1G Network and thought it'd make for fun discussion:
Random, but this should be fun. Which two players, past or present, from your #B1G team would you pick for a mythical B1G NBA Jam?
— Brent Yarina(@BTNBrentYarina) June 12, 2014
I think I'd go with Glen Rice and Chris Webber. In NBA Jam, I was always a fan of having one guy who was awesome at 3-point shooting and one guy who was awesome at dunking. Generally, I'd have the dunker passing to the 3-point guy, who would take like 50 3's a game. Then, I'd have the big guy stand under the basket and basically goaltend everything because (IIRC) I think the goaltends counted on the stat sheet as blocks for some reason. You?
Should Nik, Glenn and Mitch be selected in the first round, will that make UM 2013 team one of the most talented college teams ever? I cannot think of a recent college team that had 5 first round NBA players who started at the same time.
Lists Beilein at #3 and Izzo at #4.
Portion related to Beilein:
3) John Beilein, Michigan Wolverines: He’s starting to churn out NBA guys lately -- Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III this year. “Player development,” said one NBA scout. “Bottom line. He works on players' individual games. There’s a lot of shooting, of course, but every practice he takes 20 or so minutes to focus on getting guys better.”