"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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.”
Going along with the recent trend of putting together a team with only 15 dollars, I decided to make one with my own spin. Rather than going all-time and having people argue about quality of competition, quality of teammates, etc. So I decided to ask you guys to put together an all-time John Beilein team. Now the skill level from top to bottom is not amazing, but I tried as best as I could to make the list accurate. This is under the understanding that the player is at the top of his COLLEGE career. So here it goes:
(5) Trey Burke
One of the best college Point Guards of all-time, he took over games although playing a little bit of Hero Ball sometimes.
(4) Darius Morris
"The Butterfly". He could penetrate like crazy and his passing was stellar. I really wish he had stayed an extra year.
(3) Derrick Walton Jr.
I was a little stumped with this one. Walton is one of the more talented Point Guards Beilein has had here, but he has not had time to pass Douglass up. I think eventually he could pass up Morris.
(2) Michael "Spike" Albrecht
He is always good for 17 points in a half or a clutch three. But Spike is not a great defender.
(1) C.J. Lee*
A scrappy defender that can not really compete with the top of the league.
(5) Tim Hardaway Jr.
A streaky shooter that could take over games. If he had stayed his senior year he could have been a top 15 pick in this years draft.
(4) Caris LeVert
Some people are projecting Caris at #4 in next years draft. He will be "the guy" this year.
(3) Manny Harris
The ball hogiest of hogs, but he could score. Put him on a team with a good cast, and he would be great.
(2) Stu Douglass*
A great shooter, turned into one of the better perimeter defenders.
(1) Matt Vogrich
This is the position you should spend money on.
(5) Nik Stauskas
The best shooter of all these players. This one is easy for me.
(4) Zack Novak
The grittiest player of all time. Small Forward is still not his position. If you want a captain, this is your pick.
(3) Zak Irvin
Just the fact that he was here says something. He could make a jump, but he is unproven.
(2) Kameron Chatman
True Freshman, pick him if you want length.
(1) Anthony Wright
Don't be cheap here.
(5) Glenn Robinson III
Freak athlete, a really streaky shooter.
(4) DeShawn Sims
A great scorer, I do not remember a ton about him.
(3) Evan Smotrycz
Yes the lobster makes my list.
(2) Mark Donnal
(1) Max Bielfeldt
A minute eater.
(5) Mitch McGary
A puppy that runs the floor and gets all of the rebounds.
(4) Jordan Morgan
Undersized but more than motivated.
(3) Ekpe Udoh
Too bad he transferred :(
(2) Jon Horford
Too bad he is leaving :(
(1) Ricky Doyle
Have fun and give me any tips about who you think should be where.
*Due to suggestions, I added Lee to the Point Guard and Douglass to the Shooting Guard, this adds to the depth of the 2 and takes a way from the Point Guard.
According to MLive, JMo is working out with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Bulls this week and next. He's shooting for a summer league tryout or maybe going to head to Europe to play for a bit before pursuing an engineering career.
All the best to him. Morgan is an exemplary alum, and I hope he gets on a team and succeeds.
(I didn't see this posted, let me know if it's old news).