mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
Lunardi released his way-too-early-its-almost-insane Bracketology for next year. He currently has us a 1 seed. The basis for this is he probably thinks that Nik is gone and Mitch/GR3 return. Other B1G teams: Wisky-1 seed, MSU-5 seed, Nebrasketball, Ohio, and Iowa are all 6 seeds, and Minnesota is an 8 seed.
The most important thing for Michigan next year is not seeding but the region they are in. If they are in the Midwest a path to a NC could go Columbus/Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indy. Basically homecourt throughout the tournament. Plus it would be nice to tear up Ohio on the way to a title
In a surprise to no one, but probably more important tham who's wearing Michigan apparel threads, Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III have filed to request an evaluation by the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
Massachusetts starting sophomore Derrick Gordon just came out publicly, he becomes the first openly gay athlete in D1 Mens Basketball:
"I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way," Gordon told ESPN. "I didn't want to have to lie or sneak. I've been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, 'Why not me?'"
[Ed-S: I'm going to try allowing discussion, though this has a lot of potential for politics. Remain civil and respectful of others' and their opinions.]
The beautiful little angel that A. Payne became frinds with has passed away. This is profoundly sad and has brought me to tears. God bless Lacey and her loved ones.
Chad Ford, one of the more respected "draft gurus", updated his Big Board tonight. Don't want to post the whole thing, but Michigan players are here:
Nik Stauskas. Ranking: #19 (#4 SG, behind Wiggins, Harris, and PJ Hariston (DLeague))
"Stauskas hasn't declared for the draft yet, but all signals point in that direction. He's an excellent shooter with deep range and has such a quick release on his jumper. Many scouts believe he could be a better version of J.J. Redick, which should land him somewhere between 15 and 25."
Glenn Robinson III. Ranking: #34 (#11 SF)
"Robinson III started the season as a potential lottery pick but has watched his stock fade while struggling to prove to scouts that he can hit enough perimeter shots to play the 3 in the NBA. He actually was 6-for-10 from 3-point range in the tournament and played some of the best basketball of his career, which has moved him back into the discussion as a late-first-round pick. Another year at Michigan, however, could move his stock up higher. Scouts are intrigued by him; they just want to see more skill development."
Mitch McGary. Ranking: #49 (#10 PF)
He hasn't updated his analysis of Mitch since he had his surgery, but it just says, "McGary will miss the rest of the season to have back surgery. This should hurt his chances of being a first round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft."
Personally, I still feel like it would definitely be best for Glenn and Mitch to come back for another year. As for Nik, I don't think he can make a bad decision either way he goes. I see a lot of positives to both choices, along with a couple risks to both. He's in a good position.