a terrible blight on our fine country
This was posted in another thread, but I thought it deserved its own thread since some of us were briefly very excited at the prospect of Mykhailiuk visiting Michigan. We'll have to find other uses for our Michigan-Ukrainian flags now.
Utah has won the #5 Pick in the NBA Draft. This puts them in an interesting position based on the talent available. The first tier of talent goes 4-deep (Wiggans/Parker/Embid/Exum) and the second tier as I see it is Marcus Smart and Julius Randle. Obviously Smart would be bad for Burke by taking his starting position, or it could be good if he is traded to a better team. They could also take Randle and pair him with Derrick Favors and Enes Canter in the frontcourt, though it would be difficult to play all three at the same time. Between PF/C there are 96 minutes available so all could still play 30+ minutes. Another out of the box options would be to trade the pick, possibly to the Phoenix Suns who have picks 14, 18, and 27. That would put them in range for when the SG/SF players that fit their roster needs are projected. Those14-18 range could see James Young, Rodney Hood, Zach Levine, and of course our old friend Nik Stauskas be drafted. Also this gives Utah extra picks in what is considered a deep draft. Whatever happens hopefully Trey Burke's situation improves.
Title says it all. The Pistons were picked 9, which gives their first round draft pick to the Charlotte Hornets.
Once again, the Charlotte Hornets are an NBA team.
Steve Lorenz of 247 interviewed 6-9 forward T.J. Leaf following his unofficial visit to Michigan today. Leaf, ranked #21 in the country in the 2016 class per the 247 composite, came away from the visit saying that "Michigan would be definitely near or at the top after an offer, provided I get one"—and he "has been basically assured that he will get one" come June 15.
He touched on his potential role at Michigan:
"Michigan likes to run a point guard, a center and then three players who are versatile and can create," he said. "The coaches have brought up Glenn Robinson to me a couple times before as far as a comparison, but nothing too specific. They say I'm a perfect fit for the offense and I agree. I really like that about Michigan and I also really like the fact that Coach Beilein is under contract there until the 2019-2020 season. I don't have to worry about him not potentially being there if I was to play there."
That last point is an interesting one given that one of Michigan's chief competitors for Leaf is Indiana. How certain can Leaf be that Crean will be around by the time he gets to campus?
Leaf also talked about the amount of attention he's been getting from Michigan:
"I can't talk to the coaches because of NCAA rules, but my dad hears from Michigan quite a bit," Leaf noted. "I would say Coach Jordan and my dad talk about three or four times a week. That's probably more than any other school as far as contact goes. Michigan has been very aggressive in recruiting me."
Both this article and an Indy Star piece from yesterday indicate that Leaf doesn't have a timetable for making a decision, but he thinks he might decide in early 2015. The Indy Star article notes that Leaf has a lot of family in Indiana, and his dad grew up in Indianapolis a Hoosiers fan. Leaf says he feels he's a top priority for Indiana.
UCLA and Arizona are mentioned as the other schools that are recruiting him the hardest. He also picked up an offer from Iowa today.
it's a $ link, so the relevant info - Stauskas at 11; if he can prove "that he can be a playmaker as well as a shooter" [drink!], he can crack the top 10.
GRIII is the first off his Big Board (technically No. 31) and MM is 33.