Here's a Freep article discussing the possibility of Michigan realigning it's brand with that of Nike. Good news for those of us who have been alienated by Adidas's and their past offerings such as the horrid Bumble bee jersey fiasco... I still cringe when I see those things (scratches arms like a crack head).
I don't know how likely this transition is, but I can't help but to wonder whether or not this news will effect Michigan's standing with perennial 5 star bb recruit Jaylen Brown, who recently made a statement that he was definitely going to an Adidas school! I've had a few conversations with JB and happen to know for a fact Michigan is a legitimate front runner for this kid! However this news can't hurt Kentucky's chances who I believe is right there with Michigan.
I don't know how much stock these kids put into any particular athletic brands when making these decisions, although I would imagine that with the potential sponsorship dynamic at play it definitely factors. Who knows, maybe Michigan and the greatness of Beilein will win out!
This is a pretty big return for Maryland basketball. I think out of the Big 10 freshmen only 3 really were candidates for 1 and done (Russell, Trimble, Blackmon) ... likelihood in that order.
Trimble averaged 16.2 ppg in 34min a night, shooting 44% overall and 41% from the 3. Also excellent rebounding and assists for a freshman - 3.9 and 3.0 respectively. Also shoots 86% from FT.
While not a lottery pick it seems Tremble was a candidate for the back half of the first round via mocks.
Trimble told The Washington Post on Saturday that he planned to leave Maryland this year only if he was guaranteed to be a lottery pick in June’s draft. A couple of unofficial mock drafts had Trimble as a late first-round draft pick. “I had him as a first round pick, but not as a lottery [top 14] pick,” one NBA executive said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday.
It seems to have gone unnoticed here but Diamond Stone - a guy Beilein wanted, a 6'10 250 lb center and #6 overall just committed to Maryland this past week and reports today are he would not have gone to Maryland if Melo had not come back.
“That was a big factor for me because I need someone to pass the ball and just run the offense,” Stone told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday. “Melo’s one of the best at doing that, so that was a big decision. I actually texted Melo, I asked him, so I knew beforehand that he was going to stay. If he would’ve left, I probably wouldn’t be at Maryland. So when he stayed, then I decided to go to the University of Maryland.”
Stone is playing in tonight's McDonald's All American game with Deyonta Davis (MSU) and Caleb Swanigan (undecided but MSU is among the top suitors).
This immediately vaults IMO Maryland back to top tier of the Big 10 next year with MSU and UM IMO. I think Dez Wells is the only guy they lost and Maryland had 2 other close to 7 footers in last years class I believe (not sure if they redshirted last year) I am assuming Russell is gone from OSU.
Shaq recently watched the Austin Hatch story on ESPN and took to twitter to call him 'his hero'. Pretty cool recognition.
Not really sure how to embed but here's the link: https://twitter.com/SHAQ/status/583381637687160833
Block quote because the link seems to be having problems,
"Just got thru watchin ESPN THE AUSTIN HATCH STORY, Austin if your seeing this brother, you are my HERO dude. Incredible story #youthemanbro"
Liberty has hired Ritchie McKay to be their new head basketball coach. Jeff Meyer was a candidate for the job. This is McKay's second stint as Liberty's HC after 5 years on the Virginia staff.
I'm sorry Meyer didn't get the job, but I'm not sorry. I'm glad he's part of our staff and hope he remains here for the forseeable future.
Chris Webber called out Willie Cauley-Stein on Mike & Mike today, saying he'll never be a starter in the NBA, that he's an underachiever, etc.
The Team Nobody Ever Heard of Until December is still alive!
NJIT marched into the CIT Final Four with a win over Canisius on Saturday. The Highlanders have won three straight in the CIT, and they play at Northern Arizona tonight. The winner meets the winner of Evansville v. UT-Martin in the CIT final on Thursday.
I have to admit that not only had I never heard of NJIT before December; I had never heard of the CIT.