I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Ok so after the gut checking / nut punching / mindnumbingly depressing / <insert your superlative description here> game we all went through as fans Saturday, I noticed a lot of people saying how happy they were that basketball season was just around the corner. Are we really that excited for the hoops season though? Or are we setting ourselves up to be disappointed again?
Last season was a magical season that none of us will forget any time soon. But we lost Tim and Trey to the NBA, are we really so sure that we are going to be able to match their level of output? Are we expecting a Final Four run again? Some people seem to be expecting us to win it all this season based on their comments, which I don't see happening (but I'll be more than happy if I'm wrong). I guess I just think that we're being way too hard on this football team by giving up on them halfway through the season, and I think some are getting way too optimistic about the basketball team's chances beyond the Sweet 16 (where I think they'll land) this year and are just setting themselves up for a rough winter.
Am I nuts? Overthinking it? Or am I right to sound a warning now?
Sam Webb has a detailed DetNews article out on one of the Wolverines' main remaining 2014 targets: Michigan emerges as major player for elite shooter James Blackmon Jr. He includes lots of quotes from Blackmon, his father, and some recruiting "experts." Given the worries of some Michigan fans that both Blackmon and Devin Booker will pick Kentucky, I thought what Scout's Brian Snow said in the second paragraph quoted below was particularly worth highlighting. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
All that’s left for Blackmon now is a return visit to Kentucky Oct. 18 and potential trip to Kansas (though no date has been mentioned). From there he plans to make his decision in time to sign a letter of intent during the early signing period (Nov.13-20). The Hoosier State star hasn’t listed any favorites among his finalists, but as is the case with Booker, many pundits believe that Kentucky is in strong position. Furthermore, some believe that a scenario in which the Wolverines and Wildcats split the two talented youngsters to be a distinct possibility.
“Blackmon and Booker and not exactly alike,” Snow explained. “They’re very similar as players, and you can make a reasonable argument that one’s better than the other, depending on what type of player you’re looking for. But they’re similar enough that as a coach I don’t think you’d want to take both of them. If you’re a player, you don’t want to go to the same spot as someone else who plays just like you and plays your position. It’s just not logical. So I think if player A goes to Kentucky, that will cross Kentucky off player B’s list. If player A goes to Michigan, that will cross it off player B’s list. The fact that they’re each considering heavily three of the same schools, and maybe only have four real options, it’s going to be very interesting to see who commits where and what kind of ripple effect that does have.”
UmHoops.com has some comprehensive player pages for all of Michigan's propects including recruiting site rankings and player Twitter feeds.
I know we're all very excited about the basketball team and we expect the 2014 class to fill up in the next month or so, but I stumbled on a few positive tweets from Austin Hatch that I thought should be shared.
Let's not forget this kid is part of this class. He has been though a lot and will make a TREMEDOUS Michigan Wolverine. We should all be rooting for him to live his dream.
Michigan's non-conference basketball tickets are on sale to the general public if you enter the code grthree
Warning: Arizona tickets are single seat only, and $60 a pop.
The rest of the home non-conference schedule is really really poor. I had to look up South Carolina State to see if they had a program. They do not.
At any rate, this is a chance to see the NCAA Runner-Ups in person without shelling out hundreds of dollars for season tickets(Or promising your first-born children to stub hub). You know the drill. mgoblue.com
Even though I know its still football season had to put together a hoops video..
Posting from the cellphone hope you all enjoy.
Game is on NBA TV, currently 1 minute left in 1st quarter. Timmy is already in (just drained a three) and hoping to see Deshawn a little later on. Go blue!