fair point that
Here's a bit more positive news: Austin Hatch did indeed make it to Ann Arbor for an official visit, which occurred over the last couple of days. He posted a couple of tweets earlier today:
Official visit last 2 days; great time & very informative.. If it would've been any better, I'm not sure I would've been able 2 stand itThank you @SpikeAlbrecht for being a great host as well. It's going to be a amazing four years in Ann Arbor! #GoBlue
Per bylaw 18.201774A-d, the NCAA will ban Yogi for 2 years...and retroactively for 1, for the fake ID.
Two Indiana University Men’s Basketball players were arrested early Friday morning by Indiana State Excise Police. IU guards Kevin Farrell, 20, and Stanford Robinson, 18, were each preliminary charged with minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage and possession of a false identification.
Police said the two allegedly attempted to enter Kilroy’s Sports Bar using fake ID cards around 1 a.m. Farrell and Robinson were issued summonses and released. They are scheduled to appear in Monroe County Court on April 27.
Since we're a basketball school... thought it was worth noting the Harrison twins just announced they are returning. With that, "one and done" UK only lost Young and Randle from that loaded squad.
And somehow we lost more guys early entry to the NBA than UK did.
/Bang head through wall.
The Harrisons join returnees Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson on next season's team. The six players, who could have all left early for the NBA draft, were the No. 3 through No. 8 scorers on the Wildcats. The top two scorers -- both freshmen in Julius Randle and James Young -- declared for the NBA draft.
I just spoke with Coles father. He was very excited about the McGary news. He expressed that he feels bad for McGary and that "unfortunate situation" but he is excited for Cole to get that offer. He spoke with coach Jordan for about an hour last night and coach Jordan told him what we all assumed which is that with McGary out, Cole will have an offer regardless of what Aubrey Dawkins decides (it appears Cole was in line for an offer anyway if Dawkins committed to Dayton).
I told him that Cole seems like the prototypical John Belien player and he told me that Coach Jordan said Cole is what the coaching staff looks for and calls "80/40 guys." That's 80 percent from the line and 40 from 3. Coles dad expressed how it's hard not to get excited just seeing that block M with all the tradition behind it.
Coles dad said that they have only been in contact with coach Jordan and haven't heard from Belien directly yet but they understood that was because they were still not sure if Cole was getting an offer until very recently. As we know, Michigan told him they only offer in person but he will get his offer when he visits which he will now be scheduling.
There are a few other tidbits about each school and coach that I am not sure he would be ok with me sharing so I will keep those to myself but I would not expect him to commit until he has taken all 4 visits.
This part is pure speculation but after talking to Coles dad, I would say Michigan is a slight favorite once they offer.
Also, Roger is going with Cole on his visits so the updates will be sparse since he will only be at work a handful of days for the next couple of weeks.
I said this in a comment below but I thought it should go here as well. Cole does not have any interest in aquiring a waiver to play immediately. He wants to take the year to get in the wieght room and put on weight/increase his vertical, etc. Coach Sanderson is a big reason why he is interested in Michigan and I did a good deal of talking up the strength and conditioning program to Coles dad.
I'll also add that Coles dad seems really excited about the prospect of Cole going to Michigan and I think I can say with some confidence that if it were up to him, Cole would definitely end up there.
Time to Move On - 2014-2015 Will be a Fun "Transition" Year and 2015-2016 We're Big 10 Title Contenders Again
Hello everyone. Let's move on from this week of EMO (Lindsay! Mitch!) to look ahead
First we have one of the best staffs in college bball. Our players individually and as a team progress year over year and through the year. What a luxury. Second, we just sent our entire NC starting lineup early entry to the NBA - recruits not in the haze of UK, Duke, Kansas will notice. Our resume walking into any recruits house now is among the best:
- Great coaching staff
- 2 conference titles in 3 years
- 2 Elite 8s or better back to back
- NBA development of "non top 20" recruits best in the nation... so anyone ranked 30-100 listen up...
- Play in a top 2-3 conference for bball
- Did I mention our academics - aside from UNC and Duke, the best among the "country's basketball powers".
The 2014-2015 squad will struggle with size, and interior defense. We will have to rip off a redshirt off a player or two we'd prefer to "Donnal". That's the price of success. But let's fast forward 1 year after Caris is our 6th early entry in 3 years.
I am going to put on my maize and blue shade goggles and tell you about a young, athletic, and LONG team that is a nightmare to play against... of course with my glasses Irvin does very well next year but not quite well enough to be a top 20 NBA pick and comes back ;) Even if he doesn't its still very bright. I also assume Huff, who according to freep.com story yesterday, sounds very high on UM is headed our way.
“As far as Cole goes, it’s Michigan,” Parks said. “And when a school like Michigan calls…”
[EDIT - Looks like Huff is a "lean" per our MGoInsider]
So up front I bring you a front line of 6'9 RS SO Donnal, 6'10 SO Doyle, 6'8 JR Huff*, 6'8 SO DJ Wilson.
6'8 SO Chatman you ask? Well he might be a 2 by then (his dad mentioned Bielen could see him as a 1)....unless our 6'6 JR Irvin returns. Lack of length, size, rebounding you say - nah that was a 2014-2015 issue...this 2015-2016 squad has size everywhere. Oh did I mention we have a JR PG (been a while since we could say that) with a backup SR PG. Experienced PGs usually are a cool thing for long tourney runs. We've been making do with babies at that position for a few years.
That is our 8 deep folks. Oh and then you throw in "role" players such as 21 year old SO 6'4 MAAR at 2 and SO 6'6 Dawkins* at 3. Folks that is a 10 player rotation. I didnt even mention RS SR 6'7 Max Bielfeldt as the 11th man.
Did I mention our yet to be known 2015 freshman of which we can be sure one will be a top 30 type talent? Maybe even 2 in the top 50? Where are they going to even find playing time? Any elite talent will be pushing MAAR Dawkins type guys down to 11th or 12th men.
So yeah... 2014-2015, will have some nightmares versus the Kaminsky's of the world and our interior defense will be LOL but Beilein will find offense one way or another to make it an entertaining if "OMG why did you do that...oh yeah freshman" team. But that experience along with reinforcments coming in is going to lead to a 2015-2016 team which is going to be like...wow.
Onward. (edit - my title assumes Wiscy wins the Big 10 title in 2014-2015, and pretty handily)