help i've been transported back in time to Jim Tressel's hiring help
It'll be interesting to see how this affects his game.
Will be team MVP over McGary, write it down
Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer related the latest of Robinson’s can-you-believe-it feats on Tuesday morning. During an interview with WTKA's Michigan Insider, Meyer explained that U-M players’ vertical leaps are measured on a Vertec. The apparatus is a straight pole with movable tabs on one side. Players jump alongside the pole, reaching for the highest tab they can touch. The highest tab moved accounts for the individual’s vertical leap.
Michigan’s Vertec measures up to 12 feet, 3 inches.
Michigan needs a new Vertec.
“We’ve not had anybody inside our program get all 12 feet, 3 inches -- that was until Glenn Robinson,” Meyer said.
Robinson stands 6-feet, 6-inches tall. He has an expansive wingspan, but is not a pterodactyl. He’s always had a lengthy reach and shake-your-head leaping ability (just ask Minnesota). This latest feat, though -- reaching 12-foot-3 on the Vertec -- is a product of Robinson’s offseason work.
So, my copy of the new Hail to Hoops & Hockey book arrived last night and I promptly read through the whole thing. With the Football Bye Week I figured it might be a good time to talk about just how excited you are for Michigan Basketball.
When I was a student I went to 1 basketball game (they lost. And were not good). I went to 3 last year and I live in Chicago. Michigan baskteball is back to being an event - and a damn good one.
The preview mag posits that there are maybe 5 teams that have as much talent as Michigan. Michigan will start lottery picks (as of now) at the 4 and 5 (or 3 and 4) with another great recruiting class coming in.
We also return a great shooter - and not just a (drink) who according to the coaches this morning on Michigan Insider has gained about 20lbs of muscle and added 6" to his vertical.
How good do you think this team will be? Can they win the B1G or the B1G tournament? What are you most excited for with Michigan Basketball?
An unbelievable recruiting week for the Michigan women's basketball program. Naomi Davenport, a 5-10 wing out of Mount Notre Dame H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio, announced her commitment to the Wolverines today. Blue Star has her ranked #25 in the country in the 2015 class. That's three recruits committing to Michigan over a five-day span, all of whom are ranked in the top 100 by at least one recruiting service. (Keep in mind that some of the services haven't released rankings for 2015, while others have yet to issue a full top 100 or 150.)
Here's a brief scouting report from a Blue Star item posted about a year ago:
This 5-10 wing from Mt. Notre Dame plays with great passion. She is a gifted athlete that can get to the rim on almost any defender. The tools are there to handle the ball and shoot the pull up off the dribble if needed. Davenport can guard her position and just make plays. MND is in good hands with this evolving prospect.
There's room for at least a couple more players in Michigan's 2015 class. I'd look for at least one more guard (possibly an in-stater—Kalabrya Gondrezick or Cierra Rice) and a post (Hallie Thome from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is one possibility).
EDIT: Just saw a tweet saying Davenport is 6-1. Could be the previous reports of her height were out of date. Also, her AAU team (Cincinnati Angels) lists her at 6-0, so I might go with that as a compromise.
EDIT2: Cincinnati Enquirer has a brief item on Davenport's commitment, which of course lists her height as 5-11! That's probably from her high school coach, so it might be the most accurate. The article says she also considered Cincinnati, Xavier, and Dayton.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman took a six-day trip last week to catch six of the top programs in America, getting an up-close look at the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden, Marcus Smart, Robinson III, Montrezl Harrell, Adreian Payne and Noah Vonleh.
"Michigan's Glenn Robinson III was the most impressive player of anyone I saw on the trip.
There's more, but it sounds like he's playing with a lot more confidence on offense and has added more muscle. With Michigan football being frustrating lately, figured you guys could use something to cheer you up.
Per this PennLive article, the NCAA refs met and have been directed to call handchecking. The rule has been on the books for some time, but, per NCAA national officiating coordinator John Adams, the size/strength/speed of the players has necessitated increased attention to actually enforcing it.
This is great news for teams like UM who play a less physical and more cerebral style of offensive basketball. It's not great news for teams like MSU, or players like Craft, who play a very physical brand of basketball.