ohio state blogs will post literally anything
Good article talking about Nik's ascendance from Canadian kid to potential lottery pick. There were quite a few interesting facts about him that I have not heard/read before:
- Watched tape of Steph Curry while at Michigan to learn techniques for ball handling
- He is defying his genes as his Father is only 6' and a computer programmer, as is his brother
- Became a basketball fan at 7 when Toronto got the Raptors
- "When he was 10, Nik was called down to the court during an open practice at Air Canada Centre and got to play two-on-two against Carter, surprising his idol by swishing a three."
- At age 12 his Father remade his shot to the near perfection we enjoyed
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but by NBA draft outlets he is being compared to Jason Kapono and Kyle Korver. These are absurd comparisons that are purely based on skin color because he is much more athletic. Also something that is often overlooked in his shooting prowess is his ability to shoot 3's BOTH off the dribble as well as in catch and shoot situations. Most players, even our beloved Trey Burke, have only shown the ability to do one of those very well, but not both. Nik is going to be an excellent scorer in the NBA, is smart enough to function in an NBA defensive scheme, and will quickly become a top SG (the weakest position group) in short order.
ESPN launched a series today where they will count down the 50 men's hoops coaches based on the following question:
"Who is doing the best job right now?"
Numbers 50-26 are listed today and they will count down the rest over the next 5 weeks. Using the very specific criteria above, I think Beilein will slot in somewhere around the middle of the top 10, given his success at the B1G level, having the most tournament wins of any NCAA program the past 2 years, back to back B1G POY's and so on. He is clearly the best coach in the nation, but figure he will get bumped a bit for not yet winning a national title and ESPN's anti-Michigan bias, so I will guess he is ranked 6th. Your thoughts/guesses?
The SEC recently modified their requirement that a grad transfer student apply for a waiver in order to play right away. Now, as long as the athlete meets academic requirements, he can skip the waiver process. But the UF president doesn't like it and took the opportunity to criticize Horford's move:
and is considering renaming the team...
... or maybe not ???
Clippy says "Go Clippers!"
All for just $2 Billion. $2 Billion???
The sweet-shooting 6'3" two guard chose to take Wisconsin up on its offer of a 2015 scholarship. He recently made an unofficial visit Michigan but apparently did not receive an offer. He'll probably be a nice player at some point, but the Michigan coaches seemed to see him as a back-up plan to Eron Harris (who, per Raoul's post below, is visiting Michigan June 6-7) and Jalen Coleman.
Now he can start working on sliding under jump shooters, grabbing opposing players, flopping, and whining like a stuck pig anytime a call goes against him. Because that's the Badger Way.*
*I wish the kid luck, but it's important to criticize Wisconsin basketball whenever you can.