Last night John Beilein made an appearance at the Maize Rage meeting, along with Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin. While there, he spoke to us and answered some questions that revealed some pretty interesting tidbits that may not have been talked about much yet. Some of the highlights of what he said:
---DJ Wilson is up 35 pounds. Not sure if that was from when he go here or just over the summer, but it's impressive either way.
---Irvin should return from his back surgery soon, and when he does, it will be the first time their "Core Four" of Irvin, Walton, Caris, and Spike will have all been healthy at the same time since Walton got hurt against Villanova.
---In terms of rotations, he doesn't really expect to expand past playing nine guys even though they have more depth this year. He likes eight man rotations, but because of the depth, will add a ninth spot.
---He said he likes to play guys like Irvin and Walton 30-35 minutes a game to keep them in their rhythm (he only mentioned them as they were sitting right there; I assume that applies to Caris as well, with Spike not far behind). Other than that, he expects the other guys to just fill in minutes where they are available. Based on this, my conjecture for the rotation would be Walton, Irvin, Caris, Spike, Doyle, Dawkins, DJ, Donnal, and one of MAAR or Chatman.
---One guy who's missing? Moritz Wagner. Beilein said he expects him to be really good "one day". Right now he said he's a bit awkward and gets banged around a bunch because he had never lifted weights before in Germany. However, he's up to 228 pounds (up from 210 or 215 when he got to AA, I can't remember which one), and Beilein expects him to be up around 245 soon. Didn't say, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a redshirt coming for Wagner.
---Another guy who's missing: Duncan Robinson. I would expect him to work his way into the rotation at some point, but now Beilein sounded as if that wouldn't happen right away. He said Duncan's shooting numbers in practice compare to Nik Stauskas', but that he is a little tenative and "we're trying to get him to stop asking for permission to shoot." Sounds like once he gains some confidence, he'll be key off the bench.
---He also talked about Austin Hatch and how important he is to the team. He said he works out with the team 2-3 times a week to keep his body in shape, and his role is now doing some things that players/coaches don't have as much time to do (i.e. visits to Mott). He also said he views Austin as another son of his, which was pretty cool.
---Last thing, has nothing to do with the players themselves, but Beilein said he wants to totally revamp player introductions and do something different. He hates the intro videos and how it takes everyone's attention away from the court and up to the video board. This year, he wants to do something involving the students making noise and being pumped up to introduce players, but we're not sure what that would be, and then having a different way to actually call out the players' names.
MSU now has the #1 class in 2016. Good thing the game is on!
Miles Bridges gives the Spartans the uncontested No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for 2016 pic.twitter.com/HDHrQQFghQ— Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) October 3, 2015
Miles Bridges on MSU commit Cassius Winston: “When he committed, then I basically switched over to Michigan State from Kentucky,”— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 3, 2015
The book alleges: “At the peak of the dormitory and off-campus entertainment more than $10,000 cash changed hands to Katina for supplying the women. This does not include the hundreds of one dollar bills thrown at the dancers at each party by McGee, the recruits and players. Nor does it include the money paid to the women who had sex with the recruits afterward. So frequent were the escapades that Katina would later say, especially after the Cardinals won the 2012-2013 NCAA championship: I felt like I was part of the recruitment team. A lot of them players went to Louisville because of me.”
The actions described in the book would appear to be both illegal and in violation of school and NCAA rules. If, as Powell alleges, players who were members of Louisville’s championship team received impermissible benefits that were provided by a staff member, the Cardinals’ title would seemingly be in jeopardy.
Release from book's publisher: http://www.ibj.com/articles/55155-book-louisville-hired-prostitutes-to-woo-basketball-recruits
Could lead to vacating the 2012-2013 NCAA Championship if true. If only that ref had got that clean block right instead of calling a foul on Trey Burke...
Always nice to hear about how former players are doing in the pros, and this is no exception. Many were sad/surprised when GRIII left early and wasn't drafted until the 2nd round, but an executive from Indiana was pretty pumped.
The article/work laptop (Yay IE whatever) won't allow me to copy/paste a snippet but Bird wanted to acquire GRIII for over a year and ended up investing in him pretty heavily with a 3 year deal. Worth the click.
Per multiple reports on twitter, SMU basketball banned from postseason play this year and head coach Larry Brown suspended for 30% of the season (~10 games). This would seem to include Michigan's game at SMU in December.
Updated to include Jeff Goodman tweet:
SMU hit with postseason ban and Larry Brown suspended for 30 percent (about 9-10 games), sources told ESPN. Story: http://t.co/ig654wkYzj— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) September 29, 2015