Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
Some lighter reading material for your lazy Sunday summer morning:
In a couple of days, it’s back to the grind for Albrecht. He heads to Michigan next week, where he’ll start classes and start to answer the question that everyone’s asking: Can he play like that consistently for the Wolverines?
Michigan has a highly touted point guard, Derrick Walton, who is expected to immediately challenge him for the position.
It’s a wide open competition and Albrecht is looking forward to it. He also doesn’t want to just be remembered for that one half. He didn’t score a point in the second half against Louisville and he admitted that he was a little tired.
“One of my coaches told me, ‘don’t let scoring 17 points in the national championship game be the best thing in my career,’ ” he said.
Spike will just have to prove it again.
(Also interesting that maize-and-blue were the color scheme for the kids' camp, even though his local high school does everything red-and-white. Michigan über alles Farben.)
Dan Dakich also returned to his alma mater in The Region and talked about his son Andrew choosing Michigan, among other things, delivering a couple tweetable quotes (one of which excerpted below):
Your son, Andrew, is going to play at Michigan as a preferred walk-on. How did that happen?
He always wanted to play in the Big Ten. Michigan always followed us around at AAU. I was talking to (Michigan assistant) Jeff Meyer about him at the Big Ten Tournament and he asked where he was going. I said either Purdue or Butler as a walk-on.
So they invited him to campus and he just fell in love with it. I fell in love with it. I said, “Son, if you don’t commit, I’m going to commit for you.” He said, “It’s a lot of money.” I told him not to worry about that. It’s perfect for him. Spike (Albrecht) and Mitch McGary are there. They’ve got a good point guard coming in. He might never get to play, but it’s still a great opportunity.
Why has Michigan been able to tap into Indiana so much?
Purdue and Indiana made a mistake using up all their scholarships and not taking Glenn Robinson (III). They are always there, recruiting these kids. It’s a comfortable place for them.
And a couple notes on his twitter life (no, he doesn't have Canseco's team writing them for him).
Mark Donnal: 34
Zak Irvin: 21
Derrick Walton Jr.: 10
Glad I can continue wearing my #10 (Hardaway's jersey) next season. Can't wait for the 2013-2014 season to begin!
Repping the Columbus Clippers. Columbus tattoo parlors do good business...
hat tip http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2013/6/20/4448930/michigans-trey-burkes...
Just a few days after getting 2014 commit #2, Maria Backman, the Michigan women's basketball program today received their first 2016 verbal, Akienreh Johnson, a 6-0 guard/wing out of Toledo Rogers High School. This is a big commitment as one of the top women's hoops recruiting services, ASGR, has her ranked #34 in the country in her class.
I'll do some more digging, but so far here's the best scouting report I could find on her, posted by Full Court in January 2013:
Akienreh Johnson, 6-0 small forward, Rogers (Toledo OH)
Although just a freshman, Johnson had college coaches focused on her from pretty early in her team’s 55-48 loss to Winton Woods of Cincinnati. She possesses a lanky athletic build not yet fully filled out, but her skill set is already high, showing intermediate range jumpers and threes. The line from high major programs will be queuing up for one of the top 2016 prospects in Ohio.
I think it's safe to say that Kim Barnes Arico and her staff are really beginning to gain traction on the recruiting trail.
EDIT: Here's another scouting report, posted by Blue Star last summer:
Toledo Rogers High School has made plenty of waves with their youth the last few seasons and another promising guard is joining the cause. Akienreh Johnson is the kind of player that’s going to make something happen with the ball in her hands. She’s impressive in her individual attack but equally adept at delivering the ball if someone else has a better look. A quick first step goes hand in hand with some sharp ballhandling getting her past defenders and opening up her options. The fact that she already stands 5-10 makes her all the more difficult to match up with and just that much more intriguing to recruiters.
Toledo Blade photo: