Thought the board could use a breath of fresh air, so I'm tossing out a name for the 2017 basketball recruiting class that many think could be an early commit for that class.
Christian David is a 6'5" Canadian (yay!) guard out of Milton, Ontario, who is tearing things up north of the border. He's rated as the No.1 Canadian prospect for 2017 and is being pursued heavily by Michigan and UConn. He's a lights-out shooter, great passer, and has a high basketball IQ (seriously, he does). Interestingly, he's also of Filipino descent and to my knowledge I don't think Michigan has ever had a Filipino basketball player (or Asian for that matter).
Very lucky to beat them but a win is a win. Loving the play of Doyle and Chatman. They stepped up when the big 3 were struggling. Next up NJIT. Enjoy GO BLUE!!!
Iowa beating UNC 5-2 on ESPN, Notre dame beating MSU 18-16 on ESPN2, and Virginia Tech beating PSU 15-10 on the U.
Throwing this theoretical question out there just to take a break from the coaching drama in football. We are far enough into the basketball season to have a decent idea of what we are getting from our 5 freshmen and Donnal. We have (1) an absolute revelation in Ricky Doyle, we have (2) a young guy who is finding his way in Chatman, and then we have (3) 3 freshmen who at this moment seem like bit players in 2014-15, including 1 they are exploring his RS. I've been surprised Dawkins is welded to the bench vs good teams but it seems that's the situation for now.
I do believe that if Mitch had been caught by Michigan rather than the NCAA he was coming back for another year and UM immediately is a top 5 team in the nation. But if it was Jon Horford instead of Mitch as our starting center, how do you think UM would stack up in the Big 10? Still behind Wisconsin? Or co-favorites?
(Yes I realize there was 0% chance he was coming back in retrospect with his family pressure)
Here are Jon's data points from the 3 real teams UF has played:
- Miami FL, 31 minutes, 5-9 (56%), 3-6 from 3 (50%), 17 pts, 7 reb, 3 blocks
- Georgetown, 31 minutes, 4-5 (80%), 0-1 from 3 (0%), 10 pts 11 reb, 1 block
- North Carolina, 20 minutes, 3-8 (37%), 1-5 from 3 (20%), 7 pts 7 reb, 1 block
What has surprised me about Horford at UF is his rebounding and how many 3 pointers he takes - both things lacking here. So maybe he would not have been that player here or maybe he would have. Let's assume he would be. You are talking about a guy giving you 28 minutes a nite, 11 pts, 8 rbs a night. That's good stuff.
Specific to Michigan, your 5 goes from Doyle/Donnal combo with emergency Max to Horford (25 min)/Doyle (15 min) and Donnal is a backup stretch 4 behind Chatman or emergency 5 with foul trouble to the other . Max remains in emergency 3rd center role.
Doyle was the only guy on the floor who could play a guy like Christmas. Similar guys in the big 10 exist for Wisconsin, Illinois and it looks like Maryland has a freshman center of similar ilk. Maybe 1-2 other guys like this in the confrence but you get the point. As you go through the onslaught of Big 10 season you have 2 true center types and their 10 fouls rather than 1 who is a true freshman who in any game could get 2 quick fouls.
Your main rotation is now Doyle, Horford, Donnal, Chatman, Irvin, Caris, Spike, Walton Jr. - with Max as your 9th.