OK, I'm as American as apple pie, and I've been rooting for every single one of our athletes and teams to win in Rio ... but when we started having problems in basketball against Australia yesterday, a big part of me was thinking, "You know, I'd be OK if Coach K lost this."
If that makes me a bad American, then so ahead and neg me. But I just hate that guy so much, and I hate that I have to root for a team that he's coaching to win. I felt this same way when Kelly Tripucka and Christian Laettner played for the Pistons.
Anybody with me on this?
After a solid showing at UM's college practice camp, Beilein extended an offer to the guard who's somewhere between 6'3" and 6'5" depending on what site you're reading.
Beilein went to basically every single one of his AAU games this summer, and he's from the same AAU program that Duncan Robinson is (Middlesex Magic). He goes to Milton Acadmey, a NE prep school.
I bet he ends up in the class (don't have any inside info, but is from a school that appreciates UM academics, has AAU connections, and likes Beilein's slow/low-key recruiting approach).
Since we're all pining for football season to start, and it has yet to oblige, I figured some basketball talk might help us get through this sleepy Friday.
Particularly, I want to talk about Moritz Wagner. He came in at 6' 9" 210 lbs. and showed some promise as a freshman. He showed good hands, shot-blocking ability, and some nice touch around the basket. With some added bulk and more experience in Beilein's system he could have a huge sophomore season.
It appears he's making progress in the size department:
Improved vertical as well:
In this picture he looks bigger then Donnal and Austin Davis:
Sam Webb and others have called him the biggest x-factor going into this season. I'm inclined to agree. Looking at the team as a whole, these are the things I think need to happen in order for this team to reach it's potential:
- Wagner plays like McGary lite
- Xavier Simpson is able to successfully platoon with Walton and MAAR in the backcourt
- Irvin plays more consistently
- Billy Donlon takes Michigan's defense to a new level
- Duncan Robinson shoots like we all know he can all season.
Kithier is a class of 2018 PF from Macomb who is ranked #123 in the 247 composite. Although he did not have a Michigan offer, he was expected to attend this weekend's Elite Camp.