“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
We learned earlier in the week that C.J. Lee would leave his position as Director of Program Personnel to join (Beilein protégé) Mike Maker at Marist, as Maker's assistant coach. C.J. Lee was in the unique position of watching the program rise from the doldrums of the post-Amaker/Ed Martin era to its current stature.
Today we have an ARTICLE from Brendan Quinn replete with C.J. Lee insights on the program and on Beilein in particular. It's worth your time to read, but here's a quote to whet your appetite, relaying Lee's observations on how Beilein has changed over the years:
“There isn’t a noticeable difference in him, but he says it to me in personal conversations all the time, ‘I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been willing to change and listen to others,’” Lee replied. “That’s what stands out. He keeps learning and continues to develop, which is crazy. I mean, he’s 61 years old and keeps getting better.”
It will surprise very few here that Beilein was instrumental in getting C.J. in front of Maker for this opportunity.
A little late in the day, but good Michigan content on BTN.
Michigan - Indiana basketball (2014 in Ann Arbor) is currently on.
Big Ten Icons - Charles Woodson is next (9:30 EST)
Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor (10:00 EST)
1997 Michigan - Ohio State, with the Woodson punt return and interception (11:00 EST)
- #3 Kam Chatman
- #5 D.J. Wilson
- #12 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman
- #24 Aubrey Dawkins
- #30 Austin Hatch
- #32 Ricky Doyle
Also, as posted awhile ago, Andrew Dakich will now wear #11.
The complete roster is up here.
Look at how MAAR's name needs two lines to fit. I love it.
Okay, that's my last thread for a couple days.
A schedule of four basketball games over 8 days in Italy has been released. The translation from Italian into English is . . . intriguing. This is a grammar Nazi's delight.
“After winning the Big Ten title, qualified to the NCAA tournament, where reached the Elite Eight and saw their journey interrupted by Uconn, then won the title. The Wolverines have undergone considerable changes over the summer, in fact, four players were chosen by reference to NBA teams (Nick Stauskas at all with the choice of n. 8), confirming the high quality of the basketball program. It is thanks to the great tradition, and excellent recruiting system, important that these departures will be replaced by more prospects coming from High School. Among the experts is rumored to Kameron Chatman, DJ Wilson and Ricky Doyle, the NCAA will be a brief period before joining the league in which they are intended: the NBA. There are all the ingredients for a spectacular game, where the protagonist will be stronger than any college edition of College Basketball Tour.”
Here is the schedule:
Aug. 17 vs. the Perugia All Star Men in Rome, Aug. 19 vs. The Big All Star Men at the Vicenza Palazzetto dello Sport, Aug. 20 vs. the Opitergium Spartans Men at the Vicenza Palazzetto dello Sport, and Aug. 22 vs. Mantova Stings in Mantua (Matova).