I seriously don't know how Izzo does it, but its amazing how he convinces kids to do what is clearly not in their best interests. Bridges is almost a lock to be a lottery pick and he didn't even submit his name for evaluation.
This quote from Izzo, shows the level of brainwashing going on: "But this is not about Miles, it's about the university and it's about you the fans."
Contrast that with JB's approach of actively encouraging DJ, Mo and other players to do what's in their best interests and pursue the process "agressively:"
John Beilein said Wednesday night, speaking with reporters prior to U-M basketball's annual team banquet. "I encouraged them to look at this aggressively and go after it if they really felt it."
I thought that folks might be interested in a quick rundown of the Michigan basketball banquet. I have been going to these since the early Amaker era, and have been to every one under Beilein. I don't remember Beilein ever being more animated or enthusiastic than tonight, even in 2013 (of course we had less time to lick our wounds that year). When he passed out the NCAA rings he pointed out that a lot of talented players came through Crisler from 1998 to 2009, and never got a ring, and that he hoped the freshman would leave with 4 rings. He also mentioned that during the offseason he was convinced by some of the players to "pivot" to a more positive approach during practice (more praise, less critique), and that he then asked some of the same players to pivot to a more vocal leadership role mid-season. He said both changes were crucial to the team's success.
The video was a great rundown of the season, including twice replaying Maverick Morgan calling us a "white collar" team.
The seniors all spoke, with Dakich going the longest and giving the funniest talk (he said that during his red shirt year he'd be in the weight room doing the "beach body" workout while his teammates was doing squats at Camp Sanderson). Derek was quieter, but joked that when Beilein came to watch him in high school he wasn't sure how it went because his teammates wouldn't pass the ball back to him since they all wanted to get offers too.
Walton got the most major awards including MVP, sharing the leadership award with Zak and getting the assists and FT shooting awards. MAAR and Irvin shared the best defender award, Simpson got the Grote hustle award, and Duncan won best 6th man. Most improved was a tie between DJ and Mo.
The players vote on joke awards that included "talks most/knows least" and best dancer (both Dakich); best dressed (DJ), and first to get married (Hatch).
I like Jalen more every year. Hadn't seen this story posted, discussed.
You'll want to read this article written by GRIII in The Players' Tribune.
Spoiler alert--Michigan isn't mentioned once, but it's got a lot of cool insight into him growing up around NBA players as the Big Dog's son and his quest to dunk for the first time.
I don't know if TPT has editors to help these athletes write, if it's the Michigan difference, or if GRIII is just a naturally gifted writed, but I was really impressed by this article.
This per Adrian Wojnarowski. Would obviously be huge news for the Spartans and Big Ten basketball. You have to hand it to Izzo?
It's the end of an era from the Bad Boys to Chauncey Billups. Next year they move to Pizzarena.