John Beilein says Max Bielfeldt underwent hip surgery and is out most of the summer. Not sure if he'll make the trip to Europe.— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) June 3, 2014
With Bielfeldt out following surgery Beilein says Ricky Doyle/Mark Donnal will get a ton of minutes adding "it'll be good for them"— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) June 3, 2014
John Beilein says incoming freshman post player Ricky Doyle is already in Ann Arbor, working out on his own. Graduated early.— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) June 3, 2014
On Doyle, Beilein added he's allowed to work out with Jon Sanderson but can't run through any drills with the coaching staff just yet— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) June 3, 2014
Beilein: "We expect [LeVert] to be full-go by the beginning of August, if not sooner."— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) June 3, 2014
Good article talking about Nik's ascendance from Canadian kid to potential lottery pick. There were quite a few interesting facts about him that I have not heard/read before:
- Watched tape of Steph Curry while at Michigan to learn techniques for ball handling
- He is defying his genes as his Father is only 6' and a computer programmer, as is his brother
- Became a basketball fan at 7 when Toronto got the Raptors
- "When he was 10, Nik was called down to the court during an open practice at Air Canada Centre and got to play two-on-two against Carter, surprising his idol by swishing a three."
- At age 12 his Father remade his shot to the near perfection we enjoyed
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but by NBA draft outlets he is being compared to Jason Kapono and Kyle Korver. These are absurd comparisons that are purely based on skin color because he is much more athletic. Also something that is often overlooked in his shooting prowess is his ability to shoot 3's BOTH off the dribble as well as in catch and shoot situations. Most players, even our beloved Trey Burke, have only shown the ability to do one of those very well, but not both. Nik is going to be an excellent scorer in the NBA, is smart enough to function in an NBA defensive scheme, and will quickly become a top SG (the weakest position group) in short order.
ESPN launched a series today where they will count down the 50 men's hoops coaches based on the following question:
"Who is doing the best job right now?"
Numbers 50-26 are listed today and they will count down the rest over the next 5 weeks. Using the very specific criteria above, I think Beilein will slot in somewhere around the middle of the top 10, given his success at the B1G level, having the most tournament wins of any NCAA program the past 2 years, back to back B1G POY's and so on. He is clearly the best coach in the nation, but figure he will get bumped a bit for not yet winning a national title and ESPN's anti-Michigan bias, so I will guess he is ranked 6th. Your thoughts/guesses?
The SEC recently modified their requirement that a grad transfer student apply for a waiver in order to play right away. Now, as long as the athlete meets academic requirements, he can skip the waiver process. But the UF president doesn't like it and took the opportunity to criticize Horford's move: