ESPN has a list of the nations top 10 frontcourts.
Michigan has one of the best rebounders in the country in Mitch McGary. He grabs a rebound every two and a half minutes. he X factor for Michigan is
Glenn Robinson III. Although the plan is to play the 6-foot-7 Robinson at the small forward position, I would not be surprised to see him play some 4. He is an excellent rebounder and has the length and athleticism to match up with most power forwards. The Michigan system is built on attacking matchups, and Robinson at the 4 is a difficult matchup in both ball screens and in isolations on ball reversal.
While I understand that GRIII wants to play his more natural position, SF, I think it's going to be hard to keep Irvin off the floor and it'd be in our best interest to play GRIII at PF.
Didn't see this posted but really interesting story about the increasing practice of holding back basketball prospects in middle school to give them an advantage to become elite prospects. Some examples: Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and Shabazz Muhammad. The four top rated prospects in New Jersey in 2014 & 2015 were all held back a year in middle school (including Karl Towns). The other interesting part is after some of these kids become elite, they skip their junior year to reclassify as seniors to get into the NBA earlier (Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and Karl Towns).
Discussed at length on the Jalen Rose podcast:
News about this has been coming out in bits and pieces for some time, but today the trip was officially announced: Wolverines to Take Trip to France and Italy in August
The University of Michigan women's basketball team will take a foreign trip to France and Italy in August (19-29), head coach Kim Barnes Arico announced on Wednesday (July 17).
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to take a foreign trip," Barnes Arico said. "It is a great chance for our team to get a head start on the upcoming season while seeing a completely different part of the world. The extra practice time, especially with four newcomers and four players coming off of knee injuries, will be invaluable for our young team. "
"We are grateful for the generosity of Nancy Lohr, who donated the money for us to take this trip. As we continue to build our program, supporters like Nancy are integral to our success."
The Wolverines will depart Ann Arbor on Aug. 19, flying overnight to Paris. U-M will participate in three games across the pond, playing in Paris (Aug. 23), Lake Como (Aug. 24) and Rome (Aug. 27). Michigan's tour of Western Europe will include stops in Paris, the south of France, Lake Como, Florence and Rome before traveling back to Ann Arbor on Aug. 29.
With five seniors having graduated and three players transferring out either midseason or at season's end, the team has only two players coming back who played meaningful minutes in 2012-13. So the extra practice time should be significant, as will the opportunity for team bonding. The men's program took a similar trip with a young team in August 2010, and that trip helped propel that team to a successful season.
Per Larry Lage from AP, via Twitter:
#Michigan has signed Beilein to a 3-year extension to keep him under contract thru 2018-19 for $2.45 million in total compensation per year
Mitch McGary squatted into a textbook defensive stance -- feet spread, knees bent, arm extended toward the dribbler. Normally, McGary would not have had a hard time locking down his opponent from that position, but on this occasion he just happened to be facing the best player on the planet. It only took LeBron James one power dribble to his left to separate from McGary, rise up and drill an easy 15-foot jumper. As McGary glanced over his shoulder to see the ball go in, he could only shake his head.
"I tried to do my best out there," he said later with a smile.
The sequence could have been from one of McGary's dreams, but it happened for real last week at the LeBron James Skills Academy, the Nike-sponsored gemstone of the summer hoops circuit. McGary was one of 23 college players invited to work out in front of dozens of NBA scouts at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. Unlike three years ago, when McGary was one of the hundred-plus high school players at the camp, The King knew exactly who he was this time.
(Imagine the twinge of glee McGary felt when, during a defensive switch, LeBron shouted, "I got Mitch!") James' cameo at the college workout happened to occur on the three-year anniversary of his ill-conceived announcement that he was signing with the Miami Heat. McGary had his own Decision to make last April, and if it received a fraction of the attention that the King's got, it also demonstrated a lot more maturity and judgment.
Sets up for a rematch vs VCU and potential rematch vs Kansas State.
Bracket Discussion - LINK
Who others are picking:
Eamonn Brennan: VCU over Georgetown
Jeff Goodman: VCU over Northeastern
Andy Katz: Michigan over Georgetown
Jason King: VCU over Kansas State
Dana O'Neil: VCU over Kansas State