From Stars and Stripes, here are details on a nice addition to the Michigan basketball Italy tour:
The University of Michigan men’s basketball team will visit the army base Caserma Del Din in Vicenza on Wednesday, Aug. 20, as part of a multi-stop Italian hoops tour.
The Wolverines will start their base visit by serving lunch to and dining with servicemembers at 11:30 a.m., said Rob Veney, coach of the post’s military basketball program and an organizer of the event in conjunction with MWR. At 1 p.m., the team will meet with soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and 509th Signal Battalion, then conclude their visit with a shootaround and autograph signing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
I don't want to copy the entire article, but the next paragraph has details on the four games the Wolverines will play (includiing the 6.90 euro admission price for each game in Vicenza), for anyone who hasn't seen the rundown yet.
Just heard about the Paul George broken leg; neither of the 2 local 11 PM news channels showed it so I imagine it is pretty gruesome. I don't want to see it but is it Kevin Ware, Shaun Livingston like for those who did see it. Please don't post embed if you reply :P a link to it is fine.
Trey Burke has been named in a Macomb County lawsuit seeking over $25,000 in damages (minimum that has to be mentioned in the complaint).
This arises out of unfortunate joking about the guy on Twitter, that Shaq mocked, who turned out to have a rare disease. Shaq and Waka Flocka were also named as defendants. It is unknown if any of the other, non-wealthy, re-twetters were also named, but for some reason I doubt it.
While I feel bad for the guy, I do not think the actions were intended to be hostile AND all three apologized to him privately and publicly. In my opinion, this should not be a viable cause of action.
The defendants are wealthy and they made a social media mistake.
Law firms are businesses that need money and publicity.
If you have strong feeling about this and you are a recoverable potential party, please watch your comments.
For those of you who love basketball and don't care that it comes in NBA form, Zach Lowe of grantland.com should be required reading.
He recently posted this article about Kyle Korver, now of the ATL Hawks. The reason I draw your attention to it is the three gifs partway down the page. Do those actions make you think of anything or anyone? If you said "hey, that looks just like the stuff M ran with Stauskas," then I say "me too."
The difference, though, is who the dribble handoffer or pick and popper is. With M it was either Morford or Walton instead of a Pittsnoglian-type, as it is in the first (Pero Antic) and second and third (Paul Millsap) gifs.
Here's where I get irrationally giddy about Zak Irvin and Mark Donnal running the same stuff. If Donnal can be a credible three point shooter, that could make Irvin, who may or may not be "just a shooter," structurally lethal.
This kind of action puts the opposing big in a terrible position, because they either have to show on Irvin and then try to get back to Donnal, or if they switch, that leaves Donnal able to get a shot off on a shorter wing.
To make it more concrete, imagine Adam Woodbury, Alex Gauna, or even Frank Kaminsky trying to deal with this:
Recall that Wisconsin's strategy for dealing with Stauskas was to sag in the lane and dare him to shoot a 16-footer. If they do that this year, that leaves Donnal either unguarded or switched on to a shorter player.
Anyway, I'm excited to see what Donnal and Irvin can do this year is what I'm saying.
Per Chris Balas at TheWolverine.com (linked below since embed won't work on my computer), Duncan Robinson, a 6'7" forward from D-III Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, will visit campus Monday and stay for a few days. An offer and immediate pledge seem highly likely.
Robinson played under Mike Maker while at Williams. If the Maker name sounds familiar, that's because it is. Maker recently accepted the head coaching job at Marist, beating out none other than Patrick Beilein, John Beilein's son, for the lead spot. Apparently, Maker asked Robinson to follow him to Marist, but Robinson had his sights set higher and declined. Maker was kind enough (and mature enough) to put in a call to Coach Beilein and recommend that he look at standout frosh.
As a freshman, Robinson led the team in basically every statistical catergory and led the team to the D-III national championship game, where they lost in a close contest. He was named the D3Hoops.com National Rookie of the Year and made the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Robinson would sit a year before joining the team as a sophomore in 2015. This would likely mean the end of 2015 recruiting, although I would think the coaches would still pursue Coleman in the event that LeVert departs.
Highlights below, but apparently the kid has put on about 15 pounds of muscle and added another inch since the highlights were shot.($) https://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1663626