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
Even GRIII would be hard pressed to match
Congrats to Jordan Morgan for signing to play pro ball in Italy with Virtus Roma (Italian-language press release). Even from the Google translation, I think the gist of the following comes through:
This comment gm Nicola Alberani: "Morgan is a solid player, and square. We give substance into the area and depth in attack. He comes from a background of basketball very high, in fact of three of his college classmates were selected to the NBA Draft this year. For a number of factors that I have not had the exposure it deserves, because it is a team player willing to sacrifice. It has important human qualities and not surprisingly he was captain at Michigan University."
And here's what Morgan had to say (roughly translated):
These are the first words of Morgan as a player of Virtus: "I'm lucky to start my career as a professional team with a historic and prestigious as Virtus, in a lovely city like Rome. I'm excited for the team we're putting together, I can not wait to meet my new teammates and to take the field."
His teammates will include Iowa State grad Melvin Ejim, who just signed with Virtus Roma a few days ago; former Syracuse player Brandon Triche, who signed with the team last week; former Louisiana Tech player Kyle Gibson; and point guard Perry Petty.
All I saw before I clicked on the post was "Beilein joining Snyder's Jazz staff." My heart sunk. I clicked immediately. It's Patrick. Not John. Phewwwwww. Looks like he's gonna be workin' with Trey. Good move for him.