I decided to start at the bottom and work my way up to what I think will be the standings next year. Rutgers was not very good this year, finishing 5-13 in the not-so-good American conference. A lot of people would say, "you can only get better from here". This may be true for this Rutgers team. Rutgers loses seniors Wally Judge and J.J Moore. Jerome Seagears, D’Von Campbell, and Craig Brown are also transferring. Losing these five players means a loss of:
48% of their points
41% of their rebounds per game
and 50% of their minutes
They do bring in 6 freshmen who, unless they contribute right away will leave Rutgers pretty awful.
So here is their projected roster:
# Name HT WT YR POS
11 Kadeem Jack 6-9 235 SR. PF
Starting Power Forward, averaged 14.3 points per game with 6.8 rebounds. A close second to Mack.
4 Myles Mack 5-10 175 SR. PG
Starting Point Guard, averaged 15 points per game with 4.3 Assists. Rutgers' best player.
0 Malick Kone 6-5 200 SR. SF
The starting Shooting Guard, averaged 3.5 points per game last year.
3 Kerwin Okoro 6-5 215 JR. SF
Does not play meaningful minutes.
21 Stephen Zurich 6-5 205 JR. SF
Same as Okoro.
23 Jalen Hyde 5-8 165 JR. PG
35 Greg Lewis 6-9 245 JR. PF
The starting Center that has a decent rebound rate. With him starting Rutgers actually has a pretty big lineup.
10 Junior Etou 6-7 230 SO. SF
The starting Small Forward, averaged 5.3 points per game.
33 Khalil Batie 5-10 175 SO. PG
5 Mike Williams 6-2 190 FR. SG
3 Star, offers from Dayton, Iowa, ST. Johns, Temple...
2 Bishop Daniels 6-3 185 FR. SG
3 star, no other offers
32 Ibrahima Diallo 6-10 240 FR. C
Rawer than sushi. 3 Star
22 D.J. Foreman 6-8 230 FR. PF
Offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh…
13 Ryan Johnson 6-6 190 FR. SG
A low ranked prospect. Supposedly he can shoot. According to Rutgers he is the next Jeremy Lamb.
40 Shaquille Doorson 6-11 275 FR. C
Low ranked recruit. Redshirt.
15 Jake Dadika 5-11 160 FR. PG
My projected starting lineup:
Point Guard: Myles Mack
Shooting Guard: Malick Kone
Small Forward: Junior Etou
Power Foward: Kadeem Jack
Center: Greg Lewis
Michigan plays Rutgers at home and on the road next year, which is favorable for us.
In all, Rutgers is a pretty small team that is losing a lot of players of. They do not have depth, or much skill. The junior class looks to have nothing so the team will rely on mostly seniors. I project Rutgers will go 4-14 and tie with Purdue for last.
Next up... Purdue.
This sounds an awful lot like 2014 Michigan Football in the preseason. Branden Dawson and Izzo threw Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, and Keith Appling under the bus at Media Day. And the last guy that should probably be talking about leadership is Branden Dawson after the whole "Dakich made me punch a table" incident last season.
"They were just so quiet," Dawson said about last season's veterans. "Not trying to throw those guys under the bus but this year, our communication is better. I talk a lot. Denzel is talking a lot and Travis is too. ... As far as this year, we're all on the same page."
His coach agrees. Izzo kicked off Big Ten Media Day by addressing leadership challenges that he doesn't expect to affect the team this year.
"I think [this is] a team with the same kind of passion we had last year, the same kind of camaraderie, but a little better leadership," he said. "Last year just wasn't ... it wasn't a strength of our team. It wasn't necessarily a weakness, but we had, we didn't have quite the leadership that I think we have with Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine."
http://btn.com/2014/10/16/six-big-ten-mens-hoops-teams-ranked-in-the-preseason-coaches-poll/ No respect to Beilein. Wisconsin # 4, MSU # 18, Ohio # 20, Nebraska # 21
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Chris Webber is part of group insteresting in buying the Atlanta Hawks.
Five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber is part of a potential ownership group that has submitted a letter of interest to the NBA about its desire to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to emerge as a face of the bid with an ultimate goal of becoming a prominent figure on the basketball side for the Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
story here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--chris-webber-joins-group-interested-in-buying-hawks-031715442.html
At first I was confused as to how Chris webber could afford to buy an NBA team, but luckily I came across this very interesting article from People with Money magazine that broke it all down.
It's been a rough year for the basketball player, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 41-year-old Chris Webber has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid basketball players for 2014 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.
In 2012 it looked like the basketball player’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Wednesday (October 15) that Webber is the highest-paid basketball player in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between September 2013 and September 2014, a nearly $60 million lead over his closest competition.
The American basketball player has an estimated net worth of $275 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Webber Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Detroit Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderwebber - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Chris) and a fashion line called “Chris Webber Seduction”.
Yes, Chris Webber is not actually the highest paid basketball player, as that people with money article is satire, but he is actually part of a group trying to buy the Atlanta Hawks. Anyway, it gave me a laugh at least so thought I'd share it.
B1G Media Day was today for basketball, and the preseason rankings voted by the media are out:
|1) Wisconsin 378 points|
|2) Ohio State 322|
|3) Michigan State 305|
|4) Nebraska 299|
|5) Michigan 286|
|6) Minnesota 226|
|7) Iowa 214|
|8) Illinois 196|
|9) Indiana 163|
|10) Maryland 162|
|11) Purdue 95|
|12) Penn State 84|
|13) Northwestern 78|
|14) Rutgers 27|
With Big ten media only 2 days away Brendan F. Quinn wrote an article on mlive about his preseason Big Ten predictions. Interesting read and wanted to discuss because BASKETBALL!!! Thoughts??
Projected Big Ten Standings
2) Ohio State
5) Michigan State
13) Penn State
Preseason All-Big Ten Team
Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin
Yogi Ferrell, G, Indiana
Frank Kaminsky, F, Wisconsin
Terran Petteway, G, Nebraska
Derrick Walton Jr., G, Michigan
Player of the Year
Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin