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Reported by Baumgardner, among others. This is obviously a setback with regard to LeVert's summer workout plans, but he should be recovered in time for the trip to Italy:
“Caris underwent surgery today for a stress fracture of his foot at the University of Michigan hospital," Beilein said in a statement. "He is doing well and we expect him to make a full recovery in about 8 to 10 weeks. We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe.”
According to a Freep article, it's not known whether he'll be able participate in the Kevin Durant camp for wings (to which he had received an invite), which is usually held in July.
Maybe the Lakers will hire him back a second time too. Didn't really work out too well here for Mike without LeBron.
All three of Michigan's draft declarants will participate in the NBA draft combine this week. Not much of a surprise, but it is now official.
I think there have been a few threads or discussions along this line in the past, but since new classes are added every year, I thought it might be fun to revisit given the dearth of non-OT news.
Here are mine (which all have "are easy" as a pre-req):
1) Psychology and Spiritual Development - One word - self-graded. I gave myself an A since I was an awesome student. Also, Richard Mann was super cool and had some great stories about the 60's.
2) Greek Mythology - A surprisingly useful class for life, especially if you like to read. Professor Verhoogt is funny and the class was pretty easy.
3) The History of Witchcraft - Another gem in the Classic Civ department, which seems to have the highest ratio of easy classes of any department at the U. Don't remember the name of the professor, but he looks like Barack Obama (before he became President) and was a great lecturer. The material was fascinating.
What are yours?
With 2015 recruiting sort of slow for MBB and some high profile guys like Kennard, Grandstaff, McQuaid choosing elsewhere while the Jalen(s) show set to be a long slog, maybe we get a 2016 Hello! before a 2015?
Seth Towns, he of the 6'7 willow thin 180 lbs SF type, was in town this week for a full academic tour - and per his twittergram:
Visited The University of Michigan today. Hands down the best visit I've been on thus far #blessed
Now that this is a basketball school, I will admit I have been focusing on the 2015s and not aware of the 2016s other than perhaps the top player in the country is in Michigan and not even bothering to give us a sniff (boo). So doing some due diligence on Mr. Towns (who happens to go to the same school as Trey Burke did....deep in Buckeye territory) some tidbits via UMhoops.com
This mutual admiration society started early when Towns was a freshman- from last June:
- Seth was up here with his team for UM's summer camp
- Shooting is his specialty, needs to work on handle/rebounding
UMHoops story last September - headline said it all aka UM prioritizing Towns. Takeaways - smart, wants to be an engineer... thinks UM fans are pretty darn good... probably saw a mirror image in body type with Caris. Due to age Beilein was not apparently yet even allowed to talk to Towns directly...
- Towns already holds Xavier and Dayton offers while West Virginia, Ohio State and Michigan are tracking him closely. But according to Towns, there is one school that is paying closer attention than any other at the moment. “The school that’s been going after me the hardest is Michigan,” Towns said during a brief interview on Monday.
- Of the Michigan fans, Towns said they had to be “the best fans in the country.”
- He was also able to hang out with the team during the pre-game tailgate, specifically talking with Caris LeVert and Jordan Morgan. Towns said talking with Morgan was especially helpful because Morgan is graduating from the Engineering school, an area of interest academically for Towns.
- “I loved it,” Towns said. “I felt comfortable as soon as I got in there. I loved the players, how they acted. They were some goofballs. I liked how they could have fun but be serious at the same time.”
Per article this week - essentially Towns has been up here at least half a dozen times on unofficials, and had the full academic experience yesterday, which obviously he enjoyed.
As expected most of his limited highights are an outside shooting display but over time one would expect him to gain strength, and improve his handle and become "not just a shooter". Sounds like a typical Beilein recruit who excels at the shooting early, not super high ranked at this time but as he develops other tools and offers come in, will work his way up the rankings.
June 15th is the first day UM extends offers to the 2016s.... sounds like quite a few will be going out and Towns sure sounds interested in getting one.