Mlive did a five point summary on the open practice held by the basketball team. Some interesting things brought up that have me looking pretty positively at the coming year. The down side is turnovers, which isn't a surprise with a young team.
The first point makes me the most hopeful but there is more in the article.
Kameron Chatman is a player Michigan’s most highly touted freshman is multifaceted and college-ready. The general consensus among the scribes perched up on the observation deck was that Chatman will be a day-one starter, barring anything unforeseen. The 6-foot-7 wing drilled smooth left-handed 3-pointers as a standstill shooter and off the dribble. He looked comfortable and capable making decisions with the ball. He finished in traffic. Most interestingly, Chatman worked in drills with both the guards and post players. He said later that he’s comfortable playing on the blocks, likes scoring down low with his left hand and that he’s comfortable defending the 2-through-4 positions. That’s a solid mix that ought to equate to plenty of playing time
Mlive will also have a live chat on Michigan football and basketball at noon today for anyone interested.
A little teaser of the basketball team. I am amazed by how productive practice seems.
Credit to Dylan Burkhardt of UMhoops.
Guess it is Austin Hatch day today. In depth story over at mlive detailing the relationship between coach and player! Awesome-ness.
In a coma, Hatch wasn't cognizant for Beilein's first visit. But Beilein's second trip is one he says Hatch will never forget. "He came to visit me in (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), before I really knew how to walk -- before I re-learned how to walk," Hatch recalled Tuesday inside the William Davidson Player Development Center. "You talk about a man of loyalty, coach Beilein is the most loyal man I know."
Hatch and Beilein's next goal is to eventually get him to the point where he's fully able to participate with the team in practice without any limitations. Hatch will travel to Italy later this week for the Wolverines' 10-day, four-game exhibition trip overseas -- and while Hatch isn't full-go just yet, Beilein didn't rule out the possibility of him appearing in a game at some point.
His development in the weight room continues as well. Before the plane crash in 2011, the 6-foot-6 Hatch weighed about 215 pounds. When he woke up from his coma, he had dropped to 160. Working with Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson, Hatch is now listed on the team's official roster at his old weight, 215.and
"(He brings) a lot of maturity and integrity. We get all the love in the world from that guy," fellow freshman Aubrey Dawkins said. "He just makes things better. He makes you feel better. He knows how to push you, how to make you better. "He's the perfect teammate."
- 1/13 at Ohio (7pm)
- 1/27 vs Nebraska (7pm)
- 2/17 vs state (9pm)
Beilein said Aubrey Dawkins can shoot it and is athletic. SaI'd he has some Hardaway ann G-Rob in his game but needs refinement— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) August 13, 2014
I sold Aubrey Dawkins short describing him athletically to be poor man's GR3. Not yoked like GR3, but he has his hops pic.twitter.com/lmka0lrRgk— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) August 13, 2014
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Kind of a throw away line in a Caris Levert story but Beilein says Austin will play in Italy.
Beilein said freshman Austin Hatch, whose high school career was limited due to a series of tragedies, including two plane crashes, will participate in a few games overseas.
Bielfeldt won't be ready, and they seemed a bit blind sided by the DJ Wilson injury. Not sure if it was something that happened suddenly or a gradual thing for Wilson.
Beilein said Wednesday the injury to the 6-foot-9, 220-pound freshman forward "was the most unexpected" and limited him from doing "almost everything." The loss is a blow to Wilson's development, who Beilein said was experimenting at multiple positions.