Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
The sweet-shooting 6'3" two guard chose to take Wisconsin up on its offer of a 2015 scholarship. He recently made an unofficial visit Michigan but apparently did not receive an offer. He'll probably be a nice player at some point, but the Michigan coaches seemed to see him as a back-up plan to Eron Harris (who, per Raoul's post below, is visiting Michigan June 6-7) and Jalen Coleman.
Now he can start working on sliding under jump shooters, grabbing opposing players, flopping, and whining like a stuck pig anytime a call goes against him. Because that's the Badger Way.*
*I wish the kid luck, but it's important to criticize Wisconsin basketball whenever you can.
Mitch looks petty good in this video. He is knocking down 3s at a high percentage.
Edit: The link does not work anymore -- sorry.
Jordan just tweeted a picture of a congratulatory letter that Barack Obama sent him for his graduation.
Really cool to see our student athletes receiving attention from our President, especially one as deserving as Jordan!!!
(don't know how to embed the picture, if somebody else could that'd be awesome)
So tonight I watched my first NBA game on TV in about 5 years. It's incredible how far this league has fallen. There is very little effort given, the teams rarely move the ball well, and the skill level is down significantly from years ago. Where are the skilled big men? Why all the complaining to the refs? Unreal.
It's telling that there is no thread on the NBA while there's a thread on Atlectico soccer, whatever that is.
What does the NBA need to do to become relevant again? Can it be reveresed or will it continue on the post-Jordan silde?
Starts about about 27:24
Some key points:
- Biggest reason for improvement was his offseason first time weightlifting
- Loves playing on the road and to the crowd
- Scouts like him but see him as confident borderline cocky but he's not worried about it
- Got a lot more possessions to show off his handle this year
- Kentucky loss really hurt for a few days
- Trey Burke is the best player on Michigan the past 2 years
Well the grinch(Bo Ryan) is in store for a nice ride this season. He has a really good team this year. They made it to the Final Four last year and there is no reason to think they will not get there again this year. The Badgers lose Zach Bohannon and Ben Brust. This means losing:
This is not that much to replace. In fact their defense will get better. Brust was a good spot-up shooter but not much else. Gasser can replace his production. Here is their roster for this year:
# Name HT WT YR POS
32 Evan Anderson 6-10 245 RS.SR C
The back-up Center, he only played 14 games last year. There is not much to go by.
21 Josh Gasser 6-3 190 RS.SR SG
The starting Shooting Guard, he is a big part of how good Wisconsin is this year. If he can fill Brust's role, then the Badgers will be favorites to make the National Championship game.
13 Duje Dukan 6-9 220 RS.SR PF
Dukan will get about 10 minutes a game this year. He is a servicable back-up.
44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 234 SR. C
Kaminsky came on strong towards the end of the year last year and was a huge part of their run. He is the starting Center, could be in the running for player of the year.
12 Traeveon Jackson 6-2 208 SR. PG
The starting Point Guard, plays a little too much isolation ball for my liking. With Craft and Appling gone, he is top 5 Point Guard in the conference.
2 Jordan Smith 6-1 180 RS.JR PG
Redshirted last year. Will be the back-up Point Guard.
15 Sam Dekker 6-7 220 JR. SF
Will be their second go-to-guy. If he develops his shot, he will be dangerous.
33 Zak Showalter 6-2 192 RS.SO PG
The third string Point Guard, redshirted last year.
35 Riley Dearring 6-5 180 SO. SG
Will not really play.
30 Vitto Brown 6-8 237 SO. PF
Will most likely be the third-string Power Forward.
24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 190 SO. SG
The back-up Shooting Guard, was actually decent last year and will be good this season.
11 Jordan Hill 6-3 170 SO. SG
Only played 11 games last year.
10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 250 SO. PF
The starting 4, he will be really good this year. He has some good post moves and a nice jump shot.
5 Aaron Moesch 6-8 200 SO. PF
He may have redshirted.
Ethan Happ 6-8 200 FR. PF
A three star, the #35 Power Forward in the class. He may or may not play.
T.J. Schlundt 6-4 180 FR. SF
A two star, the #82 Shooting Guard in the class. He will probably redshirt.
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Traeveon Jackson
SG: Josh Gasser
SF: Sam Dekker
PF: Nigel Hayes
C: Frank Kaminsky
If this team puts it all together, they will pretty hard to beat. I think that they will finish 15-3, good enough for 1st in the B1G.
Thank you guys for reading these, I am planning on posting these again when basketball season rolls back around. I may even do these for football if it gets enough support. Until then I am going to work on my NBA mock draft to post on here. Thanks Again!