well that's just, like, your opinion, man
Don't know how many people on here read umhoops.com regularly, but it's a great site and this is a great piece that shouldn't go unnoticed.
Sounds like Ricky is doing everything we could ask from him to be ready to come in and contribute immediately next season. I especially liked the part about him being a 4.0 student. I think mental ability is just as important as physical ability when it comes to being able to contribute in a freshman season, with the complexity of Beilein's offense and knowledge of defensive rotations. I think we all are just hoping for solid rebounding, decent defense, and an ability to finish wide open layups/dunks from Ricky next season, and it seems like he's going to be able to provide that. It'll be nice to get another big guy in the program who's probably a 4 year player (though we said that about many of the players who have jumped early, also). I think he has all the tools to be a big time player by his junior and senior seasons, and we know Beilein and Bacari will bring it out of him.
On another note, I'm kind of surprised by all of the negative thoughts about the potential team next season. Name me another team other than Wisconsin that is for sure better than us in the Big Ten next season. I think this team could for sure grab that 2 spot in the Big Ten and make another Sweet 16, then who knows after that. I think Caris is going to be awesome, I'd be surprised if someone other than him or Kaminsky wins the Big Ten POY next year. He's already pretty good and let's be honest, even after adding 22 pounds or however many it was, he still kinda looked like a stick figure out there last year. Tons of room to grow for him. Walton really started to come into his own at the end of last season and I have no doubt he'll make the kind of sophomore leap that Beilein PGs do. Freshman year Irvin reminds me a lot of freshman year Stauskas (great shooter, and you could tell they had the ability to do more but just couldn't quite put it all together yet), and I think he'll have a big time year next season. Chatman is going to be a really tough guard at the 4 spot for most guys, and I think while GR3 is for sure better at this point, Kam actually fits the system better. Then we have solid backups from Spike, MAAR, 10 pounds heavier DJ Wison, and maybe/probably Dawkins. Yeah we're lacking a little bit at the 5, but I think both Donnal and Doyle are going to be able to at least hold their own against most guys not named Kaminsky or other guys like that, which are few and far between. We'll probably lose the rebounding battle most nights, but we almost always have and we've done just fine. It seems kind of unbelievable now, but let's not forget that in 2012, Beilein won a Big Ten Championship with Novak at the 4 and 6'7" Smotrycz as the back up 5 man. We'll be just fine.
NCAA president Mark Emmert announced today that, in keeping with the sense of justice and propriety of the McGary ruling, ten more NCAA D-1 basketball players have been suspended. The players, their schools, and the lengths and reasons for the suspensions are listed below:
Montrezl Harrell – Louisville -Suspended one year for violating the Vagrancy Act of 1824.
Dyshawn Pierre – Dayton - Suspended for life for speaking ill of the Queen on St. George's Day.
Naadir Tharpe – Kansas - Suspended for half of the '14-'15 season for failing to break his quota of rocks on multiple days.
Cameron Ridley – Texas - Suspended two years for sassing a constable.
Monte Morris – Iowa State - Suspended one year for asking for a second bowl of gruel.
Aaron White – Iowa - Flogged for failing to address a lady as "ma'am" or "m'lady."
Jabril Trawick – Georgetown - Suspended three years for heresy (suggesting that the earth revolves around the sun).
Dez Wells - Maryland - Suspended two years for gandering at Johanna, the ward of Judge Turpin.
Mike Tobey – UVA - Suspended for life for questioning the morality and long-term viability of Britain's occupation of India.
[redacted] - Kentucky - Suspended one game for taking $200,000 in benefits from a booster, multiple homicides, and desecration of a corpse.
A few notes on basketball recruiting, based in part on today's recruiting roundup on WTKA:
Aubrey Dawkins: Had a great (and extended) visit to Dayton, according to Sam Webb, who also reported that Dawkins is not taking any more visits and will choose between Michigan and Dayton. The announcement could come any day and will happen within the week. In Sam's opinion, Michigan has the upper hand based on the criteria that Dawkins related to Sam. If Dawkins adheres to his stated criteria, Sam thinks Michigan will be the choice. I don't have a Scout subscription, so I don't know what's in the premium article on this posted there, but from what was said on the free Scout board, it appears that one criterion is academics.
Cole Huff: There's been no announcement of a visit date to Michigan for Huff. But his former AAU coach, Clint Parks, tweeted yesterday that Huff was off to Creighton for "his 1st of 4 visits." Visits to Iowa (May 2) and Dayton (May 9) are already known, and presumably Michigan will be the fourth. As a pure FYI that I mention only because of previous discussions about Huff: UCLA just lost Jordan Adams to a late NBA entry decision.
Igor Ibaka: Sam thinks this is another case—similar to Byron Wesley—of a player expressing interest in Michigan, not the other way around. With Ibaka, it "certainly hasn't been Michigan pursuing him." Sam noted the rarity of juco transfers to Michigan in basketball. In the end, in his opinion, this is likely "much ado about nothing."
Also, for anyone looking for a good overview of where Michigan basketball recruiting stands, Sam has just updated his recruiting primer.
EDIT2: Updated title so people know there's good info in the thread from Don on football recruiting.
There Were Excess Subs? The Big Ten is going to learn next year that "nobody can guard" Max Bielfeldt
I don't think this was posted anywhere on MGoBoard but as I did some googling last night on the mystery man that is Max Bielfeldt to try to figure out what potentially could be chiseled of this figure outside of a calf modeling contract in 2014-2015, I came upon this story with eyebrow raising comments from none other than Coach Bielein at the banquet.
Lorenz 247: Michigan head coach John Beilein raised some eyebrows at tonight's team banquet when he referred to sophomore center Max Bielfeldt as "unguardable" in practice.
Quinn Mlive: John Beilein just said the Big Ten is going to learn next year that "nobody can guard" Max Bielfeldt.
Now I have no idea how many subs were at this banquet, nor how many Coach B had but these were head scratching quotes for a player who has scored 38 pts in his life at the NCAA level, and shot a cool 28.6% from the field last year. My brain says too many subs were served; my heart says IBIT*. I am especially confused as I don't remember this sort of public profuse adulation for any other player in the past 7 years.
* In Beilein I Trust
Motivational ploy? Attempt at confidence building? Two years of possum (if so - why warn the conference of the tsunami about to be unleashed on them)? The Beilein
freshman to sophomore RS sophomore to RS junior wing/guard big man jump?
Who is the real
Slim Shady Max Bielfeldt? Discuss.
At this point, we're a top 3 big ten team every year until Beilein proves otherwise.
1. Wisconsin 2. Ohio 3. Michigan 4. Nebraska 5. MSU 6. Iowa 7. Minnesota 8. Illinois 9. Indiana 10. Maryland 11. Northwestern 12. Purdue 13. Penn State 14. Rutgers
There's been scattered discussion in a number of threads regarding GRIII and Horford and their concerns about playing out of position or in a system that doesn't fit their style/strengths.
I've been thinking about this issue a bit and wanted to make it its own topic.
Does the player's position and/or the system in which they play dramatically affect their ability to display their skills?
Did playing the PF in Beilein's system really hamper GRIII's ability to showcase what he can do? Did the lack of post-up touches really do the same to Horford?
I've attended/watched about 90% of Michigan's games over the past four years, and it appears as though players under Beilein that have the ability to impact the game are given the opportunity to do so...regardless of position played.
There's ample evidence of this. McGary is but one example. As a center, he often times led the break, handled the ball down the court and dished it off or drove to the hole. How many times did he get the ball at the top of the key and either drive to the hole or pass it off to someone on the perimeter or cutting to the basket? He also displayed some post-up moves as well as the ability to hit 15-foot fade-aways.
Novak is another player who played every position other than center and was still able to showcase his skills, impact the game and thrive.
Beilein has also adjusted his "system" mutiple times over the past five years because of the strengths of his players. The offensive system ran by Morris was adjusted for Burke...and then it evolved siginificantly again this year for Stauskas and Caris. Not to mention the major overhaul for last year's Syracuse game....when everything ran thru Mitch.
There is no doubt that GRIII contributed significantly the the team's success, but there were countless times where he'd get the ball around the perimeter, take one or two awkward dribbles, and then just give the ball up. He had many opportunities to show that he had the skills needed to be an effective SF. If GRIII had those skills, Beilein wouldn've done things to take advantage of them. Contrast that with Nik, Caris, Tim, and Mitch...who would get the ball in similar circumstances and then make something happen.
Horford also contributed to the team, but he also had more than ample opportunity to get the ball in the post and do something with it...but often times wasn't able to do so And his defense really seemed to deteriorate as the season went along.
Again, I'm not saying GRIII or Horford are without skills or didn't contribute to the team's success. What I am saying is that I think both overplayed the importance of their position and/or the team's system when evaluating their own talents and when making their respective decisions to leave the team.
Thoughts on this?
TL;DR: Does the position/system really matter? Are GRIII and Horford maybe not being honest about their skills/abilities and thus somewhat blaming Beilein's decisions/system for not allowing them to showcase skills that they maybe do not possess?