at least it's not just us?
Apparently Beielin is visiting this guy today. 5'11" PG out of IN who played in the NEPSAC, the same league that McGary and Smot played in. Had a pretty good showing against Brewster/McGary at the end of the season apparently.
Doesn't look particularly quick, kinda short, and looks to have a funny shot at times (at least as far as footwork is concerned). Probably a back-up plan if we miss out on the Italian stallion.
For those looking for a little good news this morning after the Great Exodus yesterday, Sam Webb says that he believes that Burke will come back. That's not based on any inside information, but Sam (as many of you know) usually has a pretty good feel for things. He also said that Michigan hasn't talked to Zeigler and doesn't expect them to, though he acknowledges that things can change quickly...He also said some interesting things re: Smotrycz...All of this is in the 3/22/12 "Show Open" segment.
2010: Deshawn Sims graduates and Manny Harris leaves early, only to go undrafted. Michigan starts the conference slate 1-5, but comes back with a 6 game win streak, including 2 victorys over MSU, make the tournament, and come within a D-Mo runner of knocking off Duke and heading to the Sweet 16.
2011: Darrius Morris leaves after Sophomore season to be drafted in the second round. Michigan looks completely boned at PG, except for the late commitment of Trey Burke. Burke plays his way to Big 10 freshman of the year and the team wins a share of the regular season conference title.
2012: Smotz transferrs, Burke weighs options of going pro...
Right now we don't know how the next season is going to go, but look at the job this coaching staff has done the past two years, after suffering significant early departures. Both years, Michigan has far surpassed pre-season expectations. Let's trust these coaches, avoid panic, and let this play out. Everything is going to work out ok.
I'm looking for the good news today also. Interesting timing, but earlier today UMHoops posted a brief interview with Amadeo Della Valle.
I won't post the whole thing here, as you can go read it there, but I found this quote from Amadeo regarding the possibility of an open scholarship to be quite interesting- ”I’m not sure, but I think [maybe a spot might open]. I’m not sure though. Coach Beilein is supposed to come Thursday to my game. We’re playing some scrimmages because we play in an ESPN tournament at the end of the month, so he’s going to come out to watch the scrimmage.”
If you'd like the rest of the article, click away http://www.umhoops.com/2012/03/21/amedeo-della-valle-trims-list-talks-fi...
The reason that I am calling this good news is that it makes me think that Beilein and staff knew this was coming, were not caught off guard, and were already making contingency plans.
PS - I still think Smot was going to have an excellent junior season with UM, but I wish all three of them the best.
And the hits keep on coming. According to the Free Press, Burke is strongly considering entering the draft. Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20120321/SPORTS06/120321044/trey-burke-nba-michigan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports
"We never like to see players leave the program, however, Evan, Colton and Carlton have made the decision to transfer and continue their careers elsewhere," said Beilein. "All three are fine young men with bright futures. We wish them and their families nothing but success going forward."