mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
So, my copy of the new Hail to Hoops & Hockey book arrived last night and I promptly read through the whole thing. With the Football Bye Week I figured it might be a good time to talk about just how excited you are for Michigan Basketball.
When I was a student I went to 1 basketball game (they lost. And were not good). I went to 3 last year and I live in Chicago. Michigan baskteball is back to being an event - and a damn good one.
The preview mag posits that there are maybe 5 teams that have as much talent as Michigan. Michigan will start lottery picks (as of now) at the 4 and 5 (or 3 and 4) with another great recruiting class coming in.
We also return a great shooter - and not just a (drink) who according to the coaches this morning on Michigan Insider has gained about 20lbs of muscle and added 6" to his vertical.
How good do you think this team will be? Can they win the B1G or the B1G tournament? What are you most excited for with Michigan Basketball?
An unbelievable recruiting week for the Michigan women's basketball program. Naomi Davenport, a 5-10 wing out of Mount Notre Dame H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio, announced her commitment to the Wolverines today. Blue Star has her ranked #25 in the country in the 2015 class. That's three recruits committing to Michigan over a five-day span, all of whom are ranked in the top 100 by at least one recruiting service. (Keep in mind that some of the services haven't released rankings for 2015, while others have yet to issue a full top 100 or 150.)
Here's a brief scouting report from a Blue Star item posted about a year ago:
This 5-10 wing from Mt. Notre Dame plays with great passion. She is a gifted athlete that can get to the rim on almost any defender. The tools are there to handle the ball and shoot the pull up off the dribble if needed. Davenport can guard her position and just make plays. MND is in good hands with this evolving prospect.
There's room for at least a couple more players in Michigan's 2015 class. I'd look for at least one more guard (possibly an in-stater—Kalabrya Gondrezick or Cierra Rice) and a post (Hallie Thome from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is one possibility).
EDIT: Just saw a tweet saying Davenport is 6-1. Could be the previous reports of her height were out of date. Also, her AAU team (Cincinnati Angels) lists her at 6-0, so I might go with that as a compromise.
EDIT2: Cincinnati Enquirer has a brief item on Davenport's commitment, which of course lists her height as 5-11! That's probably from her high school coach, so it might be the most accurate. The article says she also considered Cincinnati, Xavier, and Dayton.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman took a six-day trip last week to catch six of the top programs in America, getting an up-close look at the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden, Marcus Smart, Robinson III, Montrezl Harrell, Adreian Payne and Noah Vonleh.
"Michigan's Glenn Robinson III was the most impressive player of anyone I saw on the trip.
There's more, but it sounds like he's playing with a lot more confidence on offense and has added more muscle. With Michigan football being frustrating lately, figured you guys could use something to cheer you up.
Per this PennLive article, the NCAA refs met and have been directed to call handchecking. The rule has been on the books for some time, but, per NCAA national officiating coordinator John Adams, the size/strength/speed of the players has necessitated increased attention to actually enforcing it.
This is great news for teams like UM who play a less physical and more cerebral style of offensive basketball. It's not great news for teams like MSU, or players like Craft, who play a very physical brand of basketball.
In the tradition of commits coming in pairs, Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski committed to Michigan today, just a day after Nicole Munger verballed. Brozoski is a 5-5 point guard out of Long Island Lutheran H.S. who has long been a strong Michigan lean and is likely a player that head coach Kim Barnes Arico has been following for years. She's a consensus top 100 player in the class of 2015, with rankings of #82 and #84 from two major recruiting services, plus four-star status at a third (where she's likely just outside their current top 60). Brozoski is an absolute perfect fit for the Michigan program as can be seen from this April 2013 NYG Hoops Report eval:
Brozoski is the runaway top prospect on long Island in her class at this point. . . . and will be one of the top young playmakers to watch this summer. Her best fit is going to an up tempo program where she can play in the open floor and score in transition. She has all the tools and intangibles for a point guard. She is willing to play in your face defense, evidenced by her taking charges at a non view event while wearing a face mask. She was vocal in getting teammates into position and willing to take and make critical shots at the end on the game. Boogie plays with a high level motor and has a enormous competitive streak.
Last season, Brozoski led her high school to a state title and was named tournament MVP. Among the other schools recruiting her, she had offers from St. John's, Seton Hall, Boston College, and Hofstra. She had also garnered interest from Louisville, Maryland, and Virginia Tech.
Her nickname, you ask? Here's her explanation from an August pressconnects.com article (no longer available) in which she declared "I love the University of Michigan":
“My dad used to play with this guy in the streets called Boogie and he was like, ‘Know what? Your game reminds me of his, so I’m just gonna call you Boogie.’ ”
That was back when she was a fourth-grader. “It works for me, everybody calls me that. I like it.”
Top 25 here:
Sounds fine to me. Discuss.