Posting this here because of the rumors and supposed interest Wesley had to come to U of M as a 5th year transfer (which apparently were not returned from the UM staff, with Caris / Irvin roadblocking his playing time), plus if he went to MSU or Indiana we'd be facing him next year.
As of last week, MSU was in a final 3 per Wesley's dad and could offer Wesley a perfect fit of monster playing time at the SG position with Gary Harris off to the NBA and lightly recruited Alvin Elvis III being the next option up. (Unless Kaminski starts for them at 4, Dawson drops from a 4 to a 3, and Valentine turns into a 2) But obviously the fit and need was there.... but Pitt, Gonzanga and OK State are now the final 3. The train wreck that is 2014 Indiana basketball also appeared to be in play for his services.
Michigan State was in the running for Wesley’s services soon after he announced his intention to transfer earlier this month, and his father told Yahoo! last week that East Lansing was among the top three destinations.
Must have been those Izzo to NBA rumors. ;)
Interesting comparison midway through the article, comparing him to Frank Kaminsky and Adriean Payne.
Title speaks for itself. Just saw this pop up on my twitter feed. Pretty interesting.
With the surprising departures of 3 starters from the NC team bolting, jumping, and fleeing to the NBA and 1 HUGE cog from the last two years squad throwing the deuces to the program, we ended up scooping up a huge class. Next years team is going to be super interesting to follow and analyze with so much uncertainty. We went from having a stud team to a total rebuild just like that. I trust the coaching staff to do their damnest to mold a masterpiece. And I trust the players to bust their humps to play their best ball the entire way.
But does any on else feel like we're betting the farm on the development of severely underrated players vs. banking the schollies for some higher caliber talent for the future. We might squeeze ourselves out of recuits for the next cycle if things dont all fall into place. On the one hand, we'll have players with 1 year in the program. On the other, we could have first rate talent coming in to bring the wood to michigan hoops.
We wont have guaranteed scholarships left if we offer Huff (or whomever). We'll be recruiting and make offers contingent on Levert, Beifeldt, and Maybe Irving and Walton making the super leap.
I know its all conjecture and BS but I get into the psyche of it. FUCK ! I love michigan ball.
Aubrey Dawkins has committed to Michigan.
6-4 New Hampton wing Aubrey Dawkins has committed to Michigan, he confirmed to @FlyerHoops. Picked the Wolverines over the Flyers— Matthew Schwade (@FlyerHoops) April 28, 2014
***NOTE: Sam Webb recently said Dawkins is closer to 6-6.
EDIT: Sam has a story out with some post-commit quotes from Dawkins:
“It was a tough decision, but a degree from Michigan carries more weight than one from Dayton,” Dawkins said. Not necessarily because it’s better academically, but because it’s Michigan.”
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“They [the Michigan coaching staff] see me as a guy that is similar to Glenn Robinson… athletic, lean… just along those lines. They want me to play the wing spot.”
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.