in town for free camps
Sam said that during yesterday's Recruiting Roundup (link below). He thinks Michigan "without question is a factor" in Brown's recruitment, though he doesn't know how much of a factor they are.
Sam added the following on Brown's recruitment:
*Michigan's coaches and admin staff did an "outstanding" job selling Michigan to Brown and his family over the weekend. They did everything they could have done.
*Coach Jordan, whom Brown's coach has raved about, described Michigan's player development to Brown and Co.
*Brown's AAU coach pointed out to Brown that Michigan has been sending players to the NBA Lottery who came to school rated much lower than Brown.
*Brown says he doesn't care about the "rock star life" a player experiences at Kentucky.
Sam also talked about Brown the player/student:
*He's everything he's hyped to be.
*He's a hard worker per his AAU coach.
*He's "intense" about academics.
*His shot has improved over the last year but still needs work.
*He's an excellent passer.
*He's overly right hand dominant when dribbling.
Another note: Brown apparently visited Cal after visiting Michigan, which suggests to me that he is sincere about his interest in academics.
As first reported ($) by Chris Balas over at TheWolverine.com, Michigan hosted 2015 big man Mike Edwards out of Westland John Glenn high school this past weekend. He's a 3* with most notable offers from Georgia, Kansas State, and Nebraska. Apparently he is a very late bloomer and his recruitment has just started to take off during the tail end of his senior year. From the sounds of things, he frankly wasn't that good throughout high school, but put in a ton of work over the summer and really blossomed this year.
His film reminds me of Gavin Schilling. He's quite athletic and has good feet for a big guy. He runs the court well and has a very physical/aggressive style of play. As to the negatives, he seems to lack touch outside of a couple feet and his skill level is very raw. There is clearly some high upside, though.
As to the German kid, Mo Wagner, I'd think he's still in play since they'll likely play different positions. I think this does mean, though, that Beilein sees some attrition on the horizon vis-a-vis the 4/5 spot.
The season might be over for Kansas, Villanova and Virginia ... but NJIT is still alive. The Highlanders won their opening-round game in the CIT over New Hampshire, and they host Cleveland State tonight in the second round.
This is their first post-season tournament ever, of any kind, so screw it - this is the team I'm rooting for.
Kind of weird seeing Steve Fisher going up against Coach K again today. He might have done better if he had Jalen, Chris, Juwan, Jimmy and Ray. For the record, here’s what our four living ex-basketball coaches are up to:
STEVE FISHER: Took San Diego State to the NCAAs for the sixth straight year.
TOMMY AMAKER: Took Harvard to the NCAAs for the fourth straight year.
BILL FRIEDER: Doing radio color commentary during the NCAAs for Westwood One. Every time I’ve turned on a game this week, there he's been. He’s only 73 years old, which shocks me. I would have put him at about 90.
BRIAN ELLERBE: According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s the head of something called Ellerbe Research and Consulting LLC. He’s been out of coaching since 2013. He was an assistant coach at DePaul from 2010-2013, and before that, was an assistant at George Washington University from 2009-2010. He also worked in insurance. Has any former Big Ten coach ever had a greater fall into obscurity?
The Omaha World-Herald asked former Northern Iowa guard (and current Nebraska graduate assistant) Ali Farokhmanesh to pose as a reporter and interview Kansas fans in Omaha this weekend about their favorite and worst NCAA tournament memories.
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|Team||# of Entries||Percentage|
|SF Austin (WD..wtf?)||1||0.15|
|NO PICKS MADE||16||2.44|
|656 Total Entries|
Just a little table. Kind of interesting. Lots of entries this year. Obviously there is an overwhelming favorite taking with over 54% of people picking UK to take the title. This lead to only a handfull of teams picked to win it all.