“He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant said, shaking his head in delight. “I’m thinking, this guy’s an All-American type of teammate right there.”
Starts about about 27:24
Some key points:
- Biggest reason for improvement was his offseason first time weightlifting
- Loves playing on the road and to the crowd
- Scouts like him but see him as confident borderline cocky but he's not worried about it
- Got a lot more possessions to show off his handle this year
- Kentucky loss really hurt for a few days
- Trey Burke is the best player on Michigan the past 2 years
Well the grinch(Bo Ryan) is in store for a nice ride this season. He has a really good team this year. They made it to the Final Four last year and there is no reason to think they will not get there again this year. The Badgers lose Zach Bohannon and Ben Brust. This means losing:
This is not that much to replace. In fact their defense will get better. Brust was a good spot-up shooter but not much else. Gasser can replace his production. Here is their roster for this year:
# Name HT WT YR POS
32 Evan Anderson 6-10 245 RS.SR C
The back-up Center, he only played 14 games last year. There is not much to go by.
21 Josh Gasser 6-3 190 RS.SR SG
The starting Shooting Guard, he is a big part of how good Wisconsin is this year. If he can fill Brust's role, then the Badgers will be favorites to make the National Championship game.
13 Duje Dukan 6-9 220 RS.SR PF
Dukan will get about 10 minutes a game this year. He is a servicable back-up.
44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 234 SR. C
Kaminsky came on strong towards the end of the year last year and was a huge part of their run. He is the starting Center, could be in the running for player of the year.
12 Traeveon Jackson 6-2 208 SR. PG
The starting Point Guard, plays a little too much isolation ball for my liking. With Craft and Appling gone, he is top 5 Point Guard in the conference.
2 Jordan Smith 6-1 180 RS.JR PG
Redshirted last year. Will be the back-up Point Guard.
15 Sam Dekker 6-7 220 JR. SF
Will be their second go-to-guy. If he develops his shot, he will be dangerous.
33 Zak Showalter 6-2 192 RS.SO PG
The third string Point Guard, redshirted last year.
35 Riley Dearring 6-5 180 SO. SG
Will not really play.
30 Vitto Brown 6-8 237 SO. PF
Will most likely be the third-string Power Forward.
24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 190 SO. SG
The back-up Shooting Guard, was actually decent last year and will be good this season.
11 Jordan Hill 6-3 170 SO. SG
Only played 11 games last year.
10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 250 SO. PF
The starting 4, he will be really good this year. He has some good post moves and a nice jump shot.
5 Aaron Moesch 6-8 200 SO. PF
He may have redshirted.
Ethan Happ 6-8 200 FR. PF
A three star, the #35 Power Forward in the class. He may or may not play.
T.J. Schlundt 6-4 180 FR. SF
A two star, the #82 Shooting Guard in the class. He will probably redshirt.
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Traeveon Jackson
SG: Josh Gasser
SF: Sam Dekker
PF: Nigel Hayes
C: Frank Kaminsky
If this team puts it all together, they will pretty hard to beat. I think that they will finish 15-3, good enough for 1st in the B1G.
Thank you guys for reading these, I am planning on posting these again when basketball season rolls back around. I may even do these for football if it gets enough support. Until then I am going to work on my NBA mock draft to post on here. Thanks Again!
Slow day here at work, and for whatever reason the name Alex Legion popped up in my head. So I decided to check and see what the former UM commit and UK/UI/FIU player is up to these days. But first, the back-stroy for the younger/newer crowd: Legion was a big deal when he initially committed to UofM in 2005, decommitted 5 months later, and then recommitted in the following three months. I remember Legion as one of the first UM sports recruits I ever got excited about and thought he would make watching Michigan basketball fun again.
Ranked 44th overall by Rivals, 39th by Scout and 28th by ESPN, Legion, who played his HS ball at Detroit Country Day before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his senior season, was seen as a major grab for Tommy Amaker. Legion was expected to form a dynamic backcourt duo with Manny Harris, boosting Michigan basketball back to prominence. When Amaker was fired in '07, he demanded a release from his NLI because "he didn't want to play for John Beilein"(!!). A quick bit of googling suggests that Legion's mother was heavily involved in changing his commitment to Kentucky, among other things.
Legion found himself at Kentucky after being released by UofM, where he would play 6 games before transferring out from under Billy Gillespie, due to concerns over playing time. He then landed at Illinois and played 33 games, averaging around 3 PPG in his time there. To the surprise of his teammates and coach Bruce Weber, Legion then transferred to FIU to play for Isiah Thomas. His career at Florida International got off to a good start, as Legion averaged 13 PPG and 5.1 RPG in his first ten games of the '10-'11 season, including a pair of 20-point performances. For the first time in his college career, Alex Legion was getting a chance and taking advantage of it.
Legion appeared to finally be settling in somewhere when he was dismissed by Thomas and FIU for an undisclosed violation of team rules. This was the last sad turn and the end of Legion's college career, which saw him finish with career averages of 5.65 PPG, 2.12 RPG and 0.76 APG. Not exactly what had been planned for a consensus top-50 player coming out of high school, and a guy who had been said to have limitless talent.
In 2012 Legion signed with PVSK Pannonpower, a Division A (highest) professional team in Hungary. He found success with the club, averaging 19.5 PPG and 5.65 RPG in the 2012-13 season, parlaying that success into a deal with the MecEnergy Roseto Sharks, an Italian professional team in the Legadue Silver league. Legion had another great season with the Sharks, notching 23.3 PPG and 9.6 RPG and being chosen for the league's All-Star game. On May 5, 2014 Legion scored 20 points after being signed by Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut of the Lebanese Division A pro league, for one day to replace an injured player.
As far as I can tell, Legion will continue playing for Roseto in Italy, although I cannot find anything to confirm this. I'm glad to see that things appear to finally be going well for Alex Legion. It truly seems like he was manipulated, both by his mother and his AAU coach, as a teen, and never really had the chance to develop into a good basketball player and person. While he is ultimately responsible for the way things happened during his college career, part of me feels that he never had a chance due to his upbringing. Sometimes a guy with his amount of talent is just treated as a "meal ticket". I wish him continued success in Europe/Asia; and who knows, maybe he'll get another chance here in the US someday?
Headline says it all. Maybe not.
I believe we play them in football next year, can we please schedule them in basketball?
This was posted in another thread, but I thought it deserved its own thread since some of us were briefly very excited at the prospect of Mykhailiuk visiting Michigan. We'll have to find other uses for our Michigan-Ukrainian flags now.
Utah has won the #5 Pick in the NBA Draft. This puts them in an interesting position based on the talent available. The first tier of talent goes 4-deep (Wiggans/Parker/Embid/Exum) and the second tier as I see it is Marcus Smart and Julius Randle. Obviously Smart would be bad for Burke by taking his starting position, or it could be good if he is traded to a better team. They could also take Randle and pair him with Derrick Favors and Enes Canter in the frontcourt, though it would be difficult to play all three at the same time. Between PF/C there are 96 minutes available so all could still play 30+ minutes. Another out of the box options would be to trade the pick, possibly to the Phoenix Suns who have picks 14, 18, and 27. That would put them in range for when the SG/SF players that fit their roster needs are projected. Those14-18 range could see James Young, Rodney Hood, Zach Levine, and of course our old friend Nik Stauskas be drafted. Also this gives Utah extra picks in what is considered a deep draft. Whatever happens hopefully Trey Burke's situation improves.