at least it's not just us?
An encouraging update on Austin Hatch was recently posted on his CaringBridge page:
Friday July 1st
First of all, we would like to thank all of the press who have given the family space and time to rest and focus on Austin. We are encouraged by the progress Austin has made in this first week. He has remained stable, and notable improvements include movement to withdraw from pain and improved breathing function. Doctors have begun the gradual process of reducing his medications. As he slowly begins the "waking up" process, we ask for your continued prayers, and are grateful for the outpouring of love and support for Austin and the entire extended Hatch Family.
Also, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported that a memorial service will be held next Wednesday for his father and stepmother.
Over at www.umhoops.com Hardaway Jr. had 11 points, a team high 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 board in 22 minutes. Oh, and he hit the game-winning shot to beat Serbia. Keep it up THJ.
Following up my post from yesterday, Michigan offered a scholarship to Demetrius Jackson during his visit today. From Jackson's twitter feed:
@D_Jay24 Demetrius Jackson@D_Jay24 Demetrius JacksonCoach @bacari34 had me crackin up the whole Michigan visit. Really enjoyed it! Just got my 2nd scholarship offer! Gonna keep working hard!!
So Beilein now has offers out to three 2013 point guards (Jackson, Monte Morris, and Derrick Walton), as well as another to 2012 prospect Sherron Dorsey-Walker, who is also being recruited as a point guard. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Another Laker Blog, another Darius interview - here.
“A lot of people say that I can’t shoot, but I can!”
Live FIBA stats here:
What I don't understand, however, is what FO, under fouls, stands for.
Sam Webb mentioned on this morning's Recruiting Roundup (podcasts here) that Zak Irvin will be in for a visit today, and Demetrius Jackson will be in tomorrow. Both are in the 2013 class.
Sam said that he thinks "Michigan is the team to beat" for Irvin, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Fishers, Indiana (and a teammate of Gary Harris). In addition to Michigan, his Rivals profile shows offers from Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Xavier. Rivals has Irvin ranked 97th in the country, while ESPN has him at 74.
Jackson is a 6-foot-1 point guard from Mishawaka, Indiana, who doesn't yet have a Michigan offer but could pick one up during or after his visit. His Rivals profile shows an offer only from Xavier, but they have him ranked 71st in the 2013 class.
So could Irvin or Jackson be Beilein's next commit? Other candidates include three other point guards prospects—Monte Morris, Derrick Walton, and Sherron Dorsey-Walker (who is now being recruited by Michigan as a point guard). Annarbor.com article from yesterday has Michigan in the lead for Morris (which is perhaps not surprising given his offer list):
Morris said of the offers he’s received so far (Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Iowa State), Michigan is at the top of his list.
Sam said earlier this week that Morris, Walton, and Dorsey-Walker are all expected to make their college choices shortly after the July evaluation period, and he said it seems likely that one of the three will choose Michigan. He also said that Dorsey-Walker seemed like an ideal recruit for Beilein, given that he shoots the ball extremely well, is from the PSL (Detroit Pershing), and has a 3.9 GPA. Dorsey-Walker is in the class of 2012; Morris and Walton are in 2013.