Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
That would be fucking awesome eh? I hope he reads this post and realizes that a lot of people would be super butt hurt if he left.
As Brian recently posted, that leaves Michigan with the possibility of Della Valle, Albrecht, and some as-yet unknown candidates. Sam Webb has mentioned the possibility of someone using the graduate transfer rule to join Michigan from another school, but he hasn't come up with any names.
Am I missing anything? Does anyone have a reason to be optmistic about Albrecht given that he apparently has no scholarship offers? How about Della Valle, who is apparently more of a two guard? Is there some unhappy PG who's already graduated from Alabama Tech who has a year of eligibility left and who can really handle an offense?
As for Stauskas, I know people are going to mention him, but the kid just isn't a PG, is he? I'd like to be wrong.
Update: His Dad says he hasn't declared:
Trey Burke has not declared for the NBA draft. He is still enrolled at the University of Michigan.
But all that means is he hasn't declared yet. Slight hope, but still, misery.
Hi guys. I am not trying to cause a panic, but I heard a rumor from a friend (caveats, grain of salt, etc.) that Sam Webb mentioned that he believes Trey is leaning towards the NBA now. Is there any truth to this? I could not find any mention of it anywhere and cannot listen to Sam's radio show.
Sorry if this has already been discussed. Any info is appreciated!
[ED:BISB - So much speculation. So many threads. So little actual information. We've pulled several of these threads thus far, but for now, let me just say: we. don't. know. Sam Webb has heard he's leaving. Chris Balas has heard he's staying. Nostradamus's 3rd Quatrain indicates that he shall lead a great revolution, but shall be struck down by a son of the East. I know patience isn't our thing, but PATIENCE PLEASE]
Baumgardner has an annarbor.com article on Glenn Robinson III's rise from "fringe high-major prospect" to fringe five-star—Fueled by his underrated status, Michigan basketball signee Glenn Robinson III peaking at the right time.
In addition to detailing his disappointment at not being selected for the McDonald's All-American game, the article once again highlights Beilein's talent-spotting acumen:
Robinson's gone from a nice prospect with a famous name to a blue chip with an impressive game.
He's turned into the player Beilein and company thought he could become nearly two years ago. With his Michigan career set to begin next fall, Robinson says he can't wait to show the coaching staff that showed so much faith in him exactly what he's all about.
"Those guys believed in me before anyone else really did, and that means a lot," Robinson said. "I really knew I wanted to go there (right away), they have a great coaching staff and their job is to see how players might progress in their upcoming years, not necessarily what they are right now.
"I believe some schools look too much into what a player is right now, and not what their potential could be. Michigan did a great job with that, though, and that's what I really liked about them."
The following also seems to dispel the notion that Robinson will be seeing any time at the 4:
As far as next season goes, Robinson says he's currently putting in extra time on his 3-point shooting and his ball handling. He said the Michigan staff would like to use him as both a small forward and shooting guard next season, meaning he could be relied on to attack the rim off the dribble, distribute and score from deep.
Baumgardner also links to a Post-Tribune article featuring some high praise from Robinson's high school coach, Dave Milausnic:
Milausnic said Robinson’s ability to accept coaching and make adjustments in his game helped him grow as a player.
“Glenn’s one of those coachable kids,’’ he said. “Every coach is going to preach good, fundamental shooting. It just comes down to the kid. Glenn’s always been willing to put in the work to get better in areas that are weak. Some kids don’t like to work on their weaknesses — the great ones do. The great ones will say this doesn’t feel comfortable, but the next day, they’ll go out and work on it — as opposed to just focusing on things that feel good. Ultimately, Glenn worked toward being the player he was always capable of becoming.’’
Milausnic was asked if he thought Robinson would enjoy a fruitful career at Michigan.
“Michigan is very wing-oriented, which is conducive to Glenn’s play,’’ he said. “I can see that style being very advantageous to Glenn.
“We’ll be excited to watch his progress. Whatever happens, we’re in full support of him, but we also know that Glenn’s going to do whatever it takes to be successful. What that entails, I don’t know exactly, but we’re excited about the next phase of his life.’’
Last night's game, like most years, got me thinking about the state of our MBB program. Can we ever get the talent a Kansas or Kentucky has? Can we regularly be a threat in the NCAA tourney?
Despite the river of shit our program has gone through, I still think we came out clean and should be a truly dominate program. "This is Michigan fergodsakes" should also apply to MBB. But perhaps my expectations of the steady state MBB are a bit too high. They are as follows:
1. Win the B10 once every 4 years
2. Make the NCAA tourney every year with no first round losses
3. Make a Final 4 once every 4-6 years (I know this is a stretch)
4. Make the NC game once every 10
Keep in mind that I don't think we have hit our "steady state" yet. I think this occurs in about 2 years when all facility upgrades are completed, our new-found commitment to MBB has been fully implemented, and are regularly getting the recruits we should.