I think you will get your wish.
Back to back on Sunday afternoon.
Nick Stauskas plays on ESPNU at 2 PM - Friends Central (PA) vs St. Marks (Mass)
Mitch McGary plays on ESPN at 4 PM - Brewster Academy (NH) vs Tilton School (NH)
I feel really fortunate to be able to watch this UM basketball team. Much like last years' team, this team wills victory and never gives up. We have talent - young, improving, impressive talent. But I feel even more importantly, we have players that know how to play as a team, play their hearts out, and never let their will for victory slip away.
(as an aside, Team 132 was honored in the first half vs. NW -- an ugly victory that was won in overtime because the team never gave up and did all the little things that brought the victory. Hmmmm, coincidence?)
Of all the players on this team, no one has been more of a surprise than Trey Burke. After loosing all-everything Darius Morris, I really had doubts that we'd be as good as some were predicting. However, Novak's heart, THJ's skills, and others' improvements have made this team a legit B1G contender. But the one person that has really lifted us into a contender, in my opinion, is Trey Burke. True freshman and potentially the best freshman in the entire nation. What?! It's been an incredible start to his college career. He is solid in all aspects of his game, and most importantly, has run this team efficiently. To me it's almost unfathamable that we miss Darius Morris as little as we do (much love to you, Darius). This is because of Trey's maturity and hard work.
Remember last summer - who saw Trey's "Journey to Ann Arbor" work out videos (part 1 here)? I remember watching those videos at that time thinking that this kid would will himself into something very special. I was so impressed with his attitude, his work ethic, his desire to come to Michigan, and his humility. Now, when I see him play on the court, I think back to those videos and it really makes sense. This kid has earned his success.
Credit is also due to Coach B for knowing how to recruit quality players and quality people. Our team is stacked with heart working team players who have skills and improve each season.
Go Blue! Thanks for the season so far....
(Yeah, and not to get too far ahead, but imagine if all players stayed at UM through the 2014 season. Hands down the BEST team in the country:
PG, jr. Trey Burke
SG sr. THJ
SF so. Glenn Rob III
PF so. McGary
C sr. Jordan Morgan
I'm watching Minnesota, the team with the worst conference record so far, taking it to Indiana at Indiana right now. So my question is just how good is the Big Ten this year. I know it's early , but how many teams do you think the Big Ten gets into the tournament and what teams do you think it will be?
The folks at CBS Sportsline have updated their Freshman of the Year list. Trey Burke now checks in as the number three freshman in the country in their estimation. This puts him in the top spot for the Big Ten, ahead of Cody Zeller of Indiana.
He trails Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky, and their number one, Anthony Davis of Kentucky.
This also puts him ahead of celebrated prospects, some of whom would have gone straight to the NBA, if the rules did not prohibit them from doing so.
Not bad for a guy who some looked at as more of an afterthought than a star player in the making.
Here's the whole article . . .
First part of the article sets the stage (a little overdramatic for me) and even quotes Dylan from UMHoops.com. Second half outlines what happened in the game.
Overall a good read and its nice to see Michigan Basketball getting some national attention as we hopefully move forward towards being a perrenial contender.
Do you need a student ID to get in to the student section at Crisler? Can you get a ticket validated similar to the way a football ticket can be validated? Thinking about buying a student ticket for the MSU game.