Really good write up on Beilein's philosophy about reducing the number of plays he has to call, looking for what he calls "flow". Also discusses the emphasis that has been placed on outside shooting in practice and using Horford, Morgan and McLimans on the outside defending to mimic Syracuse's length.
“I would prefer to be all flow if we can. I still think that we call too many plays, but it’s within the action,” Beilein said after Tuesday’s open practice. “You’ll see the same set, but we’re going with a different action. If we can get to a point with a very veteran team, they can run it all themselves. Now with three freshmen out there, we still have to assist a lot of them in what to run and why to run it.
And something else to file in Brian's John Beilein is first season Walter White theory:
“It’s tough to do the Harlem Shake sitting down,” Beilein said, laughing. “We had some other people trying to hog the camera, in case you didn’t notice that.
“We had some really great music on the bus. The bus driver had a CD that was very good. I had to cover my ears a couple times because he said he didn’t have an edited version. We had some dancing on the bus, it was wonderful.”
The whole article is worth reading. LINK
It is being reported on Rivals that the HS coach of one of our main targets - Trevon Bluiett -has been hired by UCLA head coach Steve Alford.
It might be because the HS coach at one point was some sort of assistant for Coach Calipari or it might be a way to get Trevon to commit to UCLA.
I was watching the Iowa vs. Maryland NIT semifinal game last night and I was curious how our old friend Evan Smotrycz was doing. It seems like he's doing well; getting ready to finally play again next season. I found an article from February where he says he has no regrets leaving Michigan, even after taking into account all of Michigan's success this year, but I have to wonder if he has second thoughts now that Michigan is in the Final Four. Imagine, Smotrycz's Lobstrycz's in the ATL showcased on college basketball's biggest stage.
It must feel like dumping Kate Upton, before she becomes "the Kate Upton", because you wanted to be with someone else who you thought would make you happier.... (just speculation).
Looking back, maybe we should've known Trey could be this good. Here are some senior highlights, and a .gif below of one of the more ridiculous highlights.
I apologize to young Mr. 23 here.
Congrats to Zak Irvin!
The 2013 Mr. Basketball is Hamilton Souteastern's Zak Irvin— IndyStar Billboard (@StarBillboard) April 3, 2013
It seems like a long time ago, and in the life of an 18-year-old, it was.
Zak Irvin was scrawny as a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School, all legs and arms. The varsity basketball team was full of upperclassmen and an emerging sophomore named Gary Harris. HSE coach Brian Satterfield could have used Irvin, but knowing minutes could be scarce, sent him to play on the junior varsity for a season.
Out of the limelight and watching from the bleachers; it wasn’t how Irvin envisioned his freshman season.
“I’m a competitor,” he says now. “I wanted to be out on the court for the varsity, not JV. But in the long run, it actually helped me out.”
More than three years later, Irvin has blossomed. The 6-7 forward has been named the 2013 IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball winner. Irvin, a Michigan recruit, received 101 votes from the state’s coaches and media for the top individual honor. Mishawaka Marian’s Demetrius Jackson was second with 46 votes, followed by Tipton’s Mike Crawford (37), Fort Wayne Northrop’s Bryson Scott (26) and Cathedral’s Collin Hartman (14).
And here's a recent highlight video:
Looks like Trey Ziegler, after transferring from CMU to Pitt after his dad was fired, has decided to transfer again. He has 2 years of eligibility remaining. If some of you recall, Michigan recruited this kid pretty hard a few years back.
Freshman/Sophomore - CMU, then dad fired as head coach
Junior - Pitt (received waiver to play right away), decides to transfer
Senior - probably redshirt?