here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
UNC vs. MSU
As much as I would love to watch Indiana on the big ten network, I would much rather watch our boys tonight....Steams?
Warning: This thread was not made for "inside information." It wasn't made for "new news." Don't expect to learn anything in particular or get anything in particular out of this thread.
This thread was made for one thing. Discussion. I mean, this IS a discussion board on a blog, correct? If you're like me and you like simply talking about Michigan athletics...this is one of the best places to do it...right?
So with that said...I just read a ESPN.com article on Stu Douglass and I couldn't help but think "Damn, what a great kid...what sacrifice. Here is a kid I will ALWAYS root for, and I thank so much for bringing Michigan out of the "dark times." He and his senior class will be missed." And instantly I thought of Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergan and David Molk and Kevin Koger. Same thing.
So what similarities do you guys see in these senior classes? What are you going to take from each senior class and what will they be remembered for in YOUR mind?
Moving forward...Shane Morris and Mitch McGary. Which top blue-chip prospect do you see making the biggest impact? Shane likely has more years to do it...Mitch has less players to rely on and 1 player naturally means more in basketball than football. But do you think Morris' 3-4 years could surpass McGary's 1-2 years?
Obviously all of this is speculation and opinion...but what are your thoughts on this present senior class for each team? Are the comparable? What are your thoughts on the future stars of each program?
Johnathon Givony who runs draftexpress has just gotten word that McGary is eligible for the 2012 draft. NBA scouts (who usually are barred from watching high schoolers) will be watching him at the National Prep Showcase this weekend. For those who don't know turns 20 in June of next year and if we were an international prospect we would have been eligible this year as he turned 19 before the draft.
Givony has him as is 33rd overall prospect (only HS senior on the list).
Just to be clear I haven't seen any articles, tweets, or rumors about him considering declaring next year but it's worth keeping an eye on him in case an agent or someone gets in his ear. It's also worth keeping an eye on the NBA negotiations as the owners are making a strong push to make two years mandatory out of high school before being eligible. If the owners get what they want McGary won't be eligible until 2013 at the earliest.
Again, not sounding the alarm. It's just something to keep an eye on.
Because it's actual Michigan news. Per the umichbball twitter account:
"Beilein says add Burke to the line-up will be the only change for Friday"
Pretty awesome that he's already taken the starting spot, and it can only signify good things coming down the line. It's always impressive when someone wins a starting position, but it's even more encouraging when they have to beat out a known quantity. Very excited to see what this year has in store!