here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
This is by far the most encouraging CaringBridge update on Austin Hatch yet, complete with no fewer than two Michigan mentions:
Austin is well underway with his a-maize-ing comeback. Although his recovery will be long and difficult, his progress causes us to rejoice and hope. A few highlights from the past week are:
-So far Austin prefers chili rather than hamburger or ravioli
-Austin sang 'Hail to the Victors' with us
-Austin is working hard on his mobility skills
'Team Austin' includes a wonderful group of therapists who push him hard and all of us celebrate his success. Austin and his family are especially mindful of all his classmates and the entire Canterbury family as they returned to school today.
Peegs.com brings up the fact that due to McGary's age and the fact he will have been out of high school for a year that he could if he chooses declare for the draft. They interview his AAU coach who says he wouldn't discount the possibilty. But the author also talks to his prep school coach who says he hasn't heard anything about declaring for the draft.
I am starting to get a little excited about this kid. Sam Webb just hyped him today on wtka. I know this article doesn't mean he is declaring just find it interesting because until now I didn't even know it was a possibility.
You might recall a few weeks back when we addressed the four proposals that fans could vote for on Facebook and touched upon the one rods-and-cones-scarring possibility that the court would end up looking like this. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the least awful option was selected.
Below is sample illustrating how the stained floor will actually look upon completion:
That’s actually not too shabby. You know what? Democracy: sometimes, it actually works!
In his first Mitch's Memos blog post for ESPNHS, Mitch McGary outlined his schedule of school visits, including an official visit to Michigan:
At the beginning of September, I’m taking an official to Michigan. After I get back from there, I’ll take an unofficial visit to Kentucky, then Sept. 6-7 I’ll take an official visit to North Carolina. After that I’ll head over to Duke from Sept. 8-10 for an official. I’m gonna watch Duke play Stanford on the football field. Then I’ll head to school on Sept. 11.
McGary just finished up an unofficial visit to Florida:
My visit to Florida went really well. I had them in my top six because of the way Coach [Billy] Donovan develops big men. He did a great job with guys like Joakim Noah, Al Horford, David Lee and Marresse Speights. I researched those guys and they did a lot of things that I do.
I know that Coach Donovan would use me in the same way. I had fun talking with him about basketball and fishing. That’s just another thing we had in common so that was pretty cool.
One note about his visits to UNC and Duke. The Twitter feed for Clint Jackson, an ACC recruiting analyst for Rivals, includes a couple items on McGary, including one indicating that his family will accompany him on both of those visits. Jackson also tweeted this:
Some additional McGary intel -- Marcus Paige is really recruiting him hard for UNC. And it's my opinion that Michigan is doing well here too
ESPN has released their rankings of the 500 current NBA players with a rating on a 0 to 10 scale. Their methodolgy is as follows:
We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player."
To decide which players to rank, we started with every player who played in the league last season, and then eliminated players who had signed overseas contracts that made them ineligible for the 2011-12 NBA season. Then we added the 60 members of the 2011 draft class, eliminating those not likely to play in the NBA by 2012. That left 500 players, according to our best information as of August 15.
Manny Harris comes in with a rating of 2.63/10 good for 405th out of 500. Darius Morris came in lower at 473 with a rating of 1.84/10 only besting 27 other NBA players according to the panel of experts detailed here.
The rankings of 401-500 can be found here.
Obviously this is all subjective, but hopefully they can prove the so-called experts wrong and make an impact next season.