Most if not all frequent visitors of this site know the story of ex-UM bball player Austin Hatch but if not here's a short summary:
Survivor of 2 plane crashes, darn near everyone he was close to in his life perished in both of them. This young man perservered through life threatening injuries and Coach Beilein STILL honored his scholarship commitment to that man. He took a medical redshirt and became a volunteer coach of the team thereafter.
Well this young man just proposed to his girlfriend, volleyball/wbball star Abby Cole at the UM athletes graduation ceremony.
For my dollar this kid has had one of the most inspiring life stories thus far. People like Austin, Abby, and Coach B to me embody what it truly means to be Michigan Men and Women.
Congratulations Austin and Abby!
Hail and Go Blue!
Per the Twitters. Hope it goes better for him.
Ohio St. basketball 4-star/top 50 commit, Darius Bazley decommited yesterday citing "they didn't even make the NIT."(Harsh) Semi noteworthy becasue I believe Beilein among others are planning to reach out.
I can't recall a recruit being so brazen and upfront with thier reasoning to decommit and if it just so happens he ends up in AA (probably unlikely) that would be comical
***First post so please forgive any rookie mistakes. Thanks!****
New article out yesterday talking about Rutgers' new weight room complex, which claims to finally be "a Big Ten facility."
But in the scond picture of the slideshow, it shows guys wearing Rutgers Basketball track jackets that are clearly Jordan brand and have the B1G logo on the sleeve.
Did I miss something? Rutgers clearly isn't good enough to trot around with the Jumpman logo on their their chest.
:Get off my lawn!:
FEELINGSBALL: Love this move from a strictly POSITIONAL standpoint. Assuming the bigs return, the 1 was the most unknown quantity on the team going into next year with a little used backup PG now expected to step in and go 30 minutes a night. The 3 is also a question but at least you know what you have in Duncan with his 8-9 ppg and 47% shooting - Matthews is potential upside. PG you want uber talent or experienced solid talent - we had neither at this point. X (37%, 26% from 3) could develop into something good, or could just be a long term backup - we don't know. Now we can let him develop for another year in a 10-13 minute a night role while Simmons runs... err, point.
STATS! Please ADJUST for competition. Walton had Big 10 athletes across from him for 2/3 of the year while Simmons was obviously in the MAC. So we're not doing apples to apples. That said this looks quite appealing when you compare senior yr Walton (his best obviously) vs sophomore Simmons (also his best). (p.s. I didn't realize just how bad Walton shot his SO and JR years until looking at his ESPN page - mid and upper 30%s yikes)
Here are the side by sides -they compare favorably .... again without an adjustment for competition.
- DW 34.8
- JS 36.5
- DW 10.3
- JS 10.6
- DW 43.6%
- JS 46.5%
3 PT FG %
- DW 42.2%
- JS 41.0%
- DW 4.5
- JS 6.1
- DW 87.6%
- JS 77.9%
- DW 4.8
- JS 3.5
- DW 5.0
- JS 7.9 (!!!)
- DW 1.7
- JS 4.0
Shooting is not the issue here as some seem to feel; it's more about limiting those turnovers. But offset by a massive assist rate. Edges to rebounding (duh), FT%, turnovers to Walton - Simmons better in assists, overall shooting %. Nearly a wash on 3 pt FG%.
If this was JR yr Walton vs SO yr Simmons, Simmons would dominate in everything except turnovers and rebound. So even if we only get junior year Walton production walking in the door as a sure thing next year most would take that gladly. [Walton's JR year - 9.2. shots a game, 37.7%, 38.7% 3pt, 81.3% FT, 5.4 REB, 4.5 ASS, 2.0 TO]
He will be eligible to play immediately.
"Point guard Jaaron Simmons will forgo his final season as a Bobcat and transfer to Michigan for his final year of college basketball. It will be Simmons' third collegiate team in his career — the 6-foot-1 guard played at Houston in the 2013-14 season."
"Simmons averaged 15.9 points and 6.5 assists per game, including a 17.2 points per game average in conference play, last season."
Edit: According to the Ohio athletics website, he had declared for the 2017 NBA draft but did not hire an agent. He shot 43.3% from the field, 34.6% from 3-pt, and 72.5% FT for the 2016-17 season.