Brendan Quinn put up a nice ARTICLE on Carlton Brundidge's return to his prior home court, and Juwan Howard Jr.'s visit to his father's old stomping grounds. Both players relished a career at Michigan, but Brundidge wanted immediate playing time (he was well-regarded out of h.s.) and Howard Jr. was not quite skilled enough in h.s. to merit a UofM scholarship.
It sounds like Brundidge has really matured well, and Howard comes off well in the article too. Their presence certainly adds a nice element to the UofD Mercy game. I wish these kids the best, and wish things had worked out better for Brundidge during his time with Michigan.
DetNews has an article about Carlton Brundidge and speculation that he'll transfer.
(edit) - He shoots it down.
A Baumgardner item at annarbor.com quotes Beilein as saying Horford's season is over:
On Friday, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein said it doesn't make sense to chance putting the 6-foot-10 sophomore forward back into the lineup this late in the year as he continues to recover from a right foot injury.
"We're just working him hard in half court (during practice) and thinking about the future," Beilein said. "I don't think it makes much sense (to play him now).
"It's not fair to him."
Horford's injury has been unfortunate as I thought he was posed for a breakout season, and the team could have used him in a number of recent games. He'll be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt at a later date.
Also on the injury front, Carlton Brundidge returned to practice yesterday and may be ready to play in Saturday's Purdue game. He's missed several games because of complications from asthma.
"He was sick before our last trip, he had an upper respiratory infection, so he didn't make the trip," Beilein said. "He practiced (Thursday) and (could be) full-go (on Saturday)."
The final Scout basketball rankings came out today. Trey Burke went from unranked to #94 and he will be a four-star. Carlton Brundidge checked in at #98. And Max Biefeldt didn't crack the top 100...he is a 3 star. Glad to see future Michigan hoopers getting some love!
I don't know how respected MaxPreps is, but in their final top 100 all three UM recruits made the top 100.
Brundidge = 62
Burke = 80
Biefeldt = 100
I know Brian already touched on this a bit in one of his recent posts, but I think this deserves its own thread with the buzz around the program. I have to be honest if Burndidge or Burke can play, I see us having a very solid 8 to 9 man rotation. I'm curious to see (if Smot countinues to develop) whether we go to a lineup with a bit more size or stick with the four guard lineup. My guess is we stay with the small lineup because I can't see either Douglass or Novak not starting as seniors.
Here's my guess:
PF:Novak/Smot/Christian or Mclimans
Just a couple of my thoughts about next season:
1. I think we need one of the backup PFs or Cs step up and become a defensive specialist. My guess is that Colton Christian can be that guy. We saw him be that guy (albeit for a short period of time) against Tennessee.
2. If Burke isn't ready to play right away, then I would have Douglass as the backup point guard with Brundidge playing 15-20 minutes a night. No reason to have Morris play 38 minutes a night again.
3. If Horford steps we are going to have a hard time getting everybody the minutes they deserve (not that this would be a bad problem). At that point I couldn't see us keeping Novak at the 4 which could create a logjam at 1,2,3.
3. I wouldn't be surprised if somehow Eso Akunne found a way to play 5 minutes a night.