Saw that Corey Person is returning to the Michigan basketball team for a fifth year to offer some leadership to the team. There’s an intriguing transfer possibility who might’ve been a good fit.
Jake O’Brien, a 6-8 forward who’s got a decent 3-point shot and had been the America East Rookie of the Year in 2009, but has had foot injury problems the past two years, is transferring from Boston University. BU has been banned from the America East conference tournaments because they’re moving to the Patriot League after this year.
There’s a chance he could land at Penn State to play for former BU head coach Patrick Chambers.
There's a nice fluff article on Corey Person over at Wolverine Nation. (Link: http://espn.go.com/colleges/michigan/basketball/story/_/id/7578895/corey-person-fills-unique-role-michigan-wolverines.)
While Person seldom, if ever, sees the court, he apparently is part of the glue that holds things together. This article gives a great sense of how important team chemistry is, and how the scout team/ bench guys make a huge difference to the overall play of the team.
I'm glad to see the entire team work together. Person is apparently quite the jokester. He helps keep the team loose, and works with each of the guys in what they do as the team is introduced at home games.
There also is a bittersweet piece about former player and current senior Ben Cronin, whose father died of a heart attack the year before Cronin arrived. (Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20120216/COL22/202160507/Michael-Rosenberg-U-M-s-Cronin-has-happy-ending-lost-dream.) The Cronin article has two strikes against it:
- It is at the Free Press.
- It is written by Rosenberg.
Still, for basketball junkies, it is a nice fluff article about what might have been, and the heartache Ben has gone through.