...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Mitch McGary's last ESPNHS blog before he announces tomorrow is now out. There's not too much that we didn't already know. His top three are Michigan, Florida, and Duke. Just reading the blog, I got the feeling that it was really between Michigan and Duke (and if you listen to scouts, it's really down to Michigan). He talks about being comfortable at both Michigan and Duke, but not at Florida. I don't think you decide to go where you're not comfortable.
Here's what he said about Michigan:
What I really like about Michigan is its coaching staff, especially Bacari Alexander. He’s probably one of the most underrated coaches in the country. He really knows what he’s doing with the big men.
I just like that I can trust the coaches there, and I actually like that they’re not on the biggest stage yet. That gives me the opportunity to go there and make a huge impact from day one.
A con for Michigan is that the Big Ten has a reputation for being a slow-paced conference with slow big men who don’t really get out and run the floor at all. That’s not the way that I want to play, so I’ve definitely got to take that into consideration. I know that if I went there it would help change the perceptions a lot.
I also found this interesting: When he talks about the con for Michigan, he talks about the con as part of the Big Ten and when he talks about the con for Duke, he talks about the con as part of Duke.
What he said about Duke:
The con for Duke would be the perception that all their big men do is set screens and rebound and that they don’t get a lot of touches.
However, I know that if I went there I’d change that up because they mapped out how they want to use me and involve me in the offense, which is appealing.
Mitch McGary, Go Blue!