Nik and GRIII are having very good freshman seasons, on a very good team, in a very difficult conference.
Did you know, since freshman became eligible in the early 70's, (sorry Cazzie and Rudy), only 22 freshman have averaged double figure in points their freshman year. Of those elite 22, NIk Stauskas has the 2nd highest free throw % and highest 3 point FG % on anybody in Michigan history.
Stauskas currently ranks 4th all time among M freshman in 3 pointers made with 65, trailing only:
Daniel Horton 74
Lou Bullock 70
Horton and Bullock made their's in an era when the 3 point line was a foot shorter.
GRIII: WTF is up with the disappointment with this kid. GRIII is the most exciting basketball player at Michigan in a generation and a great team player. Many a freshman talented like GRIII have pouted when not the focus of the offense, not this kid, he plays his role and does what is best for the team with nary a complaint. Still, GRIII constantly gets criticism because he doesn't have Zack Novak's or Thad Garner's on court disposition. GRIII on court temperament is similar to the great Glen Rice. Because a GRIII or a Glen Rice aren't theatrical on the court doesn't for a minute mean they are not intense.
Stauskas and GRIII are far from perfect but Michigan is damn fortunate to have these two in the program, plus they are only going to get better. For a pair of freshman, M has rarely seen better.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised with the ignorant impatience of M fans, I heard similar stupid shit about the Fab Five as freshman as they made their way to the National Championship game.
|Bernard Robinson Jr.||27||78||0.35||93||116||0.8||14.4||00-01|
|Tim Hardaway Jr||76||207||0.37||91||119||0.77||13.9||.10-11|
|Glenn Robinson III||18||52||0.35||56||80||0.7||11.1||.12-13|
Trey and Zeller were chosen as Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week, giving them each 7 on the season. It's interesting foreshadowing for the All-Big Ten Awards that will be released later, as Freshman of the Year will almost certainly be one of the two.
(Let the record show that I accidentally stated Freshman of the Year at first, instead of Freshman of the Week. Hence the comments and the fail.)
I was just reading that incoming freshman were recently notified about their on-campus housing and roommate assignments. That got me to thinking about my move-in experience and wondering about my fellow MGoMembers' experiences. Here's a few of my memories from that day way back in 1993:
Driving up to the entrance to Markley and seeing all the kids and their family members carrying in their belongings and the sense of excitement I felt. Meeting my roommate (who would soon become my best friend) for the first time and the awkwardness that comes along with all that. Unloading our cars and lugging all of our sh-t up to the 5th floor (5115 Van Tyne), getting soaked in the process when a thunderstorm popped up out of nowhere. Picking out pre-cut carpeting in a parking lot by South Quad while some student builders put up lofts in our room. Watching my parents drive away that first night and feeling that my life has just changed forever. Hanging out in the hall of 5VT talking to neighbors into the wee hours of the night. Sleeping in until noon the next day. Good times!
What do your memories hold? I'm very interested, and it might make for a fun late-night thread . . .
I'm wondering if our increased depth next year will gradually allow an impact freshman to make more of an impact right away. Yes, it's goofy, but my thought is that if you have experience at most positions, it is easier to have a single nOOb come on to the field, because you can cover for him and coach him, both on and off the field. When we have had very little depth and experience the last 3 years, you have a case of the blind leading the blind, and everyone being clueless. I have absolutely no coaching or playing experience, so I don't know if this idea is totally whack or not. Probably is, but that's why I'm not a coach.
As we all know, we're still a very young team. This is from Spath at thewolverine.com
Michigan has played more true freshmen this season than any other school in the Big Ten, and it's not even close. When Ricardo Miller earned a spot on U-M's coverage teams Saturday against Massachusetts he became the 13th rookie the Maize and Blue have used this fall, in three games - Purdue and Illinois rank second with seven apiece.
Just fluff from on some of the freshman that were redshirted this year. Still, gives some promise that Turner will be a nice addition to the defense next year.