this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I haven't seen any Jon Horford updates so I thought I'd look into how he is doing at Florida. It looks like Jon is the starting center and averaging 14 points and 6 boards in two games so far this year. On monday #8 Florida was upset by Miami (YTM), but Jon had 17 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks.
http://espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=400587764 (game recap)
It's sad to see him playing for Florida knowing we could have used him this year, but glad he is at least starting and looking to have a good year. I wish him all the best and hope he makes it to the next level.
* looks like I missed a couple of posts about this already. Please delete or change it to Hey, It's Friday! Posbang Thread!
Obviously there is a connection there due to his brother but it is interesting Horford is leaving one Elite 8 team for
another a Final Four team. If he does land there it would quite a landing spot in terms of basketball and we'll definitely get to see if Horford's family's view of his skill set is realistic (and by definition he was being held back by Beilein's "emphasis on guards / wings") as UF plays a more traditional brand of bball. Morgan seemed to do ok in this system last year as did Mitch but we'll see.
Vitale had an article on the five players in college basketball that need to step up this year, and our own Jordan Morgan was on the list.
When people look at Michigan, Trey Burke is the first name they think of. I feel Jordan Morgan, the big man up front, has to raise his level of play. He was the top performer on the glass for the Maize and Blue, but he has to provide an inside scoring presence after averaging just over seven PPG.
It will be interesting to see what his role is this year, considering we actually have depth at PF/C. If he doesn't improve offensively, both McGary and Horford could pass him on the depth chart.
Here is my projected starting line-up:
PG : Burke
SG : Hardaway
SF : Robinson
PF : McGary
C : Morgan
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)."
When last we met: These teams were #12 and #13. Then half a B1G schedule happened. Now you can pretty much add 10 to those rankings. Indiana beat Michigan by a bucket thanks to 25 points from Christian Whatford and some ridiculous Assembly Hall officiating.
Now the tables have turned, and Michigan enters the game as 3pt favorites. The B1G has shaken out as a battle for second, a lot like we thought it would. And with MSU and Illinois doing their best to set basketball back half a century http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=320310356 Michigan is shaking out as the favorite for that second spot. (You can make an argument for Wiscy here too...but I've seen them in person, and to say I came away unimpressed would be an understatement). But to have a shot to even the score against Ohio, or even to tread water near the top of the B1G standings, Michigan is going to have to win at home.
Michigan should have the advantage in scoring and rebounding, but the hoosiers are projected to protect the ball a little better. http://accuscore.com/game-forecast-previews/college-basketball/indiana-michigan/2-1-2012/gameid,4142/ Jon Horford will not play on Wednesday. Beilein stated that he has been cleared to practice in half court drills, but that Horford has attempted to run full court and "That didn't go well". Whether this is more of an injury issue or a conditioning issue remains to be seen.
Predictions: I like Michigan in a squeaker. Indiana can be a terror when their shots are falling, but I like our defense to irritate them enough at home to put them off their game. I'm looking for a game in the 60's with double doubles from Morgan and Novak. Lets go blue!
According to a Rothstein article at Wolverine Nation and a Baumgardner article at annarbor.com, Jon Horford had an X-ray today, which showed some improvement, but it will still be at least a week before he can return fully to practice. So it sounds like there's a good chance Horford will return before the end of the season, although Beilein says a medical redshirt is still a possibility:
Beilein didn't rule out sitting Horford . . . for the remainder of the season to preserve a medical redshirt if he isn't fully healthy. He did, however, say they are going to try and see if he can start playing with Michigan as soon as possible. [from Rothstein article]
"But (there's) also a silver lining that he didn't play 12 or 13 games and you've used his redshirt up," Beilein said. "It's part of the thing when you have a foot injury like that, because you really don't know. You have to be careful with it, we do not want to use this season on an injured player. We've got to make sure he's in really good shape before we use him." [from Baumgardner article]