Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
OSU's Deshaun Thomas has declared for the NBA Draft.
I have a confession to make: In all my years as a Michigan fan and in my time as a student, I have never once attended a mens basketball game. In my defense, I only had enough cash for 2 sports' season tickets, and since I attended school in the Amaker era it was a no brainer to go with Football and Hockey. Tomorrow night, I am attending my first Michigan hoops game, when the team visits Northwestern. Are there any fan cheers that occur at road games?
Basically, I am looking for help from current Maize Ragers with any tips or specifics on current cheers used by our fans for hoops, since I only know the hockey specific cheers (and I doubt I'll be able to use the C-Ya chant all that often at a hoops game). Are there any things we do at home games that also happen on the road? If so, what are those cheers? I'd like to know so I can join in on them if/when they occur. Hopefully I'll be able to make it up to Ann Arbor this year for a home game so I can put your shared knowledge to use there as well. Thanks in advance for the help!
A couple years ago we saw an amazing 30 for 30 about the Fab 5, but one persepctive was missing — Chris Webber's. Soon we'll finally (we hope, at least) get his side of the story when he releases his autobiograhy.
Although I'm sure he'll also write about other things, I think it's fair to say MGoBlog Nation will skip straight to the Michigan years.
I profiled Chris Webber in last week's Sports Illustrated -- he's become one of the more interesting NBA voices as a studio and game analyst for NBA TV and TNT -- and during our conversation he told me that he's been working on a documentary about his life for the past six years. Webber said he plans to release both the documentary and an autobiography at some point next year and the working (but unlikely final) title is The Black Forrest Gump.
Glad to hear he is holding his own in the summer league...
Second-year player Darius Morris started all five of the Lakers summer league games and averaged the following stats:
28.6 MPG, 15.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 37% FG, 27% 3PT, 80% FT
Morris led the Lakers in total points, total assists, and finished an impressive third in total rebounds, showcasing his all-around game.
In other news, 8 football recruits have chosen the good guys over OSU in the class of 2013, per my calculations. Yet we still haven't won a head to head recruiting battle against OSU in the Rivals Era, as none of the OSU offers were actually committable.
Over at the college basketball watercooler blog on ESPN.com Myron Medcalf named his Avengers team for the 2012-2013 season. Which consists of Nerlens Noel, Cody Zeller, Doug McDermott, Peyton Siva, and Trey Burke. Basically this is a preseason All American team and I thought it was cool to see a Michigan player getting some publicity. When was the last time a Michigan Basketball player was a preseason All-American.
User si_daddy (who does not have enough points to make an OP) posted this link in the "Trey Burke is Back!" thread, but posted it down far enough that I don't think many people got the chance to take a look. Looks like anyone in the area or willing to make the trip owes him a bit of a posbang if this is news to you. si_daddy, if you're reading this, post and get your +1's.
Since it wasn't me who found this originally, I'll use the "I searched but found nothing" disclaimer. Apologies all around if it's been posted, but I searched and didn't see it.