I did not make this headline up
Mitch McGary with a career high 20 points against Portland with about 9 minutes remaining in the 4Q. On ESPN.
McGary hit the Blazers with this:
While playing 31 minutes, scoring 18 points, and grabbing 13 rebounds (6 offensive!), Mitch also managed to drop this sweet dime. (Someone, please feel free to embed.)
I hate you, NCAA.
Title Says It All - well except that Beilein is King of the World. Saving that for another thread.
Campus Insiders' Jordan Cornette and Ray Crawford recap the Wolverines selected in the NBA Draft including why Nik Stauskas will star in Sacramento and Mitch McGary will bring the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman released his latest NBA mock draft (INSIDER) this afternoon. His mocks are based on intel he gathers from NBA execs, and reflects the workouts that just wrapped up.
He has Nik going #10 to the 76ers which would be a little interesting since he also has them taking Wiggins at #3. And he has Mitch going to the Heat at #26 which would be a perfect landing spot for him.
He has Harris going at 11 to Denver, Payne going at 18 to Phoenix, and GRIII going someplace in the second round.
Didn't see this posted anywhere, but Jeff Goodman released his new mock draft here ($) http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft/mock/?season=2014&version=2&sourceId=3&preview=true
Goodman has Stauskas going to the Suns with their first pick in the first round at 14, then has Phoenix grabbing McGary at 27.
Also has Noah Vonleh at 6, Gary Harris at 10, and Adreian Payne at 21. Has the Pistons grabbing Tyler Ennis at 8 (and my Cavs taking Douggie McBuckets at 9).
I just spoke with Coles father. He was very excited about the McGary news. He expressed that he feels bad for McGary and that "unfortunate situation" but he is excited for Cole to get that offer. He spoke with coach Jordan for about an hour last night and coach Jordan told him what we all assumed which is that with McGary out, Cole will have an offer regardless of what Aubrey Dawkins decides (it appears Cole was in line for an offer anyway if Dawkins committed to Dayton).
I told him that Cole seems like the prototypical John Belien player and he told me that Coach Jordan said Cole is what the coaching staff looks for and calls "80/40 guys." That's 80 percent from the line and 40 from 3. Coles dad expressed how it's hard not to get excited just seeing that block M with all the tradition behind it.
Coles dad said that they have only been in contact with coach Jordan and haven't heard from Belien directly yet but they understood that was because they were still not sure if Cole was getting an offer until very recently. As we know, Michigan told him they only offer in person but he will get his offer when he visits which he will now be scheduling.
There are a few other tidbits about each school and coach that I am not sure he would be ok with me sharing so I will keep those to myself but I would not expect him to commit until he has taken all 4 visits.
This part is pure speculation but after talking to Coles dad, I would say Michigan is a slight favorite once they offer.
Also, Roger is going with Cole on his visits so the updates will be sparse since he will only be at work a handful of days for the next couple of weeks.
I said this in a comment below but I thought it should go here as well. Cole does not have any interest in aquiring a waiver to play immediately. He wants to take the year to get in the wieght room and put on weight/increase his vertical, etc. Coach Sanderson is a big reason why he is interested in Michigan and I did a good deal of talking up the strength and conditioning program to Coles dad.
I'll also add that Coles dad seems really excited about the prospect of Cole going to Michigan and I think I can say with some confidence that if it were up to him, Cole would definitely end up there.