STAYING PUT: DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris said they will be back next year, Sims for his senior year and Harris for his junior season, putting off the chance at a pro career.
Harris and Sims both returning for 2009-2010 season
Who are our starting 5 next year? Any guesses on how much Cronin, Morris, Vogrich et al will play?
PG-Morris(maybe not at beginning of year)
I think Gibson will start cause he improved and will be much better next year. I also think Harris and Novak can switch positions with each other and Vogrich spelling Novak often as he is a better shooter. Also Douglass will probably start at PG before Morris gets experience, but Morris is our future at the PG spot
What about Lucus-Perry at point guard?
LLP and Morris will probably be splitting the point guard duties. We're losing two senior PGs, so there isn't much choice.
We'll be much bigger next year - Cronin should get some time. Morris and LLP are much bigger than Lee and Merritt. We'll probably miss some of that intangible leadership stuff they provided.
I don't think McLimans plays much. I think he'll be squeezed out of minutes. A redshirt would not be a bad way to go. I think the only freshmen than see much of the floor will be Morris and Vogrich.
However I just don't think LLP has the handle for pg. Now if he were to improve his ball handling between now and fall practice...hmmm!
will also provide much needed depth and size at PF and C.
good to hear.
I think Stu will be the most improved player next year, and I bet he stays in the starting lineup. He's already our best shooter coming off screens and probably our best passer too. I think he's quick enough to play point at times and also to get in the lane, but he needs to work on his handle.
Is it wrong that I'm already looking forward to the 2009 Old Spice Classic: UM, Florida State, Xavier, Baylor, Alabama, Marquette, Creighton and Iona.
Big time thanksgiving tournament. It will be interesting to see who we draw, I have no idea when that'll be hashed out, but if we can get a couple of wins, another 9-9 record in league play will lock us right back in the tourney.
Given the upgrades in size and depth we're going to have, I'd consider a 9-9 conference record a disappointment next year. I know the league will be tough, but I don't think any of the other six tourney teams is going to fill its personnel gaps the way we are, and I don't see any of the non-tourney teams making a big step up (IU will be better, obviously, but probably only NIT-caliber). And I think we're going to see Manny and DeShawn come back with a vengeance now that they've got a taste of postseason success.
The optimist in me wants to see Cronin become a legitimate major college center, Gibson improve greatly, Morgan get some good minutes, and Blake McLimans start his journey to becoming another Kevin Pittsnogle. The height factor cannot be ignored. It would also be nice to see Morris come in and be a great point guard, Vogrich light it up from outside, and Grady start focusing and playing defense more, but I think the most important thing will be height.
If UM gets big plays from the big men, they will have a big year. Whether or not this happens, I agree with jmblue that 9-9 in the BT would be a disappointment after this year's performance. Ths system is in place, and the personnel is being upgraded.
Back to the height thing:
When UM goes to the airport, they need to no longer be mistaken for a table tennis team. Their height is gradually being upgraded, and next year is the first time in a long time that they will actually have enough height to not suffer so many mismatches inside. Also, they will have enough depth to not be affected so badly when the refs decide to cornhole Harris or Sims.
This can only bode well.
Getting bigger will definitely bring about a great deal of improvement. We already have perimeter players (obviously). If Cronin can come in and play the boards with Sims, Manny's mid range game will be unstoppable. I can't wait till next season. This basketball season really helped me get through some of my football off-season depression.
Something that was really frustrating from yesterday game was the double down on Blake. Playing the four was a scrappy frosh with no height. The kid gave it his all...however Blake's dominant was quite evident. Hopefully next year when Coach B,call for the four to provide that vintage Michigan double down...the four will come with some length and weight.
I look for Blue to be among the elite teams in the Big X next season. With the infusion of talent we have coming in...I believe no one in the league except for Minny and IU will benefit asmuch as we will. Our class provides everything we need to take it to the next level.
Douglass was, IMO, far and away the most improved player throughout the year. He really became a excellent defender, especially chasing guys off the ball. Couple that with the fact that he's the teams best deep threat, and there's no way he's not starting. My hope is:
G - Grady
G - Douglass
F - Manny
F - Sims
C - Gibson
This is dependent on two things. First, Grady wakes up and learns his role better. He has the skill, we all know. But his mental game needs to match it. He is our best option, early in the season, to run point if he can make the necessary improvements. Otherwise, to start the year I would expect Douglass and LLP to get a share of the PG minutes.
This also depends on how far Cronin can come along. He needs to be able to be a quality big off the bench in order for us to be able to start both Sims and Gibson.
Novak is the perfect sixth man, and I would hope that if this starting lineup works out that Zack can continue to provide that workman contribution.
By B10 season, the optimist in me hopes that Morris will be ready to take over at point. He will have soooo much to learn though, so I'll temper that excitement. There's little doubt that he's the point guard of the future at Michigan.
I would hope Vogrich can come in and provide a spark from the bench that can stretch the defense. I wouldn't expect a ton of minutes from him, but hopefully he learns a ton in a limited freshmen role.
Ant is Ant. I love the guy but he is a real tweener. When he's hot he can do things like yesterday. He also provides some very much needed size and rebounded. But he's kinda slow and doesn't have any handle to speak of. It'll be interesting to see the type of role he has next year.
McLimas a for sure redshirt. Morgan also a likely redshirt.
To me, the guys on the outside looking in are Ant, KG, and LLP. There's just too much depth at the 2/3 and Morris is the heir apparent at point. It'll be interesting to see how all this depth plays out.
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