Any time someone tells me not to google image search something, I do it anyway.
This is not your fault.
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PROTIP: Don't do a google image search for "burst cyst." Here's a kitten instead:
I'll be in therapy the rest of the day.
Uptick. Last weekend was a big one on the AAU circuit, and recent Michigan commitment Evan Smotrycz made a statement at the Pitt Hoop Jam. ESPN's Reggie Rankin highlighted Smotrycz among a number of elite players he scouted, offering praise bordering on the effusive:
This super skilled combination forward has all the tools on the offense end of the floor. He is a perfect fit for the offensive system he will play in at Michigan. Smotrycz is a terrific 3-point shooter with NBA range. He has a quick trigger and the size to shoot over smaller defenders with ease. Smotrycz runs the lane in transition and does a great job of stretching the defense with his ability to make shots. Making plays off the dribble is also strength of Smotrycz’s. He is a very good ball handler and does a great job of creating space with scoring dribble moves that include a step back pull up jumper going to his left. He would be perfect in pick and pop situations as well. His skill set doesn’t stop with his scoring he is also a very good passer. He can drive, draw and kick in transition or in the half court where he has the ability to pass with either hand.
At 6-foot-8, 200-pounds he’s a guy that moves very well, has great touch in the paint, but most importantly is a terrific shooter. His form is flawless and he finishes it off with a high release. The New Hampton (N.H.) School standout, who showed use of both hands around the basket, is capable of putting it on the decks for a few bounces and pulling up for jumpers as well.
NEBRR also quotes Hoopscoop's Clark Francis as "very intruiged" with Smotrycz, saying he projects as "more than just a good role player at the big time level." Everyone does say he needs to add strength, FWIW.
Maybe Beilein got on a player who was just about to blow up, as the kids say. A 6'9" small forward with diverse and sundry offensive skills sounds pretty freakin' good. ESPN's put him on their 150 watch list; it'll be interesting to see if the tourney springs him into Scout and Rivals' lists when they update. Rivals didn't actually have anyone there, BTW, so if Smotrycz ends up lower there than elsewhere that's probably why.
Elsewhere in basketball recruiting, I don't know if this guy knows anything specific about Trey Ziegler, Michigan's #1 remaining target in the 2010 class, but let's hope so:
Trey brings an impressive build to the guard position in which he operates. He might not look the part of a quick, agile guard, but he sure plays it. He had many defenders on their toes trying to cover him, and his ability to pull up for the jumper or drive the lane for the explosive dunk was something that almost seemed impossible to cover. He lacked hustle several times defensively, allowing breakaway layups from the opposition, but in his defense, did play all but two minutes of a 32 minute game Saturday afternoon. Although Michigan is the frontrunner for Zeigler now, he hasn’t yet committed and has left the door open for several Big East schools at this time.
There's also been an uptick in Detroit Country Day point guard Ray McCallum's interest in the Michigan program, though he still seems like a longshot. I'd be delighted to be 100% wrong about Beilein's recruiting chops.
Still 2010, but different. To the hockey class of that year: Jack Campbell is good. The USA U18 team just won the gold medal at the World Championships and Campbell's play is the talk of the tournament (even though the Russian goalie bizarrely made the all-tourney team despite a 5-0 thumping in the final). Western College Hockey:
I think the best thing you can say about a goalie is that his team won, and without him, they would have lost. In the semifinal against Canada, if the US is down by more than 1 goal midway through the third period, there is absolutely no chance they come back to win that game. Campbell made some great saves to keep his team in it long enough for the US powerplay to score a couple goals and steal the win.
Insert fervent prayer that the 2010 hockey class arrives on campus intact here. Campbell is establishing himself as possibly the top goalie in his draft class.
Not so fast on the not so fast. A curious report that included Michigan Stadium as one of a number of potential World Cup host sites was shot down by a second report playing Lee Corso. Now Lee Corso report has been Lee Corsoed:
"Anything we can do to support our region economically, we would very much like to do it," U-M athletic director Bill Martin said. "The timing of the event -- June, July -- would be perfect. But we'd have to build a platform up into the first 10 rows of seats to make the field wide enough."
I'm skeptical they'll actually get to host. There are 70 other potential sites, many of which wouldn't require that level of project. Erasing ten rows of seats might defeat the purpose of having such a huge stadium host, too. But there's a chance, and maybe they'd just do it for the meat-on-the-table aspect of having the biggest stadium in the country involved.
(HT: Michigan Sports Center.)
Forcier Forcier Forcier Forcier—A Snaaaaake! The Forcier "Weapon of Choice" video has been Walkenized. Ace for the win.
Speaking of Forciers, Rittenberg has more on the possible transfer of Jason back to Michigan. Apparently the "repeal" of the Mundy Rule that allowed graduated players to use their fifth year of eligibility somewhere else was something between a repeal and a, you know, non-repeal:
"Obviously, sports is going to end for me," Jason Forcier said. "You've got to accept the facts. But it doesn't change my passion for it. So if I can still be involved with it somehow, I feel like I can still participate.
"With the waiver, it would look good that I got into Michigan when I was an undergrad and I transferred to Stanford and did well there, graduated. They know it wouldn't be for a football issue."
So it appears the NCAA is making its decisions on a case-by-case basis now to prevent things like Florida pirating one of Utah's starting cornerbacks but allow transfers by players who have a legitimate academic reason to move.
Any time someone tells me not to google image search something, I do it anyway.
I also will google when told not to. I was especially intrigued by the "How to burst a cyst with a kitchen knife."
I know a few people who are affliated with Central Michigan's athletic program and the rumblings I hear from them are that Ziegler is leaning towards Michigan. Nothing definitive or first-hand, but it makes a lot of sense.
Ironically, about the only thing that might screw it up is if Central has a dreadful season next year, his father gets the ziggy and takes an assistant coach job at some major conference school and Trey follows him. So you guys might want to root for CMU to have a good year in 09-10.
From the descriptions I've heard, Smotrycz kind of sounds like Tayshaun Prince. Would that be an accurate (or at least semi-accurate) comparison?
While I do like grsbmd's comparison, I only compare would be college players to current college players.
I liken him a bit to Purdue's Robbie Hummel....especially with the ability stretch the D and the way he gets raves for finishing his shots....one reason Hummel struggled this year was a bad back kept him from getting the needed lift to finish his shot.....anyway. Smotrycz reminds me off him, and iirc, Hummel was not a OMG super recruit.
Although Kelvin Sampson thought well enough of him to text him a billion times past the legal limit.
I thought for a second it meant that Tate had a pustule on his index finger, it got infected, and ended up having his hand amputated.
Ahem ... largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere! Once we are back to full capacity. Which we will be by then. This has to happen
but i think mexico has a bigger stadium. anyway, we're big. (that's what she said)
I think their data is a little old, but still.
Has been reduced to 105k (they put in seats)
Still beautiful. I'd like to visit some day
Anywho, that site you've presented, I just wanted to let you know that the pic of the Big House it uses is modified with CG (look at the press box) ... it's from a site that was against the luxury boxes, and that was their proposed alternative. Not sayin' you aren't a credible guy yourself but, y'know, your sources man, just sayin'
notice. I had written the post without a link and then decided I should link to something since this is the internets and such. that was just the first thing I found on google. But I did put a disclaimer in my post. guess that's egg on my face. And if this were something more than just a comment thread, i might actually give a damn.
is for effort. But seriously it's good to have sources, even if they aren't the best. Science ftw!
Did anyone notice that the picture is not Michigan Stadium? Press box is different, the block M's on the scoreboards are wrong, and it looks like it is mostly above ground making it probably a doctored picture of ND stadium.
This has probably been addressed, but how does one pronounce "Smotrycz"?
Is hockey recruiting similar to basketball used to be, in that the really good guys go pro/semi-pro instead of attending college? Is college hockey really just a prep-league for guys who need some more time/strength?
I guess what I'm asking is, should we get excited about highly ranked recruits, or is it true that the higher they are ranked, the less likely it is that they will play college hockey?