I'm pretty pumped for basketball to be starting as this team was just so much fun to watch the last half of last year. I'm not sure if I agree that Stu is the starting PG right now. Beilein was perfectly happy to give the reins to D-Mo from game one(although he eventually lost that job to Stu temporarily) and I figure that he'll give Burke the same opportunity.
Michigan Basketball: Backcourt Preview
Michigan basketball team preview: Backcourt
With only 30 days left until the season starts against ferris state, it's time to preview the 2011 team. Also since some positions haven't been decided yet, this will be previewed by the position the player was at last season.
Darius morris Point guard: 2010 stats
The only key player to not return this season. Simply put darius was the offense, when he was not in the game we did not score. The progression made in jump shooting, passing, and execution of the offense helped create breakout seasons for jordan morgan and tim hardaway JR. With darius this team was a favorite to be dancing well into march, without him it's a mystery until we see them play.
Stu douglass SR Guard
2010 was an interesting season for stu. Statistically he posted the best season of his career, but at times during B1G play he fell into slumps that took him games to get out of. Some of this can be attributed to splitting time at point guard when darius was on the bench and he is not a point guard, and at this moment stu is the starting point guard. Without the skills to create a shot or the ability to penetrate the development of trey burke is even more important.
Tim Hardaway JR, Sophomore Wing Guard
The perfect player for JB's three guard system, THJ scored ten points or more in twenty five games last season and fourteen in a row to finish the regular season. Last season tim benefited from the play making ability of darius morris (like everyone else did) and would have been B1G freshman of the year if not for that one guy who we won't talk about. This year tim will be relied on to carry the load on offense and he needs to improve on creating his own shots. It is safe to say that at this point the team will go as far as he takes them, and from the sound of things he is up to the challenge.
Matt Vogrich JR Wing Guard 2010 stats:
As pure shooter of a shooter as you will ever find, vogrich was looked at as the perfect wing for a JB offense until THJ came along and took all the minutes. Coming off the bench he did everything he was supposed to do but his role is up in the air this season. As of right now it's hard to say where he will be because it all depends on where everyone else is. (Novak being a guard or forward, stu playing PG or SG, freshman development)
Corey Person SR Point Guard 2010 stats:
Made me look like a fool last season. After listening to players rave about corey's ability in practice I predicted he would split minutes with darius and have a decent role on the team, he appeared in four early games and did not make a shot. Any way you look at it his role this season will be the same barring a catastrophic injury to everyone on scholarship who can dribble and call the plays.
Eso Akunne JR Guard 2010 stats:
Walk on guard who didn't get to much time on the floor. He did contribute in a positive way during the iowa meldown by coming off the bench for two minutes, making the easiest layup possible and sitting back down, at which point THJ saved the day and we can laugh about the Ugliest Box Score Ever
Josh Bartlestein JR Guard 2010 stats:
Also a walk on and just like the other walk ons his production looks to remain the same, writes a great in-season blog appropriately named The Bartlestein Blog. Check it out when the season starts.
Trey Burke FR Point guard:
For those who don't regularly follow Michigan basketball or recruiting, trey is a big deal. I could list all of his high school accomplishments but that would take up half of the page so I will just name a few. Three year starter for Satch Sullingers' Northland vikings he compiled a record of 97-5 (57-0 in conference), state champion in 09, runner up in 2011. Named to the All-State team, and the winner of the Ohio Mr. Basketball award. To put it into perspective the kind of player we are getting, notable winners of ohios' Mr. Basketball since 2001 are Lebron (01, 02, 03), OJ mayo (05,06), Jon diebler (07), William buford (08), and jared sullinger (09,10), so it's kind of a big deal.
Trey will be the most important part of the team this season because he is the only true point guard on the roster. Without a true point guard running the offense last season it was ugly, the kind of ugly that let the opponent get back into the game because they could not score. Fortunately for him he has a team that has enough experience to win without him scoring, as long as he can set up the offense and execute the pick and roll everything should be fine. Also you can Follow His Journey To Ann Arbor Here
Carlton Brundidge FR Shooting guard:
Sometimes in recruiting strange things happen that people don't understand and this is one of those things. For all the hype and accolades trey burke received, carlton brundidge is the higher ranked recruit. He is also the one who most people haven't heard of and the player that fans should be most excited about. Brundidge brings a dimension to the offense that we have been waiting for as a big, physical guard who can make perimeter shots but has the ability to go to the rim.
My double post? Not so much
But darius came out of high school ranked a lot higher than trey and by the numbers him and stu split the games almost in half. It will be interesting to see where everyone ends up.
Actually they both came in as 4 stars to two sites(Burke-Scout and ESPN, Morris-RIvals and ESPN) and 3 stars to the other. Nonetheless Morris struggled a lot his freshmen year and until I see Burke do otherwise I unfortunately have to assume that Burke will probably perform as a freshman PG.
While D-Mo ended up higher ranked, TB and CB were both ranked higher as juniors, (and CB was higher as a sophomore). I honestly believe that they are comparable. Another point that TB has in his favor is that he's much more highly polished as a senior than D-mo was as a HS senior. The reason why D-mo was ranked so high was based off potential (IE, that which doesn't show up your first year.)
From a guy who's vastly interested in BB, Trey is much more polished coming in than D-mo was. (Simply: he's better than D-mo was 2 years ago.)
like it. Especially appreciate your respect for Carlton Brundidge; it baffles me that many fans are disregarding him.
I think trey will get starting notch,
Smotrycz is going to most certainly be a starter; Vogrich will be coming off the bench and I think it's going to be a competition for him to even find minutes. It's going to be Burke/Stu, Novak, Hardaway Jr., Smotrycz, and Morgan...it'll be interesting to see if Novak can fit in without being the undersized power forward we've grown to love.
Vogrich is very unlikely to be a starter--Beilein the other day pretty much declared he'd be coming off the bench again this year. I think the most likely starting 5 at the beginning of the season is Douglass, Novak, Hardaway, Smotrycz, and Morgan.
Beilein has said that Smotrycz made the biggest gain in the weight room over the summer. He's up to 235 pounds.
Horford had put on 30 lbs by June. he looks very solid as well. Vogrich will be fighting for minutes - no way he starts. Only spot up for grabs is 1 - just really a matter of when they name TB the starter. 6th man is a good roll for Stu.
I have to strongly disagree with your assertion "Darius was the offense". Darius dominated the ball when he was in the game (positively and negatively) but the team was more than capable of playing well on the offensive end without Darius in the game. It is difficult to get others involved in the offense when one guy is dribbling the ball for the majority of the clock. Darius also benefitted from being able to kick out to good three point shooters for assists. Darius was a great playmaker, but the means to the end often frustrated me.
I am looking forward to Michigan playing more of a team game. I love penetrating point guards if they are decisive, Darius, too often for my liking, stagnated the offense by over dribbling the ball.
Are you referring to Novak's brutal stat line for that day?
Novak, douglass, and the bench shooting 2-19, with 5 turnovers and 13 fouls.
watched them in belgium, and stu was basically the team then. that changed when they came back to the US with more experience under their belts, but the motivational and leadership contributions he makes are way underrated with all the focus on novak.