I don't know why, but the "HALOL" abbreviation really annoys me. As far as the big guy, seems like a longshot since he wants to go to a place with a history of big men and feeding the post, but he would certainly qualify as an impact big that we could use on this team.
7'4" Center yes plz
Definitely a big kid. I wish the highlight video would have shown a little more of his game. I like that he can dunk and rebound, but I want to see his shooting ability and how well he can run the floor. He looks like he would be a prospect, but I would like to see him come to Michigan because we need the size down low with someone that can block and rebound (not knocking on Morgan or anyone else).
damn, i still hate those unis.
The single M looks weird, I did like North Carolinas style of those though.
Not a fan of the deep V?
God those uniforms were awful.....
Ugh. I had blotted out the Nikefication of our basketball uniforms from memory (along with the rest of the Ellerbe years, which largely coincided with my undergraduate years here. Grrr.).
Wouldn't it be more unusual if he couldn't?
Better question: would he even need to jump to dunk?
I get the sense that IS his game. Be large. Get ball, near basket, jump up one to two inches, ball goes in net, sometimes with authority.
If it deosn't work out, we can try him out at Tight End.
Ha he would be the real Taco Pants.
That could be one of the funniest recruiting videos I've ever seen. It was like they simply re-did the same play 20 times and had the opposing players change jerseys between takes. Kid catches ball. Kid does/does not dribble once. Kid goes up and gets hacked. Kid dunks. Kid turns around and runs to other end of court. Opponents look dejected.
If the kid has a jump hook he instantly becomes a top 5 NBA draft pick. Looks more Todd McCullogh than Rik Smits if you as me.
You just never know what you're going to get injury-wise with a guy this size. I'm only 6'7" and I have a myriad of physical issues that doctors have told me exist only because I'm so big. Your body simply takes a pounding with all the weight that comes solely from being tall.
I mean, we don't even know if he can shoot the 3 yet. That's essential.
He also has a 7'4" brother in the 2013 class.
Damn!!!!!!!! Two kids that are 7'4". I feel sorry for their parents clothing expensive.
This guy is probably going to have to redshirt, than come off the bench for a year before he starts to get real playing time. One thing to take away from his highlight tape is that every basket is a dunk, because he's 2 feet taller than everyone else. That's why scout only has him as a 3-star.
he probably wouldn't redshirt, imhe.
Could you imagine a 7-4 kid sleeping in one of those dorm beds? haha.
If he comes we should start a charity to get him a new bed. I had enough problems at 6'6", so I can't imagine the kind of hell he would go through.
This must be the recruit Sam Webb was hinting about a few weeks ago. He might be a project player, but you can't teach 7'4".
be very patient and very focussed but I can teach you 7'4".
"You can't teach 7'4"".
Not with THAT attitude.
This kid is no where near as polished as Fab Melo is for Syracuse, and he can barely get playing time right now. This kid is a solid prospect and I think the 3 star is justified given the limited video evidence. I think a redshirt year would do wonders for this kid in rounding out his game and getting used to the physical abilities that college players have that a 6'3" HS player doesn't.
If he's any good, SU will be climbin' in yo windows, snatchin' yo centers up.
I don't go along with the reasoning that says, "7' 4"? Must have!" (Not sure if the OP was saying this or not -- but many people do.)
A lot of seven-footers are stiffs. For example, compare the number of seven-footers taken in the first round of the NBA draft and the number that actually get more than token minutes in the league. This shows that being really big and succeeding on one level does not guarantee success at the next level.
If this guy can play, and if he can fit into what Beilein wants to do on both offense and defense, then I hope Michigan gets him. But Michigan does not need any old aircraft carrier just because it's great to get a good aircraft carrier.
but he doesnt have to be a superstar, all he has to do is play a role with this team.
Furthermore, he isn't just a seven footer. He's 7-foot-FOUR!!! Watch anyone play Illinois and see how much trouble they have with Tisdale, who isn't even very good despite being 7 feet tall.
Then consider that at the college level, many teams' centers barely sniff 6'10. This gives you a potential 6 inch height advantage at the 5 every night!
Part of Tisdale's problem is that he is so thin he can still be pushed around to some degree. I believe there was a BTN or ESPN special on him at some point regarding his difficulty putting on and keeping on weight. He ate some ridiculous number of calories per day in the special and he's still a twig. I don't think Bhullar is the same situation at all, as he mentions in his interview that he needs to cut some fat and build muscle. When this guy gets into a college weight room, he'll improve a lot.
I'd love to see him work with Bacari at Michigan. I don't see it happening, though. Sounds like the kid wants to be in an offense where he can get the ball early and often. Not that Michigan can't do that for him, but he may look at our offense and see too many three balls being put up. He could also look at Morgan's dominance a few games back and be impressed, though, so I guess we'll have to see how this plays out.
Ok... OMG !!!!! this is the guy... read my diary about being one big man recruit away from being a major program again Men's Basketball Team, by Leaps and Bounds http://mgoblog.com/diaries/mens-basketball-team-leaps-and-bounds
If we land this kid, you will in short order, see the program return to greatness, and the national spotlight will be BLINDING. We gotta get this guy.
Not quite as BLINDING as those bright yellow letters. Yeesh.
I give you my award for quote of the day. It's not worth anything, but put it on a resume, and you're sure to get noticed...
Negged for self-promotion. That is an excusable offense. However, self-promotion in yellow font is not.
"We gotta get this guy." Sheesh.
This is what I'm talking about above. This is that attitude that the Knicks had when they drafted Frederic Weis. "He's really big! He has a skill! He's unstoppable!"
And then this happened.
I'm not saying this guy is the next Frederic Weis. But let's make sure he's not a stiff before deciding that he alone is the key to returning Michigan to the top of the Big Ten.
You know, Frederic Weis would have been damn good in college. The standards for "we gotta get this guy" in college are far lower than in the pros. A talentless 7'4 guy can be a great weapon in college even if he would suck in the NBA. Exhibit A: Thabeet goes on.
But not the one guy that returns the program to greatness and the reason for turning a "BLINDING" national spotlight on Crisler.
BKFinest it! lol!
I wish everyone on this board realized how few freshmen actually redshirt in college basketball. If the kid doesn't get injured, he isn't going to redshirt. Especially if he comes here!
and Jon Horford didn't redshirt...
The Fab Five didn't redshirt.
But Blake McLimans and Jordan Morgan did redshirt. It just comes down to how much proven depth you have. We entered this season with literally no experienced players over 6'5". so Beilein couldn't be sure what he had. If he could do it over, he may have redshirted Christian. Horford has proven valuable enough to play.
but obviously McLimans is terrilble or he'd be seeing the floor.
My point was that it is very rare. Last year we only had 1 guy over 6'5 so we obviously needed big men. Us redshirting 1 let alone 2 guys last year is amazing.....you just don't see it, but there was a reason you did. Morgan was injured and mclimans just isn't that good. I get that redshirting helps out a lot, but with the amount of scholarships a team gets, you can't afford to redshirt. Just think how much better we could have been with Morgan getting minutes last year. Not in the wins column, but in the "rest peedi" column. Novak wouldn't have been forced to guard 6'8 power forwards.
Last year we had two bigs - Sims and Gibson.
Ha! How could I forget Gibson, the goofiest player since Chris young! The point still stands....we needed big bodies and redshirting 2 bigs was extremely unique
but I think that Morgan would have seen the floor last year had he not have had knee surgery to repair torn cartilage before the start of the season.
His surgery was over the summer. He was initially expected to only miss the first month of the season. If we really wanted to, we could have burned his redshirt down the stretch. We didn't bother.
I get that you think redshirting happens often because we didn't rush a kid back from surgery and didn't play a 6'10 150 pound kid so both of them redshirted, but you're wrong. Redshirting freshmen in football is easy as you have 85 scholarships and 22 starters. In basketball you don't get that luxury. You just don't see it often, especially 2 in the same season. Even a project like a 7'4 center is going to see the floor on pretty much any team he goes to barring injury, especially a Michigan team in need of big men. I would love to see him come here and redshirt, but it ain't gonna happen.
and actually being in playing shape are not the same thing.
My original statement wasn't really that hard to comprehend. The surgery caused him to miss pre season work outs and the recovery time kept him from competing at full speed until after the season had started. Burning his red shirt for 1/2 a season of spot minutes would have been ridiculous.
Yeah I have a feeling that if there was ANY depth among the bigs that had played a minute of college ball Christian would have redshirted. Still if ifs and buts.....
Not to start and arguement but I believe most people aren't saying that he will redshirt rather it would be best for him if he did. We all know what is best for the player and what actually happens are not always the same. Does he redshirt probably not would it be better for him in the long run if he was able to, with out a doubt.
He could really fill up some room in the paint, that's for sure. I agree with others that redshirting would probably be the best thing for him. I'm guessing that he doesn't have much of an outside shot, and running the floor might be a challenge for him right now - at least for extended minutes. But heck, if he just rebounds, blocks some shots, and gets a few baskets here and there, he'd be a good addition to the team.
Yeah but.......can he shoot the 3-ball???
I guess you can't teach 7'4", but he is definitely raw. As he admits, he needs to work on his conditioning and mobility...big time!
And if anyone wants to see what you're talking about--that height doesn't certainly equal dominance--all they need to do is tune in to our next game against Illinois. Mike Tisdale is 7'1", immobile, soft, has no real basketball skills and can't get up and down the court. When he signed, Illinois fans were all "OMG 7 feet! Dominance!" 3 years later and they're still waiting on that dominance. It's just not an automatic thing.
First, 7'1 doesn't = 7'4.
Second, no one is saying that this guy is a sure thing. But the odds of a 7'4 guy having an impact in college is so great that you absolutely want to grab him if you have the chance.
He doesn't have to "dominate" -- mere competence from a 7'4 center is a pretty damn nice thing to have.
He would bring some needed shot block intimidation and some rebounds for missed shots!
Cityleaguehoops.tv. Ha! Not the city league I know.
Meaning his parents want a good pre-med program...hahahaha send him here
That guy is massive, and certainly looks like he doesn't shy away from contact. He knows he needs to stay near the rim. Sure, it's not the same playing against skinny 6'4" high school kids, but I think this guy would be a nice addition. Any of our current bigs could easily play next to him at the 4.
has 3 players that are 6'9" or above, wow!
Wasn't there a pair of 7foot twins that played at Brother Rice 10+ years ago?
Translation: I want to play for a coach who will promise I'll be the focal point of the offense.
Not so sure that Michigan will fit his desires in that department. Sure, his size is great, but he looks slow and rather unathletic. Calling him a "must" recruit for Beilein is nuts.
I gotta say, I love the background music for that highlight reel - seems perfect for a big guy like that. The only way it could get better would be if this was the soundtrack.
This could be a huge help for Beilein to help take down the bigger schools in bball. Msu is going downhill and this only helps us so look out Little Brother....WEEEE BACK!!!!!
As long as he's agile enough to do what Jordan Morgan does (run the floor, execute pick and rolls, etc.), he'd be awesome. Low-post guys can thrive in this offense as long as they have some mobility and passing skill. (For a guy like Courtney Sims, it'd be tough.)
Can he play football?
When I read "7'4" Center" and he was from Canada, I immediately thought of Jon Antonides. JA was tall, but it is possible that glaciers once moved faster than he did. Imagine my surprise when I saw the video and this kid actually had some game. He is pretty quick for his size. He's rather one-dimensional, but it's a pretty cool dimension.
This might be the kind of guy who would benefit greatly from four years with JB.
Reminds me of Kenny George from UNC Ashville. The kid was huge and fun to watch play but had all the issues being brought up. It does matter if you're raw/slow/awkward, even if you are over seven feet, but given time to learn the height is unstoppable. Best of luck to this kid, even if he doesn't end up Blue. Hated to see what happened to Kenny.
Every time I see a player like this I'm reminded of what Marv Harshman, the former basketball coach at Wash. St. used to say. When asked why he recruited very tall, seemingly immobile players, Harshman said: "Simple. Little guys get tired. Big guys don't shrink".
Lotta truth to that statement.
We could use one - I mean, most everyone will just be defending his pectoral muscles anyway, which leaves him freeand clear to make shots from wherever he damn well pleases. I see this as a positive.
This highlight reel honestly looks like me playing ball in my driveway with the hoop lowered to 7'
So he lives in Virginia and his brother in Florida? What's that?
Also, I thought we were one Ben Cronin away from being amazing. A huge set of crutches later and I'm still bitter.
Anyone remember Josh Moore? He was 7'2", 305 and was going to be the big stud UM had longed for. Played 3 games. Sucked. Stiff. Deal with it and realize size can still equal suck. I see 6'10" HS kids that can't play their way onto the playground.
Next you're going to tell me any 6'6" 320 lb kid that isn't a slob would be an amazing OL.
Amazing no, coached up to be competent...probably. It just depends on what you want the players to do. Honestly, given what we've seen with how JB uses bigs the kid doesn't seem to fit. Unless they want him in as a late game defensive shot blocker and rebounder, I don't get it.