"Cole Huff Terminated..."
"Cole Huff Terminated..."
but I'm going to shy away from competition.
There is a difference between not shying away from a normal amount of competition, and shying away from too much competition. The world is not black and white, as a Huff, a teenager, tried to explain.
Yeah, kind of a weird thing to say and then highlight how the team was full of guys. I get that he didn't want to lose playing time, but it was a weird thing to say.
Can't fault a kid for doing his homework. If he came here he was inevitably going to play the 4 given the pieces we have coming in. Smart kid to recognize that it wasn't an ideal situation for him to play the toughest position on our team. It really takes a special player like GR3 and Novak to defend the 4 position in the Big Ten while giving up 3-4 inches and 40 lbs on a night-in/night-out basis.
Except for the fact that he did shy away from competition. Best of luck to the guy anyway.
Just a ton of moving parts he'd have to consider here versus the other schools.
The 2, 3, and 4 all affect him.
But then... who is the 'super 2015' recruit ... if he is a 2... then you are back to Y situation. If he is a 3/4 - even worse for playing time as 'super recruit' you expect to play freshman Irvin like minutes at minimum in 2015-2016.
So he is probably comparing that to "go to Iowa / Creighton... with zilch early entries, know exactly what will be there in 1 year, and compete for X playing time."
Right now UM basketball is so variable from year to year with all the moving parts you can understand the uncertainty for someone who has only 2 years to make an impact on Europe/ NBA - different than a new recruit.
Nearly all kids consider roster make up, and all should. It doesn't mean they're scared or aren't competitive/confident. I have no problem with his comments or decision. He was smart.
From competition, but I'm going to go ahead and run like hell from it this time!!
You're not being fair. Even if he did "win" the competition, what was he going to play, 15 minutes a game off the bench, with so many other players needing to get on the court too? Expressly not wanting to go through the transfer process again is a pretty mature decision. It would be one thing if he were a point guard and we only had one other point guard. He's looking at a roster where the vast majority of it is players like him and he has a shorter window than everyone else because he's both not a freshman but coming in fresh anyway. That's not "running away".
I agree, and as he says expressly, this is his "last go-around", which I took to mean that he is looking for a place where he can play serious minutes and possibly play out his remaining eligibility as happy as possible. Given where we would probably have used him, the roster and the incoming class, in my opinion, it is entirely possible that Michigan would not be such a place no matter how well he would have fit into the system Beilein employs. This is a rather well-reasoned decision on Huff's part based on that, and I don't fault him one bit. Best of luck to him in his future.
Not being fair? This coming from the guy who thought the McGary suspension was warranted because you would have received a similar punishment in your ROTC program. I agree with your point here, but I think you've lost any credibility around here in declaring what's fair or not.
is not something that's gained or lost based on past performance, not on this blog (at least, that's what everyone keeps saying). It was a good point, so commenting on what he's lost is immaterial.
Oh, I didn't realize I had to check with Kermit the Keeper of Credibility before I made any arguments. Did you decide that yourself or was that voted on?
and then there's a possible logjam. Plus he wants to play the 3 and he was likely to be a 4 at Michigan. A frank and reasonable assessment from a young man who doesn't want to make a(nother) mistake.
If he doesn't want to play the 4, he made a wise decision because that is almost certainly where we would slot him. Best of luck to Cole.
Buffalo Vile Wings. No thanks. I prefer to keep my colon working properly today.
Come on Duke! That's what them veggies are for!
Besides, if you order them hot enough those wings will take the express lane out of your colon
maybe he could be the next Doug McDermott? Huffy McBuckets, or something.
Could have been a good fit, but good luck to him anyway.
is even killing us in basketball recruiting.
Beilein build it ... future NBA players will come. No worries.
There is no such thing as "excessive wings"
with wings or....(4:15 mark for relevant stuff, NSFW audio)
but sounds like hes afraid of competition..looking for a easier path...prob not the type of player we need
Sounds like a smart move to me.
I don't think he is necessarily afraid of competition. It just seems that he wants to be completely sure wherever he goes that he will have a chance to get significant PT from day one. He very well could start at UM in 2015 but it would be far from a certainty while Iowa and Creighton do not have the logjam of talent on the wings that UM does and both offer a much lower risk of not getting PT.
obvious that either he or the staff would figure this out. I don't see this as a huge loss. Give me more Dawkins with the time and will and Chatmans who sees opportunity at 1-4.
I appreciate his honesty, and he's doing exactly what he should be doing if he wants playing time at a particular position. I just wonder if this was something the Creighton or Iowa coaches were telling him.
and I don't have a problem with that. I also expect (hope) we point out similar opportunities to recruits. That is much different than bad-mouthing another program, speculating on caoaches leaving etc.
At least he was open and honest. We can now dispatch the ever popular "we cooled on him" commentary.
yes, every fan bases favorite. Never has any coaching staff including ours lost on a recruit ;) it's always that darn cooling.
He was a luxury for us, and would have been a good get and fits the long wings we like. But truly if MAAR and Dawkins are more than bit players we are looking at 10 man type rotations (if not 11) in the following 2 years, even with a LeVert departure.
We have very uneven classes right now with 6 (!) first year players this year (since Donnal RS)... and 7 (!!) inclusive of Hatch.
It' amazing how young the roster has stayed in the past couple of years. Will Michigan always be one of the youngest teams in the country so long as Coach Beilein is here? I'm beginning to wonder.
Even though I think he could win a job here, we are fairly loaded in the 2-3 positions. I don't think any of us would want to uproot ourselves from a situation we weren't happy with so we could go ride the bench elsewhere. The kid just wants to play basketball at the position he's best suited for. Not surprised that Iowa or Creighton look a little more appealing in that respect
I like the kid: good, rational decision. If he's leaving Reno because, like GRIII, he doesn't want to play out of position at the four, U-M isn't the smartest option for him. Not only because of the glut of wing players but also due to the lack of big men. Anyone on the roster taller than 6-3 is liable get stuck on the block.
Anyway, transfers have the potential to upset leadership chemistry. I'll take a talented 2015 freshman instead.
but I agree with you that kids with certain personality are more likely to transfer.
I'm glad he's doing what's best for him rather than come to Michigan and pout because it's not working the way he wanted. My bigger question I wish was asked is what does utilized as a 3 mean? Since GRIII said it also, I assume they're talking defensively because offensively both forwards do the same thing in Beilein's system. Unless I missed all the post-ups for GRIII.
Has anyone pointed out yet that, for a guy not afraid of competition, he sure seems afraid of competition? Because I was going to say he seems a bit scared of competition, especially for a guy who isn't afraid of competition.
and include himself to reach the conclusion that we have 10 scholarship wings. His main competition would've been Wilson and Chatman and he does not feel good about his chance. He makes me feel good about the future of Chatman and Wilson.
... but never too many subs!
...it gives you wings!
I really liked what Huff brought to the table and was hoping we could bring him in. The 4 in Michigan's offense is a wing anyway. We start and play 3 wings for the majority of our games. Huff has a better, and immensely more proven, long range shot than any of our incoming freshman.
If I'm wearing my maize & blue glasses, I'm a little ticked Huff isn't coming here, and might be tempted to question his willingness to compete. But if I look at it from his side, I see a kid who's already spent one year of eligibility, and will have to waste another as a cost of transferring, so will only have two left. If I were him, would I want spend those two years banging my head against the logjam at my natural position of the 3? Or spend it out of position at the 4, and thus not be able to showcase my talents to NBA scouts? No thanks. There's no point in transferring when there's a big problem waiting for you when you get there.
Sorry he's not coming here, but you can't blame the kid for being able to read the handwriting on the wall.
He's trying to save face, which I don't blame him for. The fact is the coaches never called him back and he took the hint that they'd moved on.