It looks like Jon Horford will transfer after he graduates in May. No word on what program he is heading too, but best of luck to him. Time for big man speculation!!!
fair point that
That is not good. Leaves the team really thin at the 5.
Please come back McGary...
Dude, think about it. Brian should, too. This is better news that you think. Granted, we could use Horford. But a guy who was looking at starting for a Top 20 team doesn't suddenly transfer to another program for one final year. He does so after determining that he's now stuck behind not one player (Morgan), but two (McGary, Donnal) and maybe even three (the other young bigs). Michigan's front-court will actually be stronger next season. That's good. And that's why Horford left.
Seeing as Morgan has exhausted his eligibility, I don't think Horford was concerned with Morgan taking his minutes
I'll be the one not ignoring the elephant in the room and acknowledge that Horford is not good at all. Nothing personal, seems like an intelligent young man and I thank him for his contributions but please don't act like this a big loss. He probably realizes that his minutes will be going to Donnal. This reminds me of when Smotryz transferred and people were freaking out. Horford was basically horrible at basketball.
Horford was basically horrible at basketball.
You're an ass and wrong.
I complimented him as an intelligent guy and said I appreciate his efforts. It is blatantly obvious that he is not a good basketball player at this level though. Horford was just awful throughout the conference and NCAA tournaments. Why pretend he is some kind of big loss? I wish him well and hope the best for him.
Yes, surely he must be behind Donnal because Donnal has proved so much on the court. Did you watch the team this season? Are you aware that Horford was basically a co-starter for a good chunk of it?
Shit shit shit shit shit now we really really need Mitch
I guess on the other hand... this could be good news for McGary-based speculation? If Jon was hearing that Mitch was leaving, he would be the only true 5 man left. Would be in line for some huge minutes.
But on the other other hand... this is bad news for GR3 looking to play more at the 3. Playing Mitch and Jon at the same time was supposed to be a part of that, with Donnal also in the mix.
was JB decision I have to believe JB knows something about Mitch. Sounds like good news to me.
Wasn't there a comment/tweet about JB wanting to have a big guy blocking shots down low? What if that guy is already coming to AA???
This was definitely not Beilein's decision...
I agree....doesn't sound like something Beilein would do. He seems to be one of those coaches who really looks out for the well being of his players.
Horford might be reading the tea leaves. We shall know soon enough.
What makes you think it was JB's decision? It seems unlikely...but could that mean that JB thinks EVERYONE is coming back? Because if your premise is true, that's really the only thing that makes sense.
(Love your sig by the way)
Even if everyone came back, we would still have room to keep Horford, assuming we put Hatch on medical redshirt (which we might do anyway)
Regards to Austin he will never suit up and play for Michigan. He will come here and be put on a medical scholarship and it will free up the one that was gonna be used by him. But I hope Hoford leaving means he knows Mitch is coming back. Unless he hated it here he would start or at least play more minutes them this year so I hope it is a good thing wishu luck Jon.
No way JB runs off a 5th year 6'10" post who can run and play D and knows his offense. There is no gaurentee MMs back holds up if he comes back. Horford was looking at good minutes on a good team. Thia is confusing. He must think there is a better offense to show his skills right or wrong.
Donnal is a beast and is gonna dump on all of them . . ..
if so, he would have been playing this year. We have very little idea what Donnal will be bringing to the court.
At this point I'm not real concerned where GRIII wants to play and I'm not doing cartwheels if he comes back. Just been soft, lackadaisical, and frustrating. What would next year's excuse be?
That's right he did. You've obviously lost objectivity on GRIII.
I think you're forgetting that GRIII shot pretty much just as much as every other player, and was pretty damn accurate too.
You know hes playing out of position now fot two yrs, and he knows its killing his stock.
No offense to the OP, but this is really surprising to me.
Official per mgoblue.com
I'm not sure why he'd go hunting for playing time given that he will at worst be one of two centers on the team with any experience. Horford being Horford, this may be more about wanting to explore the world in a general sense.
Horford seems to be driven by a quest for self-enlightment, which reminds me of former Piston Bison Dele. But in a non-Dele way.
Best of luck, Jon, on your search for inner fulfillment. Just don't go on any mysterious sailing trip.
Yep. Brian Williams, Ricky Williams, Jon Horford, and the Dalai Lama. A different breed.
Let's hope it's not like Bison. Pretty clear that his brother murdered him.
I don't think his move has anything to do with PT. As a guy whose future is not in the NBA, Horford is in search of something else. I mean, look at this quote: "As on all journeys, new paths must be taken and intuition must be trusted." Dude is looking for another growing and learning experience.
Ouch. If we lose McGary to the draft this year, we're going to be in trouble down low. Nonetheless, best of luck to Jon.
but a back injury....we may not see much of him either even with surgery. Don't get to high on him staying, I see this plaguing his career.
Wait, what? Please source, and didn't he say he was coming back for his 5th year like a month ago?
Is he transferring to a Tibetan monastery?
@umichbball confirms it.
This is bad.
I am going to wait until the dust settles. This could signal Mitch McGary and GR III are coming back for another year. It could mean that Mark Donnal is going to be a good player for us next year. And the craziest, most ridiculous scenario: it could mean that all 3 sophomores (including Nik Stauskas) are coming back, and there was not a scholarship available for Horford.
Evan Smotrycz and Carlton Brundidge transferred in 2012, and it wasn't the end of the world
The more I think about this, the more I believe this has relatively little to do with basketball and even less to do with playing time. My guess is that Horford wants to go on a walkabout, and I say that affectionately.
Would be nice if Horford returned for veteran leadership and insurance in case McGary is not healthy.
Also, it may mean Donnal is ready to be a major contributor. I can't imagine Horford would leave if playing time were available.
Best of luck to him!
I did not see this coming. And I don't get it. Anyone know why?? Wouldn't he be a potential starter?
Hopefully means he knows GRIII and McGary are staying and he saw how good Donnal was and thought there would not be enough PT, especially after the breakthrough 5th year Morgan. Best of luck to him.
Usually guys slotted to play big minutes on a back-to-back Elite 8 team don't transfer out of the program. Until I see a link im slotting this under the prime internet adage 'pics or it didnt happen.'
edit- well now im just sad