There's a nice blog from Fox Sports guy Jeff Goodman on Michigan Basketball up this evening. Jeff Goodman visited Michigan practice today, and gives a positive report. One of the highlights is Michigan shooting:
This team will have as many quality shooters as any team in the nation. You've got guys like Stu Douglass, Zack Novak and freshman Matt Vogrich. Manny Harris has really improved his proficiency from long distance, and Laval Lucas-Perry and DeShawn Sims are more than capable from beyond the arc.
He also sees Darius Morris as key:
Freshman Darius Morris should get the brunt of the minutes at the point as the season goes along. He's the only natural floor leader, and his competition is from Douglass, who is more comfortable at the two-guard spot. Morris defends and can set his teammates up. He doesn't need to score. Defense is more important for this team.
Among other things, the lack of a big to back up Peedi is a concern; Manny is a legit first team All-American candidate; and Novak and Douglass are better than they look (code for "they aren't just slow white guys who can't jump.")
All in all, a nice article.
1) How long will it take for Morris to get to speed? If he can get the kinks out by January, we could be formidable.
2) Will someone big step up and produce?
Already, the prospects for this year are awesome. If Morris catches on quick, and we get significant production (at least defensively) from Ben Cronin, or Zack Gibson, or a combination, we could go very, very far.
It is so nice to have BOTH football and basketball to follow.