is that you?
no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
is that you?
And, obviously, the answer has got to be Petway. His on-court tenacity and off-court ability to drop sick rhymes completely offset his unassumingly normal first name. / Go Blue
But from a very good team - Loy Vaught. Guard Thompson is up there and obvs glen rice.
I was all set to have Albert white be my favorite. Boy, did that not go well.
Lester Abram with that sweet lefty jumper.
And couldn't lift his arms over his head.
for the #1 recruit in the nation for giving Michigan a shot
for not partaking in the Ed Martin scandal while his teammate did
for being a person of high character on and off the court
I went to Brian Ellerbe's Michigan Basketball Camp twice (1999 and 2000, if memory serves). Pete Vignier taught me how to box out. The second year, I got food poisoning from a bad Caesar salad at West Quad. For the most part, I put up goofy jumpers and ran around really slowly.
I own a Josh Moore jersey. And an "Air Georgia #23" t-shirt I bought out of a black garbage bag in the Crisler parking lot for about five bucks on the way into a game.
I had student tickets for five years, stretching the final three Amaker seasons and the first two Beilein years. I sat in the third to last row of the gold seats for every game my freshman year because I wanted to prove a point and sit in my actual seat instead of sneaking down into the bleachers. For more than a few games, I was the only one there for a section in each direction. For the four years I was actually an undergraduate student, we went to the tournament zero times.
After all of that, my all-time favorite Dark Ages player is LaVell Blanchard, closely followed by Gavin Groninger. Dark horse benchwarmer love to Amadou Ba and Leland Anderson.
When I was 8 years old, I was the ball boy for a bunch of games during the second season of the fab five. Juwan Howard was by far the nicest and went out of his way to interact with us...can't say I was a huge fan of Jalen though.
Also, thread needs some of this:
Just ignore the actual video.
Was checking up on Daniel Horton (one of my favorites, along with Air Georgia and Dion Harris) and saw this thread
Man, I never realized a) he said this and b) how down on Beilein people were earlier on. How wrong they've turned out to be....
I completely forgot about that. I don't really remember being all that pissed about losing by 7 to Kansas. I also remember we lost something like 5 games by 5 points or less. The year of the moral victory.
on the heels of a disappointing <.500 campaign the year before and they were sitting at 11-5 with only one wins over a good team (at 22-12 Clemson) and headed for 11-9. Then this happened:
Calip led the team in scoring one season and bridged the 89' championship team to the fab 5.
I watched Horton and Baston play high school ball here in Texas. A few more J.C. Mathis, Jevohn Shepherd, and K'len Morris.
Played with Morris in high school. Could have been a lot better, never reached his potential and injuries.
Bernard Robinson Jr
Back to back posters with a Grand Blanc guy up there. I am proud.
I watched all of the 2000-01 Duke game. I think it started with a 34-4 Duke run. That was opposite a Final Four MSU team.
I missed most Michigan basketball for the next decade while I bounced around the country for work. Some of those teams were bad enough that sending a TV signal outside the BIg 10 footprint violated several anti-smut statutes.
Probably the worst in a long run of disappointing squads. We lost to Penn State twice! Only win in the final 10 games was a win over Iowa at home (we beat them in Iowa City too, they must have been lousy).
It was the 2004-05 team that broke my spirit. I broke a kitchen chair during the 99-68 loss at Georgia Tech. I hung on to that chair for several years before realizing there was no way I could fix it. That team started 12-5 with some very close losses but lost 13 of its final 14 games, most by double digits. At the time of Horton's suspension they were 12-7. The rest of the year was Dion Harris and Dani Wohl running the point with walk-ons getting major minutes at the guard spots.
When I worked at Ulrichs I sold Jalen Rose his books for his freshemen classes. He came in with all the other guys from the fab 5. He was quite clueless about the process but Webber was setting him strainght. cannot confirm nor deny whether he actually cracked any of the books open.
One of my favoriet Michigan moments of all times was Guard Thompson draining 3 pointers against David Robinson and Navy!!!
My favorite moment was dancing on the streets of South U after Rumeal drained the shots during my freshemen year of 88-89
LaVell Blanchard. I've always said there should be a plaque honoring him somewhere in the complex. He stayed in AA when he could have gone anywhere, and he soldiered on playing his heart out for four miserable years. He always gave max effort during some rough times.
He was always a hard worker, set lots of picks and did the dirty work. I remember when he set a pick against a Wisconsin PG and he might have knocked him out?
Another favorite was Michael Griffin. Didn't score many points, but he was a scary good defender for his size and picked up quite a few rebounds for Michigan in the late 80s.
Also, for good measure Amadou Ba
Don't think he ever saw the floor, but he was at least listed on the roster at some point.
Rotolu Adebiyi was also one of my favorites.
Gonzales may have gotten some mop-up minutes, but never more than a couple here or there. Jon Jansen was on the basketball roster for about five minutes his freshman year, too.
Now that would have been fun to see.
Jansen never played, and may not have even made it through the whole season. It was his redshirt year, IIRC.
As for Jermaine Gonzales, career stats:
5 games played, 12 total minutes, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, took a three pointer and missed.
Mike mcGee was the best player on a mediocre UM team.
Kid could have gone anywhere in the country. And he picked us. If he had a good coach he would have made the league. Always felt bad for him.
Me too. I'm always happy when kids we want from Ann Arbor pick UM. I think it might be hard for some of them to give up the dream of going "away" to school, even though UM is such a great school and many of them probably grew up UM fans.
He could leap out the building. I watched Michigan basketball just hoping to see a big dunk from him.
My first Michigan basketball game comes with a cool story. It was the late 70's and I was probably in first grade at the time (Lawton Elementay in Ann Arbor). My family was eating at Blimpy Burger when Bob Ufer walks in. My parents goaded my younger brother into singing The Victors for him and Ufer gave us two basketball tickets. I went with my dad and after the game we walked on the court and he held me up to touch the net. Good times.
I have another celebrity Blimpy Burger sighting as well. I was once walking in as Dr. Kavorkian was walking out.
On the down side I was at Michigan for the Fab Five and never went to a game. I had football and hockey tickets instead.
And Garde Thompson's dad was my social studies teacher in middle school.
Mike Talley and Tony Tolbert were on my floor in Adams house (West Quad) my freshman year. One day Steve Fisher came onto the floor looking pissed. He was screaming so loud at one of those guys for missing class that we could hear it loud and clear the next room over.
Here, let me google it real quick
I've always been partial to Flint's own Leon Derricks myself. Loved that guy.
OK, I'm with the spirit behind this thread.
I didn't have many experiences during the dark ages, but I was lucky enough to go to both Fab Five Final Fours. Mixed emotions abound...
And although Gary Grant was my first favorite M basketball player, seeing Mike Griffin, #20, at an M baseball game, and him giving me my first M autograph went a long way for him having a place near and dear to my 12-year old heart.
(Good Lord, we gettin' nostalgic here now, but what the hell...)
When I first started going to Crisler, EVERYONE'S favorite player was a guy by the name of Steve Stoyko.
Whenever the team got on the better side of blowout territory, the crowd would chant his name. He was M's own Kurt Rambis.
I logged on just to add Stoyko to the list, so I'm glad to see someone else raise his name.
Other pre-national-champs 80s faves: Antoine Joubert, Richard Relford, ET, and Dan Pelakoudis.
Unsung favorites from 1989: Vaught/Hughes (the Morford of the day), Mike Griffin, and Rob Pelinka.
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Courtney Sims... Remember watching the guy when I was a very young viewer.... My only thoughts were why can't we have nice things?
...without a mention of Freddie Hunter.
I believe the story went that he won the slam dunk contest at a Gus Macker tournament back in the day and he turned down the cash because he wanted to walk on at Michigan.
He did so, eventually earned a scholarship, and...someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but I think he ended up being team captain the Fab Five's first year.
Talking about this with my father this afternoon, how watching the following players related to the pain and suffering during the late 90s-Mid 00s:
Robbie Reid (I'm a "Reid" so clearly my favorite player)
Graham Brown (Was at the game, still remember the sound of him setting the pick on the Wisconsin PG).
Dani Wohl (Pride of Detroit Hillel Day School)
Dion Harris (NIT Hero)
Robert Tractor Traylor
Bernard Robinson Jr.
And who could forget K'Len Morris and Reed Baker
In all honesty, fondest memory of these teams was Tractor Traylor breaking the backboard...when that overtakes postseason accomplishments you know the program had its "down" moments.
I was pretty young, but Dion Harris and Daniel Horton were my boys. I loved DeShawn and Manny, too. It started to turn around with them, but 2007 and 2009 were still rough.
Maceo Baston was my favorite to watch. Great shot blocker.
Was 13 in 1986 when my dad took me and my brother to the Jumer's Hotel in Urbana, IL to see if we could catch a glimpse of the team. We caught them after dinner walking around the hotel and chatted with Garde Thompson for about 5 minutes. He was a nice guy. We see all of the team and Coach Frieder says they all have to go. He walks over to us and says that he will send us a team autographed program. He did and I still have it in excellent condition, along with envelope which it was mailed from.
Then this past Tuesday, I went to the hotel with my son and my dad to see the team. We waited around for a little bit then saw the team as they got on the bus. We talked to Terry Mills and Coach Beilein, along with getting them to autograph a mini UM ball. They were all friendly and seemed to be relaxing and joking. That is 3 generations which have met the last 2 outright B10 champs...but I am now waiting for my autographed program from this team! Lol Kidding...it was cool just to be there before there to see them before they clinched in dominating style!
A Canadian 8 inches taller than Nik! Got kicked in the privates during a game at Arkansas. It inflamed so bad he couldn't take the team's flight home. Lots of jokes at the hospital and in the locker room.