Lavelle Blanchard. He was a great player.
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Lavelle Blanchard. He was a great player.
Two words: Brandon Smith. A little side trivia: Where did he transfer to? HINT: Where the coach who recruited him currently coaches.
San Diego State!
Liked Lester abram's game...very smooth.
Bernard Robinson was also fun to watch, but he couldn't shoot.
Speaking of can't shoot, Gavin groninger was the most frustrating player to me. A supposed sharpshooter who couldn't make shots during the games.
At Skeeps senior year. He and Bernard Robinson Jr were hanging out there. Good dudes. Avery Queen live in my hall freshman year too haha.
That was my guy as a young lad and his jumper was money.
Dugan Fife #11 and Bernard Robinson Jr. #21.
Terry Mills. I got to see him play in high school. He was the real deal.
The only sport I ever played was basketball but I was never really as big of a basketball fan as I was football. Basically from once I was able to really process what was going on in sports games (about when I was 8) to high school all I had known was Michigan being mediocre in basketball and that was pretty much the norm. I just figured ''well Michigan is a football school and State is a basketball school.'' I remember watching the 2005 NIT team and getting excited that they won and then realizing ''Oh...that means we're the 65th best team in the country now. Great.'' Fast forward two years and I remember listening on the radio and we're getting killed by FSU yet again in the NIT. I was not surprised that Tommy was fired. I'm sure guys like Daniel Horton, Graham Brown, and Air Georiga could have been a tournament team if Beilein was coaching them. I will be forever grateful for what Beilein has done.
Antoine Joubert. That was about the time I started following Wolverine hoops. A couple years after Bighouse football got me hooked.
The 90-91 season was long and tough. The TRUE Michigan student hoops fans endured that year in good spirits. I had a blast cheering for a frontcourt that consisted of:
Rich McIver (sweet hairdo)
Sam Mitchell (smooth, but inconsistent)
McIver and Mitchell would soon transfer. Sigh. That was a young and innocent team in the young and innocent times before the Fab 5 craziness.
Don't forget about Demetrius Calip on this team. Lead them in scoring even tho he was under 6 foot. Short but very strong.
Lavell Blanchard, Bernard Robinson Jr, Chris Hunter, Graham Brown, DeShawn Sims. Particularly Blanchard and Sims as they both were asked to do way too much and you could tell they were trying super hard all the time. I was happy that Sims got to play in the tourney.
My favorite players from the down years were definitely Lester Abram, Brent Petway, and Courtney Sims.
In 2005 Michigan Guard-Hating God wiped out every PG on the roster, including the orthodox Jewish walk-on, except he just played with the torn ligament in his elbow.
Also my wife and I are friends with him and his wife but that's beside the point.
Probably Jerod Ward, I always thought that the Fab Five part two was going to do something special, Ward was the number one player in the nation so I remember being super high on him.
Fwiw Zack Novak is my favorite Michigan basketball player by a long shot. Dugan Fife is probably my second favorite player.
After reading all of this, MY how far we have come!
Garde Thompson. UM lost Wade, Rellford, and Tarpley after the '86 B1G title season and MIlls and Rumeal were prop 48 kids so they went to a three guard lineup with Grant, Joubert, and Thompson. I remember Garde hit a bunch of 3's in the NCAA tourney against Navy.
likely the best shooting BIG man / power forward ever at U of M
I remember watching an utterly dominant (post eligibility) Jerad Ward destryoing it in the CCRB. Dunks, layups, he was scoring at will. I didn't understand why he wasn't in the NBA. Then he started shooting from futher away and it became clearer.
Can you imagine him on a Beilein team?
Always likes Jerod Ward. Terrible luck with knee issues but always played hard when he was on the court.
Enjoyed watching the back court of Lou Bullock (I know) and Robbie Reid light it up from 3. They had a ridiculous combined 161 threes in the 98-99 season.
My name on this here blog is a nod to my two favorite Michigan basketball players of my "adult" years of watching basketball. "Adult" signifying 15 and older so that I was old enough to actually figure out what was going on.
Jimmy King (#24) - My favorite of the 5 due to his athleticism. Think GRIII.
Maceo Baston - Coincided with my time in Ann Arbor. Had "length" before it was a buzzword. I loved watching him swoop over people for dunks/blocks/boards
He had a dunk in the Maui Invitational that I'll never forget. It was his freshman year...they played, um, Arizona State? He caught it baseline, took off from outside the paint and posterized the defender. He, unfortunately, was called for a charge. But I used to rewind that over and over....mostly because Raftery wents BANANAS on the play (or maybe he went onions)
Chris Young and Leon Jones. Steve Fisher's final recruits, who played their first three years under Ellerbe and senior year under Amaker, going 12-19, 15-14, 10-18 and 11-18. They never beat MSU and reached the postseason only once, losing in the first round of the NIT. Those were also my four years at this school. Good times.
Lavelle Blanchard was my first favorite Michigan Basketball player. Remember going to games when Crisler was a dungeon to watch him and Abram. That was when I got into Michigan hoops. I believe Blanchard still plays overseas.
Watched ET & company several times from the gold seats with my dad back in the early 80's. This is back when games weren't all on TV. Even kept score in the program. Do I get my fan card now?
Was one of my favorites. I enjoyed Brendan Pettway as well. These teams were not exactly aweful though.
Mind freak sorry
I think we were in the same psych class. Professor came in with a patch over one eye and dismissed the half of the class he 'couldn't see'. As I recall McGee was in the dismissed half but stayed for the lecture
Daniel Horton all the way for me. Graham Brown was also a favorite.
Yo dude. Just got to the party. Where you at?
Right next to Courtney Sims. Look up
Could've missed it, but didn't see any Pete Vignier mentions in this thread. Also surprised at lack of love for Colin Dill.
Had a class with him & we were in a group project together. He called the phone # listed on my U-M directory page (my parents house) & asked for me in his umm...unique means of diction. My parents were quite puzzled who the heck it was
/cool story bro
Dom "The Bomb" Ingerson
Dom Bombs! He would shoot from 25 feet with 12 seconds on the shot clock.
Senior year Jerod Ward. He finally found a way to get something going that season. I know he had tons of potential, but never really panned out. Did he have a lot of injury issues?
Eric "Noodles" Riley was the man!
I absolutely detested him when he played for Detroit Pershing because they beat my hometown Benton Harbor in the state finals two years in a row in some pretty chippy games. Pershing and BH had some pretty damned good teams in the 90's.
In fact Pershing played for a third consecutive title, but fell short to a Murray-Wright team led by Tractor Traylor.
Of course, that detestment subsided when he committed to Michigan. He really didn't live up to the hype of a two time state champ and Mr. Basketball winner.
and Epke Udoh
Josh Brown's Ford Tempo was incredible. I swear it appeared he'd had it modified so he could sit essentially in the back seat's foot area. The driver's seat slid that far back. For me, it started with the Fab Five, and then galvanized when we were really shitty during my 4 years (99-03; beat MSU once, in 2003). But I was a huge Crawford fan when he played, and was actually a big Kevin Gaines believer after the Duke game.
My faves were Dom Ingerson and Avery Queen, along with Josh Moore, from a comedic standpoint at the time and looking back. Groninger also; I reeally thought he could be the shooter the team needed. It never materialized, and he actually seemed to regress through the years. Dom would come in and just bomb away from downtown with impunity. It would sometimes drive the coaches crazy, which also added to the entertainment value. Unfrotunately, things didn't turn out so well for Dom; I hope he's getting mental health treatment these days (given the incident in the Bay Area a couple years ago).
Chris Big Game/Crocodile Hunter.
'Nuff said. Dude really progressed at M, even got himself some NBA run for awhile with the Warriors.
Lavell is my pick for this, although I'm probably biased because he's been a family friend since he was at Pioneer (my mom taught there and is a big basketball fan, they became close). Wonderful guy, and as others have said, he had his choice of anywhere in the country to play and came to Michigan at one of their lowest points, and then stayed when he could have jumped to the NBA and been a lottery pick as a freshman. Great 4 year player for Michigan, and one of the few bright spots (along with the hour and a half we had of Jamal Crawford before the NCAA ran him out on a rail, which, on a tangent, is still one of the most unjust NCAA suspensions I've ever seen, and pisses me off to the day) of the Ellerbe/Amacker era.
from the dark ages was losing my voice screaming at Crisler after Dion Harris hit a fadeaway 3 in double OT to beat Notre Dame in the NIT. My second favorite memory was spending less than $15 for tickets to the msu game at Crisler the day before the game. I haven't been to Ann Arbor since 2006 but I am guessing tickets a bit more in demand these days...
Daniel Horton and dion harris. Graham browns screens were pretty deadly as well.