Demetrius Calip (in between the 89 team and the Fab Five)
Demetrius Calip (in between the 89 team and the Fab Five)
Ron Coleman jerseys were a steal at TJ Max. $15 for a nike Michigan bball jersey? Yes Please
I loved Ron Coleman. I started calling Chuck Bailey "The X Factor" to my buddies. Then he left the team. Later, we all started calling Ron Coleman "The X Factor" as well; he inherited the nickname. It was meant to be semi-ironic. Regardless, I liked both of those guys a lot. Clearly.
So many DC stories from West Quad. Kirk Taylor is my answer to the OP question though. A great guy who got screwed by a knee injury.
Leslie Rockymore 82 - 85
What, no Dan Pelekoudas or Eric Turner?
Remember seeing Amadou Ba on a bus on Halloween. He looked like he was just happy to be there. It was awesome.
Also drunkenly congratulated Graham Brown at a party in 2004 on Michigan winning the NIT. He wasn't super enthused about talking to me.
Graham Brown was the pre-Zack Novak.
Except Novak could dunk.
I was actually dunked on by him in a pickup game at the CCRB. My friend had just blocked his shot, so he took it out on me. I wasn't much of a match for him.
I saw Adamdou Ba outside of Brown Jug on a Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (I had a physics exam on Wednesday so going out seemed like the right move). This was right after the incedent at MSU with the drunk sparty before the game.
My friend asked him what the sparty said to provoke him.
He said, "I don't remember."
I still don't belive him.
/cool story bro
A 6'3" early Stauskas prototype
At least 3 guys from west michigan on that team: Loy Vaught, Mark Hughes and Garde Thompson
Except that Garde was 6'1" on a good day. His cousin Joe Middleton was closer to 6'3".
rooted for jevohn because he was canadian and i grew up in canada. plus him and a player from my high school in windsor were considered the number 1 and 2 players in ontario coming out of high school. the guy from high school went to central michigan to play for jay smith...
We were good (at times) with Tractor though. Big Ten Tournament Champs, and a #2 or #3 seed in the tourney if I recall. I think we beat Davidson and lost to UCLA.
lost to 6-seed UCLA in the 2nd round
Grote, green, Hubbard, Baxter and many more from 76. First team attached to and the rest is easy.
Oops.. Missed the qualifier "not easy to,watch". They were basketball Jones' eye candy.
Ok the Bodnar Twins.
Tractor Traylor, man. Partly because my best friend growing up was a State fan and hated what B1G basketball was seen to be (and still is, really) and Traylor was the ultimate personification of bash-you-over-the-head hoops. Therefore out of rivalry spite I glorified in Traylor's play. Even so I still loved having a pretty much unstoppable force under the rim.
Those Michigan teams weren't quite in the realm of terrible that you're looking for, but I figure to find a team as "easy to watch" as the past few years you have to go back to the Fab Five.
Pettway could jump out of the damn gym.
Saw a commotion at a party, it was Pettway and the whole BBall team trying to get in. Went over to try to calm things down, came over yelling "what's going on?" with someone saying, do you know who this is??? This is AIR GEORGIA! Let him in! Ended up staring up at him, he was very friendly and just looking to have a good time.
Graham Brown and Bernard Robinson Jr.
LOVED watching Graham Brown play. Courtney Sims drove me batshit crazy, but I loved watching Brown bust his ass out there.
Graham Brown is my pick as well. When he set a screen on you your lights went out!. Hardest working player I have scene except for Novack. I remeber watching him play with my dad and him saying man I love watching him play but I hope he studdies hard cause that gumpy white boy isn't making the nba lol.
Chris Young. An unheralded guy who played some absolutely horrible teams but worked his butt off and got better every year.
Also, LaVell Blanchard. He was a really good player as it was but man, wouldn't he have been a perfect fit for the Beilein system? A faceup 4 who could pound the glass and shoot the trey.
He was great his Senior year...
If you hadn't, I would've. Kid was a total goober his freshman year and a legitimate B1G center by his senior year. Worked his ass off to get there and a classy kid, but then again, what else would you expect from a Detroit CC kid?
At least now MSU is the team to have a bunch of weird guys and not us.
My freshman year (2002-03), team started 0-6 before a 13 game win streak including the best comeback I've ever seen in a game against the Badgers. Maize Rage was pretty sparse then but proud to say I was in it!
I have rooted for Gavin Groninger, Dom Ingerson, Avery Queen, and Kevin Gaines. Maurice Searight was a recruit that I was excited about.....so glad things are better now.
Wow! Gavin Groninger! That's a name I haven't heard in a long time! Wonder what he's up to?
I keed, I keed.
I was absolutely sure that Searight and Bernard Robinson would take our team to the Tourney eventually...B-Rob gave us some ridiculous games, but Searight threw away his career before it ever started.
Forgot about him and his mop top. He came in after Dugan fife left, right? I think he was a transfer.
I also remember how rocking Crisler Arena at the time was during our epic NIT run.
It's sad to think about how desperate we were back then for some college basketball wins.
My friends and I drove to NYC to watch the NIT final. Left Ann Arbor at 2am they day of...after I finished some homework, and others were done at the bar.
I was there when the played SC who had Renaldo Balkman
The one man press break, Kelvin Grady. He was great in the upset of Duke.
My dorm room in West Quad was next to Manny Harris.
I will openly admit to not being a big basketball fan though, but I am a fan of michigan.
Went to HS with Josh, so I took a liking to him as well. But my vote would be for Lavell Blanchard. He was amazing, didn't he lead team in scoring and rebounding all 4 years?! And he chose UM at the time. Honorable mentions to Daniel Horton, Dion Harris, and as a stretch for lean times, Evan Smotrycz (sp?) only because I wished he stayed.
could have gone anywhere he wanted, anywhere. He's my pick, too.
Yeah, Blanchard led in scoring all four years and rebounding. Asselin never seemed to reach his potential. He was a big guy with good hands, good athleticism, and good footwork. He just never put it all together.
Daniel Horton 02-06
Was silky smooth.
Was kind of a jerk.
Imma call him Clay.
smooth like kessler
Tariq Abdul-Wahad was pretty good, too!
Good group presentation partner. Nice guy.
Les Abram (first saw him as a sophomore at Pontiac Northern. Injuries in college hurt him)
I really liked Chris Young. Nice guy, played hard. His freshman year was the first year of Michigan's nose dive to hell from the sanctions.
I went to senior night at Crisler in 2002. The team was awful. The opponent was Ohio State, who was finally starting to turn their program around. The game ended up being a 9 point loss. The Buckeye fans in the upper bowl were assholes. The game was already lost but during the final timeout, Chris Young ran out to mid-court, bent down, and kissed the block M. I loved his loyalty despite the team's unfortunate results over his career.
His parents kept going to games and got primo spots in the Maize Rage for almost ten years after he graduated. It was cool at first, but got a little sad after a while.
Does anyone remember Browns pick at mid court? I think they were playing Illinois, the guy ran right into Brown and bounced back like ten feet. Best mid court pick I have ever seen!
He totally crushed the Chris Rock lookin dude they had a while back.
That was it! And for the life of me I can't find video of it.
Graham Brown did that to a few guys. It was always awesome to watch him truck someone.
Can't place that one over McGary against Kansas last year.
Behind him and his son at the State game.
Yep, he would be my pick as well.
Another guy that comes to mind. He was the captain of the team, and went to my high school. He was a geniunely great guy - The type of person that remembers everyone he meets, and treats them like they are his one of his buddies.
HA! Talk about big man on campus. He knew EVERYBODY!
Yeah, he's a great guy. He knows everyone, moved back to A2 in 2005 for law school, and then ended up coming back again afterward. He was a good captain and a great leader for young guys.
It will sound a little odd perhaps, but I was always intrigued by the game of Lester Abram to a certain extent. He was a dead-on free throw shooter most of the time and played some pretty good basketball in his time in Ann Arbor, winning numerous team awards as well as a few conference honors. I think he might have been an AAU teammate of Graham Brown, now that I think about it.
... Abram peaked as a freshman.
The only problem was if anyone as much as breathed on Lester Abram, he'd get hurt. Every season, he'd start hot, get hurt, and limp through to a middling finish.
All of the above, except I don't think anyone mentioned Dion Harris. That guy would have been so much better if he actually had some help.
Before he was a Providence Friar before he was a semi-pro wrestler.
I forgot about him
Josh Asselin, Dion Harris, Courtney Sims and Chris Hunter to name a few.
Josh had to duck to walk through the doorway in our hallway in Michigan House
Beat me to it
Zach Gibson, Dugan Fife, and James Voskuil.
started watching Michigan basketball in about JB's 2nd or 3rd year... so.. NOVAK!!!
I loved Eric Riley and Kirk Taylor that year
While the teams were great the following years, Jason Bossard wasn't. But I loved watching him shoot during warmups
Bernard Robinson and Blanchard were my early 2000s favorites.
And Petway, Chris Young, and Josh Asselin were fun, too.
Averaged 30 points/game in high school.
I always hoped he could get in a game with 2 seconds to go and hit that half court shot he practiced so much.
EZ E. Eric was so layed back, he barely had a pulse. He could walk on his hands....with his feet on the ceiling. His roommate frosh year was a 5'2" cheerleader/bodybuilder.
Amadu Ba...if anyone can make a gif of his pancake of the fan pregame against state you will be my hero.
Blanchard was great too. I remember running into him at the IM building 3 years ago where he went to play pick up ball in the summer. Pretty sure I was one of like 4 people to recognize him as a former michigan stud
Bernard Robinson Jr. Spin move. FTW.
The Tractor. Sad he's gone.
no "cool story" moments, but some other names not already mentioned:
This one was mind-blowing to see from the Maize Rage. I remember Jerrett chucking it and just thinking wtf, then complete insanity.
James Vouskil. That kid could shoot the three.
Guess he wasn't really on a bad team. I remember Lavell Blanchard. Always wished he could have been on a better team.
Maybe the 90-91 team that went 14-15
The first two that come to mind for me are Maceo Baston and LaVell Blanchard. Maceo played in some years with a few decents teams but LaVell was always a trooper and reprensented the school and the team so well! Wish he would have acheived more success while at Michigan. I also tried so hard to root for Lester Abram. That guy might have had more injuries then any player EVER.
Lester Abram came to mind as well. I always thought he could have been pretty good, but he had some bad injuries if I remember correctly.
I also recall being pretty enthusiastic for the Blanchard, Crawford, Gaines freshman years ('99?). It also had Gronginger and one other guy whose name isn't coming (I think he was from MA, but he didn't do much at U-M). As a group they were a "new 5" that seemed like the were going to bring the program back. And for awhile...but then Crawford got suspened, Gronginger didn't become the second coming of Stauskas, Gaines went to Houston (?), and Blanchard had to go it alone.
Also, I feel like the first Sims/Harris combo, that being Courtney and Dion, gets over looked a lot. Thankful for all the players who stuck around the program to at least make it a somewhat watchable.
I am 32 and used to have a Jalen Rose jersey back in the early and middle 1990s. I wish I still had that thing.
Daniel Horton. That guy was the bomb and for the longest time in my life was the best I ever saw Michigan put out on that floor, personally (born in 1995) up until the Beilein era began in 2007-08.
Horton for me also. I still think back to listening to all those non-conference games we weren't on tv for when I was a kid.
As much as I and many others hate on the BTN, they changed our lives as fans forever.
We can now watch every single men's basketball game. And if you have a subscription to the BTN-powered MGoBlueTV, you are ensured to see every home game for Michigan Women's Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse as well as many events for every sport.
I went to one of the Michigan basketball camps when I was a kid and he was a great guy. Heck I'll credit him with actually helping me learn how to shoot the right way.
Having season tickets since 97 has really led to an appreciation for where this program has gone. From witnessing sparty blow us out at crisler with the entire upper deck full of spartans to beating them six of the last eight. I'm an incredibly happy fan who's just enjoying the ride.
Loved Blanchard, but il go with Chris Hunter. I remember him single handedly keeping us in a game vs #1 Illinois.
Must've been the one game he wasn't injured. He was like a poor mans Jon Horford.
At a pre season open house, my wife told Chris Hunter that her husband gets so mad when UM loses, and that she doesn't get any, so she hoped he had a great season. Chris came over and gave me a high five and said that he would do his best for me. I hadn't heard her comment and I was very confused.
Going crazy ( for him) at East Lansing one year. B school grad. Big time Jerry McGuire agent now.
Going crazy ( for him) at East Lansing one year. B school grad. Big time Jerry McGuire agent now.
Gary Grant was my all-time fav.
I still think back to the days (and nights) that I could catch the games in ohio on WJR and Chuck Swirsky did the play by play. Being in Illinois now I'm still reminded of him since he's on comercials and things because he does Bulls games now.
Also, Zak Irvin sort of reminds me of Willie Mitchell. Never saw a shot they didn't like. I think Zak is a more well rounded player even now and with this coach??? Zak could be pretty scary down the road.
I wouldn't really say Grant played on teams that were hard to watch.
Aka Dan Pelekoudas, aka "Frieder's son." 1980-84.
I forget the year but I swear it was one of the first basketball games I watched Michigan play on TV. He hit a winning shot against ohio. Still remember that.
I didn't start watching Michigan basketball till we beat #4 UCLA in the Garden so I have no older players I like. Though when we beat UCLA I thought "Oh..somethin is goin down here" and lo, it did go down
I loved Blanchard's game, but I also had an affinity for macro baston's athleticism.
Makhtar N'Diaye bitches.
he complained about every foul called against him.
Makhtar perfected the hands up, clueless..."Wha, me?!" look.
Dominic Ingerson and his Afro
Later on transferred to San Francisco
1. Daniel Horton. Still can't figure out why he came here.
2. Bernard Robinson and his go go gadget arms.
3. Human victory cigar Amadou Ba
4. Chris Young...He was all we had
5. Graham Brown
6. HuggyBear's kid(wicked Afro)
7. Air Georgia
8. Jamal Crawford...7 or 8 of the more exciting games
Of the lost years
9. Robert Traylor
10. Sweet Lou Bullock
Did Huggy Bear's kid ever play basketball?? He was a pretty good freshman RB for football and he was supposed to do track, but don't think he ever played bball.
I need to lay off the crack. Ingerson probably wasn't anyone's kid. Who was the RB? I vaguely remember a mud bowl against Northwestern....
Justin Fargas. Transferred to 'SC, then had a cup of coffee with the Raiders.
Justin Fargas (who was Huggy Bear's kid) was here as a freshman football player. He got injured here, eventually transferred to USC and actually played in the NFL for a little bit
the game against wisky when justin's knee got bent in a direction that it shouldn't have... one of the worse injuries that i have ever seen live...
Can't believe it took this long for Jamal Crawford to come up
"Air Georgia" aka Brent Petway was the most entertaining to watch.
Great dunker and rebounder and could do absolutely nothing else, and it was awesome. (And if you're thinking GR3, just know that Petway was an even better dunker, a great rebounder and incredibly bad at all other basketball activities).
That's a good point. I remember his incredible dunks but he averaged something like 5 points a game.
Plus, he would change up his hair from time to time.
One game he came out with his hair trimmed/shaved into a Michigan football helmet. *THAT*. *WAS*. *AWESOME*.
Here's a sweet (h)Air Jordan he had as well:
Petway was also on the Harlem Globtrotters from 2010-2011.
First michigan basketball game ever watched was Michigan at UCLA in 2002. They were 5-6 after starting 0-6. Daniel Horton was my favorite player at that time
He was on the National Title team in 1989, then helped the Fab Five reach the National Championship game in 1992 and 1993, then goes to Harvard Law, then becomes Kobe Bryant's agent!!!
Twin Towers. Watching the bad years only make the success that much more enjoyable. Just for good measure, Jarretts Smith.
Thank you, John Beilein
Loved Jamal Crawford.
Big fan of Albert White too.
Awesome post, great names
Glad you mentioned him. I was a big fan of White for the one year he was at UM. I thought he had a great game but he never lived up to his potential. Also Olivier Saint Jean was pretty good too.
Albert White!! Totally forgot about him, I LOVED his game, complete street baller. Last I heard of him, he was getting in trouble in the CBA because he wouldn't adhere to the dress code while traveling. The ultimate bad ass!
Space cowboy Maurice Taylor(cuz he speaks on the pompetence of love)
yikes, he drove me crazy. Couldn't understand how a guy that big could not rebound..
I will say Lavall Blanchard (was actually not bad) and of couse Dom "Bomb" Ingerson. Dom Bomb would launch it like he was Stauskas...but Stauskas he was not.
I was part of the original Maize rage back then, I believe it started the year before my freshman year 01'.
Huh? On a per-minute basis, he was an excellent rebounder. As a senior he averaged 7.3 rpg in 24.7 minutes per game, which works out to 10.6 per 36 minutes.
Me and my housemates called Graham Brown "the Ogar" because of his general demeanor. I believe he was also voted the dirtiest player in the BIgTen that year.
Reed Baker Rain Maker
I came here to say this.
He was playing in Bangkok as of 2012.
First time caller. Love your show. 6'2" 230. Fav Mich Bball player? Well, I might've shared a dorm room freshman year with the OP; OP, if you had a computer monitor stand made like your presumed jump shot...out of cinder blocks, Press 1.
//but not really.
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.
only at michigan for like a year before transfered to detroit??? the only things i remember about him being at michigan was that he wore 41 and was super skinny..
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.
[edited to fix typo]
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.
Would have liked to say Gary Grant but I think every team he ever played on in his life was easy to watch, at least until he got to the Clippers. Those Canton McKinley teams were something else.
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.