There are lots of thoughts and interesting notes about the hoops team, none of which deserve its own thread but all of which are worthing noting. The Lions suck and it is otherwise a rainy Sunday, slow sports day, so fire away about the state of Michigan basketball:
1) This team does not pressure the ball well. They have a ton of upside in all aspects of the game, but opposing teams are getting into their sets way to easily. Although it has been effective in spurts, it is mildly discouraging to see M forced into the zone for long stretches leading to some problems on the offensive glass. I think that three quarter or half quart trapping before falling back to man to man is in order against good teams.
2) Stauskus is unreal. I never thought he had the size and sneaky athleticism that he does. He is truly automatic from three when open and has shown an impressive ability to shoot consistently even when contested. He has good rise on his jumper and is also very active without the ball in the half court set. It may not play out this way, but he looks like an all-big ten player like right now, and he was an afterthought to me in this years class.
3) Hardaway has played well, but "Hardaway isos oh no" is a very problematic set in the half court. He is real good coming off a screen with a one dribble and to the basket moves, but him isolated with the ball on the wing or at the top of the key seems to be a guaranteed strip and easy hoops for the opposition. Hardaway is best in constant motion, but he often gets stagnant and it can lead to sloppy possession if he is asked to make something out of nothing late. I like Burke with high screens best as our late offense set, with Hardaway on a wing looking for a kickout.
And thoughts will do, just passing time here.