I feel really fortunate to be able to watch this UM basketball team. Much like last years' team, this team wills victory and never gives up. We have talent - young, improving, impressive talent. But I feel even more importantly, we have players that know how to play as a team, play their hearts out, and never let their will for victory slip away.
(as an aside, Team 132 was honored in the first half vs. NW -- an ugly victory that was won in overtime because the team never gave up and did all the little things that brought the victory. Hmmmm, coincidence?)
Of all the players on this team, no one has been more of a surprise than Trey Burke. After loosing all-everything Darius Morris, I really had doubts that we'd be as good as some were predicting. However, Novak's heart, THJ's skills, and others' improvements have made this team a legit B1G contender. But the one person that has really lifted us into a contender, in my opinion, is Trey Burke. True freshman and potentially the best freshman in the entire nation. What?! It's been an incredible start to his college career. He is solid in all aspects of his game, and most importantly, has run this team efficiently. To me it's almost unfathamable that we miss Darius Morris as little as we do (much love to you, Darius). This is because of Trey's maturity and hard work.
Remember last summer - who saw Trey's "Journey to Ann Arbor" work out videos (part 1 here)? I remember watching those videos at that time thinking that this kid would will himself into something very special. I was so impressed with his attitude, his work ethic, his desire to come to Michigan, and his humility. Now, when I see him play on the court, I think back to those videos and it really makes sense. This kid has earned his success.
Credit is also due to Coach B for knowing how to recruit quality players and quality people. Our team is stacked with heart working team players who have skills and improve each season.
Go Blue! Thanks for the season so far....
(Yeah, and not to get too far ahead, but imagine if all players stayed at UM through the 2014 season. Hands down the BEST team in the country:
PG, jr. Trey Burke
SG sr. THJ
SF so. Glenn Rob III
PF so. McGary
C sr. Jordan Morgan