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|1 day 13 hours ago||Yes||
If (*if*) that was the case, it's a terrible precedent for a coach to set, both for the present (you're bringing in a player who thinks he's entitled to a starting spot) and for the future (if that doesn't work out, you have no Plan B).
Harbaugh would balk at that demand in an instant, and he'd be right for doing so, even with a high-level in-state prospect.
|1 week 2 days ago||By the camp itself.||
He was first-team defense at 247, which is what's linked.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think...||
...they've given up on Brett Neilon (USC commit), either.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I've seen some rumors...||
...going around, but nothing from the most reliable sources. (I'm not sure how many times it needs to be reiterated that BlueVod is NOT a legit source, but here we are again.) Not ruling out a commit, but not in "buckle up" mode, either.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This OP...||
...knows that Michigan is continuing to recruit several TEs in the class, so the coaches believe it's a need, too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'll leave this here.||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Here's the link...||
...to the commitment video. It's very much worth a watch.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, on 247's own rankings.||
But he's a three-star (#145 overall) on the composite, which is what I use for all recruiting posts.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Just like the last time...||
If you read the post the gap between the two is stated quite explicitly. Those two are still way ahead of the rest of the conference.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||I am the commitment post||
I am the commitment post protocol, Artie.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Don't think it's either/or.||
Cain is a 3/4 in Beilein's system while Matthews is more of a 2/3. They could easily take both.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||He was...||
...welcoming Matthews to the family.
FWIW, I doubt Matthews has made a commitment before the actual visit, but Michigan was widely regarded as the best bet to land him even before Xavier added a 2017 wing.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, that was it.||
That's all that showed up in their database. I should look for another way to find that info. The redesign screwed up so, so much on that site. Couldn't include a couple articles in the Malone-Hatcher commitment post because the redesign rendered them completely unreadable.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Sounds like...||
...this commitment wasn't supposed to go public today. Holding off on a Hello post for now, but there should be an announcement soon.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Quailman is half right.||
The other issue is Drupal can't handle emojis. Deleted the Twitter embed and changed it to a link. Thanks for the heads up.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Hooooooly ****||
Thank you, everyone.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, yes...||
...Ohio State is currently in a tier of their own. For simplicity's sake, I lumped them in with Michigan—those two are well clear of the pack and that gap should only get bigger.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I should do that.||
Now that I'm mostly done with HTTV stuff, offseason projects are next on the to-do list. Might take a little while to put together but that's definitely on the list.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||They'd take both.||
By my understanding, this isn't an either/or situation. While Neilon is definitely a center-only prospect, Ruiz is a bit bigger and could easily play guard.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||You seem to be...||
...very much in the minority.
It's the offseason. I also just wrapped up writing ~15,000 words of opponent previews for HTTV over the last few weeks. I'm not going to apologize for coming up with a series of posts that don't require me to write too much, especially when the response has been overwhelmingly positive. There are plenty of other posts to read—for free!—if you don't like these.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||You're right.||
For some reason the MGoBlue archives omitted that game. Overall point still stands, though.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Have no fear.||
It'll be in the tourney. A few of these fit multiple categories.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, it's unfair.||
Peoples-Jones hasn't sought out much attention at all given his high profile, and the only time he bucked that trend was to speak out against the satellite camp ban—not because it served his best interests, but because it could help out lesser-known prospects.
Taking the time to evaluate all available options doesn't make one a diva. Blanket characterizations of high school kids really, really bother me.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||For non-mobile users...||
...this was a response to a post that can no longer be seen.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, he has.||
Evan Smotrycz played quite a bit as a 6'8" stretch four before he transferred; he also played the five but he would've been a four long-term had he stuck around.
At West Virginia, Beilein played 6'8" Joe Alexander at the four, and I believe he had taller fours in general at WVU, but KenPom doesn't list heights/weights for his pre-2007 teams.
Just because Beilein has played shorter players at the four here doesn't mean he doesn't want bigger guys there. Note that, as mentioned in this post, he wants to play DJ Wilson on the wing. There are good reasons to believe Peters won't end up here, but it won't be because he isn't a fit.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Because...||
Robinson, MAAR, Dawkins, and Donnal all had impressively low turnover rates. Also, Michigan may have been sixth nationally, but they were fifth in Big Ten play—they didn't do as good a job taking care of the ball against quality opponents. I'm not trying to lampoon Irvin for no reason here; it's a part of his game that needs work.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not inventing...||
...the 18.3 turnover rate in Big Ten play. That is too high. This isn't that hard.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This totally isn't moving the||
This totally isn't moving the goalposts:
I'm done using my time on this. In the final five games you cited below, Irvin went 7/33 on three-pointers. The point of that section in my post was that Irvin and Walton couldn't put it all together this year; for Irvin, a major part of that was the turnovers—which I think I've shown were an issue as teams adjusted to his new style of play—and another major part was him losing his jumper.
Out of the seven games in conference+tourney play in which Irvin dished out four or more assists, he had three or more turnovers in four of them—the exceptions were Rutgers, Nebraska, and the Notre Dame game in which he shot 4/16. When he got more assertive, he struggled to take care of the ball. I'm not sure why this is so hard to accept since it was quite obvious when watching him play.
Yes, Irvin got thrown into a tough situation when LeVert went down and he was tasked with generating more offense. Yes, there were encouraging signs from his play. But take off the maize-colored glasses; he posted an O-Rating below 100 and context only covers for so much of that. Michigan needed him to be a viable #1 option and he wasn't that most of the time.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||It's difficult to argue...||
...when you keep moving the goalposts. I'm using KenPom, the standard-bearer for college hoops stats. Irvin's turnovers were an issue, increasingly so as opponents adjusted to way he expanded his game, and while he deserves a lot of credit for said expansion, an objective analysis of the team still requires looking at the flaws—turnovers were a flaw, and in conjunction with his shooting numbers an especially troublesome one.
To then turn around and say Robinson's very reasonable turnover rate is "unacceptable" doesn't make any sense to me. Plus, context is important here: Irvin is heading into his final season at Michigan and he's played a major role for three years; Robinson just played his first year of game action against D-I competition. The expectations for them in 15-16 were different for good reason.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Sure, let's compare.||
First of all, Irvin's season-long turnover rate was 15%, not 13%, a difference that's far from unsubstantial. I like to look at conference-only numbers since they eliminate a lot of the variation you get from quality of non-conference schedule. Looking at the players you brought up:
Irvin 15-16: 18.8 assist rate, 18.3 turnover rate
I agree that Irvin improved quite a bit as a shot-creator this year, but his turnovers are an issue, and that became apparent down the stretch as opponents looked to pickpocket his too-high dribble or cut off his baseline kickouts. He had 20 turnovers in the last five conference games; four of those were losses. Plus, his shooting numbers this year were way worse than those of the other players mentioned.
I'm encouraged by many aspects of Irvin's play, but to say his turnovers are acceptable is to overlook both the numbers and what was quite apparent simply from watching the team play down the stretch.