that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|8 hours 58 min ago||Okay, but...||
The Millennium Falcon is going to need a PG and a five-star wing in 2016.
|10 hours 28 min ago||Is a Seth-penned Force Awakens plot coming our way?||
I'm not trying to be funny when I say I'd read it.
|10 hours 39 min ago||The prep year idea||
This would make a lot more sense if he's going to do that. Davis as 2017's center works. Davis as 2016's second center doesn't - at least on the face of things.
|10 hours 49 min ago||Just to be clear:||
I wasn't saying he's not a Pittsnogle-type to knock him. He's simply a different kind of player.
|11 hours 27 min ago||Agreed||
Michigan is now set to have only two true guards on the team in 2016, though Irvin, Chatman, and maybe Robinson might also be able to play some at the two. And even if we consider Irvin among the possible guards, his hypothetical departure allows you to do nothing but draw even in the guard-type person department.
This is also another scholarship that can't go to a five-star guy. We're all aware of what Coach Beilein has done with non-top-100 guys like Burke, JMo, etc. But Michigan also only made the Final Four and the Elite Eight once it had five-star players in addition to its over-achievers. I worry that the team is going to be almost nothing but diamons in the rough in the near future.
I mean none of this as a shot against Davis. He may be a good player down the road. But Michigan doesn't need a good player at center in 2016. They need guards first and then great players at any position.
|11 hours 37 min ago||A Spike redshirt would not...||
...open a scholarship for 2015. It would take a scholarship away from the 2016 class, though, if we assume that he came back for his fifth year.
|11 hours 39 min ago||This guy is not Pittsnogle, though||
He doesn't bring the shooting or agility that Pittsnogle did. He's a low-post guy all the way.
|23 hours 40 min ago||I know I'm repeating myself, but what's odd to me about...||
...the Davis pick-up isn't his rankings so much as the fact that it puts four centers on the 2016 roster to go with at least four power forwards. It seems very odd that they'd plan to go into the year with a backcourt of Walton, Rahk, and no other guy who is obviously a guard.
|1 day 24 min ago||So let's say a 2nd scholarship comes open and you...||
...give it to Williams or Brown. You've still got Caris's spot, and it can only be safely used by Caris or Max, because they're the only guys you could be sure would be gone in a year.
|1 day 36 min ago||Assuming no attrition...||
...there are two 2016 scholarships: Caris's and Spike's. But there's only one if Caris's becomes occupied by a 2015 guy. And that can't happen if you're locked in with Davis and Teske. So it makes sense that there will be no 2015 guy, and I doubt Coach Beilein would burn a year's scholarship. If that's right, either Caris or Max is back.
|1 day 48 min ago||He's either not as of this evening or there could...||
...still be roster attrition.
|1 day 1 hour ago||only two true guards||
Walton and Rahk will be the only two true guards on the roster as of now. Chatman can probably play some at the two. Irvin can play at the two if he's not at the three or four. Maybe Robinson can play some two. But that's a lot of uncertainty.
|1 day 2 hours ago||SG||
Walton will be the only PG (as of now), and the only plausible SGs will Irvin (who'll presumably be a forward if he's not in the NBA), Rahk, Chatman, and Hatch unless I'm forgetting someone.
|1 day 3 hours ago||My admiration for Coach Beilein is immense, but...||
...I sometimes worry that his confidence in his ability to turn coal into diamonds is too high.
|1 day 3 hours ago||It seems safe to believe that...||
...someone will somehow leave early before the '16-'17 season, but the prospect of landing, say, Winston and Battle or Langford seems unlikely now. I have to admit to being frustrated that Michigan's ability to land highly-ranked guys post-Final Four has been uneven at best - and I don't mean that as a knock on Davis, who I know nothing about.
|1 day 8 hours ago||"why talk about it now?"||
Why talk about any of this?! We're b.s.-ing about the future roster of a basketball team. We're in the kiddie pool.
Final thought: I respect where you're coming from, FWIW, and don't mean the tone of my posts to be hostile.
|1 day 8 hours ago||How does it undermine anything or show disrespect?||
His physical and neurological problems are not moral failings. They just are. I don't think anyone holds it against him that he's not where he was. It's not insulting to suggest that he might not be able to play a D1 level*, because there is nothing wrong with him not being able to play. Hatch's recovery has already been remarkable. The only question now is whether he can be something even more than remarkable.
*I trust you understand the difference between entering a game for 30 seconds to play against back-ups and being able to fully play Big Ten basketball. I'm sure Hatch sees the difference.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Discussing Hatch receiving a medical hardship||
A medical hardship for Hatch would have to be done for the right reasons and in the right way - and I'm sure Coach Beilien would do that - but I don't see it as borderline disrespectful to wonder whether a person who suffered a severe head injury and other major traumas will be able to play basketball at a Division 1 level. His chances of having great leaps in his improvement diminish as time goes on, and there could come a point where it's not realistic to pursue a basketball career anymore. It would be wonderful for him to get back to being even close to the player he was, but acknowledging the strong possibility of that not being likely is nothing more or less than accepting a harsh reality.
|1 day 12 hours ago||The Big Ten apparently limits..||
...a basketball travel squad to fifteen players (see the link below). I don't know whether you're limited with respect to the number of players you can dress at home.
|1 day 12 hours ago||You can||
You just can't get non-athletic scholarship and still stay on the team.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Per Sam Webb this morning:||
Bielfeldt said returning to Michigan as a walk-on was on the table. Coach Beilein, FWIW, said he hadn't thought of it, but I have to believe he'd be happy to have Max back if it didn't cost a scholarship.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Dakich is a walk-on, so...||
...him leaving wouldn't free up a scholarship.
|2 days 7 hours ago||You know, Mabel, you coming here to...||
...shame us doesn't help anything. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go eat a dozen cupcakes for dinner.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I recorded all of the basketball games this year and then...||
...only watched if Michigan won. I was never able to face a McGaryless season head-on.
|2 days 9 hours ago||He gave a quote not too long ago...||
...in which he spoke very highly of Michigan, but yeah, I'm assuming Cal if he doesn't pick Kentucky.
|2 days 9 hours ago||EDIT:||
|2 days 12 hours ago||Yeah||
I'd be surprised if any state's law requires a showing of motive. I'm just not 100% sure that none do - and thus my qualified statement.
This is another topic, really, but a trap we fall into when we talk about the law is that we forget there are 50 states worth of unique laws and federal law too. But further discussion of this would be the most boring Mgothread ever.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Speaking very generally...||
...yes. "Premeditation" doesn't require much planning/thinking ahead - at least to my knowledge. Any wrongful act of killing in Massachusetts that is not spontaneous is likely to be charged as first degree murder.
Prosecutors like to show motive becuase jurys almost inevitably ask themselves why someone would kill someone else. The Casey Anthony trial was a good example of that, because your gut reaction to hearing that a mother killed her child is to ask why a mother would do that. But prosecutors never have to prove motive (as far as I know).
I should add that I haven't been following the trial. MichiganMan47 makes the good point that, at least in Massachusetts, first degree murder can exist because of "extreme atrocity or cruelty" rather than premeditation. You can also get to first degree murder in Massachusetts when a killing takes place while the killer is in the act of committing or attempting to commit a separate crime that is punishable by death or life in prison.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I think you're conflating premeditation and...||
...motive. I don't believe any state's law requires the prosecution to prove why someone planned to kill someone else (the motive). The prosecution only has to prove that the killer planned* his/her act, i.e., that the act was premeditated.
*I should add that I'm using the word "planned" fairly loosely.
|2 days 14 hours ago||That gives me the impression that...||
...Touch the Banner is about to get significantly weirder.