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|6 weeks 5 days ago||Another great Indiana state||
Another great Indiana state championship was in 2000 when Zach Randolph and the Marion Giants beat Sean May & Jarred Jeffries and the Bloomington North Cougars.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Best high school team I have||
Best high school team I have ever seen play in person was the 2002-2003 Pike High School (Indianapolis) team that finished #2 in the nation behind Lebron's SVSM squad. All 8 of the players in the regular rotation played DI, mostly high-major.
PG - David Barlow (IUPUI)
SG - Darren Yates (Ball State)
SF - Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky, currently with Memphis Grizzlies)
PF - Robert Vaden (Indiana/UAB)
C- Justin Cage (Xavier)
6th Man - Parnell Smith (SUNY Buffalo)
7th - Mike McCoy (Murray State)
8th - Devin Thomas (St. Joe's)
Lee, Vaden and Cage all played in the NBA at one point or another; however, only Lee still remains in the association.
Here's a link to the USA Today top 25 rankings from that year.
The 2005-2006 Lawrence North (Indianapolis) team would probably be #2 on my list. More top end talent (Greg Oden and Mike Conley) than the Pike team but not near as much quality depth.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I could be wrong but I don't||
I could be wrong but I don't recall McLimans receiving much hype from his teammates. Who would be the others?
I didn't neg you, by the way. You have a differing opinion than me, and that is perfectly fine.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I think this is a little||
I think this is a little different. Beilein was the one that said Donnal (and Beilfeldt) were "unguardable" at times in practice. Every single player at media day said that Duncan was by far the best shooter on the team and that it is nearly impossible to keep him from getting his shot off because of his size and quick release. I put more stock in what the players say as coaches will always talk their players up as much as possible.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Great post MichiganMan14. I||
Great post MichiganMan14. I agree with most of what you are saying but there are a few players I think you are undervaluing and overvaluing. While I hope LeVert stays, after our recent history with early entrants I just don't see it happening. Here is what I see as the lineup assuming he goes:
1 - Walton (6'0")
2 - Irvin (6'6")
3 - Robinson (6'8")
4 - Wilson (6'9")
5 - Doyle (6'9")
If LeVert stays, Irvin goes to the bench and Caris starts at the 2 guard. I think you, and many other UM fans do not realize how good of a player Duncan Robinson is right now. Many assume because he came from DIII he will be "just a guy". His progression reminds me an awful lot of a local Indianapolis player, Gordon Hayward. Both were small point guards entering their SO. year in high school (Robinson was 5'9" and Hayward was 6'0"). As a JR. Hayward had grown to 6'4" and then grew 5" the summer going into his SR. year. Still, only IUPUI and Butler had offered and he committed to Butler. Purdue came in with a very late offer his SR. year, but he stuck with Butler. Robinson grew 9" from his SO. to SR. year, then grew another 2" while at Williams (currently 6'8"). While they are not the same type of player, they do have similar traits. Robinson is a much better shooter than Haward, while Hayward is the better athlete. They both have very good handles for a player of their size and are able to attack the basket with either hand. So to sum things up, I am very excited for Duncan. I still think Wilson is going to be a star. He needs to get stronger and improve his handle, but the sky is limit for him.
If LeVery comes back I think this is a top 10 team. If he doesn't, as I suspect, I think this is a top 20 team.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I think Donnal will be able||
I think Donnal will be able to keep a spot in the rotation, if for no reason other than he is 6'9" and can shoot. He has to improve his strength and athleticism but as long as he doesn't transfer, I think he will keep a spot in the rotation. Chatman is a bit more complex. I guess I am so used to following high school basketball in the Indianapolis area, where the level of competition is so high, that I didn't have a feel for just how bad the competition Chatman faced in high school was. I still think he is talented but he is playing with no confidence whatsoever and his lack of athleticism and outside shooting ability has been too much to overcome. I hate to speculate on guys transferring but if Wilson improves over the summer as I think he will, minutes are going to be very hard to come by for Chatman.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||The lack of||
The lack of production/development from the frontcourt players on this team (Doyle, Donnal, Wilson, and Chatman) is what is holding them back, in my opinion. I do think Michigan will be much improved next year, but until they can find a defensive anchor in the paint (Jordan Morgan) their potential is going to be limited. If Doyle and Wilson can develop over the summer as I think they will, Michigan might actually have a formidible front line next year. A colleague and I were talking last week during the Illinois game and I made the comment that if Caris LeVert comes back next year I think Zak Irvin will become the 6th man, which I think suits his skillset perfectly. I believe Duncan Robinson will surprise many and is going to start at either the 3 or 4 (depending on Wilson's development). I still see Wilson as having the highest ceiling on the team and truly believe his progress will determine whether Michigan has a good or great team next year. If he can develop his handle and jumpshot, next year's lineup will be the biggest of the Beilein era, with only 1 starter below 6'7", assuming LeVert returns (1 starter below 6'6" if he does not return).
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I certainly respect your||
I certainly respect your opinion but I disagree about the ceiling of this team. I still think they are a 3/4/5 seed type team. The trio of Walton, Irvin and LeVert is unmatched in the Big Ten and might be the best backcourt in the country. Several teams, especially young teams, struggle during the early stages of the season. The same Kentucky team that beat Kansas by 30 was losing to SUNY Buffalo by 5 at halftime AT HOME. UConn struggled last night against Charleston, 'Nova probably should have lost to Bucknell, Wisconsin struggled for a while against Green Bay a couple nights ago, and they are one of the more experienced teams in the country. Now, players like Wilson, Chatman and Donnal certainly need to improve but I have absolutely no reason to believe Beilein won't have this team ready for another deep run come tourney time.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Again, things may have||
Again, things may have changed since I was in college but as far as I am aware, the school is not able to be involved in any fashion with transportation for anyone other than the student athlete. That doesn't mean the parents couldn't organize it on their own but it's not like they all live in the same neighborhood.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah I was just about the||
Yeah I was just about the post the same thing. At least when I played basketball in college, our parents had to provide their own transportation. Things could have certainly changed the last 10 years but as far as I am aware, the NCAA does not allow a college/university to provide transportation services for family or friends.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||I'd say Magnus, Space Coyote,||
I'd say Magnus, Space Coyote, The Other Brian, Erik in Dayton, Reader71, Read Your Guard, Formerly Anonymous, Raoul and many more that I'm forgetting.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||While there is no positive||
While there is no positive way for ND fans to look at this, I will say good for them for actually punishing the guility parties. It is refreshing (probably the wrong word to use) to see cases where academics are put ahead of athletics.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||He was saying that Miller||
He was saying that Miller probably benefitted more than any other OL from the switch to zone blocking because he was never going to be the type of player to simply move DT's out of the way. The best thing about that OL is every player would be in at least their third year with the program.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Take this for what it's||
Take this for what it's worth, but a commenter on another site who has apparently been to a few practices says Miller is the clear choice at center and is the most improved OL on the team. He then went on to say the starting OL (once Glasgow is available) will be Mags at LT, Glasgow at LG, Miller at C, Kalis at RG, and Braden at RT.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I can definitely see the||
I can definitely see the other side of the argument. I guess I am much higher than others on the freshman. Chatman reminds me so much if my favorite player growing up, Jalen Rose, though he isn't quite as athletic. Dawkins is extremely talented and the type of player Beilein can mold from a low ranked recruit to a star. Wilson, like Dawkins is someone that will take a year or two to get there, but I could see being a star. Then again neither could get there but I think Michigan is blessed to have one of, if not the best coaching staff in the country.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I should have worded my||
I should have worded my comment better. I am not saying Michigan will be better this year (though I do think they will be more of a 3-5 seed), I'm saying when you look at the roster 5 years from now, this years team will prove to have more overall talent front top to bottom than last years. I was trying to say I think the freshman (including Donnal) are a very impressive group.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||You could have just said you||
You could have just said you feel differently. I think Mitch and Nik will be solid pros. I believe there is more potential on this team than there was last year. I think Caris, Walton, Irvin, Chatman, Wilson, and even Dawkins have that sort of long term potential. You disagree.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Oh yeah, Michigan's trip is||
Oh yeah, Michigan's trip is completely different. The teams they are playing are professional squads. I remember somewhat of the last trip to Belgium and the rosters were mainly former good college players that weren't quite good enough for the NBA. I believe Michigan went 1-3 on that trip.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Very talented group. I'd||
Very talented group. I'd argue more overall talent and depth than last year, but only time will tell. Anxious to see how they do in Italy.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||If I remember correctly,||
If I remember correctly, mgoblue.com had some limited coverage of the 2010 trip to Belgium but I don't remember any video. I'm hoping there will be some sort of local (Italian) media covering the games and we can piggyback off that.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||This was an awesome read! I||
This was an awesome read! I certainly can't recall Mattison sounding like this in any fall camp prior to this one. The closest thing I remember was after the 2011 Illinois game when he was in tears because he was so proud of the defense.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||In college you can make||
In college you can make contact with the receiver at any point as long as the ball is not in the air. The NFL has the 5 yard contact rule but no such rule exists in college.
I will say that there is a clear difference between making contact 20 yards downfield and blatant holding. MSU CB's seemed to get away with quite a bit of holding, except against ND, of course.
|42 weeks 4 hours ago||Any idea who the other two||
Any idea who the other two guys standing with him are? Is the dude standing there smoking (a cigarette?) a football player?
|42 weeks 5 hours ago||I remember some of Frank's||
I remember some of Frank's teammates (and opponents) talking about his freak athletic ability. And then he went out and had an all-conference season, despite having virtually no other playmakers on the DL. With much more talent and depth on the DL, I expect him to do even better this year.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with your comment for||
I agree with your comment for the most part, I would just have LB #1 and QB #2 due to the fact that LB has more "proven" depth. I think Devin is a special talent and is going to have a fantastic year, but I'm not completely sold on Shane being ready at this point.
1) LB - Best unit in the conference, in my opinion.
2) QB - Some will disagree, but I think Devin is a first round NFL talent.
3) CB/S - With Countess back at 100%, experience in Taylor and Wilson mixed with huge talents like Lewis, Stribling, Thomas, and Peppers, this group could be #1 by the end of the season.
4) WR - Some will point to lack of experience, but no denying the talent
5) DL - Clark is an All-Big Ten player, Beyer is experienced, if a bit limited physically. Pipkins, Henry, Wormley, Taco, etc. all have huge upsides.
6) RB - See WR's, with a slightly lower ceiling.
7) OL - Obvs.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I understand that but my||
I understand that but my overall point still stands. If Cole was a high 5-star I doubt people would be "pissed off" as a commenter mentioned in the OL thread Friday night. If he is the best LT on the team then he should start, right?
Also, don't get me wrong, it is certainly worrisome that a true freshman might be the best LT. I'm just saying there could be a chance that Cole is a special player. Or it could mean DOOM.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Completely agree. Recruiting||
Completely agree. Recruiting rankings are fun to watch and keep up with but people put way too much stock in them, in my opinion. I remember when Kalis was a true freshman and wasn't starting people were upset because he was a 5-star. But now it appears there is a very real chance Mason Cole, also a true freshman, might start and it is the end of the world because he was only a high 4-star. The OL is obviously the biggest question mark on the team but let's wait until the season starts before we start up the "fire Hoke and Funk" train.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||The reporter (don't know who||
The reporter (don't know who it was) said "...the guys in the spring". If you listen to the presser again you can hear him say it, but it is very hard to hear. It's right around the 5.55 mark in the video.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||I mentioned this in another||
I mentioned this in another thread where a poster pointed out Hoke didn't mention Peppers while talking about the freshman that might have an impact. The question was about the freshman that were there in the spring.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke didn't mention Peppers||
Hoke didn't mention Peppers amongst the group of freshman because the question was about the freshman that were there in the spring. Peppers wasn't there in the spring. I will say, Hoke really seems to like Mason Cole so I would not be completely shocked if he actually does end up playing or even starting this year. Obviously not ideal to start a true freshman but if he is already the best LT on the team then he deserves to play. I'll believe all of this when we see it on the field because, like I said in the freak out thread last night, Hoke shows and tells nothing to the media.