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- If Peppers committed, it would mean a lot.
- Great guy, "awesome dude," good head on his shoulders.
- Moving up his timeline because he initially wanted to get exposure for his teammates...obviously one is committed to Michigan, so mission accomplished.
- Doesn't totally enjoy recruiting process, he's seen enough (ready to commit).
- Michigan visit went very well.
- Speight and Ferns have built bond with Peppers.
- Could visit Rutgers this week, could throw wrench in plans.
- If Michigan landed Peppers, he'll be a recruiter, it'll have a "huge" impact on other prospects.
- Knows for a fact that Peppers is close to Hand and it will have an impact.
- Hand wants to play with other top prospects, Peppers has already spoken with him about attending the same school.
|5 hours 50 min ago||That's not the point you were making...||
You may not have meant it...who am I to tell you what you actually meant.
But it was never about going from good to great.
But Wade and Rondo went from pretty bad/awful to solid.
And ball handling isn't simple...and to follow your same logic, name one player who was a bad ball handler that became good in the NBA.
You argued against your own point and for mine with Jordan. He didn't get better at ball handling, he learned how to control the ball and play within himself. Which is almost EXACTLY what I said in my first post.
So again, maybe THAT is what you meant. Which is fine, because it's true. Only it's unecessary because THJ already learned how to do that last year. He was MUCH better controlling the ball and preventing turnovers vs. the high pressure of MSU, OSU, IU, VCU and Florida. Hell, against VCU he brought the ball up on the press more than Burke did!
Consistency is THJ's biggest area for improvement...and that's in all phases of the game. But you don't just learn how to go from a walking turnover to Chris Paul handle (I'm exaggerating).
|5 hours 56 min ago||Shhhh....||
...you're right, but if that's the mentality that is going to make him work his ass off this off-season...LET HIM HAVE IT.
|5 hours 58 min ago||It's an opinion...||
...I said "I think," that doesn't mean it's going to happen. It's just a blog, a place for sharing opinions.
And I truly think that if we can build momentum in recruiting, start off the year hot, and really do what our MBB team did in terms of "buzz"...Hand will end up at Michigan.
I also said that "I think" if he committed today, it would be VT...which means that "I think" VT is his current leader.
You don't have to share my opinion whatsoever, but isn't that the point? I don't think we'll get Chase Winovich, I'm sure there are a lot of Michigan fans that disagree with that as well. Probably some Ohio fans too.
And "hype machine?" We're talking about top 5 players in the country. Players that most experts say Michigan is at least in the top 3 for. I'm not sure why any of this is inappropriate or needs to be toned down.
|7 hours 52 min ago||What are there "Big 4" rankings?||
What are their rankings on the "Big 4" sites?
|7 hours 55 min ago||Wow. Ugh, yea...I think he'll be ready for the season.||
Probably my favorite player on each side of the ball. Glad they're having a good time this summer. STAY HEALTHY GUYS!!!
National Championship Game Bound.
|7 hours 59 min ago||Yes.||
At least since they started keeping track of it.
But a long way between now and February. We thought the same about Morris and Thomas for awhile.
If we land both, I couldn't care less about much else. Both are big time players. PERIOD.
Question for the recruiting gurus, scouts, etc.
How does Peppers compare to Hargraves and Fuller from this year?
How does Hand compare to the top DEs of recent years?
|8 hours 6 min ago||Call me crazy...||
...but I think we get Peppers, Hand AND McDowell.
OL and S worry me, but we've recruited the hell out of the OL and we've got a bunch of "potential" safety prospects. SLB worries me a little bit because I think we finish #2 for Winovich (who I really like) to Ohio.
Not sure on Brown, his recruitment seems to be just beginning.
All that said, it's so early that if we can get the heavy hitters, we have all year to identify new prospects, late bloomers, sleepers and camp standouts.
That is the biggest reason I hope these bigger names commit sooner, rather than later. It would be awesome for the coaches to go into camps knowing "okay, all we need is a OT, SLB, S and one other player and we're done."
I think it becomes fun for the fans that follow recruiting as well if it turns out like that because then we can follow specific recruits and positions to see who's going to get those last 3, 4, 5 spots.
|9 hours 20 min ago||Summary||
My personal thoughts, I think we get both Peppers and Hand. I think if Hand had to commit today, it would be VT, if he had to commit next February it would be VT...but I think Michigan makes up ground every day (before the pressure to stay home in Feb would be too much).
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|9 hours 33 min ago||Whoa.||
I clicked and he was 2 - Normal and he went straight to 5 - Normal.
Either I've got super powers, or there are a lot of friendly people in this thread.
|9 hours 35 min ago||Agreed...||
No one all of a sudden learns how to dribble at age 18-21.
You just learn how to control the ball within yourself a little more. Also, the ball pressure in the NBA isn't near what it can be in college. There is no Aaron Craft harrassing you for 48 minutes over the entire floor.
Really, once you're in the NBA, development is more about work ethic than anything else. Guys like THJ and Oladipo aren't great shooters, but both can be if they put the work in. The tools are there.
Even Rondo became a solid shooter. Dwayne Wade became a solid shooter.
You don't really get to the NBA with huge flaws unless it's something like a big who can't shoot FTs (Drummond) or a guard who can't post. But those types of players usually have tremendous upside in other parts of their game.
|11 hours 22 min ago||People like him...||
|22 hours 2 min ago||Thanks for starting this thread...||
I really don't watch the news...just not into politics, slant, etc. Also, just all of the negativity, it's depressing for me.
The downside is that I'm late to events (both positive and negative).
I had no idea about this tragic event until I saw this thread. In fact, I skipped over it the first time because I just saw "Prayers for Moore" and thought it was person who passed years ago.
Anyway, thanks for starting this thread and #1 passing along the information. But more importantly, allowing friends of MGoBlog to come together to support and share thoughts/prayer for the people of Moore, Oklahoma.
|22 hours 9 min ago||Prayers.||
Thoughts and prayers.
My God, I'm late to this, but speechless.
Thoughts and prayers from the bottom of my heart.
|22 hours 12 min ago||Only problem is...||
He's not very good at what he does.
He talks a good game, no, a GREAT game. He sounds like the most intellegent man in the world when it comes to breaking down a QB. However, he's not good at actually predicting and coaching the players up.
Also, too often he's looking for shock value and viewers...it's a joke sometimes how blatant it is.
He's like Merril Hoge.
I'd much rather listen to an actual QB coach or at least an analyst who knows how to scout and breakdown talent like Steve Young.
|22 hours 20 min ago||Follow-up||
Also, do they watch the TV broadcast?
I'm always interested in that because announcers DO point out some good stuff every now and again.
Also, TV can give you some angles and looks that your typical video services department may not have.
Same thing when you're scouting a team, I always feel like the TV broadcast can be useful because the commentating may point out something. Maybe a QB who stares down a particular read, or they show a RB who tips run or past. Maybe they point out an injury or how a CB gets turned around on particular routes.
Anyway, good stuff!!
|1 day 11 hours ago||R.I.P. - Chuck Daly||
One of the best.
|1 day 11 hours ago||NBA||
NBA from 1984-1994 >>> anything else
|1 day 11 hours ago||Which is ironic...||
...considering how the Bulls play now.
It doesn't compare side to side, but when you compare the Bulls now vs. the rest of the league and the Pistons then vs. the rest of the league...you can certainly see why that would be funny for a current Bulls fan to diss the Bad Boys.
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|2 days 51 min ago||OP||
Trolling for clicks.
...just say Ferris State.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Trust me, it won't help that much||
We'll forever have to let that shot, They Trey, stand on its own. Because when you connect it to this game, you realize how much more important the shot couldve been. You realize that it would be our Duke/UK, our Miracle On Ice. Remember, neither of those plays were in the championship game. Yet its what everyone remembers, we beat L'ville and that shot goes from legendary to infamy. But legendary is pretty damn good.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Again...||
...these aren't judgement calls (the goaltend as well).
Hell, I'll even say one that they missed on Michigan (even though it didn't have an affect). In the first half there was a CLEAR kicked ball situation and the refs completely missed it. The Michigan player clearly stuck his leg out and got the ball with his foot.
Just shit like that, I'm not talking block/charges or other judgement calls. I'm talking stuff that is clear as day that is a BLATANT error on the officials.
If they make the right calls and we lose, oh well, but we never got a shot and here Siva is admitting that he got away with the biggest play of the game.
My last comment - it further pisses me off at all of the casual fans who came up to me weeks after the game and said "good game man, that was a GREAT basketball game. Both teams played their hearts out."
That comment pisses me off to no end. Because the casual fan, the neutral fan even got cheated out of a great ending.
Similar comments were made after we lost @ IU and you know what? I said "yea, that was a great game." Because it was. That atmosphere was electric that night in Bloomington and we just got beat, period. In the championship, same feel, higher stakes, and we didn't "just get beat." We got cheated for the right to get beat...or the right to win.
|3 days 23 hours ago||All. Ball.|
|3 days 23 hours ago||Unfortunately...||
...that wasn't even close to being the only bad call that night.
The missed goaltend in the first half (a blocked shot after the ball hits the backboard is not a "judgement call") and the "foul" called on Burke when the offensive player jumps 5' out of bounds to draw contact were awful.
They also called a foul on the wrong man in the 2nd half, I believe it was Morgan going up for a layup and Hancock completely took out his legs and they called a foul on the Center Dieng.
It was pathetic.
I can't say it would've mattered, but it would've been nice to see Michigan have a shot...that's all you can ask for. The refs took away the chance to allow Michigan to execute and win.
Anyway, sad that even Siva can admit it, but paid professionals in the biggest game of the year can't do their job correctly.
Again, not saying Michigan would've won (I personally believe it would've come down to a last 2nd shot by either team or it would've went to OT)...but the refs took away the chance. You play that hard, all you want is a chance, an opportunity.
|4 days 31 min ago||Updated Recruiting Board||
What does our most up-to-date recruiting board look like? It seems like there is a general consensus on 4-5 guys. I'd like to know who else could potentially round out the class.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Hey||
If anyone doesn't choose us, they're the loser...not us.
And even if they did go elsewhere, I still have us with a SICK class and 4 spots left. A couple names have surfaced at SLB, Magnus just named a couple for OL, not sure about S though.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I'm gonna say...||
Westphal, Hand, McDowell, Peppers, and Williams.
Finish 2nd for Smith (ND or stays west), Scott (UF), Winovich (OSU) and Jones (OSU).
Assuming we have 4 more spots...who are the targets? OL, SLB, S would seem like the positions that we'd need to fill. Plus one "best available" type.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Not a surprise||
I had him to ND, just based off the fact that he's got brothers at other schools... I believe that includes Notre Dame. Also, Michigan's got a bunch of young guys on the offensive line and his brother is not currently in the mix for a starting position.
I think we get another OL, just not sure who that is. I'd love Jones from Chicago, but he's supposedly an Ohio lean.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I don't think the combine matters as much...||
I think it more solidifies his position in the bottom of the first round. I don't think the combine matters as much in the NBA as it does in the NFL.