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|1 week 2 days ago||Not true...||
They told Da'Shawn that he was not guaranteed acceptance into the Engineering school, and that he would have to go through the same application process as everyone else after his first two years, which is notoriously difficult. Not only that, but he'd also almost certainly have to redshirt due to the class schedule for prospective engineering freshman students, as it would interfere too much with his practice schedule for him to earn playing time. These are the reasons they were trying to sell him on Sports Marketing, as these obstacles did not exist with that Major.
None of these obstacles existed at Bama, not only would they guarantee him admittance to the Engineering program, his class schedule would not interfere with his practice schedule and he'd be able to compete for PT as a freshman.
|1 week 3 days ago||He turned down other jobs waiting for Harbaugh to announce...||
that he was coming back to the college game and UM, he loves working with and for Harbaugh because he knew he'd be on a team that had a chance to win a National Title, he isn't going to leave for another coordinator job.
He will, however, eventually be a very hot head coaching prospect if he keeps doing what he's been doing, and so I expect him to be gone within the next 3 or 4 yrs. But luckily, Harbaugh has shown to be extremely good at identifying good young coaching talent, so I think when that time comes he'll find a worthy replacement, still, it will suck to see Durkin go, as he appears to be a great D-Coordinator, and he also appears to be a phenominal recruiter.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not being reported all that much, at least not that I've seen...||
but Harbaugh really seems to want Connor Murphy, and from what I've seen and heard he's got a really good shot at getting him if he can get him on campus, and he and Kareem are both SDE targets(Kemp is being recruited per himself for the BUCK position). So It appears as if they will continue to pursue Kareem until they find out whether or not they can get Murphy, at which point they'll either stop pursuing(if they can land Murphy), or turn up the heat on him(if Murphy goes somewhere else). Most people seem to think that Kareem will not end up at 'Bama, though, so he seems to be ripe for the picking if UM really wants him.
|4 weeks 9 min ago||Hill took his two year Mormon mission after HS...||
and when he came back Harbaugh was with the 49ers, so he ended up with BYU instead, I don't know if that constitutes an enrollment / scheduling conflict, but that's how it went down, IIRC. But you're right, he did originally commit to Harbaugh at Stanford, and is yet another feather in Harbaugh's cap for his ability to spot talent, and especially QB talent, as Hill, when healthy, is an absolute pain in the ass for defenses to deal with.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Zbo, JRich preceded Green by, what, 13 yrs?||
I don't think that's a very strong selling point for Izzo, when you've basically been running the most successful program(and talented, though Izzo and MSU fans would have you believe he's pulling blood from a rock) in the Big 10 for nearly 20 yrs, yet you've basically got 3 players who've actually had real success in the NBA, with at least twice as many who were supposed to be NBA level talents who either flamed out or never even made it, and some who had to go to Europe to refine their offensive skills just to be considered marginal NBA players(Charlie Bell, Alan Anderson and Shannon Brown).
Winston's making a big mistake, IMO, he's skilled, but he's a marginal athlete at best, putting yourself in his position there's no contest which coach between Beilein and Izzo gives you a better shot at having an opportunity in the NBA. Beilein's players develop offensively at a much greater rate than Izzo's players do, and it's not even debateable looking at the past 5 or 6 yrs of evidence when they were at comparable places professionally in their careers(Beilein was at Richmond or some such school when Izzo had Zbo and JRich at MSU).
|9 weeks 2 days ago||But Stauskas wasn't an elite talent coming out of HS...||
either, neither was Morris, neither was Burke, and neither was Caris, yet Beilein still saw that ability within all of them, so I'm just gonna go ahead and trust that he knows what he's doing at this point.
For instance, you may not think Te'Jon Lucas is an elite talent, but people who've seen him play say that he is an elite passer, and has better quickness and athletic ability than Winston, despite being ranked lower. Who's to say he doesn't come to UM should Winston go elsewhere and prove to be Beilein's next great PG?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Starting, or working, 5 going into camp is...||
LT - Cole
LG - Braden
C - Glasgow(suspeded for first game though, IIRC, for probation violation)
RG - Kalis
RT - Magnuson
At least, that's what I'd gathered coming out of spring from this site and others.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's fair to hate...||
both the player and the game when the player is complicit in the shitty game he's playing in. Stephen A and Skip are both obviously 'All-in', so they deserve any sort of disrespect or hate that they get, IMO.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Because Beilein is as demanding off the court as he is on it...||
and those interests don't often align with what most high level bball recruits are looking for, they all think they'll play in the NBA some day. That and Gary Battle is a douche bag.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Their games against the ACC shouldn't count anymore towards...||
a list like this, as even though they only play 5 games, they are an ACC member, and they are obligated to play those games, and they are thrown in with the ACC as far as bowl tie ins.
I know ND fans like to still claim their are football independents, fuck them, with their recent ACC deal that isn't really true anymore, they're acc members now.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Can you read? OP specifically mentions the...||
sparty FAN kicking rocks in the corner because there aren't many mentions of DeWeaver, presumably because he isn't standing out at the event. That's not a knock on DeWeaver, that's laughing at the fan whining about the lack of mention of the QB committed to his team.
Edit, well apparently the OP edited his post to remove remarks that I didn't see. Carry on.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Believe they get 2 hrs/wk to work with them after a rule...||
change a couple years ago, and it's the entire team, IIRC. I Believe Beilein schedules them to come in in small groups at a time so that they all get a lot of personal instruction.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Marlin Jackson and Woodley were both 5*...||
as well, at least on 1 or more publications. Stephen Schilling wasn't bad either, and neither was Shazor, even though his hype exceeded his on field play, he was still good, and so was Gabe Watson. Again, not great, but pretty good.
Think the peformance of Derrick Green(to this point) and Will Campbell are painting the picture a little darker than it actually is, being they are the most recent(besides Peppers, who we haven't really seen yet).
That said, it would certainly be nice to have a bigger sample size(more 5*'s), and I think once Harbaugh gets the train rolling we'll get to see that, he's got a great shot at both Gary and Caleb Kelly, has gotten Bredeson, who's not a 5* anywhere, yet is somehow a composite 5*, and he's only just getting started.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||It's not Bama this time...||
but Auburn that's the main competition. He feels comfortable there, and likes Muschamp and the way he runs his defense. All that said, UM is supposedly in the 'pole position' at this time, hopefully they can maintain their lead and secure his commitment, the other DT's UM is in on are a pretty serious step below Gary as a prospect.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||The B1G has the CIC, which is basically a lobbying...||
group set up through the Universities to get government research grants for the Member schools. The money that's associated with that makes the Athletic dollars seem like small potatoes(8.4 billion/year), and is a benefit to all the the B1G schools. It's why the ND faculty was so pissed off(they voted unanimously to join) when ND turned down the B1G invite back in the late '90's or early 2000's or whenever that was, and it's also the biggest reason why Texas has been mentioned as a realistic possibiltiy should the B1G ever actually try to expand that far south, they want the research money.
The University of Chicago is also still affiliated with the B1G schools for the CIC money.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||He better hope he's good enough for the NBA right now...||
because he'll be the same exact player whenever he decides to leave MSU after playing under Izzo.
At least he'll learn to hold people on defense without getting called for it too much, oh, and when he does get called, he can always practice his WTF face to the officials.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Battle's been injured and hasn't been able to play...||
so having a better spring doesn't mean all that much from that perspective.
That said, this is the second major injury he's had that has forced him to miss a lot of time playing, don't know if the means he's injury prone or not, but it's not good.
Also, if Battle stays healthy, you're more than likely right that's he'll spend no more than 2 years in college due to his size, skill and athleticism, and that fact that he would have been playing for Beilein, where he would have likely been dominant. Where as Cumberland, is much more likely to be a 3 or even 4 year guy due to his limited size at 6'4, and average athleticism(at least for the NBA, he's no high flyer). But Cumberland has the look of a guy who could be an all conference type guy for a couple of years because of his ability to score and he's also a very good rebounder, and supposedly a good defender.
For sheer upside, I'd certainly pick Battle, his game reminds me a lot of Kobe Bryant's, and he's not far off athletically, but Cumberland is no consolation prize if UM can land him, he has the makings of a great college player, even if he doesn't have the same NBA potential that Battle has.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Agree that Peters is the better long term prospect...||
and that, empirically, he performs much better in game conditions as opposed to these camp settings.
Many Michigan fans who saw DeWeaver perform in games last fall came away less than impressed with him, and that was while he was committed to Michigan. Seems DeWeaver really does well in these camp settings and in the 7-on-7 format, but doesn't hold that performance when OL and DL, and pads and hitting are all brought into the mix, at least that's been the case up to this point in his career.
Comparatively, Peters has struggled with some of the camp stuff, but has been said to be a 'gamer' by almost all who have seen him, coached him, or coached against him.
Based on that, I'd say Harbaugh is very happy with that tradeoff, no matter where each guy ends up getting ranked by the services.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||No one is cramming college down these kids throats...||
it's a choice, one we all have to make coming out of HS, to make the sacrifice for a better future by continuing on with school, or take a little worse job now to make money but possibly limit our long term earning potential.
And using Kelly Baraka as an example is, quite frankly, ridiculous. He was nothing more than an idiot pot head who couldn't stop getting caught smoking the mary jane(and if anyone who has ever known a college athlete is to be believed, plenty of them manage to smoke without getting caught). Baraka was just stupid, a talented athlete sure, but stupid.
You want a real example look at Brandon Jennings, instead of going to Louisville, the college route, he went to Israel or Europe or something, and got paid for a year before getting drafted into the NBA. He may have slipped in the draft some as a result, but he got to do what he wanted to do and didn't have to go to college to do it, so the option exists, it's just that not many choose to use it.
There are options for football players as well, the CFL for example has no age requirement that I'm aware of, it's just that most American football players don't grow up dreaming of being the star player for the Montreal Alouettes, but they do dream of starring for Michigan, OSU, Bama, USC, ND etc.
|20 weeks 5 hours ago||Redshirt freshman Jordan Morgan got to play with...||
Sophmore Darius Morris, who was a wiz in the pick and roll game that year, and delivered most of Morgan's points to him on a silver platter. That said, Morgan was a better pick setter, more aggressive rolling to the hoop, and stronger defensively than Donnal was last year. Still, I think Donnal showed some nice flashes that he can build on, just needs to continue to find out what he does well at this level and fine tune it, not to mention continue getting stronger(and Bacari's tweets indicate he's back at 240 after losing a lot of weight last season for some reason).
I sitll think he can be a valuable piece behind Doyle at the '5', and it sounds like he's been putting in the work along with the rest of the team to make it happen.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Thought that scene had a lot more to do with...||
Theon than it did Sansa, you could clearly see the disgust in his eyes, and I think it might be pushing him over the edge to know that now Ramsay is not only demeaning him but someone he grew up with and loved and cared about like a sister. I'd be surprised if he keeps being Ramsay's Reek for too much longer, one way or another.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I like Chambers, but Layne is muff cabbage...||
and has really platueaed from earlier when he was considered a hot prospect. Maybe he turns out good, but I'm not all that impressed with him, and I think it says something that both Michigan and OSU, who were all over him earlier in his recruitment, backed off significantly by the time he had decided.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Not the best shooter in the class, though it's certainly not a..||
weakness. He's a 2 or 3 at UM, he's athletically on par with GRIII, with much better ball skills, like I said above, a good, but not yet great shooter. Even with the log jam of wing talent at UM, he's a good bet to start from day 1 at the 2 or 3(depending on where Irvin best fits if he's still around) if Battle is healthy and can pick up the system.
And that's saying a lot, as I think both Chatman and Dawkins have a lot of untapped ability that will start to come out this coming year, and that also doesn't include Robinson, Wagner, Rahkman and Wilson who will all be vying for minutes.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||People overrate this kids ability based on his star ranking...||
IMO, not that he won't be a very good college player, but 5* does not mean automatic NBA early entry. Especially when you consider that 1) He's playing for Izzo, the crusher of 5* freshman bball dreams and 2) He's barely 6'8, he's strictly a post player, and he is not a freak athlete.
His celing is Carl Landry, but Landry developed an outside the paint game to go with his post game, and that's what got him into the NBA. Swanigan has a long way to go to get to that level, and will have a difficult time making it in the NBA no matter when he comes out due to his physical shortcomings.
He's a 3 to 4 year player no matter where he goes, and though I don't expect him to have much of a pro future, at least in the NBA, he will most likely be a load to deal with in college, hopefully he spurns MSU and UM doesn't have to deal with him.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||WCS, like most other UK players, is a paid professional||
who just happens to still be playing for and NCAA team, but let's not act like this is some kid that needs to be protected from any and all criticism and opinions, especially if it's an opinion on his ability to play, but especially be a star NBA player(projected lottery pick).
That's what he wants to be, I'm guessing, and Webber is a paid analyst, not just an "analyst", for both college and NBA bball, so why shouldn't he be able to give his opinion on whether or not WCS will be a good, great or average pro?
Fact of the matter is that WCS, limited minutes or not, is a statistically average college bball player. He isn't the first, second or third offensive option when he's on the floor(that's a red flag for his ability in and of itself, considering he's on a college team), and lacks any meaningful offensive skill for the game. He's a terrific athlete for his size, and is good defensively, but as much as his offenive numbers are skewed negatively by playing with much better offensive talent than him, his defensive numbers are helped by the fact that he plays on a great defensive team.
Oh, and WCS wasn't a 2-3 star kid when he came to UK, he was another highly regarded 5*, who's had to stay this long because he came in with no offensive game, and the development of his offensive game has been virtually non existent, a pretty consistent staple of Calipari players. They are what they came in as, only now he's playing on an undefeated team and so he's getting a bunch of hype.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||He's supposedly been laser timed at around 4.6 in the 40...||
so, in this case, I think your four fakes out of 5 is a little off. Been reported by a few different people, 1 being a guy on rivals who's brother is a HS teammate of Zach's. Combine that with the fact that he's largely regarded to also be New Mexico's top bball prospect, and athletic in that arena as well, and the 4.6 forty certainly seems to be a more accurate time than not.
That nitpick aside, very good write up, and he seems like an excellent prospect.
|2 years 1 week ago||It is Mark, actually has a brother, Andrew, who plays OL for||
|2 years 1 week ago||FYI, LeVert came in at around 170lbs, if that, on a 6'6 frame...||
Chatman is already around 195lbs, and also around 6'6 - 6'7, that's a pretty big difference for a starting point, and although Chatman does look skinny, most reports say that he does not have a problem playing physical, either on offense in getting in the lane and drawing contact, or defensively and on the boards. Kid's got scary potential once they get him in a college strength program.
The fact that they should be bringing in(at least) one of Grantham/Wilson/Bolden tells me that Chatman will more than likely be starting out at the 3, at least defensively, although as a natural lefty I'd bet he lines up at the 4 for offensive purposes, but I would not be suprised at all to see him log some minutes as a 4 in a smaller lineup, he's got great length and apparently knows how to use it to play bigger than he is.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Lewan held up exceptionally well against Clowney...||
and I know you're kidding, but Lewan has gone on record saying he has a ton of respect for Clowney's game and that he's the most talented player he's ever faced, so it's certainly high praise for Clark.
Let's hope Clark can start translating hype and practice performance to actual game results.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Thing is, Chesson is built more like Arrington, taller...||
slender build with good length, though with a bit more speed, supposedly, where as Darboh is built more like a tank in a WR's body(most people say he could easily be mistaken for a LB). He's actually built more like Braylon, though shorter and not as fast, either way, very excited to see how he develops based on all the good things we've been hearing about him.