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|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree...||
Swanigan seems like a long shot. Beilein's sweet spot in recruiting seems to be just outside the top tier (top 20). I don't think the coaches recruited lightly this year. In fact, I think they've been quite aggressive. In addition to the 8 elite guards they aggressively pursued, they have gone after several big time front court prospects including Swanigan and Zimmerman. Beilein and company have been working tirelessly on the recruiting trail. But basketball recruiting can be very hit or miss since it comes down to just a few recruits. And for whatever reason, recruits are more dazzled by a flashy guy like Calipari than a Beilien. But Beilein has been able to pull in a few highly rated recruits while uncovering lower rated gems.
So I agree. I trust that Beilein will get the players he needs. And this year and/or next year, we will likely get a few elite players, highly rated and otherwise.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||2015 BB recruiting has been surprising..||
To say the least. At various times, Michigan has been pursuing numerous elite guards - Kennard, McQuaid, Grandstaff, Brunson, Coleman, Davis, Ali and Dozier - and now is only in the running for Dozier apparently. I thought it was a foregone conclusion that at least a few of these targets would be overjoyed to play for the coach who has been the premier developer of guard talent in the past couple years.
Maybe Robinson is just that good.
Maybe we'll end up with Dozier or Swanigan and it'll be a decent recruiting year anyway.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It is puzzling...||
By all accounts, Beilein is a great guy and a great coach to play for. He shows real dedication to his players - as shown by being the last one in the green room waiting for Morgan to get picked. And his results in terms of player development and on the court success are the best in the country. Yet he struggles to land elite recruits. The team that made the Championship game had only one player who was ranked in the top 50 when he committed to Michigan (McGary). Since then, he did land two top 50 recruits in the 2013 class and it looked like he was finally recruiting at an elite level. But in 2014, he whiffed on about 9 elite recruits before landing Chatman. Ironically, Chatman was better ranked than many of their previous top targets. This year, he's pursued multiple top 50 guards including Kennard, Grandstaff, Coleman, Brunson, Davis, Dozier and Ali without success so far. He's such an amazing talent evaluator that it may not matter. And I don't fault Beilein. He cobbles together great teams without the highest rated recruiting classes. But you have to wonder about the judgement of players turning down a chance to play for Beilein. I would think that any of the above guards would leap at a chance to play for him.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Disappointing...||
So far, 2015 basketball recruiting has been a huge disappointment. We haven't landed a single elite recruit despite pursuing and offering several. Unless we land one of the top 50 guards we've offered, it will be a failure. Given Michigan's unparalleled success in grooming guards for the NBA in the past several years and elite results on the court, it's shocking.
That being said, Robinson is a very promising transfer. Also, there is still plenty of time left in 2015 recruiting. And Beiliein is the absolute best at both finding underrated recruits and turning them into champions.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||That averages out to...||
27.1 recruits per year. Over the same time frame, we averaged 22.6. And there will be another gap in numbers this year.
That's a huge disadvantage for Michigan. That's 4-5 extra players per year that Bama can try out and see if they pan out. In football, the uncertainty of development for even elite recruits amplifies the disparity.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It means||
he probably won't get a fifth year. Michigan has already sent out 3 offers for 2015 and they have only one open scholarship without attrition. Right now, the only likely early NBA entrant is Levert. So they probably need his schollie for another recruit.
But who knows how much attrition MBB will have this year? Levert, Chatman, Irvin, Walton and even DJ Wilson have the potential to blow up and leave early. And who knows if Hatch is healthy enough to be in the rotation?
I suspect Levert and maybe Irvin are the only ones who leave early. With Bielfeldt gone, that would leave 3-4 open schollies (maybe 5 if Hatch is a medical). they will probably use 2 of these for a couple elite guard recruits and a third for a PF or C. If they end up with more open spots, they will probably leave at least one spot open for 2016 which looks promising with several elite recruits on the radar.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Do you find..||
It disturbing that a large percentage of the population still engages in other activities that may be significantly riskier than playing with a concussion?
I'm thinking of smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol until passing out, riding a motorcycle, extreme sports like rock climbing, eating to the point of morbid obesity, etc.
Life has its risks and perhaps its best for the individual to have the freedom to decide which risks are worth the benefits.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||I wouldn't put a ceiling||
On this team. They made the elite eight without McGary. They lose three starters (Morgan, Stauskas and GR3) and a solid bench player from last year's elite eight squad. Two of these were stars and two were role players. They gain at least two likely early starters (Donnal and Chatman), two possible eventual starters (DJ Wilson and Doyle) and 2-3 backup role players with greater potential. Of these new faces, at least 2-3 are potential stars ( top 30 recruit Chatman and top 100 recruits Donnal and DJ Wilson). And who knows if one of the less heralded recruits will be another diamond in the rough? So while they may have a big learning curve and expectations shouldn't be too high, this team has huge potential again thanks to Beilein's genius.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Roddick was a great player||
who had the misfortune of playing at the same time as perhaps the two greatest players of all time, Federer and Nadal. The 2009 Roddick-Federer Wimbledon final was one of the greatest matches of all time with Roddick finally succumbing 16-14 in the fifth set. Roddick did make it to #1 for a brief time. There is a fine line between the top players in tennis and that fine line can be the difference between winning many Grand Slams or finishing just short many times. Tennis is a very international sport and it's only been 5 years since the last great American player, Roddick, so I wouldn't call the US a slacker in tennis. I think US fans were spoiled by so many great American players in the past and are too provincial for my taste. I'm a big fan of Nadal but also appreciate the great talents of Djokovic, Federer, Murray, etc. And I've been a big fan of past greats such as Borg, Becker, Wilander, etc. The level of tennis at the top has been steadily improving and it's wondrous to watch.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||The NCAA..||
has been improperly exempted from anti-trust laws. At the same time, professional sports leagues have been granted similar improper exemptions. This has created a monopolistic environment where there is little or no competition. In this environment, these institutions have accrued immense power and monetary resources. They will do anything they can to protect their power and profits.
So they restrict the rights of their employees by restricting their ability to profit from their labor/talent and restrict their freedom to seek employment in athletics.
This arguably violates basic constitutional rights, namely the guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" under the 14th Amendment. But the 14th Amendment is routinely violated while courts look the other way.
In my mind, any theoretical benefit of this unjust arrangement is irrelevant.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
|9 weeks 22 hours ago||Yeah...||
Making it to the championship game both years all five were present is "underperforming." Lol.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The average projected draft position for GR3||
Is #29 according to the 6 draft prognosticators cited by UMHoops. That's the late first round. The 6 predictions are split evenly between the first and second rounds ranging from #21 to #39.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I figure this makes us even||
with USC after the Justin Fargas (Huggy Bear's son) transfer many years ago. I hope he has as a good a career as Fargas who was a pretty good back for the Raiders for a few years.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||In answer to the OP...||
#1 Yes, these lawsuits should become more common so that universities are forced to respect the rights of the accused.
#2. No, university employees should not be handling criminal matters.
#3. The only "sexual misconduct" universities should be penalizing would be criminal convictions handled appropriately through the justice system. Beyond that, universities should not be "sex police." Period.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||There is a difference||
between a rape conviction and violating a university's "code of sexual conduct." But think about how ridiculous this whole "code of sexual conduct" really is. How is a male student "violating the code of sexual conduct???" According the university standards, he violates it by #1 being male #2 having sex with any female who has imbibed any amount of alcohol #3 having sex with a female who decides she was "raped" even if she consented to sex with him. So he's basically judged guilty by being a normal sexually active heterosexual male who was unfortunate to hook up with a crazy or vindictive female. His whole life is then turned upside down and he's forever stamped with the scarlet letter of "sexual offender" or whatever label you prefer.
That's immoral and should be deemed illegal conduct by the university. And it's obscenely sexist. Why isn't the female judged equally guilty of "sexual misconduct" or "rape" or whatever you wish to call it and expelled as well???? If we're being fair and just, that would be the appropriate result. Universities would become sex-free zones with sex police running around. We're already headed that way. That's totally #$%^ed up.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly...||
Universities currently classify all "drunk sex" (any sex after an alcoholic drink) to be rape by the male. That makes essentially all sexually active males rapists. That's insane. Obviously, sex with someone who is so intoxicated as to be physically and mentally incapacitated is rape. How do we determine when somebody crosses this point? It's often impossible. But the solution to this dilemma isn't to criminalize all sex and classify all males as rapists. The only just solution is to only pursue criminal charges for clearly provable cases of rape of an incapacitated person and accept the reality that we can't punish every wrongdoer.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I predict...||
Stauskas will be the best of current Michigan NBA players. He has a complete offensive game combined with drive and intelligence. I give him a slight edge on Burke only due to height which is a plus for Nik and a minus for Trey. So I think he'll be a starter and likely all star at some point. Like Trey, he is a uniquely intelligent, driven and skilled player. At risk of being non PC, I think scouts have typically underrated him due to his skin color. When I saw his tapes as a high schooler, I couldn't believe he wasn't ranked much higher (at least top 30). Even then, I thought he was going to end up in the NBA.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Totally inappropriate||
The President is a total dick. Basically, he believes in screwing over (like the NCAA) the student/athlete to protect their profits in the sports business. In their chase of more and more dollars, universities and the NCAA have lost sight of why they even exist - for the benefit of the student/athlete for Pete's sake. If universities and the NCAA had even a shred of integrity, they wouldn't force any transfers to sit out or deny them transfers to the college of their choice. If they aren't willing to do that, they should stop being hypocritical and start requiring coaches to sit out a year after transferring. Heck, to be totally consistent, they probably should require all employees and students switching schools to sit on their ass for a year. What a #%^>#%ed up system.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||See my reply above...||
I agree that attrition was a significant factor but the results were far below the talent level.
As I said earlier though, Hoke deserves more time to right the ship as his recruits have time to gain experience.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not oblivious||
To the attrition. But you seem oblivious to the crappy results this past year with talent that was definitely not crappy. We had the worst offensive line in the history of Michigan football despite having not one but two NFL draftees (including one first rounder) on the line. We had negative rushing yards in two consecutive games. We eked out last second wins against 5-7 MAC weakling Akron and 3-9 UConn. We were destroyed by a mediocre 7-5 Kansas State team in our bowl game which wasn't nearly as close as the final score (admittedly with a RS fresh QB).
You need to take off your maize colored glasses.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Why all...||
The negativity and a negbang? Sometimes I seriously wonder about the maturity and/or sanity of many people here.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I agree||
That decommitments are part of the recruiting game. And I do think that recruits should have latitude to make the best decision for them. So I'm not overly disappointed by the decommitments - especially since we should be able to reel in plenty of talented players.
I don't understand how you "couldn't disagree more about the coaching." How can you say that coaching hasn't been the main problem with a 7-6 unranked finish last year after top ranked recruiting classes year after year? With our recruiting classes (#8 in 2009, #20 in 2010, #21 in 2011, #7 in 2012 and #5 in 2013), our results have been extremely subpar. That's all on the coaching. Just average coaching should lead to a top 15 finish with our talent level.
I like Hoke and think he deserved the job initially. But we need to see improvement this year or we should look for a new head coach.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||These decisions puzzle me||
I just don't understand how a kid already sold on Michigan could switch to ND. Our football programs are on a par at this time and we have similar tradition. From a player's perspective, Hoke seems to be a far more appealing coach than Kelly. And our coordinators have far more prestige than ND's. And South Bend isn't near the college town Ann Arbor is.
But I respect any kid's decision and wish him good luck.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah..||
I was thinking the same thing. It's hard to get excited about any early commits since all our high ranked commits subsequently decommitted.
I don't think Bama has the same problem.
It's very frustrating but we should still have a great class. We just have to develop the excellent talent we have. Our problem is coaching not recruiting.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I agree..||
My expectations are low at this point. It would be awesome if he could just get a chance to suit up and get into a game but I don't even know if that is likely. As a physician, I can tell you head injuries are unpredictable. They can range from mild to severe regardless of outward appearances. Physically, he looks fully recovered but high level athletics is more than just physical ability.
If Beilein has him for 4-5 years, there's some hope he can improve further and eventually make it onto th the court.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Nice summary||
But yeah, as others point, Chatman and Dawkins are a bit taller than you listed. And my view of Hatch would be a little different. While his story can be called "one of the saddest," I would also call it one of the most uplifting. He did survive TWO plane crashes after all and returned to play competitive high school basketball. And he probably has a bright future ahead of him outside of basketball. As for basketball, I wouldn't count him completely out yet. Realistically, he may not even play. But he was a high level 3 star recruit (not a 1 star) before the last plane crash and he has a habit of beating the odds.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Let me enlighten you..||
Here's a recent Wall Street Journal article on the subject (written by attorneys with extensive experience in sexual assault cases):
The important excerpt -
"Today at colleges across the country, a student accused of sexual misconduct has no right to find out the evidence against him, no right to be in the same room as his accuser, no right to a lawyer and no right to cross-examine the witnesses against him - all rights that, in a criminal proceeding, are fundamental. His case will be decided by a committee comprised variously of students, professors and administrators without oversight by impartial professionals who have criminal law experience."
"Due process" isn't even mentioned in the Obama administration task force recommendations.
The Obama administration task force is aggressivelly pushing for a low standard for guilt (preponderance of the evidence) and also encouraging universities to investigate and punish students using inadequate processes and inadequately trained personnel.
Your casual dismissal of these serious concerns and mockery of what amounts to "a war on men" is both ignorant and shameful.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||As the last poster points out...||
My post isn't partisan or making any left-right political statement. It is a statement of fact. The Obama administration has applied extreme pressure to force universities to aggressively investigate and punish alleged sexual assault using a low standard of evidence and certain criteria (which assume the male is the aggressor and guilty until proven innocent). And I would hope that being in favor of fairness and justice for all isn't a partisan political stance. Of course, my description of this approach as a war on men is my opinion but one that would seem reasonable to any man victimized by the current system.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Even without||
Knowing the details if the case, I can safely assume the student was wronged by the university. There was a good article in the WSJ recently about university misconduct and disregard for defendant rights in such cases. There is also a good article in the National Review on thus subject today. There is a war on men on college campuses and the Obama administration is leading this war while ginning up hysteria about a rape epidemic on college campuses. Hopefully he wins the case but I'm not hopeful because men are treated as second-class citizens even in the courts.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||The whole commencement speaker thing...||
Has gotten out of hand at pretty much every university. I think it's best to have a non-political speaker or better yet, only a fellow student speaker. The spotlight should be on the students not the fame or infamy of the speaker. Besides, politicians typically aren't the best role models anyway. They haven't really achieved anything substantial except win a popularity contest.
And political speakers tend to tarnish what should be a joyous moment by making controversial and/or offensive statements. At one commencement I attended, the speaker actually accused Bush of being a war criminal and implied that anybody who wasn't pro big government was a racist pig. Whether that's true or not, it's not the time or place.