Abdur-Rahkman's NBA dreams hit a snag after foot injury

Abdur-Rahkman's NBA dreams hit a snag after foot injury

Submitted by Wolverine In Iowa 68 on June 13th, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has been sidelined by a foot injury while preparing for a professional career.  He was working out on his own, getting ready for the upcoming  draft, landed wrong, and broke a bone in his foot, which required surgery.

He's got 3 to 4 months before he can return to basketball activities.

MLive article here: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2018/06/muhammad-ali_abdur-rahkman_nba.html#incart_river_index

Yahoo Sports feature on incoming walk-on Ethan Ancick

Yahoo Sports feature on incoming walk-on Ethan Ancick

Submitted by pasadenablue on June 13th, 2018 at 3:11 PM

https://sports.yahoo.com/emancipation-ethan-ancick-010811368.html

 

Unbelieveably inspiring story about this young man who endured losing his mother at the age of 7, growing up with an alcoholic father, and overcoming homelessness on his way to gaining admission to Michigan's Nursing school and competing for a walk-on spot this coming year.

 

Just read the damn article.

(FREE) UMHOOPS article on David DeJulius (with senior highlights)

(FREE) UMHOOPS article on David DeJulius (with senior highlights)

Submitted by robbyt003 on June 7th, 2018 at 12:26 PM

LINK

The guy looks ready to be a major contributor from day 1.  He can shoot, he can create his own shots, and he's shown he can drive and dish  Next years team is going to have a lot of depth, and a lot of versatility.  Glad Coach B is coming back, so we can see him work his magic.

Report: JB's contract will now include a rolling extension

Report: JB's contract will now include a rolling extension

Submitted by Human Torpedo on June 6th, 2018 at 3:21 PM

Translation: A new year will be automatically be added to his contract annually in addition to a two year extension currently being made thru 2023. Sounds like a lifer to me. Doesn't look like asked us to break the bank either. His salary will probably only go up to $4 million according to this report

 

https://theathletic.com/382737/2018/06/06/john-beilein-is-returning-to-michigan-a-contract-extension-worth-nearly-4-million-per-year-is-being-finalized-per-source/

3 UM Basketball Prospects on U18 Men's National Team

3 UM Basketball Prospects on U18 Men's National Team

Submitted by StephenRKass on June 4th, 2018 at 9:18 AM

The U18 Men's National Baskeball Team has 18 finalists. Three of them are Michigan prospects:

  • Keion Brooks
  • DJ Carton
  • Mark Watts

That's a very high proportion of the U18 team. Carton and Brooks are top 30 guys, and Watts isn't far behind at #51. Future is bright! (As long as Beilein stays in Ann Arbor.)

LINK:  USA Basketball U18 Men's National Team Roster

Of course there is a long way to go yet. But with Jalen Wilson already committed, and Michigan in a good position with all three of the above kids, this is a good thing. Should the Wolverines get Wilson and Carton, and any one of Brooks, Watts, and McDaniels, that would be the best back-to-back classes ever under Beilein.

Brendan Quinn on Beilein/Pistons: It could actually happen

Brendan Quinn on Beilein/Pistons: It could actually happen

Submitted by LS And Play on June 3rd, 2018 at 6:08 PM

Quinn is pretty connected to the Beilein camp and seems to think there is genuine interest from both sides. He goes into further detail in a piece for the Athletic.

 

1) This ain't about John Beilein leveraging for more money.
2) The Pistons are quite serious about Beilein
3) This could actually happen.

That and much more, here:https://t.co/m60AIgeBfU

— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 3, 2018

Miles Bridges at the 4 in the NBA?

Miles Bridges at the 4 in the NBA?

Submitted by BlueWon on June 2nd, 2018 at 8:39 PM

Mike Schmitz of ESPN says Bridges is one of five potential beakout players in the NBA with the reasoning being they were misused in college. Now, the thought of Izzo not maximizing the potential of elite recruits wouldn't surprise anyone here but...Bridges as a four in the NBA? I think he'd get killed on the defensive end.

Anyway, here's the logic:

 

Miles Bridges | Michigan State | F | Age: 20.1

Bridges didn't quite make the statistical jump most had expected after he elected to spurn a 2017 lottery selection to return for his sophomore season. But the similar level of productivity was more a product of how he was used than anything, with head coach Tom Izzo regularly forcing him into the small forward spot with offensive rebounder Nick Ward at the 5 and modern center Jaren Jackson Jr. at the 4.

This was clearly an inopportune situation for Bridges, who is much more interesting as a small-ball 4 who can use his explosiveness and versatility in space. You can see the lack of spacing here, and the fact that Bridges attempted 98 pull-up jumpers in 37 games speaks to how he was used with the Spartans -- as a primary shot-creating wing with minimal room to operate:

How will it change in the NBA?

Expect Bridges to look much more comfortable playing the 4 with NBA spacing, potentially unlocking some passing ability that he showed flashes of at Michigan State. He played far too much catch-and-hold basketball in college and figures to spend much more of his time hammering home lobs in transition, knocking down spot-up jumpers after popping to space and attacking on the catch against a scrambling defense. Bridges can play some pick-and-roll, but it's likely to come as a mismatch small-ball 4 to force switches.

Although he did slim down to 220 pounds at the combine, Bridges' offensive versatility along with his ability to defend both big wings and small-ball forwards thanks to his frame and competitiveness makes him an intriguing two-way option in the mid-to-late lottery. While maybe never a first or second option, Bridges figures to look better offensively in the NBA than he did with the Spartans.