First off, really cool to finally make a thread on the new site.
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.)
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.
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.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 3, 2018
2) The Pistons are quite serious about Beilein
3) This could actually happen.
That and much more, here:https://t.co/m60AIgeBfU
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.
Michigan will host North Carolina in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 31, 2018
Known 2018-19 games
- 11/6 vs Norfolk State
- 11/10 vs Holy Cross
- 11/14 at Villanova (Gavitt Tipoff Games)
- 11/17 George Washington (HOF Tipoff at Mohegan Sun)
- 11/18 Providence/South Carolina (HOF Tipoff at Mohegan Sun)
- TBA vs North Carolina (B1G/ACC Challenge)
- 12/9 vs South Carolina
- Cincinnati (Date and location TBA)
- at Illinois*
- vs Indiana*
- at Indiana*
- at Iowa*
- vs Maryland*
- at Maryland*
- vs Michigan State*
- at Michigan State*
- vs Minnesota*
- at Minnesota*
- vs Nebraska*
- vs Northwestern*
- at Northwestern*
- vs Ohio State*
- vs Penn State*
- at Penn State*
- vs Purdue*
- at Rutgers*
- vs Wisconsin*
- at Wisconsin*
- 3/13-3/17 B1G Tournament (Chicago, IL)
This seems like a more fitting topic after Matthews announced he is returning. Here is what we know so far of the schedule, and I'm guessing they'll add a few more cupcakes to fill it out. I predict we have a slightly better record than last years (24-7) going into the BTT, so I'm guessing 25-6. While Matthews returning definitely helps, the team is still lacking the shooters we had last year. This team will be very strong defensively, but a big ? offensively.
2018-’19 Michigan Wolverines Schedule
- 11/6 - Norfolk State
- 11/10 - Holy Cross
- 11/14 - at Villanova
- 11/17 - George Washington (Uncasville, CT)
- 11/18 - Providence/South Carolina (Uncasville, CT)
- TBA - Big Ten/ACC Challenge (presumed home game)
- TBA - Cincinnati (location unknown)
- TBA - South Carolina
- TBA - at Illinois
- TBA - Indiana
- TBA - at Indiana
- TBA - at Iowa
- TBA - Maryland
- TBA - at Maryland
- TBA - Michigan State
- TBA - at Michigan State
- TBA - Minnesota
- TBA - at Minnesota
- TBA - Nebraska
- TBA - Northwestern
- TBA - at Northwestern
- TBA - Ohio State
- TBA - Penn State
- TBA - at Penn State
- TBA - Purdue
- TBA - at Rutgers
- TBA - Wisconsin
- TBA - at Wisconsin