MBB: source tells ESPN that Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews picked Michigan (Scout now confirms)

MBB: source tells ESPN that Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews picked Michigan (Scout now confirms)

Submitted by Erik_in_Dayton on June 20th, 2016 at 10:06 PM
This per Jeff Goodman's Twitter feed. Hopefully this is true this time...EDIT: Scout now says Matthews' high school coach confirmed this news.

OTish: Catching up with Bacari & Kam

OTish: Catching up with Bacari & Kam

Submitted by Qmatic on June 20th, 2016 at 8:32 PM
Today I had the chance to take my high school team to UDM's summer league camp. Bacari was there front and center and Kam Chatman was helping run the clock for some of the games. Bacari gave a great introduction speech to all the athletes and coaches. He was very direct with the players (even told a young man to remove his hat), and referenced Beilein several times. He introduced Kam's father along with the other coaches on staff. During our down time I got the chance to speak with Bacari and he was great. Really seems vested in this whole process and wants to see all of these high schools succeed. I thanked him for his great pre game speeches in the '13 run. I also thanked Kam for legitimately making my day/month back in March. He laughed it off and said "You're welcome." Kam spent a lot of the break time shooting around, and he looked pretty good from outside. The only part that made me cringe a little the whole day is when Bacari introduced Jermaine Jackson as recruiting coordinator. Anyone who has coached in southeast Metro Detroit the past several years knows about the shadiness that has followed Jackson. Let's hope he has left that all behind and will be a great member of Bacari's staff. An all around great afternoon, and it was cool to see some former MBB members now in their new home.

OT: NBA Finals Game 7 Open Thread + Sunday Drinking

OT: NBA Finals Game 7 Open Thread + Sunday Drinking

Submitted by Humen on June 19th, 2016 at 6:27 PM

Tip off 8:00 PM EST on ABC/WatchESPN --- Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors

GSW favored at -4.5 or -5

Tonight's possible outcomes:

1) GSW begins a dynasty by repeating

2) LBJ comes through for CLE and starts an intensive rivalry, furthering his legacy

3) Harbaugh (Why? Because)

Should be a great game. DISCUSS. 

Bacari hires Pete Kahler & Kam Chatman's dad

Bacari hires Pete Kahler & Kam Chatman's dad

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on June 15th, 2016 at 12:41 PM

In an interesting turn of events, Bacari has hired Pete Kahler, the UM video assistant turned director of basketball ops, and Canaan Chatman, Kam Chatman's dad and a now former Nike Elite Youth Basketball Regional Director.

Kahler was one of the video guys during UM's NCAA run if I'm not mistaken. Now both he and Will Vergollo, both behind-the-scenes guys during UM's championship game run, have assistant coach spots.

Another interesting side note - Jermaine Jackson Sr has been retained. He interviewed for the UDM job and didn't get it. Word on the street is that he's got a pretty fiery personality and may be a bit of a handful. Not coincidentally, his son is a 3* guard out of Dakota high school. UM has poked around there a little, but Junior is pretty undersized. Still, he's a very capable scorer, especially if he heads to a place like the Horizon League. Don't be shocked to see two father-son combos at UDM in the future.

Basketball team donations

Basketball team donations

Submitted by CaliUMfan on June 15th, 2016 at 11:37 AM

This may be considered soliciting and if this is not ok, I appologize and feel free to take it down but I am coaching an inner city high school basketball team South Los Angeles and we need to raise money for transportation to games for the 2016/2017 season. I figured since it is sports and charity related, it was worth a shot throwing it up here and seeing if we could get any support. 

If I get any kids that end up being recruited by Michigan, I'll be sure to encourage them to do the right thing  ;)

https://www.gofundme.com/29gqpk4