OT: Jungle Ball

OT: Jungle Ball

Submitted by ST3 on April 28th, 2016 at 6:10 PM

     Brian's recent Unverified Voracity described a basketball game of 1-on-1 between Jim Harbaugh and D. J. Durkin. It was like regular basketball, except no fouls were called. It sounds a little like tackle football mixed with basketball. When I was a kid, we called that game, "Jungle Ball."

     Quite coincidentally,  last night I was thinking about making an OT post about Jungle Ball. Reading about Harbaugh's game of 1-on-1 convinced me to write this post. The version of Jungle Ball I played developed from another basketball game called 21. Perhaps you played this as a kid. There were no teams. It was every man for himself. The first to 21 points was the winner. The way that game worked was someone started the game by shooting a free throw. They scored a point for a made FT. If you made 3 in a row, you had to take a big step back. If you missed, whoever got the rebound was on offense. Whoever was closest to that person was on defense. Everyone else gathered around the basket and waited for a rebound. If you made a basket, you'd start shooting free throws, and it continued like that until someone scored 21 points (hence, the name of the game.)

    The interesting bit of strategy I enjoyed was the fact that if you didn't hit 21 exactly, you'd go back to 15 or 10 points. That varied from game to game. If you were a poor FT shooter like myself, you'd want to get to 19 so a made basket made you the winner. I never liked having to make that FT for the win when sitting at 20 points.

     This game evolved into Jungle Ball in a similar manner as described by Brian. "That's a foul?!?" After spending so many hours getting upset about cheap calls and arguing back and forth, we just decided anything goes. Now, there was no punching or kicking, but you could grab a guy by the shoulders or wrap him up until he let go of the ball. We didn't play that game every day, it was just too brutal, but every now and then, someone would get that look in their eye and say, "how about some Jungle Ball."

    Are there any other non-standard games (not football/basketball/baseball) that you played as a kid? Another one I can think of is the politically incorrectly named, "smear the queer," but we didn't worry about being PC in the 1970's. This was like Jungle Ball, only you played with a football, and there was no way to score points. It was basically another name for "keepaway." I think it was good for developing running back skills. Once a guy was tackled, he would throw the ball up in the air, whoever caught it would run around until he got tackled in a pile and you'd start over. I also spent many an afternoon playing kick the can.

MBB: Michigan offers Jamal Cain

MBB: Michigan offers Jamal Cain

Submitted by Erik_in_Dayton on April 27th, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Steve Lorenz retweeted an Endless Motor Sports tweet saying this.  (I believe the Endless Motor Sports guy posts here, btw.) 

Below is a link to a UMHoops article about Cain and his visit today to U of M (albeit one written prior to Coach Beilein offering him).



OT- Basketball player scores in own net in Greek playoff game

OT- Basketball player scores in own net in Greek playoff game

Submitted by bacon on April 23rd, 2016 at 11:20 PM
Jermaine Marshall (former PSU and ASU guard) scored in his own basket as time expired in a playoff game, with his team leading by 2. Needless to say the game went to overtime and his team lost and was eliminated from the playoffs. Everyone else is distraught and he is clueless. Pretty funny. http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/15311922/jermaine-marshall-former-ar…

MBB: 2016 wing Aleem Ford to Wisconsin

MBB: 2016 wing Aleem Ford to Wisconsin

Submitted by Erik_in_Dayton on April 23rd, 2016 at 4:41 PM
This per Jeff Goodman among others. Coach Beilein & Co. recently took a look at the three-star 6'7" forward out of Bradenton, FL (a great place to visit, btw). It would be hard to argue that this is a loss, but we do have to assume that he will bank in a 60 footer to beat Michigan at some point.

OT: 30 year old HS basketball player arrested after lying about age

OT: 30 year old HS basketball player arrested after lying about age

Submitted by lilpenny1316 on April 21st, 2016 at 10:27 AM


Kid Man played right across the river from Detroit in Windsor.  I'm not sure if he lied about his age to get out of Sudan, where he's from.  Either way, please remove him from your prospective 2018 hoops roster.  

Best quote on the whole situation:

@HoopsHypeCA @ofsaabasketball @TheWindsorStar what pisses me of more about this is that this man dunked on me.

MBB: Michigan is looking at Kostas Antetokounmpo ('16)

MBB: Michigan is looking at Kostas Antetokounmpo ('16)

Submitted by Erik_in_Dayton on April 18th, 2016 at 11:00 AM

This is from UMHoops via Sam Webb (original article is paywalled).  Antetokounmpo is the younger brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks.  He's 6'11" and apparently pretty raw.



More articles on Antetokounmpo:



A highlight showing his size and athleticism:



Michigan has an interesting scholarship situation with regard to '17-'18.  Xavier Simpson will be the only true PG on the roster as of right now.  And all of Michigan's small forward types will be seniors (I'm counting Ibi Watson as a two and DJ Wilson as a five). 

Semi-OT: What has LaVall Jordan gotten himself into at UWM?

Semi-OT: What has LaVall Jordan gotten himself into at UWM?

Submitted by robpollard on April 15th, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Didn't see this posted, but I've seen a couple different stories recently about the clusterf*ck that is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (aka the "Milwaukee Panthers") athletic department. This does not sound good for new hire/former UM asst LaVall Jordan.

- Here's a story from a couple days ago. Title: "Jordan in at Milwaukee, but was the process botched?"


5-sec summary: The very descriptive URL tells you.

- Then, the 16-year radio play-by-play guy quit yesterday, and went off on Instagram.


5-sec summary: UWM is full of idiots. His advice: "Win and get out quick, because long-term is fatal at UWM athletics."


I feel bad for the Jordan. It takes a lot of work for assistants to get their shot, and UWM (on the surface) would seem like a decent one, as they occasionally make the tourney. Looks like that is likely not the case.

Notes on basketball banquet

Notes on basketball banquet

Submitted by PeteM on April 13th, 2016 at 9:52 PM

I had a chance to attend to the basketball banquet tonight, and thought I'd share some of what happened.  Spike and Caris spoke, and both did a nice job.  Spike said about his parents that "without them I wouldn't be here, literally", and added that Beilein told him when offering a scholarship that "you'll either make me look like a genius or get me fired".  Caris was more serious, talking about and thanking his mom who raised him and brother alone after his dad passed away 6 years ago.  

The awards included the standard (MVP, most improved etc), and joke awards, the players vote on.  In the latter category, Spike got best dressed, DJ was named most likely to get married first, and Kam was voted both the best dancer and the player who talks the most but knows the least. 

Zak was named MVP (I thought maybe it would go to Walton) and team leader, MAAR got most improved and the hustle award, and Walton got the rebounding and assists award.  Aubrey got best 6th man, which made me wonder how much we'll miss him next year.

The video at end was a good summary of the ups and downs, and included a number of baskets by Ricky and Aubrey which I thought was classy given they aren't staying.  And just a general observation is that the players looked like they were having a good time.  When Beilein talked about Spike Derrick pumped his fist in support, and overall they seemed to be a tightknit group.