Horford and Morgan are Teammates Again in D-League

Horford and Morgan are Teammates Again in D-League

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on April 11th, 2016 at 2:31 PM

This isn't breaking news, but Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford are teammates again, playing for the Canton Charge in the D-League. Their team is in the Eastern Conference finals. Looks like J-Mo just joined the team a week or so ago.

http://canton.dleague.nba.com/news/charge-advance-east-finals/

MBB: Valpo's Alec Peters to enter NBA Draft but leave open possible return

MBB: Valpo's Alec Peters to enter NBA Draft but leave open possible return

Submitted by Erik_in_Dayton on April 9th, 2016 at 5:52 PM
He says he hasn't decided what he'll do if he returns to college. Seems like we won't know if he's a possibility for Michigan until late May. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/sports/ct-ptb-mens-b…

Jermaine Jackson Sr to replace LaVall Jordan?

Jermaine Jackson Sr to replace LaVall Jordan?

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on April 7th, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Per Branden Hunter of Rivals:

 

A source tells me Jermaine Jackson Sr., is headed to Michigan to become an assistant coach there. Was previously at Detroit-Mercy.

— Branden Hunter (@JustCallmeBHunt) April 7, 2016
He's got NBA experience. Pretty good wiki profile here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jermaine_Jackson_(basketball)

Recent MBB Recruiting and Tournament history.

Recent MBB Recruiting and Tournament history.

Submitted by champswest on April 7th, 2016 at 4:31 PM

There has been a lot of criticism and defense of the Michigan basketball program in recent weeks, especially concerning recruiting and team performance. Some of it has been factual and valid and some of it not so much. When the comments are based on expectations or personal preference, they are hard to defend or criticize. But there is information available that documents where Michigan ranks versus other Big Ten Schools and other accepted basketball powers. My intent is to provide statistical facts and to minimize personal opinion. I will let you, the reader, use this information to support your own point of view, change your point of view or debunk other posters point of view with whom you disagree. What fun!

First, some historical facts about Michigan basketball.

John Beilein arrived for the 2007-08 season. It had been 21 years since Michigan last won a Big Ten championship. Beilein has won two in his 9 years here. It had been 9 years (1998) since UM had appeared in the NCAA tournament. Beilein took the team to the tournament in his second year and in six of his 9 seasons with seeds of 10, 8, 4, 4, 2 & 11. It had been 12 years since our last sweet sixteen and elite eight, Beilein has made two. 1998 was the last time Michigan finished in the final AP Top 25 Poll, finishing 12th. Since Beilein, we have finished 13 in 2011-12, tied for 10th in 20112-13 and 7th in 2013-14. He was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2014. He recruited and coached two of Michigan's five B1G POYs in Burke and Stauskas (others were Tarpley, Grant & Rice). Burke, along with Russell are Michigan's two National POYs.

To evaluate recruiting, I looked at team recruiting rankings using 247 Sports Composite rankings from 2003 (the first year of comprehensive data) through 2015. The 2016 classes are not yet complete. The method used was to add the team recruiting rankings for those 13 years and compute the average annual ranking for the teams. I listed the teams in order of average rank for that period selected. I also listed each team's best and worst ranking and how many times they finished in the top ten and top 25 ranked classes.You will notice that just about every team had a bad year or more. Caveat: When I got to teams ranked in high double digits or triple digits, I noticed that it was often due to small class size (one or two players, even if they were four and five star players). For that reason, I dropped years where a team was ranked above 99 and if there were more than four such years out of the 13 used, I dropped that team from this analysis. I capped the list at 50 teams. Obviously, this looks only at recruiting and does not account for transfers or early attrition.

For performance, I used the NCAA tournament. I listed results for the period 2004 (first year that the 2003 class would have played) through 2016. I listed the number of tournament appearances, sweet sixteens, elite eights, final fours and championships.

    Avg     # Of # Of   NCAA        
    Class Best Worst Top 10 Top  25   Tourn. Sweet Elite Final  
  Team Rank Rank Rank Classes Classes   Appear. Sixteen Eight Four Champs
1 Kentucky 10 1 37 8 11   11 6 6 4 1
2 Duke 13 1 55 8 11   13 9 4 3 2
3 Kansas 13 1 44 5 12   13 8 6 2 1
4 Florida 13 4 95 3 10   9 6 6 3 2
5 UNC 14 1 67 9 10   12 8 7 4 2
6 Arizona 15 3 69 6 11   11 6 4 1 0
7 Syracuse 17 3 36 5 8   10 6 3 2 0
8 Memphis 19 3 59 7 9   9 4 3 1 0
9 UCONN 20 3 44 5 9   9 5 5 4 3
10 Texas 20 2 46 5 8   12 3 2 0 0
11 Ohio State 22 2 89 7 8   9 5 3 2 0
12 UCLA 23 1 64 4 10   9 5 3 3 0
13 Michigan St 26 10 76 2 7   13 8 5 4 0
14 NC State 26 6 65 3 8   7 3 0 0 0
15 Florida St 27 4 58 2 7   4 1 0 0 0
16 Louisville 28 1 69 6 9   11 7 6 3 1
17 Alabama 28 8 68 2 9   4 1 1 0 0
18 Oklahoma St 28 1 47 1 3   7 2 1 1 0
19 Georgetown 29 7 89 2 6   8 2 1 1 0
20 LSU 29 2 63 3 5   4 1 1 1 0
21 Illinois 30 11 55 0 5   7 2 1 1 0
22 Michigan   31 7 73 2 3   6 2 2 1 0
23 Washington 31 5 89 3 6   6 3 0 0 0
24 Indiana 32 4 80 4 6   7 3 0 0 0
25 Tennessee 32 5 66 2 4   7 4 1 0 0
26 Baylor 32 6 72 2 7   6 3 2 0 0
27 Missouri 33 11 58 0 5   5 1 1 0 0
28 Arkansas 34 6 97 2 6   4 0 0 0 0
29 Oregon 34 9 80 1 5   6 3 2 0 0
30 Villanova 35 5 76 1 2   11 5 3 2 1
31 Mississippi St 35 4 85 2 5   4 0 0 0 0
32 Maryland 36 7 83 1 3   6 1 0 0 0
33 Virginia 36 1 71 1 5   5 2 1 0 0
34 Texas AM 38 4 79 1 4   7 2 0 0 0
35 Standford 39 11 82 0 3   5 2 0 0 0
36 Pittsburgh 39 11 84 0 4   11 3 1 0 0
37 Wisconsin 40 22 57 0 1   13 7 3 2 0
38 Oklahoma   40 7 83 1 3   8 3 2 1 0
39 Auburn 40 15 70 0 2   0 0 0 0 0
40 Cincinnati 41 19 86 0 4   8 1 0 0 0
41 Purdue 41 7 86 1 2   8 2 0 0 0
41 UNLV 42 4 93 2 4   6 1 0 0 0
43 Notre Dame 43 15 67 0 2   8 2 2 0 0
44 Marquette 44 7 96 1 5   8 3 1 0 0
45 Xavier 45 17 87 0 3   11 6 2 0 0
46 South Carolina 45 20 84 0 2   1 0 0 0 0
47 California 46 4 98 1 2   6 0 0 0 0
48 Va. Tech 46 12 92 0 3   1 0 0 0 0
49 West Virginia 46 14 94 0 2   9 5 2 1 0
50 Miami 50 14 86 0 3   3 2 0 0 0

For Big Ten teams, I did a second recap that looked only at the years Beilein has been at Michigan (2008-2016). I didn't include the 2007 class because that wasn't his class and I did include 2016, even though it isn't final, because many complain about recent results. I am listing the team and their average recruiting ranking for this period and the number of B1G regular season championships won. (1) Illinois 25, 0 (2T) Ohio State 26, 3 (2T) Michigan State 26, 3 (4) Indiana 27, 2 (5) Michigan 32, 2 (6) Maryland 38, 0 (7) Wisconsin 47, 2 (8T) Purdue 48, 1 (8T) Minnesota 48, 0 (10) Iowa 59, 0.  Maryland, along with Rutgers and Nebraska have not been full time members. PSU? Who cares? I will point out that Beilein's first class in 2008, which he got a late start on, was his worst ranked at #73. It was comprised of Cronin, Novak and Douglass. If you drop that class from this analysis, Michigan's average ranking rises to 26.

Where's the bump? Many complain that we didn't get a bump from our run in 2013 & 2014. The  2014 class was #28 (and was pretty well finalized prior to the run), 2015 was a class of one (4* Wagner) and 2016 is currently at #27. That is an improvement over our average of 32, but not a huge leap. I am not sure there is such a thing as a bump from a deep two-year tournament run. It is hard to find comparable teams to compare it to. Feel free to give it a shot.

On a final note, I found this interesting. Leading up to Villanova's championship run this year, their last four classes were ranked #38, #32, #46 & #30. Oklahoma, who they beat in the semis, had classes of #45, #83, #39 & #54. Wisconsin made it to the championship game in 2014 with classes of #50, #39, #120 & #46. Likewise, MSU's final four finish in 2014 was with classes ranked #21, #12, #76 & #48. And for Michigan in 2013 it was #35, #48, #21 & #7. Top ranked players is one way to get there and experienced teams of upper classmen works also,

 

 

 

More Hoops Info TweetStorm

More Hoops Info TweetStorm

Submitted by JeepinBen on April 6th, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Tony Paul of the Detroit News (@TonyPaul1984) tweeted the following (at work, can't embed tweets, sorry for the formatting):

UM coach John Beilein says there is a possibility for more player(s) transferring out. Should know within next two weeks.

Beilein says he's OK losing an assistant to a head coaching job. Speculation about Bacari Alexander to Detroit

UMCJB says it was Ricky Doyle's decision to transfer "but we were very transparent with him." Crowded frontcourt

UMCJB says he doesn't mind the national heat over his stance on Big Ten transfers. "I'll take the bullets".

UMCJB says the team is open to Spike Albrecht returning. Notes team wants defense, and he can defend.

 

I'll update the OP if more comes