Semi-OT: Documentary on Basketball Legend Curtis Jones Streaming Now on MLive

Semi-OT: Documentary on Basketball Legend Curtis Jones Streaming Now on MLive

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on April 1st, 2016 at 1:48 PM

MLive is streaming a documentary this weekend on Detroit basketball legend Curtis Jones. I had always heard the stories about this playground legend, but the documentary is fascinating and heartbreaking. You can see it at:

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/04/only_on_mlive_watc…

Curtis' story in a nutshell: He was a basketball legend at Detroit Northwestern and St. Cecilia who apparently had other-worldly talent. But his future was destroyed because he was illiterate.  He died when he was 49, having wasted all the talent in the world.

Lots of U-M connections in the documentary:

- Right after high school, Curtis landed at a juco in Idaho (even though he couldn't write his own name). He said that Fred Snowden (his coach at Northwestern who was by then an assistant to Johnny Orr at U-M) had promised him a spot at U-M if he kept his grades up. Jones later sued U-M over this.

- Former U-M basketball player and big-time Detroit attorney Steve Fishman is interviewed extensively in the film. Offers his take on the Fred Snowden deal.

- Jalen Rose is also interviewed extensively. He saw Curtis play as a kid going to St. Cecilia's.

- Also, the film was made by one of the guys who made "Black and Blue," the Gerald Ford-Willis Ward documentary.

Check it out. It's free and fascinating.

Beilein removes all transfer restrictions on Doyle and Albrecht

Beilein removes all transfer restrictions on Doyle and Albrecht

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on April 1st, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Not surprised he relented and removed restrictions on Albrecht since he's a grad transfer, but I don't think it's bad form to put reasonable restrictions on a non-grad transfer (i.e. can't transfer to another B1G school).

I wonder if this will be the new norm going forward for him.

OT: Oakland vs. ODU in the Vegas 16 - There Are About 20 People in the Stands

OT: Oakland vs. ODU in the Vegas 16 - There Are About 20 People in the Stands

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 30th, 2016 at 11:21 PM

You'll remember the backstory of the Vegas 16 post-season tournament at Mandalay Bay. They couldn't even find 16 teams willing to play in the first-year tournament, so the Vegas 16 is now the Vegas 8 - although they're still calling it the Vegas 16.

Anyway, I'm watching the Oakland-Old Dominion game right now, and there are maybe 20 or 30 people in the stands. Tops. Attendance-wise, it looks like an EMU women's game. I've seen Division I men's games with small crowds before, but nothing like this.

MBB Recruiting: Michigan reaches out to Columbia transfer G Grant Mullins

MBB Recruiting: Michigan reaches out to Columbia transfer G Grant Mullins

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 30th, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Per UMHoops via Jeff Borzello, Columbia redshirt junior Grant Mullins will transfer (Ivies don't allow graduate student players apparently). The 6'3" guard from Burlington, Ontario, averaged 13 ppg, 3 assists, and shot 44% from downtown.

Columbia profile here:

http://www.gocolumbialions.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205563903

Something going on in Columbus? 4/5 2015 players transfer

Something going on in Columbus? 4/5 2015 players transfer

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 30th, 2016 at 8:21 AM

With the announcement that AJ Harris is transferring, Ohio St has now lost four of the five players from its heralded 2015 basketball recruiting class - Austin Grandstaff, AJ Harris, Daniel Giddens, and Mickey Mitchell. While none made a particularly large impact this past year, there was obviously opportunity to contribute down the line.

 I should probably be eating some crow here, as I was convinced that class was going to be really special. Guess not.

The team will be fine next year, with the majority of their playing time and points returning, but sure seems like there may be some internal issues. Also, Thad Matta has had some health issues. Maybe the grind of B1G bball, coupled with that, is starting to wear him a bit thin.

Land Grant Holy Land's take here: http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2016/3/29/11322174/ohio-state-basketba…

 

Spike to grad transfer [LOCKED]

Spike to grad transfer [LOCKED]

Submitted by mzdmv on March 29th, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Michigan’s Spike Albrecht told ESPN he was granted his release today and plans to play next season elsewhere as a grad transfer.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2016

MOD EDIT: Alright, we're going to make an editorial decision and just lock this but allow the news and comments to stand. Way too much ridiculous in this thread and I can't in good conscience let it go on. We're better than this. - LSA

Women's b-ball in NIT final four

Women's b-ball in NIT final four

Submitted by Lumpy_wolverine on March 28th, 2016 at 8:58 PM

The ladies got a big win.  With a slow start (traililng 23-9 after the first quarter), they put things together in the 3rd quarter to even things up.  With 7 seconds left in the 4th, Thome rebounded her own miss, and put it in for the one point victory 77-76.

Next up, Florida Gulf Coast in the semi-finals.

GO BLUE!