Photo from today, practice starts next week.
There's a nice article by Sndyer at the Freep about the benefits of Camp Sanderson and Beilein's skill development.
For mgo-obsessives, there isn't a whole lot of new information. From my perspective, the interesting observation is that the NBA is taking notice. Partially because of Michigan, a number of players have stuck with the NBA. Here are a few quotes for those of you who refuse a Freep link:
Michigan has become deeply respected in the NBA conversations. Before Beilein arrived at Michigan in 2007, he had no NBA pedigree. His players were talented and he won NCAA tournament games but they never panned out at the next level. That’s rapidly changing and Beilein’s decade longevity at U-M plays a role.
“It’s clear when you watch Michigan play they have a culture and a system similar to all the great teams in the NBA,” an NBA assistant coach told the Free Press. The coach did not want his name used because he is not authorized to speak publicly about prospects and schools. “Similar to all the great teams in the NBA. You look at the Spurs, you look at the Warriors, they have a culture and a system that they stick to. For Michigan, you see how it goes both on and off the court.”
Michigan had five players from the 2013 runner-up team picked in the first round of the 2013, 2014 and 2016 drafts.
“Look at the guys they have in the NBA now, it says something,” the coach said. “Nik Stauskas, everyone’s shocked when he goes and dunks on a guy. I’m like, he did that in college and he’s doing that in the NBA. Tim Hardaway (Jr.) is such a smooth, explosive athlete. Glenn Robinson (III) winning the dunk contest, he’s found his niche in the NBA. All three of those guys, going to back to the mental makeup, their first years in the NBA were rocky. They all got traded, they all got cut and now because they got the mental and physical to keep on going, they’ve turned themselves into nice NBA players.”
It goes back to Beilein players’ defining traits — shooting and passing — and Sanderson building basketball strength and flexibility.
The great thing about this is how it "might" affect recruiting. Beilein needs to continue to get players he believes will fit. He can develop them mentally and with shooting ability. Sanderson can mold them physically, gaining muscle and hops and speed. The big thing is for HS and AAU coaches, along with the players and their families, to understand the benefit. If they believe that they will have a better chance of getting to the NBA by going to Michigan, it may open some doors. If a player believes he is ready for professional ranks and doesn't want coaches to get in the way, well, he might be a better fit elsewhere. But an intelligent player who wants to use a year or two to develop strength, improve shooting skills, and learn a system . . . well, some of them might consider going to Michigan.
Camp Sanderson has paid off for Ricky Doyle, by the looks of this instagram pic. And for those that don't know, that's Duncan Robinson on the far right.
Sorry, don't know how to embed the pic.