Colton Christian's East Asian Trip with AIA

Colton Christian's East Asian Trip with AIA

Submitted by Raoul on July 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Tim Hardaway is not the only Michigan basketball player gaining experience playing overseas this off-season. Colton Christian—living up to his name—recently returned from a trip to East Asia with Athletes in Action. He and other Division 1 athletes played a number of games against professional teams. From a Free Press article:

What struck Christian the most was China's passion for basketball, from fans rushing the court after the games, to seeing parks with 15 courts throughout the country.

On the court, Christian played the small forward/wing spot. He said he scored in double figures a few times on the trip, including one game in which he said he put up 24 points.

A "Checking In with" item at has more about his basketball experience and his off-season workouts:

On AIA experience helping in the future ... "When I was over there, the team that I was playing on forced me to play the three and I played some four also. It helped me improve my perimeter game. I think going into this next year, having played the three in East Asia will help me a lot for playing between a three or four for our team here at Michigan."

On summer preparations for upcoming season ... "Before I went to East Asia I worked out with a coach at home named Pete Knoll. I workout with him when I'm at home. I was only at home for a month before I left for training for the AIA trip -- we trained for a week before East Asia in Ohio just outside of Dayton. Now that I'm back, I'm getting on weightlifting programs and improving on other skills, like shooting."

The interview makes it clear that despite his limited impact on the court so far, Christian plays a key role in maintaining team chemistry.

MBB: Linkapalooza

MBB: Linkapalooza

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 5th, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Tons of MBB coverage of the pre-European tour practice sessions and Coach Beilein's press availability is out there for your consumption.  Click away...

Basketball Practice Photos

Basketball Practice Photos

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 3rd, 2010 at 8:38 PM

The Michigan Basketball Facebook page has an album of photos from today's practice session.  Several photos of the new guys and one of Stu's blue shoes.

Stu Douglass


Tim Hardaway, Jr.

Jordan Dumars and Asst Coach Bacari Alexander

Jon Horford and Asst Coach Bacari Alexander

Colton Christian

bacari34 John Beilein is very intense on the practice floor! I see how he was able to get Michigan back to the NCAA's in 2009.

JohnBeilein What a great attitude we had today for a 7:30 a.m. practice......... No pillow heads in the gym!!! Go Blue!