MBB News and Notes from UMHoops.com

MBB News and Notes from UMHoops.com

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 15th, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Coach Beilein conducted a Q&A today after practice.  Video available at UMHoops.com.

  • Lots of emphasis on fast break in practice today.  Given the 25 second clock they'll face in Europe, this is especially important.
  • Stu "very solid" over the past eight days.  Not up and down, consistently good.
  • Colton Christian re-injured his hamstring and is questionable to play during the EuroTour (but will go).  Everyone else is healthy.
  • Looking to get more folks attacking the basket.  Manny's gone - need more to take on this responsibility.
  • Will only play man during the EuroTour.  Haven't had time to put in any other defenses.
  • Really pleased with the team's progress along the learning curve after a week of practice, likes team's attitude.

Extensive observations on today's practice are now available at UMHoops.com. 

Go there for the whole scoop, but here's the teaser:

The teams looked to be divided into two groups: In maize, those who looked to be in the regular rotation. In blue, those who aren’t there yet. The maize side consisted of: Tim Hardaway Jr., Blake McLimans, Jordan Morgan, Darius Morris, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Evan Smotrycz, and Matt Vogrich.  The non-rotation guys: Jon Horford, Corey Person, Eso Akunne, Jordan Dumars, Josh Bartelstein.

Positive reviews: Darius Morris, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway, Jr., team chemistry

Then there's this:

One last side note: Laval Lucas-Perry, who was dismissed from the team in June, will transfer to Oakland. He’ll have one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out for a year.

Finally, UMHoops.com is reporting that the Big Dog's son, Glenn Robinson, III (2012 recruit) now has a Michigan offer.  His current offer list is Missouri State, IUPUI, Indiana State and Valparaiso, but it's early.  If he does end up at Michigan, the team will include the sons of four NBA players in Robinson, Hardaway, Jordan Dumars and Jon Horford.

When people hear your name they’re going to automatically think of your dad, but can you describe your own game? Is it different? Yeah, he was a little bit bigger, more of a forward and I’m more of a 2 or a 3. I play more on the outside but I still have his shot. I think a lot of people say that I have the same form and everything as him, the midrange game is the same, and I got his outside shot, too. We’re a little bit different because he was a forward but other than that — I can probably dribble better than he could — we’re kind of the same player a little bit. 

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...

Travis Conlan Hired as MBB Administrative Asst

Travis Conlan Hired as MBB Administrative Asst

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 21st, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Former Wolverine Travis Conlan (1995-98) was announced on 21 June as the men's basketball program's new administrative assistant.

"We are very pleased to bring Travis Conlan back into the Michigan basketball family," said [Coach] Beilein. "From my first meeting with Travis two years ago, I sensed he had a bright future after his playing days had ended. We love the passion he has for this university and this state and know he will bring that same drive with his day-to-day activities.

"Travis will wear many hats for us in the months and years ahead. He will work directly with me on a daily basis and on various special projects. He will also be responsible for our alumni relations, community service, future scheduling and facility management. In addition, I know he is looking forward to serving as the director of our many camps and clinics."

During his junior and senior years Conlan was the team's captain and led the Wolverines in assists and steals in each of his last three seasons.  Conlan ranks fifth in both of these statistical categories all-time and the team's sportsmanship award bears his name. 

Conlan had a 12-year professional basketball career playing with 11 different teams throughout the United States, England, Greece, Germany, Belgium and Poland.

With the hire, Beilein's staff is now set for the 2010-11 year after a period of significant turmoil.

[Edit: New info from this The Wolverine story.]

Conlan's expertise on all things Europe should especially come in handy when the Wolverines travel overseas later this year, a trip that's been on the agenda for several months. Conlan...bumped into Beilein [in Belgium where he was playing] during the coach's recruitment of German Robin Benzing.

The former Michigan captain was startled to see the U-M head coach at one of his games (one Beilein attended to see some of his former players on the opposing team), but he took the opportunity to introduce himself and get to know him. It led to an opportunity Conlan said he'd been dreaming about for some time.

"It started a couple months back," he recalled. "I was finishing up my season over in Belgium, and now that I'm 34 I'm starting to get a bit older. I think I could play a couple more years, probably, but I wanted to go into coaching, get involved and come back some way.

"When I heard about this opening from my agent overseas, everyone I told about this said there was no better scenario for me than to come back, be part of a program where I have my fondest memories and can share part of that experience with these kids every day; share my insights. Then I get to break into the coaching business under John Beilein, one of the most respected coaches in the nation."

Travis Conlan

Travis Conlan