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.