Syracuse's Brandon Triche Providing Some (Minor) Bulletin Board Material

Syracuse's Brandon Triche Providing Some (Minor) Bulletin Board Material

Submitted by Michael Scarn on April 5th, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Brandon Triche has had a few interesting things to say about this matchup, all the following are quotes from Kyle Meinke's twitter feed.

Brandon Triche said he hasn't watched film on Michigan's Florida game. Triche plays Michigan tomorrow. OK then.

Triche said "I don't see Burke being much better than Kemba Walker" against the 2-3 when Walker was a senior. Had 8 pts.

Nik Stauskas, on Syracuse's Brandon Triche saying SU has mismatch at every position: "I feel slighted."

Mitch McGary says he disagrees with Triche's mismatch quote, says U-M has length too. "I would never talk that bad about another team."

This should be fun.


Here's Baumgardner's article with full quotes




Another Final Four wallpaper

Another Final Four wallpaper

Submitted by FabFiver5 on April 1st, 2013 at 9:58 PM

After seeing some of the other Final Four wallpapers posted over the last few days, I figured I'd throw my hat in the ring, because you can never have too many cool wallpapers. No, there's no throwback 70s-style afros this time around, but a simple Atlanta-themed one will do.

Here's the link to download the "throwback" wallpaper from earlier in the year and the new Final Four one. You can also click on the images below for each iteration...

Desktop with slogan:

Desktop without slogan:

iPhone 5:


The Michigan difference when you play video games

The Michigan difference when you play video games

Submitted by TheDirtyD on January 8th, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. and the MIchigan basketball team had a NBA2k13 Basketball tourny going on while playing on the JumboTron at the Crisler Center. I thought that was pretty baller even if you hate video games.

EDIT: The finals were between Stauskas and THJ. THJ was Miami (imagine that) and Stauskas was OKC. Stauskas is playing in the bottom pic.



Stauskas wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.

Stauskas wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on December 31st, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Nik Stauskas picks up his third freshman of the week award:

Nik Stauskas earns his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after scoring 19 points and shooting 62.5% from beyond the arc against CMU

The guy is talented.


Updated Scout 2012 Basketball Rankings

Updated Scout 2012 Basketball Rankings

Submitted by AAB on January 31st, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Scout updated its 2012 basketball rankings today.  Changes for Michigan recruits essentially mirrored the ESPN ones from last week.  McGary fell from #2 to #20 (he's still a five-star), while Robinson jumped from #38 to #27.  Stauskas moved into the top 100 at #83.

Scouting Nik Stauskas

Scouting Nik Stauskas

Submitted by Wolverine15 on January 13th, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I had the opportunity to watch Michigan basketball commit, Nik Stauskas, earlier today.  As his school, St. Mark's, won by the score of 70-33 over conference foe Roxbury Latin, Stauskas did not play much of the secocnd half (or first, for that matter).  However, he was extrememly productive in the minutes he did play, scoring roughly 15 points on 3-3 shooting from behind the arc.  As anyone in the stands could tell, and the players I talked to after could confirm, he can do it all.  Roxbury Latin had no means of defending the 6'6" gaurd and Stauskas exploited it by taking the ball to the hoop agressively and effectively, scoring on a very pretty "and one".  His length made him a tough defender.  As his 7 foot tall teammate, Kaleb Tarczewski, the #6 player in the country, did not need much help rebounding the ball, it was difficult to get a read on Stauskas' rebounding ability. Needless to say, it is great to have a lights out shooter in Beilein's system for next year, and Stauskas should have a good opportunity to start, and/or play significant minutes at the 2 guard position with the departure of Novak and Douglass.

Windy City Hoosier Interview with Nick Stauskas

Windy City Hoosier Interview with Nick Stauskas

Submitted by Raoul on June 18th, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Windy City Hoosier Source has a two part interview (part 1; part 2) with 2012 Michigan basketball commit Nick Stauskas.

There isn't anything particularly earth-shattering in the interview, but he does claim to be 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, as opposed to the 6-foot-5 and 185 that was reported at the time of his commit.

I also found the following Q&A interesting not only for the confidence that Stauskas reveals but also for his mention that "politics" keeps him from being ranked higher:

WCS:  Although rankings are just numbers, many outlets have you classified right inside the top 100 in the country. You've talked about your shooting and ability to get to the hoop. What parts of your game do you feel you need to improve on over the next year to move up that list, or in other words, what's keeping you from going from a top 100 player to a top 25 player?
NS:  To be honest with you, the biggest thing that is keeping me out of the top 25 at this point is politics. My game still needs a lot of work, especially physically with my speed and strength, but at this point I believe I have proven to a lot of people that I am more than capable of going at and competing with other top 25 players.

Also of note are his plans for this summer and beyond:

NS:  My knee injury has limited my plans for the summer. I wasn't able to play this spring, and that lead to me not being able to go to certain camps such as Pangos All American and NBA Top 100. In July, I still plan to be in Minnesota for the Best Buy Classic, Vegas for the Fab 48, and Phoenix for the Dual in the Desert. I might have a few other tournaments that I will be attending, but I'll have to talk to my coach first. One of my goals since I was young was to play in the McDonald’s All American game at the end of my senior year. I know I have a very long way to go to be able to play in that, but it's still something I dream about. Other than that my goals have basically been to come to Michigan my freshman year as prepared as I can be to play college basketball. I'm working hard so that I leave the coaches at Michigan with no excuses to not play me. And obviously, I'm still working at achieving my biggest goal of one day playing in the NBA. It's a long way away, but at this point I just have to keep working hard and taking it one step at a time.

Stauskas doesn't mention this event (perhaps he's sitting it out because of his injury), but he was selected to play in the 2011 All Canada Classic, which is being held on June 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Among the others selected for the rosters is Stefan Jankovic, the 6-foot-10 big man being recruited by Michigan for the 2012 class. (Other invitees include a couple of former U-M recruits: Kevin Pangos and Sim Bhullar).

Evidently, Jankovic will be attending, but some of the other invitees will not, according to this preview:

Myck Kabongo, Khem Birch and Kyle Wiltjer will not be competing, as they have been invited to both the Jordan Classic and the McDonald's All-American Game, so they are likely to compete in those two as their designated two all-star games.

Anyone know if the two designated all-star games is just a Canadian thing? I haven't heard of this before.

More Nik Stauskas Backyard Video

More Nik Stauskas Backyard Video

Submitted by MGoShoe on April 24th, 2011 at 10:29 PM

As follow up to yesterday's Nik Stauskas post, here's another one of the 2012 verbal commit in his backyard demonstrating his 3 pt shooting prowess.

As Dylan of UMHoops points out here, Stauskas:

...makes 95 threes in 5 minutes and 123 of 141 threes in 6 and a half minutes.

Pretty damn impressive.