Campeónes de baloncesto. Where does the Spanish national team draw inspiration from in the aftermath of their coach getting canned just two days before the World Cup?
Universidad de Michigan. Baloncesto. 1989. Campeón de la NCAA. No sería la primera vez que ocurre. Todos unidos, ahora más que nunca.
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 13, 2018
Glen Rice isn't walking through that—oh. I see. Several Glen Rices are already in residence. Well, fine. You just go out there and win one for Bo Schembechler. I'll be over here in the corner weeping and inventing new swear words. As one does on the opening day of the World Cup.
A good summary of football in two minutes. Kyle Shanahan is asked whether NFL teams have "figured out" the zone read. This is of course a dorfy question about whether that gimmick college stuff can last in The Shield. Shanahan doesn't take the bait and instead provides a concise summary of football strategy:
In his presser today, Kyle Shanahan was asked if he felt defenses had figured out the zone read. His answer was fantastic pic.twitter.com/dSa9FfGGHn
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) June 13, 2018
So there's at least one career NFL guy who wouldn't cause me to break out in hives if Michigan hired him. (Also per PFF zone reads averaged a half-yard more than other runs a year ago.)
[After THE JUMP: mo wagners mo problems for the opposition]
Tru Detective season three. Tru Wilson is doubled down upon:
Also on his podcast, Harbaugh says he posted a list on June 1 of the players in line to make the #Michigan football team once it trims to 110 for fall camp. "There already is scholarship players who aren't in the 110."
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) June 12, 2018
I'm not sure if anyone other than Evans and Higdon is going to get more than scattered touches—and also I bet a healthy O'Maury Samuels zips by in fall. But Wilson is now a walk-on of interest.
Mo' Wagners? Franz Wagner was just invited to the NBPA camp, a rare privilege for an international player. Despite being just 16 he is impressing…
It didn't take Wagner, a native of Germany, long to prove he belonged, knocking down a trio of three-pointers and playing with energy in his opening camp game.
A 6-foot-6 wing prospect, Wagner landed on the international radar last summer playing Germany's u16 team European Championships. Since then he’s grown at least an inch and added more than 16 pounds of muscle to his lean frame.
Following his opening round camp game, Wagner said his shot, which he showcased, and his overall energy are two of his best assets.
…and facing a decision like his brother's. Wagner could be a 2018(!) player since he's already through high school, but with no timetable for a decision it seems likely he will continue to develop at Alba Berlin for at least the coming year. It'll be a tight fit scholarship-wise for Michigan, which already has a wing in a 2019 class that is likely to max out at three. Michigan and LaVall Jordan's Butler are the two schools mentioned by name, FWIW.
Could be worse. Basketball schedules a one-off game with Air Force on December 22nd. Air Force is not a SWAC team so I'll take it. They've finished between 252 and 204 in Kenpom the last five years as a bad Mountain West team, and their RPI has been in the same range. This makes it a very winnable game that is not an 300+ RPI anchor, so good for Michigan.
What the what? If you watched that USA-vs-the-world All Star game that Iggy Brazdeikis was in you may have noticed Charles Bassey, a Nigerian kid who moved to the States at 14. He was really good, and as a 2019 in a game with a bunch of 2018s. And now he's going to Kentucky. But not that Kentucky…
Top-five prospect Charles Bassey has committed to Western Kentucky and will reclassify to the 2018 class, the school announced Wednesday.
…Bowling Green, Kentucky. Interestingly enough, Stansbury was one of the few coaches who was blunt in his reaction to the FBI thing:
“I don’t think it’s surprising to most coaches who understand the AAUs, the shoe companies and all that," Stansbury said. "Everybody acts like it must have just started. Well, nah, I guess they just found out. I mean, this ain’t nothing new in college basketball. Probably you could figure out when and how, but I don’t think it took anybody by surprise.”
And is supposedly infamous for being a guy who's putting money on the table for croots, to the point where high-major coaches are doing the S –> $ message board thing. Stansbury also got a commitment from a five-star center last year, but the kind of five-star center who is so so so ineligible that he's actually ineligible. This is a different thing. Bassey could have gone a lot of places.
I'm sure dude is getting what he can get, but that still leaves an unresolved question on the table: do we really think the Hilltoppers can outbid people? Anyway this is super weird and I appreciate anyone taking one and dones off Kentucky's plate.
MLS in his future. MLive offers various reasons AFC Ann Arbor is killing it in the NPSL despite plenty of roster turnover, and here's my #1:
The most impactful addition this season has been defender Stanley Okumu, who Saeed said is regularly the best player on the field.
Okumu joins AFC Ann Arbor from the Kenyan U-23 National Team.
"He has been fantastic," Rudland said. "We don't necessarily believe in singling out guys for our success, but anybody who has watched us play knows that he is a big part of our defensive strength. He brings a level of composure and athleticism. When you look at defenders across the league, he is obviously one of the top guys."
Okumu said he hopes to sign a professional contract after this summer. Cawley, who also has been one of the team's top defenders, believes he will.
It takes a lot for a central defender to jump out at you; Okumu certainly does. He will get that pro contract; one dollar says he's the first AFC alum to be an MLS regular. AFC's ability to pull in guys from all over the world is astounding and fairly inexplicable. Okumu has a highlight reel that largely features his long-range passing, and some of his games in the South African league appear to be attended by 10-20k.
AFC is undefeated in league play despite losing their top two goalies and having three guys leave the club to participate in the CONFIFA World Cup, which is a tournament of made up political entities like Cascadia. Those three guys return for a home game a Skyline this Friday at 7.
There's a new AFC Ann Arbor/Michigan/Liverpool blog apparently created specifically for my friend Marc, but it may be of interest to you as well.
Writing was on the wall. Nominal Michigan hockey commit Cole Perfetti is apparently going to sign with Saginaw, which took him fifth overall in the OHL draft. When guys go that high it's usually a sign that their commitment is just a placeholder and that the OHL team in question is calling the player's bluff. Now it is official.
Michigan still has two five-star types in the class in Andrei Bakanov and Owen Power plus a number of A- prospects in 2020, but the dream of the Death Star class is now kaput.
This is a thing but probably not one worth worrying about. The state of Michigan football fandom is such that former Illinois QB Jeff George Jr announcing he'll walk-on for his final two years of eligibility has apparently made some people fret? George doesn't change the dynamics of the QB room one bit; he's probably on the Nick Sheridan path where his college career is more like a coaching internship.
Etc.: Portuguese soccer club in a bit of trouble after fans broke into their practice complex and beat players with belts and such. I'm "abibos." Warde "Uncle Phil" Manuel worked to keep his coach. Michigan State is the worst. Even more Quinn Hughes scouting.