2013 Michigan Basketball Banquet Open Thread

Submitted by Leaders And Best on April 16th, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Michigan basketball banquet tonight at Crisler.

From the twitterz:

Matt Shepard ( Matt Shepard @ShepMatt) with Trey Burke's Player of the Year trophy haul and the NCAA South Regional Championship trophy:

Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award - Trey Burke

Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award - Tim Hardaway Jr.

Sixth Man of the Year - Mitch McGary

Thad Garner Leadership Award - Corey Person

Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award - Jon Horford

Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Jordan Morgan

Iron Man Award - Glenn Robinson III. Didn't miss one of the 109 practices this season.

Steve Grote Hustle Award: Mitch McGary

Gary Grant award for most assists: Trey Burke

Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: Mitch McGary

Free Throw Shooting Award: Nik Stauskas

Academic Achievement: Jordan Morgan (Industrial & Operations Engineering), Josh Bartelstein (Sport Management), Matt Vogrich (Business)

Project Yam nominees, also known as Slam Dunk of the Year - #1 goes to Tim Hardaway's Tomahawk in the Champ Game

 

Those of you who were lucky enough to attend, please share your stories here.

Comments

MGoBender

April 16th, 2013 at 9:20 PM ^

Which is an individual skill that is more likely to improve if he leaves for the NBA and can devote 100% of his time to his game, including a full summer league stint.

I think it might be in THJ's best interest to go pro.  If he doesn't, though, I'll welcome him back with open arms.  I would love to see a senior night featuring THJ.

Mich1993

April 16th, 2013 at 9:41 PM ^

I can easily see a scenario where Hardaway comes back, and we run the offense through him.  I think Hardaway was unable to showcase his skills this year because Burke was so awesome, and the entire offense ran through him every play.  Hardway could be that guy next year (obviously not like Burke was).  With all the complimentary players around him, I can see his stock going way up as a huge part of the offense on a very good team.

I suppose you can make the case we could run the offense through Albrecht as a pure point guard or Walton could come in ready to be the focal point, but I like the idea of running the offense through Hardaway and give Albrecht and Walton a year of experience not having to be the primary focus.

jaggs

April 16th, 2013 at 11:30 PM ^

disagree about THJ not being able to show his skills with Burke there. The great thing about Burke is that he made everyone around him better. Hardaway and others were able to showcase their skills, in large part because Burke put them in a position to be successful.

SeattleWolverine

April 16th, 2013 at 9:20 PM ^

Actually his FT shooting was down a couple % points and he got to the line a lot less often. And while his total assists was up, his assist rate was actually down from 14.2% to 13.0% this year. That reflects a lot of other buckets for Stauskas/McGary/GR3 that were being created by Burke. Anyway, Hardaway pretty much had the same season as last year except that he shot 37% from 3 instead of 28%. All of the other differences in Hardaway's final line are pretty minor differences.

 

SeattleWolverine

April 16th, 2013 at 9:11 PM ^

Yep. Hardaway was better than last year by a hair but the truth is that Burke was the most improved player. With 6 freshmen eligibles and 2 seniors who didn't play much that really only left Burke, Hardaway, Morgan and Horford. Morgan was injured and less effective when he did play this year. I can understand giving it to the less deserving Hardaway over Burke I guess just because Burke had already won every POY award on the planet. To me, even though his year was more of an injury comeback than an improvement, Horford would have been a worthy choice for that one because at least he played and contributed this year, unlike last year.

rondej

April 16th, 2013 at 8:54 PM ^

Does the school get a replica trophy of those Burke awards? Like in college football with the Heisman and some of the bigger awards. They had the football ones on display last year. I would love to see all those on display at the Crisler Center area where they have last years B1G  trophy and the 89 NT trophy.

MGoDC

April 17th, 2013 at 10:30 AM ^

Lol, I clicked that and some doofus actually told Spike "Final four watches are great but you have bigger fish to fry, big ten championship banner" etc.

Big ten championship is not valued more than a Final Four appearance. Ever.

AlwaysBlue

April 16th, 2013 at 10:18 PM ^

I think a part of the Hardaway Most Improved Award was earned by his attitude.  There was no head hanging and no losing his guy on defense after a bad offensive sequence.  He stepped up and with Trey, helped fill the leadership void left by Stu and Novak's graduation.