April 15th, 2014 at 3:27 PM ^

Thanks to both players for an incredible ride.  Both have given lasting moments and B1G titles, and have been a joy to watch for two years.  Can't wait to see them thrive in the NBA


April 15th, 2014 at 3:32 PM ^

potential returnee for next year's success so it is great we still have hope there.  I'm trying not to get too excited in case Mitch goes too, but with a healthy Mitch we are firmly in contention for another B1G title.  Without Mitch it will be a struggle to beat the better teams in the conference. 


April 15th, 2014 at 3:35 PM ^

Still waiting for the first dumb comment in this thread. 

Only a matter of time before someone comes around saying they are "making a mistake" or something else dumb.


April 15th, 2014 at 3:42 PM ^

If GRIII doesn't go in the first round, he will have made a mistake, period.  That isn't a "dumb" comment, it's just reality.  With a great junior year, he would have been a lock for the first round.  I sincerely hope he goes in the first round, but a lot of rumblings are that he's a pretty fringe candidate at the moment.  He'll need some pretty monster workouts.


April 15th, 2014 at 4:25 PM ^

I don't think he's making a mistake even if he goes in the second round. I think he'll do very well in the NBA. He was playing out of position for the Wolverines and with the way the NBA is set up he'll do fine.

What it's about is that this is terrible for the program. Who plays the four next year? Donnal? Not exactly excited about that. If McGary goes, which is still a possibility, then we're even more screwed. Fact is, we had no backup plan for this situation and most people I was talking bball with last year thought it was a solid possibility. We better be prepared for when Irvin declares early next year. We're not replacing our talent.


April 15th, 2014 at 4:48 PM ^

The "way the NBA is set up" is tha the majority of 2nd round picks are washed out of the league in a few years and don't do fine at all.  So if he doesn't go in the 1st round, he will most likely be in for a major uphill climb, whereas 1st round picks are given pretty much every opportunity to succeed on top of their guaranteed millions.

The difference between being a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick in the NBA draft is like the difference being a 1st round pick and a non-drafted Free-Agent signing in the NFL.   Well maybe not THAT bad, but maybe a 6th or 7th round pick at best.


April 15th, 2014 at 3:35 PM ^

What's the list of graduated / exhausted eligibility players with meaningful playing time Beilein recruited?

Jordan Morgan
Matt Vogrich
Zack Novak
Stu Douglas

DeShawn Sims graduated but he was an Amaker recruit I'm pretty sure.


April 15th, 2014 at 3:41 PM ^

Congrats to you 2.  Thanks for helping the progam progress to top status.  Going to go down as one of the top few classes in UM history.


April 15th, 2014 at 3:38 PM ^

A great big thank you to both Nik and GR3. They were EXACTLY what every college basketball fans hope for from their players, humble, unselfish, and dedicated kids of high character who perfomed at the highest level. They represented Michigan the way it should be represented. Thanks to all of that.


April 15th, 2014 at 3:44 PM ^

Having (potentially) four first round picks over two years after having only three in all the years between the Fab Five and 2013 says a little bit about how far our program has come I'd say.


April 15th, 2014 at 3:45 PM ^

Having (potentially) four first round picks over two years after having only three in all the years between the Fab Five and 2013 says a little bit about how far our program has come I'd say.

Ty Butterfield

April 15th, 2014 at 10:27 PM ^

I sort of agree. If sending guys to the league is good for the program, when will the big payoff come? It is great the Beilein and staff can find guys and develop them but it would be nice to see Michigan win some recruiting battles. Unlike before Michigan at least has been in the conversation for bigger recruits but in the end is still losing out to Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, etc.


April 15th, 2014 at 3:47 PM ^

What I love is that these guys didn't just pass through Michigan, like some of those guys passing through Kansas or Kentucky or whatever. They have great opportunities and they should take them. They loved it here, apparently, and we shouldn't hold them back. Good luck fellas...