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07/10/2018 - 2:14pm $75K at least for their G…

$75K at least for their G-League time and can net up to $275K total if they spend the 45 day maximum with the NBA club. For context/reference, Walton reached his max daily limit in Miami last year and fellow Heat 2-way player Derrick Jones Jr. -- who shined in summer league before a sprained ankle Sunday -- was eventually given a standard 2-year deal (year 1 guaranteed, year 2 nonguaranteed) late in the year.

07/10/2018 - 2:09pm Good fit for him. As a Heat…

Good fit for him. As a Heat fan, it's been fun watching him and Walton both play together in summer league alongside more notable prospects in Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr. Miami's emphasis on defense and conditioning plus a high value towards shooting could unlock a version of him that sticks. If they resign Wayne Ellington you won't find a better designated shooter to learn from this side of Kyle Korver.

 

 

02/26/2018 - 6:52pm He also calls out Barstool as

He also calls out Barstool as emblematic of this which is beyond a lazy take. Sure the content may seem sophomoric to some, but that doesn't indicate anything about the followers/fans -- Stoolies are 150% more likely than the average man to be making $100K+ and less than half as likely than the average man to be making less than $60K. Take that for data. So no, following Barstool does not mean your son has no ambition and will amount to nothing but funneling beers and eyeing co-eds.

Source: work in Digital Advertising

02/24/2018 - 1:42pm Seems like the fact that it's

Seems like the fact that it's not a Power 5 school plus the obvious geographic ties Drake has to the area would lead most reasonable coaches to grant this release.

02/01/2018 - 7:38pm 80s I get, but 90s and early

80s I get, but 90s and early 00s? Jordan's Bulls rolled in all six title years and the Kobe-Shaq Lakers didn't struggle to win during their 3-peat. There's often an obvious best team in the NBA. Only age and the "disease of more" eventually topple those teams until a new one replaces them.

01/31/2018 - 1:12pm Looking at the handy depth

Looking at the handy depth chart by class and only one of the 5th year guys seems an obvious candidate. Interested to see if we have a couple 3rd year players lapped by youth end up being the remaining attrition.

01/24/2018 - 12:59pm Metellus was no

Metellus was no all-conference performer, but in a hyper-aggressive defense that frequently puts it's safeties on island in coverage, he was solid in most games. What true sophomore (and first year starter) doesn't make a handful of contain-related mental mistakes? His upside far exceeds that of a good-not-great Pac-12 corner moving over to safety would be.

Remember the last time we brought in a grad transfer DB from the Pac-12? Wayne Lyons came in (with more fanfare) and expectations to win a starting job or at least be a key reserve but ended up a fringe contributor at best. For depth reasons, we can take all the competent guys we can get, and you can't teach experience so why hate this as a take if you don't know exactly where the roster numbers sit like the coaches do.

 

01/05/2018 - 1:37pm 2016 Wilton Speight before

2016 Wilton Speight before breaking his collarbone against Iowa:

2,053 yards
64.5 completion %
8.9 YPA
15 TDs
3 INTs

We'll never know how he would have played with a fully healthy 2017. But this is an entirely unfair take. And despite a couple disastrous plays against Ohio State, he stepped up and made big throws under pressure when this fanbase had very little faith an injured version of him could.

He was no Heisman contender, but damnit that version of healthy Speight was enough to make us at legitimate Top 5 team when paired with our nasty defense and far superior special teams (a factor that gets overlooked when considering the dropoff this year). That level of QB play would have at the very least gotten us  a 9-3 year (likely with a bowl win as well for a third consecutive 10-3 season).

11/29/2017 - 12:46pm I wouldn't pencil Filiaga in

I wouldn't pencil Filiaga in just because he was the highest rated OL in last year's recruiting class, especially if Newsome is able to come back (*fingers crossed*).Theoretically we'd only have one spot open:

LT - Newsome
LG - Bredeson
C - Ruiz
RG - Onwenu
RT - ?

It's also possible that Bredeson moves to tackle (especially if Newsome never plays again). I'd guess a RS junior Runyan is the nominal 5th guy for now with Spanellis the most likely 6th OL and JBB hanging around the mix if he gets a 5th year.

10/02/2017 - 12:42pm They play fairly positionless

They play fairly positionless and have several guys that can serve as primary or secondary playmakers, making the backup PG not necessarily a traditional floor general type. Tyler Johnson will be the nominal backup to Dragic (as was on display last night when the second unit of Johnson-Ellington-Richardson-Winslow-Olynyk played a fair amount together).

None of this is an indictment of Walton, or how Heat management feels about him. Tyler Johnson, as well as wings Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder are all former unheralded prospects that Miami's player development and D-League experience has turned into solid NBA rotation players. Johnson's $50 million contract was inflated by an aggressive offer sheet from Brooklyn, but is still worth $10+ million per year and Richardson just signed an extension for similar money. The Heat invest in these guys and are more patient than most, but for now Walton is behind a pile of players.

10/02/2017 - 12:18pm He won't start the season in

He won't start the season in the NBA. He's got up to 45 days this season that he can be with the Heat through his 2-way contract, and they'll save that for later in the year after he's gotten a chance to log a ton of minutes with Sioux Falls. Not to mention the team is very healthy at this juncture, so his call-up could also be a reaction to injuries in the Miami backcourt.

09/02/2017 - 9:09am Miss Back in the Mud

Can't imbed on mobile but:

https://youtu.be/kANnUOwE5qc

08/27/2017 - 11:45pm It's not actually that

It's not actually that powerful at this stage, nor will it be after multiple days over land. Coastal Texas is suffering so much because it hasn't blown through like most tropical storms. Lingering in the area is giving the people no respite from the weather and dumping more and more rain on heavily flooded terrain.

North Texas may yet see stormy conditions later in the week. That weather really won't be harsh enough to affect an indoor sporting event, though the fanfare and tailgating could be a bit subdued.

08/25/2017 - 8:35am Anyone should look good

Anyone should look good against '16 Rutgers

08/25/2017 - 8:34am No inside info but IIRC he's

No inside info but IIRC he's on track to graduate after three years (including a RS year) and be eligible to grad transfer early with two seasons of eligibility at his landing spot

07/24/2017 - 6:35pm Beat me to the punch

Was typing this up, but here are my detailed thoughts anyways:

Derrick Walton has found his landing spot, and as an admittedly biased Miami Heat fan, I think it's a perfect fit. For those that don't know, in the years since LeBron left Miami the Heat have become a breeding ground for developing unheralded prospects into real NBA players. Few teams spend as much time and money using their D-League (G-League now) affiliate as a place to groom young talent for a future in the NBA.

The success stories:

  • Hassan Whiteside spent time in the D-League, China, and Lebanon after a cup of coffee with Sacramento. The Heat brought him into the fold in 2014 and he has developed into a near All-Star at center, commanding $98 million contract last summer
  • Tyler Johnson may be most famous for his $50 million offer sheet last summer, but the ex-Fresno State guard developed in Miami's D-League Sioux Falls Sky Force before proving himself a valuable reserve guard at the top level
  • Josh Richardson was a second round pick some may have remembered at Tennessee. With Miami, he found a role contributing to a 3-seed team that pushed 2-seed Toronto to a Game 7 in 2016, hitting over 46% from 3 and proving to be a more than adequate 3-and-D role player
  • Rodney McGruder is a little known wing out of Kansas State. After bouncing around the D-League, the Heat affliliate signed him in 2015 and he spent a full year getting time in Siuox Falls. Last year, he started 65 games for the Heat in relief of injured Justise Winslow. His average shooting from distance and excellent defense garnered him some votes on the All Rookie teams.
  • Dion Waiters and James Johnson were established NBA players, but both hit another gear with career seasons in Erik Spoelstra's system a year ago. The mix of conditioning and culture has proven to be an elixir for journeymen who haven't reached their potential as well as young guns

Walton should be given every chance to earn a real NBA deal by next season, and developing under the tutelage of Pat Riley and Spo is ideal. Miami's new pace and space attack would make great use of Walton's playmaking and ability to shoot of the dribble. The roster is full of combo guards and wings, but a true backup PG is missing. In a year or two, that could be Walton.

07/07/2017 - 12:49am This take makes no sense.

This take makes no sense. Damn that business for making money and for those that drive that revenue (the players) for getting well paid for doing so. What a tragedy!

06/02/2017 - 2:02pm It's not a black and white

It's not a black and white issue. In the NBA, it's all about the situation. Developing on the bench, but with a great development staff and star role models is one thing (think Miami, San Antonio, Golden State). As is getting early playing time and growing up alongside a young core with a solid coach (think Minnesota, Milwaukee, Utah).

The other side of the coin is being drafted to a wasteland like Sacramento, New York, or Orlando have been. That can stunt development despite steady playing time with constantly changing coaching staffs, undefined roles, and headcase "stars" hogging the ball.

I do think people (particularly college hoops fans) overrate college development compared to the NBA, but context is key. Take Stauskas (though he did take a step forward this year to be fair) bouncing from Sacramento to Philly and languishing versus THJ getting moved from NY to Atlanta, who has a well-respected staff, and blossoming into a solid rotation piece.

06/02/2017 - 1:51pm Even as it seems the more

Even as it seems the more fair or ethical path, direct pay for athletes is dumb. The Olympic model posited by Bill Connelly over at SB Nation makes more sense. Determining "salaries" or whatever we'd call them on a sport-by-sport, player-by-player basis would be a major headache.

Sure it means that the most elite players would go to the most elite (and wealthiest programs). Guess what? They already do! Would money earned from a school's top player to their #85 scholarship player (or #13 in basketball) be a fair difference? Maybe, maybe not. But that player, despite his work ethic, is very likely not driving the big revenue that the sport is creating.

There are still questions to be asked about such a system, but not nearly as much as pay-for-play.

06/02/2017 - 11:26am MBDTF, TLOP, LR/CD (tough

MBDTF, TLOP, LR/CD (tough call for me), WTT, GRAD, 808,YEEZ

05/31/2017 - 3:43pm One man's guess for the

One man's guess for the rest:

vs. Air Force (9/16): Noon
vs. MSU (10/7): Night (rumored to be so)
at Penn State (10/21): Night
vs. Minneosta (11/4): Noon (unless Minny is better than expected)
at Maryland (11/11): Noon (unleess UMD is better than expected)
at Wisconsin (11/18): 3:30
 

04/14/2017 - 12:56pm In a meaningless final game

In a meaningless final game that had the best wizards sitting out. Sure he was efficient in that one game, but he's an afterthought in the rotation nonetheless.

04/05/2017 - 1:07pm This is the fallacy of NBA

This is the fallacy of NBA prospects. Only the very, very best step in as plus players in years 1-2 (think guys like Towns and Davis). Yet, a year of development with an NBA staff while playing with the pro rules and without the practice restrictions in the NCAA is invaluable.

Taking one of those mocks, consider DJ Wilson's potential if drafted by the Spurs? Sure he'd be a deep reserve and maybe spend some time on their D-League affiliate in Austin. But they'd make a player out of him and find a way to exploit his length, athleticism, and shooting touch. in a couple years.

I want them back and think there is some value in staying and getting a full season as a top option on a potentially elite college team, but I do understand if either bolts, particularly Wilson as he's already 21.

03/20/2017 - 1:24pm Mixed Bag

I don't love Nantz (except for the Masters), but it lends a big game feel to things to have him on the call. Considering he did the the final two games of the B1G Tournament and our first two of the NCAA Tournament, I wouldn't have minded the continuity.

Having said that they were never going to not have their lead crew doing UCLA-Kentucky. Kevin Harlan is one of the best (though no Gus Johnson). Reggie is one of the worst.

Either way, the same basketball will be played, so it's not that important.

02/09/2017 - 1:14pm Uhhh...

02/08/2017 - 12:43pm Where's The Threat?

02/08/2017 - 12:28pm I never read that site but

I never read that site but checked out that link for some laughs. My favorite at first glance: 

"I would take 6-6 in a heartbeat"

02/08/2017 - 10:59am It's about time

02/02/2017 - 11:26am Hadn't looked at the

Hadn't looked at the offense/defense dichotomy as closely in the 2013 class specifically until now. It's pretty staggering. Out of 26 signees (not counting the LS), a majority were offensive players -- just 9 settled on D after Poggi/RTD/Shallman all ended up on offense. Of that group on defense, only Reon Dawson (the lowest ranked and a lightly recruited 3-star) didn't become a starter. 

On the other side of the ball, you have to go down to our 8th(!) highest-rated offensive signee to get to a productive UM starter (Butt) and only two others really hit that bar (Smith, K Hill). Wild stuff. 

01/31/2017 - 3:45pm McKeon and Uche getting

McKeon and Uche getting redshirts would be welcome news. For McKeon, he's probably still the #4 in the pecking order at TE (though he may be the #2 flex, allowing him to see the field a decent bit) and will be for the next two seasons without a major surge in his development. A redshirt could give him two seasons in the Butt/Bunting role. 

Uche was always considered raw, and I don't think many expect him to be a featured player in 2017. Without a big spring/fall camp he could have been at risk of becoming an "it's getting late, early" player, or one whose only signifcant contribution came as a senior. It's unclear exactly how Don Brown will end up using his pass-rushing ability, but by his upperclass years he could develop into a highly useful player. 

01/31/2017 - 12:43pm USC seems to be one of the

USC seems to be one of the programs least affected by a poor season or two on the field in recruiting. LA always plays to kids nationally, and it is very difficult to go head-to-head with the Trojans for a kid from SoCal that they want. It's a uniquely strong mix of program tradition, weather, academics, and NFL production. 

01/30/2017 - 12:34pm I'm kind of in your camp, but

I'm kind of in your camp because I like the idea of being as athletic as possible defensively, but really feel like Solomon is the lynchpin to round out the class. We have enough talented OLB/S types to develop a couple good options at Viper in the next couple years. Depth on the interior DL is terrifying next year and beyond. We have plenty of SDE/DT tweeners, but desparately need to add NT-shaped players to the roster. 

01/29/2017 - 12:51pm MSU in 2004 (Braylonfest),

MSU in 2004 (Braylonfest), 2005, 2007 (little brother), 2012 (brunette girls)
ND in 2009 (may the Forcier be with you), 2010 (DENARD), 2011(UTL)
Penn State 2005 (manningham. MANNINGHAM!)
OSU 2011
Sugar Bowl 2011 (ok that was a horrible game, but Michigan didn't really deserve to win and found a way)

01/26/2017 - 2:14pm If there are reports that is

If there are reports that the staff is pursuing someone or that a player is considering Michigan, I will read them. Blind speculation seems a little silly to me though. This isn't basketball, and besides an experienced QB getting Rudock'd (Beathard'd?) out or moving up to face better competition (ex: Vernon Adams), I don't think it's that consequential for an elite Power 5 program. One or two journeymen who wanted a change probably won't alter the fate of Team 138. 

01/25/2017 - 11:15am Will never understand how

Will never understand how someone could hate Herbstreit with the same vigor as those other two hacks. He never beat Michigan while at OSU (though he did lead them to a tie in Columbus during the year he started). While he doesn't always know the inner workings of the program in Ann Arbor, he's generally pretty fair about the Wolverines -- especially keeping in mind that doubting UM was correct in pretty much every year from 2007-2014. Although he doesn't exactly bring the football IQ of a Collinsworth-type to the booth, he sometimes brings some genuine insight into his analysis. 

Do I love Herbie? Nah. But he's fine. 

01/23/2017 - 1:39pm Fair, but those teams are

Fair, but those teams are loaded with NFL early-entry candidates. Name a strong candidate of the redshirt sophs, "true" juniors, and redshirt juniors to bolt for a high draft selection and NFL riches a year from now. I'll wait. 

It's not crazy to expect one or two players to break out, but of the premier players in that group (thinking say Mone/Winovich/Kinnel), it would be a surprise for any to become even a consensus All-B1G first team type player by next year. 

01/23/2017 - 12:35pm Just 9 seniors on Team 138, a

Just 9 seniors on Team 138, a major shift after this year's loaded group. And that number may drop lower still with Drake Johnson's 6th year up in the air and no public statements about the status of a couple more fifth year guys. Will need a ton of leadership from Hill, Cole, Hurst, and McCray as well as a similarly thin junior class. 

It's not unlikely that Michigan has fewer than 10 returning seniors again in 2018 with just 15 players left on the roster. There are a few candidates for firm handshakes after next year if they don't make an impact and Perry/Newsome both remain wildcards for very different reasons. The 2016 kids are going to have to grow up fast. 

01/20/2017 - 11:28am Well the week before is

Well the week before is typically midterm week for many classes, so for sure not then. Also it would fly in the face of any rhetoric from the staff and administration that the program is focused on its players' academics if they missed a week of classes for a practice trip. 

01/19/2017 - 1:46pm You sir beat me to this

You sir beat me to this apparently, but I agree with every word. 

01/19/2017 - 1:45pm I'm not sure he is/was/could

I'm not sure he is/was/could have been a super weapon either, but I disagree with your assessment. I actually don't think his straight-line speed was that special; it was his quickness and change of direction that made him dangerous in space.

We'll never know if in a different offense he would have been a useful playmaker. I'd guess he would have been a solid complimentary player in a system that better utilized his skillset but don't think he could have been a true "gamebreaker" caliber talent at the Power 5 level. 

01/19/2017 - 12:05pm Sup

01/18/2017 - 6:47pm The only changes I'd make if

The only changes I'd make if I were an NFL exec would be moving Glasgow up to Middle Rounds, and maybe dumping Smith and Magnuson down a level. Otherwise a pretty accurate grouping of our prospects to me though it's too early to know before the combine has even taken place. 

01/18/2017 - 11:05am I don't think Willie got much

I don't think Willie got much if any time, which comes as a surprise. I would have guessed he'd be a pretty good pro from the start. 

01/17/2017 - 12:36pm Agreed. I don't understand

Agreed. I don't understand who everyone thinks we get. Even if M closed on Solomon, Gay, and Becton, we still probably lose Herbert. That would put us at 29, 30 if we added Martin. Which two other players would be better additions than Nico?

01/13/2017 - 9:44am Per Dan, it means

Per Dan, it means "illegitimate son of the king" aka "royal bastard"

01/11/2017 - 10:01am Would guess lightly recruited

Would guess lightly recruited and troubled kids would be the most interested out of high school. Would become a new alternative to JUCO for those that get dismissed for arrests, breaking team rules, and grades. 

01/10/2017 - 11:25am Look I love Harbaugh and

Look I love Harbaugh and think he's raised the floor very quickly. But it's WAY too early to start chalking up tough road wins. Michigan is 0-14 against ranked teams on the road (23-27 overall on the road) since beating #2 Notre Dame in South Bend back in 2006. Neutral site games they are 3-6 (sure, 2-0 against Florida is great). I'd be absolutely thrilled to go 2-1 between UF in Dallas, @PSU, and @Wisconsin, especially with this young team. 

Yes, Harbaugh is better than that suggests, sitting 6-3 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites. He still lost at a very average Iowa team and very easily could have lost to Minnesota and Indiana in 2015. I'm not expecting an 8-win team in 2017, but 10 wins will be a much more difficult goal for next year's team than it was this season. 

01/10/2017 - 10:29am A valid dose of perspective.

A valid dose of perspective. HOWEVA, looking at our roster and schedule, a 10 win season is about all that can be expected again in 2017. That stability is something to celebrate, but the purgatory below the B1G Championship and CFP is still frustrating, especially after such a promising team fell short. 

01/09/2017 - 1:11pm IF Harbaugh could add Willie

IF Harbaugh could add Willie Gay and either Solomon or Tufele, a defensive made of the top 'croot at each spot looks amazing: 

NT: Solomon/Tufele
DT: Hudson
SDE: Jeter
WDE: Vilain
WILL: Anthony/Singleton
MIKE: Ross
VIPER: Gay
CB1: Thomas
CB2: St. Juste
SS: JKP
FS: Woods

Still pretty great if Gay heading to LSU forces a move of Singleton or JKP to VIPER. Really would like one of those two NTs though. 

01/05/2017 - 4:35pm Georgia has Top 10 classes

Georgia has Top 10 classes every year. This year they are dominating their state and the state of Georgia produced a crazy amount of talent in this class (not unusual, but seriously wow). They have 13 commits in-state that rank in the Top 150 nationally, which is INSANE.