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03/16/2017 - 8:43pm Isaiah Livers

I'm not trying to thread jack but I don't have enough points to start a thread and I thought the following might be of interest to people here.

I watched the Kalamazoo Central vs East Lansing Regional Final last night which was billed as Isaiah Livers vs Brandon Johns, who is a top 50 player in the class of 2018. I saw a K Central game earlier this year and came away a little disappointed with Livers' performance but last night was a different story. Livers was much more aggresive taking the ball to the hoop, getting followed a few times. There was a stretch in the second half when K Central started to pull away in which Livers hit a 3, got a steal and made a nice pass for a lay up, and made another 3, all within the span of a minute. His intensity level was much higher than the game I watched earlier in the season.

At this point Livers reminds me quite a bit of a DJ Wilson at the same age. Talented but still trying to figure out how to use it. He is clearly not comfortable with playing with his back to the basket but he has a nice jump shot and made 2 or 3 very nice passes to set up layups for his teammates. Depending on who returns to the Wolverines next year I could seem him benefiting from a redshirt year, with a gradual integration into the rotation the following year.

Brandon Johns was a big disappointment. He was clearly the most talented and athletic player on the floor but was non-existant virtually the whole game. He bricked and airballed two jumpshots and seemed to be taken out of the game by a shorter yet stronger defender, Rog Stein, who is quite a player in his own right. 

Kalamazoo Central is playing championship level ball right now and they don't really have a weakness in their starting five. It will be fun to see what they do in the quarterfinals next week.

03/06/2017 - 8:07pm I watched him play a few

I watched him play a few weeks back against Loy Norrix and I came away a little disapointed after watching some of highlights from earlier in the season. I thought his jumpshot looked a little flat on the account of the ball resting on his palm rather than releasing off his finger tips. He wasn't as assertive rebounding the ball as one of this teammates, Rog Stein. He had trouble taking his defender off the dribble, but I think part of that his smaller quicker players were guarding him and I think he would have success driving against larger 3/4 at the college level.

He's definitely a good athlete with potential but I revised my expectations down from early contributor to waiting and watching his first year unless called into emergency duty. I may get out and see him once more depending on how far K Central goes in the tournament. Regionals are being played in Gull Lake/Richland which is only about 20 minutes from my house.

03/03/2015 - 9:42pm I've had good luck with this

I've had good luck with this stream tonight.

http://www.stream2watch.me/tv/us/big-ten-network-live-stream

10/30/2014 - 10:24am Primer

Well regarded but little known movie, Primer. A great examiniation of Time-travel. The same guy made the movie Upstream Color in 2013.

07/17/2014 - 6:13pm Is Cole McConnell not on the

Is Cole McConnell not on the team anymore?

03/30/2014 - 8:23pm Great Season, tough ending.

Great Season, tough ending. John Beilein can coach here as long as he wants.

05/22/2013 - 10:39pm Small world

I'm from Sturgis and I had no idea that Sportsarama did this. Fun fact, Chance Stewart's family owns Sportsarama.

03/03/2013 - 6:33pm THJ

THJ deserves some praise after today's game. I know he didn't shoot well, but many of those were tough luck misses around the hoop, if 3 or 4 of his layups don't roll off the rim this would have been a completely different game. Despite his struggles on the offensive end he played strong defense all game and rebounded the ball well. He's too good of a shooter to fall into a prolonged slump, but the rest of game was really solid today.  Great win. Go Blue!

 

03/03/2013 - 6:33pm THJ

THJ deserves some praise after today's game. I know he didn't shoot well, but many of those were tough luck misses around the hoop, if 3 or 4 of his layups don't roll off the rim this would have been a completely different game. Despite his struggles on the offensive end he played strong defense all game and rebounded the ball well. He's too good of a shooter to fall into a prolonged slump, but the rest of game was really solid today.  Great win. Go Blue!

 

09/14/2012 - 8:27pm I teach at Garrett, when did

I teach at Garrett, when did you graduate?