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LeVert's offseason progress will be huge for the team. Thought he played alright in the tourney
I think LeVert could be a viable replacement for Hardaway. I think LeVert will be a stronger defender and ball handler, but THJ has more athleticism and is a better shooter. For LeVert to earn more PT, he will have to REALLY work at his shot. And of course, put on some weight.
You really think he will be able to beat out Zak?
I think THJ goes to Europe in a few years
Really don't Stauskus going to the bench, not unless he really struggles to start the season.
I actually liked it a lot better when Stauskas came off the bench to start last year, and it would be awesome if he could again. The dude is an instant offensive threat, and I'd like to see us use him more as a matchup problem that can give defenses hell trying to account for him rather than him running out there for 30 minutes/game.
Maybe I'm wrong in guessing his development, but I think you maximize his production bringing him off the bench so he can be that weapon. It also means that's less time he's playing defense - and maybe he can focus on it more with the reduced playing/exposure time. All season long Stauskas was a very good player, but in almost every game his impact seemed to be in a 5-10 minute window when he'd hit a couple threes and get a dunk. The rest of the game he was kind of invisible and one of our weaker defenders. I'd like to see us get a couple of 3-5 minute streaks out of him scattered throughout the game.
Mark or Thomas,
Do either of you know where Michigan stands with Kevon Looney? If he has legit interest in Michigan do you think you could try to get in contact with him for an interview?
If either of you have already posted something on Looney then can you just point me in that direction and desregard my request.
Looney is the No. 8-ranked prospect in the 2014 class, per Rivals.com.
That would be awesome! Get him coach B!
yeah i was wondering if they had or could get any more info. Saw something similar on UmHooops and this was the first i had heard about any interest from Looney.
Looney and Booker in that class would be amazing.
Yes it would.
Looney didn't have a lot of interest us. Perhaps Michigan's run to the National Championship opened his eyes...
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He could be there next year just about honestly.
I was personally kinda surprised to seem him leave, since he's def not a guaranteed 1st round pick.
I had expected to see McGary leave after his big tourny run, but glad that he will be back in A2 next season. Gotta be a tough decision to come back to school, if the scouts were telling me I'd be a 1st round draft pick, I'd be headed to the NBA and getting that rookie contract knocked out.
Some solid tweets from Bacari Alexander now that they've officially locked up the 2013-2014 Hoops roster and are moving on to recruiting future classes again.
Edit: It's also pretty damn funny that Bacari refers to himself wearing a Maize shirt as, "The Rotten Banana" in the bottom tweet.
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“Duke, Michigan State and Florida are probably the top three that are recruiting me the hardest,” Looney said.
Okafor, Jones, Looney, Allen, Winslow to Duke. Might top UK's class.
I love Bacari. the "#imalsofunnylookin'" hashtag is hilarious
I like Justise Winslow's game. Unfortunately, he is considered a strong lean to Arizona.
Hence, Duke has made contact with Jalen Lindsey (another athletic/skilled SF).
Here's an interview from this past week with Looney. Doesn't really say much, but does list (around the 1:15 mark) the most interested (or maybe most interesting) schools and rattles off Michigan, MSU, Tennessee, Florida, and Duke before having to stop and think about who else. Also says he'll start looking more at recruiting in July.
Class of 2014 Hamilton (WI) combo forward Kevon Looney a premier national recruit. He is great at attacking the basket out of the high post. Looney also excels on the offensive glass as he is super quick off the floor getting put backs and dunks. With his elite athleticism he also is a great player in transition. We caught up with the 2014 star to find out where his recruitment stands.
I have a feeling we won't end up with looney, but I will keep hoping!
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I still think Michigan should (and hopefully will) extend a scholarship to AJ Turner.
I think he will fit nicely with our team. He can basically play point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. And his size would make him a mismatch at the 1 and 2 position.
And given our S&C's track record of quickly improving a player's physique, he'll be able to get stronger and faster.
I know that Michigan's recruiting will improve (in terms of rankings) now that more higher ranked prospects are reciprocating interest but I think we'll always have a place for those unheralded/overlooked players that come in with a chip on their shoulder.
aj, turner looks good. i guess hes played well so far this spring in aau
It's crazy the roller coaster that is recruiting. Seemed like awhile back we couldn't miss on any of these kids including potential Diop and Tate and then they committed to OSU. Then it seemed like we were the favorite with Bluiett and Edwards but now we may be behind on them. Turner and Booker are still good chances to land here. Perhaps things will turn back to the good soon since we have spots and had a great run. We just haven't offered many and the ones we have some seem to be trending the other way. It's just funny how it peaks and valleys so much. I'm sure we will be fine even tho we will be losing a lot of talent over two years but its a little unsettling right now with no sure fire superstars committed yet.
I agree Frank. The other factor with kids like that is you need always need a few kids who are 4-5 year players. Right now we've got Spike, Caris, and probably Nik as that core. Zak Irvin, from the way he's been trending, doesn't feel like a 4-year player, and if Mark Donnal gets stronger he'd also be a prime candidate to leave early given the variety of offensive skills he's got. Derrick Walton is on the small side for a PG, so he'd need to have a Trey-like career to make the move quickly. So with quite a few spots still available in the 2014 class (even after the Doyle commit we've got -- 1 open right now, possibly 1 if Hatch is never cleared to play, 2 more if Mitch/Glenn go pro), I wouldn't mind a kid like Turner getting a spot.
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