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I would much rather Mitch plays the 5 some and Donnal gets more minutes at the 4. This would give us a much better offensive lineup.
I won't get into the minute projections since those will vary game-to-game but that line-up shows how incredibly deep our 2014 team will be (thanks in part to how Coach Beilein and his staff developed the 2013 team). Not counting Max Bielfeldt, Michigan will go 10 deep. And 7 of those 10 will have a lot of experience.
If Walton acclimates well from the start, I think our team will be absolutely loaded. And if need be Albrecht can run the team for stretches to take pressure off of Walton.
Btw, I expect Stauskas to occasionally play as a point forward because he is a triple threat: he can (1) shoot/score, he can (2) attack off the dribble and get to the rim , and he can (3) pass or create for teammates.
Throughout the season, Stauksas showed flashes of his creativity, court awareness, vision, and passing ability. I look forward to watching him expand his game and refine his skills. He'll basically be a total stud as an upperclassmen. My bold prediction: I think his jersey will one day hang from the rafters.
Also, I want to see how LeVert develops. Two nights ago, I rewatched the 2003 National Championship game which featured a young Syracuse team and a much older Kansas team. One player stood out to me as a realistic comparison for LeVert - Kueth Duany. (Look him up.) LeVert's resemblance to Duany is uncanny!
I just hope that Stauskas and LeVert play each other 1-on-1 a lot this summer. Those sessions should help both individually.
I'll avoid going down the list and focusing on every player. For now, I wanted to focus on Stauskas and LeVert.
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Completely agree. I think they both come back with noticeable improvements; both skills and size. They are well aware of their role on next years' team. Levert/Irvin will be the two x-factors next year IMO. When/if those two play well, we will be extremely tough to beat.
I am not worried about the PG position. I honestly think Spike from this past year (on next years team) would be sufficient in terms of facilitating and maintaining a good flow. He wouldn't put up huge numbers, but the defense can't leave him open from 3 and he rarely turns the ball over. Now throw in a year of confidence, a year of training, and more competition with a new look from Walton, we're sitting pretty. With that said, I think Walton comes in and starts and plays extremely well. The kid is good. He will only get better.
No matter how the year starts, I am convinced that by the tourney we will have as good of a chance as anyone to make a final four run. We've already seen how well Beilein progresses his freshmen throughout the year.
I don't see how Stauskus starts if GR3 is the other starting wing. Neither of them have the quickness to guard a 2-guard like Gary Harris. I think it's far more likely that LeVert refines his offensive game over the summer than it is for Stauskus to suddenly find the athleticism to defend explosive 2-guards. Stauskus would make a great sixth man. It would keep his legs fresh throughout the year (critical for a shooter) and you would be able to pair him with LeVert or Irvin, either of whom are capable of defending quicker 2-guards (at least LeVert is, I'm just going by scouting reports on Irvin). Stauskus to me is a SF and you have to pair him with a SG because of defense.
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My buddy Gmac lit KU up that game
I watched a TV special on youtube about the 2003 Syracuse team's run through the NCAA Tournament before watching the National Championship game.
And frankly, there were a number of (superficial) similarities between the 2003 Syracuse team and the 2013 Michigan team. For instance, Syracuse was led by mostly underclassmen (McNamara, Carmely Anthony, Hakim Warrick, etc.)
McNamara basically rained 3s for the entire 1st half. Strangely reminiscent of Albrecht going unconscious for 16 minutes or so.
The difference was that KU never had a single big run to overtake the lead. If not for Cool Hand Luke Hancock, Michigan might have blown out Louisville.
I grew up with Gerry so I followed Cuse closely when he was there. That team was fun to watch, went to a bunch of games those years too.
Haha, A few of my buddies actually texted me during the game things like "Is that GMac out there".
If Beilein really wants to play bigger then you have no choice but to start Horford at the 5. Morgan isn't strong enough.
Strength isn't an issue with Morgan, it's height.
This is Michigan, fergodsakes.
And talent.......downvote away
EDIT: I was being sarcastic
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What team have you been watching?
Morgan is stronger than Horford. Pretty simple. Horford is frail for a big man. Morgan just isn't that tall.
If were playing Mitch at the 4 then I want Horford at the 5. Remember John is just a RS Soph who has battled injury, he still has time to change his game.
Every point you've made is based solely on what you expect to happen in the future, with not much reason for this expected change, other than the fact that you think it might happen.
I can't say, "Brady Hoke is a better coach than Bo Schembechler" solely because I expect Hoke to be a better coach in the future (not how I feel on Hoke/Bo, just an example). Just as you can't keep making these concrete claims and then later stating "it's what I expect to happen"
I just want my center to be as big as possible
Just don't think Morgan is that intimidating to any guards driving the lane.
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