Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wolverine Wednesday: Coach B Inks A New Deal

Coach B has signed a new rolling 5 year deal to stay with the Wolverines probably until retirement.  As we know, the Pistons flirted with him this summer but coach kindly stepped out of the process.

Below is the official release from Michigan:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel announced Wednesday (July 18) that he and the David and Meredith Kaplan Men's Basketball Head Coach John Beilein have reached an agreement for a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.
Additionally, the newly inked five-year rollover deal automatically extends one additional year and repeats each year until either Beilein, or U-M, has given proper notice that the renewal will not be exercised by mid-April.
"I am thrilled to ensure John's leadership of our basketball program today and into the future," Manuel said. "I am very pleased with our shared dialog throughout the process, and I am extremely happy that one of the game's great coaches is representing the University of Michigan."
"I am grateful for the opportunity the University of Michigan has given to me over the past 11 years," said Beilein. "Kathleen and I love Ann Arbor, our University, our fans and the state of Michigan. We will continue to work very hard in the future to have our basketball team reflect the greatness of this University. I thank Mark Schlissel and Warde Manuel for their faith and commitment to our coaching staff and basketball program. The future of men's basketball is bright and I am excited to be a part of it."
Beginning his 12th season in Ann Arbor, Beilein and his Wolverines are coming off a program-record 33 win campaign (33-8), and a run to the 2018 Final Four, and national title game -- a second trip in the last six years.
Already U-M's all-time leader in wins with 248, Beilein has compiled a career record of 799-461 (.628) during his 41 years as a collegiate head coach. In 11 seasons in Ann Arbor, U-M has made eight NCAA Tournament appearances with four Sweet 16 (2013, '14, '17, '18), three Elite Eight (2013, '14, '18), two Final Four and national title game (2013, 2018) runs.
The 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Beilein has guided the Wolverines to two Big Ten regular-season titles (2012, 2014) as well as back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles in 2017 and 2018. He has had 13 Wolverines earn All-Big Ten honors with Moritz Wagner (2017, 2018) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (2018) the most recent additions.
Beilein coached Trey Burke to consensus National, All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year honors in 2013 as well as Nik Stauskas to All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year honors the following year in 2014. This past season, Duncan Robinson became the first Wolverines to earn the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year accolade (2018).
With 12 Wolverines reaching the NBA under Beilein's tutelage, he has nine NBA Draft selections with seven first-round picks -- Darius Morris (2011, No. 41), Burke (2013, No. 9), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (2013, No. 24), Stauskas (2014, No. 8), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21), Glenn Robinson III (2014, No. 40), Caris LeVert (2016, No. 20), D.J. Wilson (2017, No. 17) and Wagner (2018, No. 25).

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Michigan Tuesday: Big Ten Announces The Players Attending The Season Kickoff

Every year, the Big Ten does a kickoff meeting for the season with a few players from each team and the media.  The event will be held on July 23rd and 24th at the Chicago Marriott.   Attending from the Wolverines this year will be Karan Higdon, Sr., RB, Tyree Kinnel, Sr., DB, Chase Winovich, Sr., DL.

Here are the list of the other players from the Big Ten:

Jonathan Crawford, Sr., S*
Wes Martin, Sr., OL*
Luke Timian, Sr., WR*
Derwin Gray, Sr., OL*
Taivon Jacobs, Sr., WR
Darnell Savage Jr., Sr., DB*
Karan Higdon, Sr., RB*
Tyree Kinnel, Sr., DB*
Chase Winovich, Sr., DL*
Brian Lewerke, Jr., QB*
LJ Scott, Sr., RB*
Khari Willis, Sr., S*
Parris Campbell, Sr., WR*
Dre’Mont Jones, Jr., DT*
Isaiah Prince, Sr., OT*
Trace McSorley, Sr., QB*
Amani Oruwariye, Sr., CB*
Nick Scott, Sr., S
Blessuan Austin, Sr., DB
Tariq Cole, Sr., OL*
Deonte Roberts, Sr., LB

Nick Allegretti, Sr., OL*
Mike Dudek, Jr., WR
Jamal Milan, Jr., DL
Parker Hesse, Sr., DE
Matt Nelson, Sr., DE
Nate Stanley, Jr., QB*
Thomas Barber, Jr., LB*
Carter Coughlin, Jr., LB*
Rodney Smith, Sr., RB*
Jerald Foster, Sr., OG*
Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR*
Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT
Nate Hall, Sr., LB*
Montre Hartage, Sr., CB
Clayton Thorson, Sr., QB*
Markus Bailey, Jr., LB*
David Blough, Sr., QB
Elijah Sindelar, Jr., QB
Michael Deiter, Sr., OL*
D’Cota Dixon, Sr., S*
T.J. Edwards, Sr., ILB*

* indicates 2017 all-conference selections and honorable mentions

Monday, July 16, 2018

Michigan Monday: DJ Goes To OSU

When I was growing up in Ann Arbor my family would get DJ's Pizza on Packard once a week or so.  I have no idea if they are still even in business now but it was a good day when DJ's Pizza was at the door with a hot pie.

DJ Carton is a 5 star PG that was leaning towards Michigan and had recently cut his list to include Michigan, Indiana, and OSU.  Many insiders believed it was a Michigan vs IU battle since he hadn't visited Columbus yet.   This past weekend, he visited Ohio State and committed to the Buckeyes.    I guess you can say, he didn't deliver his commitment to the Wolverines.  

  • Michigan is now in the top 8 for another 4 star guard named Rocket Watts (who has to be explosive right?).   Michigan is in his top 8 with Michigan State, Louisville, Florida State, UConn, Xavier, Oregon, and Missouri.

  • During the Big Ten and Big Ten Tournament, I was very impressed on how well big man Isaac Haas played for Purdue. He was such a large human at 7'2 that I nicknamed him "Andre the Giant".   I didn't think he was a lottery pick for the NBA, but I thought he would be a late round 1 or early round 2 guy.   I know he hurt himself in the NCAA Tournament, but I still thought his upside for the NBA was still pretty strong.   Well, the big man didn't get drafted and signed a Summer League contract with the Utah Jazz.  The big man averaged 15 minutes a game but only 3 points.   He is going to struggle to find a contract and probably heading to the G League or overseas. I was wrong on that one!   

Friday, July 13, 2018

Michigan Friday: 24/7 Releases Updated Rankings and A Couple Wolverines Get A Huge Bump

The saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is never more accurate when it comes to college football recruit rankings.   Recruiting services have to rank over a thousand players each year and many times its off highlight tapes, etc.  It's pretty easy to see how a Mike Hart could be a 3 star player.  Ranking these kids has to be a very difficult task, outside say the top 100 kids. 

So recruiting services take as much information they can to rank kids.   Summer Camps and events like the Opening are big deals for kids getting seen by a ton of services.   That is why we will see new lists come out, between now and the start of the season.  

For those that don't visit 24/7 too often, they have two lists to rank kids.   #1 is they do their own ranking like any service, #2 the do a composite of the other services and give the kid an average star and overall ranking. 

So when 24/7 released their own updated rankings yesterday, some of Michigan's recruits went up, others stayed flat and a few dropped some.  

  • DE David Ojabo moved up 347 spots from 540 to 193 and is now a 4 star.
  • RB  Zach Charbonnet moved up from 219 to 40 and is just outside a 5 star.
Those are big jumps which will continue to help Michigan's overall class standing which ranks #5 in the country right now. 

Here is a quick list of guys Michigan is still in the race for: (composite)

#3 Zach Harrison
# 9 Dax Hill
#18 Quavaris Crouch
#30 Akeem Dent (FSU)
#41 Kyle Ford
#49 Lewis Cline
#95 George Karlaftis (Purdue)

  • 4 star 2019 athlete has Michigan in his top group with Alabama, Ohio State, Nebraska, Purdue and UK.