Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Big House Wednesday: It's Bizzaro World Again

Remember yesterday when I was"shocked" that Courtney Sims was the D-league player of the year? Well guess who won Defensive Player of the Year for the D-League? Former Wolverine Brent Petway. Petway, the lone Stampede player to appear in all 45 games (all starts), ranks second in the league in blocks (2.1 bpg). Petway has tallied at least two blocks in 23 games and four or more blocks on eight occasions, including a season-high seven blocks on Dec. 27, 2008 vs Sioux Falls. The second-year player is averaging 10.1 points and 4.2 rebounds this season.

That Tommy Amaker can't develop any NBA talent but he sure can develop and recruit NBA D-League talent. Maybe the former Michigan coaches didn't get the full talent out of these young man. Crazy stuff.

  • Seems Robert Marve wasn't getting that warm welcomed feeling from the Wolverine coaches and has dropped Michigan from the list of schools he is considering. Robert is still considering Purdue, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Arizona State. His high school coach says: Michigan was dropped because of the Wolverines' QB situation, which got more congested when Michigan picked up a commitment for another passer due to arrive in 2010. I guess Robert was expecting the Wolverines to stop recruiting quarterbacks for the 2010 class.

  • RR calls the scrimmage last Saturday as "productive" on the offensive side of the ball: I didn't think our defense tackled particularly well, so that will be a point of emphasis today," Rodriguez said. "But it was a better day offensive execution-wise. (Quarterback) Tate (Forcier) made some mistakes, but he's coming around as far (as) or further than we expected in the spring period."

  • Green Jersey's - No Michigan was celebrating a late St. Patricks day: Wide receiver Greg Mathews, tailback Brandon Minor and cornerback Donovan Warren were all wearing green jerseys on Saturday, which means they are nursing some injuries or just too valuable to take a big hit. :-)

  • RR also hints that he will add 3 more scholarship players for the 2009 season, since they have three extra from signing day. Look for some preferred walk-ons in the current class or current walk-ons to receive this honor.

  • Recruits planning to attend the Spring Game include: Instate: Devin Gardner, Detroit Southeastern’s William Gholston, Detroit Renaissance’s Mylan Hicks and Detroit Cass Tech’s Dior Mathis From Ohio: Avon Lake offensive lineman Christian Pace, Cincinnati Wyoming defensive lineman Jibreel Black, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward Safety Latwan Anderson, Columbus Brookhaven defensive end Derrick Bryant and from Other States: Marvin Robinson a top 100 Safety from Florida and Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus running back Stephen Hopkins. As reported here on Big House Blog yesterday, Michigan is leading for Marcus at this point in his recruitment: First, I get to see the stadium, which is the biggest stadium in America,” Hopkins remarked. “Then, I get to see the offense, which I am really curious about because I don’t know much about it. I’m just excited to see everything because I don’t see any of it living in Texas.”

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