Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Michigan Tuesday: Michigan Basketball Gets a Transfer From UK

Michigan doesn't do well when they recruit against Kentucky.   Coach B is looking for 4 year guys that want a degree, Calipari is looking for one and done's that want the NBA Lottery.

Michigan has taken a big hit in transfers this summer and needs good players in the program.   The announcement last night that transfer Charles Matthews from Kentucky is going to help.   This has been rumored for weeks and ESPN announced it last night. 

Charles is 6'6 and was a freshman last year for UK.  He was a top 100 player and a 4 star recruit.    He is known as athletic finisher at the rim.   He is not known as a shooter but is a very good defender that can guard multiple positons.   Maybe Coach B can work on his shooting but defense has been an issue for the Wolverines for a couple of years. 

Charles will have to sit out next year but will have 3 years to play.     Welcome to Ann Arbor!

  • Michigan football had a good weekend with commits and it sounded like it almost landed 3 star OT Andrew Stueber as well.    Andrew wants him mom to visit Ann Arbor before he pulls the trigger on a commitment.

  • 5 star TX OLB Baron Browning was on campus yesterday for a visit.

  • UCLA commit DE Hunter Echols is also on campus.

  • 4 star KY OT Jedrick Wills is expected today

The Big Ten has signed another deal with ESPN.  Starting in the 2017 season, Big Ten football games will be ESPN and Fox every weekend.  Many coaches were concerned that leaving ESPN completely would give them a disadvantage recruiting against other leagues.   ESPN will pay $200 million per year for the rights.  The 3 network deal (CBS for Basketball) will pay the Big Ten $2.64 billion over the next 6 years.

The thought is that we are ceiling for these type of TV payouts as ESPN and other sport networks will continue to lose revenue as more and more people are cutting the cord on their $200 a month cable bill.   Some speculate that live sports is the only thing keeping the cable companies alive. 

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