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Scouting: Nike EYBL Lexington

I was on hand at the Nike EYBL in Lexington over the weekend and was able to check up on a number of Michigan recruiting targets. Here’s a rundown of those that I caught in action. Cassius Winston (2016 PG) You know what you are going to get when you watch Cassius Winston play. He’s going to control the game, he’s going to hit tough shots, and he’s going to get into the lane...
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Austin Hatch to move to medical scholarship, serve as student assistant

Michigan freshman Austin Hatch will move to a medical scholarship next season and serve as an undergraduate student assistant. Full University Press Release below: University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein and freshman guard Austin Hatch announced today (Monday, April 27) that Hatch will alter his position with the men’s basketball roster by moving to...
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Report Card 2015: Caris LeVert

Previously: Zak Irvin Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle, Aubrey Dawkins, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman Michigan guard Caris LeVert is coming back for his senior year and suddenly the Wolverine roster looks very capable of competing in a Big Ten conference that seems to improve by the day. LeVert’s junior season never quite lived up to expectations. He showed signs of rust with his jumpshot...
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Michigan to host Xavier in Gavitt Tipoff Games

Michigan will host Xavier in the inaugural Gavitt Games on November 20th, 2015. The Gavitt Tip Off Games will be help the first full week of the 2015-16 season, with two games each on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and will match up Big East and Big Ten foes in a challenge structure similar to the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Xavier made the NCAA tournament in nine of the last...
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Recruiting: Where Things Stand

Michigan’s roster is starting to come into focus with the news that Caris LeVert will be returning for his senior season and big man Austin Davis will be a Wolverine. The next question is: what does that mean for Michigan’s recruiting going forward? It’s no secret that Michigan is starting to work with a crowded scholarship situation, but don’t expect the Wolverines to be...
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Caris LeVert turns down ‘lifetime dream’ of NBA for senior season with Wolverines

Days after Caris LeVert suffered his season-ending foot injury fighting for a rebound against Northwestern, the junior guard received a text message from Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan asking about his future plans. “I’m coming back,” LeVert replied. “I feel like I have to come back.” And, although he changed his mind several times during the upcoming months, LeVert eventually...
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Video: Caris LeVert says ‘my heart was here at Michigan’

Caris LeVert chatted with media Tuesday afternoon following Michigan’s announcement that he would return for his senior year. The guard discussed why he chose to forgo the NBA Draft, the conversations that led to his decision and his aspirations for next season.   The post Video: Caris LeVert says ‘my heart was here at Michigan’ appeared first on UM Hoops.com.
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Max Bielfeldt granted release from Michigan

As was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Max Bielfeldt has been granted a release to explore graduate transfer opportunities. The 6-foot-8 senior walked on Senior Day and was expected to explore transfer options after the season, but he left the door open at the Michigan basketball banquet last week. The release means that other schools are free to contact and recruit him...
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Caris LeVert to return for senior season

Caris LeVert announced his intentions to return to Michigan for his senior season today. “Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future,” LeVert said in a statement. “My family and I, along with the coaching staff, gathered as much information as possible. After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will return for my senior year...
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Report: Caris LeVert to announce NBA decision on Tuesday

According to a report by the Michigan Daily, Caris LeVert will announce his NBA decision on Tuesday. The Daily, citing a representative of the Order of Angell, reports that LeVert was invited to and accepted membership in the campus honor soceity, but his standing wouldn’t depend on his decision. The representative added that LeVert’s future plans would be announced on Tuesday...
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Report: Four-star Kenny Williams plans to visit Michigan

John Beilein was in Virginia yesterday to visit with four-star guard Kenny Williams. Williams, one of the best shooters in the class of 2015, recently decommitted from Virginia Commonwealth after Shaka Smart accepted the Texas coaching job. According to Scout.com, Beilein met with Williams at his school while Georgetown’s John Thompson III visited Williams’ home. Also according...
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Austin Davis says Michigan is a perfect fit, commits within an hour

Michigan earned its second commitment of the 2016 class Thursday night when center Austin Davis pledged to the Wolverines. Davis, a 6-foot-10 big man from Onsted, Michigan, received his offer from the program Thursday afternoon on his way home from school. He called John Beilein back within the hour to accept. “I waited for my parents to come home, and together, we called coach...
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Class of 2016 big man Austin Davis commits to Michigan

Michigan added its second commitment in the class of 2016 this evening as Onsted, MI big man Austin Davis committed to the Wolverines. Davis, a 6-foot-10 240 pound big man, averaged 26 points, seven rebounds and five blocks per game as a junior for Onsted, building on averages of 21 points and 15 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game...
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Notebook: Spike Albrecht, John Beilein discuss future at banquet

Spike Albrecht won numerous awards Wednesday night during Michigan’s annual awards banquet, but the junior didn’t walk on stage to give a speech or even stand for recognition. The guard, who underwent right hip surgery on April 8, spent most of the evening seated, or hobbling around the Crisler Center floor with a brace providing support to his midsection and leg. “I’m feeling...
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Video: John Beilein talks Caris LeVert’s NBA decision, scholarship situation

John Beilein met with media Wednesday following Michigan’s postseason awards banquet. The Wolverines’ coach spoke about Caris LeVert’s upcoming NBA decision, how he might manage scholarships, and the team’s versatility entering next winter. The post Video: John Beilein talks Caris LeVert’s NBA decision, scholarship situation appeared first on UM Hoops.com.
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Caris LeVert says NBA decision coming ‘pretty soon’

Caris LeVert’s future could depend largely on his NBA draft evaluation. If the junior guard is projected to be selected in the first round, he’ll consider declaring. Otherwise, he said Wednesday at Michigan’s postseason award celebration, it wouldn’t make sense to leave. Though LeVert was among the first to receive his draft grade, he requested a reevaluation in order to...
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Spike Albrecht, Zak Irvin share MVP honors at team banquet

Michigan handed out its team awards at the annual Michigan basketball banquet this evening. Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin shared the Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player award while Aubrey Dawkins earned Most Improved Player. Below you can read the full list of awards: Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player: Spike Albrecht / Zak Irvin Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive player: Zak Irvin Travis...
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John Beilein to visit four-star prospect Kenny Williams

Kenny Williams, a four-star prospect who recently decommitted from VCU, will have a visitor in town this weekend. The Chesterfield, Virginia native confirmed to UMHoops.com that John Beilein plans to meet with the shooting guard now that he has been granted his release from the Rams. “The plan is for him to come down this weekend,” Williams said in a text message to UM Hoops...
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Draft Watch: Caris LeVert still weighing NBA decision

While Caris LeVert initially predicted his return from surgery to fix a stress fracture in his foot would proceed on schedule, it now appears he’ll need longer than the expected 12-week recovery period. He attended the Michigan women’s basketball team’s NIT Final Four game on April 1 in a walking boot, and John Beilein told MLive’s Brendan Quinn on Monday that the 6-foot...
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Report Card 2015: Zak Irvin

Previously: Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle, Aubrey Dawkins, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman For months, Michigan fans wondered when Zak Irvin would make the leap so many expected of him entering his sophomore campaign. It took until the final weeks of the season to arrive, but the improvements were dramatic. Over the the team’s final six games, Irvin averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds...
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Report Card 2015: Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman

Previously: Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle, Aubrey Dawkins There was a point in the first half of Michigan’s game against Michigan State at the Breslin Center when a Spartan fan, bewildered by the player torching his team’s defense, stood up after yet another made basket and yelled at no one in particular: Who on earth is that!? The “who” was Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, and...
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Spike Albrecht out 4-5 months following hip surgery

Junior guard Spike Albrecht is out 4-5 months following a procedure on his right hip, Michigan announced Wednesday morning. An additional surgery may be necessary later in the offseason, and MLive reports the second operation is very likely. Here is the press release in its entirety: ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced...
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Notebook: Spike Albrecht to undergo hip surgery

John Beilein spoke to reporters, including MLive’s Brendan Quinn, at the United States Basketball Writers Association Luncheon in Indianapolis. Beilein was at the event to honor Austin Hatch, who received the USBWA’s Most Courageous Award. The Michigan head coach also reported that Spike Albrecht would be undergoing hip surgery, a procedure which will affect both hips, shortly...
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Report: Bacari Alexander in contention for Wisconsin-Green Bay job

Michigan assistant coach Bacari Alexander is a candidate for the Wisconsin-Green Bay head coaching position. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Alexander as one of four candidates including Green Bay assistant Brian Barone, former UNC star Joe Wolf and Xavier assistant coach Travis Steele. Bacari Alexander was hired as a Michigan assistant coach in 2010 and was on the assistant coaching...
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Moritz Wagner commits to Michigan

Michigan added a commitment from 6-foot-9 German forward Moritz Wagner today. The German announced his decision on twitter. Proud that I gonna be a Wolverine and a part of 〽️ichigan next year. Damn grateful for what Alba did for me! This is my club &always will be — Moe Wagner (@moritz_weasley) April 5, 2015 Wagner is a 17 year old prospect (who will turn 18 on April...
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