The End-Around 2

On Darius Morris:Darius Morris

So it is now official, Morris is going pro after only two seasons as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan.  First analysis on his decision.  Although I believe if he had stayed another season he would have been drafted higher, I can only wish him the best and I believe he will be a solid back-up guard in the right team’s rotation.  Nobody wants to see another Ernest Shazor situation.  For what it is worth, Morris continues to climb every time ESPN’s Chad Ford updates his mock draft.  He currently projects Morris to be drafted 23rd by the Houston Rockets.  ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb said a few weeks ago that Morris should go pro if is given indication that he will be drafted in the Top 20, otherwise he should spend the off-season working on his jump shot. Andy Katz now has Michigan as a loser following the deadline to enter the draft.  He predicted they would have been a Top 15 team next season if not for the surprising decision.

Now for the aftermath and how it effects Michigan Basketball for the 2011-2012 season. 

Gary Parrish of CBSSports has Michigan 20th ….while Andy Katz has them 23rd:

The Wolverines would have been much higher but took a hit when Darius Morris unexpectedly decided to stay in the draft. Tim Hardaway Jr., is back; so, too, are Jordan Morgan, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Jon Horford and Matt Vogrich. Michigan will tussle with Wisconsin behind Ohio State in the Big Ten. But losing Morris takes a creator off the floor.

Michigan and Bradley will play a home and home the next years with Bradley. That means Bradley will visit Ann Arbor this upcoming season and the Wolverines will return the favor the following year.

Paul Zeise wonders if the University of Pittsburgh is becoming a reservoir for other program’s malcontents (Cullen Christian & Ray Vinopal mentioned).

Jamie Samuelsen believes that Lloyd Carr should be elected into the College Football Hall of Fame … And I agree.

David Brandon says he won’t gloat over Ohio State’s current situation.

Future Wolverine O-Lineman Tony Posada is looking to shine at this week’s Florida State Championship Track Meet.

Angelique Chengelis recently highlighted five potential difference makers for the Michigan Football team heading into next season.

Chad Henne says that Jim Mandich’s last words to him were confidence building.

And to close things out today, check out Zac & Jill Moon’s Wedding Entrance, a true must-see:

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDdYlsj_MkI[/tube]

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Crystal Ballin’ UM’s 2012 Recruiting Class

Here is my first guess on how I believe the recruiting class might look like at the end of the season. Remember recruiting is very fluid and the final list will probably look very different. At this point I have Michigan at 18 scholarships with the Cullen Christian and DJ Williamson transfers. This number will likely grow to around 20-22 when all is said and done, but for this list I’ll keep it at 20 prospects. Again, this is purely my guess at this point in the game and February is a long ways away.

1. QB – Tyler O’Connor. No offer as of yet, but since the Pike commit to Auburn things have been heating up.

2. WR – Malik Gilmore. Wants to visit Michigan and ND.

3. TE – Devin Funchess. Michigan Commit.

4. TE – A.J. Williams. Michigan Commit.

5. TE – Ron Thompson. Even with Funchess and Williams in the fold, I think Michigan takes him.

6. OT/OG – Ben Braden. Michigan Commit.

7. OG – Caleb Stacey. Michigan Commit.

8. OT – Jordan Diamond. Has stated for quite some time now that Michigan is on top.

9. OT – Erik Magnuson. Has Michigan in his top 3 along with Miami and Oregon.

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