Michigan Basketball Single Season Assist Leaders

With 5 assists in last nights 72-61 win over Illinois, Trey Burke broke Gary Grant’s 27 year old freshmen season assist record. Burke now has 143 on the season, Grant had 140 in 1984-85. Burke now stands 17th overall, in Wolverines’ single season history, also surpassed Jalen Rose’s best assist season total of 140 during the 1992-93 campaign. Rose was on hand to announce the game and gave compliments throughout to the freshman from Columbus, OH.

Last week Trey Burke broke Gary Grant’s 27 year old freshmen record of 140 assists in a season. With one assist vs. Penn State on Sunday Trey Burke is still in 17th place on the Single Season Michigan assist record book heading into the Big Ten Tournament. Every game through the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments counts toward this statistical total. Taking an estimate of Michigan playing 4 more games would result in Burke finishing with 18 or 19 more assists (per his average), which would place him 10th in the record books.

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Michigan’s Single Season Assist Records:

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Where Will Darius Morris Go?

I’m sure we can all agree that we wish Darius Morris had stayed in Ann Arbor for another year.  Many NBA Experts have spoken out that if he had, and improved his jump shot, that he would be a lock for the lottery.  Point guards with Morris’ size are hard to come by.  This is why it is easy to see that Morris does have a future in the league as (atleast) a rotation player.  I hope he puts in the time to develop his jump shot and goes to a team that will let him develop his game while giving him the playing time to reach his potential.  Now onto the different projections:

Darius Morris

Chad Ford, ESPN: 8th in the 2nd Rd. to the Houston Rockets (6/21/11)

The Rockets would like to add some size in the backcourt and have been fans of Morris for a while. At No. 38, he’s worth the risk. He has a lot of Andre Miller to his game.

Sean Deveney, Sporting News: 26th in the 1st Rd. to the Dallas Mavericks (6/21/11)

The Knicks are still keeping tabs on Morris, and if they can’t get a wild card like Biyombo, Morris may not get past No. 17.

Sam Amick, Sports Illustrated: 23rd in the 1st Rd. to the Houston Rockets (6/14/11)

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The End-Around 2

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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:

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