Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Update: Summer Ball and Michigan Hoops

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the future of the Michigan basketball program and how tough it was going to be recruiting top talent with up-and-coming mid major programs like Oakland and U of D Mercy bringing in top-tier recruiting classes. It looks as if I might have gotten it right. Free Press reporter Mark Snyder wrote a column yesterday about Oakland's incoming class and how they could be gearing up to challenge the big guns (like MSU) for state basketball supremacy.

Drew Maynard, one of the six incoming players, went as far as to say this was the start of a "dynasty" at OU. While that may be a little bit of a stretch, and though this class isn't likely to be the next Fab Five, Michigan Basketball might need to prepare for a changing of the guard as teams like Oakland and Detroit Mercy have taken full advantage of U of M's absence from the state basketball scene.

Summer Ball: As of yesterday evening, Forward Bernard Robinson Jr. leads all former Wolverines with 13 points and 13 boards in the NBA Summer League. Robinson Jr. has seen action in 2 games (44 minutes total) and has started one of them. Robert "Tractor" Traylor is second with 8 points in 13 minutes played with the Cavs, while Brent Petway and Courtney Sims have yet to see the court for the Grizzlies and Hornets, respectively.

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