Hahaha, I stand corrected. He is more of a community college type. Hopefully that isn't giving him too much credit.....
Not sure what is more to blame for the basketball Buckeyes current state: poor player evaulations or poor player development. I tend to lean more towards the evaluation side. Even if Amir went to duke I think he is still missing shots from point blank range. We all get on him for playing lazy (which he does), but I just don't think he is a very good athlete to begin with. When you combine this with a low motor you get a player who should probably be playing for a MAC school. Sam Thompson/Scott are both high motor guys, but they have natural limitations as shooters. Their lack of shooting ability was easy to overlook in high school because both were so quick to the basket and physically dominant. Even with the best shooting coaches in the country, I don't think either of these guys become above average offensive players. I blame Matta for recruiting Amir as the centerpiece of this senior class. It turned out to be a horrible call and our quality of play/depth has suffered as a consequence. I don't blame him for recruiting Scott or Thompson. Neither can shoot, but they both play great defense and have been great teammates. If this team had even just a Terence Dials at center they would be at least a decent threat in the tournament.
Thompson has to develop a 3 point shot if he wants any chance at an NBA career. Thompson has all the skills necessary to be a tremendous wing defender at the next level, but you have to contribute at least one thing on the offensive end. Right now there are lots of D & 3 players in the NBA, lockdown defenders with limited offensive game but a decent 3 point shot. If you want to play small forward in the NBA you have to contribute to floor spacing. If your small forward has no jump shot you will end up having a situation like we saw in Detroit with Josh Smith. Smith has one of the worst jump shots in the NBA. but the Pistons played him at the 3 because they have Drummond/Monroe at the 4-5. Teams responded to this by leaving Smith uncontested on the perimeter and using the extra defender to clog the lanes and harass Drummond or Monroe. This absolutely decimated the Pistons floor spacing and sent their record plunging until they released Smith (and subsequently went on a winning streak). If Thompson could develop just a mediocre jump shot he has a chance to stick for several years and be a solid rotational player. As things stand right now he is looking at being an undrafted free agent who will probably get a few chances in the D league to develop that 3 point shot. Thompson is a great kid and hopefully he will be able to make that NBA dream a reality.
This guy for circus catches + I freaking love listening to him on Mike & Mike.
100% agree with the diva remark and that what drives me nuts with this kid. On signing day all he can talk about is how in 3 years he will be in NFL and Zeke leaving is apparently ensuring that happens. I guess Curtis Samuel is just going to retire from football. Same with Kareem Walker and George Hill. And then he bails on Michigan because they get some no name RB from FL. This kid needs to buckle down because Curtis Samuel is going to absolutely bring it once Zeke leaves. Weber just gave Samuel more motivation than he will ever need to secure the #1 spot for 2016.
No, we should not have to address this. Mike has every right to be upset, but a position coach should not have been why he committed. I was not impressed with Mike's answer when he was asked why he committed to Ohio State. He said he committed because Ohio State gave him the best chance to go 3 years and then jump to NFL. He said Zeke assured him that 2015 would be his last year at Ohio State. I like Mike Weber, but he seems overly concerned about the depth chart being light on competition. His announcement of his 3 year NFL plan also seems like somewhat of a slap in the face to Curtis Samuel, Warren Ball, and Dunn. Samuel is a very promising back and I don't think Weber just gets handed the keys to kingdom once Zeke leaves. 2016 will also be Dunn/Ball's final year and he shouldn't dismiss them fighting hard to earn serious playing time. Drayton leaving is a blow for Weber, but he needs to get his mind right and put this 3 year plan talk out of his head. Its a very difficult situation, but it doesn't have to become a huge issue if Weber steps up and handles it the right way. I don't think Urban has to address it unless Weber reaches out to a media outlet to start a story about how he was tricked on signing day. That would be bad.
What Mike is going through right now is tough. I'm sure he had a close relationship with coach Drayton and that was a big selling point for coming to OSU. That being said, Mike Weber needs to step up and handle this the right way. After his press conference he said he choose Ohio State because he will do 3 years and be gone. He mentioned that Zeke assured him that he would be gone after 2015, thus leaving Weber with an easier path to the top of depth chart. Now he is ticked because Drayton is gone and I'm sure some part of him thinks this hurts his NFL plans. He needs to learn that playing for Ohio State is about representing the OSU family/university and playing for the brothers next to you. Urban has talked extensively about how he observed Chip Kelly at Oregon and noticed how the entire program from top to bottom had bought into one culture. He has taken this to Ohio State and it seems clear that this family culture is what got OSU through all the difficult challenges this year presented. This group of players represent the most selfless bunch I have seen at OSU and they play for each other. Headlines and future NFL money are the eventual rewards for this devotion to the unit ahead of self. What happened to Mike isn't fair, but the program is a lot bigger than Stan Drayton and early playing time. Mike can either sulk over a difficult development or man up and show all his future teamates/coaches that he is ready to put the team first. Great opportunity here to impress the team and entire OSU fan base. I hope he makes the right move.
Why the hell did anyone down vote this? It's ok to down vote when someone is being a troll or a complete jerk. But don't down vote when someone brings up a legit point that you may or may not agree with. I don't know if OSU did anything shady, but other coaches will surely use this against us down the road regardless. I completely understand Weber being upset if he was not informed of the interview. I would be too. I'm very happy for Drayton who absolutely deserves this opportunity, but it is not a good look for us.
It is not going to take a miracle. If this team wins 3 more games and gets to 20 they are still right on the bubble. Not saying 20 gets them in by any stretch, but they are at least still in the discussion for a spot . If they win 5 more regular season games (a real possibility given they play PSU twice, Rutgers, Michigan, Nebraska) and finish 22-9 they should be a lock. And even if they don't finish really strong in regular season, it isn't far fetched to imagine them performing really well in the Big Ten tournament and making it to the final round. This would also really impress the committee. It will be hard for committee to leave out a high caliber coach like Matta and the best guard in the entire country. Same situation with Michigan State this year. Michigan State is 15-7, but if they can get to 20-21 wins the committee isn't going to keep out a brand name with Tom Izzo. As long as Ohio State doesn't completely implode down the stretch (losing to PSU twice) they are in a good position to make the tournament.
100% agree with this pick. I think he gets overlooked because nobody knows exactly what position he will play. But when you watch the tape he looks more explosive than just about any prospect in the country. Great speed, but even better acceleration and moves in the open field. I would be shocked if he doesn't end up fielding punts in the near future. I'm not saying he is the next Ted Ginn, but he could have that type of impact on offense/special teams. I'm absolutely shocked that most recruiting services only have him as a fringe top 100 player. He will see the field early and often.
He wouldn't hold a press conference if he was sticking with Ohio State. He is already committed to us so a press conference would just be announcing what everyone already knows. Also, most people at Cass Tech are probably already pissed he is going to OSU so why would he subject himself to more ridicule than necessary if he was sticking with us. He is holding a press conference because he knows the whole state will go nuts when he flips and everyone in Michigan will want to watch it live. It would be a huge moment for Michigan and I'm sure all those close to him told him a press conference was necessary for such a monumental UM moment. If he was staying with Ohio State I don't know why he wouldn't just fax in his LOI at same time as Alabi.
Agreed. Wouldn't be a fun day of Vonn Bell like surprises, but keeping all your current guys is vastly underrated. Would love to get Prince, but if Weber then turns around and picks Michigan the day is a wash. Just keep all the current guys and add one more good piece like Hill. And ALWAYS remember you could be stuck in the dump with Hairballs underwhelming group of miscreants.
Sark is a Mormon?? Why has no one mentioned this until now? This thing is a done deal. This kid is going to USC. The fact they both share the same faith probably means more to him than any of us realize. Probably means more to his whole family than we realize. Blast!
Despite the lackluster Brady Hoke era, Michigan still has above average talent on their roster. The defense will be good with DJ Durkin. The offense will be improved, but the passing game will still be a work in progress with a new QB and marginal talent at WR (Missing out on Treadwell and losing Funchess really hurts). I think they lose against MSU and us for sure. Then almost all their other games are against teams that are actually above average or good. Utah, Oregon State, and BYU are all solid OOC teams with good coaches. Utah is the best of the bunch and Michigan will find it extremely difficult to beat them on the road. Maryland, PSU, Rutgers, and MN are all in conference teams that appear on the rise and any of these games could be a tossup. Michigan will have a coaching advantage in most of these games, but not a real talent advantage to speak of. I see Michigan losing to @Utah, @MN, MSU, @PSU, and Ohio State and finishing 7-5. I may be underestimating Harbaugh, but Michigan has difficult road games and inexperience at the most important position on the field. I know many will point to how Urban turned OSU to 12-0 and suggest Harbaugh can do the same. But Urban also had a QB who was the best pure athlete on the field every single game which covered up for some glaring weaknesses. If Ohio State had Shane Morris starting that year they probably lose 4 games. Harbaugh has his work cut out for him.
Very interesting little tidbits of info Ebvine. Getting involved with OSU so late in the process means he hasn't really had much time to develop close relationships with players. I think the OSU trip was just so he could know he was 100% sold on USC. I'm sure he went in with an open mind, but probably decided beforehand it would take something truly amazing for him to bail on USC so late in the process. Plus what kid wouldn't let Urban Meyer entertain him for an entire weekend. Its like trying ice cream samples before actually placing your order. You are 95% certain you are going to get your usual order, but why not try a couple new flavors flavors in case they just happen to blow you away and forever change your preference. Probably not the best analogy, but I wouldn't be shocked if OSU was just a "ah, what the hell why not" type visit. I hope I'm dead wrong though. To me, getting Gustin would be an even bigger surprise than getting a Vonn Bell because a few months ago Gustin was considered a USC lock. Not many players visit USC three times and leave them standing at the altar.
This guy is just trying to get followers. Never trust someone who has nothing to lose in credibility if they are proven to be completely wrong. I don't doubt Urban Meyer, but the odds are not in our favor. We have to be rational. Gustin has taken 3 visits to USC and the vast majority of recruiting experts believe that is where he will end up. Gustin has taken only one visit to Ohio State. By all accounts Urban made sure the trip was incredible, but all this happened extremely late in the process. The fan in me hopes Gustin surprises and picks Ohio State, but my rational side tells me he will pick the longtime favorite USC. Regardless of the outcome, if Ohio State nabs the duo of Hill/Prince that will make for a great signing day by itself.
@ Bulls will be tough if Bulls show up. I could see streak going until Feb 26 when they play Golden State. Streaks are fun, but they start to become a burden to the players once the media gets in a frenzy. I'm a fan of the Hawks, but also a big cavs fan as well. Hawks got their streak snapped at 19 last night. I was actually relieved because over the last 4-5 games I noticed the team wasn't playing with as much energy. They enjoyed the streak, but the pressure to keep it going started to affect their game in a negative way. Once the Cavs start to approach 20 (game 20 being GS) the media will be absolutely relentless 24/7. This is fun for fans of course, but players will feel it draining them mentally. That being said, Lebron and co. already have the spotlight on them so maybe it won't be as much a factor. Would love to see Lebron hit 30 in a row while the Miami Heat flounder in mediocrity!!
Just five more consecutive wins and Cavs will have second longest winning streak in NBA this season. Will be fun to watch.
I actually like the call, but not on 2nd down. You have to give it to beast mode and see if the best running back in the NFL can get 1 yard. If that doesn't work then you call timeout with about 13 seconds left. Then on third down you have a couple options. The patriots won't be thinking run because you have no timeouts and a 4th down play still waiting to be used. So maybe you run it and risk having time expire if you are stopped. Or you can pass the ball like the patriots probably expect. If that fails then you still have 4th down in which case you give it to Lynch one last time. If the Pats can stop Lynch twice on the one yard line then you just have to tip your hat. You gave your best player two chances to do what he does best and he got stopped. Everyone can live with that. But you have to at least give Lynch one chance to punch that in from the 1. Yes, everyone on the patriots would be prepared for that play on 2nd down, but that doesn't mean the seahawks o-line wasn't capable of getting a decent push and just letting Lynch and his massive body fall forward for a couple feet. I don't know. I just would have been more comfortable with that pick play if the seahawks were at the 3 and not the freaking 1 yard line. Had time for two running plays at the 1, but never got a chance to to do either. Unforgivable.
I don't think there is a universe in which Niall could play a beast like Gustin. Gustin could probably punt Niall 40 yards with a gimpy leg and a 30 mph wind blowing in the opposite direction.
Bravo, upvote for you sir
And I don't think a weak 2015 class will slow down the "Harbaugh Effect." Getting crushed by Urban Meyer in Ann Arbor should do that just fine.
Harbaugh will put together a good 2016 class, but a weak class for 2015 just puts him even further behind Ohio State. Brady Hoke didn't leave the cupboard bare, but outside of Peppers he didn't attract a ton of elite talents. And a lot of the top 100 guys he did get never panned out. Look at the players Ohio State just has sitting on the bench right now and then look at the Michigan roster. Ohio State has more speed and depth at virtually every position. Even if Harbaugh recruits at an elite level, it is still going to take him at least 2-3 years before the talent on the field isn't lopsided in favor of Ohio State. Harbaugh may land a few more quality four stars, but time is running out and he will probably have to gamble on several 3 star guys to fill up what is a very small class. This will probably be Michigan's weakest recruiting class in recent memory.
I agree that Michigan is in for continued Buckeye beatdowns, but I think there is this belief among Michigan fans that Harbaugh is greater than he actually is. Harbaugh is solid, but he has never won a championship. He also drove the 49ers into the ground this year. Still, all my Michigan friends believe that Michigan is about to enter a new golden era of football. They have nothing to support this notion, but they just say they have a feeling about it. Never mind that Michigan is 3 years behind Urban as far as recruiting and developing elite players goes. I feel like people put Harbaugh on the same level as Meyer/Saban even though Harbaugh doesn't have a singe title. I know the 49ers went to the Super Bowl a few years ago, but they also had a roster constructed that was completely stacked. I hope Weber can look past all the Harbaugh NFL hoopla and see which team is best constructed to dominate for the next four years.