2012-13 College Basketball Preview #5 North Carolina Tarheels

#5 North Carolina Tarheels

RECAP

The Tarheels finished 32-6(14-2) with a loss to Kansas in the elite eight.

KEY LOSSES

Harrison Barnes 17.1Pts, 5.2Reb, 1.1Ast
Tyler Zeller 16.3Pts, 9.6Reb, 0.9Ast
John Henson 13.7Pts, 9.9Reb, 2.9blk
Kendall Marshall8.1 Pts, 2.6Reb, 9.8Ast

KEY RETURNERS

Reggie Bullock 8.8 Pts, 5.1 Reb, 1.4 Ast
James McAdoo 6.1Pts, 3.9Reb, 0.3Ast
P.J. Hairston 5.7Pts, 2.2Reb, 0.8Ast

NEWCOMERS

Marcus Paige PG 6’1″ 170lbs
Brice Johnson PF 6’9″ 220lbs
J.P. Tokoto SG 6’6″ 200lbs
Joel James C 6’9″ 250lbs

OVERALL

The Tarheels will lose a lot of talent but the good thing in Chapel Hill is that they don’t rebuild they reload. For most teams to lose four potential lottery picks could mean total devastation but the Tarheels can replace the four former All Americans with four former All Americans. Led by McAdoo who was one of the top freshmen coming in last season should have a break out season. He started out slow but played well down the stretch especially in the absence of Henson. During the post season Barnes seemed to struggle and this led to Bullock stepping up as one of the Tarheels more consistent players on the perimeter. He looks to expand on his solid play down the stretch and become a real star at UNC. Hairston is extremely athletic and deadly shooter who will depended upon as a big scorer in his second season. UNC adds another talented freshmen class lead by Paige who will look to replace Marshall as the next great point guard to wear baby blue. Johnson is almost a Henson clone similar build and athletic ability will be very important to the inside alone with James who is a huge body. They also return Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald from injury who add veteran leadership. It’s a lot of unknowns on this year squad but the one thing that is known is there is a lot of talent their so Tarheels fans shouldn’t expect anything less than a Final Four.

#6 Arizona Wildcats

What is Next For The Boston Celtics and The Big Three?

The Boston Celtics big three teamed up in 2007. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett were acquired by trade, and Paul Pierce was the franchise player of the Celtics.

During their tenure together they won a championship, and had several memorable moments on the basketball floor together. The one championship they won solidified the legacies of Paul, Ray, and KG. Before winning the title that was always the topic of discussion when talking about the three players.

With KG and Ray Allen becoming free agents there is a realistic chance that we will not see these three in Celtic Green again for the remainder of their careers.

Money, age, retirement, and trades has been a part of the discussion when talking about them. Will KG retire? Will Boston pay Ray Allen? Will Paul Pierce be traded? Nobody knows the answers to those questions, not even Celtic General Manager Danny Ainge.

For the past five years the Celtics have been a joy to watch due to their skill, passion, unselfishness, and camaraderie as a team. Head Coach Doc Rivers has also grown as a coach during that time period.  Managing the egos of three future hall of famers is not an easy task.

Danny Ainge has a tough job on his hands this summer. There are so many intriguing stories and parts about what could happen in Title Town. Building around Rajon Rondo will be the main focal point, but with who? Personally I think there is some life left in the Big Three, but they will need to add a young big and a wing to run with the young guns in the league.

If it is the end, well lets just say that it was great to see from the perspective of a basketball fan.

We shall see what is next for the Celtics.

Anythingggggg is Possssibleee!!!!! (Kevin Garnett’s Shouting Voice)

“The City” is proud

“The City” aka Dayton, Ohio is a very happy place because of the outcomes of both NBA Conference finals. Two players are carrying “The City” on their back. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Daequan Cook and Miami Heat’s Norris Cole will meet in the NBA Finals. While we all know both teams have a big 3 that will get all of the press in deservingly so but if you are from Dayton you will be watching the finals to see which player will be the player from our area to bring home a ring since Ron Harper.

It is amazing how everything has come full circle for Cook and Cole. They both played for Dayton Dunbar at the same time, winning a D-2 state title together in 06. After that year Cook went on to graduate and play ball at Ohio State. Cole went on to help Dunbar win another state title in 07. These two players helped Dunbar turn into a powerhouse in Ohio Basketball.

Cook was the highly touted coming out of high school, he was a McDonald’s All American and had offers from a lot of prominent schools before choosing Ohio State.

Cole on the other hand wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school, finally getting a full ride to Cleveland State.

What is great is that even though both players had different travels after graduating high school they both reached a common goal. Cook stayed at Ohio State for one year then eventually became the 1st round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2007 draft. While Cole stayed at Cleveland State all four years in eventually became the 1st round of the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 draft. Ironically both players were obtained by the Heat in draft day trades, Cook just happened to be traded from the Heat to the Thunder.

The NBA Finals start Tuesday, in no matter what happens “The City” will have a 100% chance to have a new champion. Good luck to both Cook and Cole this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity chance for both of them, no matter how much clock either one of you get Dayton will be proud, do ya thing boys much respect.

Front Office weekly rundown 6/8/12

We are back for another week of the rundown. One of the more quiet weeks but feel free to check out a few things we feel were important.

NBA

Chris Bosh returned for Game 5. A lot of Heat fans rejoiced. Even though the Heat lost a tough game at home.

Former player Orlando Woolridge died at the age of 52 due to a heart attack. Woolridge was most known for his time playing with the Bull and the Lakers but also played with the Nets, 76ers, Nuggets, Bucks and Pistons. The Front Office sends a big R.I.P. to Woolridge and hope his family takes it well.

NFL

The New York Giants Osi Umenyiora got his deal restructured for his remaining year is due to make 7 million besides the 4.5 million he was due during the 2012 season.

New York Giants extended head coach Tom Coughlin 2 more years, totaling 20 million dollars with his final 3 years remaining. To say the least the Giants have shelled out some dough this week.

Chad Ochocinco “Johnson” got released by the New England Patriots. He restructured his contract for them to but it must be the Patriot way huh? Chad is still a legit receiver somebody should take a chance on him.

Jacksonville Jaguar receiver Justin Blackmon got a DUI. He blew a .24 they say which was his 2nd within 20 months. I might have been Blaine’s fault but no we hope people don’t bury the young Blackmon hopefully he will correct this.

GOLF

Tiger Woods won the Memorial. With that win Tiger tied Jack with 73 wins.

BOXING

Two of Boxing’s greats hung up the gloves this week. “Sugar” Shane Mosely and Ronald “Winky” Wright both at the age of 40 that it was time to give up the game. Both were staples of my boxing life. Hopefully both men enjoy their time off. I’m happy both men quick before it got too ugly in the ring for them. The Front Office wants to say thanks for all of the good fights.

MLB

The New York Mets Johan Santana threw the 1st no-hitter in the history of the franchise. Congrats to Johan it’s been a long battle back from his recent injury.

Thanks for checking out another edition of the weekly rundown. Feel free to tell us how you felt about this weeks news and events. Until next week, PEACE!

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2012-13 College Basketball Preview #6 Arizona Wildcats

#6 Arizona Wildcats

RECAP

The Wildcats finished the season at 23-12(12-6) without making the tournament.

KEY LOSSES

Kyle Fogg 13.5pts 3.7reb 2.2ast
Jesse Party 12.2pts 7.5reb 1.3ast
Josiah Turner 6.8pts 3.1reb 2.4ast

KEY RETURNERS

Solomon Hill 12.9pts 7.7reb 2.6ast
Nick Johnson 8.9pts 3.3reb 2.4ast

NEWCOMERS

Brandon Ashley PF 6’8″ 215lbs
Kaleb Tarczewski C 7’0″ 220lbs
Gabe York G 6’1″ 170lbs
Mark Lyons(transfer) 15.1pts 3.2reb 2.8ast(Xavier)

OVERALL

Even though the Wildcats didn’t make the tourney the season wasn’t that bad. Arizona had a couple of problems. 1. The lack of size inside. 2. Experience in the backcourt. Both issues have been address. The Wildcats add three talented post players led by Ashley and Tarczewski. Ashley considered one of the best PF in the country and Tarczewski one of the best centers. They both should make immediate impacts. They add Xavier transfer Lyons,who as a senior, brings a lot of experience to the backcourt. Lyons can score the ball but will have to prove he can play more of a natural point guard. Johnson is a talented young guard who should only improve in his second year. Hill can play more of his natural position of small forward and should have a big season. Arizona have a good combination of youth and experience and will compete for a Pac 12 championship and a national championship.

#7 Kentucky Wildcats

2012-13 College Basketball Preview #7 Kentucky Wildcats

#7 Kentucky Wildcats

RECAP

The Wildcats finished the season at 38-2(16-0) with a victory over Kansas in the National Championship.

KEY LOSSES

Anthony Davis 14.2pts 10.4reb 4.7blk
Michael Kid-Gilchrist 11.9pts 7.4reb 1.3ast
Doron Lamb 13.7pts 2.7reb 1.5ast
Terrence Jones 12.3pts 7.2reb 1.3ast
Darius Miller 9.9pts 2.8reb 2.1ast
Marquis Teague 10pts 2.5reb 4.8ast

KEY RETURNERS

Kyle Wiltjer 5pts 1.8reb .4ast

NEWCOMERS

Nerlens Noel C 6’10” 220lbs

Alex Poythress SF 6’7″ 220lbs
Archie Goodwin SG 6’4″ 180lbs
Ryan Harrow(transfer) 9.3pts 1.9reb 3.3ast(2010-11 NC State)

OVERALL

The Wildcats won the National Championship and then proceeded to lose everybody. The good thing about coach Cal is he reloads year after year. This year is not any different. The Wildcats add one of the best recruiting class again led by Noel. Noel was the latest addition but considered the best of the class. He’s said to be even better than Davis on defense but not as good on offense. Goodwin and Poythress are both talented athletic wings but have big shoes to fill in Kidd-Gilchrist and Lamb. The point guard position in Kentucky is always the key to Kentucky success as and Cal has struck gold year after year. This year the reigns fall in the hands of Harrow, who was a top fifty recruit two seasons ago for NC State but things didn’t work out there so he looks to redeem his self in Lexington. The only thing that kept Kentucky from being rank higher was the fact that they didn’t return anybody from last years team that made a significant impact. The closes player is Wiltjer and he played sparingly but he is a talented player. I expect coach Cal to get these Cats ready to compete for a National Championship immediately.

#8 Duke Blue Devils

Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra Has the Ferrari, but Is He Afraid to Drive It

Head coach Erik Spoelstra will always be in a lose-lose situation. When the Miami Heat loses, it will be his fault due to the lack of execution, and when they win, it is only because he has Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Spo is now in his fourth season as the head coach of the Miami Heat. Pat Riley hired Spoelstra because Spo was a young, energetic coach with a great mind for basketball. I feel that Spoelstra was ill-prepared for the tough task at hand. Before acquiring James and Bosh to team with Wade, the Heat were a scrappy team with little star power other than Dwyane Wade.

In that situation, Spoelstra was the perfect person to coach Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, and Michael Beasley, because the expectations were low and the talent was not there.

When dealing with superstars, it is hard not to have a coach that commands some type of respect. Pat Riley, Larry Brown, Greg Poppovich, Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson are coaches that are masters at coaching superstars. When thinking about the past ten NBA seasons, there has not been one under the radar coach who has helped hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy.

How can a coach like Spoelstra, with a resume as short as Muggsy Bogues, even be mentioned in the same sentence as Pat Riley, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on a day-to-day basis? You have a three-time MVP, an NBA Finals MVP, a perennial All-Star and one of the greatest coaches to ever coach the sport of basketball…and Erik.

Can Spoelstra yell at LeBron for taking ill-advised shots? I say no. We saw how Dwayne Wade reacted when Spoelstra called his bluff versus the Indiana Pacers. Kobe Bryant may have gone at Phil Jackson during practice, but in a game setting you never seen him go off on Phil like Wade did Spoelstra.

Something is missing from the Miami Heat. The motivation is not there, and the respect from the players may not be there. The Miami Heat needs a coach that can motivate the players and get the maximum effort out of all active players on the roster.

Effort is something that the Miami Heat are lacking. Players do not get back on defense, and they are in la-la land when on the court. I know living in South Beach creates many distractions off the court, but basketball is supposed to be these guys’ sanctuary.

Shaq says it best: “When the general does not panic, everything is okay.”

Spoelstra is the new master of panic. From starting Dexter Pittman in the playoffs, to playing Shane Battier at power forward, Spoelstra has panicked his whole way through this postseason. In game 5 against the Celtics, Spoelstra left Bosh on the bench during crunch time, which meant there was not a player taller than 6’8″ on the court. That gave Kevin Garnett free rein to look like the KG of old.

Only time will tell regarding the coaching situation with Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat.

Star players need to be challenged by their coaches. Phil Jackson never hesitated to challenge Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, and Greg Poppovich never hesitated to challenge his stars. Coach Spo may not have the pedigree of these coaches, but his players will respect him more if he demands better play on the court.

Time is not on Erik Spoelstra’s side. The Miami Heat are down 3-2 and are on the brink of elimination.

There is still a lot of life left in the season for the Heat. In order for the Heat to succeed, Coach Spoelstra has to realize that this is his team, despite the fact that LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade are on the roster.

Coach Spo has the keys to the Ferrari, but as of now he still has it in park. Memo to Erik Spoelstra: Pat Riley has repossessed teams before…just ask Stan Van Gundy.

2012-13 College Basketball Preview #8 Duke Blue Devils

# 8 Duke Blue Devils

RECAP

The Blue Devils finished the season at 27-7(13-3) with a disappointing lost to Lehigh in their opening game.

KEY LOSSES

Austin Rivers 15.5pts 3.4reb 2.1ast
Miles Plumlee 6.6pts 7.1reb .9blk

KEY RETURNERS

Seth Curry 13.2pts 2.6reb 2.4ast
Mason Plumlee 11.1pts 9.2reb 1.6ast
Andre Dawkins 8.4pts 2.1reb .6ast

NEWCOMERS

Rasheed Sulaimon SG 6’3″ 175lbs
Amile Jefferson PF 6’8″ 200lbs

OVERALL

If the Blue Devils are to have a great season then Curry will have to take a step up to the next level. With Rivers leaving after one season a lot of the scoring load falls on Curry. He’s more than capable but will have to be a play maker and a leader for Duke to be successful. Dawkins will be his partner in crime in the back court but needs to do more than just shoot the three. Mason Plumlee continues to improve each year and should have a big year inside. The Blue Devils add to top recruits in Sulaimon who will look to replace Rivers and a late signee in Jefferson who will be immediate help on the front line. This is pretty deep Duke team and I’ve seen Coach K work with less so a Final Four birth is more than plausible in Durham.

#9 Michigan Wolverines

Front Office 2012 NBA Mock Draft: 1st Round

Welcome to the Front Office ’12 1st round mock draft. Everybody who blogs for the Front Office chipped in on this post. We did a mock draft everybody rotating picks to keep it interesting. Check out how we think the 1st rd of the June 28th draft will go.

Key: Pick, blogger, team, player.

1. NateNew Orleans Hornets- Anthony Davis, C, Kentucky- Paired with Chris Kaman in the Hornets’ front court Anthony Davis could have a large impact in New Orleans where he ended his NCAA career as a champion. Long, athletic, intelligent basketball player is the obvious choice at No.1 regardless of which team won the lottery.

2. Martel- Charlotte Bobcats- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SG/SF. Kentucky- Almost wanted to take Harrison Barnes but MKG is the safer pick. Will come in and play good defense,rebound,and do all the little things to help his team win and could eventually turn into a star.

3. Ron- Washington Wizards- Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut– Drummond is a physical specimen that has the potential to be a great player. The Wizards traded Javale McGhee for Nene to solidify their play in the paint. I feel that Nene is better suited to play the Power Forward position even though he has played Center for most of his career. Though, the Wizards do have Andray Blatche I see him being moved in the off-season due to his erratic behavior and questionable work ethic. With a solid player in Nene grooming Drummond the Wizards will be solid in the paint for years to come.

4. JT- Cleveland Cavaliers- Bradley Beal, SG, Florida – The Cavs need a little bit of everything but the biggest need is a wing player to run with last years 1st pick Kyrie Irving. Beal will provide an explosive scoring threat, who can shoot the long ball and attack the rim. Beal already has NBA size and could provide a nice one/two punch with Irving.

5. Nate- Sacramento Kings- Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina- With a need for a defensive big and Anthony Davis off the board the Kings could pick up Harrison Barnes. Over the last two years he’s showed flashes of what many experts anticipated out of HS. In his rookie year would be a great player to have come off the bench at the shooting guard or small forward spot.

6. Martel- Portland Trail Blazers- Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina- Some would say it’s a little early to select Marshall but i think he’s the best point guard in the draft and Portland will need a point if they lose Felton.  Marshall proved his worth when he went down in the post season and he will help the Trailblazers a lot. Marshall will eventually lead the league in assist multiple times.

7. Ron- Golden State Warriors- Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF. Connecticut- Picking Lamb at this position is a stretch due to the late development of then Klay Thompson. Lamb is a smooth two guard that can fit into Head Coach Mark Jackson’s up-tempo style of play. Steph Curry, Jeremy Lamb, and Klay Thompson would be a formidable trio to pair with Andrew Bogut and David Lee controlling the paint.

8. JT- Toronto Raptors- Perry Jones III, SF/PF, Baylor- The Raptors need other wing player to go with Derozan. They already have a pass first pg in Calderon. Jones has a lot of potential plays like a wing player despite his size. If he gets to the right situation could be the steal of the draft.

9. Nate- Detroit Pistons- Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas- Fits the Pistons’ style of play while adding something they lack, toughness. A good defender, doesn’t require the ball in his hands, but knows what to do with it when he gets it.

10. Martel- New Orleans Hornets- Austin Rivers, PG/SG, Duke- Drafting Davis gives the Hornets  a building block to build around upfront and with their 2nd lottery pick they should look to the back court. In case the Hornets lose Gordon in free agency Rivers could be the replacement. If Gordon stays the Rivers could be instant offense off of the bench. Rivers played some point at Duke and he and Gordon could play in the back court together.

11. Ron-Portland Tra il Blazers- Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina- The Portland Trailblazers have had a string of bad luck in recent memory. The retirement of Brandon Roy and the injuries to Greg Oden left gaping holes to a team that was expected to be one of the best teams in the NBA due to their talent and youth. Since then things have not been rosy for the team that plays in the Rose Garden. Since the injuries sustained to Greg Oden The Blazers have used Joel Pryzbilla, Marcus Camby, and Kurt Thomas at that position. By drafting Zeller it gives the Blazers a legitimate 7 footer with the ability to score. Zeller may be a Spencer Hawes type of player on the next level due to their size and skill set.

12. JT- Milwaukee Bucks- Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State- Sullinger will provide the Bucks a much-needed post presence. After acquiring Ellis for oft injured Bogut the Bucks had nobody in the post that could get buckets. Sully will be able to score on the block and hit the mid range shot.

13. Nate- Phoenix Suns- Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State- With the possibility of Steve Nash leaving the Suns they should look for someone capable of stepping in and learning from Nash or leading the way. Possesses good shooting range, can create a shot for himself or a teammate.

14. Martel- Houston Rockets- Myers Leonard, C, Illinois- The sudden retirement of Yao Ming Left a huge whole in the middle that the Rockets need to try to fill. Leonard is no Yao but he has a lot of talent and huge upside. With work he could be a solid starter in the NBA.

15. Ron- Philadelphia 76ers-  Arnette Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State- Drafting Moultire seems more than ideal. Spencer Hawes is a free agent and it is likely that Elton Brand would be a victim of the amnesty clause. Moultrie and Lavoy Allen, and Nikola Vucevic would provide the Sixers a young and talented group for years to come. Moultire will give the 76ers an athletic presence that can score and rebound.

16. JT- Houston Rockets- Royce White, SF/PF, Iowa State- We all know White’s problems off the court but when on the court he is too talented to pass up. With various Rockets maybe on the trading block White will provide a presence of the block and able to provide point 4 skill set a la Anthony Mason.

17. Nate- Dallas Mavericks- Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky- The Mavericks could expect Lamb to come in as a role player off the bench and provide efficient minutes; scoring and some ball handling.

18. Martel- Minnesota Timberwolves- Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse- The T-Wolves are on the come up and are pretty solid at every position except two guard. Waiters could fill that void and he could possible be one of the best players in this draft.

19. Ron- Orlando Magic- Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Kentucky- Who knows what players will be around in Orlando due to the Dwight Howard fiasco. Drafting Jones would give them a young talented player that can play the small or power forward positions. Jones is an inside and outside threat that will be a solid player on the next level.

20. JT- Denver Nuggets- Terrence Ross, SG, Washington- This team has no real hole, so no matter the pick its luxury. Ross gives the team an athletic scorer who would fit right in with the run n gun style they like to play with.

21. Nate- Boston Celtics- John Henson, PF, North Carolina- Henson could be a solid defensive addition to the Celtics roster, and with Garnett would learn how to manage being a slim power forward in the NBA. Would seem to be a welcome addition for Rondo as he can also run the floor well.

22. Martel- Boston Celtics- Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor- Miller was solid in his freshmen year at Baylor and showed a lot of natural ability.  A knee injury in his senior of high school set him back a little because before he was spoke of in the same breath as Davis. This could turn out to be a still for the Celtics and Miller could be the future replacement for Paul Pierce.

23. Ron- Atlanta Hawks- Fab Melo, C, Syracuse- The other Melo will give the Hawks a legitimate Center that will allow Al Horford slide to his natural position which is power forwards. Atlanta’s Hawks front office and Fab Melo have a lot in common meaning that they are not very bright. Melo seems like an ideal pick for Atlanta, but with Atlanta’s latest draft history they are prone to draft a small forward or someone who they do not need.

24. JT- Cleveland Cavaliers- Moe Harkless, SF, St. John’s- If the chips fall right for the Cavs they will have nice young wing players to build around. Harkless is a do it all type of player who can create and finish at the rim.. Needs to improve his jumper but very versatile, something the Cavs need. Could be one of the best players in this draft.

25. Nate- Memphis Grizzlies- Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt- The Grizzlies need someone who can come in and play the small forward position when Rudy Gay is off the floor. Taylor could be that guy; a slasher, decent shooter and defender.

26. Martel- Indiana Pacers- Tony Wroten, PG, Washington- The Pacers are solid upfront with options on the wing. The one thing that I’m not sure of is if Collision or Hill the future at point. They both are solid but not dynamic. Wroten is a big point with great court vision.If he improves his jump shot and his maturity he could be an all-star point guard.

27. Ron- Miami Heat- Festus Ezili, C, Vanderbilt- The only thing is uglier than Ezilli’s name is the Center play of the Miami Heat. Joel Anthony, Dexter Pittman, and Roni Turiaf are not starting Centers in the NBA, but by default.

28.  JT- Oklahoma City Thunder- Draymond Green, SF/PF, Michigan State- The Thunder have no glaring needs but maybe a little more firepower off of the bench. Green is a jack of all trades type of player with not having the world on his shoulders if drafted by the Thunder he will provide a player who can handle the rock, post up and able to play both forward positions.

29. Nate- Chicago Bulls- Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky- With an obvious need for a backup point guard for Derrick Rose, Teague could step in and be a solid ball handler and defender for the Bulls. An athletic guard who plays at both ends of the floor.

30. Martel- Golden State Warriors- Kevin Jones, PF, West Virginia- Jones isn’t anything special but he’s the type of player every championship team needs. The Warriors have enough offensive minded players and Mark Jackson will love a player like Jones who will do all the little things including rebounding. Jones is a great rebounder who knows how to find the ball.

That wraps up our mock draft. Let us know how you think we did good or bad we all have tough skin. I bet if some GM’s see this they will hope some of these picks come true and there are a few that probably don’t want the chips to land who we see fit. All in all it was a fun process.

I just want to thank, Ron, Martel and Nate for helping me with this mock draft.

2012-13 College Basketball Preview #9 Michigan Wolverines

#9 Michigan Wolverines

RECAP

The Wolverines finished the season at 24-10(13-5) with a lost in the Midwest 2nd round to Ohio.

KEY LOSSES

Stu Douglass 7.5pts 2.6reb 2.3ast
Zack Novak 9.2pts 4.5reb 1.8ast

KEY RETURNERS

Trey Burke 14.8pts 3.5reb 4.6ast
Tim Hardaway Jr 14.6pts 3.8reb 2.1ast
Jordan Morgan 7.3pts 5.6reb .3ast

NEWCOMERS

Mitch McGary C 6’11” 250lbs
Glen Robinson SF 6’6″ 200lbs

OVERALL

The Wolverines have returned to relevance once again in College Basketball but look to take the next step toward the Final Four. Burke will be one of the best point guards in the country and he will lead the Wolverines. He will get help in the backcourt from Hardaway who can score points in bunches and will take and make big shots. Morgan gives them a legitimate post presence and highly recruited McGary will help inside. The left-handed big is versatile and could have the type if impact that Cody Zeller had last season in the Big 10. The also add the son of Big Dog Glen Robinson and many say young Robinson is just as talented if not more than his father at this age. The Wolverines are a real National Championship contender.

#10 UCLA Bruins

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