Well, that's that. I was going to write the exit post but I guess there's an incredibly faint possibility that Poole does an about-face and is able to give the money to charity or whatever:
ANN ARBOR - For $20, Jordan Poole will provide you with a personalized video shoutout.
Because of this service, it does not seem likely he will return to the Michigan basketball team for his junior season.
Poole, who averaged 12.8 points per game as the starting shooting guard last season, announced on April 9 that he would declare for the NBA draft. Meeting with local reporters the following week, he said he had not made up his mind about whether he would keep his name in the draft or return to school.
But his profile on the website Cameo.com would appear to jeopardize his NCAA eligibility. Like many of the celebrities on the site, Poole is offering video shoutouts for people celebrating birthdays, weddings, proms, or any other special event. He has posted two videos in which he declares just that.
Realistically that closes the door the last inch. Poole's last inadvisable step-back three at Michigan is entering the draft. I take no pleasure in reporting this, but in the end Poole overdosed on swag.
[UPDATE: price increase!]
[After THE JUMP: in praise of slots, small hockey schools should pound sand.]
Projecting wide receivers. Bill Connelly's latest is more about projecting WRs to the pros but it has a few interesting bits for those concerned with college football. One is more evidence that redzone fades are bad:
The saying goes you need a nice, big-bodied target to score in the red zone. This list could not push back harder on that truism. Metcalf, the biggest of big-bodied receivers, had the second-worst red zone catch rate and the worst per-target average of the group. David Sills V, another big body, scored an absurd number of touchdowns in college (33 in 2017-18) but required a metric ton of targets to pull it off. Notre Dame’s 6’4 Miles Boykin was also on the low end of the catch rate equation here.
Meanwhile, Renfrow was by far the most efficient here, proving mesh does what we think fade routes do in the red zone. Hollywood Brown, the second-best of the bunch from a catch rate perspective, is 5’10 as well. A.J. Brown and Terry McLaurin are 6’0, Terry Godwin 5’11.
In fact, the only big body near the top of this list is that of Tennessee RB-turned-Baylor WR Jalen Hurd.
Another reason that getting some Dileo-with-rocket-boots slots in the program was a good idea.
Lotta agar around here. I apologize for the previous biology joke.
It turns out running a program is actually very simple: pic.twitter.com/XV9qKGyRcq
— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) April 22, 2019
It was a bad joke. We need to change our joke culture at MGoBlog. In the future, all jokes will be good and/or be about something other than agar.
Conference single-plays. This is close to ideal:
Michigan basketball's Big Ten schedule breakdown for 2019-20: pic.twitter.com/ykcMH7DRI8
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 17, 2019
In his defense he probably just thought he was recruiting? The only thing surprising about this is that it doesn't happen more often:
Florida football assistant director of player personnel Otis Yelverton has been placed on leave by the school following his arrest for aggravated cyberstalking on Monday. He's facing a third-degree felony, according to court records.
— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) April 23, 2019
Aggravated cyber-stalking is his job!
I love this man. Pointing to the sky to acknowledge the living is only appropriate if it's Rasheed Wallace:
After Game 4 win over Thunder, Blazers coach Terry Stotts channels franchise legend: "Both teams played hard. (Points to sky.) Rasheed." pic.twitter.com/SzLUB78cwH
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 22, 2019
Terry Stotts is my new best friend. Someone tell him so he can come over and we can play FIFA together.
Another shiny 2004 for hockey. Another high-end unspeakably young person:
4.75⭐️Frank Nazar to Michigan. 2004 is nearly impossible to stop 1v1. Has speed, skill, vision & a lethal shot. Quick in transition & has the puck a lot. Changes direction quickly. Can do anything he wants with the puck & all at top speed. Elite talent.
— Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) April 21, 2019
The immediate question is as always "will this person actually get to campus?" This far out the answer is always "maybe." Nazar's quote to MI Hockey is encouraging as these things go:
“My whole life, I have always been a Michigan fan and I love the state we live in,” Nazar told MiHockey. “It is amazing how I can stay in the same state, get a great education and play the sport I love.”
The key fork in the road is next year, when he'll be drafted by the OHL and (presumably) offered an NTDP spot.
Nazar is Michigan's fifth 2004 birthdate commit, a group that includes two guys projected as top ten WHL draft picks (Connor Levis and Mats Lindgren), a D potentially in the Quinn Hughes mold (Hunter Brzustewicz), and a couple of forwards (Seamus Casey and Nazar) with an argument as the top forwards in their year. I would like to hit fast forward on the hockey program please.
Naturally, then. Schools that can't recruit like Michigan continue their attempt to strangle high-end talent out of college hockey with anti-player initiatives. This one is what's bound to be an ineffectual attempt to prevent early recruiting:
The NCAA D1 Council has approved rule changes that will alter the recruiting timeline for Division 1 men’s hockey prospects.
It comes “with the goal of slowing down and improving the recruiting experience,” per a release from College Hockey, Inc.
- Eliminating all recruiting conversations (whether initiated by a coach or a prospect) prior to Jan. 1 of a prospect’s sophomore (grade 10) year.
- Establishing Aug. 1 prior to a prospect’s junior (grade 11) year as the first date when NCAA coaches can make a verbal offer.
Instead of talking with the prospects directly they'll talk to their coaches, parents, and handlers, and the verbal offer prohibition will be about as effective as the one in basketball—which only John Beilein pays attention to. But if this actually worked, think about the results: no hockey player could be offered a scholarship until a full year (or two) after they got drafted by major junior.
Michigan should and will comply with the letter of this law while breaking its spirit every damn day.
Meanwhile, they've got a freaking graphic that makes the anti-player thrust of college hockey canon!
That should read "most Division I players commit after a year or two spent in limbo not taking college classes because Quinnipiac wants to win."
Etc.: Emil Ohrvall makes third-team All USHL. Owen Power is second team All-Rookie. Winovich profiled. Michigan's first round defenders scouted. Devin Bush has fans.