Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Rebirth of Michigan Basketball

Just a quick note about Michigan basketball: this year should be fun to watch. Last year they were supposed to be good and make a run to the NCAA tourney coming off their NIT win the year before. But then the injuries struck. Lester Abram missed 28 games, Graham Brown missed 9 games, Chris Hunter missed 8 games. Throw in Daniel Horton's 19 games missed due to injury/suspension and they had a total of 64 games missed by those 4 main contributors on a team that didn' thave a lot of depth.

But they gutted it out and survived. And now?

  • Daniel Horton is back and ready to prove something in his final year in Ann Arbor.
  • Graham Brown and Chris Hunter are back to full strength.
  • Lester Abram is back to full strength and ready to roll as the best player on the team.

Did I forget to mention that they only lost JC Mathis to graduation? Or what about incoming freshmen Jerret Smith, Kendric Price, and Jevohn Shepherd? Suddenly a program that has struggled to run intrasquad scrimmages is overloaded with scholarship talent and depth. This Michigan fan is really going to enjoy watching Tommy Amaker lead the Wolverines back to the NCAA tournament this year. Maybe they'll even make some noise once they get there. At least it's once again within the realm of possibility.

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