2021-22 Season

Podcast: Michigan Media Day takes and Michigan State practice notes

Brendan and Dylan recap Michigan’s Media Day and try to make sense of how Michigan’s pieces fit together. The conversation includes DeVante’ Jones’ fit, Moussa Diabate’s positional flexibility, and how deep of a rotation the Wolverines might play. Then (47:24) they jump over to Michigan State to recap what Brendan saw at a recent MSU practice including thoughts on Tyson Walker, Gabe Brown, Max Christie and others.

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  1. bobohle

    All I have to say this early is don’t fall asleep on Kobe Bufkin. He wasn’t a MAA for nothing.:wink::slightly_smiling_face:

  2. AC1997

    The one thing I need some help with is Malik Hall playing the 3 and guarding the opponent’s best wing. Is that really something he’s capable of? I really like Hall at the 4 and think he can be a match-up problem there. But at 6’8" 225 and someone that’s probably played almost no SF in his career…I just don’t see him sliding down and suddenly replacing Aaron Henry as their lock-down defender. Maybe I just haven’t seen him as much as BQ.

    What’s trending positive for MSU are the true PG, the opportunity to get out and run, and the potential for their young guys to have upside that didn’t exist last year. I’m still not sure about their defense though, and they lost Henry (and Watts may have been a decent defender). I am also not sure about their shooting - unless Gabe Brown is unleashed in a way he’s never been before and the freshmen are good from day one.

  3. umhoops

    IIRC, Hall spent plenty of time guarding threes last year. I just don’t see a ton of offensive upside playing him there.

  4. umhoops

    If Brown/Christie are playing 28mpg, that’s a decent amount of perimeter shooting when you add Hauser into the mix.

  5. AC1997

    Maybe you’re right. My perception was that Henry and Langford almost never came off the floor, thus meaning that one of them was likely guarding the 3 from the other team. I also know that Hauser played a ton and most of the time was at the 4.

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