Thursday, May 9, 2013
By WolverineNation staff
Every Thursday our writers sit down to chat about Michigan sports. Today they’re talking Big Ten (football and basketball) and hypothetical 7-on-7 drafts.
1) Where do you see Michigan finishing in the Big Ten this season?
Chantel Jennings: I think their last Big Ten game will be the Ohio State game, which will be a loss in Columbus. I don’t see them making the championship game.
Tom VanHaaren: I think Michigan ends up with one Big Ten loss, potentially two, in the end. I think the one loss comes to Ohio State and they miss the Big Ten championship game because of the loss. Michigan is on the right track and will have a great 2013 season, but I think the 2014 season is when everything really gets going.
Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Michigan's Trey Burke showcased a competition this season worthy of watching again.
Michael Rothstein: I've said this since the beginning and I'm sticking to it -- 9-3 overall, 6-2 in the Big Ten with losses to Northwestern and Ohio State (the nonconference loss is Notre Dame). The record, though, is good enough for a rematch in the Big Ten championship game, where the Wolverines fall to Ohio State for the second consecutive week.
2) If you could watch a rematch of any of Michigan's Big Ten basketball games from the 2012-13 season -- on a neutral floor this time -- who would it be?
Jennings: Ohio State. The Trey Burke-Aaron Craft matchup lived up to its billing and I’d love to see that again. And again. And again. Plus, with Mitch McGary as a full-fledged inside presence this time around, I think it’d be a really fun game to watch.
VanHaaren: Michigan State. I think Burke and Gary Harris would both like to take another crack at one another. In fact, I’d be OK with just watching a one-on-one rematch of those two. I think Burke would take the game, but Harris would put up quite the fight.
Rothstein: I would have wanted to see a third Michigan-Indiana game -- mostly because the first two were extremely entertaining. The Hoosiers and Wolverines were probably two of the four most talented teams in college basketball last season and it would have been very interesting to see how they played out without the obvious home court advantages.
3) You're drafting a 2014 team for a passing league this summer -- who are your first three picks of the 2014 class?
Jennings: My first pick is quarterback David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North). He’d be solid in the short game, our team wouldn’t need any bombs, just consistency and accuracy -- he’d bring it. Second pick: Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine). He’s shifty, fast and has good hands. Also he’s the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 class. Not too shabby. Third pick: Speedy Noil. Why? A) Because we need someone with an awesome name. Our team lacks that so far. B) He’s the top athlete in the ESPN 150 and we could use him on both sides of the ball.
VanHaaren:Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) because he can play offense and defense for you, so he's a double whammy. Adoree Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) for the same reason as Peppers, and then probably wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior) to add a little more size and a true pass catcher to the mix. I didn't pick a quarterback in the top three because if I have those guys listed then it might not even matter who's throwing the ball. It could be me out there and it wouldn't hurt us.
Rothstein: I'd start with Peppers. He's the best cornerback in the country, and in a 7-on-7 situation you want a lockdown corner to take away one side of the field. Then I'd look to offense, where I would want to grab Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country. Why him? Simple. I prefer to have dual-threat guys as my quarterback, and I like his size-speed combination. I'd finish at receiver, where I'd take Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian). I like having a tall, fast guy for Watson to throw to, and Harris fits that mold. He has the potential to be star and has great leaping ability.