Michigan Wolverines: Darius Morris

WolverineNation Mailbag 

July, 30, 2013
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Brady HokeAP Photo/Carlos OsorioIt's difficult to project what would have happened to Michigan football if Rich Rodriguez had not been hired. Brady Hoke was at Ball State and was not a candidate back in 2007.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Football season begins this week with the opening of Michigan’s fall camp. In a month, the Wolverines will have their first game and all of the questions that have been asked over the past four months will have the beginnings of some resolution to them.

Some questions about football -- and a quick look into Michigan basketball -- populate this week’s Michigan mailbag, filled with your questions.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In some ways, Michigan knew this was coming for a year -- from the day Trey Burke said he would return for his sophomore season with the Wolverines.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesSophomore point guard Trey Burke took Michigan to the Final Four and brought home a Wooden Award.
But much like Darius Morris before him, Trey Burke leaves this Michigan basketball program in much better position than when he entered. When Morris arrived, Michigan had just qualified for its first NCAA tournament berth in a decade. When he left, it had made two NCAA tournaments in three seasons and had recruited a point guard out of Columbus, Ohio with a lot of talent.

When Burke came in, he heard questions about how he could replace Morris, now in his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now as he leaves two seasons later, giving Michigan its first-ever Wooden Award winner, its first Final Four in two decades and a program now looking to recruit top-50 players every season, the same question will remain.

What’s next? Can Michigan maintain its consistency and upward ascent even without its 6-foot leader in Ann Arbor. And much like two seasons ago, that answer will be yes.


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WolverineNation Roundtable 

May, 17, 2012
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Denard RobinsonGregory Shamus/Getty ImageMel Kiper believes Denard Robinson can be an NFL receiver, but it's the guy lifting him who has the brightest NFL future.
Every Thursday, Mike, Tom and Chantel discuss three pertinent issues in Michigan sports. But let's be serious, it feels like summer in Ann Arbor, so we decided to tackle some lighter questions this week. We'll look at the draft, some basketball tournaments, and give out a few mock election awards.

1. Of anyone on the Michigan football team during this past season (including those who were drafted in the 2012 draft), who do you see having the most successful NFL career?

Tom Van Haaren: I think Mike Martin is going to have a good NFL career, but as far as the most successful career I think it might be Taylor Lewan. He has the size and ability to be another good NFL player from Michigan. He's nasty, and big linemen don't grow on trees. Mel Kiper Jr. even has him going No. 12 overall in his most recent mock draft.

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3-pointers vs. Ohio State 

March, 10, 2012
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It was two co-Big Ten Champions going at it after a season in which they split games. But in Indianapolis on Saturday, as Ohio State dominated in a 77-55 win over Michigan, the Wolverines didn't look the part.

Unlike the night before when Michigan came out slow against Minnesota and trailed by as many as nine points before clawing its way back, there would be no semblance of a comeback for the Wolverines.

Besides ending the Wolverines back to Ann Arbor, the loss could affect Michigan's NCAA seeding. Before the game, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had the Wolverines sitting at a 3-seed, but the huge loss could drop the Wolverines to a 4-seed (or worse?) depending on how other conference tournaments shake out.

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Former Michigan guard Darius Morris has been sent to the NBA's developmental league according to the Lakers' team website.

The Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard was transferred to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Wednesday after playing in 13 games for the Lakers this season. He averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes in those games.

Morris, though, has only played in four games since Feb. 1 and not more than two minutes in any of those games.

The single-season assist record holder at Michigan left the Wolverines after his sophomore season.

Question of the week: Your last meal 

February, 27, 2012
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Question of the Week poses the same question to people WolverineNation chats with throughout a given week. The best answers end up here Mondays.

Here are our previous questions: Hidden Talent: http://es.pn/yWxkPX Best Taunt: http://es.pn/w83dDi; Guilty pleasure: http://es.pn/zOY21E; Biggest Fear: http://es.pn/xNvEEA; Best recruiting story: http://es.pn/ACnIwc; What can't you live without: http://es.pn/z6lmMi


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Michigan coach John Beilein met with media on Friday to discuss his 13th-ranked Wolverines and their upcoming game against Iowa. Here are a few of the key points he touched on:

  • ON THIS STRETCH IN THE SCHEDULE: "It’s not the NBA schedule," Beilein said. "But it probably gets as close as it can be to it during this middle of January." The team didn’t practice yesterday, but had an hour and a half of film Friday morning and practice Friday afternoon. The Wolverines travel to Iowa Friday night and Beilein said they will watch game tape there, but there will be no shootaround before the noon tip. Beilein said this stretch will help with preparation for the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA tournament.
  • HOW DANGEROUS IS IOWA: The Hawkeyes are coming off two 25-plus point losses to No. 6 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State. Beilein said he forgot about those, because Iowa has beaten Minnesota and Wisconsin on the road. "That’s who they are," Beilein said. "They are closer to the team that we saw that really had Wisconsin down the whole game at Wisconsin."

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Rothstein's 5 moments from 2011 

December, 31, 2011
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What a year for Michigan sports.

The school began 2011 with a embarrassing 52-14 loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl, changed football coaches, offensive and defensive philosophies and ended up on the last day of the year preparing to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The Michigan basketball team looked to be in trouble at the start of 2011 as well, going on a six-game losing streak before rebounding, beating Michigan State, having John Beilein see his first-ever player drafted (Darius Morris), and now the Wolverines are one of the up-and-coming programs in college basketball.

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Jennings' 5 moments from 2011 

December, 30, 2011
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It’s been an exciting year. Justin Bieber expanded his world dominance over tween music. The final movie in the Harry Potter series hit the silver screens. People occupied Wall Street and college campuses all over the country. And we found out Beyonce is pregnant.

Yes folks, it’s an amazing time to be alive.

But for University of Michigan athletics, it has really been an exciting year. From the hiring of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke to the honoring of former coach Lloyd Carr in the Hall of Fame, there have been events and moments worthy of an entire scrapbook.

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Quick hits from Beilein radio show

December, 19, 2011
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Michigan coach John Beilein wrapped his radio show up a few minutes ago. There was a bigger crowd than last week at Pizza House in Ann Arbor, Mich., however not a massive crowd like what shows up for Brady Hoke's weekly football show.

Beilein, as always, hit on a multitude of topics. Here they are in that always convenient bullets.

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Burke a Cousy nominee

December, 19, 2011
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Michigan freshman point guard Trey Burke has had a surprising rookie year for the Wolverines, and the award committees are taking notice.

Burke was one of 60 candidates named Monday for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the country's top point guard. He is averaging 13.1 points and 4.7 assists this season.

Burke is one of five Big Ten point guards on the list, joining Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Purdue's Lewis Jackson, Penn State's Tim Frazier and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.

Interestingly, this nomination comes a season after former Michigan point guard Darius Morris -- eventually a second-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers -- was snubbed from the Cousy Award list.

Michigan in Maui: Duke preview 

November, 22, 2011
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Michigan would never say it publicly, but this has to be what it wanted when it first saw the Maui Invitational bracket earlier this year.

Duke. In the semifinals.

Michigan came inches away from forcing the Blue Devils to overtime on a Darius Morris runner at the buzzer during the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament last season and lost, 73-71. Only Morris and walk-on Jordan Dumars departed from that Michigan team, part of the reason why the Wolverines are both highly ranked and this matchup is highly anticipated.

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