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WolverineNation Mailbag 

June, 11, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- We’re less than a week away from Michigan’s high school camp, which is always a fun time. I, for one, will likely forget sunscreen and be a tomato by the end of the week. And Tom, well, he’ll bring the snacks. And Mike will make fun of us for being overly prepared for the football and underprepared for everything else. It’s always a party at WolverineNation.

But with such an exciting offseason so far, there’s so much more to talk about than snacks and sunscreen, so let’s get to it. Next week Mike will take questions, so get those to him (michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or @mikerothstein).

Jimmy, Maynard Street, Ann Arbor: Do you think Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) will play immediately and if so, will he be an impact player?

WolverineNation Roundtable 

June, 6, 2013
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Byrd StadiumMark Goldman/Icon SMIMichigan will make its first trip to Maryland's Byrd Stadium for the 2015 B1G opener.
Every Thursday our writers sit down and discuss a few topics surrounding Michigan athletics. However, with the summer upon us, vacations are here and Mike is relaxing this week so with this roundtable we invited in WolverineNation editor Bob McClellan.

1. The Big Ten released its 2015 conference schedule on Monday. What struck you initially about the match ups?

Bob McClellan: The opener at Maryland. It’s the first opportunity for Michigan ever to play in College Park, and the Baltimore/D.C. area is an important one in which to recruit. Current Wolverines Blake Countess (Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Henry Poggi (The Gilman School) are from the area, and Michigan offered two of Countess’ former teammates who were members of the ESPN 150 in 2013. It’s reasonable to believe playing at Maryland every other year could pay recruiting dividends.

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WolverineNation mailbag 

May, 1, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Draft day, three commitments and Big Ten realignment approved. Who said the end of April is slow for football? Well, whoever said it was wrong, because this past week has been jam-packed with news and stories for Michigan fans. So, let’s talk about it.

Next week Mike will take care of the mailbag so send any questions you have to him: @mikerothstein or michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com. Now, on to this week’s questions ...

1) Darryl G., Ypsilanti: Realistically, how excited can we be about either line next season?


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WolverineNation roundtable 

April, 25, 2013
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Every Thursday, our writers sit down and take a look at three topics in Michigan athletics from the week. Today they consider breakout football players, basketball’s prospects next season and the ESPN 150.

1. Which Michigan football player do you think could have a breakout in 2013?


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tim Hardaway Jr. decision to leave for the NBA might not seem like the no-brainer it was for backcourt mate Trey Burke.

Hardaway Jr. isn’t projected as a lottery pick like the departing sophomore point guard. There’s a chance he could sneak into the first round if he has exceptional workouts. There’s a chance he could end up in the late second round or go undrafted if those same workouts don’t go well.

But it is a chance, at this point, Hardaway Jr. was wise to take.

He has done what he needed to do on the college level. He helped Michigan reach its first Final Four in 20 years. He was a first-team All-Big Ten player. And he stayed in college for three years, which is often an eternity for a player who has pro aspirations and makes himself well-known as a freshman.

More than any of Michigan’s other pro prospects, Hardaway Jr. understands what he is getting into. He has lived in the shadows of this lifestyle since he was born. His father was a first-round pick, played in the NBA for 13 seasons and was a five-time All-Star. Now, the son gets a chance to live the basketball life either in the United States or overseas.

If his goal was Europe, then it would make sense to stay because that would always be there. But if his goal is the NBA -- and it clearly is -- it is wise to make the jump now when people are paying attention to him.

For Michigan, losing Hardaway Jr. is not as big of a deal as Burke’s departure or the potential Glenn Robinson III/Mitch McGary announcements because of what the Wolverines have on the roster.

Michigan can slide Nik Stauskas into Hardaway Jr.’s slot as the 2 guard and could either push Robinson III down to the 3 or insert freshman Zak Irvin, the No. 24 recruit in the Class of 2013.

The departure might mean Michigan will need some more scoring from freshman Derrick Walton Jr. or sophomore Spike Albrecht as well, but more shots for Stauskas and Robinson III along with shots for Irvin should make up the difference.
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 

April, 11, 2013
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Spike AlbrechtAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesSpike Albrecht's first half for the ages Monday is a pleasant memory that will stick with Michigan fans despite the loss to Louisville in the national title game.
Every Thursday our writers sit down to chat about three topics surrounding Michigan sports. This week, they take a look at the past national title game, the ensuing spring game and the 2014 recruiting class.

1) What will you remember most about the Michigan-Louisville game?


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

April, 10, 2013
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Michigan FreshmanAP Photo/Carlos OsorioMichigan's basketball fortunes next season depend heavily on the offseason decisions of Mitch McGary (left) and Glenn Robinson III (middle).
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan reached its first national championship game in two decades on Monday night and while losing to Louisville, one thing became fairly clear in the first hours of the Wolverines’ postseason.

There is a chance this was not a one-off thing at all.

Depending who leaves and who returns to Michigan’s roster, it could be in a similar position next season. But that is over a summer away. There’s still a football season -- and a spring game Saturday -- to go.

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WN Mailbag: Final Four edition 

April, 3, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Wolverines have reached the Final Four for the first time since 1993. That means the last time Michigan stepped on a Final Four floor, not only had America just sworn in its first female attorney general, but Tag Team and Boy George were both dominating American air waves.

We’ll call it a draw for humanity.

So in the spirit of the basketball frenzy that has taken over, I’ll answer your roundball questions this week as the Wolverine fans prepare for what is an historic day. Mike will take care of the mailbag next week, so send your questions on to him at @MikeRothstein or michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com. Now, let’s talk some basketball ...

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WolverineNation Roundtable 

March, 7, 2013
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Every Thursday, our writers sit down to throw around some ideas about a few issues surrounding Michigan sports. This week, Tom, Mike and Chantel take a crack at some spring football storylines, some underrated basketball players and younger prospects who have the opportunity to blow up on the recruiting scene this summer.

1) Spring football is right around the corner, what storyline are you most interested to follow as the Wolverines get their 15 spring practices?


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

January, 9, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Football season might have ended, but that doesn’t mean your questions have stopped.

In this week’s WolverineNation mailbag, we look back at the Michigan season that was, take a glance at the future and also discuss some basketball, where the Wolverines are the No. 2 team in the nation.

Have questions for the Mailbag? Email Chantel Jennings at jenningsespn@gmail.com or tweet at her @chanteljennings.

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WolverineNation roundtable 

December, 13, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Every Thursday, the WolverineNation staff puts its heads together to discuss a few of the big issues in Michigan sports. This week, the three take a look at an offensive lineman’s decision, a basketball surprise and the early enrollments on the horizon.

1) Taylor Lewan has a big decision to make, so let's hear it, does he stay or go pro? What are the circumstances for each? Chantel Jennings: He goes. The only way I see him not going is if he gets injured in the South Carolina game. The money is on the table and physically/mentally I think he’s ready. His athleticism and upside make him a no-brainer for most NFL teams. Plus, he’s already tatted up so you’ve got that out of the way.

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Andrew Weber/US PresswireTaylor Lewan not only is a surefire first-round pick, he could go in the top 10.
Michael Rothstein: Barring injury, tough to see him staying. My rule of thumb on this (save quarterbacks) is if you can be a first- or second-round pick, you probably should leave. Maybe Lewan will surprise and stay, but I think he has to leave. There is too much potential money on the table. The only other way I could see him staying is if Jadeveon Clowney absolutely crushes him in the Outback Bowl, but I don't know if that is going to happen, either.

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WolverineNation mailbag 

December, 12, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Could a former Michigan coach return? What will Michigan’s record be next football season? This basketball season?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s WolverineNation mailbag. Chantel has the mailbag next week, so drop her questions at jenningsespn@gmail.com or @chanteljennings on Twitter.

Now, to your questions:

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Michigan point guard Trey Burke has had a lot to think about this offseason: his decision to stay in Ann Arbor, the loss of his two senior leaders, the transfer of a starter and five freshmen to incorporate into what will be his team.

Naturally, questions linger for him about what this new team could do, especially after an opening-round loss to Ohio in the NCAA Tournament

But Burke plans on answering those questions with championships this season -- won with help from his freshmen.

"The freshmen look great, we have a lot of experience coming back," Burke said. "We have a really good team. … Everyone has that chemistry from last year with the freshmen coming in. I really think we're national championship contenders."

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Entrance Interview is a series at WolverineNation -- similar to our Exit Interview series -- where we chat with incoming Michigan football and men's basketball players about their thoughts as they start college, what their expectations are, and what they'll miss most about high school.

Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon) was a late addition to the Michigan Class of 2012, but he fits in just fine. Part of the reason for that is his familiarity with most of the rest of the Wolverines recruiting class, playing summer basketball with Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary with SYF Players.

The 6-foot, 170-pound point guard picked up an offer from Michigan late after playing in prep school for a year and accepted immediately. WolverineNation caught up with Albrecht, whose given name is Michael, in his final month before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich. to start college.

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