Michigan Wolverines: Stu Douglass

WolverineNation mailbag 

October, 10, 2012
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Fitzgerald ToussaintDennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireFitzgerald Toussaint must re-emerge if the Wolverines are to achieve their goals.
Michigan football started its Big Ten season with a bang. The basketball team starts practice Friday. And recruiting is, well, recruiting is an all-day, every-day type of thing. But there's a ton to talk about in the realm of Michigan sports, so let's get to it.

We love hearing from our readers so make sure you keep sending mailbag questions in. Next week, Mike will be taking care of it though, so tweet your questions to him at @mikerothstein or email him at michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com.

Now, on to our questions…

Five Questions: Tim Hardaway Jr.

September, 20, 2012
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Editor's Note: In the buildup to Midnight Madness, we are taking an in-depth look at Joe Lunardi's top five seeds in a series called Countdown To Madness. In addition to the Insider stories, Eamonn Brennan will offer Three Big Things about each team and we'll have Five Questions with a player or coach from each squad.

For Tim Hardaway Jr., the scenario is becoming routine. Every single day on the Michigan campus -- whether he’s eating lunch with a teammate, sitting in class or walking to practice -- someone stops him to talk about Wolverines basketball.

“We could be out and about, and a group of fans will just walk up to us,” Hardaway said. “They’ll wish us luck and say, ‘Oh, we’re so excited for the season.’”

The buzz in Ann Arbor is certainly understandable.

One season after claiming a share of the Big Ten title, the Wolverines are expected to contend to reach the Final Four thanks to a mix of talented returnees, such as Hardaway and Trey Burke and highly touted newcomers Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.

“There’s a lot of hype,” Hardaway said, “but I think we’re doing a good job of just making sure that everyone settles down. The season hasn’t even started yet. We’re all just preparing to play anyone in the country. Everyone is excited about the season. Everyone is trying to make it seem like we’re back. But we have a long way to go."

Hardaway, who averaged 14.6 points as a sophomore last season, spoke with ESPN.com earlier this week.

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Rick Osentoski/US PresswireTim Hardaway Jr. said Michigan coach John Beilein, left, puts great trust in his guards.
What’s the most encouraging thing you’ve seen from your teammates thus far?

Tim Hardaway Jr.: Just the mindset of everyone coming in, with everyone having the same intensity and passion about playing Michigan basketball. Everyone sees that and we’re all trying to fulfill our dreams and get back to where we were last year and win a Big Ten championship.

Who will be the “surprise player” on this year’s squad?

TH: Everyone has been making a lot of improvement. Jon Horford is coming off an injury and has been playing really well in the summer. Matt Vogrich has been shooting the ball really well. Blake McLimans is getting better. Jordan Morgan -- just everyone in general. Everyone has added little pieces to their game to make them more successful and help the team out any way they can.

Even though you had a great season overall, you went into a major shooting slump and made just 35 percent of your shots in February. How were you able to snap out of it and finish so strong?

TH: It was a team effort. We had a lot of guys coming into the locker room with me and having conversations about what I needed to work on. During the Nebraska game, Zack Novak talked to me at halftime before we walked onto the court. He said, "Hey, you can help the team out in different ways than scoring." Once I heard that, I think I just snapped out of it from then on. That’s what helped me out the most.

What did you do in the offseason to better prepare yourself for your junior year?

TH: I feel like I’ll be playing a lot more at my normal position [combo guard] instead of being at the 3-spot. We lost two of our main guards, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, from last year. So I’m working on my ball-handling, guarding the point guard and guarding the shooting guard. I’m just trying to have fun and play Michigan basketball. Wherever Coach Beilein wants me to play, I’ll play. I’m not a picky guy. I just want to be out there on the floor and have fun and help my team in whatever way I can.

What’s the best part about part about playing for John Beilein, and what goals has this team set for itself?

TH: [Beilein] is an excellent coach. He lets us play. He lets the quarterback, the point guard, call out the plays. He has the utmost confidence in his guards to make the right decisions out there.

As far as goals, the first thing is to get better every day. We’ve been saying that since the first day of the fall semester. We’re not focused on national championships or Big Ten championships. We’ll worry about those later in the season. Right now we just want to do everything we can to get better as a team, build our chemistry up with these new freshmen and get better every single day.
The Michigan men’s basketball program announced on Wednesday that guard Corey Person, who finished his degree and graduated in May, would be returning to the program for his redshirt senior season.

“It was unexpected,” Person said in a news release. “It is actually kind of funny because coach [John] Beilein always joked around last season whenever I would be talking. He would say, ‘Don’t start thinking about a fifth year.’ … So for Coach Beilein to actually want to bring me back, on top of that with me being a walk on, I know how rare that is.”

As a walk-on, Person has never been a contributor on the floor for the Wolverines. He appeared in just 22 games during his career but in a loss to Ohio State in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament he had his career-best game, scoring seven points and grabbing two rebounds.

However, several of his teammates looked to him for his leadership qualities over the past few seasons. One of his roles last season, leading the pregame huddle dances, will continue, he said.

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The Michigan theme of recruiting basketball players who are fast risers in the rankings has continued.

Last season, the Wolverines had no players in the Super 60 for the Class of 2013. Now, with the ESPN 100 released Thursday, three of Michigan’s four verbal commits have made the rankings, along with a fourth player the school is targeting.

The Michigan portion of the list is headlined by point guard Derrick Walton (Detroit/Chandler Park Academy), who went from unrated in the Super 60 to the No. 39 player in the nation in the initial ESPN 100.

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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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WolverineNation roundtable 

May, 3, 2012
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Mike Martin, Will Campbell, Ondre PipkinsIcon SMI, Getty Images, ESPN.comAs Mike Martin passes the torch to guys such as Will Campbell and Ondre Pipkins, the D-line will look vastly different.
Every Thursday, your WolverineNation writers will discuss three pressing issues in Michigan sports. This week, Mike, Tom and Chantel look at changes in the Michigan football team, Trey Burke’s growth as a point guard, and recruits with NFL potential.

1. Which part of Michigan's game will look the most different this year, as opposed to last?

Michael Rothstein: Personnel-wise, it is the defensive line and that isn't close considering there are three new starters and four players at new positions. In scheme, though, it'll be how Michigan moves the ball on offense. Although much has been made of Michigan looking for wide receivers, it wouldn't be shocking to see Michigan move the ball with shorter throws to get guys such as Jeremy Gallon open in space.

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WolverineNation Mailbag 

April, 25, 2012
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Kim Barnes Arico AP Photo/Carlos OsorioKim Barnes Arico comes to Michigan with a successful resume, but then again, so did the Wolverines' past two women's basketball coaches.

Summer is a time for student-athletes to recharge and prepare for their next season. But for fans, it's a solid few months where their questions pile up and turn to torment if they can’t be answered.

Well, good thing we're here with the Wednesday mailbag.

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WolverineNation mailbag 

April, 11, 2012
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Shane MorrisMiller Safrit/ESPN.com QB Shane Morris leads a class for which expectations will be sky high.
Trey Burke is staying at Michigan and Wolverines fans breathed a deep sigh of relief, as it looks like the basketball team has a chance to make some serious noise next season.

Then there's the football team, which seems to be having a solid spring. With its 2012 recruiting class getting to campus in about two months, the countdown to Alabama is on. But our first look at that squad will be this weekend in the annual spring game.

That being said, there must be questions. We love hearing from readers. Next week, Mike will be taking care of the mailbag so send your questions to michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or tweet them to @MikeRothstein.

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Basketball banquet roundup 

April, 10, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After a season in which the Michigan basketball team won a share of the Big Ten title, the Wolverines' end-of-season banquet entitled a "celebration" seemed just that. It was jovial and lighthearted, jokes were made and shots were taken at teammates.

Even Michigan basketball coach John Beilein got in on the action.

While introducing each class he picked on juniors Matt Vogrich and Blake McLimans, telling the crowd both needed to get a hair cut. Later, he looked over at Vogrich and asked, "Have I really never started you? I must not know what I'm doing."

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Stuart Douglass: What's next? 

March, 29, 2012
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In addition to the exit interview WolverineNation did with former Michigan guard Stuart Douglass and the loss impact for him, we also caught up with what his plans are for the future.

Here is what's next for Douglass:

WN: So, what’s next? What’s the plan?

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Loss Impact: Stu Douglass 

March, 29, 2012
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Loss Impact is where WolverineNation takes a look at how much the departure of a starter or major contributor will mean to Michigan.

Former Michigan guard Stuart Douglass meandered his way through a four-year career with the Wolverines, ending up playing the most games in school history and with top 20 career marks in numerous statistics. A recap of that, along with his thoughts on his career and his future, can be found here.

But what will his loss mean to Michigan next season?

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- There was this feeling two weeks ago, even if Courtney Boylan couldn't figure it out.

This sense that this season would not end the same. That after two years of missing the NCAA tournament on the bubble, it wouldn't happen again.

It didn't.

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3-pointers: Ohio 65, Michigan 60 

March, 16, 2012
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Michigan won a share of a Big Ten championship with a freshman point guard and a team of shooters that had gone through an entire season playing better than expected.

But the past two weeks, all of that caught up with them. Freshman guard Trey Burke played like a freshman. The 3-point shooting that had been there for most of the season went cold.

And like that, the fourth-seeded Wolverines saw their season end in the Round of 64 on Friday evening, losing to No. 13 Ohio, 65-60.

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Zack Novak & Stu DouglassGetty ImagesZack Novak and Stu Douglass can each achieve major milestones for their longevity.
Zack Novak hasn’t heard it from his roommate yet. There has been no ribbing, no record-book lording done by Stuart Douglass.

Eventually, it’ll happen. But so far, Douglass has been quiet about how barring injury, he’ll always have played more games at Michigan than Novak.

“He’s never said anything,” Novak said this week. “We like to mess with the younger guys more than with each other. I’m sure he’ll give me something after the season.”

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They had done nothing for Michigan for 35 minutes Friday night. No points. A bundle of missed shots. Less than a handful of positive statistics across the board.

Yet when Michigan needed something from players other than star guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., three of Michigan’s role players played a massive role in the second-seeded Wolverines’ come-from-behind 73-69 overtime win over No. 10 Minnesota.

Seniors Zack Novak and Stuart Douglass sparked a game-tying 11-2 run to close regulation for Michigan and then Douglass made a big 3-pointer early in overtime to give the Wolverines control for the first time all night.

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