Michigan Rumors & News

  • Xavier Simpson tops Michigan's four-player recruiting class

    Detroit News "The Michigan men’s basketball program announced Wednesday that it has signed two centers among its four recruits for the 2016-17 class: 6-foot-10 Austin Davis and 7-footer Jon Teske, along with 6-0 guard Xavier Simpson and 6-5 forward Ibi Watson. “All four of these young men are a great fit for..." November 12

  • Michigan's Zak Irvin may play Friday, recovering from back injury

    CBS Sports " Michigan's Zak Irvin may play Friday in the Wolverines' opener against Northern Michigan, John Beilein told CBS Sports on Tuesday. Irvin has been limited throughout the preseason due to a back injury." November 10

  • Michigan extends John Beilein through 2020-21 season

    Sporting News - NCAAB "John Beilein is coming off his worst season in five years, but his bosses at Michigan still believe in him for the long haul. The school announced Wednesday that Beilein's contract has been extended for two years through the 2020-21 season. The new deal boosts Beilein's base pay to $400,000..." November 04

  • Four-star shooting guard Jordan Poole commits to U-M

    Detroit Free Press "With Michigan’s 2016 basketball commits a few weeks away from signing, the U-M staff is already on to the next class. The 2017 class earned its first commitment today when Milwaukee (Wis.) Rufus King shooting guard Jordan Poole committed in a press conference at his school. Poole, a..." October 26

  • Jalen Rose Compares College Recruiting Trips to Bachelor Parties: “If I’m Not Getting Laid, I’m Not Coming”

    Complex "Leave it to Jalen Rose to keep it all the way real. On his podcast Jalen & Jacoby, the former college basketball star revealed some hard truths in regards to the Louisville escort scandal. While rocking gold chains and Cazals, Rose let listeners and those who haven't seen Blue Chips or He Got Game..." October 22

  • Michigan Fans Vandalize Magic Johnson Statue at Michigan State

    Complex "The students at Michigan and Michigan State have long terrorized each other's campuses with various forms of vandalism, so much so that groups of people are assigned to protect various landmarks at certain times of the year. After this latest incident involving the desecration of the Magic..." October 15

  • As practices get underway, Michigan's Zak Irvin still on track to return for start of season

    Michigan Live "Michigan basketball players and coaches took the floor bright and early on Friday morning. With the first official practice of the 2015-16 season scheduled for later in the afternoon, they prepared for the real thing. From 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., coach John Beilein held a talk-thru for the..." October 05

  • U-M lands 2016 four-star PG Xavier Simpson

    Detroit Free Press "The recruiting roller coaster rolls on. Just hours after 2016 U-D Jesuit point guard Cassius Winston announced Michigan was no longer on his list of final schools, the Wolverines' 2016 incoming point guard, Lima (Ohio) Senior's Xavier Simpson, announced he was coming to U-M at his school's..." September 10

  • UM's Zak Irvin to undergo back procedure, will miss 6-8 weeks

    Detroit News "Michigan junior guard Zak Irvin will undergo a back procedure at the University of Michigan Hospital and is expected to six to eight weeks, the university announced Wednesday. "We expect a 100 percent recovery for Zak after this procedure," UM basketball coach John Beilein said in a statement..." September 10

  • 4-star hoops recruit Winston (U-D Jesuit) drops U-M

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan's primary target for its 2016 basketball recruiting class is gone. U-D Jesuit's Cassius Winston announced on Twitter this morning that he no longer is considering the Wolverines. While many thought that he was leaning toward Michigan, scout.com reported this week that he was..." September 09

  • Jalen Rose plans to tell Fab Five story in book

    Detroit News "Jalen Rose is not done telling the Fab Five story. During the Jalen Rose Golf Outing at Detroit Golf Club on Monday, Rose said he has spent the last year-and-a-half writing a book called “Got to Give the People What They Want.” While he didn’t provide specifics, Rose said he wants to make..." September 02

  • U-M's Walton eager to show what last year could have been

    Detroit Free Press "These days, Derrick Walton Jr. walks with a bounce. He moves confidently and with a purpose. It's a far cry from last winter, when the junior point guard limped for months, staggering, adjusting, never feeling just right. Eventually, that painful stride needed a boot, then crutches, a..." August 27

  • Chris Webber - NCAA's Gotta Change ... It's Slavery Now

    TMZ "Chris Webber believes the feds got it wrong when they shot down an attempt by NCAA players to unionize because he says the organization's currently being run like a slavery-era plantation. We asked Chris about the National Labor Relations Board rejecting the union bid from Northwestern football..." August 18

  • 5-star guard Tyus Battle commits to Syracuse

    SB Nation "Less than a month after reneging on a commitment to Michigan, five-star guard Tyus Battle has decided to play for Syracuse, he informed Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Battle, a 6'6 guard who is ranked No. 14 on Rivals and No. 27 on ESPN among prospects in the class of 2016, told ESPN that he chose..." July 13

  • Report: U-M 5-star commit Battle reopening recruitment

    Detroit Free Press "Tyus Battle, a five-star basketball recruit from New Jersey who verbally committed to Michigan only last month, is reopening his recruitment, according to scout.com. Battle will visit Syracuse, one of his original finalists, this weekend, Evan Daniels reported, citing anonymous sources. When..." June 19

  • U-M's Beilein: Walton, LeVert will be 'full go' by July 1

    Detroit Free Press "When Derrick Walton Jr. and Caris LeVert suffered season-ending foot injuries in January, Michigan's basketball season was ruined. With both on the verge of complete health, next year is flooded with optimism. Speaking on the Huge radio show today, U-M basketball coach John Beilein said both..." June 15

  • Ex-Michigan forward Max Bielfeldt will transfer to Indiana

    Michigan Live "Max Bielfeldt is headed to a familiar school. And a squad his now former team isn't very fond of. The former Michigan forward will spend his fifth and final year of college eligibility next season at Indiana University. Bielfeldt is a graduate transfer, and is immediately eligible for Tom..." June 03

  • Bielfeldt holds decision for Hoiberg/Bulls resolution

    Indianapolis Star "The Chicago Bulls' dismissal of coach Tom Thibodeau could impact Indiana's 2016-17 season. Max Bielfeldt, a 6-8 forward and Michigan transfer, told The Star on Thursday night that he's delaying his final decision to see whether Fred Hoiberg -- a likely candidate for the opening in Chicago --..." May 28

  • Jalen Rose responds to Chris Webber: He ‘is delusional and still in denial’

    Larry Brown Sports "Jalen Rose heard all about Chris Webber’s passive-aggressive shots at him over the “Fab Five” documentary and responded Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Webber, now an analyst for Turner Sports, joined “The Dan Patrick Show” and said he “wasn’t too thrilled” with the film, which was put together..." May 14

  • Spike Albrecht undergoes second offseason hip surgery, this time on left side

    Michigan Live "Michigan senior guard Spike Albrecht has undergone his second hip surgery of the 2015 offseason, a Michigan athletic department spokesman confirmed Wednesday night. This latest procedure comes a little over one month after Albrecht underwent a surgery to shave down a portion of his right hip..." May 14

  • Chris Webber took a shot at Fab 5

    Awful Announcing "Former Fab Five teammates Chris Webber and Jalen Rose haven’t been seeing eye to eye for a few years, and the issues may not be resolved any time soon. Webber was on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, and said some things about the Fab Five 30 for 30 that seemed directly aimed at Rose. " May 14

  • U-M gets commitment from 5-star guard Tyus Battle

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan basketball missed out on Jaylen Brown for 2015, but not Tyus Battle for 2016. The 5-star shooting guard, ranked the No. 14 player nationally on Rivals.com for the class of 2016, announced on Twitter that he's "going to be a Wolverine." His father, Gary Battle, also confirmed to..." May 11

  • U-M hoops eyeing Hudsonville wing as preferred walk-on

    Detroit Free Press "The Michigan basketball program may have fallen short with elite recruits Jaylen Brown and Kenny Williams in the 2015 class, but that doesn't mean that next season's roster is complete. U-M is slated to host Hudsonville wing Brent Hibbitts, a 6-foot-8 shooter, with interest in him as a..." May 06

  • John Beilein confirms 2nd surgery for Spike Albrecht, anticipates full recovery for 2015-16

    Michigan Live "Having already undergone a significant right hip surgery on April 8, Michigan junior Spike Albrecht will indeed have one more trip under the knife. U-M coach John Beilein confirmed Monday that Albrecht will have a second procedure this offseason. "There will be a surgery coming up," Beilein..." May 03

  • Jaylen Brown recruitment trending toward U-M?

    Detroit Free Press "And then there was one... Jaylen Brown, the five-star 6-foot-7 wing from Alpharetta, Ga. and Marietta's Wheeler High School, is the only elite 2015 player who has yet to make a decision on where he'll go to school. (Big man Thon Maker is out there but ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported that there..." April 29

  • Austin Hatch’s inspirational basketball career has come to a close

    College Basketball Talk "Austin Hatch’s basketball career took another turn on Monday, as Michigan announced that he will be taking a medical redshirt and continuing his basketball career as a undergraduate student assistant. “Basketball has always been a huge part of my life, however, it is what I play, not who I am,”..." April 27

  • U-M's Caris LeVert relishes chance to lead while on court

    Detroit Free Press "Caris LeVert sat at the head of the table and did not flinch. After announcing his return for his senior year at Michigan on Tuesday, LeVert was confident, thoughtful and gave detailed answers. It was a flip from the shy figure his freshman year who was eager to avoid the spotlight, hiding..." April 23

  • LeVert passes on NBA; U-M looks like a contender

    Detroit Free Press "After a month of final assessment, Caris LeVert has made his decision. Michigan's co-captain is returning for his senior basketball season, the school announced today, postponing the NBA for a year. "Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future," LeVert said..." April 21

  • LeVert might not wait for deadline to decide on next season

    Detroit News "Caris LeVert might be making a decision on his pro future sooner than he thought. After saying last month he would wait until the April 26 deadline for underclassmen to declare, LeVert said Wednesday before the team's year-end banquet it might "be pretty soon. It might not (go to the..." April 16

  • UM's Walton Jr. gets more time off as precaution

    Detroit News "Along with Caris LeVert, both of Michigan's top point guards will be coming off injuries entering next season. Derrick Walton Jr., who missed the last 12 games of the season because of foot injuries, still isn't 100 percent and the coaches are taking a conservative approach with his recovery...." April 13

  • U-M's Albrecht has right hip surgery, out 4-5 months

    Detroit Free Press "U-M basketball's off-season program will be without a key player. Michigan junior Spike Albrecht had successful right hip surgery this morning at U-M Hospital and will undergo a 4-5 month recovery and rehab process, coach John Beilein announced today. Though Albrecht and Beilein had..." April 08

  • German forward Moritz Wagner to join U-M next season

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan's basketball roster expanded today. German 6-10 forward Moritz Wagner committed to U-M today, announcing on Twitter for the 2015-16 season. "Proud that I gonna be a Wolverine and a part of 〽️ichigan next year. Damn grateful for what Alba did for me! This is my club &always will..." April 06

  • LeVert torn between Michigan, NBA

    Detroit News "Michigan has been without junior Caris LeVert for almost two months, after he suffered a season-ending foot fracture on Jan. 17 against Northwestern. Whether they'll have him next season is still up in the air, but LeVert shed some light on his recovery and his decision process about whether..." March 13

  • UM antagonist Laettner offended by 'Fab Five'

    Detroit News "One-time Michigan basketball adversary Christian Laettner, the former Duke star, is not a big fan of the 2011 ESPN documentary "Fab Five." In that film, Juwan Howard called him a "pretty boy," Jimmy King said he was "soft," and Jalen Rose and Ray Jackson claimed his was "overrated." Those..." March 12

  • UM's LeVert still considered first-round talent

    Detroit News "Whether Caris LeVert has played his last game at Michigan is unclear. LeVert, a 6-foot-7 junior guard, has missed the last 13 games because of a foot fracture and is out for the remainder of the season. But if his NBA draft stock remains high, LeVert could forego his final season to enter..." March 10

  • Beilein: Walton still bothered by foot in workout

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan sophomore point guard Derrick Walton Jr. got on the floor for a workout Thursday. But the results were disappointing. U-M basketball coach John Beilein had been hoping that there would be progress with his injured foot. "Yesterday's workout was a whole 15 minutes, and he was not..." March 01

  • Break could buy time for Michigan's Derrick Walton

    Detroit News "Five days after falling to Michigan State and losing its fifth straight, Michigan had time to rest before its matchup against Ohio State. The extra time paid off for the Wolverines, who got their biggest win of the season, topping the No. 24 Buckeyes, 64-57 on Sunday. UM (14-13, 7-8 Big Ten)..." February 24

  • UM's LeVert still first-round prospect, despite injury

    Detroit News "Michigan has been without leading scorer Caris LeVert since he suffered a season-ending foot fracture on Jan. 17 in a win over Northwestern. It's still unclear if that will be LeVert's final game in a Michigan uniform, as the junior guard still is projected as a first-round NBA draft pick. In..." February 18

  • Good news for U-M: No break in Derrick Walton's foot

    Detroit Free Press "It was vague and ominous when Derrick Walton Jr. appeared at Michigan State on crutches and Michigan coach John Beilein ruled him out for the "foreseeable future" with a foot injury. Without a timetable, the possibilities were endless, especially after seeing teammate Caris LeVert's season end..." February 09

  • U-M's Derrick Walton Jr. out for 'foreseeable future'

    Detroit Free Press "The sight of Derrick Walton Jr. on crutches and in a walking boot before the game was enough of an indictment. When the sophomore missed the Nebraska game Tuesday with a sore foot and sprained toe, he was hobbling, but still upright and walking unassisted. This was far more severe. It kept..." February 02

  • Status of U-M's Walton vs. MSU and beyond in doubt

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan's basketball team will be shorthanded entering the Breslin Center on Sunday. Just how much will be determined Sunday and it may have a long-term effect. Point guard Derrick Walton's playing status remains in doubt as he has barely practiced this week because of a right foot injury...." January 31

  • Derrick Walton Jr.'s status unknown for Michigan-Michigan St., injured foot to be examined further

    Michigan Live "Michigan survived a home game Tuesday night without the services of starting point guard Derrick Walton Jr. Now, following a 58-44 win over visiting Nebraska, the Wolverines might have to try to do the same on the road at Michigan State on Sunday. According to U-M coach John Beilein, Walton's..." January 28

  • Caris LeVert's injury more severe than previous one

    Detroit Free Press "Caris LeVert's broken left foot is a more severe version of the injury he suffered last spring. Michigan's junior co-captain will undergo another surgery this week. He suffered the new injury at the end of Saturday's 56-54 win over Northwestern, ending his season. "Same foot, same bone,..." January 20

  • U-M's LeVert out for rest of season due to foot injury

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan has battled injuries, illness and youth challenges all season, remaining just outside the NCAA tournament bubble. But the biggest blow came Sunday. Junior co-captain Caris LeVert will miss the rest of the season with a left foot injury, U-M announced. He will have surgery this..." January 19

  • Michigan basketball ticket prices surge in anticipation of potential Jim Harbaugh head coaching announcement

    College Basketball Talk "Michigan’s basketball team has struggled at home this season, falling in three consecutive games at one point to N.J.I.T., Eastern Michigan and SMU in the midst of a four-game losing streak. But ticket prices have skyrocketed for the Wolverines’ Big Ten opener against Illinois on Tuesday night as..." December 29

  • Survivor of 2 plane crashes scores 1st point

    ESPN "Michigan freshman Austin Hatch, a survivor of two plane crashes, scored his first regular-season collegiate point Monday night. Hatch netted a free throw in the closing minutes of the Wolverines' 72-56 win against Coppin State and exited to a standing ovation. "He's one of the hardest..." December 23

  • U-M's Spike Albrecht: I'll deal with injury all season

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan guard Spike Albrecht doesn't want to talk about it, but with a significant injury limiting his game -- one that won't be going away this season -- it offers some explanation for his unusual four-turnover game in Tuesday's loss to Eastern Michigan. "It's something that I've been dealing..." December 13

  • Top recruit Jaylen Brown plans official visits to Michigan, North Carolina

    SB Nation "Jaylen Brown, one of the top recruits in the 2015 class, according to ESPN, was watched by Kentucky head coach John Calipari and coaches from Kansas, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech on Saturday, as reported by Adam Zagoria. Brown scored 34 points and added 12 rebounds in a win in front of those..." December 08

  • Michigan’s John Beilein rips ESPN for late tip time during Tuesday’s loss

    College Basketball Talk "The final of the Legends Classic was already scheduled to be a late tip on Tuesday night. If all had gone according to plan, the game was supposed to begin at 10:00 p.m. ET and to be aired on ESPN2. All did not go according to plan, however, as the football game between Ohio and Miami (OH) —..." November 26

  • Jalen Rose says Chris Webber needs to apologize over Michigan bad blood

    CBS Sports "There's a lot of bad blood between Chris Webber and the other members of the "Fab Five," his super-recruit teammates at the University of Michigan. There are a lot of complicated elements with it, but it reached the point where Webber didn't even speak to Rose when he saw him during the Finals,..." September 16