The days and weeks following the end of the final evaluation period of the summer tend to busy, with prospects narrowing their lists and beginning to go through the process of setting up their five official visits (if they haven’t taken any already).
But some players don’t need the extra time to make a decision in regards to where they’ll play their college basketball.
Such was the case for 6-10 center Ryan Andrus, who on Wednesday announced his decision to attend BYU just days after completing his summer on the grassroots circuit. Andrus is BYU’s fourth verbal commitment in the 2014 class, joining guard T.J. Haws (one of Andrus’ summer teammates) and forwards Dalton Nixon and Jake Toolson.
“I told myself I wasn’t going to think at all about my commitment until after AAU ball and I held to that,” Andrus told the Deseret News. “After I started thinking about it BYU became the obvious choice for me. It fits me best in every way — more so than the other schools who offered me.”
According to the paper the plan for Andrus is to play his freshman season (2014-15) before leaving on his two-year LDS mission, and accounting for recruits who need to take this step in their religious lives is something that BYU head coach Dave Rose is certainly used to.
Of BYU’s 2013 signees one, shooting guard Nick Emery, has decided to begin his mission before joining the program (he left in May) while center Eric Mika made the decision to spend a year in Provo before starting his.
Zak Irvin scored 22 points and Michigan’s outmanned front line held Purdue’s redwoods to just seven offensive boards, six second chance points and just 22 points in the paint as the Wolverines landed a critical, 61-56, win over the No. 18 Boilermakers.
Depending on who you listen to, Michigan entered the day, at worst, on the bubble and at best, in headed for the 8-9 game.
And they picked up a top 25 win.
So yes, this win was big for them moving forward.
But more important than the win itself was that Wolverine fans got a glimpse of all-american guard Caris LeVert. He played just 11 points and didn’t return in the second half, he didn’t score and he missed the only shot that he took, but LeVert took the court for the first time since Dec. 30th. That day, LeVert rolled his left ankle and most likely reinjured a foot that had had a broken bone surgically repaired twice in the last 20 months. Michigan never confirmed what the actual injury was and never gave a timetable for when he would be back in the lineup, which is what made his brief appearance so important.
LeVert isn’t done for the season.
And since the Wolverines managed to post a 9-4 Big Ten record with LeVert acting as little more than a spectator, they have a chance to make a run in the Big Ten tournament and get into the NCAA tournament.
That will happen with LeVert in the rotation and, if all goes according to plan, the starting lineup.
So even with a loss against Purdue, the Wolverines had a good day. Bolstering their NCAA tournament profile was an added bonus.
VIDEO: Memphis’ Shaq Goodwin gets technical foul for copying famous Vince Carter dunk
Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin picked up one of the dumbest technical fouls of the season on Saturday with the Tigers on the road against Tulane. Goodwin attempted to copy Vince Carter’s famous arm-in-the-rim dunk from the 2000 NBA dunk contest. This would have been okay during pregame warmups, but Goodwin tried to pull this off on a breakaway near the end of the first half. He was quickly hit with the T for hanging on the rim.
Goodwin has good timing when it comes to current events, as the NBA’s dunk contest airs on Saturday night, but the timing of pulling this off in the first half of a tight conference game is not so great.
For past reference, here’s Carter’s original arm-in-the-rim dunk from 2000, which had everyone astonished since it had never been done before.