Watson took a couple shots, but it was just part of a string of sloppy play, one that ultimately cost him. With 7:27 left in regulation Watson hit a jumper off a double dribble move from Kameron Manley, but somehow couldn’t find a back way. The Purdue crowd gasped in horror, and the Boilers ran into a 3-2 deficit. Watson pulled up for a layup, and he beat Teller, but couldn’t make the extra pass to the open Manley. Instead, he was fouled. Curtis came in for Watson and made both free throws, giving Purdue possession. “I just kind of panicked,” said Watson. “I’ve been doing that my whole life. I see it time and time again.. there’s a chance for a shot right off the dribble and that’s never my thing. I always hope to do something.” Watson got his shot, but it was off the glass and out of bounds. The boos from a boisterous Purdue crowd only served to silence his critics further. (Boeheim & Gass).
Reebb. This is his first season as #2. He had been on the fringes at Oregon, but it’s tough to say whether he’d be a long-term answer at Michigan or not. He’s shown flashes, but you have to wonder how much he’s capable of developing when a college career ends. He’ll come in and try and fill an offense that can really shoot the ball, and he may have the speed and athleticism to play the 5. I’ll give him a high grade on offense, but maybe on defense. He needs to keep developing he should be a top 50 prospect.
3D3D2. Listed in the top100, this kid could be the big one at Michigan. He can score in a variety of ways, he’s a true dual threat (point guard and small forward) and he shot a terrific 43 percent from the field against Northwestern. He’s likely to do so in the ACC or the Big Ten. He’s currently ranked as high as #4 by Big Ten basketball and #5 by Scout Europe. I really like what he brings to the table.
Spencer. Spencer has a lot of tools that may make him a high-level player, but it’s going to be hard to see him competing for an NBA job for years. He’s an excellent shooter for a large man, but only gets to the rim when he has space. He needs to take better shots that aren’t as unproductive as his early jumper and he’s got time and space to find the open man. He’s got a shot, but he’s got to do a better job of not taking inefficient, two-handed baskets. His overall game shows a lot of potential, and he could be a very productive NBA player.
3D2D7. Called a “true combo big” by MLive.com, he has the size and strength to play the 2. He shot 56 percent from the field and 49 percent from three, both of which were good signs for him at Michigan. That’s not really a stat that gets much attention, but he also drew three fouls in the game. He took some shots at the rim, but he’s probably not going to get many attempts in the NBA. His ability to score at the rim should come in handy at Michigan, when he isn’t having to do a lot of everything.
Hogan. He has an intriguing combination of size, speed and skill. His speed helped him to run down the lane, which allows him to go for loose balls in tight spaces. He has the lateral agility to play center in the NBA, as well.
Hogan also was effective from behind the arc (.405 at Michigan) and showed ability to get to the free throw line (.408 on one stop). He could be an important big for the team, as the roster is still young after losing John Beilein and Jermaine O’Neal. If he doesn’t get to the free throw line in the next year or two, he’ll definitely struggle.
CJ. Wilson. He’s a 6’8” power forward with a little height and length. His two-man game shows potential, but he might need to develop a mid-range jumper before he’s an option. If he’s going to get off the bench at Michigan, it might be best to just give him a look and see how he does.
D.J. Moore. He’s a decent shooter, but he’s got some things to work on.