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pwee31
05-07-2010, 07:43 PM
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7-foot-1 center Guy-Marc Michel has become the third member of the 2010
recruiting class today. Confirmed earlier this afternoon by his North Idaho C.C.
coach Jared Phay, Michel has already signed his letter of intent.

Here's a scouting look from a Gonzaga perspective who also had an offer on the table

http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2008/12/12/690748/scouting-report-on-2010-pr



Last night, we had the opportunity to watch Guy-Marc Michel and his North Idaho College teammates play live at the MAC. While NIC was taking an incredibly over-matched opponent in the Community Colleges of Spokane, it was still a good chance to watch Guy-Marc closely and get a feel for the type of game he plays. In this game, Michel ended up with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocked shots. We'll get another chance to watch Guy-Marc play on January 30th, when he will go one-on-one with fellow Gonzaga recruit, Daequon Montreal and the College of Southern Idaho.

Positives: The first thing that you notice when watching Guy-Marc is that he is very fluid for a 7'1 athlete. He runs the floor with ease, and I even it even looks like he is gliding when he runs the court. This was a pleasant surprise, as many guys his size tend to labor when they are forced to run the court. With the up-tempo system that Gonzaga employs, he would be able to get many easy baskets in transition. The area where Guy-Marc really thrives is on the defensive end of the court. He uses his great size and tremendous wing-span to guard every shot that is taken. He also possesses excellent timing on his shot-blocking which allows for him to deflect many shots that other players his size wouldn't. It is clear he is most comfortable on this end of the court, as he is very vocal with his teammates, and controls everything in the paint. Michel is also a fundamentally solid rebounder. Immediately after any shot goes up, he locates a body and boxes out the man. I believe that just based on his defensive ability, Guy-Marc could contribute solid minutes to the GU team this season.

Negatives: While there is no denying the tremendous force that Guy-Marc is on the defensive end, his offensive game is about as raw as I have seen. While he is vocal and confident with his teammates on the defensive side, Michel appears to be timid and doesn't demand the ball in the set offense. The NIC was frustrating to watch, because many times, Michel would only receive the ball at the top of the key, where he was clearly uncomfortable. The interesting aspect of Michel's offensive game is that he actually has a decent post game. There were two separate occasions where NIC was able to get Michel isolated with his back-to-the-basket, and both times he was able to finish with ease. I was most impressed by a beautiful baby hook he was able to score over his defender from the left block. It seemed that he could hit this shot any time he wanted, but instead he allowed himself to be a bystander in the NIC offense.

Conclusion: It was clear to see why the Gonzaga coaching staff is so interested in Guy-Marc Michel for the class of 2010. He is a 7 footer who is blessed with great athleticism and lots of natural ability. In the stands tonight was Gonzaga coach Tommy Lloyd as well as Austin Daye and Ira Brown, and you better believe that Lloyd was scouting every move that Michel made. He would be a tremendous asset to this program in the class of 2010, and along with Sam Dower, Andy Poling, Rob Sacre, and potentially Daequon Montreal, there would be tremendous depth at the PF and C position. The games against CSI on January 30th and 31st should be a great opportunity to see how Michel matches up with one of the top JC bigs in the country.

Gamble1
05-10-2010, 11:44 AM
Its sounds like an upgrade over the monster they have already.. Hopefully his game is better.

Slick Pinkham
05-10-2010, 01:37 PM
It's hard to get too excited about a guy who averaged something like 7 points per game in junior college, likely facing players his size almost never.

Crean's inability to recruit blue-chip players has so far been a disappointment. I understood it the first year- he came in late and the whole roster needed to be gutted. Then the second year I can also see some issues-- can you really jump in on big recruits when you haven't started on them as sophomores & juniors--- but now is class #3 and I am ready to see some real difference-makers come in, without them being Kentucky-like one-and-dones.

cdash
05-10-2010, 08:57 PM
Couldn't be less excited about this guy. He seems like a stiff in the Tijan Jobe/Bawa Muniru mold.


Crean's inability to recruit blue-chip players has so far been a disappointment. I understood it the first year- he came in late and the whole roster needed to be gutted. Then the second year I can also see some issues-- can you really jump in on big recruits when you haven't started on them as sophomores & juniors--- but now is class #3 and I am ready to see some real difference-makers come in, without them being Kentucky-like one-and-dones.

I share these concerns. This Sheehey/Oladipo/Michel recruiting class is one of the worst classes in recent memory for IU. Throw out Crean's first year and I think it's very possibly the worst class we've had in awhile. Hopefully they prove me wrong, but I'm not excited about this trio.

Sparhawk
05-10-2010, 09:32 PM
Couldn't be less excited about this guy. He seems like a stiff in the Tijan Jobe/Bawa Muniru mold.



I share these concerns. This Sheehey/Oladipo/Michel recruiting class is one of the worst classes in recent memory for IU. Throw out Crean's first year and I think it's very possibly the worst class we've had in awhile. Hopefully they prove me wrong, but I'm not excited about this trio.

That's too bad. I'm waiting for my Hoosiers to return to glory. Feels like forever. My best friend is a Purdue fan, so he let's me have it all the time. At least Purdue hasn't been good at football lately.

Bball
05-11-2010, 07:55 AM
It's hard to get too excited about a guy who averaged something like 7 points per game in junior college, likely facing players his size almost never.

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I know there were some injury issues last year but overall I didn't get the sense that IU was moving forward with the speed at which I thought they could. I thought year one the team actually played a little harder. I was wondering why Crean maybe didn't mine the junior college ranks for a quick influx of talent, need, and experience. Then I saw where he'd picked up a juco 7'er. And then I saw this 7'er averaged 7 points.

It's hard to get too excited over that... Maybe they've found a diamond in the rough or a misused player but it's not like they found a player dominating the juco ranks that we're wondering if he can do that on the bigger stage too. Instead we're left wondering why he didn't do better in the juco ranks...

Like you said, most games he was probably the tallest player on the court.

Since86
05-11-2010, 12:35 PM
That's too bad. I'm waiting for my Hoosiers to return to glory. Feels like forever. My best friend is a Purdue fan, so he let's me have it all the time. At least Purdue hasn't been good at football lately.

And neither has IU. :)

clownskull
05-11-2010, 02:57 PM
of all the positions in the game, the center spot is the one that iu has had very little luck with historically. sadly, it seems when iu talks about a big man with some skills, the dude is like 6'7. we have been getting a steady streak of 7footers who are pretty much useless for a long time now.
i really hope we can someday get a guy over 6'9 and 235 lbs or more who can catch the ball and do stuff. i hope for the best with this guy but, i think he will likely just be another tall body on the roster without giving us much help overall.

Gamble1
05-11-2010, 04:49 PM
Couldn't be less excited about this guy. He seems like a stiff in the Tijan Jobe/Bawa Muniru mold.



I share these concerns. This Sheehey/Oladipo/Michel recruiting class is one of the worst classes in recent memory for IU. Throw out Crean's first year and I think it's very possibly the worst class we've had in awhile. Hopefully they prove me wrong, but I'm not excited about this trio.
I think IU fans really don't understand how gutted the team and the recruiting was.

Seriously 3 years and magic is going to happen. Bridges take longer than that to build IMO.

cdash
05-11-2010, 04:58 PM
I think IU fans really don't understand how gutted the team and the recruiting was.

Seriously 3 years and magic is going to happen. Bridges take longer than that to build IMO.

Trust me, I understand exactly how gutted the team was, and really, enough people have said the same thing to where I think all Hoosier fans know just how gutted our roster was. That said, I'm not looking for magic. I expected a little better than 6 and 10 wins though, especially considering this is one of the top basketball programs in the country. Furthermore, I expected Crean to at least land some high level talent. He has struck out more often than not on the recruiting front, and he is throwing out scholarship offers left and right. I didn't expect us to be back playing for national titles just yet, but by his third recruiting class, I was sort of expecting him to hit his stride, and it doesn't appear that he has done so.

D-BONE
05-11-2010, 06:46 PM
Admittedly, there is no reason to rejoice about this Guy. I'll give him a chance, hope for the best, and keep my expectations low.

If Creek is healthy throughout and they can't be around .500 this coming year, I will be ready to seriously start questioning Crean.

pwee31
05-11-2010, 09:55 PM
In all fairness to Crean, the team had no lay overs. IU basically had to start from the bottom... I mean very bottom. The team 2 years ago was basically a team of walk-ons. You then add a young freshman class, with arguably the best recruit getting hurt. The team still competed a lot better the first year's team, regardless of record. They beat a top 15 Pitt team on a neutral court. Held with UK for a half. Almost beat a top 5 Purdue team... still a very young team, with not a lot of experience. I do agree that IU needs to be at least a .500 team if healthy next year though.