Wake up University of Michigan fans and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize-and-Blue, your favorite school.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff must have racked up some impressive frequent flyer miles during the 2017 recruiting chase. There are 13 different states and two Canadian provinces represented in the class.
Eight of the players are from Michigan, led by wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones of Detroit Cass Tech, the top-rated player in the state according the 247Sports composite ranking system. The Wolverines signed the top five players in the state, and all eight were all ranked among the top 13. There are three players each from Ohio, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste is a 6-foot-3 cornerback from Montreal. There aren’t that many 4-star corners coming out of Quebec, but Harbaugh and assistants Chris Partridge and Mike Zordich got this one.
“A lot of players back in Canada don’t have that confidence, but I found that confidence when I got my first offer from Michigan,” St-Juste said last Wednesday following the “Signing with the Stars” event. “After that, I performed well in every camp I went to here because I had that confidence.”
Michigan’s class of 30 players is rated No. 5 in the country by 247Sports, behind Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Southern California.
The women’s basketball team is back in the Top 25 for the first time in four years. Michigan is No. 21 in this week’s AP poll with a 19-5 record.
The Wolverines have won four in a row, the latest a 72-70 victory against Iowa on Sunday in which they rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half and a nine-point hole at the start of the fourth quarter. The win improved them to 8-2 in the Big Ten, good for third place behind No. 3 Maryland (23-1, 11-0) and No. 13 Ohio State (21-5, 11-1).
The Wolverines got more good news on Monday when Kysre Gondrezick was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Gondrezick scored 42 points on 13-of-23 shooting, with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in wins against Illinois and Iowa.
“I am thrilled that our team is getting recognition on the national level,” said head coach Kim Barnes Arico in a news release. “We really challenged ourselves in our non-conference schedule, and there are no easy games in the Big Ten. This is a special team that we have right now and they deserve this. We are going to keep doing what we have done all year, which is take it one game at a time and focus on continuing to get better every day.”
Michigan travels to Purdue (15-9, 6-4) on Wednesday before hosting Wisconsin on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Fab Five tribute
The men’s basketball team hosts Michigan State on Tuesday night at Crisler Center. It’s a late-night tip, 9 p.m. ET, courtesy of ESPN. The teams are facing each other for the second time in nine days. The Wolverines lost the first matchup, 70-62, at the Breslin Center on Jan. 29.
Michigan (14-9, 4-6) is coming off a 70-66 loss to Ohio State last Saturday, its second loss in a row. It hopes to gain some inspiration from the Fab Five teams that reached back-to-back NCAA title games in 1992 and 1993 by wearing special Nike “Jumpman 23” black socks and black shoes against Michigan State.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) February 6, 2017
- Brady Hoke has reportedly found a new home. Harbaugh’s predecessor had a rough season last year as Oregon’s defensive coordinator, but not so tough to keep Butch Jones from hiring him at Tennessee to coach the defensive line.
- Continuing with the Michigan-connected coaching announcements, former Wolverines wide receiver Roy Roundtree announced on Twitter that he has joined Curt Mallory’s staff at Indiana State. Mallory is a Michigan alum and coached on Hoke’s staff from 2011-14. Roundtree caught 154 passes for 2,304 yards and 15 touchdowns from 2009-12.
— Roy Roundtree (@WRTreezy) February 7, 2017
- Matt Rhule and Baylor fired an assistant strength and conditioning coach Monday following his arrest in a prostitution sting. Not exactly the news Rhule or Baylor needs at the start of his tenure.