Michigan’s D.J. Wilson and Moe Wagner face NBA draft deadline, golf records set on final day of NCAA championships and more
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Today is Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
Wednesday is the deadline for Michigan’s D.J. Wilson and Moe Wagner — along with every other college underclassman who declared for the NBA draft but hasn’t hired an agent — to decide if they are returning to their schools. At this point, it’s still nothing but speculation as to what the two Michigan forwards will do.
The latest mock draft by Draft Express has Wilson being taken with the last pick of the first round (No. 30 overall) by the Utah Jazz, while Wagner is not among the 60 players listed. Both juniors-to-be participated in the NBA draft combine and are getting evaluations from NBA scouts as to where they potentially could be selected, if at all.
MLive.com’s Brendan F. Quinn has a good look at the predicament Michigan faces because of the on-hold decisions of Wilson and Wagner. Their return could put the Wolverines in the top 10 of preseason polls and set them up for a deeper run next postseason than their Sweet 16 appearance in March.
Sophomore women’s golfer Elodie Van Dievoet set a program record Monday with a 4-under-par 68 in the final round of the NCAA championships in Sugar Grove, Ill. Her fourth-place finish is the highest NCAA individual placing in program history. The Wolverines also had their best round, shooting 299 and finishing in 16th place. The top eight teams advanced to the match-play championship.
Michigan shot 315 in each of the first two rounds. The tournament was shortened by 18 holes because of inclement weather that canceled the round Saturday.
Van Dievoet led the tournament after the first round with an even-par 72. She slipped to 14th place with a 79 in the second round on Sunday but moved up 10 spots by shooting the low round of the tournament on Monday.
This was the second straight year Michigan advanced to the NCAA championships and the third time overall.
— Michigan Golf (@umichgolf) May 22, 2017
- More than two months have passed since the airplane carrying the Michigan basketball team skidded off the runway after an aborted takeoff attempt. Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press caught up with coach John Beilein and his wife Kathleen about how that day affected them.
- Brandon Justice has the latest on the Michigan recruiting front.
- Rachel Lenzi on why Michigan’s own June camps are so important to the recruiting process.