Indiana adds Guy-Marc Michel to 2010 recruiting class

  • 05/07/2010 5:20 pm in

According to a report by Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times and The Hoosier Scoop, Indiana has added 7-1 North Idaho College center Guy-Marc Michel to its 2010 recruiting class.

Michel confirmed to The Herald-Times that he signed a Letter of Intent on Friday with the Hoosiers.

“I think it’s a good place for me to get playing time,” said Marc-Michel, a Martinique native. “It’s a great team and it’s a school with great history.”

Michel joins Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey in the 2010 class and will have two years of eligibility.

Elsewhere:

+ Kevin Noreen still visiting, but next week (The Hoosier Scoop)

+ Indiana signs big man (Ft. Wayne News Sentinel)

+ IU lands 7-1 junior college center Michel (Indianapolis Star)

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  • Outoftheloop

    OK I will take up the challenge. I don't think that anyone in the IU Athletic Dept cares about your “judgment” right now. Coach Crean has 5 years to get his program going. We are just now starting Year 3 of his tenure. IU is now a very talented and very deep team! Creek (Ranked #56 by Rivals) will be tremendous; Watford (#41) and Elston (#103) will be very good; Jones (#126) keeps getting better each year; Hulls (#107) was very solid as a freshman and you KNOW that he will get better every year; Roth can shoot and knows what the coaches want to do; Sheehey (#141) and Oladipo (#144) are the best athletes on the squad; Rivers really improved his free throw shooting the last 6-7 games and will be motivated to show in his last year that he can be a difference maker on the court; both Capo and Pritchard are big and strong and have some experience; now we have two talented 7? players; if Offutt (#99) comes to play, he and Danny Moore give us two excellent walk-ons. We need a “Big Man” coach to really develop what we have now. Let’s win 20! The future looks even better for 2011 with Etherington (#86) committed and with IU strong with both Zeller (#35) and J Davis (#40). Oh, I forgot the two 7' Centers, Michel (Under-20 French National Team) with two years JUCO experience and Bawa (#112) with one year IU practice experience. Go IU!

  • Outoftheloop

    You are right.

  • Outoftheloop

    Great points about IU's low Assists and high TO stats. That has to change. But I think that the one more year's experience will really help in this regard.

  • Outoftheloop

    Sheehey is a good perimeter defender as well.

  • Outoftheloop

    Actually Bawa was highly recruited, and I remember “we”, the IU fan base, really worried when he attended “Midnight Madness” at OK St and not at IU!

  • Kelin Blab

    Phil…I made that same drive often last year with optimism and excitement only to leave cussing and stopping by mcdonalds as I hit 37!

    Love your hulls point and his late season development. I think an improved hulls turns up the heat on JR since Crean now knows, we can compete without him and the turnovers. My early season predictions will be JR and TP will be very improved from next year. They had a tough year that hopefully made them stronger mentally.

    The advantage with Guy right now is something Bawa didn't have….TIME. Bawa got eligible late and missing that summer and fall hurt him. Guy will have that and the time tow work with the coaches and team. Apparently they like the kid and apparently he is vocal as stated in one scouting report, constant talking on defense.

    This often gets overlooked but the addition of energy and emotional guys like Oladipo, Guy, and Sheehey will payoff with IU. Other than Elston last year, did anyone notice who was the emotional leader of the team….AJ Moye, Coverdale, Suhr, and Rod Wilmont were not the best players but others fed off their emotion and we need that and missed it last year. I don't like a quiet emotionaless team…not sure if that is a word but that is my point.

    On paper, IU is a deeper team than last year, a bigger team, more athletic, and a dangerous team. For me most important is they are a more experienced team.

  • Outoftheloop

    In 2008-09 IU's lone “Bigs” were a 6'9 freshman, Pritchard (Not Ranked) and a 6''7 former walk-on, Taber (Not Ranked). Next year, 2010-11, we will have two good 7' Centers: Bawa (#112) and Michel (Under-20 French National Team), plus four 6'9 players with experience: Watford (#41), Elston (#103), Capo (NR) and Pritchard. This will make a huge difference in the team defense, defensive rebounding and defensive shooting %! It will also provide for better offensive screening, offensive “inside-out” passing, offensive rebounding and offensive shooting %. What is not to like in the progress of upgrading IU's talent at the end of two full years?

  • Outoftheloop

    I agree.

  • Outoftheloop

    Excellent points. Your “subdued enthusiasm” is duly noted. However, you missed the incredible increase in terms of depth at all critical positions by the return of Creek and Roth, the virtual addition of an “experienced” (at least one full year of IU practice) 7' Center ,Bawa, the addition of a second 7' Center with two years JUCO experience, Michel, and two terrific athletes and team guys in Oladipo and Sheehey. That is 6 “new players” added to a good core of Watford, Elston, Jones, Hulls, Capo, Pritchard and Rivers for next season. IU now has great depth and very good talent. We can match-up in a variety of ways: Big-Small, Up tempo-Disciplined, Press-Half Court, etc. We have three very good “man-up” perimeter defenders in Rivers, Oladipo and Sheehey. We have 20 fouls to give in defense at the rim with Bawa, Michel, Capo and Pritchard. We have excellent 3-point shooting with Creek, Roth and Hulls. We have two 6'9 big wings who are active, can score at the rim, in the middle game and at the 3 point line in Watford and Elston. Further, Jones is a proven Big-Ten scorer. I like the prospects for next season! Put me in the “strong enthusiasm” category!

  • Outoftheloop

    He could not earn major minutes and did not start at TN. No pro career there. He is a good college basketball player who has been dealt a very bad hand medically for world-class athletics. He is a great kid. I think that he should complete his education, maybe include a graduate degree in Law or Business, stay close to basketball, befriend everyone he has developed relationships with (Pearl at TN, Crean at IU, etc.) and become a sports agent specializing in the growing number of African born NBA pro prospects. Can you think of anyone better suited to “understand” their circumstances and develop rapport easily?

  • SeattleHoosier

    Have we made progress in the last two years? Absolutely….I totally agree with you.

    My initial post was focused more specifically on whether we get incremental value from the addition of Guy-Marc to the existing talent pool, not on the progress we made in the last two years.

    I think Guy-Marc is a step in the right direction and, like you, remain optimistic about the long term.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Ha, dang, so Crean's got even more time to turn things around than I thought! And I fully expect a tournament appearance in 2012, with–hopefully–some NIT action this year… which would seem to put him a year ahead of Drew.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Andrew: thanks for pointing out all the players that stayed at UK … I couldn't remember who stayed, but I knew it was more than a walk-on and a walk-on that earned a scholarship (which is much less than what Pitino had to work with… if Crawford and Basset and somebody had stayed, then that would probably be fair to compare Crean to Pitino–but I as much as I want us to return to the tourney, I'm glad we got rid of those guys.

  • Outoftheloop

    That is what I hope, but the signs look pretty good.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    So, if you had to guess, where does that put is for wins? For me, 15 is the lowest acceptable number (assuming we're not getting blown out); however, 18 to 20 would make me ecstatic (and might/would put us in the NIT). I'm guessing if Vegas put the over/under on the upcoming season, they'd say 16.

  • Outoftheloop

    OK. The NBA does draft on potential.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Looking at the numbers, Eman put up the same numbers his freshman year as Daniel Orton put up this year. 09-10 UK was better than 08-09 UT, but I too think Eman would've been awesome in our system. The kid has an NBA-ready frame.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Looking at the numbers, Eman put up the same numbers his freshman year as Daniel Orton put up this year. 09-10 UK was better than 08-09 UT, but I too think Eman would've been awesome in our system. The kid has an NBA-ready frame.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    7'1″ Guy @ C
    6'9″ Elston @ PF
    6'9″ Watford @ SF
    6'5″ Creek @ SG
    6'5″ VJIII @ PG

    Not only is that the tallest line up, that's might be the actual starting line up.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I'm looking forward to wearing my IU shirt around [Purdue's] campus after that victory!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    With Guy as a projected starter (by most people here), does your boy TP lose significant PT? Assuming Bawa is serviceable for 10 minutes per game and Guy gets 20, and Capo is the primary sub for Elston, will TP get lost in the shuffle? Maybe he'll be our transfer next year…? I will mail you a box of Kleenexes to soak up all your tears. 😉

  • Disco_Briscoe

    I still don't know where Orton comes into a reply to what I wrote originally. I can care less about Orton and him leaving UK. TJ does not have an NBA body because he's uncoordinated, doesn't move or jump real well, and looks like a retard out there.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Keep posting the same reply over and over. No one cares about your “judgment” or opinion either. If IU is so deep and talented then we are challenging for top 5 in the Big Ten and we're not. We are competing with Iowa, NW and PSU to stay out of the cellar. We'll see what the product looks like on the floor but as of today I'm not a believer and that's my opinion and I don't care who agrees or disagrees with it. I hope I'm wrong.

  • Outoftheloop

    Deal with facts. As ANYONE who actually read the “comments” and my “reply” would see. I reiterate the facts because the comments refused to address these facts. Also,we are talented and deep Now not last year. Again if you read what I said we have the equivalent of 7 new talented players (#56 Creek, Roth, #112Bawa, #141 Sheehey, #144 Oladipo and Michel from the French U-20 National Team and possibly #99 Offutt) to add to the 8 from last year (#41 Watford, #103 Elston, #107 Hulls, #126 Jones, Capo, Pritchard, Moore and Rivers). We did not have these 7 guys last year! Our team, on paper, is about twice as good as it was last year, NOT including improvement by freshmen and sophomores with experience. If you don't care about my judgment or opinion, just why did you reply?

  • Marquisimo

    I am hearing through the grapevine that Bawa is killing TP in practice…

    Also…I was at in attendance yesterday at Franklin Community HS and saw up close and personal Branden Dawson and Mitch McGary team up to face off against Marquis Teague in the 17u championship game…Branden Dawson is an absolute beast on the boards, has an incredible vertical, and can score…great free throw shooter as well…finished with 25pts and double digit rebounds…Mitch McGary is 6'11″ legit…I saw him get measured on the wall in the gym that had a height chart…some people were doubting he was that tall…but he is…he can run the floor well…left handed…nice touch for a big man…rebounds well…reminds me a lot of Matt Nover ironically…same high school…Chesterton HS…taller than TP and much more athletic…

    In my opinion…Branden Dawson would be an outstanding player in an IU uni…break the curse…Purdue doesn't get this guy!

  • millzy32

    we can oversign by one player every year.