Tom Izzo loses four seniors from the new MSU basketball team-- and he replaced them today with two new signings. Walk on Austin Thornton likely gets another year with a scholarship and another recruit might be signed in April. The additions today are big men since three front line guys depart after this season-- Idong Ibok, Goran Suton and Marquise Gray. The signees Wednesday are 6-9 players, Derrick Nix of Detroit Pershing and Garrick Sherman from Kenton, Ohio. I watched Nix lead his team to the class A state final game last March in the Breslin Center. Izzo loves the hand strength that Nix possesses. Sherman may be more of a project-- he weighs 235 pounds, but Izzo wants him stronger and wants him to play better competition next summer.
Michigan vs. Northeastern in men's basketball Wednesday night. The Wolverines should win and get to New York City where they may meet UCLA in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament semi-finals. Michigan's 10-22 record last season produced the most losses in one season in school history. Manny Harris looks like a good player-- he had a career high 30 against a weak Michigan Tech team on Tuesday but Harris seems to be improving. Michigan could have a winning season-- beyond that it would be overachievement. But Michigan basketball has been dormant and whether second year head coach John Beilein can strike a revival this winter or not remains to be seen.