Nightly Roundup: January 27, 2020

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27Jan 2020
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Nightly Roundup: January 27, 2020

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Walk-on kicker Alan Selzer is transferring to Indiana State, where former Michigan assistant (and player) Curt Mallory is the head coach. Selzer was on Michigan’s team for the past two years but did not play. Walk-on running back Jordan Castleberry recently transferred to Maryland, too.

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27Jan 2020
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Goodbye, Ben Bredeson

Ben Bredeson (image via Detroit Free Press)

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Bredeson committed to Michigan over Wisconsin (a surprising move for a Wisconsin native), and here’s what I had to say about him at the time (LINK):

Overall, I think Bredeson is a player who could slide in at all five positions. He can stay low enough to maintain leverage at the interior positions, and he has the foot quickness to block guys on the edge. I do not see him being an elite left tackle prospect like, say, Taylor Lewan because Bredeson just lacks the length and athleticism that Lewan had. He needs to get in the weight and learn some new technique, and then I think he can be a mauler for a powerful offense. He’s a potential All-Big Ten player.

I gave him a TTB Rating of 88, and he was a 247 Composite 4-star, the #5 offensive tackle, and #39 overall.

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26Jan 2020
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Nightly Roundup: January 26, 2020 or The Night Kobe Bryant Died

I was at a family gathering when an e-mail notification popped up on my phone saying that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash.

My immediate thought was, “No, I read that wrong.”

I read the e-mail and thought, “No, I read that wrong.”

I opened up Twitter and saw a mish-mash of rumors and thought, “This is just a Twitter rumor blowing up.”

Unfortunately, the e-mail was not wrong. A 41-year-old Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California, along with five other people, including one of his four daughters, 13-year-old Gianna.

Whenever someone of significance dies, you always hear, “Spend time with your loved ones. You never know when it’s the last time you’ll see them.”

And that’s all true, but I think of that anyway.

Kobe Bryant was a tough S.O.B. I wasn’t his biggest fan, because I’m a Pistons guy. But there are lots of talented players who don’t come close to approaching what Bryant did on the court. And it’s because he was one of the hardest workers and most driven athletes we’ve seen. There are a lot of great players who play great, and yeah, I enjoy watching them. But I don’t find a lot of them to be inspirational. That’s not the case with Kobe Bryant, though. Reaching the top of the mountain never stopped him from searching for another mountain. He never stopped working to compete and get better, and I think we can all learn from that.

24Jan 2020
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Visitors: January 24-26, 2020

Donovan Edwards (image via Irish Sports Daily)

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Caleb Banks – OT – Southfield (MI) Southfield: Banks is a 6’6″, 255-pounder with offers from Indiana, Michigan, and Michigan State, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #70 offensive tackle, and #741 overall. He could also end up playing defensive end at the next level.

Rayshaun Benny – OT – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Benny is a 6’5″, 275 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #23 offensive tackle, and #175 overall.

Jamari Buddin – LB – Belleville (MI) Belleville: Buddin is a 6’2″, 193 lb. prospect with offers from Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #21 outside linebacker, and #281 overall. All four of his crystal ball picks are for Michigan.

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