Manic Michigan Monday: Manny Harris and Hockey Say Goodbye

Big House BobSenior Analyst IIMarch 29, 2010

LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 19: Manny Harris #3 of the Mighigan Wolverines drives the ball downcourt during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on December 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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A weekend with so much promise turned into a very sad Monday for Michigan fans.

Manny Harris decided to enter the NBA draft and forgo his senior year, and the hockey team lost a double overtime game to the No. 1 hockey team in the nation.

The hockey team was trying to make something/anything out of the 2009-2010 season, which left most Michigan fans with nothing but heartbreak and disappointment, as our two major programs were home for the postseason.

The Michigan skaters fought as hard as they could to qualify for the Frozen Four but lost in double overtime.

Harris, on the other hand, comes off maybe his worst season as a Wolverine and heads to the NBA.

Manny's press release and quotes are located here. Like most of the basketball season, I don't understand this decision. He said he talked to his AAU coaches, family, and friends about his decision. Who told him that going pro was the right thing to do? If they did, why?

ESPN has Harris rated in the second round or not drafted at all. How is that a sound decision? Staying in school, getting your degree, and improving your draft stock seems like a much better decision.

Here is what Harris said about his draft stock: "'I believe the work you put in is what you get out.' He's not worried about his projections for the draft, and will simply work hard to achieve his dream of playing in the NBA. If that means he has to play in Europe or the D-League first, he's willing to do so."

Say what? The D-League or Europe? I'm sorry—you don't leave early for the D-League or Europe.

Speaking of Michigan basketball, how about Ekpe Udoh? How good was he last night? If he was still a Wolverine, would Michigan have been the Baylor of this year's tournament? I guess we will never know.

Yes, Michigan's top basketball rival MSU is in the Final Four again. You have to give "props" to Tom Izzo; he is a wizard when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. If I was Oregon, I would break the bank on trying to get him as well. Phil Knight is trying to buy a winning program.

Someone please wake me up when we get some good news. Is Tuesday here yet?