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BHB Sheds "Light" on Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims NBA Decision

Big House BobSenior Analyst IIApril 14, 2009

Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims are both good basketball players and both will hopefully have solid NBA careers. Manny Harris "first step" shows he has NBA talent. DeShawn is more of a "tweener" but if he continues to improve his outside shooting he could be a solid NBA player.

So where does that leave the duo on the decision to return to Michigan or go to the NBA? At the annual basketball banquet last night they said; "If I had to decide today, I'm staying," Harris said. "Yes, yes," Sims said when asked would he stay if pressed for a decision today.

With that said, they will meet with coach Beilein today to discuss what he NBA had to say on their potential draft status. A decision could be made this week. Many expect that they will stay in Ann Arbor, which in my opinion is the right one.

Both could use another year of college basketball. Plus they have the ability to be part of something special with next years team.

On the other hand, if the NBA comes back with a solid first-round recommendation, one could leave and the other could stay. I would expect Manny to be the better NBA candidate at this point.

Now to other news and notes:

  • Manny and DeShawn were co-MVP's of the basketball team

  • One of the hot debates over the years has been: Should Michigan have a night game? The old folks that attend the games think the 3:30 starts are night games because they miss the early bird special at Denny's and feel they get home too late. The young fans/students think the Big House at Night would give the Wolverines and "huge" advantage in a big game. This debate will continue for years to come but one decision that has to made in the short term, is whether to have permanent lighting as part of the new renovations to Michigan Stadium. Bill Martin said on Saturday that the grounds have been wired for temporary or permanent lights. A decision on permanent lighting has not been made yet. Michigan needs lighting for 3:30 games later in the fall either way.
  • Here are the Spring Awards for the Michigan Football Team: Meyer Morton Award (senior with greatest development and promise): Stevie Brown; Frederick Matthaei Award (leadership): Mark Ortmann; Sophomore Award (toughness and work ethic): David Molk and Van Bergen; John F. Maulbetsch Award (freshman potential): J.T. Floyd and Patrick Omameh; Dan Dierdorf Award: Brandon Graham; Iron Wolverine Awards (all-around conditioning): Martin (linemen group); Brandon Herron (middle group); Michael Cox (skill group).
  • Thanks to MSC: Michigan will be playing a night game at Iowa next year.
  • Toney Clemons the former Wolverine wide receiver is planning to visit Colorado.
  • Zeek is thinking about coaching Florida International. Isiah Thomas sure has had an interesting life after his playing career.