Jude Stamper, 13, was born with a variety of health conditions, including a joint disorder that makes it nearly impossible for him to walk. He joined the Michigan basketball team before last season and attends games, practices, film sessions, and team meals.
Learn more about his relationship with the players and coaches, and the benefits of his association with the team, in my latest story for MLive.
The Michigan men’s basketball team had never started 17-0 — until now. Here are a few of the stories I’ve written recently about the team:
Luke Yaklich, an assistant coach and Michigan’s de facto defensive coordinator, was a social studies teacher and coach at the high school level not too long ago. Here’s a look at his background and the philosophies that have made Michigan one of the best defensive teams in the country.
Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson, recently hailed as the MVP of the Big Ten by an opposing coach, is perhaps the only player in college basketball regularly shooting a running hook shot. Why does he do it? And what makes it so tough to stop? Find out here.
More than any particular drills or schemes, Michigan’s culture deserves credit for the team’s incredible start.
Noah Furbush is not like most football players, or most people for that matter. The Michigan linebacker earned his degree in aerospace engineering and is now working towards a master’s in space engineering (a natural progression, I suppose, but still darn impressive). Furbush wants to use his education and his love of flying to become a military pilot.
Check out my story on Furbush at MLive: https://www.mlive.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/09/ca4b27a39a3632/michigan-linebacker-noah-furbu.html#incart_river_index