The Wolverine

November 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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2011-12 basketball preview things to them,��� Borseth said. ���Where Seto has been through all that ��� so she has a lot of confidence in her ability. She���s a pretty good athlete. I think she���ll do fine.��� Others Could Step In Originally committed to Wisconsin, Elmblad signed with Michigan in June after the Badgers made a coaching change. A Michigan Miss Basketball runner-up, Elmblad averaged a doubledouble (24.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game) as a senior at LaSalle High School in St. Ignace, Mich. ���She is, potentially, a kid that can step in and play a little bit,��� Borseth Freshman Brenae Harris was a two-time Northwest Ohio District Player Of The Year, and she is at her best with the ball in her hands with a chance to make things happen. photo by lon horwedel basketball and with all the plays. But Harris is a kid that has the ability to compete at this level.��� Year Off Pays Dividends Seto is a rare case, both a newcomer who has the potential to inject the Wolverines with energy and enthusiasm, and an experienced player who knows the ropes. She���s even played in the NCAA Tournament, a feat no Michigan team has accomplished in 11 years. In 2010, Seto, a forward/center, averaged 29.3 minutes in 31 starts at Vermont, averaging 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. After she decided to transfer following her freshman campaign, it didn���t take Seto long to zero in on Michigan. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Seto had to redshirt last year, but she was grateful for the opportunity to take a step back from the game, watch, observe and learn. On game weekends, she would get one-on-one access to the strength and conditioning staff, which made her a better rebounder. And playing on the practice squad for a year helped her learn her teammates��� strengths and weaknesses, easing the transition into playing with them this year. ���She understands the things we���re trying to do, which is really good, versus a young kid coming in, like a freshman, that we���re trying to explain 78��� the wolverine��� ������ November 2011 said. ���She is an extremely intelligent player and really understands the game well. Can shoot the ball. Get to the rim. If she can get to the rim half as many times in college as she got to the rim in high school, she will be a very good player.��� Anderson, a guard from Meridian, Miss., was possibly the most soughtafter player in the 2011 class. Unfortunately, the 5-8 speedster tore her ACL in the Mississippi High School All Star Game in April. It���s a painful injury, but she has been rehabbing with the Michigan staff since arriving on campus, and is optimistic about her role on the team this season. ��� Michigan All-Freshman Team ��� Of The Last Decade Center: Krista Phillips (2007) The 6-6 Saskatchewan native was a player unlike anyone Michigan had ever had: a big, physical presence who could help the Wolverines compete in the post against teams like Ohio State and Michigan State. In her freshman year, she averaged 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in 21 starts, just a glimpse of what she went on to do. She also averaged 3.3 personal fouls a game, as she transitioned to using body positioning at the next level. Forward: Carly Benson (2006) Benson, standing at 6-2, provided some much-needed size and defensive ability as a freshman, blocking 17 shots and tallying 24 steals. But she was most deadly from the outside, shooting 31.7 percent from three-point range on the year. She averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds a game in 22 starts. Forward: Tabitha Pool (2002) Even though Pool tore her ACL midway through her senior season at Ann Arbor Huron High School, she was still named Michigan Miss Basketball, the No. 1 recruit in the state and one of the best prospects in the nation coming out of high school. She turned down overtures from Pat Summitt-led Tennessee to play for her home-own Wolverines. With the injury, Pool wasn���t going to be lights-out her freshman year. While she continued through her recovery, Pool still played in 29 games, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. Guard: Krista Clement (2005) Clement may not have been the Wolverines��� MVP as a freshman, starting 15 games and averaging 4.4 points a contest, but she accomplished a feat no other athlete ever has in recorded Michigan history. Before the season, her teammates voted her captain, the first Michigan freshman ��� in any sport ��� to be given such an honor. She went on to be the first four-year captain in school history. Point Guard: Dayeesha Hollins (2010) Standing just 5-6, Hollins was vastly overlooked by college recruiters out of high school. But as soon as she set foot on the Crisler Arena floor, she made an immediate impact all over the court, helping the Wolverines to the semifinals of the WNIT. Her quick feet, solid ball handling and crystal-clear court vision made her a dangerous offensive threat, pouring in 12 points per game. She also averaged 2.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game. Her defensive prowess was an underrated aspect of her game, forcing 27 steals on the year. ��� Andy Reid

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