Thank you, grfomycourt. Very well said. I appreciated MaizeBlue10’s assessment of Eli’s potential, and I agree with it. I simply was at a loss for words (which NEVER happens!) with his assertion that Simmons represents the ceiling for this team. I actually would have agreed with him after the open practice. I thought the young man showed the potential to do the things MB10 talks about. Like others, I thought Jaaron would be our starting PG as he learned the system and got comfortable in it. I also thought we got a “steal” with Eli, and I still do. We are now 1/3 of the way through our season and I, frankly, have not seen much star quality with Jaaron. I DO see the potential for that with Eli. So, I will reiterate, I would like to see Eli get 25 minutes a game in a starting role with Z getting 15 or so minutes as the backup.
I feel bad for Jaaron, but he IS, after all, going to get a graduate degree from MICHIGAN. He chose to come to Michigan. Coach B did not kidnap him. It would have been great if he could have done the things we hoped he would, but I just haven’t seen it yet. He is number three on the depth chart, and one great pass to Moe not withstanding, I haven’t seen anything to change that. Whether it is a statistical analysis or the eye test, I think Eli is the man. I think time is running out for Jaaron, and with any other coach I think it would have.