Media day: Michigan's John Beilein previews the Wolverines' 2012-13 season
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ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan basketball team unofficially kicks off its 2012-13 season Wednesday when the Wolverines host their annual media day.
Michigan coach John Beilein will address reporters about all things Wolverine basketball at 3 p.m.
Follow along with MLive.com for live updates.
• Beilein opens up discussing about the loss of Zack Novak, the hole he'll leave behind from a leadership standpoint. Says all the veterans on the team will miss him, but will move on.
• Beilein says it's too early to see who exactly his starting five will be, he says that's something he'll figure out over the course of the next two weeks. Obviously, Burke and Hardaway will be in there, though.
• Sophomore point guard Trey Burke has increased his weight to 190 pounds, Beilein says added strength was a huge focus for his offseason. Says it's "a good 190."
• Beilein says Michigan's added length has already made a difference in practice in terms of rebounding, says it brings a different type of scoring to the table. Says "this is a good rebounding team."
• On freshmen: Beilein says there hasn't been any pushback about adjusting to the culture he's developed at Michigan. Says all of them have adapted to the way they do things at Michigan, no complaints. Easy to coach, very receptive players.
• Beilein says this is "as intelligent a group as he's had" at this point in a season.
• Beilein says he's never seen a league in the position the Big Ten is currently in, with experienced coaches who have their talent/system in place and ready to go. Deep league, he says.
• Beilein says he's juggling the task of figuring out what his freshmen can handle, and what's too much. Each player is different.
• On high expectations: "I think John Beilein is always going to have a chip on his shoulder ... And I hope my team reads that."
• Asked if Michigan is a top five team, Beilein says "how would I know that?" Says he doesn't pay attention to rankings, doesn't know what other teams have. Basically dodges the question.
• Beilein on the post players: "We have four, five or six players that can play there at different times. That's the versatility I think we like to have." Says the four position is one of the most important spots on the floor, outside of point guard.
• Beilein: The goal will be to compete for the Big Ten title. "If you can compete for a Big Ten championship, you can compete for a national championship."
• On Nik Stauskas: He's more than just a shooter. Has the ability to go off the dribble to make teams play him honest from the outside. Also says he has to work on his defense, that's his ticket to getting on the court.
• On having two point guards: "That was big," Beilein said. Michigan hasn't had that luxury over the past two years with Trey Burke and Darius Morris. Now, with Spike Albrecht, Burke's minutes can be trimmed at times. They don't have to use a timeout to get him a break.
• Corey Person, reserve walk-on, has a foot issue right now -- that's the only injury of note for Michigan entering practice.
• Beilein says he's made no decision on captains at this point. Says he'll take the next few weeks to evaluate what his roster shows, and he, his staff and his players will select captains after that.