January 27, 2008

Neitzel delivers two types of poison to Michigan

EAST LANSING - Michigan coach John Beilein didn't come out and say that he'd give the world to have a player like Drew Neitzel to run his offense.

But Beilein gave the Spartan senior from Grand Rapids enough praise following Michigan State's 77-62 win over Michigan to leave that impression.

In his first and likely last glimpse of Neitzel as an opposing head coach, the first-year Michigan coach was impressed with the Spartan senior's ability as shooter. He was even more impressed with the knack Neitzel possesses to find open teammates when opposing defenses try and shut him down on the perimeter.

"He's one of those rare guys that's a runaway shooter and can still see the open man while he's catching the ball with a quick release," said Beilein. "He's great with that and I was really impressed. I actually showed our team clips on him, not as a scouting report, almost as an invitation of, "This is how hard you need to cut to get open and still share the ball." As quick as his jump shot is, that's how quick he sees the open man. He is tough to guard because he plays so hard. People talk about guys playing hard on defense, he plays hard on offense."

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