Bailey is eligible for Michigan basketball

Chuck Bailey learned earlier this month that he became academically eligible to play basketball at Michigan for next year.

Bailey, a 6-foot-7 forward from Detroit Martin Luther King High School, joins Dommanic Ingerson as the two Wolverine recruits ready for the fall. Michigan is still waiting for JaQuan Hart and Kelly Whitney to acquire the necessary test scores for eligibility.

Bailey averaged 22.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game as a senior.

Bad rep: HBO”s hit series “The Sopranos” took a shot at the Michigan basketball program. In an episode airing May 13, Tony Soprano briefly read a newspaper article about a 19-year-old Michigan player who was expected to be a high pick in the NBA draft, but died of a cocaine overdose.

Gotfredson to play exhibitions in Africa

Michigan fifth-year senior and walk-on Mike Gotfredson will compete in the Ivory Coast in Africa with the Athletes in Action.

Gotfredson is among several other Division I players making the team, including Michigan State”s Aloysius Anagonye.

The point guard played in 13 games for the Wolverines last year, averaging 4.3 minutes.

The tournament against the top five teams in Africa will be from June 16-25.

Women”s hoops hires new assistant coach

Angela Jackson will likely be hired as associate head coach to Sue Guevara for Michigan. Jackson resigned as coach of Saginaw Valley State, Guevara”s alma mater, last week.

Jackson and Guevara also both served as assistant coaches together at Michigan State earlier in their careers.

Hrovat takes silver in Pan American games

Michigan”s Andy Hrovat won a silver medal at the Pan American Championships last week in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The games pit the best wrestlers of North, Central and South America. The United States team was put together based on the winners from the University National Freestyle Championships from early April.

The second-place finish allows Hrovat to compete in the 2001 World Team Trials (June 21-24) in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a top-three finish there, Hrovat will be on the U.S. National team. A first-place finish will enable him to compete in the World Championships (Sept. 26-29) in New York, N.Y.

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