For the third straight season, Wolverine guard Josh Bartelstein will provide an in-depth look and his personal insights into the U-M men's basketball program with his "Bartelstein Blog" exclusively on MGoBlue.com. Follow his updates here as he will post in new entries throughout the preseason, regular season and postseason!
Blog #23 -- April 11, 2013
The Final Entry
What's up everyone?
I will never forget the day I first talked to John Beilein. I was walking to the cafeteria at Phillips Exeter, and I knew I needed to make a good pitch to get Coach B to want me at Michigan. We started talking and he asked me "Why Michigan? Why turn down scholarship offers? Why turn down guaranteed playing time to come to a place where nothing was guaranteed?"
He thought he got me, but I responded, "Coach, I want to be a part of something bigger than myself."
There was no response, just silence on the phone. I knew I got Coach B and from there a dream, a fairytale for four years, started!
I grew up in Highland Park, Ill., right in the middle of Big Ten country. The dream was always to play in the best conference in the world. To play in front of 15,000 screaming fans who either love you or hate you, to fly in charter plans and stay at five-star hotels.
The thousands and thousands of shots I took with my dad, from summer days in the 90s to those cold fall nights when I just wanted to be a "normal" kid in the driveway, always had me playing somewhere in the Big Ten. When he counted down three, two and one and I took the last shot, I pictured myself on this stage. There were some, probably even many, times I hated being on that driveway, when my dad would keep saying "one more" but trying to live out dreams takes hard work.
Now when I said I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, sure it was true, but it was also a great answer to give a coach. At the same time, I had no idea how big Michigan was, how much bigger than me this brand is.
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The Bartelstein Blog 2012-13
Blog #23: The Final Entry (4/11/13)
Blog #22: 48 Hours of Fun, Powerade Bath, Harlem Shaking (4/2/13)
Blog #21: Memories Forever, We Have Guards, Standing O's (3/24/13)
Blog #20: March Madness, Big Ten Wrap-Up, No Sirens? (3/18/13)
Blog #19: Short and Sweet (3/8/13)
Blog #18: The Game, The Fans, Finishing Strong (3/4/13)
Blog #17: Small Margin for Error, Practice, Big Reunion (2/15/13)
Blog #16: X Factor, Tim's Big Night, 80 Degrees! (2/7/13)
Blog #15: Three Big Wins, Jon & Max, No. 1 (1/28/13)
Blog #14: Breaking Down Film, Keys to Win, Vote Now! (1/16/13)
Blog #13: Two B1G Wins, Big Mitch, The Championship (1/7/13)
Blog #12: Quality Time, The Monster, Secret Santa (12/28/12)
Blog #11: Brooklyn, Alums, Burning Bacon, Breakfast in Bed (12/20/12)
Blog #10: Two More Wins, Nice Suits, Justin Bieber (12/7/12)
Blog #9: The Big Apple, The Title, The Confidence, The Elevator (11/26/12)
Blog #8: Possessions, Tim's 1,000, Michigan Square Garden (11/19/12)
Blog #7: Being Captain, Making a Gretzky, Comic Relief (11/5/12)
Blog #6: Someone New, Video Game Madness, Squad 96 (10/29/12)
Blog #5: Big Win, Big Men Down Low, Big Swag (10/22/12)
Blog #4: Getting Lined Up, Media Day, The Journey (10/12/12)
Blog #3: Start Around the Corner, Schedule Breakdown (9/28/12)
Blog #2: Defensive Focus, My Own Jersey Shore Tan (9/13/12)
Blog #1: I Am Back, Questions Answered, Chef Horford (9/7/12)