As a walk-on for Michigan's basketball team, Josh Bartelstein had a unique view of the program, which he had blogged about for fun on MGoBlue.com since his sophomore year. During last season's run to the NCAA Finals, the blog provided an incredible insight into the team, which had gone from a 1-6 start in the Big Ten when he was a sophomore to a few shots away from the national title as a senior.
"Every 10 days, I just gave a glimpse of what we were doing on and off the court," Bartelstein, a captain of Michigan’s team last season, told CSLInsider.com. "So it wasn't just like recaps of games, it was just to let people understand what it was like to be a student-athlete. The blog became pretty popular, and fans could write in questions or comments -- and it kind of took on a life of its own.
"At first I didn’t know how much time I’d have," he added. "But I did it -- and I couldn’t be happier I did. It’s a great way to look back at my college career."
Now, according to Mlive.com, Bartelstein's written an e-book about the experience through last season's tournament, with the help of some of the team's bigger stars: Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Stu Douglass and Trey Burke.
It will be sold through the website Blogintobook.com. According to Mlive.com, it will also be available through Amazon.com by the end of the month.
Bartelstein, a sports management major, isn't the only Big Ten bench player to turn his experience into literary gold. Former Ohio State player Mark Titus wrote the book "Don't Put Me In Coach", which was released in 2012.