TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
On the NBA halftime show on TNT.
He tripped over a cord and took out a monitor with him.
Unsigned forward Brent Hibbitts is visiting Michigan Thursday.
He is 6-8 and has offers from American, Youngstown State, Central Michigan, Lehigh, and Toledo.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out since it wouldn't really be the best to use up a scholarship for the next 4 years. However, if you can get him on a scholarship this year and maybe have him walk-on, it could be a nice move.
Sam Webb had an interesting segment on WTKA this morning in which he talked about Jaylen Brown's commitment to Cal and Michigan recruiting generally. He said that, were he in charge at Michigan, he would keep recruiting five star guys but be ready to cut bait if they wouldn't commit after a healthy amount of time. He mentioned 2016's Josh Langford as a guy who he would probably give up on at this point.
His logic with regard to the first part was that Mitch McGary might be something of an exception but that there will be other occasional exceptions. His logic with regard to the second part was that you can't be left empty-handed given that so many of the big-name guys are going to end up at Duke, Kentukcy, etc.
I think you can (roughly) imagine four possible recruiting strategies:
First, you could go all-in on five star guys. There seems to be some merit to telling guys "You are the only player at your position whom we're recruiting." MSU apparently gained its reported slight lead for Cassius Winston by doing this.
Second, you could simply throw up your hands and say you'll almost never get top 25 guys if you're Michigan and focus on getting the best second-tier guys you can.
Third, you could take Sam's approach.
Fourth, you could use some mix of the above, which is what I'd like to see the staff do.
IMO, you can't let yourself be caught scrambling for guys at the last minute contsantly, and we all know what Coach Beilein can do with three and four star guys, i.e., the second-tier guys you'd focus on if you gave up on five star recruits. But I'd also like to see Michigan look at maybe every fourth scholarship as a "five star or bust" scholarship. As I said, we all know what Coach Beilein can do with three/four star guys, but Michigan also needed McGary* to make the final in 2013. And I'd prefer to have the chance to make the Final Four every couple of years at the expense of maybe struggling to make the the tournament in other years rather than generally being a team that will be in the Sweet Sixteen at best.
What sayeth you, oh noble and kind board?
*McGary had been recruited by everyone and was ranked as high as No. 2 in his class at one point. His final ranking of ~25 was very misleading in that sense. He was a cut above GRIII, Chatman, and Irvin as a recruit even though their final rankings were similar.
Tyus Battle, who is clearly #1 on Michigan's board at the 2-guard spot, will use his 4th official visit to come to Ann Arbor this Thursday.
His Crystal Ball is 82% Duke and 18% Syracuse at this point, so I think it's clear that he'll be headed to Ann Arbor for the fall of 2016.
I thought I'd post this in case anyone wondered whether Michigan might be able to get back into Williams' recruitment. An interesting - if academic - question is whether Michigan stopped recruiting Williams because they thought Brown was theirs (as board chatter suggested). Either way, though, Williams is off the board.
With Jaylen Brown off the board to Cal and Kenny Williams to North Carolina, Michigan is done with 2015 recruiting and the coaches have turned their full attention to 2016. They were recently in Spiece, Indiana, to watch 2016 guard Jarron Cumberland out of Wilmington, Ohio. Cumberland is averaging just under 17 point/game on the EYBL circuit. He is ranked #64 in the country to Rivals and holds mainly regional offers at this point - Cincinnati, Butler, Purdue, and Xavier. Cumberland said he expects to visit campus soon and will receive a UM offer when he does.
Playing the comparison game, Cumberland reminds me a bit of Chauncey Billups. He's a good shooter and quite strong for his height, allowing him to take smaller guards down on the block. He plays low and isn't vertically or horizontally explosive, but he uses hesitation dribbles well to get to the rim and appears to be a solid finisher. At this point, I assume the coaches are looking at him as mainly a 2-guard, but with some work on his handle, I'm sure he'd be able to play some point as well if needed.
Some recent highlights here: https://youtu.be/Q2_fslOqb0Y