The other day I was checking out the highlight tapes of one of OSU's incoming bball recruits, Mickey Mitchell out of Plano West H.S. in Texas. I noticed that his teammates looked pretty talented as well. Turns out, as a Top 100 recruit, he's just the 3rd highest rated player on his team. His teammates, D.J. Hogg and Tyler Davis, are both borderline top 25 guys. Needless to say, they won the Texas state championship (although by only 2 points, at the buzzer).
That brings me to my question - what's the best high school basketball team you've ever seen? For the sake of fairness, I'm not going to count prep schools like Brewster (where Mitch, JaKarr Sampson, and a few others were on the same team) or Findlay Prep, who basically exist to send kids to play college ball.
Film below of the West Plano team.
UMhoops just posted an interesting article about the Basketball Awards Banquet. I found this part particularly interesting:
Michigan has no available scholarships, but Beilein is on the recruiting trail anyway in case the junior goes pro and frees a spot. The coach admitted the situation has left him in somewhat of a bind, but he isn’t too worried about it.
“It always works itself out,” Beilein said. “You go and you try to look at what you have and just say, ‘OK. Time will pass and we’ll have an answer.’ We’ll have the best answer you can get. Still, you have to think what’s best for the student-athlete. What’s best for Caris right now is to wait as long as we can to get him the most information.”
This weekend, Beilein will visit four-star prospect Kenny Williams in Virginia, and five-star forward Jaylen Brown is also considering Michigan. The coach also wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of Bielfeldt returning for a fifth year.
“There’s several wheels spinning,” Beilein said. “Where that all stops has yet to be determined.”
The graduate senior didn’t rule out a potential return to Michigan either.
“Right now I’m waiting to see if there’s an offer here (at U-M) next year,” Bielfeldt told MLive. “I have been talking to schools all over and just kind of figuring out what’s out there for me, who wants me and what the situations are.”
The Kenny Williams and Jaylen Brown part we all knew about but the fact that Beilfedt's retrurn is still a possibility is perplexing. Does this mean that there is another potential transfer? Is this just Belien covering his bases in case LeVert leaves and he strikes out on both Brown and Williams? Does anyone have any more info on this situation?
The basketball awards dinner was tonight at Crisler. It seemed a bit less crowded than the past couple of years for understandable reasons, but was still well-attended. Matt Shepard started the evening with a touching story about a nephew who was paralyzed snowboarding, explaining that soon after Beilein approached him offering Matt's family use of Beilein's up north cottage while his nephew was being treated. He then announced Coach Beilein to a standing ovation.
The highlights of these dinners are the serious and comic awards, both voted on by the players. Among the latter Kam Chatman won speaks most/knows least and best dancer, Austin Hatch won most generous, Spike was best dressed, and DJ Wilson was named first to get married. Beilein suggested DJ see a barber before the ceremony. Among the former category Zak and Spike tied for MVP, Aubrey won most improved, and Max won the 6th man award. Max gave a nice senior speech. Nothing really quotable -- basically thanking parents and coaches and teammates -- but he seemed sincere and I felt his fellow players were sorry to see him go as they called out "moose" and made bullwinkle antlers with their hands as he approachd the podium.
I'm not sure why people keep citing that he's going to an Adidas school when he refuted that rumor and said it was a misquote. If already posted, please delete.
What happened to my son is sadly all too common across this country, and it has to change. We need to stop teaching our kids that it’s acceptable to think Chris Webber was a complete basketball player.
Per Scout, Kenny Williams has received his release from VCU and John Beilein will visit him in-home this week. Beilein has a policy of requiring a campus visit prior to committing, so if an on campus visit is scheduled, it would definitely heighten expectations of a commitment.
With no announcements regarding attrition and no change in Hatch's scholarship situation, I think it's safe to assume at this point that Williams is a back-up plan in case Caris leaves.
As to timing, Caris is deciding on April 26 and Jaylen Brown will be committing by the end of the month (April 29 IIRC), so Michigan will probably know the decisions of both LeVert and Brown prior to any decision by Williams (which would have to come during/after an as-yet-unplanned visit to campus).