Courtesy of an article from Brendan Quinn, there's further clarity on where Michigan stands with Cole Huff, the 6-8 sophomore forward transferring from Nevada (who would have to sit out 2014-15 and have two years of eligibility after that). There's clear mutual interest, but Michigan has only one scholarship left, and it has been offered to Aubrey Dawkins, currently on an official visit to Dayton after visiting Michigan last weekend. If Dawkins commits to Michigan, there will be a scholarship to offer to Huff only if Mitch McGary leaves for the NBA.
If McGary enters the draft, Michigan would again hold an open scholarship to potentially offer Huff.
"I guess I'll know more after this week," Huff said.
Should there be a scholarship available, Huff said he'd like to have a visit scheduled with Michigan by early next week. U-M typically does not make formal scholarship offers until a recruit visits campus.
As of now Huff is visiting Creighton on Sunday, Iowa on May 2, and Dayton on May 9. On Wednesday, a day after meeting with Jordan, he welcomed Iowa assistant Andrew Francis and Creighton head coach Greg McDermott to Reno.
One thing that's clear: Michigan's interest in Huff does not indicate that the Michigan staff
thinks already knows that McGary is leaving. Also, note that the article clearly states that Michigan currently has one open scholarship. There's absolutely no mention of any contingency involving Austin Hatch's scholarship.
One other thing to note is Huff's reason for leaving Nevada:
"It was more about how I was being used (in the system)," Huff said of his decision to transfer. "Nevada did a great job using me as a pick-and-pop player and putting me down low with my back to the basket, but that's not all of who I am. I think I can be used for more than that.”
At Michigan, he wouldn't be expected to play with his back to the basket even if he played the 4, so it seems like the coaches should be able to make a good argument to him about why he would fit in quite well at Michigan.
EDIT: As I posted below, Huff's former AAU coach has tweeted that Huff has a final four of Creighton, Dayton, Iowa, and Michigan, so UCLA and USC are apparently out of it. Decision "will be made shortly after his visits." No Michigan visit has been announced yet, presumably because they're waiting to see if a scholarship will be available.
Nice story on Mlive as someone mentioned yesterday about how Muhammed Ali made it to Michigan. As has been mentioned, a former coach from Buffalo called Beilein. Coach Rooney, who is now in real estate, but still watched a lot of area basketball asked MAAR's coach why he hadn't signed and he was told he was waiting. Rooney told MAAR's coach he would make some calls. The coach throught it was a joke when he heard he had a message from Beilein who was the first person Rooney called. His next call, if Beilein wasn't interested, was going to be Sean Miller at Arizona, who he also had connections with. It wasn't necessary.
Very good read and you have to feel happy for this kid.
Take 2014 F Marial Shayok off the list for potential late adds. He committed to Virginia tonight. Not sure how serious the coaching staff truly was about bringing him in as reports of an offer to him were quickly shot down...
There seems to be a bit more clarity today concerning Cole Huff, the 6-8 sophomore forward transferring from Nevada (who would have to sit out 2014-15 and have two years of eligibility after that). According to his former AAU coach, Clint Parks, Michigan will be in today to see him, so there's still Michigan interest in him. The question now is: Will Huff take a trip to Ann Arbor?
He has three visits scheduled:
- April 27: Creighton
- May 2: Iowa
- May 9: Dayton
Vanderbilt is another school involved; they visited him in Reno over the weekend. From what Parks tweeted yesterday, Huff will also visit Vanderbilt, although no date has been set. Parks has said nothing about UCLA recently, so I have no idea where Huff stands with them (CaliUMfan has said UCLA would be the favorite if they offered). But it would seem like Michigan is in position to be a fifth school that Huff visits.
Side note on Aubrey Dawkins: His official visit to Dayton will begin this evening and run through Thursday (source).
The Blog seems a little down today, with the announcement of Lindsay going to Ohio. I found just the thing to turn that frown, upside down. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyE4YmyQJoU#t=35