Mlive has a closer look at the recruitment of MAAR; looks like there will be an in depth story later today based on a teaser on how a connection Beilein has had since 1978 in the area raised awareness of the player. Some tidbits:
- Yes, was named after the boxer.
- Think of MAAR in the model of a Joe Dumars in terms of position flexibility - a 2 who can play the 1.
- Beilein had a connection in the area from 1978. "Dave Rooney, a 72-year-old real estate agent and former college coach. The Allentown resident has known Beilein since 1978, when the two coached in Buffalo. N.Y. In March, Rooney called Beilein to pass along the name of an unsigned guard who fit the Michigan system. Beilein promptly followed up on the tip."
- MAAR's dad is an assistant at a Div 3 college.
- Throwaway line in story on how Caris is probably the closest model of a player to MAAR in terms of style of play and late signee. [Before the "NBA" comments come out remember there is really no other choice on the UM squad to compare MAAR to other than Caris right now, as the 1s are smaller players and Irvin is a sharpshooter, so by default Caris is all that is left]
- Normal HS coach speak of just starting to realize potential.
- MAAR not only led HS team in scoring all 4 years but also assists.
- Abdur-Rahkman said he doesn't "expect much" next season in terms of minutes, but will "definitely work hard and get better and eventually earn my time." [Again remember Caris played 10 min a game and 2 ppg as freshman]
My comment/projection: With Caris set to play 33-35 minutes a night, and Walton Jr/Spike at 1 - MAAR does not have much playing time available in 2014-2015 barring an injury. Unlike Caris he does not seem like a guy you swing out to 3 as a 2/3, but instead swing over to 1. So with Caris set to have a monster year in minutes, outside of non conf games to the baby seals MAAR will be that guy that comes and gives Caris a breather for 2-3 minutes a half. Best parallel I see is MAAR is to Caris what Spike was to Burke. [Spike 2012-2013 was 8 min per game, 2 ppg; Burke 35 min per game]
Then in 2015-2016 he will have a year under his belt and most likely competing for major minutes versus a top 20-100 SG type recruit. One would see him playing 15-20 min a night. If said recruit pops and leaves within 2 years, MAAR is ready to be a SR starter in 2017-2018 while the next hotshot top 20-100 SG recruit is a freshman. In theory if ball handling develops he could even move over to 1 as a JR/SR or just be a combo guard as a JR/SR who rotates between the two. Will be interesting to see how he develops and how far the staff can take him.
I mentioned in the last Cole Huff thread that I work with his father at a High School in Inglewood. He stands outside my classroom between each class period and we talk basketball so I have a fairly good relationship for aquiring inside info in this case. I just spoke with him an gathered some valuable intel.
Cole "won" his appeal to Nevada's blocked schools. They unblocked 5 schools: Pepperdine, San Diego State, UCLA, USC and I think Santa Barbara. Cole is not interested in USC because he does not like their coaches (there was a situation with one of their assistants when Cole was a senior in high school that has soured him to that staff). The only one of those schools that he is really interested in is UCLA. He is still waiting to hear from them. His former AAU coach told him on Saturday that UCLA wanted to do an in home visit today or tomorrow but he has not heard anything since. IF UCLA offers, they will be the favorite.
The current favorite is Iowa. Cole and his dad are planning a visit and have very strong interest. Creighton has been pushing hard and he likes them as well but they seem to be behind Iowa.
It does not sound like Michigan has acctually given commitable offers to Cole or Byron Wesly just yet. Cole's dad told me that Belien is only really interested in the two of them if McGary decided to leave and the coaching staff is still waiting on that decision (from the sound of it the Mitch is still genuinely undecided). It was somewhat unclear if Huff and Wesley were only interested in Michigan if McGary left or if Michigan was only interested in them in McGary's gone. Either way, those two are only in the fold if McGary is not. I realize that that doesn't really make sense since they would have to sit out a year and McGary is likely gone after next year either way, but that is the information I was given. Maybe with MAAR's commitment they don't have the scholarship to offer but I was under the impression that they still had one spot open.
I will try to gather more information and clear up some of the ambiguities in the post after the next class period ends.
Sam Webb offered a couple of interesting insights into the basketball recruiting situation on today's recruiting roundup (podcast). Contrary to the notion of Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins being an "either-or" scenario, he believes the two players would fill different roles at Michigan, and so taking both of them would make sense.
Abdur-Rahkman: He can immediately serve as an effective backup to Caris LeVert, and longer term—although his ceiling isn't as high as Levert's—he looks like a four-year contributor who may eventually be a starter. He's just a "decent" shooter, but John Beilein has said he can take an average shooter and turn him into a good one. Abdur-Rahkman also has an effective midrange game and can get to the rim. His quickness isn't exceptional, but in Michigan's ball-screen-heavy offense, he'll be able to get open for shots and drives. Abdur-Rahkman also needs to get stronger but has Camp Sanderson in his future to take care of that.
Dawkins: Although reports have him at 6-4 or 6-5, Sam says it sounds like he's actually closer to 6-6+. Dawkins, who possesses more athleticism than Adbur-Rahkman, is more in the mold of Glenn Robinson III and would play the 3 and even some at the 4 at Michigan. He's not as athletic as Robinson but could fill the void in the transition game that exists with Robinson's departure. Following his visit and the Michigan offer, Sam says Dawkins is "extremely high" on the Wolverines. He still plans to visit Dayton this week (and I think it's worth keeping in mind that Dayton has been recruiting him much longer).