Steve Lorenz of 247 interviewed 6-9 forward T.J. Leaf following his unofficial visit to Michigan today. Leaf, ranked #21 in the country in the 2016 class per the 247 composite, came away from the visit saying that "Michigan would be definitely near or at the top after an offer, provided I get one"—and he "has been basically assured that he will get one" come June 15.
He touched on his potential role at Michigan:
"Michigan likes to run a point guard, a center and then three players who are versatile and can create," he said. "The coaches have brought up Glenn Robinson to me a couple times before as far as a comparison, but nothing too specific. They say I'm a perfect fit for the offense and I agree. I really like that about Michigan and I also really like the fact that Coach Beilein is under contract there until the 2019-2020 season. I don't have to worry about him not potentially being there if I was to play there."
That last point is an interesting one given that one of Michigan's chief competitors for Leaf is Indiana. How certain can Leaf be that Crean will be around by the time he gets to campus?
Leaf also talked about the amount of attention he's been getting from Michigan:
"I can't talk to the coaches because of NCAA rules, but my dad hears from Michigan quite a bit," Leaf noted. "I would say Coach Jordan and my dad talk about three or four times a week. That's probably more than any other school as far as contact goes. Michigan has been very aggressive in recruiting me."
Both this article and an Indy Star piece from yesterday indicate that Leaf doesn't have a timetable for making a decision, but he thinks he might decide in early 2015. The Indy Star article notes that Leaf has a lot of family in Indiana, and his dad grew up in Indianapolis a Hoosiers fan. Leaf says he feels he's a top priority for Indiana.
UCLA and Arizona are mentioned as the other schools that are recruiting him the hardest. He also picked up an offer from Iowa today.
it's a $ link, so the relevant info - Stauskas at 11; if he can prove "that he can be a playmaker as well as a shooter" [drink!], he can crack the top 10.
GRIII is the first off his Big Board (technically No. 31) and MM is 33.
Nebrasketball was awesome last year, especially since they beat everybody but us! We escaped with a win at Nebraska and absolutely blew them out at home. The Huskers were a great story last year, they did well enough to earn Tim Miles B1G coach of the year. The great thing about this team, is that they have TVs in their toilets! Nebraska loses almost nothing this year, they lose Mike Peltz, Ray Gallegos, Nathan Hawkins, Sergej Vucetic, Tim Wagner. This means losing:
This is why Nebraska is rated so high. They do not even lose a starters statistics. They also bring in two decent freshman and a transfer. This team will be experienced and good. Thirty Eight percent of their team are seniors. And another Thirty percent of the team are juniors. This team will perform really well at home and will be decent enough on the road. Here is their projected roster:
# Name HT WT YR POS
Moses Ayegba 6-9 247 SR. C
I do not know much about Ayegba. I am pretty sure that he sat out last year because he transferred. He will be the third-string Center this year.
21 Leslee Smith 6-8 255 SR. C
A turnover machine last year. He will be a good back-up this year. He needs to lose about 10 pounds to be more athletic.
2 David Rivers 6-7 198 SR. PF
The back-up Power Forward, he will average about 4 points a game this year.
10 Trevor Menke 5-11 183 SR. PG
The third-string Point Guard, he is a walk-on so I doubt he plays.
44 Kye Kurkowski 6-11 214 SR. C
31 Shavon Shields 6-7 219 JR. PF
Their second best player last year. He took some games over last year and will lokk to do the same this year. The starting Power Forward.
35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 234 JR. C
The starting Center, he was a pretty decent scorer and can shoot the three.
5 Terran Petteway 6-6 209 JR. SG
He may have horrible facial hair, but he is good at basketball. He is the starting Small Forward. He averaged 18.1 points per game and should be one of the frontrunners for B1G POY.
3 Benny Parker 5-9 166 JR. PG
The starting Point Guard, he is small and that is a weakness. However, he does not need to handle the ball much.
0 Tai Webster 6-4 194 SO. SG
He may not score much but he is decent at defense. He is the starting Shooting Guard.
23 Nick Fuller 6-6 199 SO. SG
Redshirted last year, will be the back-up Shooting Guard.
Jacob Hammond 6-8 228 FR. PF
The third-string Power Forward, he may redshirt. He was a three star, the #29 Center in the class.
Tarin Smith 6-2 165 FR. PG
The back-up Point Guard. He was a two star, the #63 Point Guard in the class.
This team found a way to put it all together last year, and this year, they are even better. I think they will go second, with a record of 13-5 in the B1G.
Next up... Wisconsin
According to MLi ve, Caris LeVert played through noticeable pain much of last year. This is according to GRIII and Nik Stauskas. He complained of foot pain as well as sore knees . Obviously he had foot surgery recently to repair a stress fracture of his foot.
We can now return to talking about all of the injured players on the Michigan State basketball team.
Seriously this makes me even more optimistic of another huge uptick in LeVert's play now that he should no longer have to worry about his foot. I'm not sure if the foot issue could have contributed to the knee tendinitis but I would assume it might.
Appears Yahoo can't tell the difference between GRIII and Gary Harris.