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
Illini basketball player Darius Paul, younger brother of Brandon Paul and a transfer from Western Michigan, was reported arrested for resisting arrest and underage drinking. As if their poor basketball team doesn't have enough problems!
I realize this can happen anywhere, any time, but somehow, I never recall AA Police regularly apprehending and arresting any students for drinking while I was an undergrad in Ann Arbor. Of course, it is possible that things were much more laid back then. Don't know. And maybe this is a case of DWB. Regardless, bad for him, bad for Illinois.
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.