...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Title says it all.
Congrats to 2013 Michigan basketball signees Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin for being named Gatorade Player of the Year for the states of Michigan and Indiana, respectively. The winners were "selected based on athletic production and impact in season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership."
From the post on Walton:
“Derrick Walton’s work ethic and determination is absolutely phenomenal,” said Chandler Park athletic director John Jergovich. “He’s here every morning at 6 a.m. before school starts taking shots and working on his game. He’s a go-getter on and off the court. Once he sets his goals, both athletically and academically, he’ll do anything to reach them.”
From the post on Irvin:
“Zak Irvin is the best player I’ve seen all year, maybe the best I’ve seen in many years,” said Doug Mitchell, head coach at North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.). “He can get a shot any time he wants, he is in superb condition and he loves to play defense.”
Also today, the Associated Press named Walton the Class B Player of the Year.
On today's recruiting roundup, Sam Webb provided a good summary of where Michigan basketball's 2014 recruiting stands following Bates-Diop and Tate committing to OSU. Here's a link to the podcast and an embed:
Sam briefly mentioned the two other prospects who currently have Michigan offers—Devin Booker, a 6-4 shooting guard from Moss Point H.S. in Mississippi, ranked #18 in the country by ESPN, and Trevon Bluiett, a 6-5 small forward from Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, ranked #47 nationally. Sam said that the Wolverines seem really strong with Bluiett.
Two other 2014 prospects seem to be next in line to get a Michigan offer, according to Sam:
- Vincent Edwards: 6-6 small forward from Middletown H.S. in Ohio. Michigan staff has told him that if he makes it to campus, he'll get an offer.
- Ricky Doyle: 6-9 power forward out of Bishop Verot H.S. in Fort Myers, Florida. Doyle is looking for a school combining academics and athletics, so Michigan and Duke both have a good shot at him.
Also, here are a couple more names to keep an eye on: Tyler Wideman, a 6-7 PF out of Lake Central H.S., the same school that Glenn Robinson III attended, and Kameron Chatman, a 6-6 small forward from Long Beach Polytechnic in California.
This may all be old news for those who have been following Michigan basketball recruiting closely, but I haven't really been doing so, and I found Sam's rundown useful. More than anything, I think this points out that there are still plenty of other good prospects on Michigan's radar for 2014
Tomorrow is "offer day" for John Beilien - the first 2014 hoops offers go out. Last Summer was extremely productive, as we locked up our entire #2-ranked 2013 class (thus far) within a month or two of offers going out.
Who commits in the next month or two?
I'm bullish - I think we get Booker and Bates-Diop, plus a quality big (possibly Sean O'Mara) by the end of July.
Great coverage at umhoops.