here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Mark Donnal often seems to be the forgotten man of the 2013 basketball recruiting class. And I can understand why people might be more excited about his more highly rated fellow signees—especially Derrick Walton Jr. given the likely departure of Trey Burke. Anyway, I thought there might be some interest in this Donnal interview with a local Toledo station. Evidently, one of the TV sportscasters down there has nicknamed him the "Big Fundamental"—which seems fitting for a Beilein recruit.
Also, congrats to him on recently surpassing the 1,000-point milestone for his high school career. He's averaging 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.
Donnal is up for an Ohio player of the week award. It looks like he should have no problem winning it but I wanted to pass it on to the board.
You can vote here if you're so inclined, http://www.jjhuddle.com/forums/showthread.php?t=274621
Edit: Actually there is a kid from Salem who is ahead...
Edit2: Thanks for the votes! Donnal was down ~200 votes and has now pulled ahead, voting ends 1/3. FWIW,he had a really solid week and plays a really good Central Catholic team tonight.
Edit3: Kid from Salem is back up by 70 votes.
Edit4: I don't know how bots work but votes for the kid from Salem appear to by increasing at an unrealistic rate...
It looks like ESPN updated their 2013 basketball recruiting rankings. All 3 Michigan guys make the list:
Zak Irvin-21 (3 away from 5 star status)
Both Irvin and Walton moved up, while Donnal took a fairly significant tumble. Michigan also has the top 2 commits in the big 10 at the moment (although people think MSU has a pretty good shot at #1 overall Jabari Parker). Another great year for Beilein in terms of talent evaluation.
In ESPN’s updated basketball rankings following the July evaluation period, Zak Irvin moved up slightly, from #74 to #70, while Mark Donnal made a similar-sized move in the opposite direction, going from #81 to #84. Derrick Walton Jr. remains outside the ESPN top 100, ranked 25th among point guards. As a point of comparison, Monte Morris has the same “scouts grade” of 91 as Walton but is ranked 99th overall and 21st among point guards. So Walton is just outside ESPN’s top 100.
One other basketball recruiting note: Stefan Jankovic narrowed his list down to five, eliminating Michigan from consideration. His final five are Wake Forest, Georgetown, Missouri, Florida State, and Purdue.
He's ranked #97 and is the #22 power forward.
Other UofM propsects are:
James Young at #21
Malcolm Hill Jr. at #43
Nolan Berry at #46
Byron Zeigler at #62
Jaylon Tate at #63
Derrick Walton at #77
V.J. Beachem at #80
Also updated was the Rivals Top 150 for the class of 2012.
Commit Glenn Robinson Jr. comes in at #46 (up 4 from #50), Commit Nick Stauskas #99 (down 10 from #89), and Target Sherron Dorsey-Walker comes in at #102.
On his Recruiting Roundup today (WTKA podcasts can be found here), Sam Webb said that German power forward Martin Breunig is "not considering Michigan any longer . . . will not visit . . . does not like the number of bigs on Michigan's roster right now." Breunig was likely the last possible addition to Michigan's 2011 class.
Moving on to 2013, Sam said that Mark Donnal, a 6-8 power forward from Whitehorse, Ohio, and Monte Morris, the 5-11 point guard from Flint Beecher, are both visiting Michigan this week. The visits come at an important time given that Beilein will begin handing out offers to members of the 2013 class on June 15.