"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Morris is going into his junior year of high school. Has interest from big ten programs, but Michigan is one of the first to offer him.
"(Michigan) actually showed a lot of interest in (Monte)," said Morris' mother Tanya. "He loved the way the team came together in the tournament. He loves the way Coach Beilein handled the team. They are very high on his list. Very high." "They're at the number one spot right now," Morris added. "It's the support they've shown me — showing me how serious they are recruiting me. I like their campus and their offense — how they spread the court and how they like the point guards to have the ball for at least six seconds. I just feel like their style of play will fit mine."
Sam Webb mentioned on this morning's Recruiting Roundup (podcasts here) that Zak Irvin will be in for a visit today, and Demetrius Jackson will be in tomorrow. Both are in the 2013 class.
Sam said that he thinks "Michigan is the team to beat" for Irvin, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Fishers, Indiana (and a teammate of Gary Harris). In addition to Michigan, his Rivals profile shows offers from Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Xavier. Rivals has Irvin ranked 97th in the country, while ESPN has him at 74.
Jackson is a 6-foot-1 point guard from Mishawaka, Indiana, who doesn't yet have a Michigan offer but could pick one up during or after his visit. His Rivals profile shows an offer only from Xavier, but they have him ranked 71st in the 2013 class.
So could Irvin or Jackson be Beilein's next commit? Other candidates include three other point guards prospects—Monte Morris, Derrick Walton, and Sherron Dorsey-Walker (who is now being recruited by Michigan as a point guard). Annarbor.com article from yesterday has Michigan in the lead for Morris (which is perhaps not surprising given his offer list):
Morris said of the offers he’s received so far (Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Iowa State), Michigan is at the top of his list.
Sam said earlier this week that Morris, Walton, and Dorsey-Walker are all expected to make their college choices shortly after the July evaluation period, and he said it seems likely that one of the three will choose Michigan. He also said that Dorsey-Walker seemed like an ideal recruit for Beilein, given that he shoots the ball extremely well, is from the PSL (Detroit Pershing), and has a 3.9 GPA. Dorsey-Walker is in the class of 2012; Morris and Walton are in 2013.
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.