Surprised to see we're going up against Kentucky for so many recruits now and holding our own. I guess this is it. The big time.
Basketball Recruitin': Offer Day Check-In
Junior Offers Out
Kennard and Coleman
Junior day came and went with one offer issued, that to OH SF Luke Kennard, which duh. Kennard isn't on the verge of committing and would like to narrow things down.
“We’re going to have to start narrowing it down some,” said Kennard. “Top 10 or top five, and then see where we go from there.”
Kennard plans to visit each of the schools that make the cut, naming Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Butler, and North Carolina first when asked who has the best shot to survive the trim.
Kennard is planning to hit Michigan's team camp at the end of July; M is reputed to be in strong position. Kennard hit up the Elite 100 camp last week and impressed Scout's Brian Snow($):
Luke Kennard, SG – The Ohio native had another excellent event proving to everyone that he is not only a high level shooter, but pretty darn good at everything on the basketball floor. He is more than athletic enough to guard high level wings, and then on offense his IQ separates him from most of his peers. Kennard is still somewhat left hand dominant, but he was able to get by guys going either direction. Add in that he makes plays for himself and others, and Kennard might have been the most complete wing at the entire camp.
A Beilein guy no doubt. Kennard is talking about a decision at the beginning of his junior year, which you'd think favors Michigan. Kennard has gotten around to Indiana, OSU, and Kentucky, though, so it wouldn't be a slam dunk.
IN SG Jalen Coleman wasn't offered over the weekend because he was playing in an AAU tourney and was unreachable, but he got his yesterday. He's not as familiar to Michigan fans as Kennard is. He did tell Scout's Kyle Bogie($) that he is planning some summer visits, "especially Michigan," amongst some other tantalizing things. Coleman will be a knock-out, drag-down fight between various Big Ten programs and potentially Louisville. He's named after Jalen Rose($), so we've got that going for us.
He told Inside The Hall that, like Kennard, he doesn't plan on taking his recruitment out too much longer:
“I don’t think it’s going to be senior year, I doubt if it’d be that late,” he said. “Probably his junior year he’ll be making the decision on what school he’ll be going to because it’s good to get that done, especially being an upperclassman so you can just focus on your team.”
Indiana offered Coleman when he was a freshman and seems like the main competitor.
WI C Diamond Stone has met the visit prerequisite but wasn't offered; Sam Webb says that's because he hasn't sent in his transcript, and once he does that he'll (obviously) get the offer.
I think we're for real
It's still a little boggling to consider that Michigan can go out and snatch a top-ten national recruit who isn't an enormous puppy-man, but the more information we get on 2015 NV C Stephen Zimmerman, the more I think Michigan's in it. His mom is handling a lot of his interviews, and even though this is an interview with a Kentucky site things keep coming back around to the Wolverines($).
I'm curious--who are the schools that he's having these 20 minute conversations with?
That's a loaded question... Coach Payne at Kentucky has and Coach Jordan at Michigan, they've tried to get to know Zimm. Coach Rice at UNLV too, and I think they have a little more knowledge of Zimm because his brother is his high school coach, so I think they have a good relationship. Those are the ones I can think off the top my head.
Zimmerman appears to really enjoy the idea of playing the Mitch McGary role:
Michigan is a popular school with several guards at this camp because of Trey Burke and his success this season, I'm curious, what are your impressions of Michigan and Mitch McGary from this past season?
We were really impressed because Stephen plays with Dream Vision and we ended up playing Mitch's team quite a bit in Stephen's first summer, so Stephen got to watch Mitch and see where he was at this point to where he is after this past season. You can just see that he was a man on that court now instead of the boy we saw just a summer ago on the court. That meant a lot to Stephen to see how he developed during the year.
Has Stephen ever indicated that he's felt like a school has had a similar style of big that he is?
You know, the only one he's mentioned is with Mitch McGary. He'll mention, "hey, we run that play" or, "Ok I see what I did there, I can try that." So that's really the only one I can think of that he's voiced, but I'm sure you know from talking with Stephen that he doesn't say a lot of what he's thinking in his head, so he may not verbalize it until a few days later, he's an observer.
Zimmerman's going to visit a small list of schools and I'd be shocked if Michigan isn't one of them. He just told a Rivals guy that Kentucky and Michigan were the "most aggressive" schools after him.
Meanwhile, in 2014 land
Jordan Barnett, Devin Booker
Uh… nothing's really going on you guys, other than AAU tourney after AAU tourney after AAU tourney.. IN SF Trevon Bluiett is status quo, deciding between Indiana, UCLA, Michigan and fuzzy potential leader Butler. OH combo forward Vincent Edwards is status quo, deciding between Michigan and Purdue. Michigan got CA SF Kameron Chatman on campus and offered; that's the only recent Event aside from a visit from MO SF Jordan Barnett, who could be in line for an offer:
“[Michigan] said they would like to offer me, but coach Beilein said specifically that I couldn’t get an offer from Michigan unless he saw me play,” Barnett said. “Beilein hasn’t seen me. He said if he saw me and he liked what I did, I’d probably get an offer.”
He's looking to commit by the end of the summer; Iowa, Texas, and Florida are his other main suitors.
MS SG Devin Booker still doesn't have a well defined top list and plans to take officials in the fall. Duke and North Carolina are taking themselves out of the running a bit after getting commitments from similar players, so Kentucky looms as the biggest threat:
About [Kentucky] — Booker appears to be quite high on its list of priorities. Booker said he talks with Kentucky coach John Calipari “on a day to day basis.”
“Me and Coach Calipari, we text back and forth, we’ll talk on the phone,” Booker said. “He actually has a good relationship with my mom and dad, he’s been talking to them. So we’re talking about a visit sometime soon. I think right now it’ll be an unofficial. After the summer, I might take an official.”
He told a newspaper basically the same thing.
Booker's in Michigan for the summer with his mom, hopefully hanging out with Drake Harris and enjoying the weather. He plans some sort of cut at the end of the summer followed by some number of official visits.
All of this will be terribly exciting when Michigan smashes Kentucky's recruiting hegemony and spirits away a bunch of top 20 players. August and September promise to have a lot of movement, as it seems everyone mentioned in this post, be they class of 2014 or 2015, is talking about making a decision before their high school seasons kick off.
used to be "Beat out PSU", and now it's like "In it with Kentucky, Duke, etc." With football I was actually nervous when we would go up against big-time programs in the first couple years, as it meant people were harder to get, but it also means the recruits are pretty freaking good, and totally worth getting, and we seem to be winning our share of battles on all fronts.
Is Jalen a name on its own? Or is anyone named Jalen a namesake of Jalen Rose? I know in Mitch Album's book, he says that Jalen's mom created his name from a combination of his father James (Ja) and his uncle Lenny (len).
Now that we're reaching the time when high schoolers would have been born and named durning the hieght Jalen's popularity, it stands to reason that the name would start to show up more and more ('14 football recuirt Jalen Hurd for instance).
I'm curious if I can always assume that someone named Jalen is named after a Michigan great. (FWIW, I generally assume anyone named Tom is named after Tom Harmom, because of course.)
Little known fact about names: The name Wendy was created by Disney for Peter Pan.
If you know anyone named Wendy they are named after Wendy from Peter Pan or someone who was named after someone named Wendy because of Wendy in Peter Pan.
But while there's some debate on how common a name it was before it, it certainly came from the play/book Peter Pan by JM Barrie did before Disney was around to make it a movie. Though it's commonly believed that Barrie popularized it, if not actually outright created it.
You are correct. When Disney bought it they made it more widely known and I guess I see that as when it became popluarized, but my wording was wrong in my post. You are correct.
I just couldn't tell if it was just that, or you were messing with people's minds to see if anyone would catch on. Because you can be funny like that too.
I'm glad you are of the opinion that I am funny and not just an asshole on this here board. I can be a dick most of the time. It is something I am working on.
I've heard that classic film actress Marsha Hunt was the first person to use that spelling of the name (as opposed to Marcia). I can't find any credible looking sources to back that up though.
There's also 2014 MI CB Jalen Embry and 2014 AZ WR Jalen Brown. Definitely doesn't seem like a coincidence for a sudden burst of Jalens 20 years after the Fab Five. Speaking of which, now I'm curious about Juwann Bushell-Beatty...
I know people have commented now on how there's more Shaq's out there nowadays (Shaq Evans rings a bell) because it's getting to be 18ish year since Shaq burst onto the scene
Don't be surprised to see a spike in recruits named "WolvinLA" in about 15 or so years.
You will also notice an increase in children named "Handsome Stranger," named after me.
Anyone named Tom is named after Tom Harmon? I wouldn't "doubt" it.
I am totally ignorant about the inner workings of basketball recruiting.
How many guys can we take/do we have room for and also what are our needs at this time? Are needs based on who left the previous seaosn or more likely based on who we think will leave this coming season (Mitch, Glen, etc.)?
I'm sure this website will answer every and any question you may have about Michigan Basketball (or any other Universities' basketball status)
Awesome and many thanks, sir.
Check your facts. Wendy is the nickname for Gwendolynn. It appears in the 1880 census and was popularized by the Barrie play "Peter Pan" in 1904. It has nothing to do with Walt Disney!
Zimmerman is at the top of my dream wish list. Not that I need convincing that big men can come here and thrive, but it'd be nice to show recruits that you don't have to be in puppy love to want to come here. I mean, with the track record of point guards we're having, can you think of any PG recruits who won't at least think about coming to Michigan? We show that Mitch isn't unique and get a nice train of top big guys to go with all the wing players that excel in our system, and the sky's the limit.
Would love to see Carlton Bragg in the Crisler Center. Great fit for the system.
I got a chance to meet Coach John Beilein last night at a Big Brothers and Big Sisters charity event. He was very personable, taking photos with everyone before dinner and taking a moment after every photo session to speak briefly with each person. I thoroughly enjoyed his speech at the dinner and if that was even a glimpse of how an in-home or on-campus visit goes, I can see how he is winning over recruits and parents with his personality and his passion to teach his players how to be leaders and men.
I am not at all excited about Kennard. I saw him play earlier this year during a visit to my girlfriend's family and came away unimpressed.
He is slow laterally, has short arms, has a shoddy right-hand dribble, and doesn't have a frame that can pack on a whole lot of weight (skinny shoulders). However, he can shoot it. He's not a bad recruit. He's just not the type of recruit Beilein has to settle for anymore. I'm surprised he's rated so highly.
But maybe you caught him on a bad day? Recruiting sites and college staffs have far bigger samples to evaluate.
Looks like he could play TE for Coach Hoke.