Evan Smotrycz is first M commit for 2010
Beat me by 3 minutes.
Edit: White guy from out of state. Sorry, David Komer.
I wonder if he can rap?
He's from Reading, Massachusetts. He transferred last year to one of the elite prep schools.
haha that dude's head is going to asplode.
I want to be the first to tell him...hehehe!
is he the next Z. Gibson? The next Jack Sikma (old school)?
Don't really know much about him
Think Dirk Nowitzki with defense.
Actually, I'm not sure. He's a lightly regarded recruit who is more of a 3/4 who can shoot the rock, and is a "JB-type-player." With Grady gone, we would still be able to pick up Regan and Ziegler if they choose to come here.
That is pretty impressive to be mentioned with Dirk.
I googled him, below is what I found on ESPN:
February, 2009: Smotrycz has the ability to score in a variety of ways. He can connect on jumpers from beyond 3-point range as well as score in the paint. Smotrycz has an effortless jumper and does a good job of getting his legs involved on the shot, which gives him the ability to connect from deep on his jumper. When he applies himself, he has the ability to cause match-up problems by taking bigger frontcourt players out on the perimeter with his shooting ability in addition to taking smaller defenders down to the block when he gets the opportunity to do so. Smotrycz also has very good vision and passing skills. He plays an unselfish brand of basketball at times, he plays little too unselfishly and does not look to exploit his advantage in terms of scoring the basketball. Smotrycz also has problems when he faces more athletic frontcourt players and tries to guard them. As long as he does not try to over-extend himself and maintains a high level of aggressiveness, Smotrycz can develop into an excellent frontcourt player on the next level. He just has to continue to work to overcome his tendency to disappear, which he should not do given his immense amount of talent.
I guess David Komer isn't going to be happy when he hears this news...
A two star though? I know this isn't football but ...
Here's hoping we get some highly regarded in state talent, too. (Like zeigler)
Providence, Georgia, Pitt, Syracuse, ND, Virginia all interested last fall. That's pretty impressive.
If you read Dylan's write-up at UMHoops, it seems that the 2* rating is very likely to change and Smotrycz is primed for a breakout AAU season and then a big senior season.
He transfered to a more athletic and competitive league this last year and flourished.
I'll admit when we first offered I was a bit skeptical. But after doing my homework I'm pretty excited. You add Regan and Zeigler to this class and it's gonna be a good one.
There is a difference between being "interested" and getting offered. He was offered by NW and Oregon State. He is a 2-3 star recruit. We absolutely have to land an athletic wing, and someone to replace Sims in the frontcourt in this class. If we don't, then we are going to have a lean year or two when Manny and Deshawn leave.
I didn't say otherwise. Be patient. Let's wait and see what his rating is after AAU ball. Star ratings are basically worthless this early, unless you're looking at Top 100 recruits. I'll side with all the articles and information saying that he's a potential impact player that's multidimensional.
My main point is: We shouldn't be over-reacting because Smotrycz only has X stars.
We still have big targets out there. Reports are that Evan was gaining interest. Much like (but to a lesser extent) how Will Regan is starting to get interest from Dook and the likes. I'll trust Beilein's judgement.
I don't give a rat's ass how many stars Rivals or Scout give him. If Belien is willing to offer the kid this early in the process, it means more to me than how many stars a recruiting site give him.
we're not impressed or excited with this.
Yes, because we all are better at evaluating talent than a Hall of Fame-bound coach is.
Unless JB wins some national titles here, he is nowhere near a hall-of-fame bound coach. Let's be real here.
You might want to pay attention to what some prominent analysts have to say about his HoF credentials.
The guy hasn't made it past the Elite 8, and I'm pretty sure that was only once. I'm not sure he has a conference title in D1. He's got a LONG way to go before he's in the Hall.
OK, I guess you and "B Ready" know more about this than a lot of professional analysts. A bunch of scouts have been quoted as saying he'd be elected if he were to retire now. It's the Basketball Hall of Fame, not just the BCS-conference HoF. Beilein is the only coach in history to have won 20+ games at four different levels, the only coach to have won that many at seven different schools, and one of seven coaches to have taken four schools to the NCAA tournament. The actual voters look at the man's entire career, not just his time at WVU and Michigan.
I have never heard anyone suggest he will be in the Hall-of-Fame.
"Yes, because we all are better at evaluating talent than a Hall of Fame-bound coach is."
Honestly, by that logic, we should be getting super-juiced and crazy excited about every prospect we get, because a Hall-of-Fame coach thought they were good enough to ball at Michigan. Obviously though there will be players who frustrate and annoy as well as those who languish on the third string and never see any meaningful playing time. Not saying that's where we're headed here, but let's be honest, most players like Smotrycz that aren't heavily recruited are still going to have pretty similarly excellent credentials.
Way to kill the buzz, Negative Nancy. I am actually impressed and excited about him. He sounds a lot like McLimans, maybe a little smaller, more of a 3 than a 4. I think he sounds a lot like the type of player Beilien likes, and therefore I am excited.
Speak for yourself Mr. Wangtastic. 6'9" and can shoot? I'll take that any day of the week.
You're kidding, right?
I'm excited and impressed to have a verbal commitment this early. I think we've seen that beilein only goes after the guys he knows he can develop and will produce. This kid sounds perfect - unselfish, 6'9" can shoot the rock and is a good passer who can post up with a high basketball IQ. perfect.
New Entry: Komer
1: A two or three star, stick figured, white guy from out of state.
Whats his 40 time?
can he play in the slot?
Now that Mr. S has moved up mightily in the rankings...
I wonder how the comments have changed for some of the ususal suspects.