He is supposedly a GREAT shot blocker, something we haven't had in quite a while.
Hello: Jon Teske
Michigan's multisport commit fest continues with the commitment of 2016 OH C Jon Teske. The 6'11" Teske is Michigan's first 2016 commit, picking Michigan over Ohio State and Dayton. He is currently unranked on the 247 composite but IIRC he was mentioned as a guy who should land comfortably in top 100 lists when they are revamped to take summer play into account. I'll go google those, then.
We are early in the process for a 2016 commit and Teske isn't a top-top recruit, so he's not ranked many places. By site:
- ESPN only ranks their top 60 right now; he's not in there.
- Scout has him a three-star and the #15 C in the class. If he was to maintain that position ranking through the cycle that would easily seem him net a fourth star—21 2015 Cs have four stars on Scout currently, and 19 received them last year. They also list Teske at 6'9", so… yeah.
- 247 has only ranked 13 Cs for the class; Teske is not amongst them.
- Teske's not ranked in the Rivals 100 currently.
I couldn't find that assertion that Teske would be moving up after the summer. Must have been on a message board. Scout's Brian Snow did just tweet that Teske is a "very good" start on Michigan's 2016 class and that he's a "skilled 6-foot-10 kid who really runs."
UPDATE: Yeah, it was Snow who must have asserted that on the Scout boards.
Teske is still developing as a prime option for his high school and AAU teams, as just about every seven-foot 16 year-old is. He comes with a reputation as an excellent shot blocker already…
The 6-11, 215-pound Teske has built a reputation as a strong shot blocker. … Teske can change a game with his defensive ability in the paint.
Jon Teske was spotted putting his best foot – as well as his long, shot blocking arms – forward at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.
The 6-11, 210-pound Teske had eight points, 12 rebounds and at least six blocked shots as his Team Work 16U squad took a 65-61 win over Detroit Showtime Select Thursday afternoon. …
Time and again, the Detroit team would try and test Teske in the paint. And time and again, he sent them packing.
“His biggest thing is he alters so much on the defensive end,” Logan said. “He allows our guys to be able to go out and play aggressively on the ball. He has great timing in blocking shots and not fouling, which is very hard to teach. That is an instinct."
He displayed that in spades at Michigan's camp. Kyle Bogenschutz:
Running the floor as well as anyone at the camp, Teske really impressed getting up and down the floor to be active on both ends. Collecting an estimated 30 blocked shots over the course of the day, Teske’s timing is the difference, able to understand and detect when the ball is going up to not just get a piece of it but send it straight back at the shooter with some authority
Despite some reports that Teske is a Prototypical Beilein Big, by which people mean "just a 6'9" shooter," it seems like at the moment he's trying to develop a consistent midrange jumper…
"It's a newer part of my game and I'm hoping to get more jump shots in," said Teske. "They weren't falling today but hopefully they'll fall during the (upcoming) season."
…instead of already in possession of one. He's not a bricklayer, but it's not yet a strength—hard for it to be one when you're a different height every day. His AAU coach quoted above says he "can hit the 15-foot shot" and hopes to extend to the three point line:
"He's definitely athletic enough, can run the floor well enough, he's got a pretty good shot, especially within about 15 feet," Logan told Eleven Warriors. "I'm sure, as he gets a little bit older and stronger, he'll be able to expand that out to the three-point line. He's got a terrific release on the ball."
Things he can improve:
“He can continue to improve his inside game. He relies on his baby hook. I would like him to take the ball more and dunk the ball with authority and get people to back off. … His physical strength will be his number one priority because he is so good fundamentally now.”
As we all know, Beilein loves these guys who have not quite grown into their body, because he can take them and Sanderson them until they are Stauskas or LeVert or GRIII.
Teske averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots per game as a sophomore this past year as Medina went 19-7 and reached a Division I district championship game.
Along with OSU and Dayton, Teske reported offers from Miami, West Virginia, and Xavier; Teske was almost immediately down to the two Big Ten schools. Worth noting that OSU was still willing to take him despite already having a commitment from a top-50 post in the 2016 class.
That is all there is, further indication that Teske's a bit off the radar and a Beilein bump may be in the offing.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
I've been pining for Michigan to recruit some guy from Cameroon whose only skill is being a 7'2" flyswatter, so I'll take a guy who might end up that tall by the time he hits campus and has offensive upside. Michigan's pursuit of Teske was as fervent as anyone they've recruited in the 2016 class, with coaches showing up en masse to game after game, which bodes well.
By the time Teske arrives, Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal will be juniors and it's somewhat possible that DJ Wilson is big enough to play some minutes at the 5. A redshirt would be possible, and probably desirable since a kid like Teske is going to keep getting better over the course of his career.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
Teske shouldn't affect anyone else Michigan is currently recruiting. He was Michigan's only C offer in the 2016 class to date. Meanwhile Sam Webb was just mentioning that Michigan will continue to pursue Caleb Swanigan when the writing on the wall about Teske was pretty obvious.
Hopefully the guy is the first bit of what could be a landmark class.
Can't wait to see how he uses him.
I hope we can start churning out bigs as pro prospects. That's when the fun will really start.
Wait, the fun hasn't really started yet? Holy shit. :)
Maybe it's the Android, but what position is COH, Brian?
I think he means.. C space OH.. As in center from Ohio
That Beilein got his Plan A big man for 2016. That's a great start.
was that Sam Webb mentioned this week that Teske and family were seen talking with the Thornton and Battle families during the M camp about how all three of them could fit well together in the Beilein system................(oh please make this happen!)
Exactly what the program needs, and Beilein's apparent top choice big man. Sounds great to me.
You say hello, and I say...hello also. Oh and those other 3 guys say hello as well
I'm usually complaining about the lack of big man recruiting ..but I am happy we finally got someone who can play big down low
Oh boy RCMB will be in meltdown. Another "once he commits to UM they bump up the rating immediately to sell subcriptions!"
They're a bunch of ][\/][ obsessors. Half their posts are "guess what's happening at scUM today?"
Do not want
At 6'11" for a center, I just think he's going to struggle to snap the ball and gain leverage on squaty, 300 lb NT. And at only 210 lbs, I disagree with Brian, I think a RS is a must.
He's 210 lbs as a sophmore in HS. He still has 2 full years before he is even going to start school at U of M. Then another 3 months before he sees any action after that. I think he is probably going to weigh a lot more in 2 years and 3 months then he does now.
6'11"? Shot blocker? What are these strange, new terms you speak of?
Shot blocker - I'm guessing that's the guy who cuts you off when you've had too many.
Dikembe Mutombo: the last man you want to meet at a bar.
And just how pathological Jordan was.
when I thought Michigan would have a 6'7" forward playing center for all eternity. Poor DeShawn Sims, imagine how successful he would have been playing alongside Jordan Morgan, Mitch McGary, even Jon Horford.
Anyway, excellent news.
I thought he did pretty well. Definitely was the start of the turnaround though definitely the program has reached heights few could have predicted back in those days.
May Peedi always find success.
he would have played Sims and Morgan together--or even that Beilein felt comfortable playing Sims at the 4 at all. IMHO Gibson was a vastly superior player to Anthony Wright, yet Beilein usually opted to play Wright at the 4 rather than play Gibson with Peedi. I suspect Beilein didn't think Peedi had the ball skills to play the 4 as much or more than his assessment of Gibson. [I say this as someone who liked Sims--and I think it says as much about Beilein's committment to his system as anything else.]
Remember when Ekpe Udoh left because he thought Beilein couldn't develop NBA talent...
Judging from his face, that must've been a nasty dunk...
I think that was about Roseboro.
The midrange jumper would be good, but he won't need to develop to the three point line with the other talent likely to join him in the class of 16. Save the time you would spend on outside shooting and lift weights and eat egg whites, by the dozen.
If he can be J-Mo plus three inches and shot blocking that will be more than enough. Offensively he just needs to pick and roll and hit the free throw line jumper.
efficient out there, let him shoot the three. I'll take a Frank Kaminsky clone.
we got a big shot blocker.
I like it in terms of rim protection. Something we have lacked and we need with our type of offense and seemingly countless young players on the perimeter. Said I'd like to get a guy who can play 15-18 minutes a night and be a defensive demon even if limited offensively. Hopefully the offense comes as he gets older. Looks like he has a frame to be 250 lbs+.
Finally we get one of those big guys who can rim protect and shoot.
Suck it Wisconsin and MSU! You can't have them all!
Beilein will be able to throw a pretty formidable zone out there.
Wonder if his commitment to Belein will help his rankings? Scouts know he knows talent and wants to be right when the kid turns out well?
Exactly the kind of big man I was hoping for and more of a Belein riser than a guy like Robinson.
... When you update with the latest rankings and scouting reports, can you also research his unicycle riding abilities?
Manute Bol Jr.?
I have come to know this young man's grandfather quite well. I admire Grampa. If this kid is anything like his grandfather, which from conversations with the older man I know that young Jon is, then Beilein and the Wolverines have just signed up a very high quality kid. This is great news for the program.
Sounds like Jeff Withey. White basketball player comp.
From all accounts he has a high basketball IQ, is a gym rat, is a tireless worker, and is an old school type of bball player...
There, I said it.
It's pretty enjoyable at this point when a player with so much upside who is clearly on his way up the player rankings commits to Beilein when he isn't rated as highly at the time of his commitment. It just makes Beilein look that much better when he becomes a consensus 4 star and potential NBA player way down the line. It's not even fair at this point. You know this guy will develop so well.
I can't see this kid redshirting. He addresses an area of huge and immediate need.