Yesterday was the first day of the early signing period, and Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke are expected to sign their LOIs today. Rothstein at annarbor.com got a quote from Burke:
Trey Burke turns 18 years old Friday. On his last day as a minor, he’ll complete one of the biggest decisions of his life.
“I’m real glad. It was a stressful process, came down between Michigan and Cincinnati, and it was one of the hardest decisions I ever made in my life,” Burke said Wednesday.
“But at the end of the day, Michigan was just the best choice for me and I’m glad I’m signing and getting it over with.”
EDIT: Michigan has now received Burke's LOI and issued a press release about him. Here's an excerpt:
"In Trey Burke we are adding a proven winner and floor general to our basketball program," said Beilein. "He combines a competitive spirit, quickness and poise on the court to provide leadership, and his skill set allows him to impact the game as a passer, a scorer and a shooter."
Brundidge hasn't signed his LOI yet, but he's just waiting for his father to return from a trip out of town.
In the meantime, the hopes for a third signee in the person of Amir Williams are apparently still alive, according to Scout's Signing Day Blog:
8:50: Amir Williams plans on announcing his commitment on November 17. He will visit Ohio State officially this weekend, and then think things over. DePaul, Florida, Michigan, Purdue, and Ohio State are all still involved. Information is all over the map, but Florida, Michigan, and Ohio State seem to be the constants with this one.
EDIT: As I mentioned in a reply below, Sam Webb has an article on Williams in the Detroit News today titled "Michigan makes strong bid for Country Day star Amir Williams." It's certainly worth checking out--seems like Michigan has a decent chance at a recruiting coup here.
Finally, as someone who also follows the women's team, I have to point out that Kevin Borseth secured LOIs from three players yesterday. From the news release:
The University of Michigan women's basketball program has received National Letters of Intent from three student-athletes on Wednesday (Nov. 10), the first day of the early signing period. Aquashia Anderson, a 5-7 guard from Meridian, Miss.; Cyesha Goree, a 6-3 forward from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Brenae Harris, a 5-10 guard from Marion, Ohio, will join the Wolverines for the 2011-12 season.
This looks like a pretty good class:
- Goree is a McDonald's High School All-American nominee and was all-state in Class B last year. A Grand Rapids Press article on her can be found here.
- Anderson is one of the top players in Mississippi and will help fill a void at point guard with the transfer of Dayeesha Hollins. The Meridian Star published a feature on Anderson yesterday.
- In the news release, Borseth likens Harris to Veronica Hicks, who is entering her senior year. An article on Harris ran yesterday in the Marion Star.
The women's team will actually have at least four newcomers next year, as Kendra Seto transferred to Michigan in September after spending her freshman year at Vermont. She's listed as a 6-1 forward/center and orginally hails from Oshawa, Ontario. Her mgoblue.com profile can be found here.