My gut feeling is the scuttlebutt is true. As I said, time will tell (maybe early next week?)
TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
I'm not really a basketball guy, but this came up on my twitter-feed the other day..uploaded on Wednesday..
I'm not sure how much the more basketball-oriented gurus can pick out of that, but looks like he's got a really quick release.
This particular highlight did not show a kid with D1 talent.
The highlights also indicated that Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Trey Burke, THJr, and GRIII were also Michigan offer questionable.
I'll take Beiliens track record for identifying talent over anything right now
I did not call the kid a scrub or discredit Coach B's talent evaluation skills. I simply stated that "particular" highlight was not impressive. I see guys display that level of skill on a daily basis
Consider that was an open gym highlight though. Why anyone would use open gym as a barometer I have no idea. Based on my open gym experience, I'm gonna guess that he was not going 100%.
A) That's not true for GR3 and THJ's highlights. Given their bloodlines and age, there was very little worry about their talent for Michigan. Especially GR3. While he wasn't the top 20-50 player he became right away everyone was aware that he had the potential, like his dad, to be a late bloomer.
B) Novak and Douglass were recruited in a very different context. Beilein was facing a transition and needed to bring in reliable talent that fit his system. Though the occassional exception may occur (e.g., Albrecht for positional need), Beilein does not need to take 2-star types anymore.
I'm not disputing that Beilein has a good eye for talent and has, generally, earned a good deal of our trust. But he's also recruited Brundige and Christian and McLimans. It just bothers me when people act like questioning any of Beilein's decisions is unacceptable.
The same type of logic was applied to Joe Dumars, who has presided over nearly a decade of unrelenting decline. By no means am I saying Beilein is headed in that direction (I think he's doing a FANTASTIC job.). I just don't like the attitude.
He won an award for being the best basketball player in his state. Kids who are scrubs typically do not win those type of awards.
I have no idea how you can discern that from watching 80 seconds of glorified pick up basketball. Watch some of the highlights of actual game footage over at umhoops.
and still not impressed. Hopefully he develops into a good ball player.
We definitely need some depth throughout the lineup so this would help. A 6'5 guard who can get buckets sounds good to me.
Sam's gut is usually right. This would be a solid pickup.
Seems like the loss of the Smotrich-Brundige-Christian connection would almost be a net gain if Levert, Spike and "a player to be named later" turn out to be great contributors.
The wildcard was Smotz. Christian was an end of the bench player and I thought Brundidge was way overated, even before he made it to Ann Arbor. Smotz had the talent, but something was missing mentally, Hopefully it clicks for him at Maryland.
but he looks like he has it. His release has a forward lean to it; this may be problematic at the next level, in terms of his shot getting blocked.
Agreed -- it's several degrees south (I guess) from what I'd prefer. Quick release, though, and he seems comfortable shooting after movement ...
Did anyone else notice a lack of "hops" from a guy who's supposedly 6'4"?
His quick release will compensate for his low release. He won't be able to ever go off like a Vinnie Johnson, but he'll have no problem with moderately open shots.
It's closer to a set-shot than a jumper. Shades of Bob Cousy. But it's a lazy pick-up game with no defense, so let's not read too much into his technique.
Yea I picked up on the hops thing also. Looked like he was just getting it over the rim on those dunks.
physical development to go. His release definitely is low, however. Since we have two open spaces, he will be good to have.
I wouldn't be too worried about his hops, you think Novack could've done a between the legs dunk when he first came in? Or Stu's jam in the Tenn game for that matter.
Novak won a dunk competition when he first arrived, so he's not the best example.
He could develop into a pretty good player from what I saw.. Not to worried about Hop, D Mo couldnt jump or shoot and he turned out pretty good.. Give him a RS yr at Michigan and he could be pretty good
Would be a really strong pickup, especially since I think we can all agree Beilein has proven that he has a good eye for the overlooked and undiscovered prospects. Especially since I don't think it's a stretch that both Hardaway Jr. and Burke leave after next year.
We'll need the depth at 2 with Vogrich gone after this year as well.
Odd that the video floating around is just open gym. Hard to tell much about anyone in open gym. He hit a lot of outside shots, but many of them no one was within 6 feet. You don't get many looks like that in college.
I would think with the amount he has played and the award he won, there would be much more film.
Check out the other video that I linked above at 8:00
Am I the only one that's been reading his name too fast the last few weeks and thought it was Chris?
Well until your post I thought it was Chris...
This is the first I'd heard of the kid...
...what's the scoop on him? Why are we taking him and not the Italian kid from Vegas?
Basically the kid put his team on his back and led them to a state title. Has a very quick release and his shot is true. Needs to put on some muscle.
Originally committed to Ohio Bobcats but was granted release when their coach took the Illinois job. Very much a D-1 player
Any reason why we take him over ADV?
No sure on that one. You probably have to get the reasoning behind that from Coach B.
signed with the Buckeyes after we took Spike.
He only signed with Ohio after Michigan stopped recruiting him. I recall him tweeting that it was "unfair" that Michigan just stopped recruiting him. So the question is why did Michigan stop recruiting ADV, but they will take Levert?
Probably because they prefer Levert?
What about ADV's game made you think that he was any good? I am happy that they passed.
given all of the top 2013 and 2014 kids we still have a shot with and given the wing depth he already have. Hopefully he pans out better than Beleien's more recent late flyers Christian and McLimans. The jury is still out on Beifeldt of course but it seems that JB does a much better job with guys that he identifies early on than those he offers late in the process.
Keep in mind the amount of attrition there is in college bball. Burke, GR111, Hardaway Jr., McGary are all guys who could leave early because of their abilities. Then you have the guys who leave because the don't like the program; Christian, Udoh, Grady, Brundidge. To have continuity in a program you need the glue guys like Morgan, Vogrich, Mclimans who are in it for the duration.
Again, kids who win awards for being the best basketball player in their state is not taking a flyer.
Purdue, Iowa, Xavier, and Dayton all jumped in after he was available.
There have been numerous players to win Midwest state players of the year who were not high major quality players. Not saying that is Lavert but the mere fact of his winning the award is by no means dispositive.
...at least from the video.
The guy looks like a twig, but does look good shooting the ball. He will take sometime to develop.
He and Pick.Central (with teammate Taco Charlton) defeated Toledo Whitmer in the the Ohio state championship game this year. He went for 20 points versus a squad of big, physical D-1 football players. Chris Wormley, Storm Norton (Toledo), and Leroy Alexander (Nebraska) as well as Nigel Hayes (#5 2013 player in Ohio). Levert blew up his senior season. He is really good.
He had a coming out party as a senior. After his Ohio decommitment, he had offers from Dayton, Purdue, Michigan, Xavier and possibly Iowa as well. That isn't a bad offer list for a mid-west hoops prospect who was a relative unknown. This is a very different scenario than Spike's recruitment where we were his only major offer.