I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|3 hours 57 min ago||As I think I've said before,||
As I think I've said before, Bakich looks like he has the team on a path back to the top of the Big Ten. As alluded to above, it's pretty difficult for a team from the Midwest to be a national power in baseball, but Michigan under Bakich seems likely to occasionally make it to Omaha.
|10 hours 33 min ago||It seems unlikely that he'd||
It seems unlikely that he'd give up whatever scholarship money he's getting to be a football walk-on. After he committed to Michigan, Romano pursued getting a football scholarship but apparently never got an offer to his liking. All indications are that he's fully committed to baseball at this point.
|1 day 43 min ago||Is there a "not" missing from||
Is there a "not" missing from your first sentence? From what I recall, Hoke has a policy of not letting freshmen play others sports. I assume that policy will apply to Andrew David, if he does decide to try to play baseball as well. But Hoke does allow scholarship football players to play other sports starting in their sophomore years.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Sorry, I'm confused—who's the||
Sorry, I'm confused—who's the second one, besides Andrew David?
|1 day 5 hours ago||Possibly of interest—Damien||
Possibly of interest—Damien Harris named Gatorade's Kentucky Player of the Year—a nice honor as the Gatorade awards are based on more than just athletic achievement.
|1 week 2 days ago||The full statement put out by||
The full statement put out by Brandon can hardly be derided as "the dreaded vote of confidence." See for yourself here. Pretty smart to mention New Jersey in this paragraph:
|1 week 4 days ago||Some pretty good quotes from||
Some pretty good quotes from Swen Swenson in a CSNChicago item on his son's commitment to "his dream school":
|1 week 4 days ago||He played in the MSU game, so||
He played in the MSU game, so he can't get a medical redshirt either.
|1 week 4 days ago||Don't think Jhonny Williams||
Don't think Jhonny Williams is visiting given this:
|1 week 4 days ago||?||
|1 week 4 days ago||Hoke says Devin Gardner,||
|1 week 4 days ago||You may not be able to stop||
You may not be able to stop people from posting this, but that doesn't mean threads like this shouldn't be deleted as soon as possible after they're posted.
Completely agree with your point about recruiting. This site is full of people obsessed with recruiting, yet you have people posting this kind of garbage and lots of other ones, such as the one about whether one should boo the team on Saturday (do people not realize how that might affect all the recruits in attendance, putting aside how stupid it is otherwise?).
|1 week 4 days ago||BS||
Someone who loves Hoke doesn't start this thread.
|1 week 6 days ago||Completely agree with Bando||
Completely agree with Bando on this. If those banners ever go back up, my days as a Michigan basketball fan will be over. You have to draw the line somewhere.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||ASGR revised their recruiting||
ASGR revised their recruiting class rankings, with Michigan still #22, even with the addition of Stapleton (see below). Not sure why the comment about Stapleton's health. She suffered a knee injury a couple years ago, but I haven't seen anything saying she's been injury-prone.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I completely agree that||
I completely agree that there's been way too much conjecturing about Hatch over the last 2+ years. I remember numerous people declaring flat out that he would never be able to play basketball again—at any level. Well, they were completely wrong. He could have played for his high school team last year, and at some point this season he'll play for his new school. He decided last year not to play because, while had been medically cleared to do so, he didn't feel like he had made enough progress to justify being on the floor and taking minutes away from his teammates.
Basically, we'll just have to wait and see how much more progress he makes. He's shown some flashes of the basketball player he used to be, as the beginning of this article shows:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Another local article||
Ohio State is again mentioned as showing interest in her:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||From Ironton Tribune: Lady||
From Ironton Tribune: Lady Dragons’ Stapleton signs NLI to play with Wolverines
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed||
Embed of the video mentioned in the OP below. Plus, here's a link to a WANE TV page where the full press conference can be watched: http://www.wane.com/sports/austin-hatch-timeline
|2 weeks 2 days ago||signing photo||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Class rankings||
Prospects Nation updated their 2014 recruiting class rankings, with Michigan coming in at #20. That's third best in the Big Ten, behind only OSU (#3) and Maryland (#16).
ASGR has Michigan at #22; Blue Star ranks the Wolverines' class #26. These were posted before the addition of Terra Stapleton. Later revisions could change all these rankings by a place or two, but it's definitely a consensus top 25 class.
Now this should pretty much wrap up this thread. With all the highly ranked 2015 players the Michigan staff is pursuing (to add to the three 2015 commits already onboard), it seems highly unlikely that any more players will be added to the 2014 class (even if there is an open scholarship as a result of Val Driscoll not returning for a fifth year or some unexpected attrition).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||n/m||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Now official||
And here's the official press release: Stapleton Joins Wolverines Early Signing Class
|2 weeks 3 days ago||There's no doubt getting the||
There's no doubt getting the two of them would be a major coup. I have to note that while sisters and twins almost invariably say they want to play together in college, quite often it doesn't end up that way (Michigan's Danielle Williams is an example of this—her twin Dominique is at UCLA).
For those who don't know, Kalabrya Gondrezick named her schools of interest a couple of months ago in this article: Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Yale, Northwestern, and Louisville ("in no particular order"). She said she didn't want to go too far from home for college and that there was a slight chance she'd make her choice by this month. With both sisters, Notre Dame is Michigan's biggest competitor, as they have long had a close relationship with former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins (going back to when they lived in South Bend).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Terra Stapleton commits||
Michigan adds post player to 2014 class: Terra Stapleton has committed to Michigan and will sign her LOI this week.
See Hello post for details.
Also, Kia Nurse committed to UConn today.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why is everyone so obsessed||
Why is everyone so obsessed with getting in-state players? I feel like this question gets asked in every women's hoops thread.
As I've said before—yes, Kim Barnes Arico and her staff are in fact actively recruiting the state of Michigan. They have had numerous in-state players on campus, have visited their schools, and have put out a number of scholarship offers. For example, they have offers out to three of the top players in the state in the 2015 class, including the two I mentioned in the OP, plus Tania Davis from Goodrich HS who will probably head out of state for college. If the 2015 class doesn't include anyone from Michigan, it won't be for a lack of trying. The staff offered those three players I mentioned plus a number of top 100 players from elsewhere. So far, three of the latter have committed. Should the staff have not pursued these top 100 players from outside Michigan and taken a chance on waiting for a commitment or two from the in-staters? How would that make any sense?
Bottom line to me is that I want the staff to put together the best roster they possibly can, regardless of where the players come from. Why should a player from Toledo (for example—from which Michigan has two top 100 commits in 2016 and 2017) somehow count less because they're from Ohio than someone who lives hours away in the northern LP or the UP?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||These players didn't all||
These players didn't all commit today. MGoSoftball posts these every year during the early signing period (see Michigan's official press release on the 2014 class). They probably committed months or more than a year or two ago.
By the way, Michigan's 2015 commits also include Alex Sobczak (see this page) and Nikki Nemitz's sister Mackenzie:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||2014-15 roster||
Here's a look at the 2014-15 roster following Stapleton's commitment:
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Early signing period/Blue Star class rankings||
Michigan is expecting to receive four LOIs today, so the class for now is set at Backman, Dunston, Flaherty, and Jackson. It remains to be seen if anyone else will sign either later in this early signing period or in the spring.
Buried on the Blue Star site are their recruiting class rankings for 2014 as of November 11. Michigan comes in at #25. Here's how all the Big Ten programs rank:
Indiana, Rutgers, and Northwestern are listed as "honorable mention." Blue Star uses a numerical formula to rank their classes based on the players' rankings, so there's an inherent bias favoring larger classes. Minnesota, for example, has a five-recruit class, with none rated by Blue Star higher than #89, so their class seems overrated at #16. Certainly, on a consensus basis across the various recruiting services Michigan's class would be considered superior to Minnesota's. As I've noted, ASGR has Michigan's players ranked much higher than Blue Star, and I would expect Michigan to come in around #15 in ASGR's class rankings.
Side note: Former Michigan target Kristen Simon commited to/signed with USC today.\
ASGR Class Rankings: These may very well change, but the first release of the ASGR recruiting class rankings for 2014 have Michigan's class at #21. Emoni Jackson is missing from the list of Michigan signees. Rankings for Big Ten programs are:
Looking at the classes right above Michigan's, I think the Wolverines should be at least a couple places higher—and certainly ahead of Michigan State.
Press release: Wolverines Sign Four to National Letters of Intent
Updated ASGR recruiting class rankings: Michigan drops one spot to #22. Emoni Jackson is now listed among the signees.
Updated Blue Star recruiting class rankings: Michigan remains at #25.
Another Blue Star update: Michigan now at #26; Minnesota down to #24, which makes a little more sense.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, he was also Darth||
Yes, he was also Darth Wolverine. The guy makes it so easy to spot him—he can't help himself from negging any non-football hello posts. If recruits are supposed to treated with such respect on this site, why isn't negging a hello post an insta-ban? How much more disrespectful can you get?
EDIT: Another Hello post negged: http://mgoblog.com/node/83056/vud-votes
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Baseball America recently||
Baseball America recently called Bakich's first class (2013) Michigan's best since 2005 (the class that included Zach Putnam). Collegiate Baseball magazine ranked the 2013 class #20 in the country. The 2014 and 2015 classes are also shaping up to be very good. Michigan should be back at the top of the Big Ten before too long. Beyond that, who knows?
|3 weeks 6 min ago||Photo from his high school team's twitter account||
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||More good news||
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Might get some answers next||
Might get some answers next week on his progress/plans:
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Great news!||
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||I disagree with your premise,||
I disagree with your premise, but for the record, I'll summarize the current situation (and, yes, I'm well aware they have 15 scholarships to work with). They have only one scholarship available for 2014. The biggest need for the 2014-15 season and beyond is for a post player. There's a chance they might add a post player to the 2014 class, either a current high-schooler (6-4 Terra Stapleton, from Proctorville, Ohio) or a juco (6-3 Ebony Wells or 6-4 Adut Bulgak).
For the 2015 class, they already have three commits, which leaves them with either one or two scholarships left, depending on whether they add another 2014 prospect. There are a good dozen or more top 100 players that the staff has been pursuing in the 2015 class, some of whom they have a good shot at landing (including the two in-state players I mentioned above). It would make no sense whatsoever for them to take a MAC-level prospect and potentially lose out on one of these top 100 players. So, not only is what you suggest not doable this year, it's not doable next year either.
And, in my opinion, it makes little sense for a coaching staff looking to build a elite program. There simply aren't enough elite players in the state of Michigan on which build such a program.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I appreciate Devin Gardner's||
I appreciate Devin Gardner's willingness to tell people to shove it (from DetNews):
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I understand what you're||
I understand what you're saying, and I'm all in favor of seeing Michigan players on the roster. But I can assure you that the coaching staff is working the state hard. They haven't landed any of the in-state players they've been after, but it's not because they're ignoring the state. One thing to note is that it's not like Michigan State is landing every top in-state player. In fact, the top three in-state prospects in the 2014 class all chose schools outside Michigan.
Given the limited number of scholarships they have available, I think it would be a mistake to hand one to just anyone, as you suggest. I don't believe there are any uncommitted in-state prospects in the 2014 class that Michigan should be targeting.
There's a chance that Michigan might land at least one in-state 2015 player. They have offers out to the top three players from the state in that class, and I believe they have a reasonably good chance to land two of them: Kalabrya Gondrezick of Benton Harbor HS and Cierra Rice of Grosse Pointe South. The coaching staff has also had numerous top in-state players from the 2016 and 2017 classes on campus for early unofficial visits—in some cases, multiple visits.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Another article||
Here's another local article on Nutof committing to/signing with Michigan: South Elgin’s Ryan Nutof picks Michigan
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Signing day tweets||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Rankings chart||
FC = Full Court
PN = Prospects Nation
|3 weeks 2 days ago||A local paper, the Daily||
A local paper, the Daily Herald, has an article out on Nutof's Michigan commitment, saying that he had 23 offers from Big Ten, ACC, West Coast, MAC, and other schools and that he picked the Wolverines over his other finalist, Penn State, following an official visit last weekend:
|3 weeks 3 days ago||2014 Commits chart (updated)||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks to the scout above for||
Thanks to the scout above for the informative post.
Here's another small piece of evidence of the strength of this class: PBR posted an update of their Illinois rankings for 2014, with one notable change for a Michigan commit. Bryan Pall was moved up from #20 to #10 on the strength of his performance at the recent WWBA tournament in Jupiter, Florida, through which he "made himself a high-interest draft prospect."
Also, I forgot that Rahman Williams had transferred to Montverde Academy in Orlando, Florida, for his season year, so he no longer appears in the PBR rankings. Will update the chart when I have a chance.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||See Ritter's||
See Ritter's website: www.jennieritter15.com/About-Us.html. She is involved in some youth coaching.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||2014 juco targets||
One of the jucos Michigan has shown interest in is 6-3 center Ebony Wells, as has now been noted by PSB. She spent her freshman year at Florida State before going to Chipola College in Florida, so she's a potential 4-2-4 transfer to a D-1 program (similar to Shannon Smith). PSB says that she's "hearing from both Tennessee Tech and Michigan consistently amongst others. Both schools were part of a large contingent in to see Wells in early September." PSB says she was a top 150 player coming out of high school, but surprisingly ASGR didn't include Wells in their recent list of top 100 jucos. Another service, CGBR, in their juco rankings, has Wells ranked as the #4 center and #22 overall. EDIT: I asked ASGR about Wells, and it turns out her absence from their top 100 was an oversight. The list has been updated, and she's ranked #19.
Another potential juco target for Michigan is the #1 player on that ASGR list: Adut Bulgak, a 6-4 forward and former teammate of Shannon Smith at Trinity Valley. Originally from Canada, Bulgak committed to North Carolina but then changed course. ASGR says that she is "a strong player who can score down low, but she can also shoot the three. She has a very diverse game."
2014 Blue Star rankings: In advance of the early signing period, which begins Wednesday, Blue Star is finally catching up on all the commitments they had never reported, so their rankings for all four Michigan commits for 2014 can now be reported (for comparison, the ASGR ranking is shown in parentheses):
One odd thing is that Blue Star has Backman listed as a center. She's generally expected to play the three or four in college.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||It's a gigantic, tacky,||
Yep, you'll win a lot of arguments insulting the athletes, coaches, and fans of a couple dozen varsity sports at the university you supposedly support.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Paid in part by student fees,||
Paid in part by student fees, as this article makes clearer.
And it's not like Michigan is unusual in using student fees to pay for these facilities:
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||the billboard's sole purpose||
Driving around town, my attention is far more often diverted trying to read the mind of any pedestrian who happens to be near a crosswalk—while simultaneously checking my rearview mirror to see if I'll be rear-ended if I suddenly—by city ordinance—have to stop.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||The regents have approved a||
The regents have approved a $173 million project to renovate the IM, CCRB, NCRB, and other facilities, which if I recall correctly all operate completely outside the athletic department. $2.8 million is a drop in the bucket compared to what's going to spent on those facilities.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Terra Stapleton||
Well, I thought Michigan was done with 2014 recruits who might sign in the fall (there are a couple juco possibilities, but they'd more likely be spring signees), but a new target seems to have popped up: Terra Stapleton, a 6-4 post who had committed to Minnesota in October 2012 but reportedly decommitted recently. She attends Fairland H.S. in Proctorville, Ohio (located in the southeastern part of the state, near Huntington, West Virginia). She apparently wants to attend a school closer to home. Her AAU team is West Virginia Thunder.
Here's a Blue Star eval from a January 2013 event rundown:
As is often the case, the rankings on Stapleton vary widely: ASGR has her #332 in country, calling her a "strong, true low post player who can score and pass," while espnW has her as a three star and the #16 post nationally, which would place her just outside their top 100. espnW's brief eval is: "Low-block performer with size defends, alters shots; rebounds and initiates fast break; developing consistency on faceup game to the arc; average mobility in transition." Prospects Nation also has her as an unranked three star.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I don't care either, for the||
I don't care either, for the record.
Angelique also has an article with the same quotes in the News.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Given all the people taking||
Given all the people taking shots at Hoke and the players, I think it's only fair (following up on my post above) to post Hoke's response, even if it does come from a Freep article by Snyder:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke asked to respond on||
Hoke asked to respond on 97.1, from Twitter:
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Kia Nurse||
A final note on Kia Nurse just to make clear that Michigan is no longer in the running: a recent report said she is down to Indiana, Penn State, UConn, and Tenneseee. She took an official to Indiana this weekend.
EDIT: Prospects Nation item from today says Nurse has a final five, not four, with Kentucky still in the running. Also, she may not commit until after the early signing period.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||No self-moderation system is||
No self-moderation system is going to be perfect, but if each poster was given only a limited number of negs to parcel out per day (plus have each neg cost posters a point, as was once the case), then I think that would cut down dramatically on the number of cases of "innocent" people getting hammered.
One thing I'm really tired of whenever this topic comes up are the many people who just laugh off the concerns about the state of the board, saying, this is the Internet, what do you expect? That attitude is part of the problem, because this board used to be moderated (both by the posters and the mods themselves) to be better than the average board. Part of the reason this board has jumped the shark for me is the increasing presence of people who simply don't care about the level of discourse here.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Daneesha Provo||
Just to wrap this up given that I mentioned her, Daneesha Provo committed to Clemson yesterday.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That crystal ball is broken.||
That crystal ball is broken.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not a surprise, if||
Not a surprise, if true:
Also, Sam Webb this morning changed course and said he now thinks it's possible that Booker and Blackmon both pick Kentucky.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||FWIW, on today's recruiting||
FWIW, on today's recruiting roundup, Sam Webb expressed his opinion: "Blackmon or bust." He believes Booker will choose between Kentucky and Missouri, but he's still optimistic about Blackmon. Putting a percentage on who lands Blackmon, he went 45% Michigan, 35% Kentucky, and 20% Indiana. He also still believes it's unlikely that both choose Kentucky.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Now with Terry Mills as the||
Now with Terry Mills as the analyst, for those who haven't heard.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||But you can't just dismiss||
But you can't just dismiss the weather as a minor issue. I just don't see the Big Ten's recruiting disadvantage going away anytime soon (barring a major climate shift).
Right now, I'd be happy to see the program back at the top of the conference—and then see where Bakich can take it from there. There's no doubt that Michigan is investing considerable money in the program. The current overhaul of the stadium is much more extensive than just installing FieldTurf—they're replacing/expanding the dugouts, they've installed a new scoreboard, etc. That's going to help with recruiting, and from what I've heard there's no staff in the Big Ten that's going to outwork Bakich's crew on the recruiting trail. In the long term, I think the expectations are high—you just sound unreasonably impatient.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Last update here||
With 2014 recruiting winding down, this seems like a good time to end this thread. I've left on the board all the current Michigan commitments, 2014–2017 (if they happen to get another 2014 commit, I will update the board to reflect that).
Going forward, I'll either at some point start a new thread focusing on 2015 and beyond, or perhaps I'll just start issuing periodic recruiting updates. Hello posts will continue to go up as commitments occur.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Naomi Davenport commits||
This is amazing: another commit for 2015: Naomi Davenport, 5-10 wing, Mount Notre Dame H.S. (Cincinnati, OH); Cincinnati Angels AAU.
EDIT: Previous reports had her height as 5-10; one tweet on her commitment says she's 6-1.
EDIT2: Her AAU team lists Davenport as 6-0, while this Cincinnati Enquirer item on her commitment to Michigan goes with 5-11, so take your pick (I might now go with 5-11 as that probably came from her high school coach). The article says she also considered Cincinnati, Xavier, and Dayton.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely||
In the 2014 class, the only Big Ten classes that are clearly ahead of Michigan's are those of Ohio St. and Maryland. One of the recruiting services (ASGR) is likely to have Michigan's 2014 class ranked between 10th and 15th in the country.
It's too early to judge the 2015 class, but at this point the only other program with similar early success would be Purdue.
If you add in Kim Barnes Arico's first class (2013), I think it's safe to say that the 2015-16 roster will be by far the most talented in Michigan history.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||2015-16 roster||
The future roster is definitely looking very good, with a couple of 2015 scholarships still available:
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Article on Munger||
Phillyburbs.com ran an item on Nicole Munger's commitment. Here's an excerpt:
Also, Prospects Nation finally added Munger to their database, listing her as a four-star.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Phillyburbs.com ran an item||
Phillyburbs.com ran an item on Munger's commitment. Here's an excerpt:
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Latest||
Visitors to Michigan: On an unofficial visit today for the Indiana game is Deja Church, a 2017 wing out of Southfield Lathrup H.S. She plays AAU for Michigan Crossover. Not much else out there on her. She's also visited Toledo and Western Michigan.
Roster Addition: This won't affect the scholarship situation, but Michigan added another player to its roster as a walk-on—Nicole Flyer, a 6-2 junior forward who played high school basketball at Palisades H.S. in Los Angeles. She was on Michigan's rowing team the last two years (see bio). Not sure she'll see much action, but she does give the team a bit more frontcourt depth following Kelsey Mitchell's latest injury.
News Item: Newsday ran a brief item on Boogie Brozoski's commitment.
Another Article: Newsday ran a more detailed article on Brozoski indicating that Kim Barnes Arico has been recruiting Brozoski since she was in the eighth grade. Also includes some quotes from her and a longer list of other schools that had shown interest in her:
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Newsday article||
Newsday article confirms that Kim Barnes Arico has been recruiting Brozoski since she was in the eighth grade. Also includes some quotes from her and a longer list of other schools that had shown interest in her:
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||Hearing John U. Bacon this||
I just listened to that part of the podcast, and you aren't accurately describing what he said. He said it was one of the ten most painful losses in Michigan history. Not exactly the same thing.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Perhaps I'm wrong about this,||
Perhaps I'm wrong about this, but I don't think those early enrollees were signing NLIs. I think they were signing financial aid agreements. According to this item from John Infante, a new NCAA rule allows early enrollees to sign a financial aid agreement as early as August 1.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Kiah Gillespie||
Kiah Gillespie (CT-2015): Prospects Nation includes her in this rundown of 2015 top 60 prospects expected to make a major jump over the next year:
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||I was listening to the radio||
I was listening to the radio call of the game, and Beckmann and Brandstatter pointed this out at the time of the play. If I recall correctly, it was a tight end who messed up and didn't get on the field when he was supposed to.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||You may kid, but a post||
You may kid, but a post player would be a welcome addition to the 2015 class. Best bet right now is Hallie Thome, a 6-4 player out of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who has visited Michigan mulitple times. There are also a couple players from New Jersey that Michigan has targeted—6-2 Batouly Camara and 6-6 Theresa Ekhelar—and Jonell Williams, a 6-2 prospect from Palatka, Florida, made a recent trip to Ann Arbor. Anyone interested in more info on these and other prospects should check out the recruiting board.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski commits||
Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski has commited to Michigan.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||news article||
I added this to the hello post, but I figured it should go here as well—news article on Munger's commitment: CB West's Nicole Munger verbally commits to Michigan, which says she had also garnered interest from Drexel, Saint Joseph's, Boston College, and LSU.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Gotta say that I think||
Gotta say that I think there's a huge difference between "You know what, don't spend the rest of this terrible evening patrolling the unpatrollable amount of stuff being posted right now" and "Tonight is for anarchy."
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Just to make clear for those||
Just to make clear for those who don't know, Flaherty did not play AAU for the Philly Belles. Also, for those interested in more on other possible Michigan targets from the Philly Belles, see this post of mine and the one below it in the women's hoops recruiting board thread. As I mentioned in the OP, Michigan had been recruiting Nicole Munger before Bamford was hired, and they also had expressed interest in Brianna Jones, a 5-9 wing out of North Babylon, New York.
One other thing I should have noted in the OP: Bamford also helped coach Munger at Central Bucks West, where he was the associate head coach for the girls team. He's also a Central Bucks West graduate.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry, but the tweet that I||
Sorry, but the tweet that I mention below doesn't support your reading. A person encouraging anarchy doesn't care that people are going apeshit.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think you're being||
I don't think you're being overly sensitive. Just before his tweet you reference, he tweeted to one of the mods to essentially just let things go, saying "Tonight is for anarchy." It's pretty clear he didn't want to raise the point levels.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Nicole Munger commits||
Nicole Munger, 5-8 combo guard out of Central Bucks West H.S. in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, committed to Michigan today. She's one of the Philly Belles players mentioned in an earlier post in connection with Matt Bamford. She's Michigan's first 2015 commit.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You're right to a degree, but||
You're right to a degree, but I think the old moderation system—the one with no limits on up or down votes and where negs affected people's point totals—was pretty effective at discouraging the really lousy posters from staying around very long. It worked much better than the more recent system. The current state of the board is abysmal.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Taylor Rooks||
Taylor Rooks (NJ-2014): this former Michigan target committed to Stanford today.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Some notes||
Arica Carter: committed to Louisville during her official visit this weekend.
Visitors elsewhere: Among the visitors to the Marquette Madness kickoff event on Friday were Arike Ogunbowale (WI-2015) and Kristen Nelson (MI-2016).
Note on Purdue: The Boilermakers picked up two more 2014 commits this weekend. One of them was a post player from Utah, giving them two posts in the 2014 class. One would think this would make it less likely that Hallie Thome (OH-2015) ends up in West Lafayette. Also of note is that Purdue now has five 2014 commits and three for 2015, leaving them (at least at the moment) with just one scholarship left to use on either class—something to keep in mind given that several 2015 prospects have been pursued by both Purdue and Michigan.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I think people put way too||
I think people put way too much stock in those crystal ball predictions. That crystal ball was dead wrong on Kameron Chatman.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||I see your point, but I'm||
I see your point, but I'm sure Blackmon has the same amount of info—and likely more—than you have, so if he comes to believe that Booker will definitely pick Kentucky, then he should take that into account before he makes his choice.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||Sounds good||
I look forward to some scouting reports on the players!
|8 weeks 2 days ago||More rankings||
2016 Rankings: Prospects Nation released its first top 25 for 2016 today. Recent Michigan visitor Dominique Toussaint (NY) is #15, while Kysre Gondrezick (MI) is #21.
Kiah Gillespie (CT-2015): now receiving interest from Duke, but no offer yet.
Kia Nurse (Ont.-2014): FWIW, article out today has a bit of info that contradicts the previous report that Nurse was down to a final five. It says: "She has a list of seven that she is presently narrowing to four to which she will schedule official visits. One of the visits will be to the University of Connecticut . . . on Nov. 9." The other six schools aren't named.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||If I'm not mistaken, there||
If I'm not mistaken, there used to be "NCAA Finalist" banners, but at some point they decided to put up just "NCAA FInal Four" banners for non-championship Final Four seasons.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Off-topic but related to||
Off-topic but related to basketball recruiting—it does appear that Michigan is not getting back involved with Bluiett.
See also: Schools jump back in on Bluiett
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Kiah Gillespie +||
Kiah Gillespie (CT-2015): Hoops Dream Magazine has a profile of Gillespie that says she has
Out of the schools mentioned, the South Carolina, Temple, VCU, and West Virginia offers are ones that have not previously been reported. The profile also quotes her as saying, "I will probably release my top schools towards the end of my junior year."
Class Rankings: Prospects Nation updated their 2014 recruiting class rankings, with Michigan's class slotted at #18. Only two other Big Ten teams appear in their top 25—Ohio St. at #2 and Maryland at #14.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Sam Webb talked about||
Sam Webb talked about Blackmon and Booker on this morning's recruiting roundup (podcast). He thinks Michigan leads for the former, Kentucky for the latter.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Latest||
Arica Carter: Her recruiting saga has been quite interesting. Latest is that she'll be taking an official visit to Louisville this weekend, contradicting the last report saying she was down to Kansas and Arizona State.
Tierra Webb (IL-2015): This recruit has been on Michigan's radar for some time, although I can't say whether she's a major target or not. MWRR posted another scouting report on her in this rundown.
2015 Rankings: Prospects Nation has updated its top 60 for 2015. Michigan targets:
Boogie Brozoski, previously #56, is now an unranked 4-star.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Another visitor||
Kristen Nelson (MI-2016): Also on an unofficial visit yesterday was Kristen Nelson, a 5-8 guard out of Farmington Hills Harrison H.S. In their 2016 in-state rankings (which I don't think have been updated in some time), LBI has Nelson ranked #7. Her freshman stats, per MaxPreps: 7.6 points, 5.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 steals per game. Mick McCabe gave her a bit of pub in this article from February. Nelson plays AAU for the Michigan Monarchs, same program as Sam and Bailey Thomas and Tyler Bennett.
2016 Prospects: Have added several prospects to the list of 2016 targets (the 2015 list still needs to be updated). Note that Blue Star has Dominique Toussaint ranked #13 in the country.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||More on visitors/other news||
Forgot to mention that Blue Star has Jonell Williams ranked #23 in the 2015 class.
Also, Samantha Fuehring is in fact another Michigan visitor today.
Arica Carter: Reportedly down to Arizona State and Kansas. It's increasingly possible that Michigan's (excellent) 2014 class is complete.
Taiye Bello (MI-2016): This 6-1 power forward out of Southfield Lathrup H.S. received an offer from Michigan today. She was yet another visitor today.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Visitors +||
Visitors: Several commits and prospects will be taking unofficial visits to Michigan this weekend. They include three players from Toledo Rogers: Michigan commits Akienreh Johnson and Brelynn Hampton-Bey, along with 6-2 forward Keasja Peace (2016). A Toledo Blade article from over the summer says Peace has offers from Michigan, Toledo, EMU, and CMU. Blue Star offered this scouting report on Peace following the July 2013 Nike Nationals event:
In from Minnesota will be Sam Trammel (2015), the 6-1 power forward out of Eden Prairie mentioned in an earlier post. Also visiting is Jonell Williams (2015) a 6-2 post from Palatka H.S. in Palatka, Florida. A ton of schools have recently expressed interest in her, including Florida, Stanford, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio St., Wisconsin, and Georgia Tech.
Yet another visitor is Dominique Toussaint (2016), a 5-9 combo guard out of New York City basketball powerhouse Christ the King. She participated in the USA U16 trials earlier this year, during which Prospects Nation featured her in a "four to know" post:
There's an earlier eval of Toussaint in this Blue Star post.
Reyna Frost (MI-2015): MWRR included Frost, who attended Michigan's Elite Camp back in June, in this rundown from a late September event:
Samantha "Sam" Fuehring (NJ-2015): Another 2015 Michigan prospect coming to light, Fuehring is a 6-3 forward out of Immaculate Conception H.S. in Lodi, New Jersey. Mid-Atlantic Girls Hoops ran a Recruit Radar feature on her in July:
She's definitely an under-the-radar prospect and doesn't appear on any of the public rankings. But already in July she had offers from Fordham, Seton Hall, and Wagner, along with interest from Delaware, Indiana, Penn State, and William and Mary. A recently posted highlight video can be found here.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Latest||
MWRR rundown: Coverage of the late-September Midwest Showcase includes this on Faith Suggs (IL-2015):
That rundown also includes Allazia Blockton, a 6-0 forward from Wisconsin who's another player to keep an eye on in the 2015 class. MWRR reported several months ago that she has offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Marquette, and Milwaukee. She's an AAU teammate of Arike Ogunbowale.
ASGR 2015 Rankings: ASGR posted a top 100 for 2015 today. Michigan targets or possible targets include:
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Kristen Simon +||
Kristen Simon (CA-2014): This former Michigan target is reportedly down to USC and Cal, eliminating Ohio St., Louisville, and Texas.
ASGR 2014 Rankings: ASGR posted their top 150 for 2014 today. The rankings of three of Michigan's commits remain unchanged, but Maria Backman has moved up to #117 (from #129). Arica Carter is at #66 (was #125), while Taylor Rooks is #24.
Daneesha Provo: This is a name to keep an eye on in the 2014 class. Provo is a 5-10 guard/wing originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but now attending Kent School, a prep school in Connecticut. She plays AAU for Exodus NYC, and she also recently played on Canada's 3x3 U18 team at the FIBA world championships, alongside Eternati Willock. Michigan may be recruiting her—can't say for sure. She's definitely being recruited by Seton Hall. This highlight video is pretty impressive.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Note on Doss/Carter +||
Some OSU blogger is saying that despite Asia Doss long being considered a college point guard prospect, she'll play off-guard for Ohio because they already have Kelsey Mitchell in the same class. We'll see how that works out. But, more importantly, Doss picking Ohio seems (to me at least) to mean that Arica Carter will be less likely to do the same.
Victoria Gaines (IN-2015): mentioned previously as possible Michigan target—she committed to Michigan State today.
Alyssa Rice (OH-2014): committed to Kentucky today, with Virginia being her other finalist. Michigan had been among Rice's final eight before she further trimmed her list.
Toledo commits: Quick follow-up: Before committing to Michigan, Akienreh Johnson was receiving from Maryland, Xavier, Toledo, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisville, while Brelynn Hampton-Bey had received interest from Toledo, West Virginia, Xavier, Kentucky, and Louisville.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Arike Ogunbowale +||
Arike Ogunbowale (WI-2015) was part of a four-member US team that today won the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship. Coaches from Connecticut, Duke, Notre Dame, and Stanford reportedly make the trip to Indonesia to watch the competition. There's coverage at the official USA basketball site, although they're a bit behind on their recaps. EDIT: Recap of gold medal game is here.
Asia Doss (MI-2014): Previously noted that this point guard from Detroit Country Day was down to Ohio State, Illinois, and Purdue. She committed to OSU today while on her official visit there.
Taylor Brame (IL-2014): This former Michigan target committed to Southern Methodist today.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Sam Trammel +||
Swish Appeal reports on another 2015 Michigan target from Minnesota: Sam Trammel, a 6-1 power forward out of Eden Prairie H.S. (who also plays AAU for North Tartan). Trammel has home visits scheduled with Michigan, Wake Forest, and Denver this week and had previous visits with Iowa and Valparaiso. Prospects Nation has her ranked #37 in the 2015 class and offered this evaluation in a June 2013 report:
2016 rankings: espnW posted a top 25 for 2016 today, with Kyrse Gondrezick coming in at #22.
Coincidently (or not), the Gondrezick sisters are the subject of an espnW article today: Sisters Share Unbreakable Bond.
Key passage (in terms of recruiting, with emphasis added):
One of the Michigan assistants was out in California today for a home visit with commit Emoni Jackson. Could be he also stopped off to meet with Arica Carter.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure that's much||
Not sure that's much different from the old MGoBlog, but this is probably the first time it's been flat-out stated. I love the way he speaks for the entire staff. Do they all feel this way?
The staff responses in this thread were pretty poor. People endlessly bitch and moan about the way the Michigan AD is treating fans, and yet here at ground zero for that bitching and moaning, questioning of editorial decisions or the way staffers conduct their business is dismissed with extreme defensiveness or outright derision.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||You're basically missing the||
You're basically missing the point too. BiSB said this:
He's claiming that he would have created that post even if that kid had, for example, been a chess champion and given that up to pursue a rap career. That's a crock, and he's knows it and is just unwilling to admit it. The only reason that post gets created and posted on the front page is because that kid was a football player and especially a former MSU recruit.
Putting aside the hypothetical, if a recruit does some weird thing and Brian includes it as one item among many in one of his Unverified Voracity amalgamations, that's one thing. But to splash a huge item belittling the kid on the front page is quite another.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Kiah Gillespie||
There was a report that 6-2 wing/forward Kiah Gillespie (CT-2015) received a Michigan offer today. Now, I saw a report in July that said she had a Michigan offer, so perhaps the earlier one was mistaken. In any case, today's report said she received offers from Michigan and Tennessee.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Definitely impressive to be||
Definitely impressive to be close to the top 10. I was curious what exactly this meant and am posting this for those who don't click on the link:
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I should just quit, because||
I should just quit, because it's obvious you've staked your ground and you're not going to concede an inch, but you're missing the point: If this kid had never played football, why would you/Brian put him on the front page of MGoBlog? This isn't a music blog.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||But if he had never played||
But if he had never played football/been an MSU recruit, what business would your piece have being on the front page of MGoBlog? With all due respect, your <occupation redacted> is really coming through here.
Wouldn't you at least admit that you might think twice about posting something similar in the future?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Local visits||
One of the Michigan coaches attended a practice today at Grosse Pointe South, checking in on 2015 target Cierra Rice. Also on South's roster is Bre'nae Andrews, a 5-9 guard/wing in the 2014 class. She had been committed to Stetson but decommitted earlier this month. It seems unlikely that Michigan is pursuing her, but she is ranked #7 in the state by LBI. Andrews played with Madison Ristovski at Liggett before transferring to South prior to her junior year.
Michigan also recently visited Arbor Prep in Ypsilanti, where there are at least a couple of possible prospects of interest: Zakiya Wells, a 5-6 guard in the class of 2015, and 2016 prospect Nastassja Chambers, a 5-8 guard/wing. MWRR has a scouting report for Wells here, and Chambers, who's ranked #6 in the state among 2016 players by LBI, is evaluated by MWRR in this report (as are Wells, Andrews, and Ariel Bethea, a 5-9 Ann Arbor Huron guard  who's garnered some Michigan interest).
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Latest news||
Kia Nurse: A report on Swish Appeal says Nurse's five finalists are Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Penn State, and Tennessee.
Curteeona Brelove: This article says Brelove picked VCU over East Carolina and Virginia Tech, so it seems like Michigan never went past the "expressing interest" stage with her.
Tyesha Taylor: committed to New Mexico State.
T'aire "T. T." Starks (MN-2015): New target for 2015. A Michigan assistant coach was recently at her high school for an open gym. Starks is a 5-9 guard/wing out of Hopkins H.S. in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She's considered one of the top players in Minnesota in the 2015 class; nationally, Prospects Nation ranks her #25 (and in June 2013 posted a scouting report on her here). She sat out most of her sophomore year of high school with a knee injury. Plays AAU ball for North Tartan (same squad as Cayla McMorris). Blue Star posted an evaluation of Starks in this rundown of an event held in June 2013.
Visitors: Michigan commits Akienreh Johnson and Brelynn Hampton-Bey recently atttended a Michigan women's basketball open gym. Also of note, Blue Star currently has Hampton-Bey ranked #19 in the 2017 class.
Speaking of Cayla McMorris: One last note today—McMorris committed to Wisconsin tonight. She's actually the Badgers' first commit for 2014. It's interesting to note that that leaves Penn State as the last Big Ten team without a 2014 commitment. PSU signed a huge class of seven in 2013, most of whom were wings, forwards, or posts, so Kia Nurse, a premier guard, would fit right in there.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||FYI, he committed last||
FYI, he committed last week:
This article on his commitment says he's the fourth member of Michigan's 2016 class and has a link to a list of 2016 commits.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Diani Akigbogun||
The possibilities for a fifth member of the 2014 class dwindle further as Diani Akigbogun commits (out of the blue, as predicted) to Texas.
EDIT: Denver Post has an item on Akigbogun's commitment that includes this:
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Curteeona Brelove||
Curteeona Brelove committed to Virginia Commonwealth today.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||2014 update/2015 rankings||
Remaining 2014 Targets: Just to reiterate and expand on the overview in the OP: With Cayla McMorris down to Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and Taylor Rooks reportedly down to Harvard, Princeton, St. John's, and Stanford, that leaves the known remaining Michigan targets for 2014 as power forward Diani Akigbogun and combo guards Arica Carter and Kia Nurse.
Almost nothing is publicly known about which schools Akigbogun is considering. I'm guessing that her decision, like that of her high school teammates, will essentially come out of the blue.
Carter has Michigan in her final four, along with Arizona State, Kansas, and Ohio State. Word was that she planned to make official visits to all four. The only other info that I'm aware of since then is that she took her official to ASU last weekend. EDIT: Just saw a credible report on a message board saying Carter is taking an official visit to Texas Tech this weekend—an interesting twist to her recruitment.
Nurse and her family have been keeping quiet about which schools might be at the top of their list. Nurse is in Mexico right now playing for Team Canada in the FIBA Americas tournament, which runs through Sept. 28, so there's unlikely to be any news on her recruitment until after that.
The only other 2014 possibility I'm aware of is Curteeona Brelove, the 6-2 power forward/center from Florida, but I've heard nothing recently linking her to Michigan.
2015 Rankings: espnW recently posted an updated top 60 for 2015, with known Michigan targets as follows:
Except for Victoria Gaines and Brittany Ward, all these prospects are either on the board or have been mentioned in an earlier post in this thread. Gaines, who's from Merrillville, Indiana, has offers from Michigan St., Purdue, and Texas Tech, according to this article. Other schools to have expressed interest, besides Michigan, include Ball St., Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas. MWRR has a scouting report on her in this post.
From Indianapolis Pike H.S., Ward has garnered interest from a number of schools, including Butler, Cincinnati, Dayton, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn St., and Purdue.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Here's an encouraging note on||
Here's an encouraging note on Michigan's 2013 class: Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has ranked that class #20 in the nation and best in the Big Ten. See this mgoblue.com press release.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Except they're not from||
Except they're not from Oregon, they're from Arizona—and they're not sports fans.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Some other Michigan targets||
Some other Michigan targets in that early top 35 for 2016:
|11 weeks 1 day ago||More road notes||
One of the Michigan assistant coaches was in Maryland yesterday for an in-home visit with Michigan commit Jillian Dunston and her family. And Kim Barnes Arico is in Denver today, and my guess is that she's there to pay a visit to Diani Akigbogun.
Just so there's no confusion, I'm sure the coaches have made a number of other visits this month that I'm not aware of. I'm posting only what I know or have a reasonable guess about.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting||
Are either Booker or Blackmon considered close to making a decision, or is that not known?
Speaking of the former:
|11 weeks 2 days ago||This one will be an official||
This one will be an official visit. He seems like a long shot, though. Isn't Kentucky the presumed front-runner?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know about being a||
I don't know about being a national power—the first step is to get back to the top of the Big Ten. And from what the experts are saying, Bakich and his staff have stepped up Michigan's recruiting to do just that.
I reviewed the PBR top 100 for the 2014 class, which should provide a decent basis for comparing Big Ten classes as PBR's footprint is fairly close to that of the conference (Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska are not yet PBR states). Only 11 of the top 100 are uncommitted, and out of the remaining 89, 21 have committed to Big Ten schools. On a rough basis, I'd rank them this way (with the #s being the rankings of the players committed to that team):
The problem for Big Ten teams hoping to competing nationally is that it's difficult to get top players from the South and West to agree to play for a school in the North. Plus, many of the top players in the Midwest are being lured away to the South. Louisville, for example, has no fewer than 11 commits out of this PBR top 100. LSU has three of them—#5, #11, and #40. Out of the top ten, just two are committed to Big Ten teams, with the others choosing North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, LSU, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, and South Carolina.
So I think Michigan is doing very well compared to other Big Ten teams, but they would need to turn it up another notch to become a national power. Is that even possible for a team in the North?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Quick note||
At least one of the Michigan coaches was in Milwaukee yesterday for what I assume was an in-home visit with Arike Ogunbowale (WI-2015). It's clear this coaching staff isn't going to back down regardless of who is trying to make a late recruiting run.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||2014 Commits chart||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Flattery-will-get-you-nowhere||
Flattery-will-get-you-nowhere spam: http://mgoblog.com/diaries/baseball-recruiting-2013-state-signees#comment-2173327
|11 weeks 4 days ago||A few notes||
Class Rankings: I mentioned in my updated overview in the OP the possibility of Michigan's 2014 recruiting class being ranked in the top 15 nationally or even higher. Today, with less than two months until the beginning of the early signing period (Nov. 13–20), Prospects Nation posted their revised top 25 class rankings, with Michigan slotted at #13. That's third-best in the Big Ten, behind only OSU (#2) and Maryland (#11). Purdue (#21) and Nebraska (#22) also make the list.
Cayla McMorris (MN-2014): She's taken official visits to Illinois and Wisconsin the last two weekends, and there have been reports of recent in-home visits with Iowa and Colorado. There was also a report of her being down to a final four—not five. And the conclusion appears to be, as I suspected, that McMorris is no longer a Michigan target.
Aaliyah Jones (NY-2014): Committed to Fordham today, so she's definitely off the board.
Arike Ogunbowale (WI-2015): Coaches from UConn, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, and Tennessee all came out to watch her at an open gym on Sept. 15.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Weekend visitors||
As noted, two 2014 prospects—Michigan commit Katelynn Flaherty and target Emoni Jackson—will be in Ann Arbor this weekend for official visits. So far, I've heard of three unofficial visitors for the Akron football game, all in-staters:
All three play AAU ball for the Michigan Monarchs. The Thomas sisters attended a Michigan practice in August (see this post above for more info on them). There isn't much out there (yet) on Bennett.
Update: Arica Carter is taking an official visit to Arizona State this weekend. This is the first I've heard about her official visits, so perhaps visits to her remaining finalists—Michigan, Kansas, and Ohio St.—are still ahead.
Update2: Hallie Thome (OH-2015) will be visiting Purdue tomorrow, taking in their football game vs. Notre Dame.
Update3: Have updated the board following the commitment of Emoni Jackson. A couple other notes: Hannah Thome joined her sister on the visit to Purdue. Asia Robeson (MI-2014)—mentioned in the previous post—committed to Auburn this weekend.
Also, here's a nice write-up on the Michigan Monarchs AAU program, which places heavy emphasis on academics. It doesn't talk about the players mentioned above who visited Michigan for the Akron game, but it does say that the 2016 group "has won the state [AAU] championship in Michigan the last four years."
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Rankings||
A couple of recruiting services have Emoni Jackson as an unranked 3-star, but ASGR has her at #85. That lends credence to my notion of her being a potential "steal."
The ASGR rankings for Michigan's four 2014 commitments are collectively impressive: #19, #85, #98, and #129. That might amount to a borderline top 10 class.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Another injury update||
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The facilities upgrades have||
The facilities upgrades have helped, but this staff is going after—and landing—a higher level of recruit. One key is that they are well connected in the AAU world, across the country, something that's a must when recruiting the higher-ranked prospects. Developing pipelines as they seem to have done with Cal Sparks, a leading AAU program in California, and the Toledo Vipers bodes well for the future.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||More in an mgoblue video||
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||Yes, it was approved long ago||
Yes, it was approved long ago (and there was a thread about it then), but the installation is happening right now, which is why it's back in the "news."
EDIT: Also, the Wilpon family financing this was not (as far as I know) publicly revealed before.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||Well, at least the score and||
Well, at least the score and other vital info will always be displayed in the non-videoboard portion.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||New scoreboard recently||
New scoreboard recently installed as well:
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Emoni Jackson||
As I mentioned above, Michigan commit Katelynn Flaherty will be in for her offiical visit this coming weekend. Also in town
I'm not sure which other schools might be involved with Jackson at this time. Prior reports mentioned UCLA, USC, and Penn State. I'm guessing UCLA is likely out of the picture as they already have five commits for 2014.
Because she hasn't played in so long, there's little out there on her of a recent vintage. About the best item I could find was a local newspaper profile from February 2012 titled "Taking Charge."
In that article, her then high school coach calls her a future All-American. She's also a very good student.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Contact period visits||
A contact period recently began for women's basketball coaches, allowing them to make in-home visits with recruits and visit them at their schools. There's some guesswork involved here, but one of the Michigan coaches flew into Denver, with a reasonable assumption being that she was there for a visit with Diani Akigbogun (CO-2014). Again, I'm not 100% certain of this, but I believe that another coach took a trip to visit Eternati Willock (Ontario-2015).
Two other new names have emerged as being on Michigan's radar and possibly being visited this month: Jonell Williams (FL-2015) and Anna Hammaker (TN-2015). Williams is a 6-2 center from Palatka, Florida, who has a ton of top schools interested in and thus seems a long shot at best. Hammaker is a 5-8 guard attending the Christian Academy of Knoxville and ranked #45 in the 2015 class by Blue Star.
Also, coaches from Kansas and Arkansas have traveled this week to Temple, Texas, to visit Tyesha Taylor (TX-2014). UPDATE: Taylor has narrowed her list, and Michigan isn't on it (as I suspected).
Rankings side note: A new national top 100 for 2014 was posted today by espnW, with Michigan commit Katelynn Flaherty ranked #67. Others of interest:
Also, LBInsider recently posted an udpated 2015 top 10 for the state of the Michigan. They have Tania Davis and Cierra Rice tied for #1, followed by Kalabrya Gondrezick at #3. I'm fairly certain all three have been offered by Michigan. I think Davis will head out of state for college (apparently, Michigan State has yet to offer her, and they had appeared to be the early favorite for her given that she's an MSU fan). Michigan's chances with Rice and Gondrezick appear much stronger, although it seems doubtful to me that both will end up in Ann Arbor. The LBI top 10 also has Reyna Frost at #5; she attended the Michigan Elite Camp in June. Michigan has also expressed some interest in Ariel Bethea, ranked #8.
LBI's top 15 for 2014 is interesting in that the top 3—Marte Grays, Asia Robeson, and Asia Doss—all remained uncommitted. Reports indicate that all three will choose a college outside Michigan.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Arike Ogunbowale update||
MWRR provides an update on the recruitment of Arike Ogunbowale (WI-2015), with the highlight being that Notre Dame has become the latest school to offer her. She now has 19 high-major offers: Notre Dame, Duke, Kansas, Marquette, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville, Syracuse, Iowa, DePaul, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Purdue, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Rutgers and Vanderbilt. Also of note: "On top of this list of official offers she is also receiving strong interest from Cal, Stanford, UConn, Penn State, Tennessee, Kentucky and Yale."
|12 weeks 4 days ago||New rankings||
Prospects Nation released an updated/expanded top 150 for the 2014 class today. Katelynn Flaherty remains at #23, while Maria Backman makes her debut in their rankings at #135. Others of interest in their top 150:
As usual, these rankings should be taken with a grain of salt, as all the WBB rankings are inherently less reliable than those on the men's side.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Another roundup||
Taylor Rooks (NJ-2014): has eliminated UConn from consideration.
Tyesha Taylor (TX-2014): Just mentioned a few days ago about the lack of info on Taylor, and now word comes out that she's taking an official visit to New Mexico State this weekend.
Taylor Brame (IL-2014): Not sure who eliminated whom, but Brame is no longer a Michigan prospect.
Kia Nurse (Ontario-2014), Eternati Willock (Ontario-2015), and Iziegbe (Lorraine) Enabulele (Ontario-2014): Crown Magazine recently released new rankings for Canadian players, and not surprisingly they have Nurse #1 in the 2014 class. Enabulele was ranked #4 in that class, while Willock garnered the top spot in the 2015 class.
Cayla McMorris (MN-2014): She's officially visiting Illinois this weekend.
Michigan visitors: There will be at least a few women's basketball visitors in for the Notre Dame game this weekend. Michigan commit Jillian Dunston will be taking her official visit, and it looks like Hallie Thome (OH-2015) will be in for another unofficial (and presumably her sister Hannah as well, although I'm not sure about that). Not sure about any others yet. One 2014 commit who won't be taking her official this weekend is Katelynn Flaherty—she'll be back in Ann Arbor the weekend of September 13.
EDIT: Michigan commit Maria Backman is also in town for her official visit this weekend.
EDIT2: Kalabrya Gondrezick (MI-2015) also made the trip into town from Benton Harbor for the Notre Dame game. Once again, the men's basketball team (including former players) helped out: Gondrezick posted a picture online of her and Trey Burke, while Hallie Thome posted one with her and Mitch McGary.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Quick item||
Bret McCormick of ASGR has a post on 2014 recruiting in which he talks briefly about Michigan:
His characterization of Jillian Dunston is interesting, and I've changed her position to "guard/wing" on the chart. Also, this post has Maria Backman ranked #129 nationally, which is an upgrade from the ASGR ranking of #158 at the time of her commitment. Dunston remains at #98, and the newly committed Katelynn Flaherty obviously stays at #19.
Just a quick side note: There might be another 2014 Michigan target at the 5 position who remains uncommitted: Khaalia Hillsman, a 6-5 center out of Whitney Young H.S. in Chicago (making her a teammate of Taylor Brame). MWRR has her ranked #1 in Illinois in the 2014 class (see this page for links to scouting reports on her). Prospects Nation has her at #38 in the nation. There's little solid info out there on who's actviely recruiting her and which schools she's considering.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Not true||
With the exception of exhibitions, you cannot play in any regular-season basketball game—early or not—and get a "regular" (i.e., non-medical) redshirt.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||More on Matt Bamford||
Should have done this earlier, but a simple search revealed a phillyburbs.com article on Matt Bamford's hiring. It sheds some light on his duties, which will center on but go beyond recruiting:
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Quick notes||
Matt Bamford: I've updated the post above about him (link), but to reiterate here: Bamford is being hired as "assistant to the head coach"—not as an assistant coach. None of the assistants are leaving.
Cierra Rice (MI-2015): She took unofficial visits to Michigan St. yesterday and Michigan today.
Kia Nurse (Ontario-2014): Yet another school targeting Nurse is Louisville.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Coaching staff news (UPDATED)||
Because this hasn't been officially announced yet, I decided to post this here rather than in a new thread: Multiple reports on Twitter say that Matt Bamford has been offered and agreed to accept a position on the Michigan staff.
Bamford comes from the AAU ranks, although from the limited info available about him online, he has also worked as a girls basketball assistant coach at the high school level. He most recently worked as a coach with one of the top girls basketball AAU programs in the country, the Philadelphia Belles. As the head coach of the Belles 15U team, he led his squad to championships at five of the six tournaments they played in during the spring and summer club season of 2013.
Recruiting-wise, this hire will give Michigan another staffer with good connections in the East.
EDIT: It turns out that the reports that Bamford would be one of the three assistant coaches on the Michigan staff were wrong. He's being hired as "assistant to the head coach." His hiring has still not been officially announced, so his exact duties aren't known. But the current staff remains intact, with Bamford's position being an additional one.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Katelynn Flaherty article||
Prospects Nation posted this article on Katelynn Flaherty's commitment to Michigan. They got a couple quotes from her:
The writer also touches on other Wolverine targets, saying "Michigan [is] still actively recruiting ELITE 100 prospects such as Tyesha Taylor of Temple, Texas, Kristen Simon of Los Angeles, Calif., and Cayla McMorris of Brooklyn Park., Minn." As I've posted, Michigan is a finalist for McMorris, but Simon several weeks named her top five and Michigan wasn't one of the five, so this info is questionable at best. I mentioned Taylor once before. She's a 6-4 center who was offered by Michigan more than a year ago and who at that time had more than two dozen offers in all. I've heard little about her since, so I have no idea if Michigan is really still "actively recruiting" her.
|14 weeks 2 min ago||News roundup||
Marina Mabrey (NJ-2015): With the commitment of her close friend and teammate Katelynn Flaherty to Michigan, Mabrey seems to be a more realistic possibility for the Wolverines, so I'll add her to the board soon.
Kalabrya Gondrezick (MI-2015) and Kysre Gondrezick (MI-2016): The sisters from Benton Harbor were in East Lansing yesterday for an unofficial visit to MSU.
Curteeona Brelove (FL-2014): A possible new prospect for 2014. Michigan has reportedly expressed interest in her. She's a 6-2 power forward out of Malone H.S. in Malone, Florida (located in the Florida panhandle). Prospects Nation has Brelove as an unranked four-star, featuring her in this item from July in which they called her "one of the biggest stock risers of the summer."
Taylor Rooks (NJ-2014): There have been reports on message boards of Rooks narrowing her list to UConn, Harvard, Princeton, St. John's, and Stanford. I'll leave her up on the board for now, until there's some confirmation of this.
Asia Doss (MI-2014): Have mentioned Doss a couple times as a possible Michigan target, but this report says she "has Purdue, Ohio State, and Illinois on her list." Not sure if those are her finalists, but as far as Michigan goes it's probably a moot point now that Flaherty has committed. I can't see Michigan taking two point guards in the 2014 class. Arica Carter is more of a combo guard, so I don't think Flaherty's commitment affects her.
|14 weeks 1 hour ago||Need some help with creating||
Need some help with creating a table in an original post using Tablelizer. See the table I posted in this thread. I believe I've followed the instructions correctly, but I don't know why the coding is appearing above the table.
This doesn't happen when I post a table in a comment, only when it's in an original post. Has anyone else encountered this issue and figured out how to fix it?
EDIT: LSAClassOf2000 provided me with a good suggestion on Twitter. He suggested turning the Excel chart into an image and then inserting the image into the post. And that worked fine.
Still not sure why there's a difference between posting a table in an OP and doing so in a comment. But I guess it's just one of those quirks of posting here.
EDIT2: ANOTHER TEST
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Good point, but they're not||
Good point, but they're not just teammates, they're actually very good friends, who together transferred high schools last year. So with Flaherty onboard, Michigan definitely has a shot at Mabrey, although they'll be up against some big competition for her, including Notre Dame, where Marina Mabrey's older sister Michaela currently plays.
Here's a highlight reel of Flaherty (#24) and Mabrey (#25):
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Beilein tweet||
I guess tweets aren't embedding at all anymore. The photo I was trying to post should be below, after the text of Flaherty's tweet.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Updates on Flaherty and Nurse||
Katelynn Flaherty (NJ–2014): Vanderbilt just got another verbal commitment from Paris Kea, a top-100 point guard in the 2014 class. This would presumably lessen, if not entirely extinguish, Flaherty's interest in the Commodores (and perhaps vice versa). Out of the schools she planned to unofficially visit this month, Vanderbilt is one of two (along with Ole Miss) she apparently hasn't yet made it out to. Flaherty is known to have visited the following schools this month, in this order: Georgia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Louisville, and Kentucky.
Kia Nurse (Ontario–2014): Nurse is featured in this video profile from TSN, basically the Canadian version of ESPN. I've also seen speculation of late interest in her from Ohio State. To me, that seems like an unlikely destination for her.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||You want proof of a "lack of||
You want proof of a "lack of attention" for women's sports? Take a look at this 2007 article on the women's basketball program from McCabe of the Freep titled "U-M Has History of Neglect."
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Christa Reed to Vanderbilt||
Christa Reed (MS–2014) has committed to Vanderbilt, the first school among her six finalists that she was scheduled to visit. She's not planning to make the remainder of her planned visits. Here's a quote from a local news article on her commitment:
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Updates on Flaherty, Rooks, and Nurse||
Katelynn Flaherty (NJ–2014): She unofficially visited both Louisville and Kentucky this weekend. That leaves just Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on the list of unofficial visits she had planned to make this month. She says she'll release her list of top schools soon. Flaherty then plans to take official visits to those schools. She'll probably make her college choice in early October.
Taylor Rooks (NJ–2014): Latest to be named one of MSGVarsity's "players to watch." Where Rooks's recruiting stands is a bit of a mystery, and this article doesn't provide much enlightenment in that area, saying only that she had drawn interest from Stanford, Syracuse, Harvard, and Maryland during her junior year. Someone on a UConn board recently claimed that Rooks has an offer from the Huskies, but I've never seen any confirmation of that.
Kia Nurse (Ontario–2014): Some time in the last few days, Blue Star gave Nurse a huge boost in their 2014 rankings—from #95 to #10.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Doug Karsch tweeted a similar||
Doug Karsch tweeted a similar thought:
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Quick update||
Visits Elsewhere: Both Theresa Ekhelar (NJ-2015) and Kiah Gillespie (CT-2015) were in South Orange, NJ, yesterday for an unofficial visit to Seton Hall. Also, Gillespie picked up new offers today from Alabama and Rutgers.
Diani Akigbogun (CO-2014): Another of Akigbogun's teammates on Regis Jesuit, Kelsi Lidge, has made a commitment (to Drexel). Although it's certainly possible to read too much into this, I think it's worth pointing that in the previous Aurora Sentinel article that I cited above (about the Purdue commit), the writer had said,
So, first of all, this writer obviously has a good source as Lidge just 11 days later committed to Drexel. Second, in the article on Lidge's commitment, the same writer again talks about the schools other Regis Jesuit players might pick:
Note that Michigan is the only school mentioned this time for Akigbogun and that the writer mentions only one school for each prospect. So could these be signals of likely destinations?Obviously, I don't know. But I was very impressed by Akigbogun's highlight video (embedded above), so I think she'd be a great addition to the 2014 class—especially as she'd fill a position of need: power forward.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Latest Roundup||
Aaliyah Jones (NY–2014): Featured as one of MSGVarsity's 30 "players to watch" during the upcoming school year. The profile mentions this list of offers for Jones: East Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth, Providence, Fordham, Virginia Tech, LaSalle, Butler, and Eastern Michigan. She is perhaps in the second tier of players that Michigan is currently targeting for 2014.
Katelynn Flaherty (NJ–2014): Also gets the MSGVarity "player to watch" treatment.
After what was apparently a very good visit to Michigan, Flaherty has plans to visit both Kentucky and Louisville during the coming week.
Kia Nurse (Ontario–2014): Lots of pub this week for Nurse. Latest is from the Toronto Star: This girl’s got game: Young phenom Kia Nurse makes jump to senior national team.
Lauren Yearwood (British Columbia–2015): Yearwood, a 6-3 forward/center out of Oak Bay Secondary School in the Greater Victoria area, is another Canadian player on Michigan's radar. As was the case with Jane Grisley (B.C.–2015), there isn't much info out there on Yearwood. She and Grisley are both on the British Columbia team currently playing in the Canada Games. And earlier this year, Yearwood and Eternati Willock (Ontario–2015) both made the roster of the Canadian Cadette women's U16 national team.
More Visitors: At yesterday's practice, the Michigan women's basketball team hosted two more unofficial visitors: the sisters Bailey Thomas (MI-2016) and Sam Thomas (MI-2017), who this season will both be playing on the Bloomfield Hills Marian girls team. During her freshman season, 5-9 guard Bailey Thomas averaged 9 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals a game. MLive.com named her their Metro Detroit girls basketball Freshman of the Year.
Here's an MWRR scouting report from a July 2013 USJN Premier Invitational recap:
There's less out there on 5-11 wing Sam Thomas, but the two sisters have had a busy summer. In addition to playing AAU for the Michigan Monarchs, they've attended several elite camps and made unofficial visits at a number of other colleges. Bailey Thomas attended elite camps at Princeton, DePaul, and Michigan State and also made a visit to Cal (Berkeley). Both sisters participated in elite camps at Stanford, Louisville, and Marquette.
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||This looks pretty good||
This looks pretty good (except for the verboten logo):
And here's a related tweet from earlier:
|16 weeks 2 days ago||OK, thanks. I see that now||
OK, thanks. I see that now looking at a map. I guess goodbye, Ward Park? (Not to mention a whole bunch of trees.)
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Did you mean connecting||
Did you mean connecting Oakbrook to State? Because Oakbrook and Main already cross.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Kia Nurse||
Kia Nurse (Ontario–2014), who's in Edmonton training with the Canadian senior women’s basketball team, is the subject of this Edmonton Journal article. First, there's some further info on all the athletes in the Nurse family, in addition to Kia and Darnell (Edmonton Oilers draftee):
Multiple people have mentioned Nurse as a "stock riser" during this summer. As indicated in the quote below, UConn is now showing last-minute interest. It's also interesting that she wants to continue playing on the Canadian national team, including in the Olympics, so she's looking for a college that's willing to accommodate that.
One final note, this article calls her a "five-foot-eight point guard." Most sources I've seen list her as 6-0, although I've also seen 5-10. Not sure what to make of that, unless it's simply a mistake.
UPDATE: Another school coming in with late interest in Nurse is Tennessee. Also, while Kia Nurse's sister Tamika started out at Oregon, she finished her college career at Bowling Green, playing for head coach Curt Miller. Miller is now the head coach at Indiana, so that could be a factor in Kia Nurse's interest in the Hoosiers.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||My guess is that Wolverines||
My guess is that Wolverines Dominate is the person formerly known as Darth Wolverine, an account that got deep-sixed at some point. Both exhibit the same behavior.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||More news and scouting reports||
Katelynn Flaherty: Took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech yesterday. Michigan is the next school she'll visit. She plans to make a decision in the next month or two.
Kalabrya Gondrezick: One of Michigan's major in-state targets in the 2015 class, the older of the Gondrezick sisters took an unofficial visit to Michigan today. This is at least the second time she's been on campus for a visit.
Jane Grisley: 6-3 center (2015), Maple Ridge Secondary School (Maple Ridge, British Columbia). Yet another Canadian prospect garnering interest from Michigan. Not a great deal of info out there on her.
Breanna Cavanaugh: 5-8 combo guard (2015), Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ), teammate of another 2015 target, Batouly Camara. In this interview, Michigan is included among a host of schools showing interest in her.
Various scouting reports:
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Faith Suggs||
The Chicago Tribune has an article on Faith Suggs (IL-2015) indicating that she's transferring high schools, from Plainfield East to Homewood-Flossmoor, located in Flossmoor, Illinois. Homewood-Flossmoor recently hired a new girls basketball coach, who is also the coach of the AAU team (Illinois Dream Team) Suggs has played on.
The article also lists Suggs's current scholarship offers: DePaul, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and Penn State. Given that Michigan has offered her, I'll be adding her to the recruiting board. Suggs is ranked #35 in the 2015 class by Blue Star and #42 by Prospects Nation. She's also on Full Court's 2015 Fresh 50 watch list.
MWRR posted two scouting reports on Suggs in July. This one:
And this one:
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Arica Carter's final four||
Arica Carter has named her final four, and Michigan is one of the schools, along with Arizona State, Kansas, and Ohio St. And she's in the process of setting up official visits to all four.
To recap, Michigan has now been named a finalist for three major 2014 targets: Carter, Cayla McMorris, and Christa Reed.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Visitors||
Katelynn Flaherty: Her unofficial visit to Michigan is happening tonight and tomorrow. Also, she's shortened her visit list by one, as she's dropped Tennessee from consideration.
Akienreh Johnson: She came to Ann Arbor to watch the Michigan team practice yesterday. I'm fairly certain Brelynn Hampton-Bey came along as well. I know some people worry about players who commit so early sticking with their commitment, but from everything I've heard there should be no concerns about these two. They are solidly committed, and with visits like this one are likely to remain so.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Cayla McMorris||
I mentioned Cayla McMorris once before in this thread as a possible Michigan target. Info on her been hard to come by, so I never knew how serious Michigan's interest was, or whether she was interested in the Wolverines in return. But reports today say she's narrowed her list to this final five: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
McMorris is a 6-1 forward out of Park Center H.S. in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She plays travel ball on North Tartan, the top AAU squad in Minnesota. This dates back to a year ago, but gprep.net offers this brief eval:
The Minnesota Hoops blog says "Strong, aggressive, scores inside and out. Pounds the boards." Prospects Nation has her as a four-star ranked #69 in the nation, while Blue Star currently has her at #113.
EDIT: Below is a highlight video featuring McMorris (#23 in the dark-colored uniforms) from a December 2012 game. She displays a nice all-around game.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Still more news/links||
Halle Wangler: Turns out, at least according to this article, that Wangler will be a walk-on, rather than on scholarship, so the scholarship situation for 2014 remains unchanged, with three open slots at this point.
Maria Backman: MSGVarsity has selected Backman as one of their 30 New York City "players to watch" during the 2013-14 high school sports season, across all sports. An excerpt:
Theresa Ekhelar: attended St. John's Elite Camp today.
More scouting reports: A Blue Star rundown of "prospects who stood out" at the USJN National Championships held in Washington, D.C., in late July includes a slew of Michigan targets—Kysre Gondrezick (MI-2016), Asia Doss (MI-2014), Kia Nurse (Ontario-2014), Boogie Brozoski (NY-2015), and Eternati Willock (Ontario-2015). Here's what they had to say about Nurse:
Kia Nurse: This brief item talks a bit about her as well as mentioning her older brother Darnell, who was a 2013 first-round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers.
Christa Reed: Local news article covers Reed narrowing her choices to her final six. One interesting note is that the article says she's already visited all her finalists once (unofficially). Also mentions her being an honor student and "already qualified academically to play as a college freshman next year." I've mentioned before her interest in going into a medical field, so Michigan seems like a perfect fit for her academically.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||Exactly. But I would expand||
Exactly. But I would expand on that and say it's both Michigan fans and residents of Ann Arbor who find reasons to complain about everything. And here's one of those issues where both groups have free rein to vent. The Stadium marquee was another one.
|17 weeks 12 hours ago||Michigan really needs to keep||
This is a joke, right? You think parking places are more important than having a renovated Crisler and a long-overdue basketball practice facility?
|17 weeks 22 hours ago||Maybe this time it's a||
Maybe this time it's a brother-sister duo. Jared's sister Halle announced less than a week ago that she's transferring to Michigan and will join the women's basketball team.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Link is paywalled, but this||
Link is paywalled, but this tweet says a decision is coming in next 48 hours:
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Christa Reed update||
Reports today provide an update on the previous one: Christa Reed (MS-2014) has narrowed her list to six and will make official visits to five and an unofficial to the other. She'll visit the schools in this order: Vanderbilt, Michigan, LSU (unofficial), Miami (FL), Ole Miss, and West Virginia.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||More on Brianna Jones||
Among the July notes I haven't yet had a chance to post, I forgot that there was a report indicating that Brianna Jones was already on Michigan's radar as well. Here's an eval from a Full Court rundown of fifteen 2015 prospects who impressed at the Nike Nationals tourney:
Jones recently named these five schools as those showing interest: Louisville, Ohio St., Penn St., Syracuse, and West Virginia. At that time, she had visited all but Louisville and OSU, and she had offers from Louisville, OSU, and West Virginia. Although she didn't list Michigan among the schools showing interest, she did say that her upcoming visits would include Michigan and Louisville. It doesn't sound like she's anywhere near to reaching a decision and is open to considering other schools, but she does seem like another 2015 prospect to watch.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Kristen Simon||
Another one off the board: Kristen Simon this afternoon named her final five schools: Cal, Louisville, Ohio St., Texas, and USC.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Who's "them"? Canterbury, the||
Canterbury, the high school he's leaving, never gave him clearance to return to 5-on-5, full-court basketball (but he was cleared for everything else). About a month ago, Hatch tweeted "Gonna get cleared [to] play soon," so I wouldn't rule out the possibility that he'll be able to play at his new school in California. I have no inside info, but from everything I've seen he seems determined to return to the court.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Boogie Brozoski||
Michigan is still in great shape with 2015 point guard Boogie Brozoski, as evidenced in this local news feature on her. And she says she'll make her decision in the next few months.
Unfortunately, I don't know which other schools she plans to visit, but at this point it would be a major surprise if she doesn't choose the Maize and Blue.
By the way, the article also explains the origin of her nickname:
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Latest news roundup||
Kaneisha Horn: announced today that she's transferring to USC.
Theresa Ekhelar: recently attended Georgia Tech's Elite Camp and took an unofficial visit on that same trip.
Katelynn Flaherty: took an unofficial visit to Georgia today.
Kianna Ray: Here's a July evaluation from Girlz Prep Report on this 6-1 wing from Texas (2016):
Taylor Rooks: Blue Star evaluation from July:
Note that she she and Marina Mabrey switched AAU programs during the summer and played in July for Exodus NYC. There's an evaluation of Mabrey in that same Blue Star post.
|18 weeks 52 min ago||Charise Holloway||
It appears that Charise Holloway has trimmed her list to mostly schools in the West: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, UNLV, Washington State, and Ole Miss. So it looks like for Michigan this one never went past the "receiving interest" stage.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||New 2014 target: Diani Akigbogun||
According to this Aurora Sentinel article (on a new Purdue commit), Diani Akigbogun, a 6-1 forward out of Regis Jesuit H.S. in Aurora, Colorado, "has as a bevy of Division I programs after her, including Michigan and Georgia." This is the first I've heard of Michigan being interested in Akigbogun, who earlier this year was named Colorado's Gatorade POY and Ms. Colorado Basketball by the Denver Post. Blue Star has her ranked #41 in the country in the 2014 class.
She averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds during her junior season and helped lead Regis Jesuit to the 5A state championship. Here's a highlight reel focusing on her performance during the state championship game (she #15 in red).
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, Chatman will be in||
Actually, Chatman will be in for an official visit September 6-8, Under the Lights II weekend:
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Even though UCLA hired his||
Even though UCLA hired his high school coach as an assistant, he still says his best relationship is with Michigan's coaches. This is a quote from him from an Indy Star article on his final seven:
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Beaten to the punch!||
That MLive article has a good summary of Michigan's top remaining targets for 2014:
|18 weeks 1 day ago||A good news, bad news night||
Someone may start a thread on this, but I'm just going to post it here—Michigan didn't make Kevon Looney's final six:
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Christa Reed update||
Some good news out of Mississippi as Christa Reed has set up official visits to four schools, one of which is Michigan. The others are Vanderbilt, Miami (FL), and Ole Miss.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Mariya Moore||
Scratch Mariya Moore as a possibility for Michigan. She committed to Louisville today.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||So the program finally||
So the program finally announced the 2013 recruiting class, listing 13 incoming freshman and two junior college transfers. Jason Deitrich is not mentioned, so it looks like the Daily got that wrong. When I did a search for info on him, I never found any evidence that he was headed to Michigan.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Arica Carter||
Arica Carter had a very good July, picking up another offer—from Ohio St.—to go along with her previous offers from Michigan, Kansas, and Arizona State.
Speaking of OSU, to no one's surprise Kelsey Mitchell (top 5 in 2014 class [as mentioned in a previous post]) and her twin sister committed to the Buckeyes today. OSU also got a commitment from 6-3 forward/center Alexa Hart of Columbus, who's ranked anywhere from #15 to #74 in the 2014 class.
|19 weeks 2 hours ago||On Twitter earlier today, PBR||
On Twitter earlier today, PBR posted the chart below showing the top 16 players in their 2014 rankings for the state of Michigan. Erik Bakich and company have commits from 5 of them, including #1 and #5. Note also that PBR has Michael Hendrickson at #15.
|19 weeks 12 hours ago||Isn't he just returning home||
Isn't he just returning home for the summer? So he'll miss camp but will be on campus in the fall for school and practice.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||This is off-topic but related||
This is off-topic but related to Michigan baseball, and probably not worthy of its own thread—an SI article on Michael O'Neill, in which he has high praise for Erik Bakich:
One item that is related to next year's roster is that the article touches on how close O'Neill came to returning for his senior season (as has been discussed here before) and that Bakich said he'd have a full ride if he returned.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Arike Ogunbowale article||
Nice espnW article on Arike Ogunbowale, covering, among other things, her academic prowess:
and including this bit on where her recruiting stands:
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Katelynn Flaherty update||
Michigan is among the schools that Katelynn Flaherty plans to visit in August. These are the others on her tentative list of unofficial visits: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Annarbor.com has an article||
Annarbor.com has an article out on Hendrickson's commitment. It actually claims he's 6-4, 195. And it says he also considered Duke, Wake Forest, and UAB.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for posting this. It's||
Thanks for posting this. It's invaluable to get this sort of up-to-date info as PBR and other services don't always have the latest on baseball prospects. Hendrickson is looking like a very good pickup for Bakich and his staff.
|20 weeks 22 hours ago||Still more notes||
Mariya Moore: 6-0 wing, Salesian H.S. (Richmond, CA), class of 2014. Recent report says Michigan is among the schools expressing interest in her, along with USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Duke, UNLV, Purdue, St. John's, Louisville, Kentucky, and others. She plans to visit Lousville and Kentucky soon. Not sure how much of a chance Michigan has here. Full Court, which has her ranked #25 in her class, has some scouting reports on her on this page.
Katelynn Flaherty: Here's a nice scouting report on Flaherty from a Blue Star writeup on Battle in the Boro:
AAU Super Showcases: Blue Star has a post on this event held in Florida, offering some brief hitters on some Michigan targets. I've included Marina Mabrey here because Michigan does seem to be interested in her; she's a high school teammate of Flaherty and plays AAU on the same team with Flaherty and Taylor Rooks.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Great news. Well-deserved||
Great news. Well-deserved raise.
From the mgoblue.com release:
|20 weeks 2 days ago||More July notes||
Akienreh Johnson and Brelynn Hampton-Bey: were named all-stars at a skills camp held in Ohio. A Blue Star rundown had this to say about Hampton-Bey: "Good speed…Creates with a change of speed and direction."
Jordan Moore: Full Court covered an event in Arkansas, offering this scouting report on Moore, the 6-4 center from Texas in the class of 2015:
More on Battle in the Boro: Full Court's coverage of this event includes brief items on 2014 Michigan targets Katelynn Flaherty, Christa Reed, Taylor Rooks, and Kristen Simon.
Kiah Gillespie: has picked up another offer: UTEP.
Aaliyah Jones: Here's an updated list of offers: Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, ECU, VCU, Hofstra, Fordham, Butler, Bucknell, and Oakland.
Charise Holloway: 5-9 shooting guard/wing, St. Mary's H.S. (Stockton, CA), class of 2014. Report today says she's receiving interest from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Missouri, Michigan, Memphis, Seton Hall, and George Mason. Can't say how serious Michigan's interest is or whether there's mutual interest. Full Court had this to say about her in a post about a recent event in Oregon:
|20 weeks 4 days ago||New 2015 Target: Kiah Gillespie||
A 2015 prospect who's garnered increased attention and a number of new offers during the July viewing period is Kiah Gillespie, a 6-2 wing/forward out of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. As shown in the highlight video below, she has a nice combination of size and athletcism and certainly displays good ballhandling skills for a player of her height.
She plays AAU for New Heights, alongside 2014 Michigan commit Maria Backman (and target Aaliyah Jones). Her AAU coach says she has offers from Michigan, West Virginia, Fordham, Hofstra, Seton Hall, Ole Miss, Indiana, St. John's, Miami (FL), Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, George Washington, and Pitt.
She's already visited St. John's, Fordham, and Seton Hall, attending the latter's Elite Camp in June.
EDIT: In March, Gillespie led Capital Prep to the Class S state championship, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the title game. Here's a video with some highlights from that game and the celebration afterward.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Theresa Ekhelar update||
A 2015 Michigan target gaining additional exposure this month is the 6-5 Theresa Ekhelar, who will be transferring to a new high school, Life Center Academy in Burlington, NJ, this fall. A Blue Star evaluator offered this brief scouting report recently:
(Side note: The Caron-Goudreau twins mentioned in the same rundown are on Michigan's radar, but I don't know how serious a target they are. They're interested in attending the same college.)
Ekhelar was also the subject of this interview, in which she provides a list of schools expressing interest in her: Penn State, Georgetown, Florida State, Seton Hall, Fordham, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, West Virginia, Villanova, Florida, St. John’s, and Rutgers.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Notes from first half of July viewing period +||
First, an article on another all-star game that Christa Reed, the 5-11 wing from Mississippi, appeared in had this to say about her recruitment:
I may be completely wrong about this, but I have a feeling that Michigan won't be in her top five.
Yesterday was the last day of the first half of the important July viewing period. A number of Michigan targets were in action with their AAU teams at various events across the country, including:
Arica Carter: Received accolades for her play at the Battle in the Boro in Tennessee, playing for Cal Sparks Gold. Prospects Nation, in this post, highlighted her as a "showcase star":
Her AAU coach has said that Michigan, Kansas, and Arizona State knew about her early on and now others are discovering her. Hopefully, she'll take the early interest into account when making her school choice.
Kristen Simon: Playing alongside Carter on Cal Sparks Gold, Simon was named a Battle in the Boro all-star, according to Blue Star, which had this to say about her:
If I had to guess, I'd say Michigan's chances with Simon aren't great. I have a feeling she stays on the West Coast, with a good chance she picks either UCLA or USC. I think Michigan has a much better chance at Arica Carter, who's already been on campus at least once for the recent Elite Camp.
Taylor Rooks: Also named a Battle in the Boro all-star (as was her New Jersey Demons teammate Katelynn Flaherty, as well as Christa Reed). Blue Star said this about Rooks:
I have some additional notes that I'll post later on prospects from 2015 and beyond.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Brooke Copeland to Florida||
Brooke Copeland, the 6-2 forward/center from Cleveland, Tennessee, who had Michigan in her final five, is off the board after committing to Florida today.