Carton on campus. In addition to the wave of football commits, Michigan's top remaining basketball target is also in the house:
Ann Arbor official visit‼️
— DJ Carton (@DJCarton) June 26, 2018
Carton's previously said he intends to take trips to all of his six finalists before deciding in late summer, so this is not a commit watch situation. Still, given his stated decision criteria...
“The most significant factors in the choice are just… getting me to my future,” he said. “Who can develop me the most (to) become NBA ready, winning, and just the relationships. I want a team that I can call my brothers and stuff like that… that I can go back in like 60 years from now and still know those guys and still talk to them. So, I want my team to feel family-like, and get me to my dream.”
...and Michigan's unmatched ability to put recruits ranked significantly lower than Carton into the NBA, Beilein and company have to feel pretty good here. Also of note: Carton credits Yaklich for initiating his relationship with him while he was at Illinois State; Yaklich is also Jalen Wilson's primary recruiter. Pay that man his money.
ESPN has scouts that avoided the axe. At least in basketball. ESPN's released a new 2019 top 100 featuring Carton at #28; their accompanying article mentions him and a couple other targets. Carton is one of the "fastest risers":
Carton didn't make the final cut of USA Basketball U-18 national team, but he nonetheless opened eyes over the first four days of trials. That, followed by a solid showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, helped him go from unranked to top 30.
The southpaw lead guard plays at multiple speeds and navigates well in ball screens by creating separation between defenders. He is a high assist maker both in the open floor with the advance pass or in tight spaces as he reads the defense.
Potential 2020 one-and-done RJ Hampton, Jalen Wilson's best bro, is super super highly touted:
R.J. Hampton, No. 3 in 2020
PG, 6-4, 180, Little Elm (Texas)
Hampton is a big point guard with speed and scoring ability. He is more comfortable putting points on the board at this stage in his development, but he continues to show the vision and the ability to read the game.
The NBA covets big point guards and Hampton checks a ton of boxes. Strength and a consistent jump shot are what he needs most.
Camp Sanderson and John Beilein SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA SIR. FWIW, Michigan is in on #3 Cole Anthony (sort of) and #4 Jaden McDaniels, though those guys are in a stratosphere Michigan's recruiting rarely touches. Jalen Wilson is #68.
Also I have just discovered that Fran McCaffrey's kid Patrick is #50. Naturally, he is a 6'9" guy.
[After THE JUMP: American ninja Avant.]
Too much weight. Here's Jason Avant trying his hand at American Ninja Warrior. He does all right:
But he is an NFL player, not a ninja.
Pretty much. Silver Screen & Roll, the SBN Lakers blog, breaks down Moe Wagner:
I have no nits to pick in that video. It is sort of surreal that one of the few aspects of Wagner's defense that gets praised is his incessant boxing out. Turned over a new leaf, he did.
Also in Wagner, this is a beautiful shot chart:
Here's Mo Wagner's shot chart against man to man defense this season
91st percentile jump shooter
92nd percentile finishing at the rim pic.twitter.com/uxGI4lxepI
— Cranjis McBasketball (@T1m_NBA) June 22, 2018
That's going to take some heavy lifting to replace.
IN LESS GOOD MOE NEWS. He's taking Germany's exit from the World Cup like you or I would:
Don’t text me. Don’t call me. Leave me alone
— Moe Wagner (@moritz_weasley) June 27, 2018
Moe, I respect you and appreciate your contributions to Michigan's basketball program and would also like to tell you that in a VAR world Torsten Frings would be ejected into space and the US wins 85-1 in 2002. Now I will resume weeping in the corner.
The next draft. SI has early rankings for the 2019 NBA draft and a couple of Wolverines feature. Charles Matthews is obvious...
Though he’s very much on the NBA radar following Michigan’s run to the title game, Matthews made a wise decision to remain at Michigan for another season and is in the early mix for next year’s draft. It’s not a sure thing, but his fluid athleticism and strong, wiry frame are promising on the wing, and he’s shown some ability to handle in the pick-and-roll. Becoming a more consistent shooter and all-around player will be paramount next season, and there will be plenty of opportunity to go around in the Wolverines’ rotation.
...but even though every Michigan fan expects a breakout campaign from Jordan Poole I'm still surprised that he's gathered enough attention to feature on lists like this already:
Poole earned some national notoriety after his game-winner against Houston in the NCAA tournament, and had already caught the eyes of NBA teams despite functioning in a minor role for Michigan most of the season, logging just 28.9% of available minutes. He’ll have an opportunity to score a lot more and show off his athletic tools this season. Poole has some combo-guard skills, a potent three-point shot and the body control to make tough shots off the bounce—next year will be about displaying his entire skill set, and it could pay off in the draft conversation if all goes well.
Says somethin' about something' when people just expect another Michigan breakout player to catch the NBA's eye.
Worst Michigan hockey summer in a while? Quinn Hughes went 7th overall to Vancouver in the NHL draft and is at best on the fence about a return to Ann Arbor:
Despite natural questions about the 18-year-old’s strength and defensive capability, Quinn thinks he can play in the NHL next season.
"I don’t want to be naive or anything, but I think I’m ready right now," he said. "I know it’s a hard league. I feel very confident, feel like I can help the Vancouver Canucks.
"It’s funny because everyone says, defensively, I’m not the best. But that was what my dad stressed the most. That was the most important thing to him. My plus/minus was the highest on the team at Michigan and I was only on the ice for one goal against (for Team USA) at the world championships and it was against South Korea. And we won 13-1. I feel very confident defensively."
This also doesn't sound great:
Quinn Hughes: Vancouver Canucks, they have a lot of good D there. If I can hop in and help the team out, then that’s great. If I can’t, then I go back to Michigan or the AHL. I really believe I can help the team next year though #canucks
— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) June 23, 2018
It goes without saying that losing Hughes on top of Wilde would be a potentially crippling blow.
Etc.: Bill Connelly is previewing the Big Ten. Debatably relevant teams include Maryland and Rutgers. AFC gets a stoppage time winner to move on to the Milk Cup final. The Detroit News also profiles the team's two Kenyans, though Okumu hasn't been on the field of late, possibly because he's done enough to earn a contract.