May 11th, 2012 at 6:44 PM ^

Was Groce not interested in him at Illinois? Or maybe their scholarship situation didn't support it. Just curious, not trying to allude.


May 11th, 2012 at 6:59 PM ^

Agree with Robby. What the hell took so long... Wednesday was a long ass day and announcement never came.. He'll be on Shit list all wkend.



May 12th, 2012 at 1:31 AM ^

Because of Chris Webber's greed, the Fab Five don't officially exist.  Therefore, this class can't help but be better.  

I think Caris LaVert has a lot of upside because he has improved so much the last few years.  Players who get that much better so fast either do it by working their asses off, or because they suddenly grew from 6-3 to 6-10, like Terry Mills did from soph to junior in HS.  Since LaVert is still 6-3 it is likely that he is a very coachable player and an extremely hard worker.

My guess is that he is a great fit for the program, and turns out to be a very good player by the time he is finished at Michigan.

Welcome aboard.

Young John Beilein

May 12th, 2012 at 12:59 PM ^

Caris started out as a 5'9" freshman and is now a ~6'5" combo guard.  I don't know anything about his work ethic but he was the 6th man on his team as a junior, had a good AAU season, and signed with OHIO (!!!!).  Then balled out as a senior and led his team along with a certain Taco to a state championship in the highest division in Ohio.  Someone on here who knew his dad (RIP) posted that he was from a good family and is a good kid, which is pretty much a Beilein rquirement.  So yeah, he'll probably be willing to work and will hopefully succeed accordingly.  Most obvious area for improvement is an easy one: get in the S&C program.  Good thing is that he gives us a long scorer for those certain times that the offense goes dead, something that has been a problem in the past.  Of course with the way we have recruited, that skill might be a little redundant (muwhaahhahahahh).


May 11th, 2012 at 7:34 PM ^

Not so sure...  I'd say the Traylor / Bullock / Albert White and Willie Mitchell / Mo Taylor / Jerod Ward / Maceo Baston / Travis Conlan classes were equal or better but I'm excited to find out.  Definitely the best class since that era and hopefully the foundation for the next golden age in UM hoops.

San Diego Mick

May 11th, 2012 at 9:30 PM ^

You crack me up man!!! Your discription of Jerod Ward was spot on.

I remember him being the #1 Player in the Nation and blah, blah, blah, but man he was a very pedestrian player at best. That class was big time in recruiting rankings at the time but they underachieved and like a previous poster pointed out, they really hurt our program in the end.


This class, because of the coaching staff, I think has a huge upside, hope they stay in school at least a couple of years and blossom more so. This class might not have the rankings of previous classes, however a player can really become something special in a 2-4 year period w/the right coaching and great facilities, so we shall see how they matriculate.


May 11th, 2012 at 7:22 PM ^

I really think that Caris is a terrific fit for us. His outside shot should match up nicely with Mitch inside and Trey's dribble penetration. I'm thinking he really makes the D pay when they collapse to the inside, which they will pretty much have to do if they don't want to get dunked on.

BTW - if you go to Scout and look at our recruting class, they have Nick Stauskas listed twice. The neat thing is that one Nick is a three star and the other is a four star. Guess it depends if his shot is falling that day . . .