By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:00 am
Seth Dugan was one of the fastest rising post players in the class of 2015 this summer, impressing scouts at the NY2LA Invitational in Milwaukee and AAU Nationals in Louisville. Dugan caught Michigan head coach John Beilein’s eye in Louisville and now is set to visit Ann Arbor for a pre-Europe practice.
Dugan averaged 16.1 points and 14.2 rebounds per game as a junior at Ostego, but he’s impressed national scouts with his diversified game. He has the size and length to finish around the basket, but more recently the 7-footer has added the jump shot to his arsenal.
“I can finish around the basket with both hands, hook shots with my right or left hand, I can step out to 15-foot and am working on the three-ball,” Dugan said. “I run the four I think pretty well and I change shots an block some shots on the defensive end.”
Dugan is up to 16 offers with the most recent coming from Rhode Island, Xavier and Davidson. He’s already planning to take an official visit to Northern Illinois, but Big Ten schools like Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue and Michigan State tracked him throughout July. Beilein was in contact with the 7-footer this week to discuss where he stands on Michigan’s radar.
“I talked to Coach Beilein yesterday and I’ve talked to him a few times on the phone now,” Dugan said.
“We just talked about how he came to Louisville and watched me a little bit and he gave me some feedback about that and then he wants to come up here in the next few weeks and then wants to get to know me a little better and watch me in September a little bit.”
By Dylan Burkhardt | 2014-15 Season | Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:00 am
Derrick Walton had the unenviable task of stepping in and replacing the National Player of the Year, Trey Burke, as a true freshman. Walton was Michigan’s starting point guard from day one and handled the task with admirable stability. He did what he was asked, deferred to his more teammates and made critical plays in the clutch. But the truth is, Walton didn’t have to replace Trey Burke – Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III did that.
Things will be different as a sophomore. Caris LeVert will carry much of the heavy lifting, but Walton is going to have to step up in the same way that LeVert, Stauskas and Robinson did last season. He’s going to have to develop into the alpha-dog point guard that has carried Michigan for three of the last four seasons. There’s (young) talent around him, but Walton is the No. 2 returning option this season.
To visualize just what could be expected of Walton as a sophomore, we compared his play type makeup – we’ll call it his point guard DNA – to the two point guards that preceded him at Michigan: Trey Burke and Darius Morris. The following radar charts display what percentage of a player’s offensive possessions were: isolation, pick and rolls, transition, spot up or other (putbacks, cuts, shots off screens, etc.). The results illustrate Walton’s complementary role as a freshman and outline his path for growth as a sophomore. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
John Beilein kicked the tires throughout the July evaluation period in search of a shooter to add to Michigan’s 2015-16 roster. He might have finally found one in the most unlikely of places: Williams College. Williams is the top liberal arts college in the United States according to US News and World Reports and has just 2,052 undergraduates.
Duncan Robinson was the NCAA Division III Freshman of the Year and a 4th Team All-American last season. He averaged 17 points and six rebounds per game and led Williams within a buzzer-beater of the Division III National Championship. Thanks to a strange sequence of events, his next college game might be played in front of 13,000 fans, not the 2,681 that watched his final game at Williams.
The dominoes started to fall when Robinson’s coach at Williams, Mike Maker, beat out Beilein’s son, Patrick, for the head coaching job at Marist on June 17th. Maker was Beilein’s assistant at West Virginia from 2005-07 and the two remain close. One of Maker’s first moves after being hired at Marist was to hire CJ Lee, Beilein’s former point guard and staffer. Maker and Beilein’s relationship also led to the discovery of Maker’s former star: Duncan Robinson.
“I really enjoyed Williams and when I found out my coach was leaving,” Robinson said. “I have a great relationship with (Maker), it was sad but at the same time I’m happy for him because he has to do what he has to do for his family. After that I was just kind of looking at my options and I got some positive feedback so I’m just kind of going with it right now.”
Robinson received interest from across the country, but two schools are standing out above the rest: a top liberal arts college and a top public university.
“A whole bunch of schools that reached out,” Robinson said. “No other Big Ten schools, but a couple of ACC schools, Big 12, and then a lot of lower-conference and mid-majors. I’ve kind of narrowed it down to two. I’m going to take a visit to Davidson (this weekend) and I’m going to take a visit to Michigan (Monday).”
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm
The summer live period ended on Sunday as the final of three July evaluation periods wrapped up across the country. College coaches will spend much of the next month recalibrating their recruiting boards and sending out additional offers and setting up visits. For Michigan, that process even involves a Division III transfer.
Prospects across the country will also retool their lists as they receive more and less interest from certain schools. After a long month of July, it’s clear that Michigan head coach John Beilein has prioritized 2016 big man Jon Teske.
Teske was offered a scholarship on June 15th and has camped at Michigan twice – for College Practice and Team Camp – and the Wolverines had a coach at almost every game he played this summer. Beilein has been sure to check in on him during every period, despite the fact that Teske hasn’t always played in the highest-profile tournaments or events each weekend.
There aren’t many serious big man targets on Michigan’s board and Teske appears to be near the top of Beilein’s list. The attention and scholarship offer from Michigan thus far has stood out to Teske.
“That was really exciting,” Teske said at AAU Nationals when asked about the Michigan offer. “It’s a big time school. I really like the coaches up there and I really enjoy it up there. “
Ohio State has also offered Teske a scholarship and it appears that the Buckeyes and Wolverines are out in front. Dayton and Miami (FL) have also offered scholarships while Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin have all inquired. Teske plans to schedule some additional visits this fall, but hasn’t set any dates or locations.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:30 am
Michigan has started recruiting Division III transfer Duncan Robinson after the 6-foot-7 wing was named the Division III Rookie of the Year. Robinson played for one of John Beilein’s former assistant coaches, new Marist head coach Mike Maker, and elements of Beilein’s offense are obvious in his freshman year highlight video.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:16 am
John Beilein might look to a transfer to help fill out his recruiting board. TheWolverine is reporting that Michigan will host 6-foot-7 wing Duncan Robinson for a visit this week.
Robinson averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 45.3% from three-point range during his freshman year at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Robinson was named D3Hoops.com Rookie of the Year and was selected as a 4th team All-American. Williams lost in the Division III Naitonal Championship by 2 points. Duncan scored a combined 47 points in the D3 Final Four.
Robinson played for Mike Maker, who was hired by Marist this offseason, and who was a former assistant coach for John Beilein.
“We’re never done (recruiting), we’ll look at this last one that we might have and be very judicious with it,” Beilein said in May. “We’ll see where (recruiting) goes, because (the last scholarship) could be coming into ’15 right away, or ’16.”
“A year ago he was a relative unknown coming out of Governor’s Academy. One year, two inches, and 20 pounds of muscle later now he’s a NEPSAC finals MVP and a huge steal for Williams College,” NERR wrote. “While the masses are wondering how a sharp-shooting six-foot-seven forward could have slipped through the scholarship cracks, the reality is that he jumped through, spurning scholarship offers for the top ranked liberal arts school and one of the most storied Division III basketball programs in the country.”