Getting to know: Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman

13915121666_f752503aa0_b[1]Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman is the latest-signing and the coolest-named incoming Michigan basketball freshman in the class of 2014. He is also this offseason’s first of our yearly “Getting to know” interviews with the incoming recruiting class. Abdur-Rahkman’s recruitment was hasty but effective — Michigan began recruiting him a couple months ago as an option in the likely event both Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III left for the NBA. After both did, Abdur-Rahkman was brought to campus for an official visit, where he committed on the spot. We spoke with Abdur-Rahkman for an extended interview on Monday. You can read the full transcript below.

How does it feel to be a Michigan Wolverine?

It feels great. I never thought I would be a Michigan Wolverine growing up, watching them play and stuff. but it definitely feels great.

Could you imagine yourself four months ago being in the position you are now?

No, I couldn’t have imagined it. Mostly because I was focused on the season and not really Michigan-caliber teams were coming in and trying to talk to me. It’s definitely surprising.

Give me the play-by-play of your official visit to Michigan last weekend.

I met with a lot of academic people and they basically showed me around the campus multiple times. I got familiar with the players. They just told me about their style of play and how they play. That’s about it, really.

Which players were you able to meet with and talk to?

I talked to just about all of them, but my player host was Caris LeVert. He seems like a good guy. Definitely fun to be around and laid back. They’re all good people so it felt like a good fit.

Tell me what it was like receiving your offer during the visit.

(The coaching staff) showed me their style of play, and then they had a video of how I would fit in, and it was a video of me. And after that, they offered me the scholarship. All of the coaches were there.

[click to continue…]

Recruiting Notebook: 2014 recruiting, Beilein in Texas, other notes

0[1]Michigan landed a commitment from Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman on Saturday and extended an offer to Aubrey Dawkins shortly afterward.

While their concurrent visits had been pegged as an ‘either or’ scenario, the fact of the matter is that Michigan isn’t going to host recruits for official visits that they aren’t going to offer – especially at this stage in the process. The Wolverines clearly wanted both prospects in hopes of shoring up their backcourt depth next season.

The move makes sense because Abdur-Rahkman and Dawkins are very different players, despite their similar heights and builds. Abdur-Rahkman is a creator and ball handler, a player who will primarily play the off guard, but could even develop into a point guard down the road.

Dawkins is much more of a traditional three-man in Beilein’s offense. He looks like a player that would play on the wing and is more of a play finisher – dunks and corner threes off of the catch. He could even backup the four position when Michigan goes small.

Assuming that Derrick Walton, Caris LeVert, Zak Irvin, and Kameron Chatman start, Michigan didn’t have a backup guard or wing over six-foot on the roster next season before Abdur-Rahkman’s commitment. Last season Michigan had one true wing backup (Zak Irvin), which resulted in Stauskas, LeVert and Robinson all playing heavy minutes – among the top 13 most in the Big Ten.

[click to continue…]

Report Card 2014: Jordan Morgan

Michigan 79, Texas 65-20What more can we say about Jordan Morgan’s final season? Michigan’s redshirt senior was the bedrock of this Michigan team in every way but offense: he was the leading rebounder, the quarterback of the defense and the team’s emotional center. Morgan was the consummate leader, and exactly the kind this young, talented team needed; on a team stocked with NBA talent. Morgan was an example of what can happen when you keep your head down and put in the work. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)

The final few regular-season Big Ten games served as an extended send-off for Michigan’s elder statesman. Morgan finished his career having presided over everything from a losing record to a national title game appearance, finally finishing it with a heartbreaking — but somehow edifying — loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

As Michigan climbed its way to the top of the basketball world, Morgan’s own career had its share of ups and downs. The Detroit native came in as an unranked, out-of-shape center recruit, registered a revelatory redshirt freshman season with Darius Morris and then suffered benching as a result of Mitch McGary’s NCAA tournament run last season.

[click to continue…]

Video: Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman 2013-14 Highlights

Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman committed to Michigan on Saturday during his official visit. The 6-foot-4 guard should add athleticism, playmaking ability and depth to Michigan’s backcourt next season. We posted a full scouting video last week, but here’s a more traditional compilation of Abdur-Rahkman highlights from throughout the season.

Report: Michigan offers 2014 wing Aubrey Dawkins

Michigan landed a commitment from Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman earlier this afternoon, but John Beilein also extended a scholarship offer to class of 2014 guard Aubrey Dawkins, who was also on campus for an official visit.

Sam Webb first reported the scholarship offer. Dawkins also has a scholarship offer from Dayton and is planning to visit this coming week.

Dawkins, a 6-foot-5 wing, is finishing up a prep season at New Hampton School, where he averaged 13 points per game. He is the son of Stanford head coach, and former NBA player, Johnny Dawkins.

We posted a scouting video and scouting report of Dawkins’ game earlier today.

Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman commits to Michigan

542x510[1]Michigan added another member to its 2014 recruiting class today as Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman committed to John Beilein and the Wolverines.

Abdur-Rahkman was offered a scholarship during his official visit to Michigan this weekend and accepted John Beilein’s offer, announcing his commitment on Twitter.

Abdur-Rahkman is a 6-foot-4 guard from Allentown, Pennsylvania that led his Allentown Catholic Central team to a 29-1 record last season while averaging over 23 points per game. He joins Kameron Chatman, DJ Wilson, Ricky Doyle and Austin Hatch as members of Michigan’s incoming class.

More on Abdur-Rahkman including rankings, background story, scouting reports and video after the jump.

[click to continue…]

Page 1 of 77612345...Last »