Star Gazing

Dylan Burkhardt

Rivals updated their 2009 Top 150 for all of you ranking-obsessed recruitniks out there. Here are some of the more relevant an interesting moves from a Michigan point of view.

  • Darius Morris – #64 – UP – Encouraging to say the least, the kid is a very solid player and appears to be option 1a for a 2009 PG. Just need to get him on campus and try to seal the deal.
  • DaShonte Riley – #111 – DOWN – Riley has been less than stellar for a while now and has gone from a top 25 5-star to a 3-star out of the top 100. Riley’s poor play hadn’t really been a secret so this is not really a big suprise.
  • Carl Jones – #117 – UP – Carl enters to the top 150 and continues to be a PG on Michigan’s board. He is just so very small.
  • Steven Pledger – #92 – UP – Pledger moves up after a very strong start to his AAU season. Haven’t heard much in regards to Pledger and Michigan lately.
  • Nick Russell – #88 – Another guard target to watch who is in the top 100.
  • No Andy Brown, MSU commit Nix is at 108, in-state bigs Still and Kirk hold onto top 150 status, Nik Garcia at #103

Rankings are clearly an inaccurate science and they change dramatically over the course of the summer so don’t be surprised if they look entirely different come August and September. But hey they give us something to talk about at least on the internet. Personally it’s always good to see kids you are recruiting have their stock go up but I am not particularly worried that Andy Brown is still unranked just like I don’t change my opinion of Morris because he jumped up a few spots.

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  • Kevin In GR

    Anyone surprised that JoMo is no where on the board?

  • BL11

    Manny Atkins got an offer. Nice big guard.

  • Aaron

    i kind of am but it think if he has a break out tourney sometime this summer, in a talented loaded pool he will be looked much more highly upon, but right now im still happy to have him, im talking about JoMo if you were wondering

  • BL11

    I still believe that projecting bigs is the hardest thing…guards can either ball or not…bigs are matchups and systems. Low rated guards scare me more than low rated bigs. So im not surprised or worried that he hasnt jumped up.

  • Andrew

    Good point BL. Plus, I’ve been very encouraged by the reports lately, so I’m not worried.

  • Musket Rebellion

    Brown + Morris + Morgan = amazing recruiting class.

    JB, get it done.

  • Brick

    Amazing is a bit strong, but that would be a very good class. I’d save amazing for when we land a top 10 player or two top 50 players.

    I’m betting there will be a fourth player so the class could get even stronger.

  • Dylan

    Musket – amazing might be a little (a lot) too strong but it would certainly be a step in the right direction.

  • Ky Fox

    well it would be just about amazing, in comaprison to what weve had coming in and the state that the program is in! Getting Morris would show that JB could land a perrenial top 50er or so. As well as being able to recruit well at a national level.

  • Musket Rebellion

    I disagree. With our complete lack of success besides on NIT championship in the last 10 years getting Jordan Morgan, a potential top 50 PG who is garnering attention from Kentucky amongst other schools, and Andy Brown who would be the perfect counterbalance to Morgan’s banging inside style would be an amazing recruiting class. All things considered we aren’t a top flight bball program (yet) and I’d be ecstatic to pull in that recruiting class. Add in another 3 or 4 star recruit and that would be where we could start building an elite basketball program around.

  • Ky Fox

    i totally agree! That sort of class would really propell us to the next level in my eyes. And for UM to bust thru to the next level would indeed be amazing…for the simple fact we havent seen ligit postseason for what….10 years or whatever. Now wether getting all of them happends or not we will soon find out. Real big test for JB and UM. This is a big year for UM basketball.

  • Justing

    Michigan and Washington State are the big offers he has right now. I’m not sure if Kentucky has offered yet or not. Maybe Dylan knows. I’m not shocked Morgan isnt in the Top 150. I didnt expect him to be. If anything the class will be better than ’08s if it ends up Morris, Brown, and Morgan. That would be a one 4 and two 3 Stars.

  • Ky Fox

    as of rite now justing. Dmo moved from a three and four star to a four star straight across the board and that happend thru mid season. Who knows how these guys will end up. Dmo could end up a 4 and 5 and depending on how his senior year plays out he might even get invited to play in the jordan capitol classic…its a possibilty. Andy Brown could end up a 4 by next year, and we will have to see what happends with JoMo!

  • Musket Rebellion

    I guess I should’ve qualified that it would’ve been amazing for Michigan. It would be pretty lackluster if it were Duke or UNC.

  • Ky Fox

    i dont kno if i would neccesarily say that it would be lackluster for Duke…i just think JB has an ability to find guys that are below the radar and whos potential is very very high. Jb does more with the overlooked, instead of doing more with less. But yeah as far as star rating Duke would like to see a couple 5 stars in there. I still think you need 1 or 2 bigs who are 4 or 5 stars and quite athletic to really make noise in the tourney. Jb can beat a team like Duke getting the guys hes getting but having at least 1 guy like an Arthur, Dorsey, Taggart, or say a Horford would really help the matter.

  • Huge info dump post on german big man prospect will be up by 5 (hopefully 4:30) after I get off work guys. Sorry its late.

  • Brick

    Dylan, do you know why Brown is not visiting?

  • Beilein is not in town is what I heard. Also with Morris not making it in maybe they want to get both the Cali boys in town the same day?

    Or more creatively.. maybe Beilein is sealing the deal on Benzing ;-).

    But seriously I think he is bound to visit this summer and whether it is this weekend or another one is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. I don’t think the lack of a visit has anything to do with Brown liking other schools or his recruitment cooling off.