Post-Camp Notes: Morris, Lubick, Douglass and More

Dylan Burkhardt

Camp week has come and gone and Darius Morris did not commit. However Darius did enjoy himself and plans to stick to his end of summer decision date. Scout also has a diary feature with Darius (also here on GBOA?) that began today.  I still feel good about this one but the danger is if August passes and Darius doesn’t make a decision, then we are looking at a Tory Jackson 2.0 situation (Short version: Tory told the coaches repeatedly he was coming and “planned to commit” several times but it never happened as he strung Michigan on for far too long). But at this point he has taken a visit to Ann Arbor and loved it and it’s time to just wait it out. With CJ Harris off the board it appears that Carl Jones is the plan-B target for a point guard in a class where it’s hard to fathom Michigan not signing a point guard.

The other star of camp week was clearly Nate Lubick, the big fella really impressed all week in Ann Arbor and at this point has to be the top 2010 target on the board. Rivals already has Lubick listed as the #6 PF and #30 overall player in the class of 2010 and I can only see that ranking going upward. The competition for Lubick will be fierce with tons of high majors after him but Lubick is very familiar with the Michigan program and has been to campus multiple times.

Stephen Bell wrote a good piece listing ten intriguing in-state prospects at Michigan camp.  The most promising junior names for U-M fans to keep an eye on are: Alex Gauna (left camp early due to injury), Sultan Muhammad, Matt Kamieniecki, Michael Talley and Maurice Jones. LaDontae Henton is also a freak athlete in the class of 2011 who is already drawing a lot of attention. Michigan will only have 2 open scholarships in 2010 (if they use their two remaining 2009 scholarships) and I would assume they have to take at least one big guy.

There has been a lot of talk about the starting line up again now that people got a look at the freshman in action at team camp. Zack had become the flavor of the month recently with his gaudy numbers but after struggling a bit at team camp it appears Stu is the guy everyone is penciling in now. It has to be noted that Zack has been playing in tons of camps, all-star games and scrimmages over the past couple months as well as playing baseball and moving to Ann Arbor so it is safe to say that he is probably a little burned out.

Stu’s range has never been questioned but there were many people trying to knock him as the second coming of Reed Baker despite his shooting. First off, Stu is probably at least 3 inches taller than Reed but the thing that sets him apart is his passing ability and ability to use screens. I don’t think Stu can be a point guard but he can make the right passes at the right times from the two-guard. I can’t even begin to count the number of times Michigan missed open back door cuts that would have resulted in easy baskets. Stu being able to make (deep) open shots and stretch the defense and then hit open cutters is a valuable asset all by itself.

The issue with the starting lineup is where does Manny Harris play next year? If he plays the wing (which I think he will), then I think Stu starts at the two-guard to begin the year. If Manny plays the two like he did last year then you have the potential of Novak or Wright starting at the three. For depth reasons it makes more sense to have Manny backed up by Novak at the three with Wright backing up DeShawn in the thin front court. Where Laval Lucas-Perry plays when he is eligible is also going to be interesting because I could see him playing point guard or shooting guard.

Other notes.

  • Sounds like Manny Harris is NOT going to Taiwan for the Jones Cup, just Laval Lucas-Perry.
  • Ben Simmons didn’t show well at the camp despite lighting up the Grand Valley team camp earlier in the summer. It appears to me “the Perfect Beilein Recruit’s” chances of a U-M offer are slipping.
  • One other piece of positive news on Darius Morris. Washington State received a commitment from point guard Xavier Thames. This should presumably knock them down (and off?) Darius’ list.
  • Hollins a Wolverine
    Forgot to add this earlier, nice grab for Borseth.
  • Aaron

    i was at the gvsu teaM camp, and watched Ben play, he didn’t seem to special to me, the thing is, he isn’t all that fast or athletic, but he could hit the wide open three, alot of which his teammates created for him, and he could finish around the rim against kids 4 or 5 inches smaller than him, in my mind he wont be playing in the big ten, so who ever said he “lit up the gvsu camp” was a little off base

    on another note i hope Nate commits it would do alot for the misconception that JB cant recruit highly rated players, looks like right now we might be the leading team in his reruiting

  • Thanks I wasn’t at GVSU, S.Bell spoke highly of his play there though, 7 triples vs EGR. I added a link.

  • Justin

    Darius Morris is now #70 in Rivals new ranking. There is a chance we can sign a higer rater recruit than msu does in ’09.

  • hoosierine

    thanks dylan!
    sorry, was getting sick with worry. hope we can land this kid…

  • Aaron

    that would be great to get a higher rated recruit than the Spartans, hopefully we get morris and franklin….speaking of him, any word on his recruitment

  • Wolverine3

    I dont think this becomes Tory 2.0 Too good of a family and kid to repeat that. Darius will inform coaches in Auagust, if not sooner.

  • Rob

    I am getting the impression based on camp reports that the kid from Fla could be the plan B for Morris. All reports on his play were glowing while we did not hear a thing on Jones, who was listed as being there.

    Plus, Watson is much bigger then Jones. I think Beilein just will not be able to get past Jones’ size…..esp. if he has another option at PG.

    But let’s hope this is all academic and Morris commits!

  • Kevin In GR

    The picture of D-Mo reminds me of Danny Green of UNC…..I wonder if Morris dances around like him too :)

  • Thanks Rob, I forgot about him. Tony Watson profile

  • Wolverine3

    Carl Jones was not in attendence

  • I think Sherman is still rated higher than Morris at this point in terms of msu vs um recruiting rankings.

  • troublet0605

    Morris might be the type of recruit that gets other highly talented players to commit to UM.

  • MHarris3

    I think Darius will commit sometime around August. I am hoping we can pick up an athletic wing/slasher for 09 and then it is on to 2010.

  • Bluebufoon

    Did anyone get feedback from Nate Lubick’s latest
    visit to Ann Arbor ?? Here is a small update on
    Roger Franklin, the 6-6 WF from Duncanville, TX
    he’s being recruited by some pretty heavy hitters and no mention of U-M– take it for what its worth.

  • Dylan

    hey guys’ I’m still out of town for the holiday until Sunday morning. Hope you all have a good holiday.

  • troublet0605

    Does anybody know when rivals demoted Morris from a 4-star to a 3-star? Ithought he had some good showings over the summer.

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