Searching For New Targets: Isaiah Philmore, Matt Vogrich, and More

Dylan Burkhardt

Matt Vogrich (SG 2009). It looks like Vogrich is becoming one of the main targets on the board. According to this article, Vogrich has plans to visit Ann Arbor and pick up his “official offer on campus. Vogrich sounds like the perfect Beilein player but the depth chart in the backcourt would make this offer at least a little questionable.

Next, there are two fresh premium articles on Scout on Givon Crump (SF/PF 2009). First with the Rutgers site, and also with the Maryland site. A lot of east coast schools on the kid who plays prep ball out east and is a D.C. native. The big step for Michigan is getting him on campus.

Isaiah Philmore is a new combo forward on the board. Philmore is a Rivals 150 (barely at #148) four man from the east coast (Scout profile, Rivals profile). Here is what CollegeHoopsNet had to say on Philmore’s play at the Hoop Group Elite Camp:

Clearly one of the more talented players at the camp, Philmore does everything well but did not really dominate as much as he could have. Offensively, he has a versatile game, showing the ability to score in a variety of ways. He can post-up defenders, as well as take them off the dribble and finish around the rim. Philmore also had a nice mid-range game and has a decent stroke. In general, he is a major match-up problem for defenders. Defensively, he is a good shot-blocker that changes shots with his athleticism. He can rebound at both ends very well, and can also handle the ball and pass. He runs the floor well, is unselfish and hustles for loose balls.

Collegehoopsnet went on to list these schools for Isaiah:

Virginia Tech, Virginia, South Florida, Providence, Massachusetts, George Washington, Michigan, Temple, Saint Joseph’s, Auburn, Kansas State, Central Florida

Certainly a guy who hasn’t done much narrowing down of his list, but I think he definitely qualifies for the ones to watch list.

Two other players mentioning U-M at Hoop Group are Jason West and Tyree Harris according to West lists Drake and USF as favorites but mentions that he is hearing a lot from Michigan. HoopGroup also listed Isaiah Philmore as one of the top performers of the camp.

Khalil Murphy (2009 SF) is another forward who seems to have caught Michigan’s eye. Murphy has offers from Stony Brook, NJIT, Rider and Fordham but has schools like Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Texas taking a look. The article I just linked was from pre-Vegas week, heres Rivals latest premium scoop.

More notes.

  • Some other names that some heads up commenters brought up after my hot board updates are: Tony Nixon, Davonte Elliott ($), Kawhi Leonard, Keenan Hornbuckle, Jake Cohen (old link) and Thomas Daniels. I haven’t seen these names mentioned a lot but they are certainly worth keeping an eye on.
  • Tucker Halpern (2009 PF) is off the board to Brown.
  • I also forgot to mention Matt Kamieniecki on the list of future targets, the 2010 and 2011 lists need updating and Kamieniecki is definitely one to watch.
  • As expected Keith Appling (2010 SG/PG) committed to MSU. Appling is a great get for MSU but Michigan really never had a shot at him.
  • If you are looking for an alternate to Rivals and Scout for your local recruiting coverage you might want to check out Saginaw Head coach Lou Dawkin’s new service, Best of the Best Scouting. There are some free posts there with some good scouting info on some Michigan kids. The service will cost $100/year for fans.