Signing Day Notes

Dylan Burkhardt
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As four Michigan verbal commitments in the class of 2009 are expected to sign letters of intent today. The signees include point guard Darius Morris, shooting guard Matt Vogrich, power forward Blake McLimans, and center Jordan Morgan. (Their names are linked to my posts from their commitments — Jordan committed before this site was around).

Overall it’s a solid and balanced class that will fit in nicely with the current squad. Darius Morris is hopefully the difference maker that Michigan needs at point guard. Vogrich has been called one of the best shooters in the country by numerous publications and gives Michigan yet another weapon from long range. Blake McLimans is a versatile and skilled big man who picked up lots of late interest. And finally Jordan Morgan is a guy who can bang and adds depth to the post.

This class isn’t filled with McDonalds All Americans but it is the type of class that can be a foundation for the future. I don’t really like talking about the future when we are just getting underway with the current season but here is what the roster will look like next year:

Guards:

Jr. – PG – Kelvin Grady
So. – SG/PG – Laval Lucas-Perry
So. – SG – Stuart Douglass
Fr. – PG – Darius Morris
Fr. – SG – Matt Vogrich
So. – SG – Stuart Douglass

Wings:

Jr. – SF- Corperryale “Manny” Harris
RS Jr. – WF – Anthony Wright
So. – SF – Zack Novak

Bigs:

RS Sr. – C – Zack Gibson
Sr. – PF – DeShawn Sims
So. – C – Ben Cronin
Fr. – PF/C – Jordan Morgan
Fr. – PF – Blake McLimans

Overall this is a pretty good foundation and as long as there are no unexpected departures after this year, next years team should keep improving.

Here are a few more random signing day links:

  • James

    Next year will be the first year that Beilein has a balanced roster to work with. This year the front court and point guard positions are either paper thin or very shaky. Beilein should have “scholarship” depth at those positions next year. Whether that equates to a tourney bid is TBD. We’ll still be pretty damn young in 2009/10.