Recruiting Roundup (12-15-2008)

Dylan Burkhardt


Darius Morris

Windward got off to a slow start with a 2-2 record but they bounced back with a 64-44 win over Inglewood last week. Morris seems to have really gotten going as well, he scored 31 points and added 5 assists and 3 steals for Windward.

I got an e-mail from the folks at Ball Is Life and they told me that the Westchester team that beat Windward has been dominant early on in California. Westchester is 9-0 with an average margin of victory over 25 points and has handled all challengers including Michael Snaer‘s (#11 in class of 2009) Rancho Verde squad. Beyond the Westchester game people in California basketball circles feel that Darius has been playing better than last year thus far. Windward is also ranked #12 in the latest LA Times poll.

The holidays will be big for Darius and Windward as they head to two big tournaments, the Max Preps Classic at Torrey Pines as well as the always loaded Pangos Dream Classic.

Matt Vogrich

Matt Vogirch

As I touched on earlier this week, Vogrich had a huge game Wednesday, scoring 39 points and adding 9 rebounds against Illinois bound Brandon Paul.

Lake Forest rolled over Palatine Friday night with a 65-29 win. Palatine was not in the same league as Lake Forest and Vogrich put up an easy 20 points in the win. Matt and his teammate Mitch Hopfinger had every Lake Forest point until the 3 minute mark of the 3rd quarter.

Jordan Morgan

I posted an update earlier in the week about Jordan’s first game, a matchup with Providence bound big man James Still. Morgan had a rough night and was ejected on a technical foul for hanging on the rim.

U-D Jesuit was back in action Saturday but took a loss to Renaissance, 77-62. Morgan was suspended from his ejection earlier in the week.

Blake McLimans

Worcester Academy lost to St Thomas Monday night by a score of 66-57 but came back and beat Brewster Academy on Thursday, 80-71.

Blake didn’t show up in the high scores but still seems to be adjusting to playing with a new team in a new system. The reports I have gotten are that Blake has played very good defense early on. I’m also working on getting some film so keep an eye out for that.

2009 Prospects

Michigan is out of scholarships in 2009 but I think they will keep recruiting a couple guys to some extent. Anything can happen and it’s worth it to keep options open. Riley is back on the market, Anali is a new name, and we have talked about Angus Brandt before. I think the odds are probably slim that any of these guys end up at Michigan but they are worth mentioning.

DaShonte Riley

DaShonte RileyRiley is a long shot in the class of 2009 but he’s worth mentioning. Country Day rolled past Ann Arbor Pioneer on Friday night by a score of 80-56 and Riley posted a career high 19 rebounds.

Anali Okoloji

Anali OkolojiNorthstar Basketball has an update on Anali Okoloji, a combo forward from New York. Okoloji seems to be a borderline high major player and his offers right now are from St. Bonaventure, La Salle, Albany, and Central Connecticut State. However Okoloji lists his favorite as Michigan and expects an offer:

“My favorite right now is Michigan. I am feeling [good about] Oregon State, Binghamton, and St. Bonaventure.”

Okoloji, who said his school “list is growing,” informed me that Oregon State, North Carolina State, Michigan, and Binghamton are the most recent schools starting to recruit him, and he added, “When I take my SAT and ACT, offers will start to flow.” Anali added that “Michigan is going to offer. They are just waiting on my SAT.” As well, he told me that there are more schools on his list, but he could not think of them all.”

Seems like a long shot, and maybe there is some outdated information in regards to the likely offer but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

2010 Prospects

Trey Zeigler

Trey ZeiglerThe talented wing is off to a great start this week and helped Mt. Pleasant knock off Bay City Western 63-61. Trey poured in 34 points as well as 15 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks. Next Gen Sports on Zeigler’s performance:

Defensively he completely took away the smaller but faster Arnold, Western’s point guard. Zeigler scored with dunks, 3-pointers, and variety of mid-rage jumpers from every angle.

Definitely a great start for Zeigler who will look to really take his game to the next level after putting in time in the weight room this summer. The Free Press named him the #1 player in the state along with plenty of fluff. He’s had a couple of freak injuries over the last couple years that have limited him but worked out all summer with Central Michigan and is ready to go. Here’s what his coach had to say:

“He’s a high-quality young man. An awesome kid; his family and school are important,” Taylor said. “He’s respectful to the people that are around him. He’s definitely a coach’s son in the way he acts. I think he has been raised and encouraged in the way of how to treat people. As a player, his basketball IQ is very high. He has an understanding of where he needs to be on the floor. We can play him anywhere from point guard to in the post.”

Mount Pleasant fell to Saginaw Arthur Hill Friday night by a score of 73-51 although Trey came close to a triple double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

Scout has an update with Trey on his recruitment ($) as well. Trey was in East Lansing for Michigan State’s blow out of Alcorn State.

Moses Morgan

Morgan had a solid outing Friday night with 32 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 78-71 win. Morgan hit all 16 of his free throw attempts including 6 in the last 30 seconds. Morgan’s solid play is not going unnoticed this year:

“You’ve got to live and die with a kid like that,” Palo Verde coach Jermone Riley said. “He means so much to the program and he means so much to the team with his leadership. Not only that, he’s just a great character kid. It’s always great to have a player like that.”

Will Regan

Will ReganWill Regan led Nichols Academy past Williamsville South in the AdPro Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge on Thursday. I’m not even going to try to explain the name. Regan had 21 points (10-11 FT) and 17 boards including two free throws with 35 seconds left that gave Nichols the win, 55-54.

Nichols Academy fell to Niagara Falls on Saturday night by a score of 57-56. Regan led Nichols with 21 points but they fell just short of pulling off the win. Regan hit a big three pointer that put Nichols ahead 56-55 with 1:48 remaining before missing a tough hook shot that would have won the game for Nichols in the closing seconds.

Cameron Ayers

Northstar Basketball has the latest on Cameron Ayers’ recruitment and it seems like he is still pretty open. Cameron says that he doesn’t have any offers yet but his favorite schools are:

I like Georgetown, Michigan, West Virginia, and Clemson probably the best, and I like Georgia Tech. I haven’t visited any yet though.” Ayers said he will take some visits, “whenever [he] gets some free time, which I hope is real soon” but he added, “but with basketball it gets pretty hectic, so whenever I get some available time.”

Ayers’ Germantown team was upset last week by Friends Central 53-40 but bounced back Saturday night with an overtime win over Mercersberg. Ayers had 17 points in the 60-53 victory.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway Jr. had 23 in Palmetto’s 76-67 loss to Coral Reef on Tuesday night. Palmetto rebounded with a 74-58 win over Homestead on Thursday night (no stats).

Austin Carroll

See the above updates on McLimans and Worcester.

Josh Herbeck & Eso Akunne (pref. walk on)

Gabriel Richard is off to a hot start with wins over Divine Child (60-47) and Orchard Lake St. Marys (70-66).

Akunne was strong in both contests, he posted 22 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, and blocks against Divine Child and managed to out do himself against OLSM. Eso matched Dion Sims’ scoring total is 23 points but added 16 rebounds and 10 assists for the triple double.

Josh Herbeck, another Michigan target at Gabriel Richard, posted 15 points against Divine Child and added 20 against Orchard Lake.

Gabriel Richard moved up a division after making it to the Breslin in division 3 last year and they are already off to a good start.

2011 + Younger

Brandan Kearney and Percy Gibson

Sophomores Brandan Kearney and Percy Gibson led Southeastern past Central HS on Tuesday by a score of 50-37. These kids are only sophomores but they are already proving that they are big time prospects. My favorite place for PSL hoops info, City Hoops, was on hand and they have plenty. Here are some highlights.

Brandan KearneyBrandan Kearney:

Kearney got to the basket on a nice dribble-drive for the first points of the night, then got his own shot a few times and missed, and was relatively quiet shooting the ball the rest of the night. That’s not to say he wasn’t active. Kearney was everywhere on both ends, feeding teammates (five assists), grabbing boards (six), blocking shots (three) and scooping up loose balls. On a night where his shot wasn’t dropping early, Kearney helped his team extend its margin by setting up his talented teammates.

Percy GibsonPercy Gibson:

Gibson, 6-foot-7, was nothing short of a monster against an undersized Central team, grabbing 15 boards and blocking four shots. He scored six, and while some hyped big men are flagged more on potential, Gibson will have no trouble producing this year for his team.

Kearney led Southeastern past 2012 PG sensation Ray Lee and Robichaud Friday night. Kearney had 19 points and Gibson added 16 as well as 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Robichaud went with the zone early in the game and Kearney made them pay by hitting some 3 pointers.

Kearney and Gibson have been to numerous Michigan football games, basketball games, and camps and they are definitely two to keep close watch of in the class of 2011.

Matt Poches

Matt Poches

Poches was in Ann Arbor for the Duke game Saturday but he was ready to get to work when Hartland’s season tipped off last week against Linden. Hartland dominated the game and Poches finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 steals in only 20 minutes of work.

Patrick Lucas-Perry

Patrick Lucas-Perry

We talk plenty about Laval Lucas-Perry around here but one name that hasn’t gotten much play is Patrick Lucas-Perry. Laval’s younger brother helped Flint Powers to a win over Flint Northwestern last week. PLP added 18 points including 6 free throws in the final 31.5 seconds. Northwestern kept it close down the stretch and PLP kept his cool:

“I just tried to keep my composure out there, stay focused and just make sure I’m going to make these shots,” Lucas-Perry said. “I kept telling myself, ‘These are going in. These are going in.’”

PLP was held to 6 points in a 76-70 Friday night loss to Flint Carman-Ainsworth.

Right now I would definitely put PLP on my ones to watch list.

  • Bluebufoon

    Great updates– fascinated by the news of the new 2009 recruit
    Anali Okoloji– will be interested to see if Michigan offers ?

  • Bluebufoon

    Here is an update from earlier this summer on

    Anali Okoloji (6’7″ Jr. SG-SF, Brooklyn (NY) Benjamin Banneker HS) A nice and engaging young man, he clearly has plenty of skills to go with his size. He can handle the ball, has range out to the three-point line and is pretty fluid when dribbling. But in the two days here, he was often erratic with the ball and tried to do too much, and in doing so wound up missing a lot of shots. There is a reason to think there’s upside, however. He’s had a growth spurt recently, so he’s in the midst of adjusting to his new body and being, essentially, a big guard, and he’s also fairly new to the game as he’s only been playing for a couple of years. The intangibles are there, especially a desire to get better, and that can go a long way.

  • Alexander

    FYI – pretty sure Morgan wouldn’t have been among the high scorers because in HS when you are ejected from a game you miss the next game too.

  • Good call Alexander. Updated the post.

  • Taddie

    I’m confused about our 2009 roster. We currently are slated to have all our thirteen scholarships used up…but yet we are still recruiting? Is Beilein planning to not offer Zach Gibson a fifth year? That would be the only way that we could get another guy on campus next year.

  • Taddie: I think it’s more just being cautious at this point. Anything could happen and Beilein is keeping his options open.

  • Brick

    Great job on the update.

    I would be surprised if we take anyone else in ’09 unless something odd happens.

    I’m a little disappointed that McLimans isn’t putting much of a dent in the box scores but it sounds like he is in a rotation where he isn’t playing 35 minutes a game. With Morgan and Cronin (redshirt) being Freshman next year, I fully expect McLimans to be shelved for a year to put on a little weight and learn the system. He’ll probably be two years out of HS by the time he hits the floor so he has plenty of time to develop.

    The way the team is playing this year, we may be able to start functioning like a normal program where Freshman aren’t expected to jump in with major minutes and walk-ons don’t see minutes unless it is a blow out. That being said, I think Vogrich and Morris will both play a little next year. Morris’ minutes will probably depend on how well LLP can run the point and if Grady keeps playing like he has the past few games. I don’t know where Vogrich’s minutes will come from but he’s playing like someone who will be hard to keep on the bench.


    Congratulations to Dylan for growing this into such a vital source of Michigan basketball information.

    We wish you many many more :)

    :P Later Dylan

  • Tom

    Thanks again. I can not overstate how much I appreciate what you do.

  • ryan

    This has nothing to do with this post but i have two things;
    First off, Do you all think LLP will start if he is clearly the best pg and/or sg? or will he come off the bench like sims had? (this is after his first game because I’m assuming he won’t start Saturday.)

    I also did some calculations:
    In Michigans first 6 games the went 37/129 from 3 pt range. This is a lowly 28.6 percent and an average of 6.6/21.5 per game.
    In the last 3 games (Maryland, Duke, E. Michigan)theyve gone 35/78 which is good for almost 45% from 3. That is an average of 11.6/26 per game.
    They’ve increased there percentage each of the 3 games goign 41.4, 43.8 and then 48.5.
    I really hope they can keep this up and keep the 3pt percentage around 45%.

  • ryan: I am working on a big post about LLP. It’ll be up this afternoon most likely.

  • Kenny

    Taddie, good thought about Gibson not coming back the 5th year, or maybe Cronin’s injury is more complicated than we all want to admit.

  • ryan

    alright Dylan, sounds good, Thanks!

  • Adam

    Love the recruiting roundup! Thanks Dylan!

  • blueinflorida

    Nice job Dylan. Great post, thanks for keeping tabs.

  • Ryan


  • I agree with Ryan. Trey Zeig is a luxury we must get.

  • ryan

    when are the signing peridos for basketball? I know for fall sports the late signing period is in early Feb. Is it the same for basketball?

  • Andrew

    I believe the signing periods are in November and early May if I’m not mistaken.

  • jg

    Michigan up to 28th in the Coaches Poll

  • Ryan M

    26th in AP

  • Jay

    Beilein has really rebuilt this roster quickly. With LLP, Stu, Novak and Cronin last year, plus the four coming in next year and maybe one more (Brandt/Riley/Okoloji?), he’s added quality talent and depth in just two years. Hopefully the 2010 class can up the star power a bit with Zeigler, Morgan and Regan.

    The way this team is performing this year I would expect really big things next year, particularly with four top players (Manny, Sims, LLP and Grady) all being at least juniors age wise. You swap Morris and Vogrich for Merritt and Lee and then McLimans, Morgan, Cronin and maybe one more for Shepherd and possibly Gibson. Hopefully the team chemistry will remain.

  • I’m with you Jay. You can see what he is building very clearly. Trey Zeigler is such a huge recruit though, that would be a big time get for JB.

    About the signing periods, there are two of them. The early period, running from the 2nd to the 3rd Wednesday of November. The late period, which starts the third Wednesday of April.

    So this means all of our 2009 recruits signed in November. The 2010 kids can’t sign until next November.