Recruiting Roundup (1-19-09)

Dylan Burkhardt

Site Notes

I added a list of “useful stuff” to the right column which includes:

I’m working on the plus/minus from the last two games. I went through the OSU game but I still have to go through the Illinois game.


Darius Morris

Darius Morris and his Windward High team cruised through this week with three victories. A 69-50 win over Valley Christian was followed by a 56-44 win over Montclair Prep. These were two games against teams right around .500 that Windward should have (and did) win fairly easily.

Finally a 65-51 win over Pacific Hills in the MLK Hoops Shootout. Morris had 20 points (5 three pointers) and 7 assists against Pacific Hills. California Preps has a full recap of the game ($). Pacific Hills (16) was ranked above Windward (18) in last week’s LA Times poll so this is definitely a big win.

Matt Vogrich

Matt Vogrich led Lake Forest to two more big wins this week.

The first was a 44-43 win over cross town rival Lake Forest Academy. Lake Forest came back after trailing by to Academy and Australian big man (and Michigan recruiting target) Angus Brandt.  Vogrich had 16 points in the win and was instrumental to the comeback. Video from the fourth quarter is posted below:

LFA big man Angus Brandt had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Brandt is one of the top 2009 unsigned big men in the country and has mentioned Michigan pretty consistently through his recruitment. The issue is that Michigan doesn’t have an open scholarship right now, that being said there are numerous ways that one could open up and he is worth keeping an eye on.

Lake Forest followed up the big win over Lake Forest Academy with a 51-46 win over Libertyville. Vogrich didn’t have his best night but he still led the Scouts with 15 points.

“I didn’t really shoot well because I got in foul trouble and couldn’t get in rhythm,” Vogrich said. “We didn’t play well, but we got it done.”

Blake McLimans

Worcester Academy had a 3-0 week with wins over Proctor Academy, Northfield Mount Hernon, and St. Andrews (79-64). Blake still hasn’t quite found his groove offensively but he played one of his best games of the season against Mount Hernon.

Jordan Morgan

Jordan Morgan was featured on State Champs this weekend as the Student Athlete of the Week. To see the video, go to, click the Wendy’s icon, and then click Jordan Morgan’s name on the left column.

U-D Jesuit knocked off Brother Rice 75-70 this week to move to 5-1 on the season.

2009 Recruits

Eso Akunne

GoBlueWolverine posted a video interview with Eso Akunne ($).

Richard bounced back after last week’s loss to Detroit Country Day with two wins. The Fighting Irish knocked off Royal Oak Shrine 67-31. Akunne had 14 points in the win. They added another blow out win over Madison Height Bishop Foley, 79-58, thanks to Eso’s 18 points.

2010 Recruits

Trey Zeigler

Trey ZeiglerMount Pleasant rolled over Flint Northern 82-67. Zeigler had 31 points, 16 boards, six assists and two blocks. The Oilers followed up that performance with a disappointing 63-66 loss to Traverse City West. Zeigler had another all-around game with 25 points, 10 boards, six assists, and five steals.

Will Regan

Nichols Academy rolled to two wins this week. First over Cardinal O’Hara (68-38) and then over East (55-41). Regan had 20 points (16 in the second half).

“It wasn’t really what I did, it was what my teammates did,” said Regan, a 6-foot-9 junior and major Division I recruit. “My teammates were able to find me on reversals and stuff like that. When [East’s Henry Mingo] did try to front, we just reversed it and headed low, and I was able to do a better job keeping him behind me when I was in the post.

Alex Dragicevich

Glenbrook North lost to Glenbrook South by a score of 41-40. Dragicevich had 17 points and 5 boards in the losing effort.

North bounced back with a 49-34 win over Deerfield. Alex posted a team high 20 points.

Moses Morgan

Palo Verde knocked off Valley by a score of 77-52. Morgan was limited due to foul trouble but still led all scorers with 28 points and 9 boards.

“We came out slow as a team,” said junior Moses Morgan. “We should have done way better defensively, they were getting by us and we weren’t helping each other out. I think it was because of finals week, everybody had testing and we didn’t have practice for a few days.”

Casey Prather

Casey PratherCasey Prather continues to put up monster numbers. Prather had 31 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in a 71-59 win over Jackson Central-Merry. Coaches from Michigan, Virginia, and Clemson were in attendance.

Allen Payne

Allen Payne had 17 points (5-6 shooting), 9 rebounds, and a block in a 68-69 loss to Mason. He followed that up with a 8 point performance on 3-9 shooting with 3 boards, 1 assist and 5 steals in a 42-40 win over Glen Este.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Palmetto split two games this week but I don’t have any numbers for Hardaway Jr.

Cameron Ayers

Germantown beat Episcopal 50-40 and Cameron Ayers had a solid night with 20 points.

Maurice Jones

Maurice jones is small but he is producing for Arthur Hill. The little point guard had 36 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in an Arthur Hills win over Southfield Lathrup.

2011+ Recruits

Brandan Kearney & Percy Gibson

Rivals posted some video ($) of  the Southeastern duo. Southeastern knocked off Auburn Hills Avondale 65-46 thanks to 23 points from Percy Gibson.

Amir Williams

GoBlueWolverine posted a video interview ($) with the 2011 big man.

Matt Poches

Matt Poches had 20 points and 10 boards in a 88-70 win over Walled Lake Northern.

Mitch McGary

Mitch McGary scored 16 points and pulled down 11 boards in a Chesterton loss.

  • Bluebufoon

    The new video that’s out there on both Blake McLimans and Jordan Morgan is very encouraging. Both young men look like they can run the court and their respective bodies are filling or thinning out respectively. Plus they both have skills, McLimans is a terror defensively with an outside shot and Morgan looks like his footwork continues to improve in the post but he also can hit the open jumper but what really impressed me from the video was the way Jordan runs the court.

    About Angus Brandt’s recruitment. When Brandt traveled to Ann Arbor last fall for his unofficial he was offered a scholarship by Coach Beilein. Since then nothing has changed, U-M continues to pursue him and just because we don’t know where the scholarship is coming from, doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist. As we all know coaches aren’t allowed to discuss the recruitment of individual players, until there signed, so is the presumption that U-M doesn’t have a scholarship correct ? I wouldn’t think U-M and Coach Beilein wouldn’t offer a player without a scholarship but maybe I’m wrong.
    I’d love to know if an official visit has been set ?

    Again I keep falling back on Zack Gibson’s scholarship which next year would be his fifth year, because Zack redshirted the year he transferred from Rutgers, is normally not guarenteed– am I correct ?

    Or Anthony Wright’s scholarship might be in play because since LLP’s addition to the U-M roster, AW’s playing has dramatically
    decreased where he only now gets in during mop-up time. Does Mr Wright want to play at a smaller level his last two years ?

  • Ant Wright to GVSU would fix everything :)

  • Benjamin

    He can join Morris and Smith over there in Grandville- Or go somewhere closer to home (Sterling, VA)- either way.

  • mark

    Eso is a 2009 recruit and Mo Jones is a Junior so he would be a 2010 recruit if U of M was interested.

  • Thanks Mark. You are right on both accounts. I don’t see Mo Jones getting a Michigan offer but he keeps putting up huge numbers at Arthur Hill so I threw his name in there. I had Eso in the wrong list because I had put him together with Josh Herbeck (2010) previously.

  • Aaron

    I hope nobody actually listened to the broadcast by those Lake Forest guys, that was horrendous. I have half a mind to drive up I-94 to Route 41 just to smack those two punks in the head.

    “Well, they need some shots to fall and…yeah, they just need some shots to fall.”

    Funny stuff. Vogrich is awesome.

  • Meredith Morgan

    In the video of Jordan, current video is in the practice uniform and white game uniform. The clips of him in maroon uniform are from last year.


  • Ken in Vegas

    Yeah, Aaron, those guys were so bad I just had to keep listening. I swear if they said barnburner one more time. Blake and Jordan can’t get here soon enough. We need to have some inside presence, although I agree with one of the readers (can’t remember who) that that is not the biggest reason we have dropped the last two games. We simply aren’t hitting our shots and we go as Peedi goes it seems. I think we can win without having a stellar game from Manny, surprisingly, but Peedi seems to be another story and reinforces the argument that he is our most valuable player.

  • Giddings

    I agree, Ken. Peedi is indeed a good barometer for how good our chances are of winning.

    I know it gets said every Monday with these recruiting updates, but man… we really, really, really need to get Zeigler, especially since MSU basically has no room for him.