Recruiting Roundup (3-1-10)


Here’s the latest recruiting roundup with updates on a number of Michigan basketball recruiting targets and commitments. As always, this is just an update of players with published stats that we can locate and not a listing of all Michigan recruiting targets. If you’ve got any tips or information, don’t hesitate to shoot us an e-mail.


Tim Hardaway Jr. (Commit)


The shooting guard’s high school career is officially over. Hardaway Jr.’s Palmetto team was knocked out of the playoffs on the 23rd by Columbus. Tim scored a game-high 20 points, but was contained much of the second half by double-teaming him whenever he was near the 3-point line.

Evan Smotrycz (Commit)

Smotrycz’ New Hampton team is gearing up for the NEPSAC playoffs this week. Check out our latest update with Smotrycz here.

Trey Zeigler

tz32Zeigler’s Oilers beat Bay City Central for the second time this season, this time at their place by the score of 73-68 in overtime. Zeigler tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out in regulation. On the 27th Mt Pleasant defeated a very good Rockford team, video of which is below.

Zeigler racked up 19 points and five boards. He talked with Rivals ($) about the recruiting process on the 16th.

Jon Horford

Despite 37 points from Eastern’s LaDontae Henton, Horford’s Grand Ledge team beat No. 4-ranked Lansing Eastern on the 22nd, 85-63. This was a big, big surprise. Eastern was without its star point guard, Charles “Cha Cha” Tucker, but still. Dylan and I watched these two teams play earlier in the year and the game was not close. Horford had 22 points in the victory. On the 26th, Grand Ledge beat Lansing Everett 66-65.

Horford is down to three schools: Michigan, Cal, and Providence. At this point only Providence has offered the big man a scholarship. John Beilein was in attendance to watch Horford play last week so there’s no doubt that Michigan remains extremely interested.

Horford plans to officially visit all three of his final schools and Providence appears to lead his recruitment (which makes sense as his only offer).

Mat Piotrowski

piotrwoskiPiotrowski, the latest big man on the Michigan radar, is a legit 7-foot-1 and attendance Lawrenceville Prep in New Jersey. Piotrowski had 8 points in a loss to China’s U19 team. he followed that up with 14 points in a loss to Blair. Piotrowski has the size and even hit a three point shot versus Blair so I’d say he’s one to watch right now. There’s also some video of Piotrowski on YouTube: One, two, and three.

Isaiah Sykes

Sykes continues to impress. He scored 16 in a loss to Country Day on the 24th and on the 27th he followed that up with 25 in a win over Detroit Henry Ford. The buzz around him is definitely growing, here’s a video of a nice put-back slam by Sykes against Kettering:

Also, Chris Balas of The Wolverine recently caught up ($) with Sykes for a quick interview.


Carlton Brundidge (Commit)

brundidgeBrundidge followed up his win over Clarkston (video of which lives here) with a monster performance against Oak Park, scoring 29 points, dishing six assists and grabbing five rebounds in a come-from-behind 88-67 victory. Southfield plays North Farmington tomorrow.

Cody Zeller

In case you missed it, a guest contributor provided some great video of Zeller’s game against Southridge. Check it out, it’s in HD and everything. The full game is also available on MGoVideo.

Zeller also had an impressive game in a loss to Evansville Memorial, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Amir Williams

The big man continues to come back strong from that knee injury. He scored 19 in DCD’s win over Sykes and Detroit Denby on the 24th, then followed that up with 17 points in a victory over Saginaw Arthur Hill on the 27th.

Williams was also in attendance at Michigan’s thoroughly unimpressive game against Illinois.

Also, here’s a short highlight video ($) from Rivals. I can’t quite make out who it’s against, but it’s not any game we’ve already been to so check it out. DCD plays Flint Northern tomorrow.

Justin Gant

Gant only had six points in a win over Lawrenceville North on the 26th, but was also featured on the local news throwing down a nice alley-oop.

Marshall Plumlee

Plumlee’s loaded squad just keeps rolling. Christ wrapped up last week with three straight wins over Wesleyan Christian Academy, Forsyth Country Day and Charlotte Christian.

Dwaun Anderson

Anderson scored 17 points, 12 of them in the first quarter, en route to a win over Glen Lake on the 19th. He followed that up with a Northwest Conference-clinching victory over Kingsley on the 24th, scoring 26 in that game. Sutton’s Bay followed that up with a 74-69 win at Benzie Central on the 26th.

Spencer Turner

Turner’s Bloomington South team reached an amazing 46 wins on a row after beating Decatur Central. Video of the game is here.


Javontae Hawkins

We left a few games from this month off of Javontae Hawkins’ first appearance on the roundup last week, so here’s what this month has looked like for the sophomore: way back on the 13th, Powers beat Lumen Christi and Hawkins scored eight; he scored 10 in a blowout of Davison, for which, as we mentioned last week, Izzo was in attendance; Against Flushing, Powers won 79-59, but Hawkins had little impact.

Kellen Dunham

Dunham has had a great couple of games the past two weeks, leading all scorers in a win against Frankton with 21 points, and then following that up with 22 points to lead the Arabians past Fishers.

Yogi Ferrell

Yogi Ferrell

There is speculation that Ferrell is leaning toward Notre Dame but his Park Tudor team beat Indianapolis Cathedral 63-50 on the 23rd. F errell is averaging 22.5 points and 4.4 assists per game as a sophomore.

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  • JB

    was horford guarding henton and what position is henton?

  • Suavdaddy

    Dylan, what is your latest thoughts on Zeigler?

  • Henton is an undersized post player. He plays inside and out but isn’t fast enough to play the perimeter at the college level and not tall enough to play the four or five at the college level.

    Nothing has changed with Zeigler. I think Michigan has a chance so does CMU, UCLA, MSU, etc. We’ll see.

  • mark

    Dylan a couple of 2012 UofM is looking at are Chris Jenkins 6’6 wing and Cam Fowler 6′ a very athletic PG both of U of D Jesuit. I would expect both of these players recruitment to pick up during the summer.

  • Hey Calvin, your post says Horford is down to Cal, Stanford, us. . . but then says Providence leads for him. Typo? Maybe no Cal in there?

    I played bball for Blair. . . on the freshman squad. We lost one game (to the NY Boy’s Club) by 60-odd pts. Blair has become a good bball school since!

  • That one is on me Mattski. It’s Cal, Providence, and Michigan. No Stanford. Providence is the only offer right now.

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    In fairness to Piotrowski, I haven’t seen him play…but the last thing Michigan needs is a 3 point shooting big man…I would like to know if he’s a bruiser or if he has post moves.

  • AG2

    If Michigan were to finally offer Horford, do you think the fact that Providence offered first would factor into his decision?

  • Michael P

    I bet Providence is his backup with the offer in his pocket and he’ll go to Michigan if offered…just what I would do if I were him.

  • People have probably already thrashed this through but. . . anyone know about Ziegler’s academics? His dad’s a coach and I assume he’s no idiot, but is he looking for a good education? Or is it possible that he’ll be a one (or two) and done guy?

    Mind you, all the cleverness in the world doesn’t seem to be buying M any wins lately, but.

  • Jammaaaaaalllll

    any one got a rivals account and pass word they could let me use

  • Evan

    Horford definatly wants to come to us hes just waiting for our offer to come

  • JimC

    Wondering how many open scholarships remain for next year?…the scholarship breakdown shows Ant as a 5th yr senior. Would M carry him for a 5th year?

  • Alyzen

    JimC – Don’t know how official this is, but according to the Michigan_mbball twitter feed (

    “Tuesday night is not only the regular season finale, but it is also Senior Day. Come bid farewell to DeShawn, Zack and Ant!”

    That would suggest that Ant’s about done.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    FWIW, I think Ant has a little kid. Given that he’s probably not going to be playing pro ball, it’s probably in his best interests to venture out into the job market. Aside from other reasons why they might not give him another year, I’m sure that’s a big one.

  • Brian W

    Will be interesting to see if Amir Williams or Horford are in the house tomorrow night for Minnesota.

    I don’t think I’ve seen any video links posted for Mat Piotrowski. If you’re curious, here’s some links.

    He plays with his back to the basket quite a bit in the Apex game. The practicing video shows that he has a good shot. The last video doesn’t show much really since his team doesn’t feed him the ball much.

    Apex game


    Atlantic Christian @ Shawnee

  • Paul

    Piotrowski is definitely big and blocks many shots here

  • AG2

    If Wright isn’t staying for a 5th year, doesn’t that mean we could take 5 players next year?

  • MaceoBaston

    I’m listening to Beilein’s radio show and it sounds like Wright won’t be back next year since he’s graduating.

  • Nice find Brian W and yes, it seems like Ant won’t be back. A tweet from the hoops team said Sims, Wright, and Gibson would be honored tomorrow night.

    That means there should be 3 more scholarships to give, assuming Cronin is indeed finished, along with Smotrycz and Hardaway. Giving out all three would mean that they couldn’t take anyone else in the class of 2011 though.

  • Thanks for the update on recruiting Dylan.

    UM is showing interest in some good players, but to truly be a top tier team in the Big Ten and to compete against the recruits MSU, OSU and UI is bringing in, Beilein has to get Trey Zeigler.

    We don’t need any more role players or projects. We need a NBA type player. Trey would florish under Beilein.

  • Brian W

    I agree on the importance of Trey. Trey will help Manny next season (I’m assuming that he’ll be back) and can grow with Hardaway and Evan. He’ll also help open the eyes of other recruits, helping to attract Williams, Gilchrist or another big guy next year.

  • fresh

    big man looked like he could play ……….gotta love the 7 footers