Recruiting Roundup (3-9-10)


Here’s the latest update on Michigan basketball recruiting commitments and targets. Both of Michigan’s commitments, Hardaway and Smotrycz, have seen their high school seasons come to a close. However, that hasn’t kept John Beilein off the recruiting trail, the Michigan head coach recently checked out a pair of Indiana sophomores.

Note: This is not intended to be a complete list of players that Michigan is recruiting. Only players with published stats are listed.


Evan Smotrycz (Commit) – PF/SF

24594_1357184897723_1474500063_30970695_2395955_n[1]New Hampton fell to Winchendon, 74-66, on March 3rd. Smotrycz had 15 points but the loss knocked the Friars out of the playoffs and marks the end of his prep career. reports that Smotrycz struggled a bit after dominating Winchendon the last time around but they still love Smotrycz’ game.

We’ll have a couple updates with Smotrycz shortly.

Trey Zeigler – Wing

Mt.-Pleasant-vs.-Heritage-4[1]Zeigler’s Mount Pleasant team got a blow out win over Gaylord in which Zeigler scored 18. But the Oilers winning streak came to a halt in their season finale against Heritage. Zeigler had 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks, and 2 steals. in the loss.

Mt Pleasant beat Midland Dow 69-62 in their district opener. Zeigler had 34 points, 16 in the fourth quarter to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Zeigler was only 8 of 16 at the line. Next up, they will take on Midland at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.

Jon Horford – Center

Grand Ledge beat Jenison on the 2nd, thanks to a triple-double from Horford: 23 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks.

Grand Ledge kicks off their district play Wednesday (6PM) versus Mason at Holt High School.

Mat Piotrowski – Center spoke with Piotrowski way back in October. Piotrowski has the grades and the size but at this point he doesn’t have a lot of (any?) major offers. Michigan’s recruitment of him is more of a feeling out process right now. There are quite a few YouTube videos of Piotrowski out there if you want to check out the big man yourself.

Isaiah Sykes – Wing

sykes[1]Sykes had 24 points while leading Denby to a big win over St. Mary’s. Denby takes on Cody Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Cody in the district semi-finals.


Carlton Brundidge (Commit) – Guard

Brundidge scored 17 points in a loss to North Farmington on the 2nd. He actually got sick during the game, and North Farmington went on an 11-2 run while he was out before he came back in at the end of the third quarter. He certainly didn’t feel sick two days later taking on West Bloomfield — the junior scored 37 points in a comeback victory.

Southfield takes on Detroit Henry Ford in the district semifinals this Wednesday at 4:30 PM.

Cody Zeller – PF/C

Cody_Zeller_Washington_Hatchets[1]Zeller is averaging 21 and 11 for the year. He scored 18 points in leading Washington to win over Vincennes Lincoln and securing his team a spot in the sectional finals. In the finals, Zeller had 13 in another Hatchet victory.

Amir Williams – Center

It’s been a lackluster couple of games for Williams. He was quiet in a win against Flint Northern on the 2nd, mostly because of two early fouls and because Northern took Country Day out of its run-and-gun style for most of the game. Country Day lost its regular-season finale to Romulus on a last-second shot, and Williams was held to just eight points.

Williams had 15 points in a 79-26 (!) win over Madison Heights Lamphere as district play got underway.

Blue Devils Insider is also reporting that Duke assistant Nate James stopped by DCD recently to get a look at Williams.

Markus Crider – Wing

Wayne's Markus Crider is all over he rebound against Fairmont at Kettering's Fairmont High School on Friday Dec. 12.

Dylan introduced Crider last week and the 6-foot-6 junior is one of the first wing players that Michigan has offered in the class of 2011. Crider’s team beat Belmont 78-41. Crider didn’t practice all week before a Wayne win over Xenia but he managed to play and almost got a triple double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.

Wayne (20-2) will face St. Xavier in the district final, this Saturday (7pm) at UD Arena. That is as long as the games aren’t forfeited pending an investigation into the eligibility of two transfers on Wayne’s roster.

Crider was also named to the Ohio SW District second team.

Justin Gant – PF

Gant’s Terre Haute North squad beat Plainfield on the 2nd. Gant racked up 18 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Unfortunately, Terre Haute was stunned in its opening semifinal game to Martinsville and were eliminated from sectionals early. Gant had seven points, 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots in the loss.

Marshall Plumlee – PF/C

post[2]A nice feature on Christ school’s run of good teams in which the Plumlee family is featured prominently. Plumlee went on a serious recruiting road trip last week during his spring break. The big man visited Michigan for the Minnesota game but also made trips to Virginia, Wisconsin and Duke.

Dwaun Anderson – Wing

Suttons Bay recently topped Buckley to finish off its regular season. Anderson scored 18 points in the win.

Spencer Turner – SG

Turner had an 15 points and three assists in the Bloomington South’s win over Columbus East on the 5th, then followed that up with eight points against Columbus North in a victory.


Gary Harris – Combo Guard

John Beilein made the trip down to Indiana last week to check out a pair of Indiana sophomores – Gary Harris and AJ Hammons. Peegs has some recent video ($) of Harris.

Xavier was the first school to offer Harris and the sophomore recently made an unofficial to East Lansing to see Michigan State’s blowout win over Michigan.

AJ Hammons – Center

The second Indiana sophomore that Beilein was in to see was AJ Hammons. The 6-foot-11 250 pounds center is one of the top sophomore big men in the country. Hammons is ranked 12th in ESPN’s Terrific 25 list of prospects in the class of 2012.

Peegs has video ($) of the game that Beilein was at but you can also see this game from January below.

Javontae Hawkins – Wing

Fenton-vs.-Powers-4[1]Hawkins didn’t score much in Powers’ victory over Fenton, but reportedly did all the “little things.” He followed that up with a 12-point performance in Powers’ shellacking of Gabriel Richard.

Most recently, Powers snuck buy Goodrich in a thrilling district win. Powers will take on Flint Southwestern on Wednesday at 6pm in the district semis. Here’s video from their 2 point win over Goodrich (Hawkins wears #0):

Powers Catholic at Goodrich basketball showdown

Kellen Dunham

Dunham is leading Pendleton Heights with almost 18 points per game and he’s shooting 42 percent from 3-point range. Most recently, the Arabians beat Highland behind Dunham’s 17 points (the article includes a video, so check it out).  Unfortunately, Pendleton Heights lost its next game against Muncie Central. Dunham had just seven points on 3-13 shooting.

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell – Point Guard

post[4]Ferrell continues to impress. He scored a game-high 23 points in a win against Washington on the 2nd, including a stretch where he scored 13 of his team’s 16 points. The sophomore followed that performance with a 32-point explosion in a victory over Cardinal Ritter on the 5th. As if that wasn’t enough, just last night he poured in 27 to lead his team past Heritage Christian.

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  • Drew2

    Good stuff Calvin–have we offered Horford or not? I’ve heard both

  • Ryan F

    AJ Hammons – WOW. That guy is a program-changer.

  • AC

    Can we PLEASE have the position these guys play listed next to their name? Please? It is so frustrating only knowing the position of half the guys.

  • EJ

    Great Roundup as usual. There is another 2012 player that needs to be added though. 6’8 F/C Matt Costello from Bay City Western High School. He is being pursued by all the high majors from around the midwest. Coach Belien has watched Matt twice this season already as well as Izzo and USC’s head coach just stopped by for practice yesterday. Matt has unoffically visited Michigan, MSU, OSU, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Cleveland St. so far and his recruitment will continue to be heavy. Matt’s game to me is just like Evan’s in the fact that he is a great ball handler at 6’8 and a very good shooter. For the regular season Matt earned 1st Team All Saginaw Valley League and averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds in one of the toughest conferences in the state. Watch out for this kid.

  • ZRL

    Hopefully Stu was the start of a Carmel pipeline. They churn out major D1 players yearly.

  • Ryan F: I don’t think Horford has a Michigan offer yet. Sounds like he got his offer (

    EJ: You are right. Costello need st ogo on the list. He’s drawing big time interest.

    AC: I just added positions.

  • Evan

    Great Roundup hopefully zeigler and horford will come next year and we will see this april

  • Thanks for this! There were rumors Horford had rec’d an offer; guess not.

  • Evan

    Hopeful Lineup for 2011
    PG-Carlton Brundidge, Darius Morris
    SG-Tim Hardaway Jr, Stu Douglass
    SF-Trey Zeigler, Zack Novak
    PF-Evan Smotrycz, Jon Horford
    C- Amir Williams, Jon Horford
    This lineup looks extremely solid lets hope we can snag amir williams trey zeigler and jon horford.

  • Dylan

    I can’t see Horford playing the four here. I think he’s strictly a five just because of the way he plays.

  • Evan

    So if amir williams and horford come here they probably will never be on the court together?

  • Funny, the first time I saw Smokin’ Smoky Smotrycz, he was this amazingly thin sticklike substance. The guy has really bulked up. If his game is progressing like his physique we are onto something, if not now then in 2011, like Evan says.

  • Sam

    First of all, that would be one ridiculously young lineup. Freshman, sophomore, sophomore, sophomore, freshman?? No way that is happening. Morris will have the PG spot locked down with Brundidge probably backing him up. I’d imagine Stu will be the starting SG in 2011 as a senior. I’m hoping/praying that Stu can become Michigan’s version of Andy Rautins. He’s a little smaller, but he can play a similar game. Very good shooter, can get to the rack when he tries, and does a little bit of everything else. If we got Trey, I might be able to see him starting at SF, but I still have trouble seeing Novak coming off the bench. Perhaps Novak will be moved to the 2 and will start in place of Stu. Hopefully Metrics is everything we think he can be and can be a starter by his sophomore season at the 4 or else we could be in trouble there, and I really think that Blake McLimans is gonna have a stranglehold on the 5. That would give us five (hopefully, considering Morris) capable shooters as well as some decent size at every position.

  • Kevin P

    What about these guys from 2012

    Jordan Price
    Alex Murphy
    Kaleb Tarczewski

    thanks for the info. I am almost at a point where I hope we land trey and say thats it for ’11. Save the ship for 2011 and go hard after williams/plumlee/ and zeller. Land 2 of those 3 big guys to go with brundidge.

  • MaizeNBlue2

    Another article on Zeller for the Sectional Championship game:

    According to it, he had 15 rebounds against Jasper.

  • Tweeter

    Its going to be interesting on here come April. I have a feeling people are either going to be packing in the 2011 season or predicting a top five Big Ten finish and a sweet sixteen run.

    Dylan what is the date for the start of the April signing period?

    Btw, what the heck happened to Uconn? Just checked their score and they got trashed by St. John’s. That team just completely fell to pieces over the last month.

  • MaizeNBlue2

    It also might be worth mentioning that the Washington that Park Tudor beat (it’s actually Indianapolis Washington) is not the same Washington that Zeller is on. The Washington that Zeller plays on is 3A.

  • Tweeter

    just saw the quote from Horford over on Mgoblog. Sounds pretty promising. “I’ll possibly take visits, but I think [Michigan] might be a good fit,” he said. “When I go in to talk to Coach Beilein, I’ll know.”

    Dont have an account so I cant verify, but that sure sounds good to me.

  • Yeah… I’d expect movement on Horford sooner than later. He seems to have been waiting for his offer.

  • Evan

    I think hes just been hanging around waiting for us to offer and i am very excited to see if he can come here

  • Evan

    If he ends up to be anywhere close to as talented as his brother Al i would be very proud

  • John

    I can bet any money that he cancels his visit to Cal and verbally commits to UM within the next week

  • Evan

    Any news where Treys game is at I may take the trip up there

  • Dylan

    Evan: it’s at Midland Dow. Got a video camera? :-)

  • Tweeter

    dont particularly like rumor mongering, oh who am I kidding, yes I do, but anyway I guess there are some positive rumors going around about a highly ranked 2011 big man as well.

  • Evan

    Wow I did not know the game is that far away i seriously doubt i can get there it says 1 hour 45 on mapquest sorry man:(

  • Brick

    @Tweeter Yeah, strange things are afoot in the Fort.

    I think it will be no surprise if Horford commits but it seems like something else is going on as well.

  • Bungaman

    Anyone have anything to add about Hardaway? I am personally very excited about this kid, but I have heard several whiners say that he will bring nothing to the table next season.

  • fresh

    just have heard he is a great shooter……..he averaged over 30 points a game this season …….even in high school thats amazing so he has got to be able to do more than just shoot………im excited as well

  • Old Style

    Great job on the updates. Love this site and check in every day.

  • Old Style

    Glad to hear about he Horford offer as well.

  • Some positive momentum once more after a couple of very hard days. . .

  • mitch

    Thanks for the updates. I’m not sure why, but we need Yogi Ferrell! GREAT NAME!!

  • Bungaman

    Yeah. I really like the idea of a Yogi on the team. His pic makes him look like he’s about 9 years old, though.

    I know it’s been asked already, but when does the signing period begin in April, like, what exact date? Thanks.

  • intrpdtrvlr

    Costello sounds like a big MSU target, too. Definitely another in-state competition.

  • The Spring signing period begins April 14th.

  • While I don’t mind Beilien going to Indiana to look at some 10th graders, if he wants UM to regain their glory and substain it he must recruit the state of Michigan.

    Izzo will always get one of the top players, but we must lock down Detroit. There are plenty of great players in Michigan. Keep them in the state.

  • Brick

    I don’t care where Hammons lives. He would be one hell of an addition.

  • Evan

    I agree the talent from Indiana ia bone dry just try to get some of the top in state players like hawkins

  • GrandChamp

    Do the ranking services re-rank the seniors at the end of the season?

  • Tweeter

    Dont care where the players come from as long as they can play. Its nice to do well instate because it hopefully starts pipelines for future recruits and its always easier to get local kids to commit, but overall getting quality players is the bottom line. If you can get them consistently out of state then it doesnt make a difference.

    The problem UM has had, is not losing the instate battles in recruiting, its losing battles everywhere.

  • Tweeter

    Also, great win for Oakland tonight. Glad they made the tourney. I will certainly be rooting for them although they are probably looking at a 14 or 15 seed.

  • BlimpyBlue

    I’d say that the problem the last two years hasn’t been losing battles in-state, but that there haven’t been many recruiting battles to fight in the state. The 2008 and 2009 classes were extremely weak, which highlights why it’s important to extend the recruiting focus beyond the state of Michigan. Izzo has done just that by grabbing high level recruits out of Ohio to go along with his in-state recruiting.

  • EJ

    With regards to Costello and his recruitment. I work at BCW where Matt goes to school and I would be more worried about Ohio State right now then Michigan State. It’s still really early on but I think OSU is on top right now. MSU and Michigan are next but all the schools obviously still have a chance. I just know Matt really likes the assistant coach from OSU.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    (sorry for posting this again, but for some reason, my earlier comments on this were deleted/not posted for some reason)

    Hey Tweeter and Brick,

    What is the rumor about a 2011 big man that you mentioned above? Which one? I would be ecstatic to hear some good news about Williams or Plumlee or Zeller.

  • mitch

    This is an outstanding senior class this year in the state. We can’t get shut-out. I’m tired of the Indiana kids as well. I liked Stu and Zack last year, but the more I watch them they look like Horizon or Summitt league players. They can’t be starting on a good Big Ten school.

  • Drae

    If the Horford offer is in fact fact and not rumor it would be nice to have him signed quick so they could than turn their focus to Trey or a player similar to him… A class of Evan, Tim Jr. , Horford and Trey would be a huge step in recruiting and would help shut up the “Beilein Critics”…

  • Brick

    @Ypsi There was a message on another board about things looking really good for a 2011 big man. Don’t know any details or who it was.