Recruiting Roundup (3-15-10)

Dylan Burkhardt

Signing day is a month away and judging by John Beilein’s recent travels, it’s clear that Michigan realizes the importance of finishing strong on the recruiting trail. After the Friday night loss, Beilein headed straight for Mount Pleasant, where he watched standout Trey Zeigler take on 2012 prospect Matt Costello. Beilein also managed to check out Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell in Indianapolis and Markus Crider in Dayton over the weekend.

Here are some important dates to remember over the next couple months. NBA early entry deadline: April 27th. NBA early entry withdrawal deadline: May 8th. NCAA signing day: April 14th.

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


Evan Smotrycz, Tim Hardaway Jr. – Both Michigan commitments have finished their high school season.

Trey Zeigler – (6-foot-5, Wing)

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Mount Pleasant won their district title for the 5th yea r in a row behind 28 points from Zeigler. Mt. Pleasant is now 20-3 and will face Flint Northwestern top open regional play at Bay City Central. Zeigler also had 18 points in a 46-32 win over Midland in the first round of district play.

Zeigler is planning a signing day decision and is still expected to take his remaining two official visits after his high school season concludes. ESPN posted a breakdown of Zeigler’s finalists that’s relatively bland but still could be worth a look. Michigan is in good position heading down the stretch run but as we all know, anything can happen in recruiting.

Mount Pleasant will play Flint Northwestern tonight at 8PM at Bay City Central High School in regional semi-final action.

Jon Horford (6-foot-9, Center)

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It’s been a busy week for the Grand Ledge big man. First off, Horford landed a Michigan scholarship offer that will be made official once he visits campus. Horford is expected to accept the offer and become a Michigan Wolverine.

Horford’s prep career came to a bit of a disappointing finish. Grand Ledge knocked off Mason in the district semifinals, 50-44. Horford was in foul trouble for most of the game and finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds, and seven blocks.

But Grand Ledge’s season came to an end in the district final with a 49-38 loss to Holt. Horford had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Rivals has video ($).


Carlton Brundidge (6-foot-2, Guard) – Commit

Carlton Brundidge led Southfield to their first district title since 1984. Brundidge had a monster performance in Southfield’s district semifinal win over Detroit Henry Ford. Brundidge had foul trouble early but finished with a game high 28 points, notching 22 in the second half. Brundidge took over the game down the stretch and also hit three late free throws to ice the game.

Southfield had an easier time in the district final as they rolled over Ferndale, 97-64.  Brundidge had 21 points in the blowout win and started Southfields 22-2 run in the second half with a pair of old fashioned three point plays. Rivals has video ($).

Southfield will play Pontiac tonight at Lake Orion (5PM) in the regional semi-final.

Markus Crider (6-foot-6, Wing)

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The Wayne high school wing forward landed a Michigan offer two weeks ago and he reminded John Beilein why with a huge performance in a 46-40 loss to St. Xavier. Wayne was playing without two players who were ruled ineligible by the OHSAA but that didn’t stop Crider from putting together a big game. Crider had 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks including a monster alleyoop dunk.

Crider doesn’t plan to make a decision until after this summer but it’s clear that he needs to be near the top of the watch list this summer as he is a Michigan priority.

Rod Days (6-foot-6, Wingman)

Days is a wing forward from Florida that has also been garnering some Michigan attention. Sam Webb recently interviewed him at GoBlueWolverine ($) and confirmed that Michigan is recruiting him. ESPN has some scouting information. Days is rated a 3 star prospect on Rivals and ranked 115th in the class of 2011. He’s rated a 4 star on Scout and ranked #58 in the class.

Days plays on the same team as 2010 Indiana commitment Will Sheehey and 5 star Syracuse commitment Fab De Melo. Their loaded Sagemont team lost in the Florida class 2A state semifinals and Days was held to only 7 points.

Days is definitely one to watch during the coming months.

Eric Katenda (6-foot-9, PF/SF)

GoBlueWolverine also caught up with Eric Katenda ($). I linked to a New England Recruiting report article a couple weeks ago that mentioned Michigan was recruiting Katenda.

Katenda moved to the United States from France two years ago and is a very intriguing prospect at his size. Katenda has put up some monster performances including 37 points against Suffield Academy, 34 against St. Andrew’s, 21 vs. Salisbury, and most recently 33 against Choate. Notre Dame was the first high major school to offer Katenda at the end of February.

Katenda was also named to the All Western New England first team. Assuming Katenda keeps up his strong play he should continue to garner lots of high major interest.

Amir Williams (6-foot-10, Center)

Country Day rolled through their district with ease. Amir had 15 points in a 79-26 win over Madison Heights Lamphere.  In a 76-64 district semi-final win over Madison, Williams had 20 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocks. Williams added 17 points and nine rebounds in the district final, a 83-45 win over Bloomfield Hills Lahser.

Country Day will face Pontiac Notre Dame tonight at Imlay City (7:30 PM) in the regional semi-finals.

Cody Zeller (6-foot-10, PF/C)

zeller2 Cody Zeller had a monster 29 point, 13 rebound performance in a 52-45 regional semi final win over Corydon. He followed that up with 21 points and 9 rebounds in a 55-47 win over Boonville to win a regional championship. Washington faces Danville on March 20th in the Class 3A Indiana semifinals.

Spencer Turner (6-foot-3, Guard)

The Herald Times put together a profile video of the sharp shooting junior. Bloomington South had their 49 game win streak (one short of the state record) snapped by Jeffersonville, 58-56. South had beaten Jeffersonville by 31 earlier this year. Recap and video of the defeat can be found here.


Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (5-foot-10, Point guard)

Ferrell has been putting up monster numbers this year and it appears that plenty of schools are taking notice. Most recently, Indiana joined the fray and offered the sophomore a scholarship. Ferrell’s four offers right now are Indiana, Illinois, Butler, and Purdue.

Ferrell and his Park Tudor squad have also been taking care of business in the Indiana state playoffs. Ferrell had 19 points in a 44-30 win in the regional semi-finals over South Ripley. Ferrell followed that up with 16 points in a 50-41 win over Winchester in the Class 2A regional final. The win put Park Tudor in the Indiana semi-states where they will face Forest Park on March 20th.

Javontae Hawkins (6-foot-5, Wing)


Flint Powers won their district over with a 60-52 win over Flint Southwestern. Hawkins had 7 points and they all came in the second half.

Powers will face Piconning in the regional semifinals at North Branch tonight at 8pm.

Matt Costello (6-foot-8, Power Forward)

The Bay City Western big man is getting high major interest from Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State among many other schools. He had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks in Western’s loss to Mt. Pleasant while John Beilein was in attendance.

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  • gpsimms

    kenpom end of year ranking for michigan (of course other teams’ rankings can still change) is #60. Last year, we finished as his #51 team, but that was after a win vs. clemson and a good game against a highly rated oklahoma. I’m pretty sure we were right around 60 before the dance last year.

    we also finished #330 in luck…and i think people have to agree the tangible manifestation of kenpom’s ‘luck’ stat was pretty apparent friday.

  • Ben

    IN regards to Zeigler…. UCLA and Arizona who are in for him as well also had disappointing seasons and are NIT bound. So there is hope

  • We *should* have footage from Zeigler’s game tonight assuming everything goes well.

  • lordhavemercy

    I’m thinking that Eric Katenda is the recruit that will big. I am hoping JB. IS REALLY RECRUITING HIM. The kid can ball. He will be a good get …Just me though. I personally think the players in the New England systems are performers…Too Kendrick Price did not have the desire or work ethic…He could’ve been decent… I like Hortford too. He has toughness and room for improvement. His bloodline is a major plus. The Curry’s are pure examples..All of Doc Rivers sons are good…Hardaway WILL be special….remember Marquis Grey was more sort after than Horford?..

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    Looking at the other B10 recruiting classes so far, MI seems to be doing okay.

    OSU has a huge (and sick) class coming in, with 2 5-stars. Matta will get Pete Carroll-ed soon enough if the NCAA feels like taking a peek into the program. MSU looks to have a solid class, as does Purdue and Ill. Indiana seems to have a pretty sorry class. I guess I expected Crean to be a better recruiter. Same can be said of Minny. If MI lands Zeigler, though, I think we’ve got the 2nd or 3rd best class, right behind OSU and next to, or just behind, MSU and Ill.

    What do you think, Dylan? Are there other Zeigler-esque late commits for any of the other major B10 schools? Kids that they’re still waiting on for a decision?

  • ToBlav

    I like getting players from within the state. Some of my favorites on the team are from out of state, but I’ll always want some solid representation from the state of Michigan. So, until I know more about the personalities I always hope we get the in state guys. Hoping for Horford, praying for Zeigler, thankful for Brundidge, rooting for Williams and Costello. Of course I’m appreciative of all players who choose Michigan and quickly become a fan and want the best for them. Just thought I’d randomize a bit here, beg your indulgence.

  • intrpdtrvlr

    OSU’s class is obviously outstanding. I’d say that MSU fans are very happy with a Top-25/five-star PF, one of the two top players in the home state, a 6’6 3pt marksman (who chose them over UK and UM), and a 3-star project big man. I think a Top-Ten class and NO. 2 in the Big Ten is locked up.

    Anyone else ready for the whole TZ thing to be over? I’ve had about all the suspense and speculation I can handle.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    I’d go nuts if Zeigler decided to come to UM, but I’m just having a hard time believing he will. Outside of the small group of UM basketball junkies, I feel like there’s no sense of hope surrounding the program. I think recruits must pick up on that, and don’t want to go somewhere where the fan base,as a whole, isn’t hopeful and excited for the future. After a decade of misery, there was a lot of hope for the program after the Sweet 16 run last year. But with the disappointment this year, I think a lot of people felt really let down. Now it might be even harder to get people fired up about basketball again.

    That’s just my impression, and I *hope* I’m wrong.

  • Kevin P

    ToBlav and others who want all these guys. remember if UM takes 2 more in this 2010 class they only have 1 spot left in 2011. thats unless someone decides to not come back to the program.

  • bird

    Does anyone know what the schedule is on the practice facility (or the Crisler renovations, for that matter)? The sooner Beilein can start showing off even the hole in the ground where the facility will eventually stand, the better. Is there one of those li’l architect’s models under glass anywhere around campus? Might be too early.

  • Chief

    Groundbreaking in May will be constructed for Fall 2011. That’s for the practice facility.

  • andrew

    This is great stuff. I’m wondering, though, if you could do some sort of a retrospective piece on the past recruiting hype (or lack thereof) of the graduating seniors – like a recruiting roundup time machine, if you will. For instance, what did Zach Gibson’s recruiting profile look like? Maybe you did that already and I just don’t remember…

  • BL11

    I am not sure how the ‘sites” rank the B11 recruiting but my ranks would be:

    OSU: obviously a stud class
    MSU: very, very good class
    ILL: another very good class
    PUR: solid class, not as good as the guys they will have to replace
    MICH: two solid guys, add in horford and/ or TZ and we slide up 1
    WISC: average wisc class, not a lot of immediate impact
    IOWA: no impact players but some decent prospects
    MINN: fairly weak class for tubby
    NW: one kid, solid player
    PSU: one kid, solid player though
    IND: surprisingly weak

    IND will take one more and are in on some solid guys, minn has some open spots for guys but dont seem to be in on any solid guys, horford and TZ are the two best recruits left that could choose a bigten team.

  • AG2

    Isn’t Minnesota still in on Devoe Joseph’s brother? He plays for Findlay Prep I think.

  • I wonder the impact that our season already being done will have on recruiting. For one thing, it is a negative because we have no postseason to hang our hats on. But on the other hand Beilein and co. can get out and recruit actively down the stretch. We’ve seen Rich Rod close his recruiting classes strong, maybe the same could hold true for bball.

  • EJ

    I believe Costello also received his first two offers recently from Oakland University and Southern Cal. His recruitment will be interesting.

  • Jimmy

    Manny Harris’ status with Michigan has never been more uncertain than right now. In my opinion, he is equally as likely to enter the draft as he is to return for his senior year and nothing I have read has indicated that he is leaning in either direction. So will Manny’s decision affect Trey Zeigler?

    Scenario A: Manny stays. –> Zeigler has the opportunity to co-star alongside Manny Harris. He’ll get to learn from Manny, and lean on his talent as he goes through some growing pains and gels with his younger teammates. I think a team that includes Harris, Zeigler, Morris and a more experienced supporting cast could surprise some people. Once Manny leaves, Zeigler becomes THE guy and has a pretty capable supporting cast that includes Morris, seniors Douglass, Novak, and Lucas-Perry, along with more size and young talent in Hardaway, Brundidge, Smotrycz, McLimans, Morgan, (Horford), and whoever else we end up signing.

    Scenario B: Manny leaves –> Zeigler steps in as the man from Day 1. He’ll have a balanced, yet unspectacular supporting cast and will need to play like the Blue Chip we think he is for Michigan to win a lot of games in his freshman year. That’s a tough task but after year 1 he should have the experience and supporting cast to make Michigan a competitor in the Big Ten for the rest of his eligibility.

    If I am Trey Zeigler, I prefer Scenario A because he’ll have a large role either way and I like to win games, learn from Manny and form one of the better wing tandems in the league. Zeigler strikes me as the type of pro prospect who will stick around 3-4 years before going pro so I think he’ll be patient enough to play a supporting role during his Freshman year. Of course, all of this is hypothetical because if I were Trey Zeigler I would have committed to Michigan a long time ago.

    Anyways, I really wonder if Manny is thinking about incoming freshmen as he contemplates his next move. Whether he stays will have a lot to do with how much he trusts Morris, Douglass, Novak, Mclimans and crew to develop into a supporting cast capable of winning games and making him look good. Adding Trey Zeigler to the mix would have to inspire a little more confidence.

    So in my opinion, Zeigler and Manny have a lot to gain by playing with each other. Obviously Michigan basketball does too…here’s to hoping we finally catch a break.

    Anyone else have any thoughts Manny and Zeigler?

  • JBlair52

    Our backcourt should be pretty experienced. Hopefully that translates into less turnovers, better offense, improved shooting %, etc.

    If McLimans and/or Smotrycz can hit an open shot, I’d like to see them on the court. Too many time Novak was too short to alter a 6’2 penetrating guard’s shot and too often he couldnt rebound due to heighth. Even if one of the above guys isnt capable of stopping a 6’8 strong forward at least they can help stop the penetrating guards that killed us all year.

  • fresh

    at jimmy…………by saying in your sceanrio b that there is an unspectacular supporting cast is a bit premature……..we really havent seen what vogrich can do and/or hardaway or the bigs for that matter……….another year could potentially make a big difference so to say unspectacular about people we havent even seen yet is a little to early for me

    nevertheless i would certainly like to see trey and manny play together and throw in evan as well

  • Adam

    Lickliter officially out at Butler. Not really related to Michigan recuiting but it sure can’t help Iowa.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy


    I wouldn’t get your hopes up about Vogrich. He may not have gotten a whole lot of playing time, but there was nothing overly impressive from what I saw. One of his main deficiences is athleticism, and you can’t really teach that. You’ve gotta just hope that his muscles keep growing.

    I am pretty pumped, though, about Hardaway and Smot. Hardaway was putting up huge numbers in his final few games. I know that’s against regular high school competition, but they’re impressive nonetheless. Also, I think that his dad has probably helped him develop a high basketball IQ. In regard to Smot’s, the league he plays in is really really competitive. From what I gather, a substantial number (more than 50%?) of the kids he plays against are D1 prospects. So, he is essentially playing college basketball as a senior.

  • bird

    What a load. The NCAA is so messed up. Calipari and Matta are on top of the world, and this good man got the shaft. Criminy, if Beilein can’t keep all players from transferring (Udoh, Legion) and get the recruiting on solid ground (he’s close) in three years at MICHIGAN, you gotta figure it will take at least five years in the middle of a cornfield. Now what for Iowa? Dumb dumb dumb. MAYBE, like, Phil Jackson could turn them around in three years, if he could offer his recruits Kentucky-type compensation.

    Maybe the General shall return. Oh, mama, that would be sweet.

  • Adam

    Wow. I’d love to defend myself on that mistake but I can’t. Please rip on my foolishness accordingly.

  • Evan

    Lets hope zeigler comes and manny stays that would be the only way we can make it back to were we belong the NCAA tournament

  • fresh

    i think smotrycz is just as important as trey………..hes big guy that can shoot and beat guys off the dribble……….i expect him to be dominating folks in the very near future

  • Dirtgrain

    I also think Vogrich may still be a good college player. I didn’t think athleticism was necessarily his problem this year; rather, he just looked intimidated. He didn’t seem to handle college-level pressure from defenders well. On defense he looked lost. Those are two things he can likely overcome. Watching his high school highlights, I see decent athletic potential–decent enough to succeed in college.

  • fresh

    if stu and novak can be starters then vogrich can certainly be of some value

  • Fresh and Dirtgrain – I hope you are totally right about Vogrich, but at this point I have my doubts. This year he looked slow and couldn’t dribble or get open. In college they guard 3 point specialists the minute they get across half court, not like high school.

    I also worry that he could not get more playing time with the bad year LLP,Stu and Novak had. If not, when all three of them have a bad year, how is Vogrich going to break the line up when one or more is on.

  • Evan

    I also don’t feel good about vogrichs future he looks to small and weak to help us at all. For zeigler let’s hope he and Darius are tight so he can lire him in

  • Evan

    Zeigler just lost 78-55 to flint northwestern and are eliminated.zeigler had a game high 19. Now we are gonna get some serious news on zeigler in the next few weeks after he makes all his visits

  • Evan

    I feel like a complete moron.I looked for the score and I got the score from a year from today against. Flint northwestern. zeigler actually won 57-49

  • ToBlav

    KevinP – Well I think numbers mean if Zeigler comes we go with one for next year if not we save that one. I was just saying, every thing being equal, which I know full well it can’t really be, it is nice to get Michigan kids. Obviously we want the best players possible no matter where they come from.

  • AC1997

    This recruiting debate is interesting given the scholarship situation. At this point my opinion is that you don’t wait on talent. You sign Horford and Ziegler regardless of what it does for future years. And you consider a reasonable plan-B if Ziegler or Horford (not likely) go elsewhere.

    After this season they need help. The last two recruiting classes have been a disappointment with Cronin/Morgan getting hurt, McLimans not sniffing the court, Vogrich blowing a redshirt for one nice game and some garbage time, and Stu/Novak/LLP proving themselves to be nothing more than role players at this point.

    I still have hope for the guys on the team, but they need bodies who can contribute next year, not in 2-3 years. A class of Hardaway-Smotrycz-Ziegler-Horford is REALLY good for this team. You never know what will happen with scholarships in the future so you plan for the immediate class.

  • AG2

    Nice to see Chris Hunter getting minutes in the NBA, even if it is for the Warriors.

  • Bluebufoon

    Obviously Horford and Zeigler are the priorities for this class but does U-M bring in a European if Zeigler doesn’t go our way ?

    Then next year, is Katenda a back-up in case Michigan doesn’t land Plumlee or does Katenda have an open-ended offer ? Needless to say
    Katenda’s recruitment excites me because I believe Smotrycz is more
    WF than PF and Katenda sounds big enough to slide down low ? Pure speculation but Smotrycz body is very thin for PF.

    I’m surprised no one commented on how Horford’s offer wasn’t extended from U-M till after Plumlee made his unofficial visit for the Minnesota game. Makes me think Beilein wanted to emphazize to the Plumlees that U-M still had room even though they were going after another Big this year.

  • Zeid

    Some people seem to give up on players way too soon. Peedi didn’t have a good freshman year but he got better. I think you have to give recruits at least 2 years before dismissing them. It makes me wonder how quickly you will write off Horford, Ziegler, Hardaway, or Smotrycz if any them don’t have a season that meets your expectations (which at least one will not). It seems like it is a lot easier to get excited by the potential of a recruit than the potential of a player already on the team even though it is more likely that somebody who didn’t play much last this year will contribute more than a freshman.

    The one thing I have to say about JB’s recruiting is that he seems to get out there and see a lot of players. That is one of the reasons I tend to trust JB when he offers a recruit. He just has seen so many players he has to be use to evaluating talent.

  • Brian W

    I don’t think Horford got his offer until Beilein went on his short East Coast trip and saw Piotrowski in person. Word also came out about Horford’s offer around the time that Jordan Morgan got injured. Either could be a coincidence, though, since Beilein was paying close attention to Horford for several weeks.

    Horford made it sound like he’ll be playing power forward in college, so Plumlee could still get playing time at center. I’d really like to see them bring Plumlee with Brundidge in 2011. Katenda could be behind Amir Williams and Plumlee since both of those guys have been offered already.

    Mlive on Trey’s game on Monday: “While the Wildcats did try many different defenders on Zeigler, he was able to counter the entire game, scoring 28 points in Mount Pleasant’s 57-49 win. The Oilers advance to face Saginaw Arthur Hill in the regional final at Bay City Central March 17.”

    Carlton Brundige scored a game-high 24 points in Southfield’s win yesterday. They’ll play Clarkston on Wednesday.

    Amir Williams had 17 points for Detroit Country Day for their 59-27 win on Monday. They’ll play Detroit Crockett on Wednesday night.

  • I was at Trey’s game… Finishing up chopping the video… Should be up in the AM.

  • Brian W

    Dylan, thanks. I’ve never seen Trey play in person. Would you describe him as intimidating or aggressive? Mlive made it sound like Trey had to face different defensive looks and still got it done. Just curious.

  • other steve
  • I’ll have a full scouting report with the video. I wouldn’t call him intimidating or aggressive in the physical sense in terms of physical play. He was the best player on the court though and it wasn’t close. He makes it look easy.

  • Will

    Another one new to the radar for 2011 is AAGR’s Darren Washington. He had to sit until January, after transferring from Southeastern, but had a strong finish to the season, and is expected to have a breakout AAU season. He is a teammate of CB’s on the Family.