Wednesday News & Notes

Rod Days Narrows List to Five

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Florida wing guard Rod Days has narrowed his list of college choices to five schools: Georgia Tech, Richmond, Maryland, Michigan and Wake Forest. Days, a 6-foot-6 2011 prospect, is rated a four star (#58) by Scout.com and a three star (#115) by Rivals.

Days plays high school ball in Florida at Sagemont High along with 2010 super recruit, Syracuse commitment, Fab Melo.  Here are two brief clips of Days from YouTube but they serve more as evidence that he exists rather than evaluation tools.

There are plenty of connections at work in Days’ recruitment. He has a pair of cousins that play Georgia Tech football and his coach is a Maryland alum. It’s also worth noting that Wake Forest just fired head coach Dino Gaudio. This is certainly one recruitment to watch as AAU season kicks off this weekend.

Plumlee in Germany

bilde[2]After Plumlee’s Christ School team lost in the Rise Invitational (video), Plumlee hopped on a plane and headed straight to Germany to play with team USA in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament.

Team USA went 2-1 in the three qualifying games and advanced to the qualification round. Plumlee barely played in the first game after joining up with the team late (7 mins, 3 pts) but he played around 27 minutes in the next two contests. In the second game Plumlee only scored 3 points (1-5 shooting) but he also pulled down a team high 9 rebounds. In a medal round clinching win over Argentina, Plumlee had 4 points (2-8 shooting) but again hauled in a game high 9 rebounds.

In the first round of qualification round action, Team USA beat Spain 91-81 (box). Plumlee had 5 points (0-1 fg, 5-6 ft) to go along with 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. It’s clear that Plumlee isn’t a game changer on the offensive end at this point but he looks to be very capable of influencing the game on the glass and on the defensive end with his size.

Best of the Best Scouting Reports

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Best of the Best Scouting posted a number of scouting reports from the MHSAA semifinals and finals at the Breslin. As I wrote after the semis, it was not the finest hour for 2011 commitment Carlton Brundidge or even 2010 target Isaiah Sykes.

Here’s what BOTB had to say on Brundidge and Sykes:

Carlton Brundidge, 6’0, SG, Southfield, JR : Brundidge is a very good high school basketball player, that can’t be argued. He’s already committed to Michigan, but I don’t know if he’ll be successful in that system. In order to succeed at the highest level, picking the right system will be a absolute necessity for him. At the end of the day, he’s a SG, and that’s the bottom line. He produces and gets the job done, at that’s what every team needs. He’s a very good finisher for his size at the high school level and he can score in bunches when he gets rolling. All in all, his upside is limited in my opinion.

Isaiah Sykes, 6’6, Wing, Detroit Denby : Leading the Denby squad to the semis was no easy task, and big props should be given to him for his accomplishments. He doesn’t have a jump shot to save his life, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better finisher and slasher in the 2010 class statewide. Also drop dimes like a 5’9 PG. Terrific rebounder, and is great at getting the defensive board and starting the fast break and making something positive happen with the basketball. High majors are recruiting him, and it’s warranted, would be a good late pick up for any up-tempo college team.

Read the full article for the scoop on a couple underclassmen and also Michigan 2011 big man target Amir Williams. I agree with Dawkins that Ray McCallum is hands down the best player in the state. If he goes to Detroit, as has been rumored, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Horizon League.

Speaking of Isaiah Sykes, here’s the first quarter clip from the Denby/Pershing game, which was arguably Denby’s best performance of the season.

Sims Heads to Portsmouth

The Portsmouth Invitational tips off this evening. Michigan’s DeShawn Sims will be taking part in the event (rosters) and it’s a chance for him to move up on some NBA draft boards. Sims’ first game will be tonight at 9pm (bracket)

The Portsmouth is typically for fringe draft picks who are trying to play their way into the league however it is a chance to play in front of people that matter. If SIms can impress the right people it could yield huge benefits for his future.

See You Later

In the most shocking news of the day: Evan Turner is headed to the NBA. The other interesting early departure is Xavier’s Jordan Crawford. Crawford played on The Family in the class of 2007 along with Manny Harris, Durre
ll Summers, and Kalin Lucas. Recent ESPN Insider speculation hints that Summers may be the next one to declare.

  • JB

    What kind of impact is Summers's departure (if he goes) expected to have on Zeigler's decision? Is it possible (I don't follow NBA draft stuff closely) Summers won't have to declare before trey announces his decision?
    also, I strongly disagree with BOTB's (what is botb?) evaluation of brundidge's limitations and michigan being a bad fit for him.

  • Jay

    So Wake Forest fires the Coach after 3 years, and has this to say below:

    Athletic director Ron Wellman said “the basis for the decision was our late-season and postseason performances.” Gaudio was a combined 1-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, the only victory coming in the first round of the NCAA tournament this year against Texas, when Ishmael Smith hit a last-second jumper in overtime.

    If he was at UM we would be working on a new coach right now too! It's crazy how the bball landscape of W/L's are viewed differently across the nation. You would think with Prosser dying, and the early departures that Gaudio has seen that he would get a pass.

  • Bluebufoon

    With Wake Forest firing their coach does Beilein re-evaluate Carson Desrosiers who played with Smotrycz in summer league action.

  • suavdaddy

    Summers going pro opens a spot for Zeigler I believe. Damn it.

  • JB

    What kind of impact is Summers's departure (if he goes) expected to have on Zeigler's decision? Is it possible (I don't follow NBA draft stuff closely) Summers won't have to declare before trey announces his decision?
    also, I strongly disagree with BOTB's (what is botb?) evaluation of brundidge's limitations and michigan being a bad fit for him.

  • Jay

    So Wake Forest fires the Coach after 3 years, and has this to say below:

    Athletic director Ron Wellman said “the basis for the decision was our late-season and postseason performances.” Gaudio was a combined 1-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, the only victory coming in the first round of the NCAA tournament this year against Texas, when Ishmael Smith hit a last-second jumper in overtime.

    If he was at UM we would be working on a new coach right now too! It's crazy how the bball landscape of W/L's are viewed differently across the nation. You would think with Prosser dying, and the early departures that Gaudio has seen that he would get a pass.

  • Bluebufoon

    With Wake Forest firing their coach does Beilein re-evaluate Carson Desrosiers who played with Smotrycz in summer league action.

  • suavdaddy

    Summers going pro opens a spot for Zeigler I believe. Damn it.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    A spot for Zeigler was never really the problem. Trey would take Herzog's spot if he went there. I still don't expect him to attend State at this time, but things can always change.

  • Brian W

    Looks like Days is from a suburb of Miami, so maybe Hardaway Jr. could have some influence with him. I'm wondering where he stands in the pecking order in relation to Markus Crider and Eric Katenda since Crider has an offer and Katenda (according to the Wolverine) might get one when he visits. Days looks like one to keep an eye on for sure.

    When I tried to find some info on him and Hardaway a few minutes ago, I ended up at the Miami Herald's web site, where there was an ad to vote for the Miami Heat dancers. Wow. No offense to the Michigan dance team, but they're not quite the Miami Heat dancers. I'll just say they're impressive and leave it at that.

  • maxwells_demon

    I thought Brundidge was a lock for PG? And if he is more of a SG why does that mean he can't be successful in our system?

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    Maxwell.. Carlton has the size of a point guard and the game of a shooting guard. Obviously that's a problem but I think Beilein's two guard system might actually be a good fit for that. Carlton can handle the ball, that's not the question. It will be interesting how he develops over the next year…

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    Interesting news about Days, i didn't realize he was on our radar.

    Also Sims had a good first Portsmouth invitational game, good news for him.

  • fresh

    carlton is a kid that carries his team single handedly on his back game after game………even in aau with many D1 kids on the squad……….much of what you read about him says this……..he is going to be a kid that has an enormous upside because he is goign to elevate his game a lot when he gets to play with better talent……….his height is the only issue, but for anybody to say his upside is limited is crazy…………this kid is going to be great………..the end

  • Billiam

    He's going to be a top 50 recruit, and that's enough. What ranking was Harris when he got here? I don't know, but I'd assume it was about the same, if not a little higher. The point is, this guy is going to end up giving us 15 ppg for at least three years (if he stays with the program). So, with him and Morris, we're set at PG for the next few years.

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    For those that would like to look at the Box Score:

    http://www.portsmouthinvitational.com/boxscores

    It looks like Sims' team plays today at 3:15.

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    For those that would like to look at the Box Score:

    http://www.portsmouthinvitational.com/boxscores

    It looks like Sims' team plays today at 3:15.

  • Erik

    Does anyone else think Days kind of looks like Jamal Crawford? Very skinny, very young face…Slap a headband on him and I think they would look very similar….I can only hope he's as good as Jamal was (minus the NCAA infractions as lame as they were)

  • Bluebufoon

    Don't mean to rain on the parade but after watching the last video I don't want Isaiah Sykes, even if we lose out on Zeigler, which I hope doesn't happen. Sykes is an above average high school player but I just think Michigan can find a more rounded player in the Junior class than Mr Sykes. Not only does Isaiah refuse to shoot from the perimeter but even when he shoots around the basket he starts his shot around his waist, you can't succeed in college with the form Sykes uses on his shot.

    Save the extra scholarship for Katenda, Crider or Days.

  • Jay

    A player who attacks the cup could do this team wonders. More offense is created going to the basic rather then running a 3 man weave around the perimeter. Im not saying he is worth the scholly, but I do wish we had someone who will attack the rim. Get the other team in foul trouble, and its also a part of offense we dont have. Live by the 3, die by the 3..as you seen this year WE DIED BY THE 3!!!! As far as his shooting goes, Darius isn't to much of a shooter and Beilein's specialty is suppose to be shooting. Form doesn't matter if it goes in, ask Shawn Marion!! So if we could get a legit dangerous slasher/athleticism, i'll take it and hope that Belein lives up to the hype of being a great shooting coach. So far the jury is still out….

  • JRose

    Any chance that all the early entries lead Manny to reconsider? I know he was firm in his decision and Coach B supported it, but there are alot of names that will go ahead of Manny…just a thought.

  • mark

    I like Carlton and think he will be a good player for UofM but he doesn't have to carry his team. Pee Wee Barnes and Patrick Owenu both might end up playng D-1 ball.

    As far as the evaluation I would take it with a grain of salt. I believe it was written by Cristian Vaugh-Dawkins who is a senior at Saginaw High and played on the hoops team. While I'm sure he knows hoops my guss is CB would light him up for 40.

  • sarah

    I saw something on a freepress article that said he might be reconsidering. he still hasn't hired an agent but who knows.

  • AG2

    Wow, I never thought Taylor Battle would declare, especially with his brother coming in. If he stays in the draft, Penn State will clinch 11th in the Big Ten, and that could be the end of Ed DeChellis.

  • Wayman Britt

    Fellow posters, it's time to move on about Manny. He is not coming back.

    Coaches, players and fans need to focus our attention on getting Mr. Trey Zeigler to enroll at UM. He is the real deal.

  • ATLblue

    I also found i shocking that Battle would eneter his name into the draft, although i highly doubt he will stay because he doesent plan on hiring an agent

  • Colby

    What weekend does Eric Katenda visit? Anytime I read anything about him, I think of Luol Deng. Be interesting to see if he gets an offer.

  • kainkitizen

    As I have said in recent days, Recruiting is going to get very interesting in the coming days. As we all have heard about what the Kentucky players are doing now, all the top recruits should know now where they are going for thier one season. I give Trey (if he comes) at least 2 years with Coach Beilein to help him with his free throw shooting then he's off to the professional leagues. Durrel just hasn't shown enough where he would be a 1st round pick, I think he's like Manny a 2nd round pick. So why would you leave when you could try to win a championship. As we continue to fight our way back to the top, Let the Recruiting begin with a nose bleeder for Trey's talents and skills.

  • Brian W

    He's supposed to visit the weekend of the spring football game, April 17.

    Here's some other links about him for people who may not know much about him.

    NERR article:
    http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/

    Game where Michigan watched him:
    http://www.nehoopnews.com/news/770/Wilbraham-an

    Report on him at the Bob Hurley Camp (NBA Division):
    http://hoopgroup.com/hoopgroup/blogs/2009/07/08

    Irish Sports article about Katenda:
    http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/bask

  • Brian W

    He's supposed to visit the weekend of the spring football game, April 17.

    Here's some other links about him for people who may not know much about him.

    NERR article:
    http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/

    Game where Michigan watched him:
    http://www.nehoopnews.com/news/770/Wilbraham-an

    Report on him at the Bob Hurley Camp (NBA Division):
    http://hoopgroup.com/hoopgroup/blogs/2009/07/08

    Irish Sports article about Katenda:
    http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/bask

  • gordie bell

    I agree Brundidge upside is limited. Doesn't mean he won't be a really good college player, much like Mateen Cleaves upside was limited or Daniel Bullock or many a good college player. Brundidge doesn't seem to have NBA type talent, I think that is why his upside was rated as limited.

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