It's AAU Season, Let the Games Begin

Dylan Burkhardt
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The college basketball season is over but the fun on the recruiting trail is just getting started. The signing period for 2010 recruits begins next Wednesday (April 14th) and the first major AAU events of the year tip off this weekend.

Michigan 2010 target Trey Zeigler will be playing this weekend as well. Zeigler is participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival All-Star game. The game will be played Saturday night at 7PM at Freedom Hall and you can stream the game online.

Zeigler is not expected to announce his decision on Signing Day but a decision date is expected to be set shortly after he returns from the All Star game in Louisville. In related news, Ernie Zeigler has reached a verbal agreement on a contract extension with Central Michigan.

Update: Tim Hardaway Jr. will also be playing in an All-Star game this weekend, the Florida vs USA Senior Showcase. The game is on Saturday night at 7PM and it will be televised on on Bright House Sports Netowrk which appears to be channel 47 around the Orlando area (it also might be streamed online). More information at the official website. You might notice that former Michigan wing target Casey Prather will be playing for the USA team.

Coaches aren’t allowed on the AAU circuit yet but scouts across the country will be out in full force. There are three tournaments that Michigan fans should keep a keen eye on this weekend: Boo Williams, The Motown Showdown, and The IndyBall.com Shootout.

Boo Williams

The biggest AAU event of the weekend is the Boo Williams tournament in Virginia. This is a Nike event so all of the elite U17 Nike teams from across the country will be playing. Nike has actually redesigned their tournaments so that many of them are just round robins with the finals being at the Peach Jam.

The Family will be playing at Boo Williams so this is Carlton Brundidge (2011 commit) and Amir Williams‘ first chance to shine on the national circuit.

6-foot-8 wing forward Eric Katenda will be playing with the Albany City Rocks at Boo Williams. He has put up monster numbers in high school play and is drawing significant Michigan interest but it will be interesting to see if he explodes on the AAU circuit. Other wing targets like Rod Days (Team Florida) and Markus Crider (King James) should also both be playing at Boo Williams.

Motown Showdown

Almost all of the Michigan talent that isn’t playing with The Family at Boo Williams will be playing in the Motown Showdown. The Showdown is hosted at Oakland University by the Michigan Mustangs. A few of the headlining teams are Team Detroit, Team Pride, the D3 Heat, and of course the Mustangs.

Patrick Lucas-Perry, Tommie McCune, Dwaun Anderson, Darren Washington, Trey McDonald, Gary Harris, Matt Costello, and Jordan Hare are just a few of the guys on the Michigan radar that are expected to play at the Showdown.

Joe will be on the scene to catch some of the action and see who stands out early on in AAU play.

IndyBall.com

The third tournament taking place this weekend that Michigan fans will want to keep an eye on is the IndyBall.com event in Indianapolis. Indiana Elite is one of the top AAU clubs in the country and they feature 2011 big men Marshall Plumlee and Cody Zeller.  However, Plumlee and Team USA have advanced to the semifinals of the Albert Schweitzer tournament and still have games to play today and tomorrow, so I wouldn’t expect Plumlee to participate in the IndyBall tournament.

  • Brian W

    Dylan, thanks for the update. Will interesting to hear if The Family and Albany Rocks end up playing each other in the tournament.

    Glad we're less than a week from signing day now. We should hopefully know by next weekend what Trey is going to do.

    Just an fyi. I posted a comment as a reply to someone else's comment today, and it was listed as two comments on the Recent Comments list that appears on the right side of the blog entries.

  • Brian W

    Dylan, thanks for the update. Will interesting to hear if The Family and Albany Rocks end up playing each other in the tournament.

    Glad we're less than a week from signing day now. We should hopefully know by next weekend what Trey is going to do.

    Just an fyi. I posted a comment as a reply to someone else's comment today, and it was listed as two comments on the Recent Comments list that appears on the right side of the blog entries.

  • Billiam

    Wondering, but when does Zeg HAVE to sign by?

  • JayRich

    Any idea what Yogi's plans for AAU are? I want to keep a close eye on that kid

  • Brian W

    Last day of the signing period is May 19, 2010. He doesn't have to sign before then, but I don't see how you're helping your future team and coaches by dragging it on forever.

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    I'd assume he'll play with Speice, like he did last year. They don't have a very well updated web site, so I can't tell what they're planning to participate in, though.

  • It sounded like he was playing with Indy Elite but I'm not sure about that. He definitely did play with Speice last year.

  • Brian W

    Looks like they'll post the scores for the Boo Williams Tournament at this spot:

    http://www.boowilliamsbball.com/calendar-of-eve

    I should probably stop posting as 'guest' so I can edit my posts… “Will interteresting” needs a “be” in it.

  • MGoTweeter

    Just saw this on espn, but apparently the commitment of Hoford caused us to drop out of the top 25 class rankings on ESPN. We are now “on the cusp,” according to their rankings. I know its not b/c of Horford that we fell, but this surprised me. UM's current class is very similar to all the teams right around 20-25 still so I'm not sure why this happened.

    Not that recruiting rankings matter or anything, just thought I would share.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/class

  • intrpdtrvlr

    Unless your future team is coached by your father and it's been in pencil the whole time. I hate to play the “jump inside a teenager's head” game but the fact that TZ seems to be making zero effort to be prompt (even going beyond signing day) is starting to make me think the whole thing is for show and that it's been CMU all along. I know that's kind of a cynical attitude but that's the appearance to me.

  • Jeff

    ESPN likes Hardaway better than pretty much any other recruiting site, which explains why they have us on the cusp of a top-25 class. I don't think anybody else has us near the top-25. Although Smotrycz is in the top-100 for almost everyone, and rivals has him as top-50. Solid, but not great, class.

  • intrpdtrvir:

    absent more evidence–which you may or may not possess–I would say that's just conjecture.

  • Let's backtrack a little and ask ourselves: is Zeigler the savior of this program? Because there is a lot of hyperventilating taking place over this guy.

    My sense is that if there ever was a system that would NOT be totally dependent on a guard saving it, it's Beilein's. Obviously, the coach wants this guy; obviously, he's got skills, and a calm smoothness that you cannot teach. But realistically, this program is a year-by-year build. And Zeigler, join up or not, will be a freshman learning a fairly complicated offense next year. I wouldn't rule out that he COULD be Michigan's bball salvation, but I seriously doubt that it comes quickly, either way.

    Just trying to tamp down expectations, and to ward off my own depression should Zeigler not come to Ann Arbor. I welcome your thoughts.

  • Trey might not be a savior but he is a very important piece for a number of reasons. Definitely symbolically but also because he has a skill set that no one else on the team possesses.

  • Brick93

    I try not to get too emotionally involved with any recruit until they sign. Even after they sign, I don't get too excited until I see them play a little.

    While Trey would be a nice pickup, I think Smotrycz was a more important piece to the puzzle. Sounds like Trey will be a SF and we have options there. We really needed someone at the 4 spot in this class with the right size and skill set for what we are trying to run.

  • Wayman Britt

    I agree about Zeigler's skills, we need them. Who else is going to be able to score? Trey had the ability to create his own shot.

  • Oh, are people projecting him at the three?

  • Billiam

    I think next year might be a wierd year because we might not have the answers at the 5 that we're hoping for, but I think we can all agree that in 2012 the starting line-up will be
    1- Morris/Brundidge (backing him up)
    2- Dougless/Vog (“)
    3- Hardaway/Zeg (If we get him)
    4- Smot
    5- Whomever shows up among the bigs/2011 recruits

    All in all, that's a pretty good team of 3 top 100 recruits starting at least, and most likely 5-6 top 100 guys on the team (assuming we get another top 100 to go with Brundidge in '11)

  • Bluebufoon

    Plumlee didn't play Friday in Germany– surely he didn't bail on the US team when they reached the semi-finals of the tournament ? I'll be interested to find out what happened here ?

  • ATLblue

    Dylan, do you know by chance if Zeigler is going to be playing in the Michigan High School all star game @ Oakland U?

  • According to the roster I've got… Trey is not playing in that game.

    Some notables are: Isaiah Sykes, Pookie Jones (USC), Keith Appling (MSU), Alex Gauna (MSU), Devin Oliver (Dayton), Michael Talley, Juwan Howard Jr., Roy Marble (Iowa).

  • Brick93

    Trey is a 2/3 and most likely a 3 for us. He's about the same size as Manny. I think Hardaway is more likely to play the 2 since he is a stronger outside shooter. The positions are fairly interchangeable so that's why I thought it was more important to land a 4 man in this class.

  • Brick93

    Trey is a 2/3 and most likely a 3 for us. He's about the same size as Manny. I think Hardaway is more likely to play the 2 since he is a stronger outside shooter. The positions are fairly interchangeable so that's why I thought it was more important to land a 4 man in this class.

  • Billiam

    When is the game on? It might be interesting to watch Sykes play.

  • Billiam

    When is the game on? It might be interesting to watch Sykes play.

  • Brick93

    Boo Williams updates..

    http://ebosshoops.blogspot.com/2010/04/boo-will

    Stock on the Rise——–

    Eric Katenda, PF, Albany City Rocks- A long and lean 6-foot-9 insider from Cheshire in Albany, N.Y., Katenda is an interesting prospect. He's quite lean, but he runs well, has some skill to him and is a willing rebounder and help side shot rejector. Looks just like the type of player who has been very productive in the A-10 of late.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

    Rivals mentions both Amir and Brundidge. Bad news, Amir has a Duke offer. As if I didn't have enough reason to hate them. Good news, they won't take Amir and Plumlee.

  • Brick93

    Boo Williams updates..

    http://ebosshoops.blogspot.com/2010/04/boo-will

    Stock on the Rise——–

    Eric Katenda, PF, Albany City Rocks- A long and lean 6-foot-9 insider from Cheshire in Albany, N.Y., Katenda is an interesting prospect. He's quite lean, but he runs well, has some skill to him and is a willing rebounder and help side shot rejector. Looks just like the type of player who has been very productive in the A-10 of late.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

    Rivals mentions both Amir and Brundidge. Bad news, Amir has a Duke offer. As if I didn't have enough reason to hate them. Good news, they won't take Amir and Plumlee.

  • Garret C. Cornwall12

    Been Hearing good things about Ray Lee at Oakland this weekend. PLaying with Team Pride. Didnt make it to see him but hear he's on the roll to get back into the national limelight.

  • Garret C. Cornwall12

    Been Hearing good things about Ray Lee at Oakland this weekend. PLaying with Team Pride. Didnt make it to see him but hear he's on the roll to get back into the national limelight.

  • Brick93

    One of the Boo Williams updates on Rivals has us in on a 6'11″ post from Virginia named John Manning. Also another blurb on CB.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

    Rivals has him at #113

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruit

    Sometimes Rivals mixes up colleges so they may have meant Virginia. If not, we may need to add him to the hotboard.

  • Brick93

    One of the Boo Williams updates on Rivals has us in on a 6'11″ post from Virginia named John Manning. Also another blurb on CB.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

    Rivals has him at #113

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruit

    Sometimes Rivals mixes up colleges so they may have meant Virginia. If not, we may need to add him to the hotboard.