Recruiting Roundup (4-12-10)

Dylan Burkhardt

Joe posted scouting reports on a number of Michigan recruiting targets that were playing at the Motown Showdown but there were also plenty of other targets in action across the country. With signing day this week, things are also starting to heat up with the 2010 class, first here’s the latest on Michigan target Trey Zeigler.


Trey Zeigler, 6-foot-5, W

Zeigler had a busy weekend participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival All-Star game. Zeigler and McCallum teamed up to win the 2 on 2 competition Friday night and Zeigler had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the actual game on Saturday.

With signing day this week, speculation is running wild on Zeigler’s recruitment. A couple weeks ago the rumor du jour was that Ernie Zeigler might be headed to UCLA as an assistant coach. That rumor has died down and Ernie has reached a verbal agreement on a contract extension. However the latest speculation (from both The Free Press and UCLA Scout website $) is that CMU might be in the drivers seat. In this recruitment it seems like everyone has an opinion despite Trey consistently keeping things very close to the vest.

Update: Trey Zeigler posted this tweet in regards to the aforementioned rumors about him leaning toward any particular school:


According to Drew Ellis of The Morning Sun, Ernie Zeigler will finalize his extension with Central Michigan early this week. Ellis expects Trey to make his college decision this week before setting up a press conference at his high school. An Arizona State visit had been rumored but it’s unclear if Zeigler still plans on making this trip. Ellis also discounts the idea that UCLA is out of the recruitment but agrees that CMU might be picking up steam. Time to buckle your seat belts as we head toward the finish line.

Zeigler was also named to the Detroit News Dream Team.

Isaiah Sykes, 6-foot-5, W

Not much to update on Sykes’ recruitment but he was named to the Detroit News All-Detroit team and also their Class A all-state team. There has been no word on where Sykes plans to attend college or what the next steps are in his recruitment.


Carlton Brundidge, 6-foot-1, G

Brundidge notched a shoutout in Rivals’ Boo Williams wrap up:

Carlton Brundidge (The Family, 2011)- Wired to score, Brundidge is a classic physical, undersized shooting guard who is guaranteed to put up points at Michigan.

While questions about Brundidge’s potential may be warranted, there’s no denying his ability to fill up the scoring column. He has done it consistently on the AAU circuit for a while now and that is convincing evidence that he can adapt his game to the college level.

Amir Williams, 6-foot-10, C

Williams had a great weekend with The Family. Here’s Rivals’ writeup from Friday night:

In the win over Napier and BABC, The Family got a big performance from Amir Williams. The 6-foot-10 center started off slow, as did his team falling behind by 20, but he picked it up as the game went on. Williams used his long wingspan and supreme athleticism to dominate down low, and he finished the game with authority. If Williams had been able to knock in some free throws he would have had a near perfect game. As it is, Williams played as well as he has at anytime over his career.

Williams is basically being recruited by every school in the country and his most recent offer is from the national champion Duke Blue Devils. It’s safe to say that there’s a very long ways to go in this recruitment.

Eric Katenda, 6-foot-9, PF/W

The talented wing forward gave national scouts a taste of what he’d been doing all year in the Northeast. Eric Bossi was one scout impressed with Katenda’s play:

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.

Rivals’ Jerry Meyer was also impressed:

Eric Katenda (Albany City Rocks, 2011)- At a lengthy 6-foot-8, Katenda made a variety of positive plays for his squad. From being active on the glass and blocking shots to scoring the ball from all three levels, Katenda will likely garner heavy recruiting interest once coaches lay eyes on him.

Katenda is a very intriguing prospect and it looks like he may be poised to explode as the summer continues on the AAU circuit. Michigan is trying to get him on campus for a visit so this is a recruitment to watch.

Update: Rivals video ($)

John Manning, 6-foot-11, C

It’s time to add another name to the 2011 recruiting board. Virginia center John Manning (#113 Rivals, 3-star Scout) is primarily hearing from Michigan and William Mary on the recruiting trail.

Manning is 6-foot-11 and didn’t play at Boo Williams due to an ankle injury but is another big man that is drawing Michigan interest in the class.

Marshall Plumlee, 6-foot-11, C

47p cs spt11ALBERT MANNHEIM, GERMANY 10 Apr 2010 Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes  Marshall Plumlee of the United States takes it to the hoop against Germany's Paul Albrecht, and is fouled. Plumlee made the two free throws, but the U.S. lost to Germany's Under-17 team 79-68 in the third place game of the Albert Schweitzer International Youth tournament  in Mannheim, Germany, on Saturday.Team USA finished fourth in the AST and Plumlee’s final stats certainly weren’t jaw dropping. Plumlee averaged 19 minutes, 3 points, 6 blocks, and a block over 7 games. Plumlee’s offensive game has a long ways to go but his size and motor gives him the potential to contribute on the defensive end.

Cody Zeller, 6-foot-10, C

Zeller was impressive at the shootout. He impressed IndyHoops:

Zeller had a game that mirrored his high school season. He made fluid and smart moves in the post, showing nice touch but struggled at times to finish through fouls. His active hands allowed him to get several tip ins and pull down challenged rebounds on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Zeller is one of the best free-throw shooting big men I can recall in recent history, shooting 6-7 from the charity stripe in his first game.

Indiana Elite managed to win the 17U championship without Marshall Plumlee and Yogi Ferrell. Zeller had 14 points in the championship and added 24 in a win over Spiece.


Yogi Ferrell, 5-foot-10, G

Ferrell didn’t run with Indiana Elite at the shootout because he was at the first adidas Nations training camp of the year. Ferrell was the self-proclaimed shortest player there but there’s no word on how he played because scouts and media aren’t invited to adidas Nations events.

Kellen Dunham, 6-foot-4, G

Dunham is a sophomore that impressed several observers at Michigan’s camp last year. He followed that up with a strong high school season and now might be poised to make some noise in AAU play. Dunham made believers out of  IndyHoops:

Dunham, a 6’4 guard, didn’t receive the early recruiting interest some of his counterparts did, but is proving he is equally talented thus far. Dunham showcased the total offensive package, taking opponents off the dribble and knocking down mid-range and 3-point jumpers. Dunham finished well at the rim, converting several layups and shots after contact. He also showed a nice feel for the glass, using it on mid-range jumpers and drives to the basket. He displayed the ability to play adequate defense, not giving his man any easy paths to the basket. Dunham could be the Indiana player to boost his stock this AAU season.

Ron Patterson – 6-foot-3, G

Patterson is another young Indiana guard that Michigan is actively recruiting. The IndyHoops Blog caught up with Patterson for an interview and also posted a scouting report. Patterson listed Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Xavier, Tennessee, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan as the schools that he’s considering.

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  • suavdaddy

    So, Dylan, where do you stand on the Zeigler sweepstakes? CMU noise seems a bit surprising. Hard to believe that the Sam gut has changed much.

  • Not a clue. I was always under the impression that the top 3 were CMU, UCLA, and UM in who knows what order. MSU always kind of looming but didn't really ever seem probable. I'll be glad when it's over, hopefully it goes the way we all want.

  • suavdaddy

    So, Dylan, where do you stand on the Zeigler sweepstakes? CMU noise seems a bit surprising. Hard to believe that the Sam gut has changed much.

  • Not a clue. I was always under the impression that the top 3 were CMU, UCLA, and UM in who knows what order. MSU always kind of looming but didn't really ever seem probable. I'll be glad when it's over, hopefully it goes the way we all want.

  • Matt_Varney

    It's crazy to see the contrast between players being recruited for 2011 and 2012. 2011 is all big men, 6'9 or bigger and 2012 is all guards. 2012 will be a big year because Lucas-Perry, Douglass and Novak will be gone and Beilein will be trying to replace them.

    I have my fingers crossed about Zeilger but I'm not going to get my hopes up. Hardaway is being overlooked, I think, and if Zeigler doesn't come I think Hardaway will be the right man for the job, the 3 spot.

  • AG2

    If the Detroit Free Press is correct, then Zeigler has pretty much already eliminated Michigan. I just hope we don't end up playing CMU next year, we already lost to them once when we had a young team in 2007.

  • The Freep is not correct, judging by Zeigler's most recent tweet (added to the story)

  • fresh

    anybody have any stats on what m. crider did this weekend…… appears he is making another visit at some point?

  • JayRich

    HAHAHAHA!!!! You said the “if the Detroit Free Press is correct.” HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  • Brian W

    Dylan and Joe, nice work as usual on the new items today.

    We'll find out what Trey will do at some point, I guess.

    Isaiah Sykes, Devin Oliver, Maurice Jones and others are playing in the 2010 Michigan Boys High School All-Star on April 24 at Oakland University.

  • Wayman Britt

    Trey – If you chose CMU and play for your Dad I understand and wish you well, but please consider these points:

    1. You will be double teamed almost every night in the MAC
    2. National exposure will be less, than if you went to UM
    3. Coach Beilein can improve every facet of your game for the pros
    4. UM is one of the top universities and well help your career tremondously after basketball. Think long term.

  • Brian W

    This is the only article that I've found that mentions Crider from this weekend's Boo Williams Tournament. He comes off the bench, and it sounds like his team didn't do too well.

    BUCKEYE PREP REPORT on Day Two (April 10):

  • Evan123um

    Hopefully some of the guys considering ucla will go there so that ucla runs out of spots

  • Billiam

    we better get one of Katenda, Williams, Plumlee, or Zeller. Here's to hoping we get Williams

  • Billiam

    we better get one of Katenda, Williams, Plumlee, or Zeller. Here's to hoping we get Williams

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