Michigan Recruiting Cody Larson & Other Notes

larson8[1]According to ESPN.com, Michigan is recruiting class of 2010 big man Cody Larson. Larson is a 6-foot-9, 230 pound, power forward from Sioux Falls, South Dakota who was recently released from his LOI at Iowa and is garnering interest from a number of high major schools.

ESPN reports that Larson is considering Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, New Mexico, Florida, Wake Forest, and Arizona State. According to the ESPN report, Larson has several in-home visits on the docket:

Indiana head coach Tom Crean and two Hoosier assistant coaches made a home visit Sunday. Billy Donovan of Florida will visit Friday and Michigan, Ohio State and Arizona State are expected to make home visits Sunday.

Larson is a 4-star recruit on Scout.com, a 3-star on Rivals, and has a 92 rating on ESPN. Here’s ESPN’s scouting report:

Cody has sneaky athleticism and quickness, which he uses to surprise opposing bigs who do not initially respect him. Larson, a lefty, has good strength and finishes around the basket with a good amount of effectiveness. He also has a nice lefty jump hook over the right shoulder when he gets the ball with his back to the basket. Larson can stretch defenses with his respectable shooting ability from the perimeter and will also rise up and finish above the rim in traffic. He runs the floor and rebounds the ball on both ends.

Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. signed their LOIs in the fall but commitment Jon Horford is signed his LOI this afternoon and it’s been received in Ann Arbor. Here’s what Beilein had to say on Horford:

“We are pleased to announce that Jon Has become a part of the Michigan Basketball Family and believe he is a great fit for our program moving forward,” said Beilein. “At 6-9, 215 he is explosive and highly skilled. I love his length, wing span and his ability to rebound the basketball and as his strength improves he will help us in several areas. He can block shots, he has a nice touch and he has a huge upside and tremendous hunger and desire to improve.”

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As we reported yesterday, Trey Zeigler committed to Central Michigan this afternoon in an announcement on ESPNU.

Michigan has also offered Georgia Mr. Basketball Marcus Thornton but he sounds like a long shot at this point having accepted in-home visits from Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Georgia. Michigan is still recruiting Dtroit Denby wing guard Isaiah Sykes and reports are that he will make an official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend.

  • SamGoBlue

    Sorry, but Horford is not ready to start as a true freshman at the D1 level quite yet. Give him a couple years and I think he will develop nicely, but you are the kind of person that puts way too much expectation upon freshmen and then when they don't average double digits you blow them off. I bet you thought Vogrich would be averaging 15 a game this past season and now you think he will never play again right? I mean, I'm sorry to be so critical, but I can guarantee you that we will not start four freshmen and a sophomore. This has got to be the most ridiculous prediction I have ever heard.

  • BleedingBlue2

    I should have put “enventually” in there. I guess subconsciously I didn't think I needed too, because having all those guys on the floor next year at the same time would be a disaster. and where in the post did I say “Start as true freshman”? I don't think that lineup would ever start. YOU, Sam, are ridiculous and what the hell do you know about me and what I thought anyway? one comment that you misinterpreted wildly? “COULD GO”
    Step away from the computer for a minute…sheesh. get over yourself.

  • Billiam

    No need for hostility here, we're al UM fans. I do like the taller line-ups that we're garnering for the future though. I do see a taller line-up of Morris, Hardaway, Dougless/Novak/whomever, Larson/2011 recruit, and Smot coming to fruition soon tho. Imagine if we got Crider or that French guy from New England at the three…anyways, UM basketball is going up literally and figuratively.

  • TomThrice

    You’re absolutely right that we don’t know what we are going to get from this team because there are so many unknowns. That is why I’m going into next year not expecting much. Hopefully, I’ll be surprised but I’m thinking that they will be inconsistent and due to the young age of the team I’m expecting the bad games to out weigh the good ones. The 2011-12 year is when I can see us being at a level where we can make the tournament again.

    Players like Crider and Katenda just started getting on major programs radars this season. Crider is from Ohio and is drawing interest from OSU and also MSU is also looking at him. If he does well in the summer, he probably will start getting offers from those types of schools. Katenda just came to the US a little over a year ago and is already drawing interest from UConn, West Virginia, and Notre Dame. All I’m saying is that these kids will have options at schools whose basketball programs are visibly in better shape than Michigan’s and this makes it a tougher sell for Coach Beilein. On the other hand, I agree with you that we do have a good shoot at Williams but it is still going to be difficult. We have some built in advantages being that he is a local kid and one of his friends already committed to play. However, he is going to start to draw offers from some of the big schools over the summer. In order for him to turn down those other opportunities and choose Michigan, he’ll have to really believe that the program is on the right track.

  • SamGoBlue

    OK, I understand then if you are talking about the future, that's fine and I agree that that could be pretty sick. I'm just a little frustrated at all the people that have such high expectations for true freshmen to make a huge splash. As long as you are talking two, three years down the line, I see where you are coming from. Like I said, I'm not trying to be a douche, I'm just a little flabbergasted at people that think Novak and/or Stu will not start next year and that somehow a true freshman would be more ready than an upperclassman.

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  • Billiam

    Correct. I only really see Smot and Hardaway getting shots to start, and I doubt Hardaway will start most of the year anyways (with injuries he could start, but that's about it right now). Looking down the line to 2013 tho, we could have a starting line-up of Morris, Hardaway, Vog, Smot, and Horford/2011 recruit. All of whom will have had years to grow and learn, and will have (assuming we pick up a top 100 big man in '11) been top 100 recruits. We've getting taller, more athletic, and more competitive. Also, while it's a rarity, look at the freshies from 2009 (Dougless Vs. uConn, Novakaine, etc.). Freshies CAN (not to be confused with will) make an impact in some games. Also, those two guys we're even ranked when they came in, look at the rankings on Smot and Hardaway (also, they're geared towards Belein's system).

  • Billiam

    Correct. I only really see Smot and Hardaway getting shots to start, and I doubt Hardaway will start most of the year anyways (with injuries he could start, but that's about it right now). Looking down the line to 2013 tho, we could have a starting line-up of Morris, Hardaway, Vog, Smot, and Horford/2011 recruit. All of whom will have had years to grow and learn, and will have (assuming we pick up a top 100 big man in '11) been top 100 recruits. We've getting taller, more athletic, and more competitive. Also, while it's a rarity, look at the freshies from 2009 (Dougless Vs. uConn, Novakaine, etc.). Freshies CAN (not to be confused with will) make an impact in some games. Also, those two guys we're even ranked when they came in, look at the rankings on Smot and Hardaway (also, they're geared towards Belein's system).

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