Quick Notes on Carlton Brundidge and Isaiah Sykes

Dylan Burkhardt
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brundidgeft[1]It’s been a busy day of posting… If you missed anything we’ve posted: Video of Carlton Brundidge’s 44 point game, scouting reports on 2011 prospects at King James, and thoughts on Bacari Alexander’s hiring. To add to the fray here are just a couple more tidbits and notes on Carlton Brundidge and Isaiah Sykes (after the jump).

Carlton Brundidge

We weren’t the only ones impressed with Brundidge’s play in Akron. Rivals’ Brian Snow praised his performance and Scout’s Evan Daniels did as well ($). There is no doubt that Brundidge’s strong play in Akron should help his national rankings when they are updated.

We had to leave Akron on Saturday night but it sounds like Brundidge kept us his strong play in the the later rounds of the tournament as well. He lit it up versus one of The Family’s arch rivals, All Ohio Red, and also played very well in the Championship versus Ohio Basketball Club. Here are some highlights from OHSHoops.com report on the 17U action:

Brundidge scored 13 points in the first five minutes of the game, but didn’t score again until the 2nd half … In the 2nd half, Burke and Brundidge went back-and-forth putting on a scoring clinic. The Michigan commit scored 24 points in the final 16 minutes finishing with a team-high 37 points. He was able to connect on four three-point goals in the half and five for the game.

Brundidge, a 6-foot-1 junior out of Southfield (MI), was balling out weekend. If we were to name an MVP, without hesitation, the University of Michigan commit would have enjoyed the hardware.

And in the finals…

Brundidge, who earlier in the day dropped 37 points on All-Ohio Red, erupted for 22 points in the 2nd half against OBC. Judging by his play throughout the weekend, it is likely he was well over 30 points for the game. Despite his efforts, it wasn’t enough to overcome a powerful OBC squad who is enjoying a great spring thus far.

We still have video from two earlier games from The Family and will put together a highlight reel on both Amir Williams and Carlton Brundidge. For now you can check out video of Brundidge’s 44 point performance here.

Isaiah Sykes

Isaiah Sykes was in action for the Michigan High School All-Star game at Oakland University and reportedly played very well. Those who were present came away impressed by Sykes’ game.

The Flint Journal reports:

While Appling and Jones were the two biggest names in the game, Sykes stole the show at times. A strong, fast wing player, Sykes scored 17 points, mostly on dunks diving and slashing through traffic to the rim. He was active and always around the ball, providing the most exciting finishes of anyone in the game.

The Oakland Press echoed similar sentiments and hints that Sykes might be planning to prep for a year:

Skyes (22 points, 12 rebounds, 7 slam dunks) was breathtaking the entire way bringing down the house with signature stuff after signature stuff, elevating way above the rim on every one. If all things go his way, this lefty slasher specialist will end up in Ann Arbor next year or the year after playing for UofM.

This is the first I have heard of the prep school option and it may just be speculation on Scott Burnstein’s part. Sykes athleticism has never been the question so it isn’t surprising to see him perform very well in an all-star game of this style. It will be interesting to see where Sykes’ recruitment goes next, he is reportedly scheduled to visit UCF next weekend.

  • Sullycu

    If Brundige gets rated too high, do we have to worry about him decommitting for more of a power school?

  • Sullycu

    If Brundige gets rated too high, do we have to worry about him decommitting for more of a power school?

  • I don't think you should worry about that.

  • mark

    I think prep school would be really good for Sykes. I've mentioned before I thought with all the games he has missed plus with the rumors grades could be an issue prep school could really help him.

  • Billiam

    The prep school does a few things for kids and teams, but the two most important things it does for a team are this: 1.) allows the kid to develop, while 2.) not taking up a spot on the roster. However, it still allows the kid to not commit to any one school, which is a negative in this case because he's such a good talent. We don't have any seniors next year so the roster spot doesn't matter. Of course we don't have a say in this, but I think that him going to prep school means that we have a very athletic player who we could get not commit, which is bad. I'd rather see him commit, and try to get some playing time (which he could very well get) at UM. That way Belein can work on his shooting (and who wouldn't want belien working on anyone's shooting?) and the kid is in UM, which means that barring a weird transfer, he's ours for 4ish years.

  • Billiam

    Dylan, I was just wondering if you could get a listing of the players The Family played against who are ranked nationally…

  • SamGoBlue

    I'm still a little bit amazed at how many people think Sykes is a must-get kind of prospect. He is about 6'5/6'6 with absolutely no shot and plays almost strictly around the rim and a little bit of slashing to the hoop. While the description may sound a bit like Manny, I don't think he has near the handles, the driving ability, or the shot Manny had coming in to Michigan. The offers back me up on this. As far as we know, we are the only high D1 school to offer Sykes, with Central Florida (? FIU, FAU? I forget which one) and Arkansas also being in the running. Compare that to Manny being ranked in the top 40 and getting offers from just about anywhere he could have wanted. To top it all off, Sykes has been rumored to diss Beilein about his coaching of Manny, yet everyone continues to want to put everything into Sykes' basket. I simply don't understand.

    To me, Sykes seems like an undisciplined athlete with a little bit of inside ability but too small to play the 4 or 5. If it were up to me I'd rather bank the scholarship for 2011 and get someone like Crider or Katenda and Plumlee or Williams. Not saying this would definitely be a possibility, but I think there are any number of guys that I'd rather have than Sykes.

  • Having seen Sykes and Crider play… I would take Sykes over Crider right now. Crider has some time to develop but he didn't impress this weekend.

    Sykes can't shoot but the wild card is his great passing ability. That sets him apart as a prospect. Must get? Probably not. Very intriguing? Yes.

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    I would love to see Sykes here next year, interesting thought about prep school; it's getting kind of late to pick a school and the fact that he didn't jump on Michigan's offer kind of makes me think that he'll go that route unless he's waiting on another offer or something.

    Brundidge looks good, glad to see he's playing so well. My one concern is that he's just 6'1 and not a true point guard; it'll be interesting to see where he fits in on the team.

  • dirtgrain

    So just how good is his ball handling? I wonder. Has anybody seen him bring the ball up the court under pressure? Do his one-on-one moves involve a lot of face-up dribbling?

    It sounded like he impressed with dunks–that's not all that noteworthy, as I have seen some sweet dunkers who had no Big Ten level skills (other than dunking). Petway frustrated the crap out of me, as I expected some of his skills to develop.

    Still, we should trust Belein on this one. If he thinks he can develop Sykes, then I'm all for him trying.

  • Just off the top of my head, here are a few players that they would have faced on Sunday in the last couple rounds of the tournament…

    Chane Benahan – OBC – http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruit

    Jakarr Sampson – King James –
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruit

    Zach Price – King James
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruit

    Trey Burke – All Ohio Red
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruit

    Stevie Taylor – All Ohio Red
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruit

    Elijah Macon – All Ohio Red (2012)
    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/track

  • In my opinion, Sykes can handle it well enough to slash but not nearly well enough to run the point guard right now for example.

  • dirtgrain

    Maybe similar to Nowak?

  • kennyMe

    I might have missed a lot of discussions with Skyes, and really have no hard feelings one way or the other. But did Beilein give him a solid offer or he has grade problem?

  • AG2

    Someone mentioned earlier they were worried about Brundidge decommitting, but I remember reading that Brundidge said other schools are still trying to recruit him but he's not listening. In the end, I'm not even sure other schools are allowed to contact him much over the summer but we just need to keep him until fall when he signs the LOI.

  • SamGoBlue

    Fair enough, but I would still rather wait with the scholarship. I haven't seen much of Crider yet, but I've heard some good things about him. I'm just a little concerned that there really isn't a place for Sykes in the offense, especially if he is questioning the coach before he ever gets on campus.

  • fresh

    sykes handles are way better…….manny cant dribble at all, are you kidding ……..if the kid could shoot he would be recruited by tons of great teams

  • Wayman Britt

    I don't have a problem with Sykes recruitment taking some time. Let him go down to UCF to see what other colleges are like. Beilein always wants his recruits to feel sure that UM is the right choice. Plus his academics may be holding him up for admission to UM. His recruitment may take some time to unfold.

  • Sullycu

    Any news on thornton?

  • Going to start taking visits in May. Hasn't narrowed his list last I heard.

  • waldo78

    Do we have any shot at Thornton? I don't mind chasing him for awhile but at what point do we focus on the 11/12 kids? I still would love to hold off on Sykes and go Katenda and a big next year to go with CB.

  • TheYooper

    Thought this was kind of funny
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/

  • beast1530

    Word is people has been in Sykes' ears that Michigan offense is not the right fit for him and he won't succeed as a slasher. That's part of the reason why Sykes is hesitant to commit to Michigan.

  • Yes I believe he got his offer after the spring game according to Sam Webb of WTKA.

  • fresh

    i also agree with this statement that is a very realistic concern ……..why are people so afraid of structured basketball…….this isnt kentucky……sykes would flourish at UM, he'd learn how to shoot, how to play great defense, and would be surrounded by some great players, and in a system that relies on good passing I would think he would really be great at UM…..its just frustrating if people are in this kids ear saying its not a good place for him when clearly its probably one of the better places he could go

    – I also dont get how people say manny was held back (which was something i heard) the kid shot and did whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, had a lot of assists and should have had more, and would have went down as one of the better michigan basketball players in its history probably had he returned for his senior season

    people are outrageous

  • SamGoBlue

    this is a little off topic, but I wonder if Carlton was distracted by #40 on the other team picking his nose a little bit??

  • jturn14

    I was at that game. I didn't realize why he had barely played until I read the paper the next day. He did make a nice move to the basket for a lay-up on Westlake's first possession but the ankle must have tightened up after that.

  • JOHNSINODA79

    The way you talking sound kind of personal… Anyone who has seen sykes play can see he has way way better handles than Manny got already and it's due in part to, thats the major part of his game obviously. He can get to the rim when he wants too, against anyone and he is 6-5 so he can see over people for the nice pass, which he does very very well and thats a major talent and one Michigan needs when the shot's are not falling. He's jumping out the gym, he's battle tested in the playoff's, I mean come on he knocked off Pershing (the state power) single handedly and he's done all this despite a total of 2 and a half years of highschool ball…wow…If his grades are right and he makes himself eligible then, I would be very excited to see him don a michigan uniform as his game reminds me of a young Jalen Rose ( who I've seen and have played with for years at Belle Isle and St C.) and he would be a steal for Beilien! it also gives Beilien D cred and along with the hiring of Barcardi Dapper, it could make for a perfect storm for Michigan in getting the better players thats accustomed to signing with state nowadays! You have to look at the long term benefits Sykes signing will bring as well as the short term, because the boy can flat out BALL!

  • JOHNSINODA79

    The way you talking sound kind of personal… Anyone who has seen sykes play can see he has way way better handles than Manny got already and it's due in part to, thats the major part of his game obviously. He can get to the rim when he wants too, against anyone and he is 6-5 so he can see over people for the nice pass, which he does very very well and thats a major talent and one Michigan needs when the shot's are not falling. He's jumping out the gym, he's battle tested in the playoff's, I mean come on he knocked off Pershing (the state power) single handedly and he's done all this despite a total of 2 and a half years of highschool ball…wow…If his grades are right and he makes himself eligible then, I would be very excited to see him don a michigan uniform as his game reminds me of a young Jalen Rose ( who I've seen and have played with for years at Belle Isle and St C.) and he would be a steal for Beilien! it also gives Beilien D cred and along with the hiring of Barcardi Dapper, it could make for a perfect storm for Michigan in getting the better players thats accustomed to signing with state nowadays! You have to look at the long term benefits Sykes signing will bring as well as the short term, because the boy can flat out BALL!

  • SamGoBlue

    Are you suggesting that Sykes is a better slasher than Manny Harris was at the same age? Because if so, I don't think you could be farther from the truth. I never saw Manny play in person in high school, but I saw video of him and I have heard many people who watched him in the playoffs. He was absolutely unstoppable on his way to the rack. I want to say he scored 43 points out of about 61 in the state championship game. He was literally Redford's whole team and the defense couldn't do anything. Therefore, he had tons of big offers.

    While Sykes did lead his team on a great run, I think it is pretty clear that he is not at Manny's level at this point. Now don't think that I would jump ship if he committed, I just don't see him as being even close to a must get kind of prospect. I think he might be a kid that could make a decent impact down the road, but by no means is he an instant impact type player.

    And grades no longer seem to be an issue from what I have heard. He got his offer, now it's his decision to make. If he doesn't want to play for us, then I'd gladly see him go to UCF or wherever else he wants to play. I'm not dying to get a kid if he doesn't really want to come here or if he questions the coach before he steps on campus.

  • JOHNSINODA79

    @ SAM… YES i AM IMPLYING THAT and coming from someone who did see Manny play, I would say Sykes is further along than Manny was due to that is a large part of his game, exactly how Jalen started and further more Derrick Rose makes a living at it! Manny got more offers because he was a four year starter at reford( Sykes only 2 and a half) so scouts had plenty time to evaluate him and mind you Dion had just left there so Reford was being watch and recruited! Sykes has more hops than Manny and better court vision! Manny is a great player and he will be successful on the pro level in a few years, but to me in my opinion Sykes maybe raw but he has more of an upside that with the right coaching, will translate to the pro's easily!!! Now the people talking in his ear are the people that don't wanna see a good player of his caliber at Michigan cause he could throw a wrench in Izzo's well oiled machine! Think about it if Sykes had played four straight years( Finney highschool closed down) State and Izzo would of been all over him without question and Michigan would'nt have had a chance! this could really be a major steal for them and the powers that be know this. A hungry recruit who could come back to haunt them… who wants that! this could really open the pipeline up between Michigan and the PSL once again because they would be giving a kid a real opportunity when no one else would and coaches and parents dont forget that, trust me!!!!

  • Billiam

    A quote from our illustrious Dylan from a year ago. Based off this I think Sykes should be a good player. If MSU is willing to take a player ranked below Sykes (Guana) then I say we take Sykes. He's still raw, and I'm not arguing that. Nevertheless, he's a talent and we need a guard who can drive. If it takes him a year or two to develop, so what. We're not going to do that well next year anyways, and it's really two0three years down the road that we're going to be good. Imagine a line-up of Morris, Brundidge, Sykes, Smotrycz, and (I'm still hoping) Williams. Those guys would still be backed up by guys like Dougless, Vogrich (who will one day use that shot that he's supposed to be good at), Novak, and Hardaway Jr. I think that'll be a good team, and that's who we'll have 2 years from now.

    “Here is Lou Dawkins' final 2010 Michigan rankings…

    2010

    1. Trey Ziegler Mt. Pleseant 6'5 G
    2. Ray McCallum, JR Detroit Country Day 6'1 PG
    3. Keith Appling Detroit Pershing 6'2 G MICHIGAN STATE
    4. Maurice Jones Saginaw Arthur Hill 5'7 PG
    5. Isaiah Sykes Detroit Finney 6'5 Wing
    6. Devin Oliver Kalamazoo Central 6'5 SG
    7. Alex Gauna Eaton Rapids 6'8 PF
    8. John Horford Grand Ledge 6'9 PF
    9. Devin Long Detroit Crockett 6'8 PF
    10. Michael Talley, JR Melvindale B&T 5'8 PG

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  • John

    Sykes was plan B after Trey Ziegler. We seem to have forgotten about Trey in one day after he committed elsewhere, the same will happen with Sykes even sooner if he commits elsewhere.

    I think Beilein will have even better plans C & D in place for next year.

  • John

    Sykes was plan B after Trey Ziegler. We seem to have forgotten about Trey in one day after he committed elsewhere, the same will happen with Sykes even sooner if he commits elsewhere.

    I think Beilein will have even better plans C & D in place for next year.

  • rgl

    He has the unteachables(40+ inch vertical and great court vision) which is why I think Beilein is taking a chance on him. If he can teach him how to shoot, he could be lethal.

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  • rgl

    He has the unteachables(40+ inch vertical and great court vision) which is why I think Beilein is taking a chance on him. If he can teach him how to shoot, he could be lethal.

  • SamGoBlue

    OK, this reply might be a little out of order, but…if what you say about Sykes being so good and him ruining Izzo's reign, then I have a simple question for you: Why has no one offered Sykes other than us and UCF? NO ONE! If these coaches are so concerned that Sykes will hurt their program, you would think that they would probably put two and two together and say “hey, this kid is really good. Maybe I should see if he wants to play for me.” Interestingly, no one else has offered.

    Now you are going to say that no one has scholarships this late in the recruiting period, but that is simply not true. Do you think Izzo would have turned down Zeigler if he wanted to play there? NO. He would have pulled Herzog's scholarship from under his feet in a second. If Sykes is the second coming of Jalen Rose (and apparently Derrick Rose now too) you would think coaches would be all over him.

    And one more thing. You think it took coaches four whole years of watching Manny before offering? Do you ever read this site when recruiting news is up? Coaches are offering kids before their senior season in high school, and sometimes even before their junior seasons. The amount of exposure is not the biggest problem for Sykes in this situation. There is more to it than that.

  • SamGoBlue

    While I agree that Sykes may be an asset two to three years down the road, I don't think there is any way he is an instant impact freshman. Once again though, you are falling into the trap of placing way too many expectations on freshmen and sophomores. To even consider starting two true freshmen and two sophomores over two seasoned seniors is ludicrous. Absolutely ridiculous. By writing this I think you are kind of showing that you don't have a lot of common sense. Beilein will tell you that, especially in his system, college basketball requires experienced players. Novak and Douglass are not going to sit on the bench and watch Brundidge and Sykes play 30 minutes a game over them.

  • the truth

    sykes is a great talent and michigan would be lucky to get him he can play any where from the pg to pf he is a legit 6'6 with great handles and a great passer and beilen can get his jump shot were it needs to be.

  • the truth

    trey zeigler is no where near better than keith appling or ray mccallum i would take sykes over zeigler any day zeigler is the most over rated player in michigan honestly.

  • the truth

    sykes is a great talent and michigan would be lucky to get him he can play any where from the pg to pf he is a legit 6'6 with great handles and a great passer and beilen can get his jump shot were it needs to be.

  • the truth

    trey zeigler is no where near better than keith appling or ray mccallum i would take sykes over zeigler any day zeigler is the most over rated player in michigan honestly.

  • SamGoBlue

    Just because Michigan didn't land him doesn't mean he is overrated all of a sudden. I wonder what you would have said had he committed to Michigan. Zeigler was rated at almost the same exact spot as Manny coming out of high school. I'm going to trust the scouts on this one in saying that Zeigler is better than Sykes, and it's not even close.

  • SamGoBlue

    Just because Michigan didn't land him doesn't mean he is overrated all of a sudden. I wonder what you would have said had he committed to Michigan. Zeigler was rated at almost the same exact spot as Manny coming out of high school. I'm going to trust the scouts on this one in saying that Zeigler is better than Sykes, and it's not even close.