Recruiting Roundup (5-3-10)

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The Latest on Marcus Thornton

IMG_1411MarcusThornton[1]Marcus Thornton visited Alabama over the weekend and is working to finalize his visit schedule, here’s the latest from Michael Carvell of the AJC:

What’s up next for Thornton? He will visit Texas within the next week, and said he is likely to take recruiting trips to Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and UGA over the next few weeks. All the visits will be one-day trips to minimize missed classes for Thornton. He is an Honor Roll student with a 3.7 GPA, which includes AP classes for college credit.

The No. 7 and final school on Thornton’s list in Michigan. Thornton is still discussing Michigan with his family and “will decide something in the near future.”

It appears that Michigan is still working Thornton hard but they have their work cut out for them to secure a visit from Thornton.

Recent Visitor: Colton Christian

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Penn State recruiting circles have been buzzing with news about Tulane decommitment Colton Christian. The 6-foot-7 forward is a Washington native who prepped last year at Hargrave Military Academy.

Christian visited Ann Arbor last week and made a trip to Penn State over the weekend (he also reportedly visited a Pac10 school). ESPN rates Christian an 85/100 but their scouting report seems to hint that he might be underrated.

Reports from a couple of Penn State tipsters say that Christian enjoyed his Michigan visit but probably doesn’t have an offer at this point – as would be expected with Michigan’s limited scholarships. Christian is a new name on the radar though and one to at least watch even if his chances of an offer might be low.

Other Notes from Spiece

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Ray Lee and Chris Jenkins both played well at Spiece

Our plans for covering the Spiece tournament were derailed a bit thanks to a flat tire but there are a number of other Michigan prospects that played well in Fort Wayne. Joe managed to put together a scouting report that focused mostly on Indiana Elite and we will have video from Spiece (as well as some more from King James). But here are a few other notes from the weekend that was (after the jump).

The Family’s weekend wasn’t quite as successful as last weekend in Akron and one big reason was that Amir Williams didn’t make the trip down to Fort Wayne. Carlton Brundidge still played well, earning a mention in Scout’s day two writeup ($).

Ray Lee (2012 PG, 6-2) had a couple monster games while playing with the Franklin All-Stars going for 38 points against the Martin Brothers in pool play. Chris Jenkins (2012 W, 6-5) had a good weekend with The Family U16s and is a wing prospect to watch going forward.

We’ve talked about Yogi Ferrell quite a bit but there are some other point guard targets emerging. Iowa point guard Marcus Paige played very well, leading his Martin Brothers team to the 16U title, and reportedly has heavy interest from Michigan. Rivals called 5-foot-9 Ronnie Johnson a pure point guard who prefers to setup his teammates and Johnson reports interest from Butler, Purdue, and Michigan with some mid-major offers.

DJ Balentine is drawing “serious interest” from Michigan as well according to the Indy Star. The 6-foot-1 2012 guard shot 38% from the three point line last year and averaged 17 points per game.

“Michigan is the big one that’s been around a lot,” Balentine said. “Butler, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, LSU and Ball State have also shown some interest.”

The same IndyStar article also has an update on Marshall Plumlee:

“I’d love to play with my brothers, but it’s not the deciding factor,” he said. “I need to find a place that fits me the best.”

Plumlee said he’s “getting closer” to making a college decision, but declined to name the schools he’s considering. He has an offer from Indiana but said he hasn’t heard from the Hoosiers in a while.

Cimeon Bowers, a 6-foot-7 235 pound “freight train of a forward” also claims Michigan interest.

Two other local kids played very well at Spiece in Charles Tucker (2013, All Ohio Red) and Jordan Hare (2012, C, King James) but Hare didn’t list Michigan in Rivals’ report.

TheWolverine ($) and GoBlueWolverine ($) both put together lengthy reports from Spiece which are also worth a read if you have a subscription.

  • AG2

    Sounds like Thornton's family feels like distance could be a problem for Michigan.

  • Brian W

    Dylan and Joe, thanks for the updates. Hopefully the spare tire had some air in it….

    Interesting to hear about Colton Christian. Maybe he's an option after Sykes and Thornton have decided what they want to do?

    Kinda surprised that nothing has come out about Sykes' visit to UCF yet. I'm really wondering if it's more of a grades/admissions thing with the UCF visit than how he feels about how U-M.

    Sam Webb also talked about the Spiece Tournament (Plumlee, Zeller) a little in his recruiting round-up today. Haven't checked, but there's probably a podcast at WTKA's site.

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  • AG2

    Sounds like Thornton's family feels like distance could be a problem for Michigan.

  • Brian W

    Dylan and Joe, thanks for the updates. Hopefully the spare tire had some air in it….

    Interesting to hear about Colton Christian. Maybe he's an option after Sykes and Thornton have decided what they want to do?

    Kinda surprised that nothing has come out about Sykes' visit to UCF yet. I'm really wondering if it's more of a grades/admissions thing with the UCF visit than how he feels about how U-M.

    Sam Webb also talked about the Spiece Tournament (Plumlee, Zeller) a little in his recruiting round-up today. Haven't checked, but there's probably a podcast at WTKA's site.

  • 6-9 TC St. Francis soph Sean Sheldon, U-M Elite camper last year, out-produced both AJ Hammons and Jordan Hare head-to-head. Another kid playing up for the ACB/Bank Hoops team which was the best Michigan squad in the 17-under field was 6-2 freshman Dontel Highsmith from Dowagiac.

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  • Bluebufoon

    Obviously we're waiting on decisions from Thorton and Sykes but if Colton Christian wants to come, i might take him. This article compares Christian to Pitt's Sam Young and West Virginia's Joe Alexander– thats pretty impressive. Plus if the youngster has the endorsement of Hargrave Academy coach Kevin Keatts, that maybe all I need.

    http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/909527.html

    I don't mean to offend but Isaiah Sykes is starting to annoy me. Give me someone thats dying to wear the Maize-N-Blue !!!

  • waldo78

    What is the word on Jalen Reynolds from Livonia. Sam mentioned him on the recruiting roundup this morning. He sounds like a perfect 4 in JB's system. Thanks!!

  • GeorgeEsq

    You will be more than annoyed if you read his Facebook. I'd pull the plug on him now.

  • Brian W

    The Wolverine has a little report on Sykes' visit to Central Florida. He's in no hurry to decide.

    http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1080915

    Deshawn Sims gets some props from MSNBC on his character.

    http://beyondthearc.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/

    Indy Star writer gives his opinion on who impressed at the Run-N-Shoot Tourney.

    http://blogs.indystar.com/recruitingcentral/201

  • I think Jalen was sick and didn't get extensive PT when I saw him. What you like about him is he moves so well and is athletic at 6-8. Gets to spots easily horizontally so he'll rebound and block a lot of shots. Not sophisticated on offense, but not a lost cause by any means.

  • JB01

    i just looked and assume you're referring to his college: “syracuse '15.” as far as i know, they haven't offered him. also, that would mean prep school. he's really digging himself into a hole here.

    I have been extremely hesitant to pull the plug on him, but this is ridiculous. i'm not interested in him anymore.

  • Brian W

    Thanks for the additional info on Colton… Was interesting to find out that he played with the son of Detlef Schrempf in high school.

    Here's another article about Colton…

    http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/east_king/bel/sport

    The only video on YouTube that I could find with him in it was the one below. He dunks about 1:38 into it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTvjv7KXdrM

  • GeorgeEsq

    No. This: “Talking to all these dead presidents tryin figure out what ima spend em on??? $~Rich Kidd~$” Right after his return from UCF.

  • Rich Kidd is a rapper so I'd assume those are lyrics.

  • jBdub

    For all we know, Sykes' offer was contingent on him receiving a certain ACT score, and he's not allowed to commit yet.

  • Petie

    Any youtube video footage of Ray Lee from this tournament? I overheard some “The Family” kids talking about how he dominated and dunked on a few players.

  • waldo78

    Thanks Steve. Is he a Big Ten player or Mid Major? Rumor is he might blow up this summer and be a hot comodity so I would prefer JB gets on him before then.

  • kennyMe

    I am glad to see that Beilein is still making effort to add one more to class 2010 and I believe that he will be selective.

    Regarding Skyes, if he cannot decide between UM and Central Florida, there is no point to welcome him to Ann Arbor. I would rather believe that it is because of his grade or his UM offer being conditional.

  • kennyMe

    I am glad to see that Beilein is still making effort to add one more to class 2010 and I believe that he will be selective.

    Regarding Skyes, if he cannot decide between UM and Central Florida, there is no point to welcome him to Ann Arbor. I would rather believe that it is because of his grade or his UM offer being conditional.

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  • michael the original

    Here is my $.02 on Sykes. Let the kid make his decision. He has transferred from several schools in Detroit, many of which have poor academic reputations. He clearly does not have a great academic foundation, but is actually being quite smart about his commitment. He is in one of three positions (a) not having qualified (b) considering prep school to improve his academic and basketball profile (c) investigating schools with less rigorous academic programs where he might have a better chance of succeeding (in the classroom). I can't begrudge him any decision. He's an urban kid with a spotty past who now can use basketball to create some opportunities. Let the kid make the choice that is best for him and wish him well whatever he decides. I love U-M to death and want to see them succeed, but don't need to denigrate anyone who doesn't choose us.

  • Bluebufoon

    You'll have to show me where anyone has denigrated Sykes ? The fact is, if Sykes doesn't bleed Maize-N-Blue then good luck to him but I believe U-M and Beilein should be in control here, not a player that few legitimate offers. I also thought U-M let the Zeigler recruitment went too far and if I'm Coach Beilein I put an end to it– I'd give every kid with a Michigan offer 7 days, after that we stop waiting around or prioritizing “That” kid.

    There are more than enough kids out there for U-M to win consistently with with second and third tier players– we will show that in the nxt two years with the Horford's, Hardaways, McLimans' and Novak's of the World.

  • I think he'll end up high major, just a matter of producing consistently against other good players this summer.

  • SamGoBlue

    I'm not sure John Calipari could succeed in recruiting with this strategy. Offering a kid a scholarship and then giving him 7 days to take it or leave it would be like putting 20 girls in front of you and giving you two minutes to decide who you want to marry. We all know that Michigan is a great school, but there are other good schools out there as well and not everyone grows up a Michigan fan.

  • dirtgrain

    I'm not sure about that “in control” concept. Obviously, Beilein should be in control of his recruiting, including to whom he offers scholarships. Also obviously, a high school student should be in control of the decision about where to go to school and play basketball. I think Beilein is doing what I expect a good coach would do. Pressuring kids with take-it-or-leave-it offers and indicating that the school doesn't really need him–that can't be good for the long-term reputation of the school and for the relationships that Beilein needs to still build in Michigan with the high school coaches and basketball people.

  • dfe

    Man damn sombody change the 2010 hot board plzzzzzzzzzz?????? so i can see who we want

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