Rankings Redux

Scout.com released their updated class of 2011 rankings and there are a number of Michigan targets included. Here are the relevant names:

  • #50 – Carlton Brundidge (commitment)
  • #23 – Cody Zeller
  • #31 – Amir Williams
  • #32 – Marshall Plumlee

Not many surprises here. Carlton is ranked as a solid four star which seems to be about right. I don’t think he’ll ever be a true 5-star because he’s not some kind of athletic freak. But on the other hand, he scores against the best of them so he’s in no danger of dropping.

The chances of Cody Zeller attending Michigan are slim to none but Amir Williams and Marshall Plumlee are rated about equally. Amir Williams remains wide open and Marshall Plumlee has yet to trim his list as well.

  • Bluebufoon

    Marcus Thornton chose Georgia over Alabama, Ga. Tech and Texas. I
    hope Marshall Plumlee chooses U-M but I think the Plumlees over-rated at 32 in Scout's Top-100.

  • Bluebufoon

    Marcus Thornton chose Georgia over Alabama, Ga. Tech and Texas. I
    hope Marshall Plumlee chooses U-M but I think the Plumlees over-rated at 32 in Scout's Top-100.

  • KennyMe

    Beilein will broad his search for a big man in class 2011.

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    On the 2012 rankings, Michigan is listed as one of the pursuing teams for the #10 player in the country, Jordan Price. Has Michigan been pursuing him?

  • zrl

    Hopefully I'm wrong, but I'm very pessimistic about our chances of landing Williams. He seems to be interested in too many big time programs to end up coming to Michigan. If I'm right, I hope he at least goes to Duke, which will greatly increase our chances of landing Plumlee.

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    And if it were me, I would choose Amir Williams over Marshall Plumlee and Cody Zeller, he just seems to have higher potential than the others. Plus, I think Beilein needs to establish himself as a recruiter of Michigan talent. It's nice to get out of state guys, but getting a class of Michigan-high school heroes Amir Williams and Carlton Brundidge could enhance the role of Michigan basketball on the Michigan stage.

  • Bluebufoon

    Publish reports have these players deciding at different time frames, Plumlee has talked of making an early decision, late spring or this summer, while Amir Williams has stated he will decide spring of next year– so technically U-M can continue to recruit both but personally I hope Williams loses out on U-M scholarship becaue I'm tired of having to wait around on these kids for months– Plus it will have meant Plumlee announced early for “MICHIGAN !!!!”

  • Kenny

    totally agree. Among the three, Plumlee is the one showing most enthusiasm. If he is not going to Duke, then we have a good chance landing him.

  • dirtgrain

    Tired of waiting? He's a junior still, isn't he?

  • Wayman Britt

    I agree with 4eva, we should not devalue the importance of getting kids from the state. We didn't fair to well this year in getting highly ranked in state recruits.

    Beilein needs to think long term. I don't believe UM can constantly rely on getting out state kids. Matta, Crean and other coaches are
    locking the door of their state.

  • Brian W

    For those who can speak Danish, I found Jonathan Gilling doing a TV interview after his team's bronze medal game. Sorry still haven't found game film yet.

    http://www.dk4sport.dk/videos/flow/player/index

    Annarbor.com has an article about Manny and the Chicago Pre-draft Camp.

    http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-basketball/fo

    Article about David Brandon learning to be an athletic director…

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20100519/SPORTS0

  • michigan hoops 4eva

    Very good point Wayman, and I think that Beilein is starting to think in that direction, evidenced by the hiring of assistant coach Baccari Alexander.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Locke/1838745739 Shane Locke

    Any News on K Grady Back on the team ? he would be valuable to back up morris.

  • Bluebufoon

    Ideally, you take an in-state player over a player from elsewhere but considering the state of the U-M program and our recent history, the key is filling your recruiting needs, which mean you take the first solid player at the position you're looking to fill. That's is why if Plumlee in the coming weeks wants to commit to U-M, Beilein shouldn't think twice about what Amir Williams is going to do– what is the ole adage a bird in the hand, beats two in the bush. In a perfect world, you wait around on the in-state kid but as we've learned as U-M fans recruiting is “FAR” from a perfect world.

  • Sullycu

    yeah I haven't heard much on Grady. I think he would have helped this year.

  • Sullycu

    I meant for that to be a reply

  • Brian W

    I'd love to get Amir since he's an in-state kid, but I wouldn't turn away Plumlee if he wants to come. I'm hoping that either of them participates in the elite camp in June.

    A name that Sam Webb brought up today that he said has been getting attention from U-M is Jalen Reynolds. He's a 6-9 power forward from Livonia Stevenson in the class of 2011, and I'm pretty sure that Sam said that he'd be participating in the elite camp. ESPN called him a sleeper after seeing him play at the King James Tournament in late April.

  • fresh

    it seems that people may see beilein as not caring about recruiting michigan and trying to land out of state kids that fit his style more

    -i heard an interview he did with sam webb this was several months back and he said recruiting michigan is ABSOLUTELY HANDS DOWN number 1 priority then region then national……..the man is putting in his work in michigan and realizes and knows michigan is first, thats coming directly from beilein's mouth

    being honest here im sick or worrying about who we are going to get let the man do his job and lets watch michigan develop and hopefully it will be a fun brand of basketball to watch

  • UMAdam

    Yeah Jalen Reynolds I have a feeling is going to start to blow up. I know the coach at Stevenson, and he and Jalen just visited Xavier this week and had a great time there. I think he is just on the tip of blowing up because he had to sit out last high school season.

  • Colby

    Have any names dropped of guys who will be at the Elite Camp at the end of June? Hoping JB can get some guys on campus for the event, did not have many big names last year.

  • http://ufl.edu mattski

    You have this conversation regarding the football program all the time: where should the emphasis lie? With football, the consensus seems to be that M has a strong national profile and can take advantage of it, while still cherry-picking many great in-state players.

    Obviously, our hoops program has not been as strong. Still, if I were Beilein I'd adopt the same position, being a little brazen and assuming that Michigan is only a few steps from powerhouse status. Obviously, there is pressure from the street–to respect and cultivate relationships with local coaches. It sounds like the Alexander hire will address that.

    But let's face it–MSU has had their pick of the best in-state players (w. notable exceptions) for some time. I would seek out and sign great players from everywhere and THEN begin to seek to make greater inroads here, on the strength of newly-established parity w. MSU.

    And both in-state and out, I would continue to sell M as an f'ing great academic institution, one big advantage we have over MSU. (I think Rima helps us get over the b.s. notion that M's women aren't cute, too.)

    I felt pretty down about the program after the season's end. But the new facility, the Europe trip, the Colton Christian get (gonna be absolutely critical to have a solid tall in there), and Stu's reported growth all have me feeling this team can get through next year to better things without the seams all busting loose.

  • UMAdam

    Yeah Jalen Reynolds I have a feeling is going to start to blow up. I know the coach at Stevenson, and he and Jalen just visited Xavier this week and had a great time there. I think he is just on the tip of blowing up because he had to sit out last high school season.

  • Colby

    Have any names dropped of guys who will be at the Elite Camp at the end of June? Hoping JB can get some guys on campus for the event, did not have many big names last year.

  • http://ufl.edu mattski

    You have this conversation regarding the football program all the time: where should the emphasis lie? With football, the consensus seems to be that M has a strong national profile and can take advantage of it, while still cherry-picking many great in-state players.

    Obviously, our hoops program has not been as strong. Still, if I were Beilein I'd adopt the same position, being a little brazen and assuming that Michigan is only a few steps from powerhouse status. Obviously, there is pressure from the street–to respect and cultivate relationships with local coaches. It sounds like the Alexander hire will address that.

    But let's face it–MSU has had their pick of the best in-state players (w. notable exceptions) for some time. I would seek out and sign great players from everywhere and THEN begin to seek to make greater inroads here, on the strength of newly-established parity w. MSU.

    And both in-state and out, I would continue to sell M as an f'ing great academic institution, one big advantage we have over MSU. (I think Rima helps us get over the b.s. notion that M's women aren't cute, too.)

    I felt pretty down about the program after the season's end. But the new facility, the Europe trip, the Colton Christian get (gonna be absolutely critical to have a solid tall in there), and Stu's reported growth all have me feeling this team can get through next year to better things without the seams all busting loose.

  • MGoTweeter

    The other thing you got to remember about recruiting the state of Michigan, is that the state has not been very good lately in producing top level recruits, particularly in SE Michigan. It seems like there are a couple of guys each year that are four star types occassionaly a five star, then several borderline major D-1 guys and a bunch of mid major guys.

    It would be near impossible to survive solely on recruiting this state. Especially considering that MSU is currently higher on the pecking order for recruits. Therefore, while I love UM getting local guys because I have usually seen them play several times in HS, I am glad that Beilein seems to be building relationships all over the country.

    As far as Williams v. Plumlee. I look at it the same as Zeigler v. Prather. They have different strengths and would bring different attributes to the team, but ultimately, with the program where it is right now, I don't care which we get. I just want one of them. Considering where UM basketball is at right now, I think it is a little silly to be choosy over two 4-star top forty recruits.

  • fresh

    that rating is because he has played in 2 or 3 tournaments already and has been dominating everybody………..hes scored 40 or 50 plus in at least 2 games since the aau season has started………..the kid is a beast and cannot be stopped

    maybe he wont end up in the top 50 but its definitely not because of 1 game thats guaranteed

  • http://www.bankhoops.com SBell

    Jalen just made our all-tournament team last wknd. in Lansing. Don't know if he's 6-9, but with his wingspan plays like it.

  • MGoTweeter

    clark francis, what is your reasoning that Brundidge belongs in the lower part of the top 100 as opposed to the top 50? I'm not saying you are wrong or right, just curious as to why you seem so certain.

    Have you seen him play? Have you seen a lot of the top 50 players play? Are you relying just on what some scouts have said about him? Are you relying on what UMhoops has said about him?

    Your statement sounds like conjecture at best.

  • aMaized

    Rivals moved Brundidge up as well:
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/Michigan/football/recru

  • aMaized

    Amir Williams – 39
    Cody Zeller – 46
    Mashall Plumlee – 79
    Dwaun Anderson – 86
    Eric Katenda – 108
    Brandon Kearney – 144
    Percy Gibson – 147
    Tommie McCune – 149

  • aMaized

    not sure if this is old news? but who is Dayeesha Hollins? committed 2009 to us:
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/michigan/basketball/rec

  • aMaized

    never mind… women's team… seems they posted on Men's basketball incorrectly.
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/michigan/basketball/rec

  • SamGoBlue

    yeah, she was a really good freshman for us last year but announced that she will be transferring to be closer to home

  • jBdub

    I think Beilein's hiring B. Alexander shows he wants to improve in-state recruiting.

  • jBdub

    I think Beilein's hiring B. Alexander shows he wants to improve in-state recruiting.

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