Sunday Night News & Notes

Dylan Burkhardt

A Word On Offers

On Friday, we reported that Nick Stauskas picked up a Michigan offer after Stauskas told Joe that his AAU coach had passed along the news of an offer. TheWolverine is also reporting a similar story ($) while GoBlueWolverine is reporting that Stauskas has yet to be offered ($). The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

It’s worth pointing out that when Michigan offers a prospect, the offer isn’t usually made official until the prospect visits Ann Arbor and sits down with Beilein. Stauskas has yet to visit Ann Arbor so it’s unlikely that his offer is set in stone. However, Stauskas has mentioned that he plans to visit Ann Arbor in August and this is quite likely when his offer could be made official.

At this point it’s safe to assume that Stauskas doesn’t have an official offer, however this could all change when he visits campus. Stauskas has called Michigan his leader so this is continues to be a recruitment to watch.

Costello Picks Up A Spartan Offer


Michigan was one of the first high-major schools to offer Bay City Western power forward Matt Costello a scholarship earlier this summer. Over the last two weeks Costello played very well on the AAU circuit and now his recruitment is taking off nationally.

Costello picked up an offer from Indiana last week but the big news over the weekend was that Michigan State had extended an offer to the talented forward.

NBA Summer League


NBA Summer League action wrapped up on Sunday and the Summer League experience was up and down for Michigan’s two recent entrants into the professional basketball world.

DeShawn Sims parlayed a strong performance in his third game with Boston (18 points, 8-11 shooting, 16mins) into a spot on the Dallas Mavericks’ team in Vegas. Sims played in three games but only got extending playing time in one contest: 10 points (4-6 fg) and 7 rebounds in 16 minutes versus Washington. Sims also notched 6 points (3-4 fg) in 10 minutes on Sunday night.

Manny Harris only played in one contest (5 mins, 0-2 fg, 1 ast) with the Cavaliers summer league team but that’s because he has been limited by a severe high ankle sprain. This obviously isn’t a great situation for Harris, who is missing out on the opportunity to impress NBA scouts. However, the Cavaliers’ roster is certainly in flux and Manny might have a chance to sneak onto an NBA roster somewhere.

Former Wolverine Courtney Sims averaged 25 minutes, 9 points, and six rebounds per game with the Lakers squad in Vegas.

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  • JB

    once again, great coverage…

    Plumlee’s going to duke, amir is likely heading elsewhere, zeller’s not coming, the interest level in crider is unclear, and everyone else seems to have us as one name on a long list of schools. i’m wondering who are our primary targets for 2011 at this point. I would love to add pangos, hopefully he stays 2011. I imagine we’re adding two more to 2011, but i have not the least idea who. brundidge is gonna be very solid, that’s for sure.

  • Bluebufoon

    Beilein doesn’t let his staff talk (openly) with the media like some. Erik Katenda, Kevin Pangos would be two of the targets but I guarentee Beilein and his staff have someone on U-M’s radar that we don’t have a clue about — thats how Beilein does things. I’m guessing a forward is a priority for this current class and making a determination on Pangos, then Michigan will know how many scholarships are left for 2012 ?

  • I figured Costello would get an offer from MSU, but Beilein must get him to committ to UM. I know our first priority is the 2011 class, but we have to put on the full court press to land Costello.

    It would be another blow to Beilein’s recruiting if we lose him to Sparty.

  • On another note, I wish Courtney Sims all the best in trying to make the NBA, but for him to play in that league he better play more aggressively.

    I can only remember all too painfully, how soft he played for UM in the Big Ten.

  • Dirtgrain

    Interesting article about Horford. His father was not mentioned. I always assumed that Tito Horford taught his kids how to play. Did he teach Jon?

  • georgeesq.

    Tito didn’t have much to teach. Great physical specimen, but not much skill.

  • georgeesq.

    Stauskus is very reminiscent of Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison. With further physical development and 2 years at St. Marks, look out.

  • Bluebufoon

    Seeing how we are short on scholarships, if U-M loses out on Katenda for 2011 how about Beilein and the Mad Tweeters try selling Pangos and Stauskas for the class of 2011 and if either or both needs additional seasoning they can red-shirt at Michigan for a year ? That would still leave two scholarsips for 2012, one for Costello and one more if U-M still wants to play the recruiting kibuki dance with Javonte Hawkins ?

  • Bluebufoon

    I have an internet friend who is very close to the St Mark’s program and Coach Lubick. Matter-a-fact last summer, he wrked extensively with Kaleb Tarczewki on his low-post moves after the big guy joined the St Mark’s summer team– I believe they are called NE Expressions or something like that. Anyway here are Coach Mel’s comments on Stauskas, who’ll be joining St. Mark’s, in the near future.

    “Nik is transferring into SM from South Kent last year. Great kid! Might be the best shooter in New England next year. Legit 6’5″+ and super skilled. Plays hard and is tough, forget the typical shooter label or thinking the kid will go 3 point line to 3 point line. Mixes it up and is a better athlete than appears. I think he is a perfect fit for Michigan and the style they play. He plays for Grassroots Canada. They play a terrific spring and summer schedule against the top competition. He has performed very well so far this AAU season.”

  • locke

    I think it’s SAD to say manny and deshawn will not be on a NBA roster . Deshawn got very few minutes, and the style of play i watched did not fit him . it was 1on1 basketball not much half court offense or deffense.