Friday Bullets

Dylan Burkhardt

Nick Stauskas shows off his handle on the AAU circuit

  • The Michigan coaching staff was rolling deep in Merrillville, IN last night. Beilein and two assistants (the most allowed recruiting at once) were out to watch Yogi Ferrell, who was playing with the Indiana Elite 16s. The trio also was in the gym to watch the Eric Gordon All Stars 15U squad that features a trio of 2013 prospects in Zak Irvin, Basil Smotherman, and Devin Davis. You can read Joe Eberhardt’s (Follow him on twitter!) full scouting report here. 2013 Demetrius Jackson also mentioned that Michigan is recruiting him heavily.
  • As we mentioned earlier this week, Michigan paid very close attention to Marcus Paige at the AAU Nationals in Orlando. They had three coaches watched him earlier in the week and still had an assistant coach in the stands on Wednesday. Paige is a top five point guard nationally.
  • TJ Kelley posted a free article on GoBlueWolverine with more notes from Orlando including a cameo appearance by Carlton Brundidge, who played with the Detroit Fire.
  • 2012 guard Michael Frazier reportedly has a Michigan offer. Frazier has been playing very well this July and we are trying to find out where Michigan stands in his recruitment.
  • The REACH Legends faced off with Team Detroit out in California and REACH came away with the victory. Jalen Reynolds had a near triple double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 blocks.
  • Bacari Alexander wants 1,000 followers before practice starts or he’s going to delete his twitter account. Step up.
  • We’ll have JaVontae Hawkins video later today
  • Thanks to Brian W for posting a number of these notes and links in the comments.

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  • Adam

    I have gotta say.. I definitely like Stauskas’s game more than I like Valentine’s. This is a wing player that I would definitely love to have in the 2012 class.

  • You gotta finish, though.

  • Kenny

    really hope that Stauskas will be officially offered and commit on his August visit.

  • TR

    Stauska’s is good but he doesn’t play with a higher basketball IQ as Valentine. I watched Stauskas live in Chicago. He is good and will take over a game.

    Valentine’s only weakness is he hasn’t shown the same level of athleticism. They are both crafty with the ball because they aren’t explosive but Stauskas shows more hops.

    Both are better overall players right now than Hawkins but Hawkins has more explosiveness. Stauskas has a real jump shot which at the next level will be beneficial because the set shot or hop shot that Hawkins and Valentine shoot will be contested.

  • Adam

    Sure he doesn’t have a higher basketball IQ than Valentine but that will only go so far. Valentine is not very quick, and his jump shot is just plain ugly. In a Beilein offense I think that may be a recipe for failure if he can’t shoot even a little bit. I like Stauskas more than Valentine right now and personally I’d prefer him as I think he is a better fit and plain just think he is a better player.

    Valentine is a phenomenal passer, but his shot is well below average, his quicks are well below average, which also means he will have a harder time creating a shot in college against more athletic players.. personally other than his passing ability I’m not impressed with that much out of Valentine.. I suppose he was only a sophomore in high school and has time to improve, but as of right now I think Stauskas has more game than him.

  • Adam

    Also based on what TR has to say about it it reaffirms my point in that Stauskas I think is a better player.. if Stauskas doesn’t want to come to Ann Arbor and play then I’m all for taking Valentine cuz I think he is a pretty good player in his own right. However given the choice, I’d rather have Stauskas if we only take one wing in the 2012 class.

  • Paul

    Hawkins I think will have a big year this year and his stock will go up. I watched him play this year in the state quarterfinals as a HS sophomore and his athleticism was amazing, and beyond 98% of the seniors playing in the game