Denzel Valentine might have stole the headlines on the Michigan Mustangs 16U squad this summer but Marques Mondy had a very productive summer as well, earning the 149th slot in Rivals’ top 150. Dylan had the chance to watch the Forest Hills Central wing forward play this summer at the King James Classic and came away impressed. Mondy isn’t the same level of complete player as Valentine but he is very good in his own right — an excellent shooter, finisher, and rebounder. Here’s what Mondy had to say when I caught up with him earlier this week.
Describe your game. I’d say that I’m physical, athletic and I attack the rim and draw a lot of fouls. I’m more of a slasher.
What schools have been showing interest in you? Drake, Xavier, Illinois, Georgia, Stanford, Michigan, Butler and University of Detroit and that’s about it.
Any offers? No, not yet.
Have you ranked these schools? Right now, I would say Michigan would be my first choice.
How did AAU go this summer? It went well, real well. It got me a lot of exposure and stuff like that.
When did you visit Michigan? I went up there for the Michigan game against the University of Massachusetts and I went to one of the open gyms.
What did you think? I liked the players, they seemed cool.
What did you think of the new staff? I like them. I like them a lot. Coach Meyer’s been recruiting me a lot.
What do you like about Michigan? Everything. The program, the tradition they’ve got, I don’t know just everything.
How do you think you would fit into the offense? I think I would fit into the offense well. Right now, it seems like the perfect fit.
Anything you’re focused on improving about your game right now? Dribbling.
Any timeframe for commitment? Probably during the summer before my senior year.
What ultimately goes into your decision? The program, academics, my relationship with the coaches.
Do you plan on visiting Michigan any time soon? I’m probably going to try to go around during basketball season.