Recruiting Roundup: January 25th, 2011

Dylan Burkhardt

Our apologies for the lack of a recruiting roundup last week. We will hopefully be back to our normal weekly schedule from here on out.

Class of 2011

Trey Burke – Commit

Burke had 30 points on 13 of 18 (2-4 3pt) shooting with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in an 85-51 win over Beechcroft on Monday night.

We posted video of Northland’s win over St. Vincent St. Mary’s over the weekend, Burke had 19 points and eight assists in that contest. We also posted a couple other videos of Burke last week.

Carlton Brundidge – Commit

Brundidge had 25 points in a 71-59 win over Pontiac. Carlton also had 29 points in an 86-60 win over Detroit Southwestern. Southfield did suffer an upset loss to West Bloomfield but will try to get back on track versus a loaded Detroit Country Day squad tonight.

Class of 2012

Glenn Robinson III


Robinson had 21 points in a 68-56 loss to Merrillville, the number one team in the state of Indiana. In a 77-75 win over Lowell, Robinson had 26 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. In a loss to Crown Point, Robinson had 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Nick Stauskas

Stauskas had a team-high 24 points in a loss at the Hoop Hall Classic.

Sherron Dorsey-Walker

Joe scouted Sherron in Lansing last weekend and the talented junior guard also had had 23 points in an 80-74loss to Detroit Crockett.

JaVontae Hawkins

Hawkins had 17 points in a win over Swartz Creek. He also had 23 points in a loss to Cass Tech.

Jordan Hare

Joe posted video of Hare last week. Arthur Hill fell to cross town rival Saginaw High last week as Hare fouled out.

Sean Sheldon

Sean Sheldon had 18 points in a win over Boyne City.

Mitch McGary

McGary had 19 points in a 99-63 win over Vermont Academy on Jan. 22. He was not listed among the leading scorers on the school’s website in a 62-38 win over Proctor Academy on Jan. 19.

2013 Bullets

  • Stephen Bell ranks the 2013 in-state prospects half way through the season.  He also posted rankings for 2011 and 2012.
  • Zak Irvin had 16 points in a 71-70 win over Cincinnati Taft on Jan. 15. He also had 16 points in a 63-61 loss to Westerville (OH) at Flyin’ to the Hoop in Dayton (OH) on Jan. 17.
  • Basil Smotherman had 7 points points in a 84-69 win over Indianapolis Howe in the City Tournament on Jan. 18. he added 11 points in a 94-76 loss to Indianapolis Northwest.
  • Derrick Walton had 21 points in a win over Scott. He also had 15 points in a win over Henry Ford and 20 in an easy win over Detroit Plymouth Educational.
  • Jackson Lamb had 27 points in a loss to Skyline and 28 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to Adrian.

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  • Dford

    Glenn (pup dog) Robinson jr looking like a MAJOR steal…

  • Champswest


    What are the odds that you would put on us signing another 2011 recruit (versus carrying over that slot to 2012).

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      15-20%? Haven’t heard many names beyond the German kid, and haven’t heard much about him lately.

  • grandchamp

    On CB’s recruiting page it says that he is our lone 2011 commitment. Cannot wait to see these guys at Michigan, the future is bright.

  • Somebody brief me on how they see Robinson fitting into Beilein’s offense? And is he a good defender?

  • billiam

    I think Robinson is another shooter, with more athleticism. His shot will improve, but I believe that Belien wants him to be the 6’6 slasher that he didn’t get with Pointer. Obviously the altheticism needs to be coached, but that’s my take.

    Speaking of Pointer, man St. John’s is STACKED next year. They could play a line up of FOUR SFs in the (espn) top 100 alone.

    • Thanks. Good. One of these days we will have a team. Used to love St. John’s when I was a kid. All New York loves St. John’s. They are the perennial Daniel in the lion’s den of college hoop, with the Garden as their stage. That was a good job and situation just waiting to be reignited.

      • tin mad dog

        I hope he’s still growing. 6’8″ would be nicer.

  • Suavdaddy

    We need to put all of the energy in the world into finding a big that can come in 2011. If we get another wing in 2012 I am going to scream like a woman.

    • Beast1530

      Michigan need an athletic wing who can break down defense and get to the hoop(basically a slasher) more than they need big man. Morgan and Horford are developing. Michigan does not have one player who can break down defense with ease alas Manny Harris.

      • Suavdaddy

        Hardaway, Brundidge and Robinson are commits. How many of these guys do you want?

        • CJD

          How many balls do you expect the refs to throw on the court; or have you forgotten that our current point guard often dribbles the air out of the ball. Then you add CB & TB it is only becoming more obvious we need a rebounding and defensive machine that has a nice 10 foot and in game.

          Enough of the bigs that are allergic to the paint……….

  • michigan fan

    I agree, another big man would be great asap. We need more size to match up against Big Ten competition.

  • drae

    Can’t say that I’ve any bigs that could still be had that can come and make a difference next year, unless Coach Beilein is just being quiet about the kid from Europe…

    • CJD

      I would even be tempted to go to Africa and sign a monster big and Redshirt him in hopes that he develops. The National Power Schools seem to be able to find kids who can step right in and contribute but we may have to go the route of developing someone.

  • Tom Too

    blah, blah, blaaaaaah. Anybody else bored of this talk….Same Ol’ Stuff every year….

  • Brian W

    Based on the hot streak that U-M football coaches have had with recruiting this week, I wouldn’t mind if they temporarily borrowed Greg Mattison or Brady Hoke. (Just kidding). Greg Mattison definitely deserves the nickname of “the closer” though. Wow.

  • drae

    Hopefully a full year on the recruiting trail for Coach Alexander and Jordan will result in some local talent going to U of M at not going to school out of state…

  • Brian W

    Drae, I agree with you. I think the current assistants are going to help in-state recruiting. If they can bring talent like Glenn III or Burke from nearby states in the future, that’s great also.

  • AG2

    …and the #1 team in the Big Ten just beat the #2 team by 30+. Discuss.

    • Tweeter

      OSU is real good when they focus in on D. Probably best in the country. Purdue looked shocked by the fast start and never recovered. These teams will finish 1, 2 in the final standings.

      • grandchamp

        OSU is a terrible match up for Purdue.

    • CJD

      And many say a team with youth can not compete at this level; hmmmmmmm

  • Dylan Burkhardt

    Korie Lucious has been dismissed from the MSU basketball team for “conduct detrimental to the team”

    • Tweeter

      just going to post that. Dont know if this good or bad for Mich. On the one hand, State loses a key player and the team will have to face the distraction. On the other hand, Lucious has been terrible over the last several games and his absence means more playing time for Appling who has been playing pretty well.

      With the way Mich is defending right now, not sure it matters much in the end.

      • grandchamp

        Hopefully not making room for Gary Harris.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Sounds like it is a season long suspension with the opportunity to return.

      • grandchamp

        It doesn’t effect the Gary Harris recruitment, my bad.

  • AG2

    I have a part time job at a book store in Lansing, Lucious came in for books a few weeks ago and he seemed kinda irritated, always saying he was sick of being in school. Maybe this is academics related?

  • MAS

    I keep hearing about bringing in a bigman and I really don’t think we need one until the 2012 class. Unless you think Morgan, Horford and Smote are horrible and won’t improve there really aren’t a lot of minutes out there for a freshmen bigman next season. Also freshmen bigmen really don’t produce to often there first year in college. Not saying none of them do but normally you only need a few figures to count them. Look at the top 10 centers that are freshmen this season and tell me how many are contributing significantly.

    Also I was at the DCD vs. Southfield game last night. DCD beat Southfield easily after a close first half. Amir Williams (still laugh everytime he is compared to Riley) absolutely destroyed Southfield scoring around 30 points. As for CB he had a rough shooting night missing shots I normally see him hit. He finished with 15 points on 5 for 18 (3 or 4 forced shots) shooting. The big positive was he was able to get his shot off against a very good athlete Knight that is 6-3 or 4 and is a D-1 WR prospect for football. CB quickness allowed him to create some open shots.

    • CJD

      Ohio State has a laundry list of young bigs that have proven your point to be less than accurate; and since the two top bigs in Michigan in the 2011 class are both signed to leave the state and play at Ohio State it appears the tradition will continue.

      • MAS

        CJD what are you talking about? Where is the luandry list of big freshmen that are producing. Ohio St has one right now. Are you talking about stars like Fab Melo and Adrian Payne. Look I didn’t say there are no freshmen bigmen that produce, I said few do. If you are going to say I’m wrong at least have a clue and come with facts. And before you mention his name please don’t sat Muellen or Koufos because neither were very effective their freshmen season.

        • CJD

          Recruiting class of 2011:
          – Amir Williams from Michigan
          – Trey McDonald from Michigan
          Recruiting class of 2010:
          – Jared Sullinger
          – DeShaun Thomas
          Recruiting Class of 2008:
          – BJ Mullens – True not a star but was a solid contributor as a freshman.
          Recruiting class of 2007:
          – Kosta koufos – Same not a star but was giving solid minutes.
          Recruiting class of 2006:
          – Greg Oden
          – Othello Hunter

          There is little doubt that Ohio States ability to land a consistent supply of quality big men since Thad Matta arrived has lead to great results on the court.

          On top of that there are many bigs that are 1 or 2 and done around the country; yes some of them are NBA flops but they were solid (if not stars) on their college teams on arrival.

          In closing; I hope Morgan – Horford & Smot all blossom into to huge stars but my opinion is that they will all (in time) become solid role players at best. Not that it is a bad thing to have solid role players but a stud player in the paint has been missing from Michigan’s recruit profile for a long time. How long has it been since Michigan could say their strength comes from the inside out? About as long as it has been since we have had a successful team.

          • Dylan Burkhardt

            So OSU has landed one of the top three big men in the last four classes and two have been superstars.

            DeShaun Thomas, while a great player, is 6-foot-7 and doesn’t even get much playing time for OSU.

            Othello Hunter, I’m not sure why he’s on your list.

            Amir Williams and (even more so) Trey McDonald are not one and done type players.

            The bottom line is that most big men are projects and take some time to develop. The ones that do make an instant impact are VERY rare. Look at guys like Delvon Roe, JaJuan Johnson or Ralph Sampson. These are guys that slowly develop over time. Hell, Adreian Payne was a top 20 recruit and is playing like 12 minutes per game for Michigan State.

          • CJD

            Dylan – Mas:

            Yes usually young bigs take some seasoning; but there are exceptions to the rule for sure. I guess my point is that we have had little to no serious threat or depth in the paint for years. With that being the case and this year the state of Michigan producing what most think are 3 quality bigs (2 centers and a power forward) that all left the state and it would have certainly been nice to land one if not more of them.

            The point I was making on the above post is that OSU has had great success in landing big men year in and year out; not all stars but a steady flow that has help make them the conference powerhouse that they are.

  • MAS

    CJD I wanted Amir Williams he was my number 1 recruit I wanted in the state but the fact is he was never coming to Michigan. My point is there is no bigman available in the 2011 class that will be coming in and become instant production so there is no point of handing out an offer in that class. That is why I believe UofM should go after a big in 2012. By the time he gets on campus are current bigs will be upper classmen and they won’t have to be instant stars.

    I often wonder where all these 6-10 250 pound instant impact freshmen bigmen are everyone always talks about. They don’t grow on trees and most of them need a few years before they become good.

    • CJD

      I think you are mistaken my main point which is that we have to include quality big men in every recruiting class; our lack of paint talent is due mostly because we did not do that.

      Yes many take time to develop and there is a higher risk of failure at that position because you have to often project a young players upside. That said teams like OSU – Kentucky and others seem to be able to land players that can make an impact very early in their careers.

      The question I have is this; how many years is Michigan away from once again being significant in the big ten and national stage? And when can we reasonably expect to be at the top of the list of places that top recruits would like to play?

  • MAS

    Below is a link to the top centers in the 2010 class. Not many players contributing much more than Morgan.

  • CJD


    Just surfing the net today and came across this player; are you familiar?

    Walter Pitchford: Michigan roots and at one times signed with DePaul and now seems to be on the radar for many big ten teams.