Recruiting Roundup: February 21st, 2011

Dylan Burkhardt

Class of 2011

Trey Burke – Commit

Photo: Dispatch

Burke had 14 points on 5 of 7 (1-2 3pt) shooting, seven assists, four steals, and four rebounds in the Columbus City League Championship game. Burke had 10 points in the first quarter before Waltnut Ridge started throwing a variety of box-and-one and triangle-and-two defenses to try to slow down the talented floor general. It was Northland’s fifth consecutive City League Title and we posted video here.

Northland tips off the State Tournament this Wednesday as they face Groveport Madison. Burke finished the regular season averaging 24 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals per game while shooting 66% (143-232) on twos and 48% (39-81) on threes

VG Southfield_Pontiac 1Carlton Brundidge – Commit

Brundidge had 17 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to West Bloomfield.Brundidge also had 26 in a 70-50 win over Pontiac. Brundidge was 13 of 15 from the line in the win over Pontiac and drew praise from the opposing headcoach:

“I have a lot of respect for him,” Rogers said of Brundidge. “I really like coaching against him because he’s such a great competitor.”

Larry Nance Jr.


Nance had 14 points in a 54-49 win at Wadsworth. Nance also had 16 points in a 53-35 win over Tallmadge. Revere has a huge game on the docket this week as the Minutemen travel to face 16-2 Buchtel on Tuesday night.(Photo: SportsInk)

Max Bielfeldt

Bielfeldt had 13 points as Notre Dame routed Sterling to remain undefeated on the season. Bielfeldt has yet to decide if he wants to take the Illinois offer and discusses the process in this video.

Class of 2012

Glenn Robinson III – Commit


Robinson had 15 points thanks to 9 of 12 free throw shooting in a 53-48 win over Michigan City. Earlier in the week he battled through a frustrating night to a 15 point game in a win over Portage. (Photos: NWI Times)

Javontae Hawkins

Joseph Tobianski I The Flint Journal

Flint Power's Javonte Hawkins shoots a three point shot during a game against Consortium College Prep High School at Flint Powers Highs School on Thursday evening.

Hawkins had a monster 26 point performance in a big win over Class C No. 1 win over Detroit Consortium. He was interviewed after the game here. (Photo: MLive)

Hawkins also had 12 points in a 43 point victory over Linden.

Nick Stauskas

St. Mark’s beat Nobles by 48, Marianapolis Prep by 41, and St. George’s by 60.

Jordan Hare

Hare helped Arthur Hill to a 30 point rout of Midland Dow and recently picked up an Alabama offer.

Mitch McGary

McGary had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Brewster in the New Hampton Invitational. However, Michigan doesn’t appear to be among the talented post prospect’s favorites:

"I kind of have a top eight or nine," McGary said. "UConn, Florida, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Wisconsin, Miami, Indiana, and Arizona."

Sean Sheldon

Sheldon had 33 points in a big win over Gaylord.

Class of 2013

  • Brian W

    Jordan Hare’s offer from Alabama earned him the spot in Sports Illustrated’s “Sign of the Apocalypse” feature in this week’s issue: “Alabama–whose archrival, Auburn, plays football at Jordan-Hare Stadium–has offered an athletic scholarship to Saginaw, Mich., basketball recruit Jordan Hare.”

    Has anyone else wondered if U-M is playing Christian and McLimans a little more lately to see what they’ve got and whether U-M needs to offer Nance Jr., Bielfeldt or someone else? The foul trouble contributed to playing the bench more at Iowa, but Christian played minutes at Illinois also.

    I’m curious to see how Larry Nance Jr. plays this week. After I watched his video again, I liked more of what I saw. It will be interesting to see how he does against a good team, though.

    • tin mad dog

      I have a dream of if/when McLimans enters the game that he attempts a shot inside of the 3 point line.

      • Brian W

        Hopefully in that dream he makes the shot when he takes it… Blake is raw and still needs a lot of improvement. I can definitely relate to the people who are skeptical of the 7-4 Sim Bhullar since U-M already has a couple of bigger players who aren’t polished. I think Horford will turn out okay since he’s such a hard worker; I’m not so sure on Blake at this point.

        • tin mad dog

          I was skeptical of Bhullar but after watching a guy that’s as limited as Mike Tisdale is still have success, I figure Bhullar can at least be like that guy.

          • Paul

            Mike Tisdale is skinny though and runs hard up AND down the court to play BOTH offense and defense. I’m not sure Bhullar will be able to do this very consistently.

  • Talked to Patrick Lucas-Perry after Oakland game Saturday, said Javontae really played well. Seemed like one of the best games they’ve played together in last few years. Consortium is a team with some underclassmen talent that rivals best in state. Will be intrigued to see if Hawkins continues to develop and how he’ll handle things next year as the lone wolf.

  • Michigan4

    I am so excited to get these 2 young guards on campus. I know its not a popular opinion around this blog, but I definitely see them taking a good majority of Stu’s minutes. They both just bring so much more to the game than what Stu can offer. It will also give Darius an opportunity to play off the ball a little more, which should help his game even more. The future is definitely bright in Ann Arbor.

    • Azad

      I think this opinion is going to become more and more popular as Stu continues to play inconsistently (at best). We need more people who are able to handle the ball well and create opportunities for themselves and others; both Burke and Brundige have more natural ability to accomplish that than Stu. Whether they can do it well next year? Let’s hope

    • Mith

      It just seems to me that Burke might be better than advertised by the scouting services. I could really see him being awesome.

      • Paul


    • sven

      They can have all of Vogrich’s minutes too. His shooting doesn’t really offset all the things he can’t do.

      • tin mad dog

        I think if Kelvin Grady had stuck with basketball, he’d be getting the bulk of the back-up PG minutes. I like Stu but Burke will be a much needed addition to the team next year.

      • Mith

        I don’t know, I think Vogrich is just going to be one of those guys who doesn’t produce much until he’s a junior/senior.

  • Adam

    Can’t believe Bielfeldt hasn’t committed to Illinois yet. I wonder what the hold up is?

    • sven

      Maybe he’s a smart kid and doesn’t want to play for Weber.

  • Kenny

    Christian likely will get better if he has more game time. He was quite jittery, similar to what Vogrich used to be. He could be a better defender than Novak and Smot at 4 with his size and athleticism. I missed part of the Iowa game and don’t know how effective he was on Basabe. When Morgan is scoring, we can afford some minutes to Christian who has not yet to develop an offense, although he scored two critical points in EL.

    McLimans is now behind Smot on 5, and it seems that they are moving Smot to 5 because he is slow on the wing. I don’t know if they are moving Horford out to 4 which might explain the lack of minutes lately.

    • Brick

      Horford is not moving to the 4 ahead of Smotrycz. Beilein has said he may experiment with Horford at the 4 a little next year as a change up but he’s not ready yet. He likes Smotrycz at the 5 now and then because it opens the floor by drawing the opposing 5 all the way out to the 3 point line. If you watched Tisdale run around chasing Evan in the Illinois game you will see what he’s looking for.

      Smotrycz is a better shooter and ballhandler than Horford so there is no reason they would switch positions.

  • Mattski

    Dylan, this is something I have meant to ask a few times–would it be possible to put the player’s size and projected position at the head with the players’ names in these posts? For people who follow closely it’s not a problem, but for the rest of us it might be helpful. Sure you are working overtime anyway, and appreciate this site a lot. . .

    • michiganhoops4eva

      I definitely think that either Brundidge or Burke could start at the 2 next year; Stu Douglass, while having a (sometimes) wicked 3 point shot, is extremely inconsistent. Douglass is useful off the bench as a spark, but I think athletically both Brundidge and Burke are more big-ten material.

  • tin mad dog

    I’m not sure if you wound up answering this when I posted it in some older threads but Sam Webb said on the radio last Friday that Sim Bhullar has enough credits to graduate High School this year, if he wants.

    Any more info on that?

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    No thank you on the Sim Bhullar front. Dude is just super gumpy and slow. Any 7’4″ guy that gets his shot blocked on a consistent basis – no thanks. Oh, and you won’t be seeing many transition dunks out of your big man when he’s only at half-court by the time everyone else is near the basket on a fast break.

    • billiam

      Not to discredit you, but could you tell me where to find a video of that? (Honestly, I just want to laugh at a 7’4 guy getting his shot blocked.)

    • Mith

      That’s ridiculous, there is no way a 7′ 4″ guy is getting his “shot blocked on a consistent basis”.

      • Paul

        Is he shooting underhand granny style? lol

  • Sam

    Me and some friends made it to the Bedford/Ann Arbor Huron game last Friday to watch Jackson Lamb. I would have had my scouting report up by now, but I accidentally left my notes and stats in a friend’s car so I’ll get that back soon and put it up some time soon.

    • JBlair52

      That’s my future #1 target. Just from the video I’ve seen…WOW
      Kid is a baller

  • Jimmy

    I think that Stu Douglass is vastly underappreciated. Sure, he doesn’t shoot 40% consistently and he’s had a few games with multiple turnovers but I think he plays very good best perimeter defense, usually makes smart plays, and he’s capable of knocking down shots. I think that Burke and Brundidge will get minutes and naturally some of them will come at Stu’s expense. But Stu Douglass will be a seasoned veteran next season and he’ll be poised to play his most efficient basketball with competition and support from B&B.

    • tin mad dog

      Stu kind of reminds me of Rob Pelinka. Stu should hope to be as successful as Rob has been after his time at Michigan.

  • Johnnyumfan

    Burke and Brundidge as the season goes along, one of these two, if not both, will take minutes away from Douglass IMO. Stu will still have a role on the team as a 3-point shooter. It is hard to say which freshmen guard will emerge, but next year the backcourt will be far more versitle and deeper than this year and have 3 guards, Morris, Burke, and Brundidge, who can create thier own shot, plus dish, and a deadly 3-point specialist in Douglass. Beilein will have more options.

    Now, if UM can just use that last scholarship to add another athletic wing player, maybe Larry Nance Jr.. Nothing against Bielfeldt, but I think Nance Jr. has more upside, as an all around player, shot blocker, defender, ball handler. But maybe why Beilein hasn’t offered LNJ is because he wants to see him against better competition and he may like Bielfeldt more and is waiting to see if he takes the Illinois offer. LNJ may be plan B.

  • Dontel Highsmith, a 6-2 guard from Dowagiac who was a top 10 in-state player in 2013 before his knee injury, appears to be back, with 25 and 36 points last week. Most athletic ball-handling guard in that class, and a U-M fan.

    • ScottGoBlue

      Plus, you now … the Crisler arena announcer saying “Dowagiac” on a regular basis. ;)

  • They should offer LNJ, Michigan needs to be more to athletic and he would give them that at 6’7 and he will only grow. It seems like a no brainer, but I am learning to trust that the staff knows what they need.

    • Johnnyumfan

      It does seem like a no brainer, nickel. LNJ is an athletic wing player UM could use. But maybe the competition Nance Jr. plays is questionable and the UM staff wants to see how LNJ plays against better teams in the Ohio high school basketball tournement.