Video: Michigan Commitments Shine in State Playoffs

Dylan Burkhardt

Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge continue to lead their respective teams to playoff success. Brundidge had 19 points in a 65-49 regional final win over Rochester Adams. The Blue Jays will face East Detroit next in the state quarterfinals.

Burke led Northland to the regional final with a huge win over Gahanna and Ohio University commitment, and Burke’s AAU teammate, Stevie Taylor. Burke had 27 points on 10-21 (4-9 3pt) shooting with 7 assists, 4 reb, and 1 TO in the 57-52 win. Here’s video from Northland’s win:

Carlton Brundidge video and a quick update on Max Bielfeldt after the jump.

In other news, Max Bielfeldt reportedly enjoyed his visit to Michigan and will make his decision shortly. Bruce Weber told Bielfeldt that he does still have a spot if he wants to attend Illinois.

“I talked to Coach (Bruce) Weber and he told me the scholarship offer is still out there if I want it,” Bielfeldt said. “I will probably decide pretty soon, some time in the next week or so.”

Here’s video of Brundidge from earlier in the state tournament, versus Henry Ford, courtesy of Michigan Prep Stars.

  • david

    Trey Burke sure has a silky stroke. He looks like a stud to me.

  • Camo

    Brundidge rocking the retro Jordan 9’s. Just became my favorite player.

  • georgeesq.

    Couple of nice feeds there. That aspect of his game will make him a much more dangerous player. At the next level, he won’t be able to just bull his way all the way to the hoop nor will he get the calls that he gets in high school.

  • Mattski

    Loving that VERY old school Bobby Blue Bland track backing the Burke playoff game.

  • Alyzen

    I had pretty much given up on Gary Harris, but I wonder if Michigan’s recent performance, and especially Timmy Hardaway’s blossoming in the system, has put us back in the game. This article seems surprisingly positive (and I notice that Indiana is now nowhere to be seen in his list of schools…):–MSU-pay-visit-to-five-star-Indiana-hoops-recruit

  • Azad

    Is there a consensus on what the (educated) Michigan hoops fan base is even rooting for with respect to Bielfeldt? I can’t really figure it out, but I feel like with the likely improvement and development coming from Morgan, Horford, Smotrycz, and maybe McLimans…I’d rather pass on Bielfeldt because I just can’t see him breaking the rotation these next couple years. I trust and support Beilein though, so it’s a tough call…

    • Beilein’s Bricks

      I’m pretty ambivalent about Bielfeldt. If he was 6’10”, I would understand it but he’s 6’7”-6’8” and not highly athletic. Seems like a good banger, but just wish he was bigger. I think the bigger need on the team is getting an athletic wing. I wish they would wait until after the tournament and a few coaches get fired, as some new players may come on the market.

  • gordie bell

    I wish we had Burke and Brundidge this Friday to deal with Tennessee’s pressure D. They will be a welcome addition next season. If Morris had gotten hurt this season M had no viable back-up. Brundidge isn’t a natural point guard, but he does have a nice handle, and Burke looks like a he has the makings of a very good college point guard.

    • Mattski

      Brundidge impresses me more each time I get a glimpse. Looks like he’s shedding his baby fat, is not afraid of contact, moves well in traffic, can dish, and is–in fact–pretty darned fluid as he noses toward the hoop. Burke is just so obviously a refined player. . . but I won’t be surprised if Brundidge contributes early, too.

      As for Bielfelt, I guess I’m unsure about what Beilein wants. I keep hungering for someone who will be a monster down on the blocks. . . but that may not be what Beilein is looking for in the first place. Wonder what people would consider the coach’s ideal prospect, given our needs?

      • billiam

        I submit Smot. He’s the guy who’s improvement will take this team to the next level.

        That is why we don’t need Bielfeldt. Oh, and Horford now weighs 240+. So, we don’t need another banger in next year’s class. Unless Bielfeldt learns to shoot the 3, he’s going to ride the bench.

        As usual, I may just be crazy. Looking forward to discussion.

        • Mattski

          I hope you’re right, and that it happens. He need confidence and (I worry) quickness. The muscle he will acquire. . .

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    I think Burke’s ability to come in and see some serious minutes will be determined almost solely by the quality of his defensive play.

    • slim

      His defense is top notch. He shut down corey joseph as a junior last year when northland played findley.

  • Tyler

    I’d like to see Brundidge polish those ball-handling skills just a tad, but in all the videos I have seen he finishing very well around the rim.

  • Bluebufoon

    In high school, Bielfeldt is much bigger and stronger than most of the competition but I question his quickness and he appears very mechanical. Obviously its Beilein’s decision but I don’t understand the need, unless McLimans or Christian are leaving ?

  • Champswest

    I am not wild about Bielfeldt or any other 3rd guy still available (except maybe Nance). With Morgan, Smotrycz, Horford and Mac Limans all with the same year of eligibility, I prefer not to waste a slot on a so-so big. I would rather save the spot for a higher level prospect in 2012. As our fortunes rise, we should have an easier time attracting big name players.

  • Looks like Nance would have a higher upside for this system and he will probably will grow a few more inches.

    • BlimpyBlue

      Why would you think that somebody that’s a senior in high school is going to grow a few more inches? Very few kids grow any more once they hit Nance’s age.