Scouting: Pittsburgh Jam Fest

Dylan Burkhardt
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217289_210077679019554_100000519692843_771841_4480780_nThe original plan was to head to Pittsburgh to get a long look at Michigan’s 2012 commitments Glenn Robinson III and Nick Stauskas. Stauskas was nursing an injury and took the weekend off so that meant an even longer look at Robinson.

Robinson and Mitch McGary’s SYF Players team suffered a surprising defeat in pool play but rebounded to win the 17U silver championship on Sunday.

We have scouting notes on Robinson and several other prospects after the jump and make sure to stay tuned for video from the event as well.

Glenn Robinson III – 6-foot-6, 2012 commitment, SYF Players

Strengths: Robinson was an effective slashing scorer for the SYF Players. He attacked the basket with the ball in his hands and was almost always able to finish or get to the free throw line. He was also very aggressive on the glass on both ends and rebounded outside of his area on both ends. He had several impressive finishes in transition and demonstrated great athleticism and quickness.

Areas for Improvement: Glenn still needs to get stronger, as he had the ball knocked out of his hands several times in the paint, and continue to improve his handle. He served as SYF’s primary ball handler a couple times but was obviously much more comfortable on the wings. His perimeter shooting appeared to be streaky as he started the weekend cold but seemed to improve as the weekend wore on.

Bottom line: Robinson still appears to be growing into his body. He’s easily 6-foot-6 and appears to be just scratching the potential of what he’s able to do. He has so many tools but I expect Robinson to continue to gain strength, aggressiveness and confidence offensively as his game continues to blossom over the next year before he sets foot in Ann Arbor.

Mitch McGary – 6-foot-11, 2012, SYF Players

McGary’s uncanny combination of size, strength, athleticism and coordination is extremely impressive because it allows him to do so much on the court. He loves to rebound the ball and push it up the court himself. He attacks the basket with a nice face-up game, although it’d be nice to see him play more with his back to the basket.

His decision making needs work as he often tries to do far too much before turning the ball over.He also tends to float to the perimeter a bit too much and loves to settle for jump shots despite having the tools to get a much better look at the basket. Overall, McGary was extremely impressive and he is on the verge of blowing up if he hasn’t already. The lefty’s flaws are correctable and easily outweighed by his size and talent.

High major schools are flocking to see him play, as Arizona, UConn, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Syracuse and Texas are all expected to watch him workout this week. Rivals’ Jerry Meyer notes that McGary might be the “most intrigued” by Arizona, Florida, Maryland and Texas. John Beilein made the trip to watch McGary last week but at this point it’s pretty clear that McGary’s recruitment will explode over the next several weeks and months.

Sim Bhullar – 7-foot-5, 2012, CIA Bounce

Appearing every bit (if not more) of his advertised size, Bhullar is massive. He blocks seemingly any shot around the basket and also possesses surprising touch when he gets the ball on the block. While he’s improved his conditioning, it’s still not where it needs to be at the next level. His quickness seems to hurt him the most on the glass where he just isn’t quick enough to be the sort of rebounder that you would hope from a man that big. He also needs to be more assertive on the offensive end, as he didn’t seem to get nearly enough touches.

Ray Lee – 6-foot-2, 2012, Dorian’s Pride

Lee played a tremendous game to open gold bracket play for Dorian’s Pride despite suffering a 2-point loss. He attacked the basket relentlessly and constantly pushed the ball up the court. He seemed very comfortable playing on the ball and scored almost all of his points in the paint whether in transition, with the pull up jumper or by taking the ball all the way to the hole. He did miss a couple close looks after over adjusting in the air and also has the bad habit of leaving his feet before making a pass, but it was an extremely impressive performance for Lee as he seemed to carry Dorian’s Pride.

Anton Wilson – 6-foot-5, 2012, Dorian’s Pride

Wilson is known as a shooter and, after getting off to a cold start, he did that fairly well. He made three triples in the game I saw but just wasn’t able to do much more. He tried slashing to the basket several times but couldn’t seem to convert. That’s the right mindset and as Wilson continues to improve in that regard he could be an intriguing prospect.

The plan was to see Zak Irvin and VJ Beachem with the Eric Gordon All-Stars 16-U team but I made the grave mistake of assuming they’d reach the quarterfinals. After breezing through their pool-play games, they were knocked out in the 2nd round of bracket play. We’ll have to catch them at another tournament or you can look back at our videos from last week.

  • Paul

    Great updates as always – thanks!! :)

  • Ben

    I know rankings don’t always matter but shouldn’t Robinson and staukas be considered to move up in the rankings and earn their 4th star?? they both seem to be getting better and impressing people. To bad Stauskas couldn’t play this weekend.

  • georgeesq.

    GRIII and Stauskas are going to make their mark in Ann Arbor. Too bad McGary isn’t that interested in Michigan. That would be a tremendous 2012 class.

    • ScottGoBlue

      McGary’s lack of interest in us is probably directly related to our lack of scholarship for him.

  • Bluebufoon

    The video of Mitch McGary that was posted here weeks ago was pretty special. I’m going to hold out hope playing along-side this summer with G-III and his friendship with Zack Novak and Michigan’s early interest will keep U-M in the hunt for McGary.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      Will have 7+ minutes of both Glenn and Mitch tomorrow.

  • Bluebufoon

    Xavier’s Rivals site was really impressed with McGary this weekend.

    http://xavier.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1212451

  • FL Wolve

    Based upon the reports from Scout from the Pitt Jam Fest, there’s no doubt Robinson moves into the top 100 on Scout. I just wonder if he doesn’t work his way into the top 50 before the end of the summer.

  • JD

    I guess McGary’s recruitment blowing up could be to Michigan’s advantage since we can’t offer him until we have a scholarship to offer him. Maybe he waits to commit to a school next spring if new options pop up over the summer?

  • Bluebufoon

    I don’t think U-M has to wait until a scholarship (publically) opens up before extending McGary an offer, SEC schools over sign in football every year and then its incumbent on the school to make the numbers wrk by the fall for that incoming class — BTW its also legal.

    • Raoul

      I don’t get this thinking at all. What if McGary or some other big-time 2012 recruit wants to sign an LOI in the early signing period in November? Legal or not, do you really think Beilein–head of an NCAA ethics committee–is going to offer someone a scholarship he doesn’t yet have? Also, the comparison with football doesn’t hold water given the huge difference in the number of scholarships. Oversigning by 1 in football is no big deal because attrition is inevitably going to take care of that–the same thing cannot be of basketball when you have only 13 scholarship players.

      One final point: I’ve heard people on this site and elsewhere talk about Beilein having a regular practice of nudging players off his roster (and thus we should expect further scholarship openings). He may have done that at West Virginia (and I don’t know any of the specific circumstances about the particular players involved), but it’s worth noting that not one player he recruited to Michigan has transferred to another program–and he’s now been at Michigan for four years compared to his five years at WVU. Perhaps he’s now being more careful about the players he recruits, and this reputation for pushing players out is really a thing of the past.

      • ScottGoBlue

        Yeah, I’ve read the “nudging people out the door” thing a couple times here, too. Dylan or Joe or others, is there any truth to that concerning Beilein’s past track record?

        • Raoul

          Others may be able to provide more details on this, but a week or so ago I looked at WVU’s roster during Beilein’s tenure and it was clear that players had left nearly every season after either their freshman, sophomore, or junior years.

          By the way, I forgot about Laval Lucas-Perry, who transferred into Michigan during Beilein’s first year and then was dismissed from the program a couple years later. But is being dismissed for “violating team standards” being nudged out?

          • Dylan Burkhardt

            Players transfer in college basketball. Quite often. Players transferred form West Virginia when Beilein was there, and a number of players left Michigan when Beilein arrived, but I don’t know where this “nudged out” concept comes from.

  • Mattski

    Delighted to hear Robinson looked so great! Have to go back and watch more than the first minute of the McGary highlights now. . .