2011 Recruiting Profile: Carlton Brundidge

Dylan Burkhardt

Previously: Trey Burke

Carlton Brundidge – 6-foot-2 – Guard
brundidge[1] Basics

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 200lb
  • High School: Southfield (Southfield, MI)


More previously on UMHoops
Trophy Case:
4th Place Michigan Mr. Basketball
2011 Det News Dream Team
2011 Class A All-State
Soph: 24.5 ppg, 6 rpg and 5 apg
Junior: State-semis, 24 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 apg
Senior: State-semis, 20.2 ppg
2009 Peach Jam Champs

Carlton Brundidge is quite possibly the highest rated recruit that John Beilein has landed in his 30+ year coaching career. Despite his high ranking, Brundidge seems to have been lost in the shuffle among Michigan commits. Maybe it’s because he committed early, because there are some questions of how his game and athleticism will translate to the next or because his game isn’t all that flashy. The bottom line: Carlton Brundidge can score the basketball.

Brundidge averaged over 20 points per game, over four years of varsity high school basketball while leading his team to the state semifinals in his final two season and was one of the most proficient scorers in the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

He’s played in the Nike All-American and NBPA Top 100 Camps along with the most prestigious national AAU tournaments. Brundidge has consistently produced against the best prep basketball players in the country.


The Story

Brundidge was a known commodity early on in his high school career, with a handful of scoring outbursts during his freshman year, followed by a strong summer season before his sophomore year. Other schools were involved in Carlton’s recruitment, but it was always considered a Michigan vs. Michigan State battle. Brundidge was the second, and most prestigious, in-state recruit that John Beilein had landed.

After his commitment shortly before his  junior year of high school, the rest of Brundidge’s prep career is easily documented by recapping one scoring outburst after another.

He scored 44-points at the King James Classic in Akron in front of our cameras:

Later in that tournament he went head to head with future teammate Trey Burke:

Brundidge, a 6-foot-1 junior out of Southfield (MI), was balling all weekend. If we were to name an MVP, without hesitation, the University of Michigan commit would have enjoyed the hardware.

The two guards sent the crowd inside Barberton High School into a frenzy. They were so hot the fire alarm sounded with 18 seconds remaining in the game causing the masses to file outside before entering the gym once again for the final seconds. Brundidge scored 13 points in the first five minutes of the game, but didn’t score again until the 2nd half. Burke tried his best to keep Red in the game with 14 1st half points.

In the 2nd half, Burke and Brundidge went back-and-forth putting on a scoring clinic. The Michigan commit scored 24 points in the final 16 minutes finishing with a team-high 37 points. He was able to connect on four three-point goals in the half and five for the game.
Burke scored on pull-up threes, euro-steps, and running tear-drop floaters.

We have seen thousands of players and nobody at the high school level shoots the runner better than Burke. The Penn State commit tallied 25 2nd half points including six bonus ball and seven in all. He recorded a game-high 39 points to go along with four rebounds.

He went for 53-points ($) against Seattle Rotary at the Nike EYBL in Houston, going 17 of 26 from the field and 18-21 from the line:

Against Rotary, Brundidge went for (yes, you’re reading this correctly!) 53 points. Forget the digits for a second and consider the setting. The Arizona Stars in the game before took the Family to the woodshed and Brundidge wasn’t a factor. Instead of hanging his head, he put his head down, pointed himself at the bucket and went to work. We didn’t see most of the game but by all accounts, including the scorebook, he had it rolling. How you respond to adversity says a lot about the player you are and he had the answer.

Brundidge was equally as proficient on the high school circuit. Southfield got off to a slow start during his junior year but Brundidge carried his squad on a surprising run to the state semifinals. He opened his senior year with a 41 point outburst, but also deferred to his teammates at times, seeing a slight decrease in his scoring numbers with increased assist numbers. He had 29 points and eight assists in Southfield’s biggest regular season game of the season before leading the Blue Jays to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year.


20100618-NBPA-Carlton-Brundidge462[1]Gary Teasley; MI DEC 2010; Basketball; Southfield High School; Story Idea: Calrton Brundidge is the top hoops player in Michigan, rated as the No. 52 senior in the ESPNU 100. Brundidge has committed to play his college ball at Michigan. Brundidge comes from a big-time basketball family, with his brother playing at Wayne State and his father, who played at Army under Mike Krzyzewski. Team Colors: White and Blue; Photo by: Scott Stewart

It’s tough to apply a standard basketball label to Carlton Brundidge. He’s not a player that is most comfortable playing on the ball, but he’s not a shooting guard either. The first word that comes to mind is combo or scoring guard, but the best term is probably “power guard”.

Brundidge’s game all starts with attacking the basket. He uses his strength to power through smaller and weaker guards and does a great job finishing through contact. He’s not an overwhelming athlete but is a very good rebounder for a guard. He has the handle of a slasher rather than a point guard and his shooting continues to develop. He has a solid mid-range game but his perimeter shooting is streaky. I’ve seen Brundidge hit multiple threes in a game, but also seen him struggle from three point range. Even more than his shooting, Carlton’s passing has improved significantly over the past several years, especially off of the drive and kick.

I would be remiss not to point out Brundidge’s toughness. He attacks the basket, takes hard fouls and plays through injuries. The Family has a reputation for churning out tough kids and Brundidge continues that trend.

Here’s how some of the national types describe Brundidge’s game:


Brundidge is a strong and physical scorer. He can get to the rim in transition as well as in the half court. He simply power drives through defenders where he can finish at a high rate or draw the foul. Brundidge also can make mid range shots off the catch or dribble with range to about 17 feet and can score big numbers in a short period of time when he is in the flow. Brundidge is an excellent ball handler and an under rated passer mainly because he is such an excellent scorer. He can drive draw and kick from anywhere on the floor.

Brundidge must work to extend his shooting range to behind the arc and continue to hone his point guard skills. He is a good athlete that plays over 200 pounds so he must pay attention to his weight and work to be in great shape year round.

Brundidge is an excellent scorer who has confidence and is fearless. He competes on both ends of the floor. He really is a scoring guard in a point guard’s body although he can get others a shot when he attacks and the defensive collapse. He is strong and physical and is capable of scoring big numbers.

Rivals’ Jerry Meyer:

Being able to score is a pretty important attribute. Any prospect who can put up 53 points, even with the benefit of a couple overtime periods, can definitely score. A burly guard, Brundidge loves to bully defenders with his strength and create space for his jumper. He knows how to draw fouls and is also a threat from behind the 3-point line.



Brundidge’s skill set is unique to next year’s team. Because Carlton’s game is completely different than Michigan’s other backcourt options, there are a lot of different ways that he could be used. He’s the only player whose game revolves around attacking the basket, something that has been a weakness for the Michigan program under John Beilein.

Whenever Beilein is asked how he plans to use Brundidge the answer has been concise: ball screens. Brundidge’s high school offense rarely, if ever, utilized ball screens, but the Michigan coach has made it clear that he feels Brundidge can thrive in those situations.

Brundidge is a natural fit for the off guard position but, in certain situations, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him run the three position offensively. That would require playing alongside a bigger two guard – probably Zack Novak or Matt Vogrich – for defensive purposes, but the three position in the Michigan offense would provide Brundidge a perfect situation to utilize his strength, coming off a screen on the wing with a chance to make a play.

There are a lot of fun scenarios when thinking about guard combinations. Douglass’s shooting skill would compliment Brundidge’s attacking ability. A backcourt of Burke and Brundidge might be the most attacking combo of guards that we’ve seen under Beilein. With Brundidge at the three offensively, you could see Novak and Burke or Douglass when Tim Hardaway Jr. needs a breather.

In reality, Brundidge’s role on next year’s team will probably be to provide a scoring spark off the bench. He probably won’t play as many minutes as Trey Burke, because of the immediate need at the point guard, but he will play a significant role. Although they are completely different players at different positions, I see his role similar to Deshaun Thomas. Providing quick spurts off of the bench with a high shot percentage, with some question marks defensively but the ability to score a handful of points quickly.

  • Nick

    I like that CB is getting some much earned respect in this recruiting class. It seems like TB has been generating all of the ‘step in for D-Mo’ buzz. Anyways, I’m really excited and optimistic to see these two guards in action next season.

    (RIP Tractor)

  • bornaflyer

    bottom line Cb has game flat out..his toughness is going to help him throughout adjusting to college basketball..from everything ive been told about cb he’s a very hard worker..an with the departure of morris, he’s going to have a shot to log some big time mins very early..any word on what number he’s going to wear?

  • redman345

    dont be suprised if hes the starting point guard next year.u never know.he is putting in the work.just because hes not youtubeing his workouts.dont get it twisted calrlton is a very hard worker and will compete for the starting job this season.calrlton will bring it everyday.he is already better than stu and he is rated higher than trey.so its up to carlton to bring it.he will.im excited

    • Tweeter

      I would be surprised if he is the starting point guard next season. Not because he is not talented enough, but rather because Burke is a much more natural fit with the current players on the roster for the position. In the future, I could see the team reverting back to how Beilein used to run the two-guard offense. Where neither backcourt spot was necessarily the point guard nor the shooting guard. With Brundidge and Burke could very easily become interchangeable at those positions.

      In regards to him already being better than Stu, lets wait and see how he does in actual college game before we make such proclamations (same with Burke). Both guys clearly have more overall skill than Douglass did at that age, and perhaps they are more skilled than he is now. But there is a lot more that goes into playing in college than just being a more talented player than the other guy.

  • Sam

    I absolutely love Carlton’s game from the little I’ve seen (a bunch of highlight videos and one live game). In my opinion, he is going to be the most valuable member of this class. The only question I have is his height. Absolutely no way he is 6’2 unless he grew about two inches from his junior to senior seasons.

    • Justin

      You can’t get enough of Carlton!

  • Mattski

    If this doesn’t shut some darned mouths about Brundidge–and cause true fans to bubble over with excitement about Brundidge AND Burke, nothing will! Thanks!!

  • One thing I love about Brundidge is he decided early when it was popular to go to Michigan. With schools like Ohio State and Michigan State wanting his services, he stood true to blue. After he committed the ugly naysayers began lurking. Brundidge does not have to justify himself to anyone. Beilein thought he was a “Got to have him” players and began a relentless pursuit of him-showing up at all of his AAU games, getting their early in the morning while other coaches were asleep and staying at his late AAU games when other coaches had left the gym. Maybe we can’t all agree about Brundidge and his role for next year, we all should be able to agree that Coach Beilein knows what he is doing. When Michigan State came to Southfield to watch Brundidge’s 6:00 am workouts it became a numbers game. If Izzo came with a staff member, Beilein would come the next workout with 2 additional coaches. To make it to a 6:00 am workout you have to get up around 4:00 am. I think the man knew what he was doing. Remember, one of the reason Trey Burke decided Michigan over Cincinnati was that he would get a chance to play with Brundidge. Brundidge also took a Southfield team that had not gotten out of the District playoffs in 30 years and took them to two (2) Final Fours at the Breslin Center.

    • Mattski

      Interesting. Appreciate the insight!

  • UM fan

    Re:redman345 its good to hear about CB. He is a beast at the scoring guard. Not a pg so I think TB has the best shot at pg and with that move all the shooting guards will be able to score easy with the playmaking of TB. They both are fighters and it wouldn’t suprise me if they are in there a lot together. Whatev er is best for the team is the way it will shake out.Remember that rankings are done by guys that never played in most cases.

    • Mattski

      No offense, but that “guys who never played” meme is really one of the silliest around. Think of all the great sports announcers, think of people like Vince Lombardi, for gosh sake. Einstein wasn’t an atom, either, but he developed a lot of insight about their workings.

    • redman345

      thats the only position he can play.lets be real.hes 6’1.so what if he can score.hes a point guard.nothin else.he will play both but hes a point guard.hes got handles and ok court vision.and he loves the paint.i love trey burke at the point but i woulnd mind carl either.they will darius shoes 

  • Section13Row15

    This post got me really excited about Carlton Brundidge again. I’ve seen him play in person once and he didn’t have a good game but you saw the flashes of what he would bring at the table. His biggest asset might be his mid-range pull up jumper. CB can create space easily by going full speed at the basket then pull up on a dime with a smooth, under-control jump shot. Dylan’s statement about him potentially playing the 3 got me pretty excited as well. Manny had a similar ability in HS and College of getting to the basket and either scoring or drawing the foul which we haven’t had much of since he left. Hardaway did a better job in the second half of the season but you can always use more guys that can get to the hoop. CB reminds me of Khalid El-Amin from UConn in the late 90’s.

    • Ace_maker4

       I was thinking the same thing in regards to El-Amin.

  • Blue4life

    Brundidge and Burke with the guidance of Novak and Douglass will replace the production of Morris. Together they will be ready by the time the BIG10 rolls around. Our bigs and three point shooting will be improved and Crysler will be rocking once again this season.

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  • ZRL

    Playing Brundidge at the 3 on offense is an interesting idea. I don’t think it will happen that much this year with Tim consuming most of the time at the 3, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the future if Beilein plays Staukakus at the 2 and Brundidge at the 3, as these positions in Beilein’s offense play to the strengths of each player.

    • Charles

      I think this would be interesting as you could do this on the offense end of the court and then switch on the defensive end(have CB guard the 2 and Staukakus guard the 3). Well at least if we’re still playing majority man-to-man in a couple years.

  • I would be shocked if CB doesn’t play the 3 on the offensive end of the floor. His game is going to the hoop which the 3 does quite well in the offense (see Manny). Playing a bigger 2 will relieve some of the defensive end abuse but CB is a tough rebounder also. I think he is going to add more than some folks imagine. Bring on hoop season!! Go Blue!!

  • Trevor

    Thanks for the great write-up. I think the comment about ball screens is especially interesting. I love imagining Brundidge/Burke running the pick and roll with Morgan, with Hardaway, Stu/Novak, and Metrics arrayed around the perimeter. That’s going to be -very- tough to guard.

  • AG2

    Embarrassment of riches. I still can’t believe how amazing the direction of the program looks right now.

  • Brian W

    Jalen Rose threw out the first pitch at the Tigers game today. A little Q&A below…


    Several players in this report about yesterday’s Adidas May Classic games mention hearing from Michigan. Familiar names, like Drake Harris and Demetrius Jackson, but some new names also.


    • DingoBlue

      Beilein must really be interested in Drake to try and sway him from an MSU commit.  I’ll have my fingers crossed.

  • Testing some potential commenting add-ons… Things might be a little dicey today, so bear with us.

    • Reggie_noble

      what happend to the walk on.is he still coming to mich.im talking bout the left handed 6’6 forward sal.let me know please 

  • DingoBlue

    I feel that while we will get solid PG play from Trey Burke next year (keep up the training mate), Carlton Brundidge and Evan Smotrycz will be very notable next year in their contribution to the team.  I do see CB giving a spark from the bench, but give it a year or two and he will be a crazy force to deal with after working with Bacari.  I’m so happy with the way this program is going.  Thank you Dylan for such a great site!  Major props on the recruiting profiles, definitely one of the more informative and useful bits in the blog.