Notebook: Team USA Bounces Back, Demetrius Jackson Visits & More

Dylan Burkhardt

Team USA played its first game in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships this afternoon, and recorded an impressive win over Egypt, 115-60. After lackluster results versus Lithuania, this was the sort of start that Team USA needed to regain confidence.

Michigan sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. scored seven points and handed out four assists in the win. Hardaway also had a steal, block and a turnover. While Hardaway didn’t start the game, he played 22 minutes and was much more efficient than in previous games where he had drawn some criticism for lackluster shooting numbers.

The American squad was led by Doug McDermott (Creighton) with 19 points while Joe Jackson (15), Jeremy Lamb (15), Meyers Leonard (11), Khyle Marshall (10), Anthony Brown (10) and Keith Appling (10) also scored in double figures. Team USA will face Serbia tomorrow morning at 9am eastern time.

dIJim8ls[1]Demetrius Jackson Visits

2013 point guard Demetrius Jackson will visit Ann Arbor this afternoon and is very likely on the verge of a Michigan offer. Two weeks ago, Jackson relayed that John Beilein told him he needed to visit campus before “they took the next step”.  Jackson boasts a Xavier offer and has drawn heavy interest and taken recent visits to Notre Dame, Indiana and Michigan State.

Michigan’s other 2013 point guard targets – Monte Morris and Derrick Walton – both appear likely to wait until August to make their college decisions. 2012 guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker has also been discussed as a point guard option for Michigan and he told us last week that he plans to decide in August as well.

There’s also been talk of a potential visit from Mitch McGary, the 5-star big man from Brewster Academy (via Chesterton, IN). McGary’s AAU teammate, and Michigan commitment, Glenn Robinson III has been working him to get a visit, most recently tweeting this: “Excited to be up here with my Michigan fam again… Shoutout to my bro, could be comin here with me.” Despite the connections to the program — Robinson and also Zack Novak, a former Chesterton teammate – there is a long way to go in McGary’s recruitment. He is being recruited by almost every major school across the country and most likely won’t make a decision any time soon.

Status Quo for Austin Hatch

Austin Hatch’s family posted an update to his Caring Bridge page last night and it appears that not much has changed at this point:

We can hardly express how touched we are by the outpouring of loving thoughts and support for Austin and for the family.  He is still stable but critical.  Please continue to channel your strength to him through prayer.

We all would have loved to hear positive news, but no news is also much better than bad news. You can send words of support to his Caring Bridge page here.

Other Notes

  • Flwolve

    Are we on commitment watch with D. Jackson today?  Would be awfully nice to close out PG recruiting with Jackson.  

  • maxwell’s demon

    Is Austin still in a coma?

    • Kevin in GR

      I believe so…..I haven’t seen any info to say otherwise :(

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    Looks like Demetrius Jackson got an offer today

    • Kevin in GR

      D_Jay24 Demetrius Jackson
      Coach @bacari34 had me crackin up the whole Michigan visit. Really enjoyed it! Just got my 2nd scholarship offer! Gonna keep working hard!!

      D_Jay24 Demetrius Jackson Really enjoying my michigan visit with my brother @michaelwhitfiel, coaches @Coach_JMeyer, @bacari34, and @lavalljordan4 hours ago » D_Jay24 Demetrius Jackson Go Blue! hours ago

  • Wayman Britt

    I wonder how final recruiting works?  Let say for argument sake that Beilein ranked his PG offers as 1. Morris, 2. Walton and 3. Jackson.  He would be happy with any three but really wanted Morris.

    Let’s say Jackson calls tomorrow and wants to accept a scholarship, does UM quickly call Morris and say if you want to come to UM you need to commit today or otherwise your scholarship will go to Jackson and we have none left.  Would they keep one player hanging for a day or two until they heard from their number one target?

    • YpsiTuckyBoy

      I’ve wondered the same thing. Maybe I’m a complete recruiting junky, but I think it would be awesome to do some sort of documentary about college FB/BB recruiting, and see how it really works.

    • The Fan

      Wow is your comments that serious W Britt these are 16 yrs old kids just going into there jr yrs all three are very impressive young men and have to keep working on there skills 31 days in counting before morris and walton make their decision!  Stay tune same time same UM Channel

  • The Fan

    Great Job on your offer D. Jackson GO BLUE

  • I’m really starting to get jealous of the fans that live in Ann Arbor.  You guys get to see the everyday construction of the future facilities.  Coach took some good updated photos to share.  It’s really starting to look good around there.  I’m definitely going to make the 2 hour drive over there in the coming weeks to see it first hand.