Recruiting Roundup: September 6th, 2011

Dylan Burkhardt

(caption) The Michigan bench celebrates as LB Brandon Herron (58) returns an interception for a long touchdown in the second quarter.  *** The Michigan Wolverines host the Western Michigan Broncos in the season opener at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. This is the debut of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.  Photos taken on Saturday, September 3, 2011. ( John T. Greilick / The Detroit News )
Photo: The basketball recruiting section cheers during one of Brandon Herron’s touchdown returns/Detroit News

Any recruiting notes from the weekend have to start with Mitch McGary. The number three player in the class of 2012 was on campus for a two day official visit which reportedly went as well as one could ask for. You can see McGary during his visit in the picture above, to the right in a blue t-shirt, cheering as Brandon Herron returns a touchdown. A poster on MGoBlog even talked with him at the game as McGary was hanging out in the student section during the rain storm, even grabbing a picture.

The problem for Michigan is that McGary still has a handful of other high profile visits on deck. The postgraduate actually has the option to take more than five official visits but right now his next scheduled official visits are to North Carolina and Duke later this week. He’ll head back to school at Brewster next Wednesday and could still take officials to Kentucky, Maryland and Florida.

McGary doesn’t do a lot of talking about his recruitment, especially in the midst of taking visits, but Wayne Brumm, his SYF Players AAU coach, continues to promote Michigan to anyone that will listen. Michigan is in the fight and the Wolverines have clearly put their best foot forward but this is also a battle that won’t be won easily and probably won’t end anytime soon.

Here’s a fresh highlight film of McGary, posted by Midwest Ballers, from the NY2LA Tournament in Milwaukee during July:

Other Visitors

A number of younger prospects made it out to the game as well. 2013 commitment Derrick Walton was in attendance as well as 2014 prospects such as Drake Harris, Tyler Wideman and Keita Bates-Diop. As the Michigan staff continues to turn their focus to class of 2014, we’ve finally published a handful of 2014 recruiting profiles. You can find the 2014 Watch List here with links to recruiting profiles featuring information, videos and links to tagged content throughout the blog. This is just a preliminary list and it will be constantly updated over time.

Luke Kennard was one notable 2015 prospect in attendance as well. Kennard, a 6-foot-3 guard from southwest Ohio, is already on the ESPN 2015 Top 100 watch list and drew plenty of attention from John Beilein and his staff this summer. Here’s some footage of Kennard from AAU nationals in Orlando this July:

And some additional footage courtesy of Ty Kish and City League Hoops:

austin-hatch-320[1]The Latest on Austin Hatch

The Hatch family updated Austin’s Caring Bridge page again on Monday night, with another positive update:

Another great week by a determined and hard working student athlete. Austin has a beautiful attitude and is enjoying day visits with close friends and family. We are following the medical staff advice to control the visitor schedule to no more than three at a time to allow him to focus on his recovery. While the length of the rehab program is still unclear, he looks forward to returning to home and normal activities.

  • sane1

    Looks like a long road ahead for Austin Hatch. Forget about basketball right now, I just hope he can recover and live a full and normal life. Basketball would be icing on the cake.

    • kennyYe

      totally agree. The possible loss of Austin for 2013 class is that we need a shooter to replace Vogrich.

  • Paul

    The 1st film link posted is NOT McGary – as stated

    • Which link isn’t what?

      • Paul

        Ok, it’s working and correct now

  • Paul

    Luke Kennard reminds me of Jon Scheyer (former Duke player)

  • Paul

    McGary is a Beast!!

  • bluetap

    Who do you see as the top instate prospect for 2014?

    • SBell

      Drake Harris  6-4  GR Christian
      Dequandre Dentmond  6-9  Lansing Catholic
      Joe Powell  6-7  Saginaw
      Jamal Poplar  6-7  Taylor Truman

  • Mattski

    McGary exceptional for his size in transition, no? Love the idea of M running like crazy with him filling up the middle.

  • kennyYe

    Dylan, the mobile version of the 2014 recruit profile does not show properly on my iphone.

    • Unfortunately this is a known issue with all the 2014 recruit profiles. Something I have to look into, sorry.

  • ForeverBlue

    “I would probably like to commit before this high school season starts so I can just get it out of the way and play,” McGary said. “I am just looking for the school that best fits me. I would like to play right away. It doesn’t matter if a school is high-major or mid-major. I am just looking for a school that has great academics, a great head coach, and is a place where I have a good relationship with everybody.” From Sam Webb’s article.  It looks like Michigan has all of the bases covered; high major, great academics, a great head coach and his best friend along with high school mentor have ties to Ann Arbor.  No doubt he’s got schools on his list that can offer many of these things but it doesn’t seem like any can offer the number of established relationships that Michigan can.