Signing Day Central: Class of 2012

Dylan Burkhardt

The early signing period for the 2012 recruiting class begins today and all three of Michigan’s commitments are expected to sign their letters of intent this week. As reported yesterday, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III plan to sign their letters of intent on today while Nick Stauskas will sign his letter on Friday during a ceremony at his school.

For casual recruiting followers or savvy fans that want to relivethe past, we put together signing day capsules – with basic information and a run-down of all our previous scouting reports, videos and interviews – for all three of Michigan’s 2012 commitments. You can find the capsules after the jump.

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Mitch McGary
Big, 6-10, 250-pounds, Brewster Academy (NH)
Plans to Sign: Wednesday (9 A.M.)
ESPN: 5-star (2); Rivals: 5-star (3); Scout: 5-star (2)
Expert opinion: “It is difficult to find players who bring all-out effort and energy on a consistent basis, but McGary does it better than anyone. Not only does he bring energy to his own game, he gives it to his teammates. His motor never stops as he constantly works the backboard, runs the floor and dives on the floor for loose balls” – Paul Biancardi

Commitment coverage & scouting: Mitch McGary to Michigan, What Mitch McGary Means to Michigan, Video Archive, In Depth Scouting, Pitt Jam Fest

Video: Pitt Jam Fest, Video Archive, New Summer Highlights, Under Armour Summer Jam, Shattered Backboard at Elite 24, 2011 Super Showcase, 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest


Glenn Robinson III
Wing, 6-foot-6, 195 lbs
Plans to Sign: Wednesday, ~6 p.m. ET
ESPN: 4-star (52); Rivals: 4-star (34); Scout: 4-star (38)
Expert opinion: “Blessed with basketball genes, Robinson is an explosive athlete with length. He’s able to get to the rim with ease and can over bigger defenders in the paint.  He’s a great rebounder from the wing, and uses his length and athleticism to be effective on the glass. With his length and quickness he has the potential to be a great defender on the wing.” –Joe Eberhardt/Indy HS Hoops

Commitment coverage & scouting: Glenn Robinson III to Michigan, Getting to Know Glenn Robinson III, Under Armour Grind Session, Scouting vs. Hammond Morton, Scouting vs. Crown Point, Commit Q&A

Video: Under Armour Jam Fest, AAU Highlights, Summer Highlights, IBCA Top 100 Showcase, Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star, Adidas May Classic, Pitt Jam Fest, vs. Hammond Morton, vs. Portage, vs. Crown Point


Nick Stauskas
Wing, 6-foot-6, 205 lbs
Plans to Sign: Friday
ESPN: 4-star (83); Rivals: 4-star (79); Scout: 3-star
Expert opinion: “A knock down shot maker with good size and toughness for the two-guard spot, Stauskas needs to dedicate himself to maximizing his physical potential with only limited amounts of athleticism and quickness to begin with.” – ESPN

Commitment coverage & scouting: Stauskas Commits to Michigan, Post-Visit Q&A, Stauskas Continues to Impress, Reebok Breakout Challenge

Video: Documentary, vs. Baylor University, 2011 Canadian Flight Games Dunk Contest, Las Vegas Fab 48 Invitational, Hall Of Fame Invitational, Easter Workouts, NPSAA Championships, 2010-11 Prep Highlights, City of Palms Classic

  • Mitch McGary plans to sign his LOI around 9am today. 

  • Big Man

    Beilein can talk about the commitments once their LOI is in correct?

    • Per his coach on Twitter… Mitch McGary has signed his LOI. Will fax paperwork to parents now.

  • A Jalen by any other name

    This is a proper recruiting class.

    A superstar who will, if he’s as good as advertised, have a very good freshman season and if he stays, a monstrous 2nd season. I keep thinking about the tournament game against Blake Griffin. Instead of figuring out how to guard that kind of player, Beilein will be deploying him. 

    An athletic 2-way prospect who should be around for a minimum of 3 years while playing at a high level. Not the same type of player as Novak, but it’s easy to see him being a 4 year starter if Hardaway leaves after this year.

    And a great shooter with decent size who can handle the ball, will play for 4 years.

    • Kenny

      Robinson is far from fully developed physically and may not be a big contributor his freshmen year especially when Hardaway is staying, but he could be a monster in the paint as a junior. 

      I think that Tim Hardaway is still growing (listed 6’5 last season and now listed 6’6) and could use another year in college.  

  • hello_world

    Is Beilein going after 2013 5* James Young from Troy, MI?  He has Michigan on his short list and must have taken notice of McGary’s commitment.  We might not have any scholarship space it seems though, a drawback of loading up so early.

    • Kenny

      His grade was widely cited as a problem. 

    • John

      It would be nice to get him, but in all honesty I’m not sure if a SF is really what we need. We already have Zak Irvin for 2013 (who is a great player), glenn robinson in this class, and hardaway in the previous class.  I’m sure if we had the room we wouldn’t deny a great player like Young, but I would be interested to see what someone with a little more knowledge in basketball recruiting (like Dylan) thinks about the situation.

      • Colby84

        I am curious if Dylan thinks we done with 13 recruiting now? I suppose we will keep the options open but ships will be a problem.

        Hope they are getting in early on some top 14 class big men, will be losing a lot in the post in that class.

  • Mattski

    Here’s a nice piece from cbssportsline’s Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman about signing day. McGary is ranked among two “most important” commits, and Stauskas is ranked among two “most underrated” commits:

    Kudos to the bball staff. 

  • Billiam

    Dylan, I know this is a LONG way off, but heck, we’re covering the 2012 kids right now.  MM and GRIII both have pretty defined positions: the 4 and 3, respectively.  I don’t think Stauskas’ role is as defined.  I mean, he’s 6’6, which should put him at the wing, but GRIII seems to be the 3 man.  He can’t go up to 4 or 5, so it’s 1 or 2.  TB already has the 1 locked down, so that leaves us with the 2.

    But then we’ve heard he could be a good back-up PG, and he’s got the height for 3.  Do you see him as the 2 of the future, or backing someone up?  Vog would be the only person ahead of him at the 2 his freshman year.  So, is he a utility-man (1-3) or a straight up 2? 

    • Observernba

      Stauskas WILL BE the best shooter on the team without question. Couple that with his passing, slashing and dribbling ability and I seriously think that somebody else will be backing him up and not the other way around.

    • Kenny

      his ideal position will be 2 guard, and may play a bit 3 or even 1 if needed. He has a good handle but it takes more to be a floor general. 

      • Sven187

         From what I’ve seen Robinson and Stauskas will be pretty much interchangeable at the 2 and 3. Both guys are well rounded enough to play either position.

        • Kenny

          Although both can play 2 and 3, stauskas is a better outside shooter and Robinson a stronger rebounder.

  • UMBBall2007

    Dylan, do you know if and when Beilein will hold a press conference to discuss the commits? 

    • He just released a statement on McGary, I’d expect one on Robinson after he signs tonight and Stauskas after he signs Friday. He’s allowed to answer questions now so maybe at availability before the game Friday.