Recruiting Roundup: January 3rd, 2012

Dylan Burkhardt
ns[1]It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Michigan recruiting targets and commitments. Many have been participating in Holiday tournaments and all Michigan commitments took unofficial visits to Ann Arbor over the last two weeks. Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Mark Donnal, Derrick Walton, Austin Hatch and Zak Irvin all visited for at least one of Michigan’s holiday games.

Continue after the jump for a roundup of stats, scores, scouting and videos from various action over the last two weeks including one commitment receiving kudos from all three national scouting services.

Class of 2012

Nik Stauskas – Commit

We already posted video of Stauskas at the Holiday Invitational but here’s a rundown of some of the praise the combo guard earned on the internet – including porops from all three major national scouting services. Stauskas had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists in a Thursday game and 28 points, including five triples, in the final game of the event.’s Eric Bossi was impressed with the Canadian’s performance:

Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark’s senior Nick Stauskas is the perfect replacement for the scrappy Novak. Like Novak, Stauskas plays with a huge chip on his shoulder and is willing to scrap it up a bit with opponents. Stauskas is also an excellent shooter with deep range, a flashy passer and a guy who takes the floor with a significant amount of confidence.

Currently ranked No. 79 nationally in the class of 2012, the four-star wing is part of an excellent Michigan recruiting class and he should be able to contribute right away.

Slam Online adds on with more love:

Like Brandon, Stauskas is another guy who will be getting a lot of love after this tourney. The big wing shot the lights out of the ball and surprised a number of cats with his ability to finish above the rim. He solidified himself as a guy who should be in the chatter for the top 75 seniors in the country with his play in Raleigh, capped off when he dropped 28 on future Kansas Jayhawk Andrew White. Much love to Michigan for getting on this Canadian sleeper early in the game, as they would have had to work a whole lot harder had they waited to start recruiting him. was also impressed with Evan Daniels noting that Stauskas “fits John Bielein’s system perfectly” ($). Dave Telep is also a believer: “Michigan has a nice player in Nik Stauskas. He does enough off the ball to distinguish himself, not merely as a shooter but as a scorer.

Mitch McGary – Commit

McGary’s Brewster Academy team was off over the holidays but will be back in action on Friday versus New Hampton. McGary enjoyed time back at home while making it up to Ann arbor for Michigan’s game versus Penn State.

Glenn Robinson III – Commit


Lake Central reeled off three straight victories over the holidays. Knocking off Munster, 53-49, Portage, 85-42, and LaPorte, 60-45. Lake Central is now 8-1 with its lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

Our own Joe Eberhardt was in attendance for the win over Portage and we posted a full scouting report, video footage and an interview from that easy Lake Central win.

Robinson had just 13 points against Munster, including missing four front ends of one-and-ones, but this was his first career win over Munster, who defeated Lake Central in the sectionals last season. (Photo: NWI Times)

“That’s been in the back of my mind since last year,” Robinson said. “It’s crazy. We did what we had to do. I know I’ll be in the gym (this morning) shooting free throws. I’ll get it back. But we do not win the game if not for those offensive rebounds.”

Robinson had 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the 15 point win over LaPorte and surpassed the 1,000 point plateau for his career.

Class of 2013

Derrick Walton – Commit


Derrick Walton’s Chandler Park team played an extremely difficult holiday schedule, facing many of Michigan’s best prep squads.

UMHoops was in attendance to watch Walton face off against Southfield and you can find the requisite scouting information and video footage here. Walton had 21 points and five assists in that win.

Walton added a game high 26 points in a loss to Detroit King and had 23 points in a loss to Detroit Consortium. Walton also scored 30 points against Toronto Orr. (Photo: C&G News)

Zak Irvin – Commit

It was a big week for Zak Irvin as he was named the MVP of the City Securities Hall Of Fame Championship. Irvin struggled in an opening win against Pendleton Heights, scoring just 12 points, but bounced back in the Championship game. He tallied 26 points and ninerebounds in the championship game, a revenge win over North Central.

Mark Donnal – Commit

Anthony Wayne was off over the weekend.

Class of 2014

Drake Harris: John Beilein was in attendance to watch Drake Harris against Hudsonville. Harris’s Grand Rapids Christian squad lost the game but Harris had a game high 26 points.

Sean Sellers: Led Greensburg to a win over Indian Creek and recently updated his recruitment here. Sellers added 26 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Hauser High School and also took a recent unofficial visit to Butler

Peyton Allen: Allen scored 28 points against Belleville Althoff and had 17 against Lincoln.

Keita Bates-Diop: Bates-Diop had eight points against Normal Community and 11 points against Glenbard East.

Grant Evans: Twenty-one points in a 63-58 win at Monroe Central on Dec. 30.

Trevon Bluiett: Bluiett had 27 points in a 73-42 win over Tri-West on December 27th and added 20 points and nine rebounds in a four point win over Lapel on the 29th.

Cliff Alexander: Alexander had six pounds and eight reboudns in a win over West Aurora and added 11 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Warren.

Perry Poindexter: Poindexter had 11 points and six rebounds in a win over Kokomo.

Jamal Poplar: Poplar had a team high seven points in a loss to Dexter.

  • MarcO


    Thanx for this info. Will you consider including a position next to each recruits name. If you project their college position to be different then their HS position, perhaps you can add that too.

    On the content, I hate the stauskas comparisons with Novak. An unheralded barely recruited guy from Indiana shouldn’t ever be compared to a 4* recruit. I understand where they are going but it just doesn’t sit right. Maybe it’s just my pet peeve.

    • ScottGoBlue

      Re: Stauskas/Novak … on the flip-side, who would have thought Novak would become a benchmark equivalent to a 4* by his senior year at UM?  He has been such a solid player for us, and is still improving.  That comparison is mostly a compliment to Novak in my mind.

      • Giebz

        I agree, the comparison is with the player Novak is today not when he was recruited.  Lets hope that Stauskas ever plays as well as Novak is playing this year, he will be greatly missed.  

      • Trevor

        I think the problem with the comparison isn’t so much that the difference in the players’ skill levels coming out of high school as much as it’s that their games aren’t even remotely similar (aside from both being between 6 and 7 feet tall and not having a ton of melanin).

        • Budland

          I went to one of nick’s games over the break here in N.C., he was impressive, but NOTHING like novak.  The one concern i had watching him was he wasn’t all that scrappy.  Great shooter, penetrator, and passer, very skilled……but scrappy like zack…not so much.  hopefully he adds that to his game

        • Giebz

          They are between 6’4″ and 6’6″, they can both shoot the three, and the biggest contribution from Novak this year is his drive and dish plays (3.5:1 Assist to TO), which is something Stauskas could be good at.

  • Eyerunthis

    I’m glad to hear scouts think Stauskas can contribute right away, because there seems to be a dearth of SGs on the squad next year.  So far this year, Beilein hasn’t played anyone at the 2 besides Stu and Zack.  

    This lack of guards is my only concern for next year.  Besides Burke and Brundidge, it’s Stauskas (who may be more of a wing, really) available in the back court.  That is not a lot of ball handlers.

  • Indiana_Matt

    Irvin struggled a little (maybe) in the opening game, but he had 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter where he was unstoppable and helped set the tone as Gary Harris wasn’t finding his shot yet. He was wide open for an alley-opp in the second half and the passer blew it. Harris dominated the ball more in the second half also.

  • SamGoBlue

    In the consolation game of Grand Rapids Christian’s holiday tournament, Drake Harris tallied 12 in a pretty easy win over Wyoming Park. The sophomore guard does a lot of his damage slashing to the hole and getting fouled, but in the three games I have watched live of his, he has a lot of work to do on his outside shot. His 10-12 foot mid-range jumper is pretty solid and he gets good rise on that, but his three point stroke is often shaky with very little rotation on the ball. I’m still not convinced he is the best 2014 prospect in the state, or even top five for that matter, but I haven’t really seen any others play so I cannot make a definitive judgment. One thing Harris has improved over the past year, however, is his passing. He had a handful of assists, maybe seven or eight, in the consolation win by taking a couple dribbles into the lane then finding a guy down low for the dish and easy lay-in as the defense collapsed on him. He was very unselfish with the ball and rarely looked for his own shot.

  • section13row15

    If Stauskas can defend a little bit, he might be able to play the 2, 3, or 4 in Beilein’s offense. I haven’t seen one highlight of him on d though.

    • jturn14

      I agree on Stauskas’ ability to play 3 positions, but I would say that the third one would be PG, not PF.

      • Koerberd

        looks like we will have 3 consensus top 100 recruits that fit nicely in Beleins system and complement our existing roster well…exciting time for umich bball!!

  • JimC

    There’s no “in other Big10 action” post, but here’s my take:
    Sparty should lose tonite.  Or, I hope they lose.  No fan of Wisc, but I’m sick of seeing MSU overshadown UM Hoops in the Detroit media.

  • Paul

    I watched James Young play tonight @ Southfield.  Troy lost and Young did poorly.  I tallied him for less than 10 pts and a handful of rebounds.  He plays super passive w/ almost non-existent D.

    • Paul

      Correction: he ‘played’ super passive w/ almost non-existent D.  

    • shaq2012

      He is not no top 10 player

      • Paul


        • SBell

          JY’s top 10 … in Michigan. But Walton, Dontel Highsmith and Vincent Hunter are better, and Bo Zeigler may be too.

          • shaq2012

            Sbell you are right. I like the kid highsmith. he should be a little higher, Hunter: i like his game to but he will have to get stronger. zeigler is right now living a hype right now. JY Espn has him rated 10th in 2013. Replace him with walton because he’s the best 2013 player in MI. Thanks Espn HS for putting him on the fourth best team in the state of MI

  • shaq2012

    I just want to say that PG Walton has improved from last year that should put in him in in the top 50 in 2013. right now he’s avg. 25ppg 6.5 rb 7 asst. 4.5 stls. He might be the best player in the state from what I have seen from all the top MI high school players.

    • sane1

      I know a high school coach with a state title under his belt who loves Walton’s game. Says he watched over 20 of his games in AAU last summer and thinks that Walton is a true PG of the highest order. 

      • This summer I worried about him in the half court a bit but he’s shown me more in that facet in high school (only natural). I think Burke has shown what a luxury it is to have a point guard that can push the ball a bit and make things happen.

        • shaq2012

          He has been that way all along. We judge kids on what they do in the summer like James Young. Walton put in the work all summer and look at his Rankings. ESPN, Rivals, and Scout has him to low.

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  • pop coats

    coach b has wolverines moving into elite status with our currant players and incomming recruits,  GO BLUE