Recruiting Notebook: Robinson Steps Up, McGary Rebounding, Class Rankings, More

Dylan Burkhardt

430518_2571093156225_1221133045_32024144_83557333_n[1]Glenn Robinson III Guides Comeback

Robinson led Lake Central to a big come from behind 60-59 victory over East Chicago.

The elder Robinson had 11 first-half points and shot 5-of-8 from the field, including three monstrous dunks that sent the building into a frenzy.

EC Central (8-8) was up 11 in the middle of the third, but Lake Central and Robinson took over after that. The LC senior star and Michigan recruit went on to score a game-high 26, including two free throws to break a 56-56 tie with 1:10 left.’s Evan Daniels is a big fan of Robinson, noting that he underrated him originally. (Photo: Jeff Paschen)

Class of 2012 Rises in Rankings

Despite Mitch McGary’s slide in the recruiting rankings, Michigan’s 2012 class has moved in the opposite direction ranking wise. Michigan’s three-man class ranks seventh in’s latest ranking update which slots it as the second best class in the Big Ten. The other ranked Big Ten classes include Indiana (3), Michigan State (10) and Purdue (18). also updated its class recruiting rankings and has Michigan slotted in the No. 11 spot.

mcgaryx-large[1]Mitch McGary Rebounding

McGary’s fall in the rankings from No. 2 to No. 20 raised some eyebrows both nationally and among Michigan fans. McGary was probably a bit overrated at No. 2 and he doesn’t play in the best prep system to embellish his abilities.

McGary has recorded three straight double doubles, most recently scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in an 82-67 win over St. John’s Academy. Brewster is now 22-0 on the season.

Dave Telep posted a reaction to McGary’s ranking movement including some quotes from his prep coach. Here’s a snippet of Telep’s thoughts:

McGary’s a fun-loving personality. He’ll be magnetic with the Wolverines students and the folks in Ann Arbor are going to embrace him and vice versa. Hopefully he enters Michigan with more reasonable expectations than that of being the No. 2 player and having to put a program on his back. He’s entering a situation that is on solid ground with a great foundation. The Wolverines need him to be a function of their team — not a savior.

Regardless of McGary’s ranking, it’s safe to assume that defensive rebounding performances like we saw in East Lansing will be a thing of the past with McGary’s presence on the glass.

We posted a video interview with highlights of McGary and fellow commitment Nik Stauskas last week.

Goodluck Okonoboh Listing Michigan

Michigan continues to keep its options open in the class of 2013 and adding a big man, or any other position, remains a possibility. One of those options is Goodluck Okonoboh. The Tilton big man plays alongside one of the best post players in the country but has his fair share of abilities as well. Here’s a recent scouting report from NBE Basketball at the National Prep School Invitational:

Okonoboh is often overlooked playing alongside Nerlens Noel but is poised for a breakout summer with Noel moving on and showed signs that the breakout is coming with his play Sunday. Goodluck was more aggressive offensively than I’ve ever seen him before making a couple of plays I wasn’t aware he had in his arsenal. He caught in the post 12 feet from the basket, spun baseline, and used 1 dribble to explode towards the rim for an and 1. On another possession he caught the ball outside the 3 point line on the move and used two dribbles to get to the rim and dunk. I don’t think I had ever seen Okonoboh put the ball on the floor more than once with any success so this was a step in the right direction. His interior defense was also as strong as ever and with that and potentially vastly improved offense, Okonoboh looks like someone whose stock is on the rise.

Five Star Basketball recently interviewed the athletic big man and Michigan was one of the first schools that he listed:

In other news, Okonoboh is pretty athletic:

Other 2013 Commitment Notes

John Beilein made the trip down to Toledo recently to watch 2013 big man commitment Mark Donnal and the junior impressed. Donnal had 28 points in a three point win over Springfield, OH.

Zak Irvin had a monster game for Hamilton Southeastern scoring 28 points and our own Joe Eberhardt was there with highlights, video interviews and scouting.

Derrick Walton had a another triple double, collecting 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in an eight point win over Southfield Bradford.

4f20fcc11acdf.image[1]Keita Bates-Diop Blowing Up

Keita Bates-Diop is one of Michigan’s top targets in the class of 2014 and the Illinois native has already visited Ann Arbor and also attended Michigan’s College Practice Camp in June. Now Bates-Diop is gradually emerging as a national name. Bates-Diop is averaging 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals per game and is regarded as a top five 2014 player in the state of Illinois for the class of 2014.

Reggie Rankin profiled Bates-Diop on ESPN’s College Basketball recruiting blog ($) last week as one of his rising prospects. Here’s a snippet:

Bates-Diop is a long, athletic sophomore small forward with a 7-foot-1 wing span and very good perimeter skills that have been improving at a steady rate this fall and winter. High-major programs like Purdue, Northwestern and DePaul are already jockeying for position by extending scholarship offers. Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Tennessee and Illinois are interested too.

“I am looking for good players, coaches and student atmosphere in college,” Bates-Diop said. “I Just want to be around good people”

Bates-Diop received some more profile love in the Pantagraph (photo credit) in an article that profiles his family, work ethic and recruitment.

Other Class of 2014 Notes

  • 2014 guard Peyton Allen scored 37 points on 20 shots in a 73-48 win over Springfield. Here’s his coach: “Peyton has such an understanding of the game,” said Blakeman. “His court intelligence is high. He has a great flow to the game. You talk about a great player making a team better, he’s the player who does that.” Here’s video of Allen’s 37-point outburst:

  • mitch

    Watched James Young go for 49 and 20 vs a solid Clarkston team last night.  With the Hatch situation still a question mark, we need to try and get JY to Ann Arbor.

    • Stevenjc3

      I was on the Young boat too, but unfortunately he just doesnt get it done in the classroom.  Id rather go for Goodluck, Zeigler or this other 6’7 kid from Detroit, cant think of his name….Goodluck looks like he has some potential

  • Michigan4

    Okonoboh reminds me a lot of IU commit Hanner Perea.  A long athletic 4 man that dunks just about everything.  Would be an awesome addition to the ’13 class.

  • Michigan4

    Dylan, have you heard anything about Nik Stauskas lately?  Unfotrunately, I do not have any contacts that watch St. Marks play and all I have heard is his team won over the weekend.

    • Observernba

      Stauskas is leading his team in scoring again this year. He played yesterday and scored 25 pts, 7 rebs, 5 assists.

  • Pesull

    If you live in the NH area you can catch Goodluck of Tilton vs. McGarry of Brewster. I believe it is at Brewster Academy on Monday the 20th. And as a big bonus you will see the best shot blocker in High School, Nerlens Noel.   

  • Mattski

    All their playerz will be ourz.

  • Colby84

    Does anyone think JB might be going to a 2 big man system? He has not recruited a so called versatile 4 since Evan and Donnal in the 13 class can hit the jumper but doesn’t handle the ball much. Even the other big men he is looking at in the same class Woodson and Okonoboh aren’t known for their game off the bounce.

    Also really interested to see what targets in the 14 class get offers on June 15. Got to think they get after some top big men with the PT they have to offer. Supposedly the coaches have been down to see Devin Booker guard in Mississippi who is blowing up. Just moved down there from Michigan.

  • Guest

    You guys need to imprint the name Tyler Wideman in your brains. He is a beast. Saw him play a couple of weeks ago and the kid already has a D1 body. He outplayed GRIII that game.

  • Pesull

    Just returned after watching McGarry. I spoke with a member of the athletic dept and was told that Mitch has had a bad cold for two weeks and is hampered with a nagging leg injury. He is now on the mend and looked it. He is a racehorse and scored most of his points in the paint. He does have a soft jumper 6-8 ft out. Billy Donovan was in the house scouting a teammate, Jakarr Sampson who was part of that St John’s debacle. I also learned that number 1 prep player, Nerlens Noel is coming out this year and remains undecided but everyone wants him, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina etc. As I mentioned earlier, Noel vs. McGarry, a week from this coming Monday. I will be there.