Recruiting Roundup: Commitment Updates, ‘13 Rankings, ‘14 & ‘15 Notes

Dylan Burkhardt

The latest on Michigan basketball commitments and recruiting targets from across the country including news, scouting tidbits, video highlights and more.

Class of 2012

Mitch McGary – Commit


This was the backboard at the Purdue co-rec center after Mitch McGary stopped by for a recent run.(HT: Paint Crew)

McGary had a team-high 10 rebounds in an 87-78 win over Northfield mount Hemon, scored 14 points in a 115-69 win over Lee Academy and had 10 points in a 79-71 win over New Hampton. Brewster is now 23-0 for the season.

McGary fell in the New England Recruiting Report’s regional rankings and now comes in at the No. 5 spot in the New England region.


Glenn Robinson III – Commit

Robinson wasn’t named to the McDonald’s All-American team and is an underdog for Mr. Basketball given the fact that he plays in Northwest Indiana and will be attending college out of state. That doesn’t mean that Robinson’s play has gone unnoticed. Here’s the Indy Star on Robinson’s Mr. Basketball chances:

By the numbers: Robinson is averaging just a shade under 22 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He is shooting right at 50 percent from the field.

Pros: Lake Central (16-2) is ranked No. 7 in Class 4A and should have a chance to win a sectional for the first time in 15 years, though Munster and East Chicago Central will have something to say about that. Robinson has played well against top competition this year, scoring 30 points in an early season loss to Hamilton Southeastern and 33 in a 73-47 win over Menomonee Falls and its star player, North Carolina recruit J.P. Tokoto. If Lake Central can make it through to the regional, it has a legit chance to make it to the semistate, which would only bolster Robinson’s chances. South Bend Washington and Elkhart Memorial are possible roadblocks in the regional.

Cons: Name recognition isn’t an issue for the son of the former Purdue All-American, but he does play in the northwest corner of the state and last summer’s exhibition games against the Indiana All-Stars marked the first time much of the general public had seen him play. Lake Central’s sectional drought also hasn’t helped in that regard. Robinson has the numbers, but needs to lead his team deep into the tournament.

Robinson had 24 points and 16 rebounds in a 14 point win over Valparaiso and Lake Central clinched its first ever conference championship. Game highlights featuring Robinson (23 in white) and his teammate 2014 prospect Tyler Wideman (45 in white):

Nik Stauskas – Commit

St. Mark’s beat Governors, 78-56, and Stauskas scored 23 points. They added another win against St. Sebastians by a final score of 88-38 and Stauskas had 15 points in that blowout.

Stauskas will play in the 3rd Annual Elite Showcase Basketball Classic on March 24th at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. The New England Recruiting Report recently ranked Stauskas as the No. 4 prospect in Massachusetts and the No. 11 prospect in the New England Region.

Class of 2013 revamped their 2013 recruiting class rankings and Michigan is up to the No. 2 spot. Rivals ranks Zak Irvin 54th, Derrick Walton 87th and Mark Donnal 124th.

Zak Irvin – Commit

Irvin scored a game high 23 points in a win over No. 3 ranked Carmel including back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter. Here’s a video montage of the Hamilton Southeastern win by CMM Productions:

Derrick Walton – Commit

Walton scored 26 points for Chandler Park on Tuesday and will lead his team to Grand Rapids tonight against Ottawa Hills.

Mark Donnal – Commit

Donnal scored 14 points in a 37-33 win over Maumee. Donnal added 28 points in a in a 47-44 win over Springfield including a 14-of-16 free throw shooting performance.

Dominic Woodson

One of the prospects that Michigan continues to keep an eye on out east, Woodson discussed his game and his recruitment lately:

Goodluck Okonoboh

Okonoboh visited Syracuse for their game against UConn with his teammate Nerlens Noel. Okonobh recently mentioned Michigan as one of the primary schools involved in his recruitment and continues to be a potential option for the Wolverines.

Class of 2014/2015

New 2014 Prospect Emerging: Devin Booker

10466235-large[1]Devin Booker is a new 2014 name to keep an eye on as the sophomore from Moss Point (Mississippi) is putting up big numbers and drawing significant interest. Booker is averaging 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game while connecting on 49% of his three point shots.

Georgetown, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are among the programs already showing significant interest. Michigan coaches have already been down to see Booker in action and he attended Michigan’s College Practice Camp in June.

Devin’s father Melvin Booker was a star at Missouri and Booker recently moved from Grandville, MI to Mississippi. His recent emergece is profiled in depth here.

“Devin’s a much better player than I was at the same age,” Melvin Booker said. “He’s very advanced as a player and he carries himself in a very mature way, both on and off the floor. But he just shoots the ball so well, especially with the size that he has.

More 2014 & 2015 Notes

  • Sean Sellers and Bryant McIntosh both took unofficial visits for Michigan’s win over Illinois.
  • Trevon Bluiett had 21 points in a 41 point win over Indianapolis Scecina and 17 points in aa five point win over Broad Ripple. We posted video of Bluiett’s performance earlier today.
  • 2015 star Brennan Gillis of Ben Davis HS (Indianapolis, IN) visited unofficially for Michigan’s game against Illinois on Sunday.
  • 2014 big man Tyler Wideman is expected to make an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor this Saturday and has grown an inch according to his coach while receiving heavy interest from Illinois, Marquette, Michigan and Michigan State, along with a scholarship offer from Purdue.
  • Another 2014 big man on the radar, Sean O’Mara, had 13 points in a win over St. Patrick and eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, three points and two blocks in a win over Joliet Catholic.
  • 2014 Grand Rapids Christian star Drake Harris visited Notre Dame over the weekend for their home game with DePaul. Harris recently scored 19 points in a two point loss to Greenville and 14 points in a 29 point win over Grand Rapids Union.
  • We posted video of 2015 star Luke Kennard over the weekend but his undefeated Franklin squad has a tough playoff draw ahead.
  • Keita Bates-Diop had 11 points in a win over Morton and a team high 13 points in a win over Pontiac.

Notes and disclaimers: Don’t hesitate to pass along articles, scores or other tidbits to Just because a player is not listed here for this particular week doesn’t mean anything other than we couldn’t find a significant update for the week.

  • mountain52

    The Irvin and Robinson videos seem to be switched around

    • Try now.

    • mitch

      Speaking of those 2, can you imagine those 2 together on the court in a couple years?  Awesome!

      • Quaint06

        Not only that, but also with McGary, possibly Burke, and a hopefully much-improved Brundidge, with Mark Donnal chipping in.

  • bird

    I know the stock answer is “scholarships are fluid” or “things happen,” but what would people GUESS might happen with the 2013-2014 scholarship situation?  Not considering unforeseen injuries, below might be a few potential developments, perhaps in some rough order of likelihood:

    Hatch is out for medical reasons.
    Hardaway goes pro.
    McLimans doesn’t get a fifth year.
    Burke goes pro.
    McGary goes pro.
    Someone transfers (who?)
    Morgan goes pro/doesn’t get a fifth year.

    • I think the point is that debating who might transfer down the line just isn’t a very productive discussion to have on an internet forum…

      • bird

        Well, yeah, I can’t argue with that.  But I wasn’t exactly trying to be productive.  Back to work!  Sorry about the fluff.

  • Pacer010

    Pretty disheartening to not have a single one of our awesome ’12 recruits named a McDonald All-American.    Big Ten represented by Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) and Gary Harris (MSU).


    • Important to point out that McGary was ineligible (5th year)

      • gpsimms

         i remember you said that…why was he listed on the nominees list?

        • No one is quite sure but the rules are pretty concrete that he was ineligible. Same with Stauskas’s temamate, Kaleb T.

          • serious

            Didn’t want to butcher that last name, eh?

        • rlcBlue

          I think it’s because anybody’s grandmother can nominate a player, so Mitch may have been nominated by someone who didn’t know about the eligibility requirements.

    • Mattski

      Rome. . . built. . . day. (Sorry, in a hurry.)

  • Guest

    Is the 2013 done with scholarships? Any interest from U of M for EC Matthews?

  • Sounds like Beilein will be down to watch Booker tonight in his playoff game.

  • Guest

    McGary may be a stud but Glenn Robinson III is going to be the headliner when all is said and done. He has the length and athleticism to be an elite player.  He’ll instantly be the best athlete on the team when he enrolls.

    • Michigan4

      I agree 100% with you on this.  Having had an opportunity to see GRIII play a couple times this year, I honestly think he will be the best player on the team NEXT year.  I watched him go head to head with Gary Harris and Zak Irvin earlier this year and there was no doubt that Robinson was the best player on the floor.  He will be the best athlete to play basketball at UM since Bernard Robinson Jr.  I absolutely love the kid and cannot wait to see him play next year.

      • Guest

        I’m so glad that JB got on GRIII before he exploded into national scene. You have to give credit to JB for finding talents when no one is looking. He is a good recruiter as evidenced with him landing McGary when the big boys went after him.

        Pretty safe to say that Michigan is in good hands with JB as the coach.

    • Ampgraham

      I love his (GR111) game, but love Stauskas game more!!!

  • Jr_ewing93


    I see you have Derrick for 26 and he had 31. His stats were done stat for stat. 4 three pt and 13-18 freethrows.

    • He had 26 last week, that was the number he told me. The 31 point game was last night, after this post was published.

      • Jr_ewing93

        Ok. My bad sir

  • A2JD

    What is the latest on Austin Hatch?