Recruiting Roundup: Caris LeVert emerges as new 2012 target, more notes

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Michigan might not be done with its 2012 recruiting class just yet. As first reported by Sam Webb, Michigan is showing interest in 2012 Ohio decommit Caris LeVert. LeVert is a 6-foot-5 guard from Pickerington Central that originally signed to Ohio in November but has been released from his letter of intent after former Ohio coach John Groce took the Illinois job.

LeVert led Pickerington Central to the Division I State Championship as a senior and was named second team All-State after averaging over 18 points per game. Purdue, Iowa and Dayton have also expressed interest at this juncture.

Here’s Triple Double Prospects on Levert’s game:

Pure shooter and scorer with deep range and a quick release Caris uses his long frame to get shots off over defenders. Slashing scorer as well that can use the bounce to create shots for himself Levert is capable of having huge scoring games. Is still in the development stages with his body as he is on the thin side but has the athleticism and the length to make up for that at the time being.

More on LeVert in the hours and days to come, more notes from the AAU circuit after the jump. 

UMHoops was on-hand for the Merrillville Spring Showdown and we covered the Nike EYBL in depth by the numbers, but those weren’t the only two venues with significant talent on hand. Michigan commitments Derrick Walton and Mark Donnal were in action at the Adidas VIP Exclusive Run while a number of other targets were playing everywhere from Pittsburgh to Grand Rapids to Augusta.

 (Photo by David Becker/adidas)Adidas VIP Exclusive Run

Derrick Walton led the Michigan Mustangs to a fourth place finish in the event. We covered Walton’s strong play on Friday night but the future Wolverine point guard was steady throughout the weekend – reassuring scouts, fans and coaches that Michigan’s point guard play will be in strong hands after Trey Burke. Mark Donnal’s impressive play was also covered on Sunday. We look forward to seeing both prospects in person back in the Midwest next week at the adidas Spring Classic next weekend in Indianapolis.

Luke Kennard leads King James to Southern Exposure 16U Gold Title

Bacari Alexander made the trip down South on Sunday to watch 2015 star Luke Kennard in the King James Southern Exposure 16U Gold Championship. The only coach to join Bacari Alexander in the crowd was West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. Kennard’s King James squad eeked out a 2-point victory and Kennard

Alexander also caught a glimpse of Jakeenan Gant. Jakeenan Gant

Here’s some footage (in addition to what we posted on Saturday) of Kennard in action:

Vincent Edwards leads (a different) King James 16U team to Grand Rapids Storm Classic Championship

Almost 1000 miles away from Luke Kennard’s game, another King James 16U squad led by a southern Ohio star was winning another championship. In Grand Rapids it was Vincent Edwards, a 2014 prospect from Middletown, OH starring for King James. Edwards was named the MVP of the Storm Classic for the second consecutive year as his King James squad defended its crown.

John Beilein was in to watch Edwards workout last week at an open gym at his school so it’s clear that the Wolverine interest is strong in the 2014 star.

Sean O’Mara, one of the 2014 big men on the Michigan radar that could be eyeing a June offer, also played well in Minnesota with IBA Select at the Best Buy Spring Classic.

Marqywell Jackson lists Michigan in Pittsburgh

A year ago it was Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III that dominated that the PIttsburgh Jam Fest before rapidly rising up the recruiting charts. There weren’t nearly as many Michigan targets in attendance at this year’s tournament but one 2014 star with Michigan on his list stood out: Marqywell Jackson.

Jackson listed Michigan, Michigan St, Xavier, USC, and DePaul and the combo guard impressed with his length and scoring ability. The Detroit Crockett guard lit up twitter throughout the tournament with his strong play. The word from some in attendance was that Jackson has great size, shoots it well and should grow into a great player due to his competitiveness.

  • Guest

    Webb made it sound like LeVert had given his LOI to Michigan already – true? If so, does this explain why they stopped going after Amedeo De Valle?

    • Flwolve

       That’s interesting because it basically came down to ADV or LeVert for both OSU and UM.  UM dropped ADV for a chance at LeVert while OSU took ADV over a chance at LeVert. 

      Perhaps LeVert just isn’t an OSU fan but he’s from central Ohio and his coach is a former Buckeye so I have to believe that he would have at least some interest in playing for them. 

      From my very untrained eye, I love what I’m reading about LeVert and would much rather take a flyer on him vs. ADV who I thought was rather limited in the games I saw him play.  Plus, I’m always leery about taking international players because I think they’re more likely to pack it in early and head home before their eligibility expires.

      • Kenny

        I really don’t have any names in my mind who ” pack it in early and head home before their eligibility expires.”

    • JD

      I don’t think he is Michigan’s already, but I am just reading between the lines of an article yesterday.  Said he was deciding between Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Dayton, and Ohio.  Also, his teammate Jalen Robinson is heading to Dayton and said he thinks he will join him there.  Sounds like he would be a good get considering the lack of depth at shooting guard going forward, as well as the need for another sharp shooter to go with stauskas.

  • ChocoJoe

    Off topic, but you all should vote for Michigan to be in a College Gameday commercial 
    http://www.gamedayvote.com/

  • FLiPCiTyBLuE

    hmmm…from “c’mon and rock me Amedeo” to “return of the mack”…love it!

    • Jmos

      “Return of the Mack” was by Mark Morrison, not Levert… But we should be able to come up with a good nickname…

  • Jaisdaddy1

    being that LeVert is from Central Ohio did Burke every play against him?

  • JTedesco5000

    LeVert appears to be the better athlete, the better scorer, and has a higher ceiling. If he’s not a headcase, hands down he’s the choice over ADV.

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