Spring Showdown: Michigan eyeing 2015 forward Ryan Fazekas

imageMuch of Michigan’s focus at the Nike Spring Showdown was on 2013 commitment Zak Irvin and a number of 2014 targets but there was plenty of younger talent on display as well. 2015 Ryan Fazekas, of Marquette Catholic in Michigan City, Ind., was one of the most promising underclassmen prospects at the Spring Showdown. Fazekas is a 6-foot-7 forward with a lethal jumpshot and he put on a show Saturday night at Lake Central high school. Fazekas received his first scholarship offer when he was just 14 years old and he’s already visited Ann Arbor and is planning to camp at Michigan this summer.

After the jump find more on the star forward’s game and recruitment as well as a handful of quick video clips from the Nike Spring Showdown.

Fazekas has elevated his game over the last year because he’s gone through a significant growth spurt.

“I’m 6-7, about to be 6-8. I’ve grown six inches since last summer. I’ve been to the doctors, and all my growth plates are still wide open,” Fazekas said. “The doctors expect me to be 6-9. I’m 180 right now. I gained eight pounds in the last month and a half.”

Showing off a sweet shooting stroke in Saturday night action in Merrillville, Fazekas reiterated that’s the favorite part of his game.

“I love shooting the ball. I’m a three-point shooter and a mid range shooter. If they let me get to the hole, I’ll get to the hole and dish it if I have to, I like getting to the free-throw line. I’m going to try to get to the hole more. I’ve got to get stronger. I’ve been hitting the weights, and I have to get better with contact.”

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Fazekas listed Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State, Xavier, Northwestern, Oregon, New Mexico, Purdue along with “bunch of other small schools” when prompted for a school list but also mentioned his scholarship offer from Valparaiso.

“It felt good when they offered me. I was only 14 years old. I never expected to be offered that young,” recalled Fazkekas. “This is only my fourth year playing and I’m still developing. I felt ecstatic when they offered me. But I’m still looking for options and I’m going to keep my options open for a while.”

Fazekas has visited Valparaiso, Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana noting that he plans to attend camps at both Butler and Michigan this summer.

The Wolverines have been paying close attention to the versatile forward, but he’s in no rush to make any decisions:

“[Michigan] came two weeks ago to my open gym to watch me. I like the Michigan program but I take all the colleges into thought. I’m still looking around and thinking about it.”

  • http://twitter.com/kevinblazaitis kevinblazaitis

    Josh – any relation to Nick Fazekas formerly of Nevada? Love to pull in a Lithuanian to the maize and blue!!

    • Josh

      As far as I know, there’s no relation. But if this kid fills out, and continues to develop, he could turn into a 5-star recruit

      • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

        Some have mentioned he could end up the best 2015 in Indiana.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    Smotryz with better footwork and hopefully a bit more quickness.

  • Wayman Britt

    Limited data on this kid, but looks good so far. Looks like he is made for Beilein’s offense.

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