Spiece 2012: Trevon Bluiett scouting video, quotes

Dylan Burkhardt
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2014 wing guard Trevon Bluiett has been on the Michigan radar for a long time and is likely to pick up a Wolverine offer on June 15th. Bluiett has impressed scouts and coaches alike this spring on the AAU circuit and has seen his stock increase. Blueitt’s AAU coach and father, Reynaldo, had kind words when discussing the Michigan program.

“It’s almost textbook for some of the guys that came through there – Zack Novak, Stu Douglass Tim Hardaway Jr.,” he said. “He’s watched them and of course he thinks the world of Beilein as a coach.”

Watch footage of Bluiett in action at the 2012 Spiece Run ‘n Slam and find a question & answer feature with Bluiett after the jump.

Thanks to our friends at Inside the Hall for providing the video footage.

On when he wants to make a college choice: “Definitely before August 1st of my senior year. Maybe in the middle of AAU season after my junior year.”

On who’s recruitment him the hardest after strong play in EYBL: “IU called me a lot, Florida called me, Notre Dame Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State. Those are the schools that called me after EYBL.”

On Indiana’s interest: “They’ve just been watching me a lot. They’ve already offered and used up all of their game passes for that month so they couldn’t watch my games for a bit. They think I’ve improved and they’ll keep watching.”

On whether he’s improved: “Definitely. After the school season I’ve been in the weight room working on my athleticism and my legs so I think I’m quicker, jumping higher. Blowing by people and staying in front of people on defense. I feel like I’m doing a better job than I did last year. It’s easier for me to go up and dunk now – without a running start or anything like that.”

On his college position:  “I see myself playing the two. I just have to slim down and become quicker.”

On Florida: “They sent me a letter last year. My dad talked to them, I called them back but they never answered. They’ve started to recruit me and think I’d be a good fit for their program.”

On taking June visits: “Probably over the weekends. I have school basketball during the week.”

On Michigan: “Coach Beilein and coach Meyer, they’ve just been talking to me – and coach Jordan. I have a good feeling that they’ll offer me on June 15th – I’m not sure – but they’ve just been saying that they love my game.”

On Purdue: “Coach Painter called me saying the same exact thing. He’s seen a big improvement with my athleticism since last year.”

On whether everyone is telling him the same thing: “Basically – I just don’t really listen to it and do my own thing. I’m trying to get better and trying to win. I’ll worry abut colleges later.”

On whether he’s starting to see things that he likes in schools: “I’ve went places and I usually went there just to watch and observe but I’m quietly picking and choosing”

  • Steve2081

    Love this kids game. He has a sweet stroke. He has the ability to get to the hoop and finish. His dribble seems fairly low for a tall guard. I really hope we can land him.

    • Bluebufoon

      I don’t like the kids game– never have. Does he do anything but shoot ? His handle is mediocre ? He doesn’t pass the ball extremly well. His posture is very stiff and rigid which leads me to believe the kid is not a very good defender. Is he tough and will he battle on the boards or is Mr Blueitt one dimensional as he appears ? I just think U-M can find someone better for a scholarship in 2014.

      • To his credit he has a pair of state titles in his pocket. He’s scoring over 14 ppg in the EYBL – as an underclassman. The kid has a lot of game.

        Scorers are important. Where would Michigan be without Tim Hardaway Jr.?

        • Bluebufoon

          No offense — I’m sure Mr Blueitt is a good American but if I’m giving out one of U-M’s 13 scholarships I want my wing players to have more skillz and intangibles than this youngster.

          • SamGoBlue

            Not sure what you are watching, but this video was certainly impressive, especially considering the kid is just finishing up his sophomore year in high school. Obviously he is a great shooter, but he looks to have an all-around offensive game, showing great ability to drive past defenders, use some strength to work in the post, catch and shoot, and what looks to be a tremendous little tear drop/floater (pretty rare for young players to be adept at). I’d love to get this kid in the 2014 class.

          • Adam

            This kid is in Rivals early Top 50 for 2014 so clearly a lot of people think he is pretty darn good. I’d be ecstatic with him, Drake Harris, Booker, and/or Bates-Diop.

          • Bluebufoon

            Thats the great thing about recruiting some like Blondes, some like Brunnettes and some line Red-heads . Blueitt won’t be able to shoot over bigger wings at the college level and his ability to create his shot against better athletes who press out out on him — I don’t see it. Give me another ball-handler on the court, who can create for his teammates and himself.

          • Steve2081

            I still don’t see what you are seeing when it comes to his ball handling. It looks pretty good to me. I certainly think it’s ahead of where Stauskas, Robinson, and Irvin were at this point.

          • Matt Armelagos

            He’s like 16. Compare your shooting stroke then to 4 years later. With a little work in the gym, his release point will improve. While these guys might look to be in really good shape compared to us, they’re really far from their athletic peaks. At this stage, compare them against their competition, and the manner in which they’re affecting the game.

          • Adam

            yeah I think some people fail to take into account the age of these kids.. think about their age, and then think about how dominant they will be as a senior in HS through improvement… this kid, like every other HS player is going to improve a lot in the next couple years

          • SamGoBlue

            Not sure we’ll have room for four in the class…I’d love a class of Bluiett, Booker, and Bates-Diop. Just don’t see Drake Harris having a huge impact at the college level. Hope he comes here for football.

          • SamGoBlue

            Not sure we’ll have room for four in the class…I’d love a class of Bluiett, Booker, and Bates-Diop. Just don’t see Drake Harris having a huge impact at the college level. Hope he comes here for football.

          • SamGoBlue

            Not sure we’ll have room for four in the class…I’d love a class of Bluiett, Booker, and Bates-Diop. Just don’t see Drake Harris having a huge impact at the college level. Hope he comes here for football.

          • SamGoBlue

            Not sure we’ll have room for four in the class…I’d love a class of Bluiett, Booker, and Bates-Diop. Just don’t see Drake Harris having a huge impact at the college level. Hope he comes here for football.

          • SamGoBlue

            Not sure we’ll have room for four in the class…I’d love a class of Bluiett, Booker, and Bates-Diop. Just don’t see Drake Harris having a huge impact at the college level. Hope he comes here for football.

      • Steve2081

        You must really hate Zak Irvin’s jump shot heavy videos.