Michigan’s recruiting success recognized by national media

Dylan Burkhardt

image[1]Michigan’s 2012 and 2013 classes have been well regarded around Ann Arbor for quite some time. As the summer wears on the buzz about both Michigan’s incoming class of 2012 and next class of 2013 continues to grow. Several national media outlets have noted the promise of John Beilein’s recruiting efforts in recent days.

ESPN updated its class of 2012 team rankings and Michigan ranks 14th, third best in the Big Ten. Scout.com ranks Michigan’s class 9th nationally while Rivals.com last update had the Wolverines ranked 7th. Michigan landed three top 100 recruits by ESPN, Glenn Robinson III at No. 18 (5-star), Mitch McGary at No. 28 (4-star) and Nik Stauskas at No. 76 (4-star).

Yahoo Sports named Mitch McGary the Big Ten’s second best newcomer:

2. F/C Mitch McGary, Michigan
Particulars: 6-10/250, Fr.; 4-star recruit from Brewster (N.H.) Brewster Academy
Buzz: Michigan hasn’t really had a big bruiser in the low post of late, but McGary is that guy. He is a physical player who should provide Michigan with a much-needed inside presence. McGary’s passing skills make him a great fit for what Beilein likes to do on offense, and McGary is a good shooter from 15 feet in. Michigan has a proven group of perimeter players; McGary should complement them nicely.

McGary also earned a slot on Yahoo!’s preseason all-freshman team.

Midwestern ESPN scout Reggie Rankin graded the Wolverine class an ‘A’ overall and had plenty of positives to share when discussing the 2012 group:

Five-star small forward Glenn Robinson (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) is a high-wire act on the break with range to the arc and has continued to improve at a staggering rate. Power forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) is a high-energy, physical post player who can rebound on both ends and score out to about 19 feet. Small forward Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Canada/St. Mark’s School) is a perfect fit in coach John Beilein’s offense, thanks to his size, feel and deep range. Point guard Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield-Mt. Hermon School) is a smart lead guard who can run the team and get his teammates involved and makes good decisions. Albrecht, who came on board at the beginning of April, was insurance in case freshman All-American Trey Burke decided to leave for the NBA. With Burke staying, Albrecht will now provide depth in a backup role.

Scout.com updated its 2013 player rankings and a pair of Wolverine commitments moved up in the rankings. Derrick Walton sits at No. 48 while Mark Donnal sits at No. 80. Zak Irvin is not ranked but that’s to the chagrin of many knowledgeable Indiana experts including the Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep.

Despite Irvin not earning a spot in the Scout Top 100, he’ll be participating in the Adidas Nations Training Camp this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Matt Armelagos

    Beeline can’t recruit!

    • Anon

      Kill yourself troll

      • David

        I think someone’s sarcasm detector is broken

    • Bobby Dennishaks

      Neither can Bacari A

  • geoffclarke

    It is puzzling that Scout.com doesn’t have Irvin in the top 50, let alone top-whatever they have (100?). I really think he is a top 50 (at least) now, with the potential to move way up. I REALLY like his game.

    • SamGoBlue

      Completely agree. I think he ends up near consensus-five star status. Somehow flying under the radar to scout still.

  • A2JD

    I checked cbs sports’ rankings too. They are missing the boat on Irvin as well.

  • Nice class coming in Silk, Bruise and Bomb. Should be fun.

  • Bigrange

    Irvin will get his due by the end of the summer. He was playing with one of the top 10 recruits in the country this past year, so he was always in the shadow. I’m predicting he will be a 5 star by the time he gets to Ann Arbor.
    Yogi Ferrell is a great guard, but I think his size will limit him in what he is able to really do at the college level. He will improve IU’s PG position, but I can honestly see GR3 and Mitch having a bigger impact than he does.

    • SamGoBlue

      I agree with your thoughts on Irvin, but I’m not sure Yogi Ferrell is going to struggle. You point out that he is small (he is very small), but have you checked our roster lately? Our best player is not 6’0 tall; Yogi is probably about Trey’s exact size. Watch some video on the kid, he is a stud. I’m pretty scared of him at IU and really wish we could have gotten him after he pointed out one time that we were recruiting him hardest of any school.

  • Retiredat23

    McGary from a 5 star to a 4 star is a joke; he will arguably have the biggest impact on this team, and if all goes to plan Michigan will have a 3 headed monster at PF/C with McGary, Morgan, & a healthy Horford. As far as pure size and strength, McGary and Morgan are two of the strongest men in the B1G w/ Sullinger & Meyers Leonard gone, though Birmingham’s own Amir Williams is a strong fella. I look for Michigan to dominate the boards, shoot 3’s, and attack the paint at will. Final Four here we come.