Recruiting Roundup: Adidas Nations, Elite 100, EYBL Stats and more

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Future Wolverines Attend Adidas Nations

Michigan commitments Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin both took part in the Adidas Nations training camp this weekend in Chicago, Ill. They weren’t the only names Michigan fans are familiar with as 2014 target Trevon Bluiett and 2015 star Hyron Edwards also participated in the camp.

This was the third and final Adidas Nations USA training camp and the series of camps will culminate with the Adidas Nations Global Experience on August 2nd through 6th in Los Angeles. That event will feature selected USA squads against teams from around the world.

Additional notes, scouting and video on Devin Booker, Jae’Sean Tate, Reggie Cameron and a number of other Wolverine targets after the jump.

Notes from Nike Elite 100

The Elite 100 is a Nike sponsored camp for 2014 and 2015 prospects in St. Louis. The event featured a handful of Michigan targets that play for Nike-sponsored AAU clubs, including one of John Beilein’s top targets, Devin Booker.
Devin Booker at Michigan-OSU Game
Booker was by all accounts fantastic, earning kudos from Scout.com’s Evan Daniels as one of the top shooting guards in the camp.


Dave Telep gushed about Booker in his Elite 100 update at ESPN.

However, the player who made the biggest impression may have been Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point). Halfway through the camp, his team was revving at a high level and winning. Booker was so strong that he even took his team to the championship game of the three-on-three series. This kid is a model high-major player. The genes (dad was Big Eight POY at Missouri) are there and his mental makeup is awesome. There are no highs in his game and consequently zero lows. He became a top-25 player on the EYBL circuit and then solidified the ranking here.

Coaches talked, camp directors chimed in and players handed out respect. By the time this camp ended, the respect for Booker was nearly unanimous. I’ve seen him a lot since April and have always been taken by his aptitude for making the correct play and sticking jumpers. This kid’s best attributes are his brain and his stroke and that played out on a big stage at the Elite 100. There were better athletes, maybe even better prospects but there was not a more complete wing player than Booker.

One observer who was in attendance on Sunday sent us this report on Booker’s play during the camp’s final session:

He had moments where he dominated the games this morning.  He used his quickness to get past defenders and shot the ball well.  Overall, I’d like to see him improve on his vision.  At times, it seemed as though he was very determined to get to the rim and in doing so, he missed an open teammate in the post.

Do-everything forward Jae’Sean Tate was also in attendance and played well. Here’s a similar Sunday report we received on Tate.

Talk about a strong-bodied and hardworking guard.  That’s exactly what Tate is.  He can really finish strong and rebounds very well for his position.  I was also impressed with his mid-range game.  Despite it being the last day of the camp, he went out and competed until the last whistle.

Here’s recent footage of Tate in action at the Ohio State AAU tournament.

Nike EYBL Leaders & Regular Season Stats

The Nike EYBL wrapped up a couple weeks back but the official final statistics for the first four sessions were published over the weekend. Here’s a look at how Michigan’s top three targets on the EYBL – Devin Booker, Reggie Cameron and Trevon Bluiett – performed throughout 20 games over the EYBL regular season.

Name Pts Reb FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA
Devin Booker 14.5 3.4 85 198 41 95 35 41
42.9% 43.2% 85.4%
Reggie Cameron 15.6 4.2 99 206 58 114 41 50
48.1% 50.9% 82.0%
Trevon Bluiett 16.5 3.5 119 231 51 106 41 56
51.5% 48.1% 73.2%

Reggie Cameron told us he thought he was the best shooter in the EYBL a couple of weeks back and the numbers do a great job of backing up that statement. Cameron’s 58-of-114 (50.9%) three point shooting mark was the seventh best in the EYBL but the six players ahead of him had just 161 attempts combined.

Cameron was tied for second in three point makes despite playing one less game than Stephen Clark (195 attempts) and Kameron Williams (121 attempts). It’s safe to say the New Jersey forward’s shooting stroke is as advertised.

Stauskas to play in All-Canada Classic on Wednesday

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Nik Stauskas will be participating in the All-Canada Classic on Wednesday evening at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Stauskas isn’t the first Wolverine to participate in the event, Jevohn Shepherd headlined the 2004 event.

Ticket information can be found at Phase One Basketball.

Additional Quick Hitters

Scout.com ranks Michigan’s 2013 class 6th in the country with Purdue (4) and Indiana (5) being the two Big Ten squads ahead in the early rankings.

Stephen Bell focuses on the in-state prospects at Michigan’s College Practice Camp on Saturday.

2014 forward Vincent Edwards has long been considered a Purdue lean and the talented Ohio native is planning another trip to Purdue although plans to visit on Sunday after the Nike Elite 100 camp fell through due to travel timing. Michigan remains in contact with the versatile forward and here’s a season highlight film of Edwards in prep play.

  • Wayman Britt

    Watch less talented coaches immediately offer the same 2014 recruits as Beilein does on June 15. Because of Beilein’s success of finding sleepers, poor evaluators will just mimic UM.

    • Balg

      I have felt that to be the case in bball and on the grid iron.

  • DingoBlue

    I like Jae’Sean Tate’s game. Wish we could get some better consensus on his height/weight. I’m seeing 6’3″ to 6’5″ across the recruiting sites. Maybe that means he’s growing…

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

      Pretty sure he tweeted that he was 6-foot-5 the other day, might have said 6-foot-4 and a half or something like that.

      • Bob

        Dylan – have you researched all the kids that were at the camp this past weekend? My son was there and he plays on the All Ohio Red team that Benji Burke coaches. I think he had an awesome camp. He played tough defense, scored when he needed to to help his team “shared the ball”. He is going to be one of those sleeper kids that if Michigan doesn’t grab someone will. His heart is with Michigan and that’s where he wants to go. Plays at the same school Aaron Craft came from.

        • Adam

          Thanks for the insight. How’s Tate’s perimeter game? In the video footage I’ve seen almost all of his baskets are in the paint. I was just wondering how his ball handling and jump shooting is. He clearly is a strong guard in the paint.

          • Bob

            On the AAU team they don’t play him as a guard but a forward. He is a great all round player. Hard worker, can shoot the three ball if needed. They mostly use my son as the three point threat. Both Tate and my son would be great players for UM. I believe they both would be there for 4 years also. Like Craft and Sullinger Michigan could have Tate and my son.

  • Bob

    My son plays on the All Ohio Red team with Tate. My son is 6’4″ and Tate is taller than him. I believe he is 6’5″ – 6’6″

  • geoffclarke

    What would be the downside to offering Vincent Edwards on the 15th? This is only the 3rd clip (I think) I’ve seen of him, but he has skills. He’s one of those players who I think will just move up the rankings.

    • SamGoBlue

      The downside is if we want someone that plays the same position as him (like KBD) more than we want Edwards and Edwards commits to us before KBD made up his mind, we would be stuck.

      • Allen

        agreed. I hate to pass on an offer for a kid with his talent but getting Bates-Diop needs to be the first priority. I think the staff will know early on like they did with Monte Morris and play accordingly. They knew he wasn’t close although we were considered his favorite. They didn’t wait and offered Walton. Let’s trust the staff here. I think KBD will commit earlier than he is letting on. He is UM’s to lose.

        • geoffclarke

          That would be great if Keita Bates-Diop were Michigan’s to lose! I get the sense that Purdue is just as strong and Illinois might give a good fight. Regardless, whoever gets Edwards is going to get a very good player. If Edwards to Purdue means Bates-Diop to Michigan, I’d be happy.

  • Allen

    Is anyone else worried that Devin Booker is blowing up too early. This kid is going to have the Dukes, North Carolinas and Kentuckys after him before too long. He doesn’t seem to be too caught up in that and I know his mom may prefer Michigan but I get scared when those big boys come calling.
    Also, it seems like Bates-Diop is really looking for the UM offer. I was getting skeptical of his interest fading as we get deeper into his high school career but I must say with all of the other events going on, still coming to UM this past weekend really makes me feel warm and fuzzies in regards to his recruitment.
    Gettting these two kids would really keep the ball rolling. Add a nice 5 and you have yourself a couple more years of guaranteed success in the Big Ten.
    One question for Dylan. In regards to Drake Harris. He seems like a tremendous athlete from what I hear. I could be wrong, but it seems like Drake is on the fence for a June 15th offer. Is he still considered the top 14′ Michigan Prep? Is football seeming more and more likely.

    • Steve2081

      I am not worried.

    • geoffclarke

      Not worried. Let Duke, North Carolina, etc come. We beat out Duke and Florida for McGary. Anyway, Duke, Carolina will get their share of players at the expense of other schools and each other…but so will Michigan. Michigan will be fine either. We’re back.

    • Ajtori93

      I know Devin,his dad,the whole fam and Mizzou is after just like Michigan.I think he should go to Miss State.And he been blew up too us.We see him play all the time.He is the best on the coast and tied for #1 player with this freshman name Malik,I forgot his last name,but he won best freshman in the nation.Now,he is smooth as butter.Thats my opinion.

  • Ajtori93

    Ay,they goin nuttz over Devin.I know him and his dad.I know the whole fam down here in Moss Point.I seen him beat team by himself,scoring wise.I think Mizzou will be after just like UM.I want him to go to Miss State,personally.But its his choice.All I want is DB to remember where he came from and who cares for him the most,lol…Yall take care of my folks while he is in Mich….