Recruiting Roundup: Hyron Edwards sets return trip, 2015 targets impress at Purdue camp, other notes

Dylan Burkhardt

051312[1]Michigan made 2015 guard Hyron Edwards an early priority. The Wolverines followed the top-25 guard consistently throughout the summer and hosted Edwards on a visit in early August. Edwards enjoyed that visit and is already planning a return trip to Michigan. Edwards father confirmed that Hyron is planning to attend Michigan’s football home opener against Air Force on September 8th.

Edwards recently added an offer from Illinois after an unofficial visit to go along with offers from Indiana and Purdue. Michigan will not offer 2015 prospects until June 15th, 2013 but Edwards is one of the top candidates to receive a Wolverine offer next June.

Find additional notes on the performance of a number of underclassmen targets at Purdue’s Elite Camp as well as the upcoming visit plans for Devin Booker and a host of other Wolverine targets.

Wolverine Targets at Purdue Elite Camp

Indiana Recruiting Guide’s Brandon Ramsey was in attendance and shared some of his thoughts, including thoughts on who he called the most impressive player at the camp, 2015 guard Jordan Ash.

Jordan Ash was the top performer from the Purdue Elite Camp. He can hurt you in a variety of ways; either by taking the balls to the rim or pulling up from the perimeter. Ash shot the ball well all day, showing a great hesitation move that he uses to create space. Just an impressive day all around on the offensive end for Jordan Ash.

Ash is expected to visit Michigan for a football game on September 15th. Ash also impressed Purdue observers in attendance, including Eric Gardner of The Black Hammer, who touched on Ash, Prentiss Nixon and others:

Jordan Ash was the top performer of the day.  Kid just made play after play.  The biggest thing that stood out today was his passing ability.  He has great vision and technique for a kid just going into his sophomore year of high school.  He’s so polished as a basketball player.  Ash is a natural born leader and can step into any situation and handle it with great poise.  If Purdue can land this kid they will have a centerpiece for four years.

Ramsey posted more thoughts on his website touching on a number of Indiana kids in attendance including Aaron Brennan and other familiar names. 2015 forward Michael Benkert, who we interviewed over the weekend, also impressed at the event

Purdue fans, and fans of other high-major programs should get used to hearing about 6’3” Small Forward Michael BenkertThe 2015 prospect from Center Grove H.S. didn’t play his best today, but still showed the skill of a potential high-major player.  He is a very good all-around offensive player.  Benkert is so versatile; he can hurt you from the perimeter or take the ball to the basket, you simply cannot focus on stopping one aspect of his game without having him hurt you with another.

2014 Michigan offeree Keita Bates-Diop was expected to attend Purdue’s Elite Camp but was not present.

2016 Showdown in Indianapolis

A pair of 2016 prospects that Michigan fans should be familiar with faced off at the Prep Hoops Report Midwest Class of 2016 Showcase in Indianapolis over the weekend. Those two names are Josh Jackson and Eron Gordon, arguably the top 2016 prospects in Michigan and Indiana respectively.

Having never played a high school game, both prospects have a long way to go in their recruitment and development but both are expected to be five-star level prospects.

Ty Kish, of City League Hoops, caught the duo in action:

Visits, Offers and Notes

  • Devin Booker has two fall visits on the docket, he’ll trip to Mississippi State (Sept. 1) and Missouri (Sept. 8) for football games (source).
  • 2015 star Karl Towns unofficially visited North Carolina, NC State and Duke within the last week and now holds offers from all three schools.
  • 2013 forward Reggie Cameron unofficially visited Georgetown last week and should trim his list in the coming days or weeks before taking some official visits this fall.
  • 2014 shooting guard Peyton Allen is planning a visit to Oklahoma State on October 6th (source). Allen is also planning trips to Iowa, Oregon State and possibly Arizona State and Virginia Tech, according to his AAU coach.
  • 2014 forward Sean Sellers added an offer from IUPUI and plans to visit Morehead State (source)
  • 2014 guard Darreon Reddick plans to visit SIU, DePaul, Detroit and Tennessee this fall.
  • jblair52

    Another visit already? Michigan must be a serious player for this potential 5* PG. Beilein’s a bit proven with PG’s though with Morris, Burke, and landing a stud Walton. Sure gives recruits something to think about!

    • geoffclarke

      Point Guard U? It looks like we may be setting ourselves up in 2015 much like we did in 2013, with multiple very impressive options at the point. I saw Edwards’ tape first and admit I really liked his game, but Jordan Ash might be right up there. I definitely like that he’s taller and has some nice hops, but would like to see him play more at the point.

      Don’t get me started about those ’16 players…I already feel like I’m getting way ahead of myself with the ’15s.

  • SamGoBlue

    That 2016 tape is unreal. I’ve seen some Eron Gordon highlight tapes and he looks incredible for a kid that hasn’t played a game in high school yet, but Josh Jackson just looks like he’s on a completely different level. A reverse dunk by an eight-grader to go along with those handles? You’ve got to be kidding me.