Notebook: John Beilein hits Indiana, U-M highly rated in 2013 consensus rankings, more

Dylan Burkhardt
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485393[1]The Michigan basketball staff began this week with a full court recruiting press in the state of Indiana. Michigan had three coaches, including John Beilein, watching workouts in the Hoosier state on Monday afternoon. Per Kyle Neddenriep, all three coaches were on hand to watch 2014 offeree Trevon Bluiett in Indianapolis. Iowa also had two coaches watching Bluiett while Louisville, Illinois, Butler and Cincinnati were also in attendance. Bluiett’s list of suitors is long but the Wolverines continue to make steady progress in his recruitment.

Per GoldandBlack.com, Beilein and an assistant coach also attended 2015 guard Jalen Coleman’s workout on Monday as well. Coleman unofficially visited Michigan State for the Notre Dame game last weekend but is a priority target for the Wolverines.

On Monday evening, the Wolverine staff made another stop, this time to check in on 2013 commitment Zak Irvin for an in-home visit. The early signing period begins on November 14th and the in-home visit period will allow Michigan to check in on its prized group of commitments before that date arrives. It’s safe to say Irvin enjoyed welcoming John Beilein and his staff into his home judging by his tweet after the visit.


After the jump find the latest on where Michigan targets rank in the first batch of 2013 consensus rankings, season ticket information and other notes.

2013 consensus rankings released

RSCI Hoops has been releasing consensus rankings for over a decade and released their first set of rankings for the class of 2013 over the weekend.

Michigan’s three 2013 commitments all earned a spot within the consensus top-100. Zak Irvin checked in at No. 29, Derrick Walton at No. 45 and Mark Donnal at No. 97. Irvin and Walton are the top rated prospects committed to Big Ten schools.

Seven other members of the consensus top-100 are headed to Big Ten programs. Purdue and Illinois lead the bunch with two top-100 commitments while Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin each have one. The seven other top-100 committed newcomers committed to Big Ten schools include Kendrick Nunn (51, Illinois), Stanford Robinson (55, Indiana), Marc Loving (56, Ohio State), Kendall Stephens (63, Purdue), Malcolm Hill (66, Illinois), Bryson Scott (75, Purdue) and Bronson Koenig (82, Wisconsin).

Our Big Ten Recruiting Rankings, which incorporate three ranking systems and were updated on August 31st, ranked the top classes in the Big Ten as Michigan, Indiana and Purdue but that was before Kendrick Nunn’s recent commitment to Illini head coach John Groce.

imageSeason Tickets on sale

Season tickets are officially on sale to the general public as of 8:30 a.m. this morning. Season tickets are only available in the upper level of Crisler Center and start at $17 per game or $340 for a season ticket.

The athletic department has put together a virtual seating chart which provides a three-dimensional view from any seat in the arena and allows you to buy the (available) seat of your choice. More information about ticket sales can be found here. Non-conference single game tickets will go on sale October 11th, ticket packages will be sold October 25th and selected conference game tickets will be sold starting on November 9th.

If you want to research what exactly you are buying, you can review Michigan’s 2012-13 schedule – highlighted by non-conference home games against North Carolina State and Arkansas – here.

Quick Hitters

  • Illinois Wolves director Mike Mullins reported that 2014 offeree Keita Bates-Diop was scheduled to host Stanford for a visit this week. Bates-Diop visited Ohio State and Michigan State over the last two weekends.
  • North Carolina State freshman guard and top ten recruit Rodney Purvis was cleared by the NCAA on Monday. Purvis joins TJ Warren and Tyler Lewis as top-50 incoming freshmen to join a talented returning core featuring NBA prospects CJ Leslie, Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown. There’s enough talent for NC State to be considered a legitimate ACC title threat and Final Four contender.
  • 2013 big man Vitto Brown had fallen off the Michigan radar a bit but the Ohio native committed to Wisconsin over the weekend.
  • Fer God Sakes profiles West Virginia Wesleyan, mostly because former Michigan football player Anthony Thomas is coaching there but also because Patrick Beilein is in charge of the hoops program.
  • A2JD

    When is the first domino going to fall with our 2014 recruits?

    • Of our four offers, I don’t think any are all that close to making a commitment right now.

      • Colby

        Dylan, do you think the staff is close to offering anyone else in 14, Vincent Edwards or Kevon Looney? Also do you think we take a big man in the class? Thanks

        • It wouldn’t shock me if Edwards got an offer if he visits, but at this point there’s no date set for him to visit A2 (although he’s discussed wanting to get up here).

          Looney would have to visit and seems to have a pretty long list and doesn’t mention U-M often.

        • Steve2081

          And I think we definitely want a big in this class. Specifically a 4.

          • Probably. Bates-Diop, Tate and Edwards could all probably play the four at this level.

          • Steve2081

            Agreed.

    • GregGoBlue

      As opposed to the case with GR III, Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal and (some would argue) D. Walton, none of our 2014 offerees are “under-the-radar”. Might have to wait a bit longer than June/July for these guys to take the visits to their many suitors before they realize M is the right place for them.

  • DingoBlue

    Really happy to hear about Patrick Beilein. I had some friends go to WV Wesleyan. It’s understandable there would be a lot of questions about the hire. He has to be pretty young for his first head coaching gig.