We talked with class of 2015 five star big man Stephen Zimmerman about his recruitment last week. This week, Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan made the trip west to watch Zimmerman workout.
Zimmerman was recently named the co-MVP of the Fullcourt Press Freshman-Sophomore Camp. He was also tabbed a stand out by ESPN:
The left-handed Zimmerman is extremely skilled and his IQ for the game is impressive. He can nail 3s, jump hooks and his passing is at a high-level. He needs strength, but his upside is off the charts.
Zimmerman has a laundry list of early suitors, and offers, but the Wolverines continue to make a dent in his recruitment. The big man, now healthy, looks poised from a strong summer.
Scouting Evan Boudreaux
As we reported earlier this morning, Evan Boudreaux is planning to visit Michigan for the Illinois game. Boudreaux is a new name on Michigan’s ever growing class of 2015 recruiting radar and the folks at Illinois Prep Bullseye have already had a long look at the talented youngster. Here’s an in-depth summer scouting report from the folks at Prep Bullseye:
Boudreaux has tremendous offensive versatility for a young big man. He is a consistent scorer in the post, as he has good hands and does a good job of establishing post position and utilizing his strength. But that is not all–Boudreaux has also shown that he is capable of facing up and knocking down shots out to 3-point land and that he can put the ball on the floor. Although Boudreaux did not shoot the ball particularly well in the game we watched at Best Buy, he has good form and rotation and does not take bad shots.
Additional recruiting and preseason notes, links and tidbits after the jump.
Michigan targets attending Hoosier Hysteria
Three top Michigan recruiting targets will be attending Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria event in October. 2014 offer Trevon Bluiett and 2015 prospects Luke Kennard, Hyron Edwards and Chandler White are all expected to make the trip to Bloomington on October 20th. Kennard has also taken a recent trip to Kentucky.
2012-2013 ITH season preview: Michigan Wolverines | Inside the Hall – “ Beilein has enough talent at his disposal to challenge for the Big Ten title and make a strong run in the NCAA Tournament. ESPN’s Jay Bilas tweeted the Wolverines as his preseason No. 5 team on Tuesday. While Beilein’s system is known for 3-point shooting, his team now has enough size and talent up front to muscle other teams around. How Beilein — who has proven a strong recruiter but has been criticized for his in-game strategy at times — gets his returnees and new talent to mesh and grow as the season progresses might ultimately tell the tale on just how far the Wolverines go in 2012-13.”
2012 Photo Day | Michigan Basketball – Some cell phone photos from Michigan’s photo day earlier this week
Lehigh, Maryland among teams eyeing early-season upsets – Andy Glockner – SI.com – Glockner on Michigan at Bradley: “A shot in the dark here, as the Braves are coming off a 7-25 campaign in Geno Ford’s first season in Peoria, but Bradley acquitted itself quite well at Crisler Arena last season, only losing by 11 after being very much in the game for the first 30 minutes. The Braves also return most of what was a rather young roster that hung in early in the season against some pretty solid teams. This odd roadie also comes right after the Wolverines host NC State in a huge matchup in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. This has possible letdown — and maybe a road ambush — written all over it.”
Duke becomes next college hoops team to switch to the iPad – CBSSports.com – Nice try, Duke: “In fact, Duke (according to Duke) is the first college basketball program to step into the playbook future (Michigan in fact beat it to the punch), and that’s pretty cool.”
Bartelstein Blog: Start Around the Corner, Schedule Breakdown – “We are still in eight-hour work weeks with only two of those hours devoted to working with our basketball coaches. At this point, we are still only focusing on defense, but we are making strides, especially with our freshmen just understanding our system. The sooner you can pick up rotations and quick man procedures, the sooner you can play!”
Colorado State, Pitt exploit weaknesses of RPI – Luke Winn – SI.com – Great piece from Luke Winn on how coaches successfully game the RPI and SOS metrics year in and year out.
Trey Burke serving as a quiet leader for Michigan, working to avoid sophomore slump | MLive.com – “He’ll be [a captain] anyway, whether he officially earns that title or not. It he isn’t one in name (he will be anyway),” Beilein said. “Let’s say (Michigan football quarterback Denard Robinson) wasn’t a captain this year, he’d still be a leader by the nature of the position. It’s natural for Trey.”
Scheduleballin’ Basketball’s 2012 Lineup | mgoblog – “It’s an improvement. Michigan’s not going to look at their schedule at the end of the year and see three teams in the 300s of the Kenpom rankings, and I doubt any of their major opponents end up 6-10 in their league like Arkansas was last year. Their Preseason NIT opponents are probably out of their hands.”
Five players who need to step up for the 2012-13 college basketball season – Dick Vitale – “When people look at Michigan, Trey Burke is the first name they think of. I feel Jordan Morgan, the big man up front, has to raise his level of play. He was the top performer on the glass for the Maize and Blue, but he has to provide an inside scoring presence after averaging just over seven PPG.”