Notebook: Texas G Tyler Williams visiting, 2015 rankings, Michigan overrated?

Dylan Burkhardt
289882[1]We previously reported that top-5 2015 prospect Diamond Stone would be on campus this weekend, but the Wolverines are expected to host another high profile out of state visitor as well. Class of 2015 wing guard Tyler Williams, of Dallas Hebron is expected on campus this weekend as well.

Williams is a 6-foot-5 wing guard that had a strong summer with Urban DFW. Williams already holds an Iowa State offer and also visited Texas A&M this fall. He had a strong performance at the Adidas Invitational this summer in Indianapolis and caught’s Corey Albertson’s eye at that event:

Williams is a shifty slasher who loves to compete against high-level competition. The Urban DFW wing was able to score the ball prolifically in a win over Eric Gordon All Stars on Friday by constantly looking to be aggressive with his dribble, and using his superior size for a rising sophomore guard to rise over defenders. Williams showed signs of having a mature mid-range jumper, but was more aggressive playing off the wing and attacking the basket with straight-line drives to the rim. He’s a good athlete who can play a variety of positions at 6-foot-5, and is willing to use his size to his advantage on the defensive end.

Williams’s visit to Ann Arbor is expected to extend throughout Friday and Saturday as he attends the Michigan-Michigan State game on Saturday afternoon. Michigan’s class of 2015 recruiting board continues to grow and the Wolverine staff has targeted quality prospects around the country, slowly expanding from their midwestern base.

2013 commitments planning official visits

2013 commitments Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin are both expected to take their Michigan official visits this weekend for the Michigan State game.

Both Michigan commitments tweeted their excitement about the upcoming trip and should serve as helpful recruiters for Michigan’s other targets on campus.

Michigan’s three-man class of 2013 can officially sign letters of intent next month with the early signing period running from November 14th through 21st.

Rivals Class of 2015 Four, Five Stars Revealed unveiled its initial listing of four and five stars in the class of 2015 on Thursday afternoon and several Michigan targets were featured. Karl Towns and Diamond Stone both earned five star distinction while Jordan Ash, Jalen Coleman, Hyron Edwards, Eric Davis, Trevor Manuel, Stephen Zimmerman were among the four-stars.

Ash, Edwards and Manuel have all visited Ann Arbor while Stone is expected on campus this weekend.

Michigan overrated?

This was discussed in our buy-or-sell feature but several national pundits feel that Michigan is overrated in USAToday’s Coaches Poll. The USA Today’s Dan Wolken and Basketball Prospectus’ John Gasaway both tweeted their disagreement with Michigan’s early ranking.

I think it’s hard to deny that Michigan is at least a bit overrated but “the most overrated ever”, well that’s taking it too far. Nathan Walker (@bbstats) tweeted a weighted average of early preseason measures (the coaches poll, Luke Winn’s Power Rankings and Vegas odds) to create a composite early ranking which seems a bit more fair. Michigan slides to 7th and appears fairly equal to Duke, NC State and Michigan State.


Quick Hitters:

  • Steve2081

    OSU looks way more overrated than us. They lost more production and are bringing in far less to replace it.

    • Alex222

      They have no secondary scorer behind Thomas. I dont understand why everyone believes UM is overrated, they have one of the more balanced and well skilled teams in the entire country. MSU has proven nothing, and just lost their 3rd best player in program history this season. They have talent, but to replace all that leadership and production Draymond had is impossible to ask. The leadership will end up being more important, as I do not see one guy out there for them that is a strong leader.

      • geoffclarke

        I think MSU and OSU get some benefit of the doubt because they have proven able to win over the past 10-15 years. And it’s not like OSU is lacking in talent (although I’d put them below MSU and Michigan overall in the talent category). They do have at least a couple really good players in Thomas and Craft and others will fill the scoring gap (Smith, Ross perhaps). With all that said, I’d rank OSU below Michigan, but not far, and maybe I wouldn’t put Indiana so high.

      • A2JD

        Who is #2, Steve Smith?

        • geoffclarke

          Gotta be Zach Randolph.

          • Retiredat23

            No way, he only played 1 year there

  • Adam

    Yeah I just don’t understand the overrated comment. College basketball revolves around the point guard so much and UM has one of the best in the nation. Couple that with some size finally and an influx of talented freshmen, and I don’t see why this team shouldn’t be good?

    Swap UM and MSU? MSU lost way more than UM did as Green was the heart and soul of that team AND by far the most productive player. Give me UM’s backcourt any day over MSU’s and I’ll take UM’s freshmen over MSU’s (although MSU has a great freshmen class too)… and the big men could be a wash as Payne and Nix have upside but haven’t shown a whole lot to date

    • geoffclarke

      I honestly feel that as much as Green brought to MSU, his loss is overrated. They have a talented class coming in. MSU will always rebound and play defense. I think they will definitely contend with the other 3 for a B1G championship. It’s really close in my mind between the 4 teams and hopefully we’ll get some more clarity soon after watching some games.

  • section13row15

    Every team is overrated in the pre-season. Pre season rankings are an absolute joke. They shouldn’t start ranking teams in bball or football until 3-5 weeks go by. Especially football.

  • Webbdog

    Wow has anyone gone back to see what Dan Wolken had to say after our Title game appearance?? I would love to hear or see what He and John Gasaway had to say after the Run!!