Recruiting Roundup: Michigan commits excel in early season play

Dylan Burkhardt


Our weekly look at how Michigan recruiting commitments and targets fared across the country including statistics, videos and photos.

2013 Commits

Zak Irvin

Irvin had 27 points and 17 rebounds in a 74-49 victory over Lawrence Central. Irvin also had 21 points on 7-of-19 (3-8 3pt) shooting with 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 53-41 win over Noblesville.

Mark Donnal

Donnal had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-51 win over New Riegel as his Anthony Wayne squad improved to 2-0

Derrick Walton

Walton had 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists and six steals in Chandler Park’s season opening 61-56 win over Cass Tech. Michigan head coach John Beilein was in attendance to watch his future point guard in action.

After the jump find video of Walton’s big game along with notes and videos from Michigan prospects in other classes.

2014 Offers

Devin Booker

Booker had 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a win on Saturday with coaches from LSU, Florida, Mississippi State and Michigan State in attendance. Booker had a monster 48 point performance on Tuesday despite sitting the fourth quarter as he team broke 100 points.

Trevon Bluiett

Bluiett had 25 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in a win over Coventant Christian. Bluiett added 31 points in a 91-33 rout of Beech Grove.

2014 Targets

Ricky Doyle

Doyle’s Bishop Verot squad won a pair of games last week, beating Gateway Charter 84-56 and Oscelola by a final score of 57-49. Doyle had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds in the win over Gateway.

Vincent Edwards

Edwards had 24 points in a loss to Lakota West and also visited Dayton unofficially for its game on Saturday.

Edmond Sumner

Reports were that Bacari Alexander was out to watch Sumner, a class of 2014 Detroit Country Day guard, play on Saturday evening. Country day beat Ferndale, 84-62 but stats were not available from Sumner. Earlier in the week, Sumner had 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four assists and three steals in a 100-87 win over Southfield-Lathrup.

Tyler Wideman

Wideman led Lake Central past Crown Point for a 65-44 victory, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds

2015 Targets

50c418bf9fb33.preview-620[1]Hyron Edwards

Edwards led East Chicago Central with 11 points but was playing sick in a 47-29 loss to No. 3 ranked Munster.
Luke Kennard

Kennard had 27 points including a pair of triples in Franklin’s 68-54 win over Bellbrook.

Evan Boudreaux

Boudreaux’s Lake Forest team took a togh loss to Zion-Benton by three points. Stats are not available from Boudreux’s game.

Jordan Ash & Glynn Watson

Ash and Watson’s St. Joseph squad topped Chicago De La Salle by a final score of 62-52. Ash had three points in the winn while Watson added seven.

Ryan Fazekas

Fazekas had a double-double, his third straight, with 11 points and 11 rebounds in Marquette Catholic’s 60-49 win over River Forest.
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White had a huge 28 point performance on 11-of-19 (3-3 3pt) shooting to go along with a game-high seven rebounds and team-best three assists in a 67-43 win. White also had 13 points in a 58-42 loss to Fort Wayne Northrup.
Matt Holba

Holba scored had a game high 14 points and 10 rebounds in Chesterton’s 55-49 loss to Michigan City.

AJ Harris
Harris had 12 points and eight assists in a 56-41 win over Chaminade Julienne. The jet quick point guard also had 14 points, five assists and four steals in a 65-51 win over Ponitz Career Tech.

Jalen Coleman

Coleman had Coleman had a game-high 25 points in an overtime loss to Indianapolis Tech with 20 of his 25 points coming after halftime.

Bakari Evelyn

Evelyn had 37 points including a buzzer-beating three pointer to send the game to overtime against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s as Southfield-Christian pulled off the victory. Here’s footage of Evelyn from earlier in the season:

Class of 2016

Josh Jackson

Beilein was in attendance on Saturday evening to watch Detroit Consortium and class of 2016 super recruit Josh Jackson. Consortium handled Douglass for a 55-32 victory. Here’s footage of Jackson’s game as well as from an early scrimmage:

  • A2JD

    Is there a reason that Karl Townes Jr. and Diamond Stone aren’t getting mentions here?

    • Towns committed to Kentucky. Stone was an oversight, I’ll start including him.

      • A2JD


        • Bluebufoon

          Sumner has 16 points and four assists against Fernadale but I don’t have the link.

  • FL Wolve

    Dylan, is Miroslav Jaksic a serious prospect? He shows some really nice moves for a kid close to 7 feet tall. He’s too skinny now but he’s the type of kid who you could redshirt and then ease him into the rotation as he adds muscle.

    • As of late last week, Jaksic hasn’t heard from Michigan much lately since the summer. If he continues playing well, perhaps that interest could pick up.

    • Kenny

      the kid does look very good in that video. His lower body strength is not bad.

    • CDeSana

      When this young man re-classified for 2014 he mentioned that Michigan liked the move which means there must be contact.

  • Champswest

    Dylan, I know that Donnal is young for his class. Is he expected to grow any more?

    • section13row15

      No offense but that’s one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever seen. How would Dylan know if a kid is going to grow more?

      • Champswest

        Offense taken.
        It is often written in reports that a player is expected to still be growing. Since Dylan does an outstanding job on recruiting, I figured he, better than anyone, might know.

  • Mattski

    Walton is a flat-out awesome player. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player who looked more natural dribbling the ball. And he makes the most minute atomic adjustments on the fly. . .

  • don dula

    Re: Josh Jackson…. I be like dang…. That kid looks like a top 3 player. Didn’t really like the pre-game pat-down, but I liked everything about his game. Hopefully we can keep him close to home.

  • Steve2081

    Jackson looks like KBD with a more aggressive attitude.

    Evelyn’s handles look really good.

    Walton seems to get quicker every time I see him. He was blowing by guys and appeared to only be going abou 3/4 speed at most. Not to look past this awesome season we’ve having this year but I do look forward to seeing Walton and Yogi go at it next year. Might be a few cases of whiplash in the crowd.

  • Jalen Rose

    It’s probably blasphemous to use the L-word as a comparison…but Jackson’s combination of size, ball-handling, athleticism and court vision reminds me of Lebron. Insert premature observation about high school freshman comment.

  • David

    I hope Josh Jackson has a good head on his shoulders. The only thing stopping that kid from being a millionaire would be something outside of basketball.

    As an aside, how’s Jackson’s stroke? I know he hit a three, but can he really shoot it?

    He looks like he could play high D1 today. Amazing.

  • CDeSana

    Walton looks heck of a lot like Burke yet maybe stronger physivally.

  • Bigrange

    I had the chance to see Jalen Coleman play the other night, in the Indianapolis City tournament, championship game. Cathedral beat Indianapolis Tech, and Coleman had around 12 points. Wasn’t afraid to attack the Tech size and go to the rim.