Recruiting Roundup: 2014 targets heating up

Dylan Burkhardt

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

2013 Commits

Derrick Walton

Walton had 38 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a five point win over Toledo Rogers. We posted video on Sunday evening of Walton’s big performance. (Photo:

Mark Donnal

Mark Donnal had 21 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in a 30 point win over Bryan. Donnal passed the 1,000 point mark for his career. Earlier in the week Donnal had 29 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Southview.

Find more after jump including notes on a pair of 2014 Wolverine targets who scored 40 or more points in a game last week.

Zak Irvin

Hamilton Southeastern was off over the last week and won’t play again until January 4th. However, Go Blue Wolverine posted footage from Irvin’s last game, a 33 point outing against North Central:

2014 Offers

niPHL.AuSt.77[1]Devin Booker

Booker’s Moss Point team lost to Davidson, 52-48, early last week and Booker had 31 points in the loss. Booker wasn’t slowed by a knee sprain which forced him to leave a game early the previous week.

Moss Point bounced back with a 15 point win over Brewbaker Tech. Booker exploded in the scoring column, netting 49 points against his AAU teammates Khalil Carter and Steve Rogers.

“He was really on fire,” Moss Point coach Micoe Cotton said. “He was shooting in to double teams. He had like 27 at halftime.”

Moss Point is now 5-8 on the season and Booker has been receiving recent interest from a big time suitor. According to Jason Jordan of USA Today, Duke has reached out to Booker recently.

10_spHSNC22.191311-280x510[1]Trevon Bluiett

Bluiett scored 40 points and 11 rebounds in a 73-68 loss to North Central in front of Michigan head coach John Beilein, Butler’s Brad Stevens and Purdue assistant Jack Owens.

2014 Targets

Ricky Doyle

Doyle is expected to be sidelined by a stress fracture for weeks and missed Bishop Verot’s most prevalent regular season event, the City of Palms Classic, last week. Dave Telep notes that college coaches likely won’t care that Doyle remains under the radar.

bilde[1]Vince Edwards

Edwards had 29 points and 13 rebounds in a six point win over Fairfield. Edwards had season lows over the weekend with seven points (1-of-10 from the field) and eight rebounds in a loss to Cincinnati Moeller. Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer was in attendance for Middletown’s game against Moeller.

AJ Turner

Turner is one of the hottest new prospects on Michigan’s radar and is one to pay close attention to in coming days and weeks. De La Salle was idle over the last week but will head to Grand Rapids for a holiday tournament next week, opening against Greenville.

Peyton Allen

Allen’s Glenwood team lost to Lincoln, 41-39, and Allen had 21 points in the defeat.

DSC_0101[1]Edmond Sumner

Sumner had 19 points to lead Country Day in a 68-48 win over L’Anse Creuse North.

Tyler Wideman

Wideman had 22 points and and 10 rebounds to snap a three game Lake Central losing streak with a 55-43 win over Portage.

2015 Targets

Hyron Edwards

Michigan watched Edwards, along with Tom Crean and a Purdue assistant, score 15 points and hand out four assists in a 59-48 loss to Broad Ripple on Saturday.

Luke Kennard

Kennard scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out four assists in a 66-54 win over Brookville.

Evan Boudreaux

Boudreaux had 11 points and seven rebounds in a six point loss to Stevenson and was forced to miss time in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. The injury forced him to miss Lake Forest’s win over Libertyville later in the week.

Diamond Stone

Stone had a game high 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 53-36 win over Catholic Central.

Stephen Zimmerman

Zimmerman had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 82-50 win over Narbonne. He added 24 points in an overtime victory over Morgan Park and 17 points and 8 rebounds in a win over Foothills Christian.

Zimmerman’s Bishop Gorman squad was defeated in the final of the Jerry Tarkanian Classic, losing to Mater Dei by a final score of 76-60. Zimmerman had just eight points in the loss. Here’s some footage of Zimmerman in action:

bilde[1]Nate Fowler

Fowler had a double double with 12 points and 12 blocks in a 55-36 win over Vince Edwards’s 10th ranked Middletown team.

Jordan Ash & Glynn Watson

Watson had 17 points as St. Joseph knocked off Brother Rice by a final score of 66-59.

Matt Holba

Chesterton lost to Valparaiso, 55-48, and Holba had 13 points in the defeat.

Jalen Coleman

Coleman scored a team high 19 points to lead Cathedral to a 68-58 win over Brebeuf.

Class of 2016

Eron Gordon

Gordon had 26 points in North Central’s win over Park Tudor in front of John Beilein, Brad Stevens and Purdue assistant coach Jack Owens.

He drained four 3-pointers in a row during a key stretch in the second quarter where he and Bluiett dueled back and forth. Then he missed his next six 3-pointers before drilling a 3 from the corner to give North Central the lead for good with just under four minutes to play. It wasn’t the most efficient game for Gordon, who was 9-for-21 from the field, but he wanted the ball in crunch time and wasn’t afraid to make plays. He finished with 26 points.

  • blackie6

    Man, the combo of Walton and Irvin in this coming class is sick…. Both look like very high level players who could be playing in college now….

    Irvin – He looks tall and lean, but almost college ready build already. He also looks like he’s got broad shoulders and a frame that will carry more weight well…. He has a pretty darn good handle at this point IMO, a nice Jumper, ability to finish, he’s long and tough on D, etc. One thing that is a bit funky to me i his free throw motion, he really winds up with legs and body…..

    Walton – what an effortless look about him on the floor, from his ability to get his shot off to getting in the lane and finishing at the rim, etc. – it looks very easy and effortless… I think part of it is, he looks strong. He’s no weak or skinny PG, Walton looks to have some good muscle on him….. Love his game.

  • ZRL

    Irvin’s mid range game looks sweet.

  • Wayman Britt

    It will be difficult without Trey and Tim in the UM program and to replace them, but I like our chances with Walton and Zak. Wow, they look college ready.

    I am sure the UM basketball family and friends would be happy if Booker and Bluiett sign with UM sooner rather than later and count me as one.

    • Steve2081

      I don’t think we can or need to sign both guys. There are other needs.

      And if I had to choose between the two I definitely want Booker over Bluiett. Booker’s game just seems a bit more well rounded and I think he can play more positions. Plus I’d really love to beat out Duke and Mizzou. Though if Trevon were to commit first I would welcome him in with open arms. Still a fine player in his own right.

  • Ben

    What about Kameron Chatman? I thought he was high on Michigan? And looks like a great player.

  • Colby

    Dylan, do you think the staff is seriously targeting Justin Jackson from Texas? Read where he has grown into more of a stretch 4. Thanks, have a good holidays.

    • They like him but don’t see serious mutual interest there. A lot of smoke about Jackson and UNC.

      • Colby

        Thanks Dylan, any increased interest from Kevon Looney? Merry Xmas

  • JSK

    “De La Salle was idle over the last week but will head to Grand Rapids for a holiday tournament next week, opening against Greenville”

    Are you sure this is accurate. No mention of this on either team’s schedule on their respective websites, though I do see it mentioned on MLive. I thought maybe it would be at Grand Rapids Catholic Central, but there is no mention of it on their site either.

    • Saw it on MaxPreps (Grand Rapids Tournament) and MLive (Greenville). Not sure beyond that.

  • Steve2081

    I love Stephen Zimmerman’s game.

    At this point my dream 15 class would be Edwards, Kennard, and Zimmerman.

    If we can take a 4th any of Jalen Coleman/Jordan Ash/Chandler White would do quite nicely.

  • Steve Lawrence

    I’d personally love to see any combination of Nate Fowler, Matt Holba, Stephen Zimmerman, Luke Kennard, Evan Boudreaux, and Ricky Doyle to fill up our next two classes.

  • Bluebufoon

    Wow-wow-wow !!! Stephen Zimmerman is a special young man and he will dominate at the college level. His footwork, passing and ability to put the ball on the floor will be so special to see at the college level. All he needs is about 50 pounds of muscle added to his frame– it was great to see him tearing into that big Greasy sandwhich at the end of the video. It is amazing how well Zimmerman plays the game for a young Big Man.

    • gobluemd16

      50 pounds! Do you realize how much that is!

      • Steve2081

        Mike Tisdale was a tall pretty athletic kid when he got to Champaign. He put on close to 50lbs and all it did was turn him into a hunchbacked sloth who still wasn’t that strong. His frame was way too narrow for all that extra weight.

        I think the same might be true of Zimmerman. If he could put on 15lbs and get to around 230lbs I’d be more than happy with that.

        • gobluemd16

          I’d just be happy if we got his commitment!

  • GMO

    Can’t wait until next year when this years class has one year under their belt. It looks like we’ll be able to stay at a high level even if Tim and Trey leave. Irvin’s free throw motion was a little iffy but if you look closely theres no hitch in the motion, its fluid.

  • AJ Turner’s Video proclaims him as a 2014 Point Guard yet he is now 6’7″.

    Is he a kid who used to be a PG but had a huge growth spurt all the sudden? If so, it’s great to have players at the 2 and 3 who can really handle the ball.