Recruiting Roundup: Beilein scouting in-state prospects, Kennard ties record at Beach Ball Classic

Dylan Burkhardt


Our weekly look at how Michigan recruiting commitments and targets fared across the country including statistics, videos and photos. We’ve also refreshed our Class of 2014 Recruiting Board.

2013 Commits

Derrick Walton

Chandler Park continued along its treacherous early season schedule with games against Detroit Southeastern, Chicago Hyde Park and Detroit Pershing.

We posted video of Walton in action against Hyde Park as he scored 32 points in the win. However, Southeastern and Pershing got the best of Walton’s Chandler Park squad.  Walton had 26 points in the 19 point loss to Southeastern and was stifled by a Pershing 2-3 zone in the second half en route to 21 points in that 10 point loss.

After the jump, we track Beilein to scout a number of in-state prospects and 2015 target Luke Kennard ties a future Hall of Famer with a scoring record at the Beach Ball Classic.

Toledo Blade

Mark Donnal

Anthony Wayne lost its first game of the year, 56-42 to unbeaten Toledo Central Catholic. Donnal had a game high 15 points, all after halftime. The Michigan bound big man struggled with foul trouble, drawing his first foul in the opening minute, taking a seat on the bench, and then drawing his second foul with just 1:21 left in the first quarter.

Zak Irvin

Hamilton Southeastern was idle over the last week.

2014 Offers

Devin Booker

Booker had 36 points in a nine point loss to Poplar Bluff and added 30 points in a four point win over Memphis Kirby on Friday. Booker had 25 points as Moss Point fell, 50-38, in the fifth place game of the Poplar Bluff Showdown. was in attendance and posted lengthy scouting videos of Booker in action at the tournament.

Trevon Bluiett

Bluiett was pivotal in helping Park Tudor avoid an upset loss to Lapel, as his team prevailed 46-43.

The 2014 Mr. Basketball candidate is being recruited by Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Michigan, Kentucky, Florida and Louisville, and he showed why late in this one. Bluiett scored all six of Park Tudor’s fourth-quarter points — giving them leads of 42-40 and 44-43 before making a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left and allowing his team to escape with the win.

Bluiett added 34 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-53 win over Tri-West the very next night.

2014 Targets

Vince Edwards

Edwards came home with MVP honors at the Rock Holiday Classic hosted by Broward Prep in Florida. Middletown beat Palm Beach Central, Westwood Christian and North Broward Prep en route to the tournament championship.

Edwards discussed his upcoming plans to visit Michigan in the next week with Joe Stapleton.

AJ Turner

John Beilein was in attendance watching AJ Turner and De La Salle beat Lowell in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Turner had seven points and six assists in the 60-51 victory.

After a lackluster perofrmance in front of Beilein, Turner bounced back in a big way on Friday with 19 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a 49-36 win over Grand Rapids CC, taking home MVP honors.

Edmond Sumner

Sumner was in attendance for Michigan’s win over Central Michigan on Thursday. He had a game high 20 points in a 80-51 win over Bowling Green. Country Day coach Kurt Keener raved about his quickness:

“Edmond is such a jet; I don’t know if there’s a quicker player in the state or the county,” Keener said. “The more we can have the ball in his hands, and get him rushing up and down the court, the more effective we are and the more opportunities we have.”

Here are highlights of Sumner in action against Bowling Green.

John Beilein and Bacari Alexander were in the gym on Sunday night watch Sumner face off against Walled Lake Western. Sumner had 14 points in the four point win over Walled Lake Western.

Miroslav Jaksic

John Beilein and Bacari Alexander were watching Jaksic on Sunday night and the Canadian import didn’t disappoint. Jaksic posted 20 points and 11 rebounds in a narrow loss to Detroit Country Day. Duke, Northwestern, Detroit and Eastern Michigan were also in attendance scouting Jaksic.

Peyton Allen

Allen faced a box-and-one against Collinsville, scoring just 10 points and injuring his ankle in the third quarter on Friday. He sat out Glenwood’s games later in the weekend due to the ankle injury.

Ricky Doyle

Doyle remained sidelined with a stress fracture in his foot.

Kameron Chatman

Chatman remained sidelined with a transfer eligibility issue and isn’t expected back until March 16th, 2013.

Tyler Wideman

Lake Central was idle over the holidays.

2015 Targets

Luke Kennard

Kennard stuffed the stat sheet at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach over the weekend. He opened the tournament with 22 points (on 9-of-26 shooting) and 12 rebounds in a loss to Bishop Gorman (NV) and fellow U-M target Stephen Zimmerman. In consolation play, Kennard bounced back with a strong 33 point (12-23 fg), 14 rebound performance in a win over host school Myrtle Beach.

But Kennard saved his top performance for last, scoring scoring 43 points on 13-of-24 (5-7 3pt) shooting in an 86-77 loss to Orem (UT). Kennard’s 43 points were tied for the single game tournament scoring record with none other than Kobe Bryant.

Hyron Edwards

Michigan coaches were watching Edwards recently and he updated his recruitment with the Indy Star. Wolverine freshman Glenn Robinson III is taking center stage in Edwards’s recruitment as a fellow product of The Region.

Edwards had 17 points and five assists in a 97-56 loss to North Central. Edwards was more impressive in a win over Castle, scoring 32 points (12 in the fourth quarter) in the five point win.

Evan Boudreaux

Boudreaux was sidelined by an ankle injury and didn’t play in three Lake Forest wins over Carl Sandburg, Metea Valley and Stagg High Schools.

Diamond Stone

Stone was at Illinois’ game against Auburn. Stone had 17 points in a 50-47 loss to L a Crosse Aquinas.

Sedrick Barefield
Barefield helped Corona Centenial to the Oaks Christian Holiday Hardwood Championship over the holidays. Barefield was named to the all-tournament team and scored 23 points in the championship game. Here’s a video interview with featuring an update on Barefield’s recruitment and highlights of his performance:

Stephen Zimmerman

Zimmerman had 12 points and eight rebounds in a 69-55 win over Franklin, nine points and seven rebounds in a loss to Chicago Whitney Young, and eight points and 11 rebounds in a win over St. Rita of Cascia.

Nate Fowler

Moeller beat Golden Gate, 66-46, lost to Wilbraham Monson Academy (47-42) and beat Waterloo Academy (53-35) in a holiday tournament in Florida. Fowler had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Golden Gate. He added six points against W&M and eight points and seven rebounds against Waterloo.

Jordan Ash & Glynn Watson

St. Joseph went 3-1 at the Proviso West Shootout, beating Manley, Proviso West and St. Charles East and losing to Bogan.

Ash had 13 points including three 3-pointers in the loss to Bogan. He also led the team with 11 points and four assists in a 49 point win over Manley. Ash discussed his game and recruitment with after the game:

Matt Holba

Holba had 8 points – all in the fourth quarter-  and 11 rebounds in a 56-42 win over LaPorte.

Jalen Coleman

Coleman unofficially visited Louisville for the Kentucky game and his Cathedral team beat Jay County (53-47) before falling to Indianapolis Tech (60-54).

Class of 2016

Eron Gordon

Gordon had 23 points and six rebounds in a 97-56 win over East Chicago Central. Gordon had nine points in a 78-71 win over Fishers the night before.

Josh Jackson

Bacari Alexander was in attendance watching Jackson on Sunday evening as he scored 14 points and handed out five assists in a win over Chicago Hyde Park.

  • CDeSana

    Love the fact that Miroslav Jaksic changed to the class of 2014 and even more so that he now seems to be on the radar. This BIG is only going to get better once he spends a year in Prep School.

    • Steve2081

      Jaksic just posted on Twitter that he has received an offer from Iowa St.

  • OldSchool

    How can you just “change” classes in high school? Why not take 3 years off and come back as a 21 year old college freshman!

    • McGary is a 20 year old freshman, FWIW.

      Jaksic reclassified I believe due to Canadian school differences, but not positive.

    • MGoTweeter

      College eligibility does not care how old you are when you start. It only limits the amount of time you have once you do start.

      Players taking an extra year via prep school is extremely common these days but there are tons of examples of guys starting school later due to a variety of reasons. Maybe the most common being high school kids who went to play pro baseball right after school then returning to college to play a different sport. Another example from a different era is WWII veterans.

  • MGoTweeter

    Big win for the Gophers to tip off B1G play. This was the first time I really watched a full game of Minnesota basketball. They are certainly very talented but I think their mental mistakes and coaching are going to hold them back from winning the championship this year. When they get stops and can run in transition they are tough to beat (same as most good teams), but they are awful in the half court. MSU did a good job taking away their high-low game and Minny had virtually nothing else to go to in order to score in the half court.

    I have seen a lot of MSU this year and I thought this was the best game they have played. Their defense is always pretty solid, but I thought they looked really good in the half court on offense. If Nix could finish more consistently, they would have won this game. Kearney’s transfer may actually turn out to be a blessing for them, as it means more minutes for Trice who is their second best shooter. They really need to make open threes as their bigs demand a lot of attention.

  • SBell

    Along with Josh Jackson, another in-state freshman is U-D Jesuit point guard Cassius Winston. He also plays for the Family. U-M has been at a practice. He was MVP of Kazoo Loy-Norrix’ Christmas tournament.

  • Blackie6

    Is Walton the favorite or mr bball in Michigan?

  • Blackie6

    A booker plus bluiett or valentine would be a nice duo in this class….. It seems booker is looked at as a super on the diop and Tate level, while bluiett and valentine are perhaps a level below at this point?

    I can see this class being 3 or 4 though when all said and done, if we lose vogi, trey and hard away or grobiii plus maybe mclimans…..

    • TKWolverine

      Who is Valentine? Do you mean Vince Edwards?

  • A2JD

    Barefield looks pretty smooth.

  • Colby

    Dylan, are AJ Turner and Edmond Sumner a backup plan if we miss Devin Booker? Also if there any chance we take 2 combo forwards in 14? Going to need post help with only Max and Donnal probably left at the 4 and 5 by then. Happy New Year

    • Steve2081

      I’m not Dylan but I’ll answer anyway.

      Right now looking at the scholarship breakdown I see us having 3 more to
      give. Yes I realize that could change but you have to start somewhere.
      and 3 more open spots seems the most likely. Basically I have us losing Burke, Hardaway, Vogrich, and Blake with everyone else coming back.

      Slot 1: Booker/Bluiett/Turner/Chatman
      Slot 2: Edwards/(KBD)/(Tate)
      Slot 3: Doyle
      Charlie Kelly Wildcard Slot: Hatch

      I think that Booker or Bluiett, Edwards, Doyle, and Hatch are the coaches ideal class at the moment.

      My personal preference would be Booker over Bluiett because I think Devin is a bit more well rounded and versatile. But I wouldn’t shed too many tears if Trevon committed first.

      • FL Wolve

        JMO but I think the ideal class would be Booker, Bluiett, Edwards, and a center to be named later (perhaps Doyle). This gives us a 2, 3, 4, and 5. JB will snag a PG in the following class.

        • Steve2081

          What about Hatch?

      • geoffclarke

        We’re talking 2014…Jordan Morgan will definitely be gone to graduation and *maybe* GRIII to the NBA. With that said, I think we’ll still be set at the 1, 2, 3, and 5 and we need to focus on the stretch 4 – perhaps Donnal could play that and likely that’s what they’re recruiting Edwards for.

    • geoffclarke

      In ’14-’15, we should definitely have Bielfeldt, Donnal, Horford, and possibly/probably McGary as “bigs”. I agree it’d be nice to add Doyle in case McGary is gone and/or other attrition. It would have been nice to add KBD to replace GRIII assuming he left by then, but obviously that ain’t happening. I’d like to see the staff focus on another stretch 4 and obviously that’s what they’re targeting Edwards for, but I don’t think you can bank on Edwards stepping in and starting as a freshman. He seems like a great kid and good fit personality-wise. I see Bluiett as more of a 3 and Booker as a 2. Maybe they can find a *young* shooter with skills who might grow a couple inches.

  • Steve2081

    The Zimmerman vs Kennard game has been archived…….

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  • Chazer

    A blast from the past 3 months….when Dan Hanner suggested losing Smotz was going to hurt the long range shooting and scoring efficiency…..NOT!!!

  • Troy

    I know there are more important things, but I would love to see Michigan get the #1 ranking sometime during this season. Duke @ Davidson and @ NC State could be our chance.


    Wow after watching those Devin Booker videos, that guy does not like to pass the ball much lol. I sure hope that isnt the case when he’s around better talent. Countless times there were teammates wide open and he didnt even think of passing to them.

  • EchoWhiskey

    I hope we start recruiting this guy just so I have an excuse to rewatch this dunk a million times: