Recruiting Roundup: Irvin for Mr. Basketball, Kennard dominates at Flyin’ to the Hoop

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Our weekly (sorry about last week) look at how Michigan recruiting commitments and targets fared across the country including statistics, videos and photos.

2013 Commits

Zak Irvin

Irvin scored his 1,000 point in Hamilton Southeastern’s 72-61 win over Brownsburg and had 24 points in the victory. Irvin also had 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 74-55 win over Avon.

In a recent Indy Star roundtable, the consensus was that Zak Irvin is the leading candidate for Mr. Basketball at this time. Irvin as averaging just under 26 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

Derrick Walton

Walton had just 10 points in an 86-51 loss to Saginaw after picking up two first quarter fouls. Walton suffered concussion like symptons in hte loss to Saginaw, spending time in the hospital, but “his vision is good and he’s good to go”.

Chandler Park also has recent wins over PEC Prep, 90-28, and over Summit Academy, 78-43. Walton had 21 poiints and 20 assists in the 62 point win over PEC.

After the jump find more on Michigan targets including recent video of Trevon Bluiett and Luke Kennard’s monster performance at Flyin’ the Hoop.

Mark Donnal

Donnal had 19 points in a 54-52 double overtime upset loss to Springfield. Here’s video footage from the game:

Donnal had 34 points and 13 rebounds in a 64-54win over Maumee. The Toledo Blade reports Donnal knocked down two triples to complement three “thunderous dunks”. Donnal’s coach, Bryan Borcherdt, was impressed:

“When he comes to play he is pretty unstoppable,” Borcherdt said. “[The negative chants] motivate you. He’s under a microscope all the time, and people are constantly analyzing you. He handles it very well. That’s how competitors are. I hope more people do that.”

2014 Commits

Austin Hatch

Reports are that Hatch has been cleared to practice in all situations other than 5-on-5 full court as he slowly works his way back.

2014 Offers

Devin Booker

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Booker had 32 points in a 58-56 loss to Gulfport in front of Michigan State and LSU assistants (Gulf Live). Booker followed that performance with 28 points, while facing a double team all night, in a 43-41 loss to Pascagoula. Booker put Moss Point ahead 41-36 with 6:25 to play but Moss Point failed to score in the final six minutes. On Saturday night against Pass Christian, Moss Point found the win column with a 38-36 victory. Booker had just 8 points, well below his season average of 30, as the Tigers moved to 8-12 on the season.

Trevon Bluiett

Bluiett visited Butler for their big home win over Gonzaga. Bluiett had a game high 30 points in a 77-76 win over Pike and added 21 in a 30 point win over Speedway.

Here’s footage of Bluiett in action via Joe Eberhardt and Inside the Hall:

Is Butler a serious threat in Bluiett’s recruitment? Kyle Neddenriep says yes.

2014 Targets

Vince Edwards

Edwards had 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 56-47 win at Oak Hills and followed that up with 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a five point win over Lakota East in front of a Michigan assistant. Edwards missed Middletown’s loss to Winton Woods due to needing to rest an undisclosed injury. Gold and Black.com posted an update on Edwards’s recruitment ($).

AJ Turner

Turner had 13 points in a 57-29 win over Catholic Central. Turner added 24 points, including a critical late free throw, in a 53-50 win over Brother Rice before scoring 12 points in a loss to Detroit Douglass.

Here’s footage of Turner in action against Brother Rice:

Edmond Sumner

Sumner had 10 points in a five point loss to Consortium and 18 points, eight assists and four steals in a 32 point win over Holly.

Miroslav Jaksic

Jaksic had nine points in a loss to Mott and 12 points in a blowout loss to Cass Tech. Jaksic had a big game against Lakeland scoring 17 points including a buzzer beating tip to send the game to overtime in a four point victory. Joe caught up with Jaksic last week to update his recruitment.

Peyton Allen

Allen continues to recover from mono and has been held out of play.

Ricky Doyle

Doyle continues to recover from a foot injury and hasn’t played.

Kameron Chatman

Chatman remains sidelined with transfer eligibility issues but has been playing junior varsity to pass the time.

Tyler Wideman

Wideman had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a three point loss to Merrillville and 25 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a win over Crown Point.

2015 Targets

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Kennard went head to head to Justin Jackson and put together a big performance. Rivals.com’s Corey Albertson recaps:

Both were up for the challenge in Dayton, as each had 32 points in a 79-65 win by Franklin.

The 6-foot-5 Kennard is a natural shooting guard who is capable of playing any of the three perimeter spots effectively. Kennard is an excellent jump-shooter, evidenced by his 10-for-19 shooting, including 5 of 7 from the 3-point line. Also an all-around player and talented distributor, Kennard added 11 rebounds and five assists. Not necessarily a great athlete, Kennard is skilled at getting to the rim off the dribble, and is best as a scorer in finishing with floaters or quick-release jumpers.

Just how good was Kennard’s performance on Saturday? Good enough that immediately after the game, Rivals.com national basketball analyst Eric Bossi made Kennard a four-star prospect, putting him on an elite list toward the top 50 or so players in the 2015 class.

Here’s footage of Kennard in action:

Kennard also added 32 points in an 84-68 win over Valley View.

Diamond Stone

Stone reported more than a handful of offers in a recent ESPN update.

Stone listed offers from in-state Marquette and Wisconsin in addition to DePaul, Arizona, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Indiana, UConn, LSU, Georgetown, Maryland, Illinois, USC, UCLA, Tulsa, Florida and Tennessee.

“I am also receiving strong interest from Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke,” Stone said.

He had 20 points and eight rebounds in a 53-37 win over Racine Lutheran. He also had 23 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a 70-49 win over Shoreland.

Stephen Zimmerman

Zimmerman had six points in a 12 point win over Ribet Academy.

Nate Fowler

Fowler notched 11 points and eight rebounds in a 38-31 win over St. Xavier, seven points and 12 rebounds in a 55-49 win over Aiken and 10 points and five rebounds in a 54-47 win over LaSalle.

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Holba had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in Chesterton’s big upset win over Andrean.

Jalen Coleman

Coleman had 21 points a 76-54 victory over Indianapolis Northwest and will face off against city rivals Indianapolis Tech on Monday.

Hyron Edwards

Edwards had 20 points and seven assists in a 66-56 victory over Crown Point and added a game high 27 points in a 64-61 win over Hammond.

Sedrick Barefield

Evan Boudreaux

Boudreaux updated his recruitment at NY2LASports and is in high demand, most recently visiting Butler for its game against Gonzaga:

Boudreaux said Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin are all trying to get him on campus this season.

Boudreaux said the Wolverines want him to see a game for himself.

“They’ve been really interested in me,” said Boudreaux. “They want me to experience a game at Crisler Arena. I’ve been talking to Coach Jordan a lot.”

Jordan Ash & Glynn Watson

Watson had eight points, six assists and six rebounds in a win over Leo and 10 points in a loss to Hyde Park. Jordan Ash has been sidelined with a back injury.

Class of 2016

Josh Jackson

Jackson had 16 points and five steals in a 29 point win over Ecorse.

Cassius Winston

U of D beat Catholic Central 74-52 and Winston had 18 points and 10 assists in the win.

  • Steve2081

    I think I’d rather have Turner than Bluiett at this point.

    • Adam

      Why is that? Production wise it has seemed like Turner hasn’t had many “big” games this year whereas Bluiett has been putting up big numbers nearly every game. Turner has had several 10-13 point outings which obviously doesn’t jump out at you. And college coaches seem to prefer Bluiett because he has far more big time offers right now. I am just curious to hear your reasoning.

      Obviously, Turner may be considered a better ball handler and passer. Bluiett is definitely a better shooter/scorer. Neither are elite athletes. So what leads to your preference?

      • Steve2081

        Because I don’t think Bluiett’s production is going to translate well to the next level. He’s not athletic enough to beat high school kids off the dribble. He forces up a ton of floaters. Gets a ton of rebounds and put backs off his own misses just because he’s bigger and stronger. These things are not going to work very well against college 3′s.

  • Don Dula

    I love Kennard, but he appears to have a very low (albeit quick) release. Do the experts here foresee this being a big problem in making the transition to college ball? Is it likely coaches will change his form drastically?

    Also with Bluiett, I have always thought he plays low to the floor, even though I remembered being more impressed with his summer film. It looks like he needs to use his physically mature body and become more aggressive in going to the rim. I do like his ability to score from anywhere with a wide variety of shots and his apparent willingness and ability to pass.

    Booker might be a guy you have to scout primarily on the AAU circuit as it appears his HS team is so bad that he has to take every shot, double-teamed or not.

  • fresh

    I don’t know what it is, but i’m also a big fan of turner. In interviews it seems like he is committed to putting in the work, I really hope his game takes off over the next year.

  • Ken

    does Brother Rice play in a elementary school gym? Geesh.

  • SamGoBlue

    Anthony Wayne beat Maumee 64-54 Friday night. Here’s a second scouting report on his game, which was indeed monstrous: http://maizeandgoblue.com/2013/01/21/scouting-files-2013-hoops-commit-mark-donnal/

  • Champswest

    Dylan,
    With the upgraded facilities at Crisler, has there been any talk of getting the high school finals there, or at least on a rotation basis?

  • Gartol

    Dylan, Is Michigan recruiting Eric Davis?, a 2015, from Saginaw Arthur Hill?

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