Recruiting Roundup: Duke offers Devin Booker, Sunday visitors, new target and more

rn_devinbooker_ms_40011[1]Class of 2014 Michigan recruiting target Devin Booker picked up a big offer on Sunday as Mike Krzyzewski officially extended an offer after Booker’s unofficial visit to Durham for Duke’s win over Boston College.

Booker’s prep season is over and he’s embarking on a five visit tour which began over the weekend at North Carolina and Duke.

Next up Booker will travel to Florida, for its game against Alabama on March 2nd, before a trip back to Michigan. Booker will be in East Lansing on March 7th for Michigan State-Wisconsin and in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s home finale against Indiana on Sunday, March 10th.

Booker averaged 30 points per game in his junior season and is regarded as a five star prospect in the class of 2014. The talented underclassmen plans to take unofficial visits this time around before official visits in the fall.

“This go-round will be unofficial visits,” Booker said. “I’ll see which ones I like and then at the end of the summer, I’ll start cutting them down and see what my official visits will be.”

Here are some summer highlights from our friends at City League Hoops:

Trio of visitors for Illinois win

2014 guard Edmond Sumner and 2015 guards Prentiss Nixon and Chandler White were all in attendance for Michigan’s win over Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

Sumner scored 24 points in an 88-72 win over East English Village last week. He’s averaging 16 points, six assists and three rebounds per game.

Nixon recently scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and four steals in a 60-43 win over Lakota West-East and also took a recent trips to Indiana and Iowa. Nixon Instagramed from the locker room and tweeted that he had a “good visit”.

White recently scored a game-high 17 points including a game winning overtime jumper to help his squad to a win over Warsaw. White tweeted a picture of himself with Trey Burke after the win.

2013 commitments close conference play on high note

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Derrick Walton scored 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, handed out 11 assists and picked up five steals in a 78-56 win over Bradford Academy to win the Charter School Conference. Here’s recent footage of Walton in action against Old Redford:

Mark Donnal finished with nine points and eight rebounds in a 58-52 win over Maumee to clinch a Northern Lakes League championship. Donnal faced double teams all night and the NLL crown was Anthony Wayne’s first since 1998.

Zak Irvin had to score 20 points in the second half to lead Hamilton Southeastern to a win over Lafayette Jefferson. HSE is now 17-3 with a perfect 9-0 record in conference play. Unfortunately, HSU opens sectional action against North Central, at 7:30 on February 27th, in a game that pits two of the state’s best team in the first round of playoff action.

Marial Shayok listing Michigan

The No. 55 player in ESPN’s Class of 2014 Top-100, Marial Shayok, has recently seen increased recruiting attention. With a recent Cincinnati offer, the Canadian native is also hearing from Michigan. Adam Finkelstein reports:

Boston College was the first program to enter the mix in the fall, and when the season tipped off in November, they were still his only offer. Since that time he’s added Villanova, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Providence, Georgia, and now Cincinnati, and all indications are that those offers might just be the tip of the iceberg, with schools like Michigan, Ohio State, and a variety of others closely following the No. 55 junior’s progress.

“His brother is 6-foot-8 and his father is 6-foot-10,” Mantegna said last week, “so we think he could be a 6-foot-8 wing. That’s the growth pattern of the family.”

Trevon Bluiett highlights

Bluiett has taken recent trips to Butler, Indiana and Purdue but Michigan continues to recruit the talented scorer. Here are recent highlights of Bluiett in action:

  • A2JD

    So Booker is likely to wait until his Senior year to commit? I’m itching for Michigan to land one of these Blue-Chip players to get the ball rolling.

    • Matt

      if we want to be able to sustain this level of success over the long term, we are going to have to win these types of recruiting battles against the Dukes of the world. Trey Burke is likely an anomaly rather than the rule (in that he is an elite, national POY-type who flew under the recruiting radar despite coming from a major HS program)

  • Bluebufoon

    No offense but Blueitt’s backside is as big as Kim Kardashian’s — which would be fine is he was 6-10 and played in the paint but there is no way he’ll be able to guard anyone on the perimeter. U-M needs players that can defend and I don’t what position Blueitt is ticketed for on the defensive side of the ball ?

    I love Chandler White, always have, the kid has camped at U-M multiple times and has visited multiple games, plus he has great size and he can score the basketball. I hope he gets an offer. I am also rooting for Edmond Sumner, kid wants to play at Michigan and has a great left-hand, when he fills out, the sky is the limit– plus he’s from Detroit.

    • blackie6

      I can’t say whether Blueitt is a good defender or not…. But there are other big 2 and 3’s that get it done…. I wouldn’t mind a thick 2 or 3 to go with our tall and long wings currently on the roster in Nik, Tim and Caris…..

    • JimmyZ5

      Do big butts = no defense? I guess I’m just not following the logic there. I don’t think it obstructs his movement if that’s what you’re implying.

    • sane1

      Well, re: Bluiett, the same could be said of Dray Green. Think we could have used him?

    • A2JD

      Physically, he reminds me of Jim Jackson. I’m okay with that.

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