Recruiting Notes: June 15th updates, Dante Exum, Cassius Winston

Dylan Burkhardt

7_907777[1]Michigan officially offered Luke Kennard on June 15th but the day was otherwise somewhat uneventful. The start of open contact for rising juniors was slowed down because so many notable prospects were participating in national camps – where they can’t speak with coaches – including the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia and Adidas Nations in Las Vegas.

Jalen Coleman, the other Wolverine prospect most likely to receive an offer, was participating in Adidas Nations training camp in Las Vegas and hadn’t had the opportunity to speak with John Beilein and the Michigan staff as of Sunday morning. Coleman’s father reported to our Joe Stapleton that the conversation is expected to take place on Monday when he gets back to Indianapolis. Coleman is expected to be the second class of 2015 offer for the Wolverines.

Michigan reportedly showing interest in ‘14 Australian guard Dante Exum

Australian born Dante Exum is one of the top guards in the class of 2014 worldwide. He’s eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft as an international prospect and is projected as a top-10 pick. However, there’s a very real chance that Exum, who has already taken an official visit to Indiana, chooses to attend college first. While he’s considered an Indiana lean,’s Scott Howard-Cooper is reporting that Michigan is one team that has thrown its name into the ring for Exum’s services along with Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky.

Australian shooting guard Dante Exum is draft-eligible for 2014 and would open next season as one of the top prospects, but said “My gut tells me right now I’m going to college,” partly because he is intrigued by the idea of a run with a top U.S. program and partly because that would allow him to avoid the packed Class of ’14 led by Canadian phenom/incoming Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins. That would position Exum for 2015. The son of Cecil Exum, who won a national championship with North Carolina in 1982, has made one campus visit, to Indiana, and puts the Hoosiers at the top of his working list if he goes the NCAA route for 2014-15. He loves the college feel in Bloomington and the basketball tradition. He is also getting attention from a lot of other elite programs – mentioning Louisville, Kentucky and Michigan – so no decision is imminent.

Michigan would obviously be playing catch-up, as the Wolverines will have to battle against Indiana and the lure of the NBA to secure Exum’s services. Our friends at Inside the Hall posted an update with Exum earlier this week.

Other June 15th Notes

  • Wayman Britt

    I know Evan Boudreaux is not a 5 star, top pick candidate, but I hope he visits UM and gets an offer. Bball is still a team game and I believe he would could fill a role on the team. You don’t want a team of all guys who expect to get 15 shots a game and score 18 points a game.

    As we learned this year you need some players who are willing to bang, dive on the floor and play defense.

    • ajerome33

      When you are among the elite, which Michigan now is again, you have to pursue the 4 and 5 star kids first. That said, I agree with you about this kid. His highlights remind me a lot of a kid named Novak who wasn’t too shabby for us.

      • Adam

        Love Novak and everything he stood for.. He helped bring Michigan basketball back to prominence.. That said, you aren’t gonna make a bunch of final fours with too many guys like that.. Even Novak was the first to admit that this years squad was better than his because simply put, they were more talented

        When we are getting legitimate interest from so many top recruits we cannot settle for lesser recruits early in the process.. There are bigger fish to fry

        • geoffclarke

          I think because we are getting legitimate interest from so many top recruits is exactly the reason we go after a player like Boudreaux and treat him like a 5-star. Like Wayman said, every team needs glue guys and in my opinion, Boudreaux would be a great glue guy for UM. How many is “too many guys like that?” It’s not like Boudreaux isn’t going to play high D1 hoops somewhere. He’s good.

        • salama

          I cannot agree with this. Novak was a good 3 pt shooter who worked hard on D and could guard 3 positions reasonably well. Novak is playing pro ball for a reason. Also, he played at a solid level for 4 years, which is pretty good use of a scholarship.

          I get your general point, but I do not think it applies to guys who can space the floor and play D, really. Guys who are inefficient and need the ball in their hands or suck on D are not not needed if they are not NBA level talent, but every team needs guys to spread the floor and play D.

        • Steve2081

          You need guys like Novak and Douglass you just don’t want them playing 30+ minutes a night. I think in a perfect world they’d have been 15-20 minutes a game role players. Like Pelinka and Voskuhl once the Fab 5 arrived.

  • A2JD

    Do you know why Diamond Stone didn’t get an offer yesterday? I thought he had made it on campus already.

  • gobluemd16

    Thanks for all of these recruiting updates, especially on a weekend such as this. Happy Father’s Day to all!

  • Paul

    Wow, Exum looks huge for a pg. How big is he?

    • Misspoke calling him a point. More of a slashing combo.

    • Steve2081

      Rivals has him at 6’6.