Recruiting Roundup: Trevon Bluiett, Devin Booker, Kameron Chatman, Luke Kennard, Kevon Looney and more

Dylan Burkhardt

July 1, 2013: Under Armour Undeniable camp at Inglewood High School in Inglewood California.Apologies for light posting over the holiday, we should be back in full swing as we head into the July recruiting period.

The big news over the weekend revolved around Indianapolis. Brad Stevens took the Butler job, the Bulldogs hired Brandon Miller instead of LaVall Jordan and rumors began to fly regarding Trevon Bluiett.

Somebody tweeted that Butler was “out of the running” and a handful of other reporters tweeted that Bluiett had eliminated the Bulldogs from his list – even called Brandon Miller to tell him as much. Yogi Ferrell’s mom (Ferrell attended Park Tudor with Bluiett) tweeted that Butler was “still on the list, but ranked differently”.

Bluiett’s father set the record straight and informed the media that Butler was still very much on the 6-foot-6 rising senior’s list. Then again, so are 23 other schools. Trevon has discussed trimming his list since last July and has yet to remove anyone from the running. (Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Butler is still on Bluiett’s list but it’s undeniable that Brad Stevens departure will hurt the Bulldogs in his recruitment. It was no secret that Butler was in great shape – most likely leading – for Bluiett’s services. Brad Stevens was handling Bluiett’s recruitment personally and his departure is almost certain to be a blow for the Bulldogs. LaVall Jordan is his primary recruiter for the Wolverines so it’s silly to think that Butler’s coaching decision won’t have an effect on Bluiett’s decision.

So Butler is still on the list but it’s clear the dynamic has changed. 247Sports’ ‘Crystal Ball’ provides a more politically correct way to convey trends like this. A week ago, 100% of the projections had Bluiett headed to Butler. Now the Crystal Ball says 78% Michigan with all of those updates coming July 3rd or later.

Devin Booker to visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness

Devin Booker will visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 18th. Booker has visited Michigan seven times, recently tripped to Michigan State and has seen all of the other schools on his list. However, Kentucky is the newest to the party and has made a big splash as John Calipari has been recruiting Booker personally. Booker hopes to narrow his list and take some official visits this fall.

Luke Kennard talks recruiting in Vegas

Luke Kennard updated his recruitment at the LeBron James Skills Academy with’s Simone Scott. Kennard admitted that he has some favorites and listed off Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia when probed for a top five. Kennard said he plans to make his decision sometime junior year, “from the beginning to the end”.

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi was impressed with Kennard’s play on day one of the camp. Kennard, who measured in at 6-foot-5, 182 pounds with a 6-foot-4.5 inch wing span, is one of the few 2015 prospects at the event.

This left-handed shooting guard always finds ways to put the ball in the basket. In skill work he was a constant with making shots, and it quickly translated into the games. Kennard understands the value of the shot fake to lift his defender and create enough separation to shoot it or go all the way to the rim. Once in the lane he showed an ability to finish with a floater and off-balance runners. Kennard already has a list of offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Notre Dame, Butler, Dayton, Xavier and West Virginia, and he is also hearing from Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville.

Beilein, Izzo making Looney push

Kevon Looney is the highest rated class of 2014 prospect that John Beilein and his staff are still pursuing. Looney is a consensus top-ten recruit and would be in a shoe in to replace Glenn Robinson III if he enters the NBA draft after next season.

Many presume Looney to be a Duke lean but he plans to trim his list to five schools this fall and take his official visits. Dave Telep writes that the two head coaches that Looney is hearing the most from are John Beilein and Tom Izzo:

ESPN 100 power forward Kevon Looney (Milwaukee/Hamilton) will cut his list to five at the end of the month. Duke, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Stanford get a lot of play right now, and the most active head coaches have been John Beilein and Tom Izzo. “(Michigan State assistant) Dane Fife used to call a lot, but my mom told him she wanted to hear from the head coach and now Tom Izzo calls the most.” Rule No. 1 in recruiting: Obey the mother.

Kameron Chatman continues big summer, will trim list in August

Chatman sat out his junior season due to transfer rules but it hasn’t taken long for him to emerge as a star on the AAU circuit. Chatman will trim his list to five schools this August before school begins, according to Scott Sommer, in hopes to commit this fall.

ESPN’s Dave Telep thinks he’ll be a pro – sooner than later.

ESPN 100 small forward Kameron Chatman (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) is one of my favorite basketball players in the 2014 class. He samples from so many areas of strength for his position, including IQ, shot making, passing and defense. Whichever college gets him won’t have him all four years. Michigan, Oregon, Arizona and Connecticut are likely to receive official visits. Arizona also has a little hook with him: Both his father and Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire are Portland natives.

Chatman’s shooting was considered a weakness earlier this spring but he’s showing improvement.

247 Sports:

A terrific passer from the small forward position, Chatman also had success shooting the ball from the outside Sunday.

Jalen Brunson steady at LeBron Skills Academy

Jalen Brunson has emerged as one of the top point guards in the country and the Michigan offer kept up his strong play at the LeBron James Skills Academy. ESPN reports

Brunson doesn’t have blazing speed or quickness, but he is very clever while dissecting the defense from the point guard position. Ball fakes, hesitation dribbles and playing on balance are his calling cards as he made one play after another. He had a couple assists where it seemed like he had eyes in the back of his head.

  • Guest

    Izzo once again the Johnny-Come-Lately and trying to jump on Beilein’s coattails after being out-scouted so badly the last few years.

    • Which recruitment are you referencing? MSU has been on Looney for a long time if that’s it.

    • MGoTweeter

      Don’t get this “out-scouted” comment. I believe michigan offered or went after every msu commit in the 2012 class. Izzo definitely had a tough 2013 recruiting season but that seemed to be the result of placing all their eggs in the Jabari Parker race.

  • David

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  • Daniel

    Dylan, is it correct that Booker and Blueitt are mutually exclusive? That is, if we get one of them, does that mean we won’t have space for the other?

    • No. Headline here should tell you everything you need to know

      • Daniel

        Perfect. Thanks!
        In the off chance we do end up with both of them, which would be fantastic, that would likely be a no on Chatman, then, based on needing space for Zimmerman and PG of the future in 2015?

        • I still think they need a combo forward in this class. Chatman is versatile enough to be that guy even though he’s skinny right now.

          So much variability there with the scholarships given NBA, etc. I think that you have to let things play out and right now they will gladly take commitments from anyone on the offer list.

          • Steve2081

            While I think the coaches would take both I don’t think the players will be up for it. Gonna have plenty of depth at the wings and it will be next to impossible to find playing time for both of them as freshmen.

            It’s not like either kid is dying to play for us. One of them will go somewhere else to play right away.

        • geoffclarke

          You’ve got to recruit Chatman to the end, regardless of what else happens in the ’14 class. He can fit anywhere and is too good. You would still have room in ’15 for Zimmerman (fingers crossed) and a PG and probably 1-2 more players (hopefully Kennard and then whoever else wants to play on a championship-caliber team).

  • CDeSana

    Still not sold on Kennard; shot looks easy to block and has no length as mentioned in the comments avoid with short wing span.

  • Wayman Britt

    Watch out for Kentucky in the recruitment of Booker. They always $eem to find ways to get high profile recruits to commit to UK.