Donte Grantham picks Clemson

995914[1]Donte Grantham committed to Clemson this morning. The 6-foot-8 forward chose Clemson over Michigan after visiting both campuses this fall.

The sting of missing on Grantham is lessened due to 6-foot-7 wing guard Kameron Chatman pledging to the Wolverines earlier this week. Chatman joined Ricky Doyle and Austin Hatch as members of the 2014 class.

Michigan will host DJ Wilson, a 6-foot-9 stretch four expected to be offered a scholarship, and Devin Booker this weekend. The Wolverines also have an outstanding offer to James Blackmon Jr. Australian native Jonah Bolden remains a long term option for the Wolverines, but the combo forward has yet to take his standardized tests and plans to make a spring decision.

Find a full run-down of Michigan’s class of 2014 targets on our recruiting board.

  • A2JD

    I’m a little surprised. Maybe he thought Chatman was too similar to his skill-set?

    If it had to be one over the other, I think Michigan certainly got the right guy.

    On to Bolden, I guess. I don’t know if Michigan really needs another big in this class but it never hurts to get a top 50 player.

    • Kenny

      Chatman is not ready for playing 4 as he is still growing and thin. Wilson, IMO, should redshirt to get stronger too. Bolden (and Donte) would be more ready to fill in what GRIII and McGary leaves.

  • mattD

    Seen this one coming, but still disappointed. I fully expect DJ Wilson to commit this weekend, and I’m not thrilled about it. Wilson is basically Smot all over again – too slow/not athletic enough to defend the 3, not physical enough to defend the 4. Offensively identical as well, will space the floor with 3 point shooting, but his ballhandling ability will be mitigated because he is simply too slow to get past wing defenders and he doesn’t really have a post game.
    I think we should wait on Blackmon, Bluiett, Booker, and Bolden, but I don’t think that is how it will play out.

    • geoffclarke

      I have a few issues with this. First, I think he looks like a pretty good defender on the UMHoops scouting video. Second, even if you’re right about his offensive skills being comparable to Smotrycz – which I don’t think you are because he can get off the floor much better and dunks with more authority and he looks much longer – it wouldn’t be a bad think to have a Smotrycz-like skill set on the team. By the way, until I see otherwise, I’d have to assume Smotrycz is a MUCH better 3-point shooter. Smotrycz didn’t improve much at Michigan and he always looked confused and gloomy on the court – he just wasn’t a good fit here. Again, until I see otherwise, I’m going to assume Wilson would get along better with coaches and teammates and improve dramatically when he’s here – that’s the norm, Smotrycz is the exception.

      • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

        He’s definitely longer than Smotrycz. He has a long ways to go on the defensive side of the ball IMO.

      • mattD

        No offense, and I say this with all due respect – if you think Wilson looks good on defense, I would seriously suggest you examine the film again. By anyone’s standards, Wilson is a below average defender at best.
        I do agree with you concerning length, but the film dictates that Wilson lacks the inherent demeanor to actually go to the basket with authority, as he often pulls up for floaters and negates his size advantage.

        • mikey_mac

          Average or worse defense and/or rebounding at the high school level is a huge red flag for me.

        • guestavo

          He has all the tools to be a good defender. Way better tools than Grantham. It will be up to Beilen to teach him how to use his arms and hands to be a great defender. Stop actiing like HS kids are a finished product who cannot improve.

          • mattD

            Better tools than Grantham – this is laughable. This comment is so far off base it’s almost impossible to fathom that someone would make such an assertion.

          • guestavo

            He is taller with a significantly longer wingspan and more perimeter skills than Grantham. Only thing missing is strength and conditioning.

          • mattD

            More perimeter skills than Grantham – sir I honestly think your eyes have decieved you. I don’t think the most novel basketball analyst would ever make that assertion, even jokingly. That has got to be one of the most extreme comments I’ve ever heard on this board.
            I can understand longer wingpsan, but more perimeter skills – I think even you know that is a pretty strong exaggeration.

          • guestavo

            Grantham can’t even hit a jumpshot past 15 ft. He can ballhandle and pass, but so can Wilson.

          • mattD

            You my friend, are flat out fabricating at this point in an effort to win a dual that doesn’t exist. Film on Grantham clearly displays the ability to step out and hit the three.
            Once again, you selectively pick and choose the evaluation criteria. Your entire premise in a nutshell is that Wilson is lacking on D, but coaching will improve that. Why aim for a player that has to go from poor to below average, when you can aim for a player that can go from good to great?
            Doesn’t make much sense to me.

          • guestavo

            There is no film where it shows Grantham being able to shoot the three. All I see are bricks.

            Wilson can go from below average to great. His tools are that of an elite defensive player. He has the length of an NBA player.

          • mattD

            0:13 mark reflects Grantham hitting a 3. 0:55 and 1:06 mark reflect Grantham hitting jumpshots 15 feet or beyond.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU76qcGiSBk

            Your are quite the character my friend, not only do you intentionally fabricate, you accuse me of making judgments on players based on too small a sample size, when in acutality you have either fabricated intentionally or simply haven’t looked at the film, either of which makes you a hypocrite.
            You call me out for “bashing”, then you cross the line from critiquing a player’s ability, to saying that he shoots “bricks”.
            Wow……that is all

          • mattD

            Pau Gasol, Shawn Bradley, Greg Monroe, all have/had NBA length, what’s your point?
            Tools are mutiple, not singular, takes much more than length to be an impact on defense.

        • Matt

          Tell Beilein he sucks at player eval. Your film study is a joke

          • mattD

            I don’t need to inform Belien of anything, but I would prefer you provide some independent analysis of your own rather than depending on the coaching staff to formulate your opinions. That is the real joke.

    • guestavo

      Disagree, Wilson has far more length than Smote, so even if he doesn’t have the foot speed, his arms can be incredibly disruptive. He will hit the weight room, but what incoming freshmen wouldn’t? If he plays at the 4, he has more than enough speed to get past defenders. Not everyone on a roster can be 4/5 star players. You’re completely wrong with you assessment.

      • mattD

        No my friend, you are completely wrong with your implied asssertion that I’m basing my critique of Wilson due to rankings (or lack of in this case). If you are familiar with any of my posts on the board, you will know that I’ve been on record for a decent period of time stating that Booker is overrated, and I think we have much better options in Blackmon or Blueitt, despite the fact that Booker has the higher profile in terms of rankings. Also, I was one of the initial, if not the first, person on this board to really promote Grantham’s abilities, and how those attributes would be a perfect fit at Michigan. Keep in mind that Grantham is not a consensus 4 star player.
        That being said, with regard to Wilson, you are entitled to your opinion, but keep in mind that physicality is not predicated exclusively on strength/college strength and conditioning program. A large portion of physicality is inherent, in other words, you either have the will to be physical or not. For instance, GRIII is a physical specimen by anyone’s standards, he has freakish athleticism in terms of jumping ability, and is as chizzled as any player in college basketball, yet few would characterize him as “physical” because he simply lacks the aggression to play defense and rebound at a high level. At his lack of aggression on defense/rebounding is reflected in his poor rebounding % numbers. When I watch film of Wilson, I see the tenative habits on defense and rebounding, and I want no parts of that.
        Offensively, Wilson will be a one trick pony in college in my opinion. He has no post game, and is slow quite frankly. He can compensate with length, but I doubt he has the requisite demeanor/physicality to use that length to his advantage by going to the basket with authority.
        In my opinion, I think we should wait it out for better prospects, but I will trust the coaching staff.

        • guestavo

          What film are you watching? There’s only one video with extensive footage of his play and it’s all highlights. Second, what stats are you looking at? Defense can be taught to a player with his height and length. When you have his wingspan, you need a good coach to show him the right defensive positions and to have active hands. Also, with all the length we have, JB may go back to a zone. You were the same guy bashing Jevon Bess, you’re agenda is pretty clear. Not everyone can be a 4/5 star.

          • mattD

            My agenda? Wow, I must say I’m quite disturbed by that comment, but if that is how you feel I guess you are entitled to your opinion.. Just to be transparent concerning my agenda, I’ll make it clear, my agenda is continuing to build this program to the point of national prominence. If you take issue with that, so be it.
            I can’t help but to think that your comment above is based on irrational motives, as you selectively say I “bashed” Bess, but failed to address the fact that I say Booker is overrated while pushing for Grantham at the same time. What is your definition of “bashing”, I’m very curious to say the least. If by critiquing a player’s ability(or lack thereof), I’m bashing, then declare me guilty. However, my understanding of bashing is an attack on the personal character of an individual rather than a particular hobby/skillset that an individual possesses. You should really think about throwing around terms like that before you post on a message board.
            I’ll tell you exactly what stats I’m looking at – defensive rebouding percentage. That statistic is a metric of the defesnive rebounds that an individual player comes up with relevant to the amount of defensive rebounds that are available to that player. GRIII was not a worldbeater in that area last year to say the least. With that in mind, I’ll attack your “defense can be taught” argument – if that is the case than you must be asserting that JB is incapable of teaching defense, because GRIII was certainly not a good defender last year.
            The entire point is that defense requires physicality/inherent will, neither of which Wilson currently hass.

          • guestavo

            Where did you get the stats is what I am asking? Also, besides the one video on youtube, where else have you seen film?

          • mattD

            Kenpom, which is generally considered the most reliable statistical metric available.
            I’ve seen 2 film sessions from Wilson, so I can understand your concern with my limited exposure.
            That being said, if limited exposure doesn’t qualify me to believe that Wilson isn’t capable of playing defense/rebound at a high major level, then you are not qualified to say that he is.

        • Webbdog

          My thing is who is to say DJ Wilson wont become the Next Jamal Franklin, Tony Snell, Doug Christie, Vin Baker, Andre Roberson, Tariq Abdul-Wahad/Oliver St Jean? Sure fire NBA 1st round players the Scouts missed on. They cant watch them all, let alone evaluate them all, they miss quite a few, its not a proven science but speculation. Someone has to find The Diamonds in the Rough.

          • mattD

            Agreed, but who is to say that he will?

    • jblair52

      …I’m confused – was Smot that bad?

      If Wilson is just like him but skinnier with more length and vertical…well…I guess I’d take it!

      If I remember correctly, Smot was in a frontcourt with no beef that needed him to play out of position and defend the 5 a lot of times. That won’t happen with Wilson.

      • jkuofm27

        I agree. I would have liked to have Smot last year. He would have been able to take some of the burden off of GRIII and spell Hardaway on his bigger guy defensive responsibilities. A lot was made about Freshmen burnout for GRIII and Stauskus, Smot could have lessened that.

        To defend Matt a little bit, I don’t think that Wilson is horrible, but he is a three star and not a four or five. He currently has holes, weaknesses, etc. that are a little more glaring than other guys we have been pursuing.

        Wilson could be Tom Brady, but we were recruiting Drew Henson.

        • guestavo

          Not everyone on a roster can be a 4/5 star. Also, Wilson’s ranking has more to do with a 6 month injury than any negation by scouts.

          • jkuofm27

            First of all, tell that to Kentucky/Duke/UNC that I think we are trying to achieve to. Secondly, I understand that we are not there yet, but like I said in my post farther up, this slot is supposed to fill the hole potentially created by losing McGary and GRIII who both were.

          • guestavo

            Kentucky/Duke/UNC take one and done, we don’t. We are in the UL, MSU, Arizona model and for college basketball, it is just as effective. I love having blue chippers mixed in with diamonds in the rough.

          • jkuofm27

            I completely agree with that. I also trust JB and staff to turn a three star into a 4 or 5 star. My only point remains that this slot is needed to fill a huge hole. Spike Albrecht is used to fill a huge need on this team and he did a great job on last years and I love him (like a brother). But we recruited Walton to fill the hole left by Burke. Wilson can be a part of our team, but our team will take a big drop (IMO) if ’14 is Wilson/Donnal as starters instead of other potentially higher rated guys out there.

          • geoffclarke

            Disagree…as BA will tell you, Michigan is different than everyone else. Second, we’re not going to find 1 player in the ’14 class to replace both Robinson and McGary. If that’s your expectation, you will be disappointed. Chatman can replace Robinson’s position/role, but no recruit or returning player even can fill McGary’s role, let alone his talent.

          • jkuofm27

            I agree that we are a little different. But when we had Novak and Stu we weren’t competing for national titles. We had to get GRIII, McGary and have Burke and Hardaway molded into 5 stars in order to compete at that level. I also agree that one player will not replace both of those guys. That is why I am saying that I feel so strongly that this “slot” not just be taken by anyone. Guestavo said farther above that we have room to take Bolden and Wilson and I am perfectly fine with that. I just perceived all along that we weren’t filling up that many slots in ’14, given a potential Booker/Blackmon/Bess signing as well.

        • Kenny

          Wilson is underrated and I don’t think that recruit ranking tells all. We don’t have to go back to Tom Brady, Burke was a marginal 3/4 star (142nd and 3 stars on rivals).

          As much as we need McGary, we also needs kids like JMo, Novak, Stu, and Spike like on the team who will stay and provides stability of the program. And Wilson is likely to be these kind of players.

      • mattD

        Yes, quite frankly, he was that bad on defense. The argument that Smot played out of position is moot in my opinion because most, if not all, of our frontcourt players play out of position, this is the nature of our system. We play small ball in the frontcourt to create mismatches on offense which translates to 4 wings, and 1 big vs. the traditional 3 wings and 1 big.

        • DoubES

          How is it moot? Smot had to play a significant amount at the 5. Wilson, presumably, won’t with Donnal and Doyle.

          • mattD

            4 or 5 makes no difference, he simply does not possess the atheltic ability or requisite strength/demeanor to defend either position in my opinion. If you ask Wilson to defend the Christian Watfords of the world you’re asking for trouble.

          • jblair52

            Actually I think he reminds me more of Christian Watford than Smot. JMO

            Watford couldn’t defend the post either

          • guestavo

            Then JB adjusts and we run more zone. We have Syracuse-esque length now.

        • jblair52

          You’re wrong if you think the defense Smot had to play is going to be the same as Wilson.

      • mikey_mac

        I think Smot didn’t meet expectations (wasn’t he the highest rated of his class, which included THJ?), which, added to his demeanor, makes it hard for UM fans to objectively assess him. I’ll admit I would prefer to avoid recruiting players at the 4 with his level of athleticism again.

    • Mattski

      You might want to go back and watch Wilson’s videos; skinny, yes, but give him a year. And we were in an entirely different position with personnel when Smot was here; who knows how that would play out today.

    • Kenny

      We are certainly not getting a polished product in Wilson. But Wilson is longer and bouncier than Smot, and a good project to gloom. Ideally, we will add Bolden to this class, who is more ready to play college in year 1 than Wilson. Wilson will redshirt.

      • mattD

        In all fairness Kenny, doesn’t take much to be bouncier than Smot.

    • Matt

      Your film evaluation skills are a joke

    • Mattski

      Btw, Smotrycz was pencil-thin when he signed on. I was still visiting the message board at mlive (was it called?) in those days, and immediately named him Stick. At the time, he might have been Beilein’s highest-rated player ever (someone please verify). People were very excited.

  • Kenny

    Best wishes to Donte.

    Guess that red carpet is already rolled out in Crisler center for DJ Wilson

  • UMHoops Fan

    Good luck to Donte. Seems to have been unsure but finally excited about his first choice all along, and wish him the best there unless it’s against us.

  • gobluemd16

    At the end of the day, I think he went with who’s been there the longest, who his mom was definitely favoring, and the school that was going to run the offense around him. Don’t really think the decision could be made for reasons besides that. Good luck to the guy

    • mikey_mac

      Yeah, I can’t exactly fault the young man for loyalty to Clemson. It’s an admirable quality, even if I personally would have grabbed the better competitive and academic environment, not to mention B1G Network visibility, U-M’s professional network outside athletics, JB’s recent track record, etc. … Wishing Donte good luck anyway!

  • jkuofm27

    I know these things are not as black and white as we would like or sometimes think they are. But I go back to the tailgate photo of Chatman and Donte with Nik, McGary and the guys…Chatman had a smile and looked like he was fitting right in, Grantham looked withdrawn and forced. I know there is more to this than a photo, but body language and expressions tell a lot about what is going on in a kids head.

    Assuming McGary and GRIII are gone next year, I would really like a top flight, solid four. I know Bolden is still out there. I don’t have a problem with Wilson, but right now he is a 162 composite. I guess I was just hoping for more coming off of the year that we had. Especially when guys like Looney, Jaylen Johnson and others were on our list. If we land Bolden all is well, but no tests and no contact make that a very big “if come”.

    • guestavo

      We have room for both.

      • jkuofm27

        If that is the case then I am perfectly fine with grabbing Wilson this weekend. If it is one slot to replace the two best players on our team then I don’t want to “blow it” on a 162 project.

        • guestavo

          We could potentially take up to 5 guys in this class, excluding Hatch. We have room for a diamond in the rough.

          Chatman/ Doyle/Wilson/Booker or Blackmon Jr or Bess/ Bolden

    • A2JD

      Donnal seems more like a 4 than a 5. Next year, we might see Donnal at PF and Horford at C. WIlson could be a very solid 4-year player (same with Doyle) and you need those too.

      • Kenny

        Dolye should be red-shirted unless we have to play him, and Chatman need fill up to defend interior. That leaves only Horford, Donnal and Bielfeldt at 4/5. Either Beilein push Irvin into 4 to shore up the position or we need find someone who can step in as a freshman. Grantham seems to be ready but WIlson, presumably a year younger than Donte, is much less likely and will benefit from red-shirt. It would be very nice to add Bolden in the Spring, who is also a year younger than Grantham but seems more ready than Wilson.

        • A2JD

          Fair enough. I’m curious about Doyle. He’s not rated highly but we’ve heard that part of that is due to him not playing AAU-ball. From the highlight videos, he seems a little raw but has a monster wingspan. I wonder what kind of player he’ll turn out to be. My guess is something on the level of a healthy Horford but we may be surprised.

      • rick dunaway

        willson is better than donnal

  • Bigrange

    If anything good can come out of missing out on him, it has to be that the Michigan program is being considered by top players across the country. Just being listed with the likes of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky on a recruits list is something I never thought we’d see, 5 years ago.
    Plenty of players left to bring in that can help.

  • rick dunaway

    Commit watch now on by KyleBogie @ Today 9:36 AM – 22 replies

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Not a big secret that there’s a very good chance that DJ Wilson commits this weekend when he’s offered on his visit.

      • rick dunaway

        hes in aa now

  • Mattski

    Kind of a neat player, and the coaches wanted him, but water under the bridge. Most or all of the recruiting picture should be clarified quickly here, thankfully. You gotta have saintly patience to follow recruiting.

    • Mattski

      Further proof, btw, that Clemson is on the rise. . . :)

      • Indiana_Matt

        Ah, yes… :)

      • rick dunaway

        lol

  • geoffclarke

    As I’m reading the comments below I am a little stunned…I almost think there might be some opposing fans trolling us. Anyway, this is what I’ve learned from this thread with my reaction:
    (1) some people are expecting 1 2014 recruit to replace the entire production of Morgan, McGary, and Robinson next year and are concerned that Wilson is not that player. Reaction: Morgan, McGary, and Robinson will likely get the majority of the 4/5 minutes this year. We don’t need to replace them with 1 new guy or even 3 new guys. We couldn’t. We need some combination of Horford, Bielfeldt, Donnal, Chatman, and likely 2 other freshman to man the 4/5 spots next year. Anyone who isn’t expecting a dropoff at the 4/5 positions next year is likely setting themselves up for disappointment (we’ll be stronger at the 1/2/3). My gut tells me that Horford, Donnal, Chatman, and hopefully Bolden, will all get decent minutes.
    (2) MattD is obviously privy to some personal knowledge of Wilson’s demeanor or more video showing a lot more than the handful of defensive possessions I’ve seen, including a forced 5-second call, a couple blocks, and a couple defensive rebounds. Reaction: I’m not an expert and have seen little video and Wilson may be “soft” as MattD asserts, BUT as he himself points out, Glenn Robinson wasn’t exactly ideal defensively but he was a BIG POSITIVE on the national runner ups AND Wilson probably won’t be asked to contribute like Robinson PLUS Wilson seems like a great kid PLUS I don’t get what MattD’s point is, like we’re going to need Wilson to come in and be Chris Webber or something which we don’t (see item 1 above).

    • mattD

      I think you know full and well when I refer to demeanor in this context it applies to on court demeanor and physicality as opposed to a mental/emotional approach off the court.

      I ask you this geoffclarke – why was GRIII a huge positive? Was it due to his lockdown defense? I think we’d both concur that isn’t the case. The reason he was a big positive is his ability to finish off plays created by others in the halfcourt, his athleticism in the open court and hit the 3 ball at a respectable clip in order to keep the defense honest.

      With Wilson, you only get the ability to hit the 3 ball at a decent clip, he has neither the ability nor the attitude to finish strong in the paint at this point.

      However, in order to check my sanity, I just checked some analysis on Wilson from a ajor recruiting service, and here are some comments:

      Weaknesses:
      Wilson is a great prospect but his assertiveness at both ends needs attention. He plays in spurts and doesn’t exert much energy consistently, especially in the areas of rebounding and defending.
      If my opinion is so far off base, it seems that recruting services and coaches both agree, because his offer sheet represents that of a mid-major player. Also, Dylan is on record as saying “his defense needs to come a long way”. Can it be that we are all fabricating?
      As mentioned a few months back, some members of this board have a tendency to hold any recruit that has Michigan interest beyond the scope of objective analysis. My question is why? Are we not allowed to question a player’s ability, and Lord forbid that we don’t think X player is worth an offer.

      • Kenny

        To be fair, his offer lists include USC, Cal, Colorado, who are middle pack Pac 12 schools, which is on par with Darius Morris, whose high major offer are Oregon St., Washington St. and USC.

        • mattD
          • rick dunaway

            and spike had how meny offers. you guys sure love thoses stars

          • mattD

            I love Spike, I really do, but what exactly has he done in his 1 year that would ever give you the inclination to cite his name in an argument regarding offers? He dropped 17 points in 1 half, and other than that he averaged under 2 points a game. I simply don’t understand the logic here.
            Nothing to do with stars, everything to do with my assessment of how good a player is, and nothing else. You fail to refer to the fact that I’m not a big fan of Booker despite his five star status. I could care less about stars, only talent.

          • guestavo

            He was a second ballhandler who tooks off Burke when teams pressed and he was an excellent off ball shooter when Burke had the ball in his hands.

          • mattD

            So, in other words, his offer sheet reflected his worth on the court.

          • guestavo

            In, other words, not every player has to be 1st team all Big Ten to have worth to a high major team.

      • guestavo

        The point of a coach is to develop and get the most out of a player. You’re concerns for an unfinished product are bordering on annoying. Also, all those recruiting services haven’t even seen much of DJ Wilson since he was injured. JB will create a gameplan that suites our player’s strengths. Based on offer sheets, Darius Morris, Hardaway, Burke, Novak, would all not have been on your team. Good to know.

        • mattD

          First off, I’d like to say that if my conerns are annoying, simply don’t respond to my posts. It will solve two problems concurrently, you will be relieved of your annoyance and you will potentially spare the board your adversarial nature.
          Back to basketball, I could care less about the opinions of recruiting analysts, I simply referenced that to substantiate the fact that my opinion does not stand alone.
          Please understand that getting to the tourney is not good enough for this program in my opinion. I am of the opinion that better options exist relative to Wilson, he is simply not mobile enough to compete at a high major level and be effective.
          If you disagree, so be it. We all have opinions, that is what makes the board great, however misinformed some of us may be.

          • guestavo

            The future will be very telling. I’m sure it will make your joke analysis look even more foolish.

          • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

            You guys have made your points… Let’s stop repeating the same things over and over for a bit and let other people join.

      • Webbdog

        Hell What Did Tayshun Prince Demeanor Look Like?? And He was one Helluva Defensive Player!!! You have Players That look like theyre not into it but they are just stoic like that. Doesnt mean they are lazy because they are not crazed and hyped while doing something effortlessly.

    • jkuofm27

      Geoff it appears that at least part of this might be referring to me and your arguments are not a fair representation of at least my part of the discussion below.

      The disagreement as I see it is one of expectations. Looney to Johnson to Grantham has been the digression this summer and now we are talking DJ Wilson. Looney would have been a decent replacement with Chatman for GRIII and McGary. It would be a different talent mix, but somewhat comparable talent.

      Johnson or Grantham would have been able to potentially start. Now we are talking about a guy that might need to redshirt because he won’t be able to play over Beilfeldt and Horford?

      As I have stated multiple times already. I have only seen people talking about Chatman and Grantham and one of Booker/Blackmon/Bess. Now we are talking Wilson and Bolden. I have no problem with that, I just didn’t think we were using that many ships this year.

      So my argument was we are trying to find someone better than Donnal/Beilfeldt/Horford and potentially an undersized and better suited 2/3 in Chatman to fill the four spot. I thought the stretch four was a priority this year? And I was under the impression that there was one ship to do it with. Evidently that is not the case and so if we were to land Wilson and Bolden or make a late play on someone else, then all is well.

      • guestavo

        We might not even get a guard, so the scholarship thing may turn out to be the same. Wilson/Chatman/Hatch/Doyle/Bolden. Chatman would be the guard in that class.

        • jkuofm27

          That is a good point. We could potentially get shut out on our top 3 choices at guard and decide to go with 2 big men instead of another guard, knowing Chatman is in the bag.

  • jblair52

    Guys…do you really think Beilein is going to offer a kid just to fill the spot?
    No – and with Doyle and Chatman on board they can be a little more selective.

    If they like Wilson and believe he’s a good piece to add, they’ll offer.

    If they think they have a chance to add someone better, they’ll wait.

    I at least rest in this fact.
    I also take hope that Beilein has done more with less in the past.
    A hard working kid + this coaching staff = success

    • DingoBlue

      Thanks jblair. Lots of contentious feelings about Wilson and some other prospects on this board. I trust the coaches along with you.

  • JVS

    I trust JB. If he thinks Wilson should get a slot, I don’t think its for me to second guess him. He looks at an individual and can see what he will be able to make of them. Look at Caris last year. I think we are going to get way more assertiveness, motor, and output out of him than anyone would have ever expected. Wilson, being compared to Austin Daye, is not so bad as your lowest recruit coming in across a multi-yr span.

    • Indiana_Matt

      Yes. Yes. Yes. The man brings in big coin to make these calls. If he and the entire staff are behind it… let’s welcome the kid with open arms. Just my opinion.

    • Kenny

      How can we not trust him after Spike dumped 17 points in the first half of the national championship game.

  • geoffclarke

    Here’s more video of Wilson…I haven’t watched it yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ThuuPIsarg

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