Recruiting Notebook: Beilein watches Cassius Winston, new targets, other notes

Dylan Burkhardt

bilde (1)John Beilein was out recruiting the state of Michigan on Friday night before Saturday’s big win in East Lansing. The Wolverine head coach was front and center to watch University of Detroit Jesuit take on rivals De La Salle, specifically watching class of 2016 point guard Cassius Winston.

Winston finished with 18 points in a 75-57 U of D victory. Winston is one of the top in-state prospects in the class of 2016 with a composite ranking of 26, and has visited Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State among others.

Watch video of Winston’s performance in the embedded media player below.

Jalen Brunson shines against Tyler Ulis

Jalen Brunson had a huge weekend against future Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis. Brunson’s Stevenson team beat Marian Catholic 76-66, and Brunson scored a game-high 32 points. Here’s NY2LA Sports on Brunson’s showing:

Brunson was fantastic and efficient in the win over Marian Catholic, scoring 32 points on 8-for-14 shooting while also grabbing seven rebounds and making numerous big plays. The lefty guard hunts his shot and looks for teammates and can do so much on the floor thanks to his tremendous basketball IQ. Brunson changes paces well and since he’s able to stop on a dime and score from anywhere, he’s always a threat to score.

More on Brunson, Jalen Coleman and new recruiting targets after the jump.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that Michigan is in a very strong position for Brunson’s services, but his recruitment continues to expand.

Expect Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff to pick up its recruiting and become a much bigger player with Stevenson junior point guard Jalen Brunson. The No. 2 ranked prospect in Illinois in the Class of 2015 will have a slew of high-majors to choose from at the end of the day, but keep an eye on Michigan, which has been front and center and done a terrific job since the early stages of his recruitment.

Jalen Coleman excelling

Jalen Coleman continues to emerge as one of the best junior prospects in the state of Indiana.

Coleman has integrated quickly after transferring to La Lumiere and has had the opportunity to play at a number of national and regional showcase events including the Hoop Hall Invitational and Dunk 4 Diabetes Classic.

LaVall Jordan was in town to watch La Lumiere on Sunday against Warrensville Heights. Coleman scored 20 points in the 57-54 win, but 17 came in the first half. Here’s footage from that game.

La Lumiere also topped Cleveland Central Catholic on Saturday, Coleman had 19 poitns on 8-of-10 shooting in the win (recap & video). Coleman was a ridiculous 16-of-20 from long range over the last three games.

Many in attendance thought Coleman was one of the most impressive players.

The top junior in the state of Indiana has been getting it done for a while now, and has continued that trend at La Lumiere. He played lockdown defense, shot the lights out of the ball, and hit timely free throws to help seal his squad’s narrow win over a tough Warrensville Heights team

Coleman was also named the best guard by ESPN at the Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts earlier this month.

Every part of Coleman’s performance was impressive on Sunday. He shot the ball extremely well from long range, was low to the ground with his rips and created space in the mid-range area. Defensively he was equally impressive, shutting down Kobe Eubanks, rotating well away from the ball and communicating appropriately. More impressive than his production was the fact almost everything he did on both ends of the floor would have translated into a college game.

Here are some additional junior highlights of Coleman:.

New targets emerging

Michigan’s recruiting radar continues to grow this winter and there are a number of new prospects on the Michigan radar.

In Ohio, the Wolverines have been paying close attention to class of 2015 forward Esa Ahmad and class of 2016 big man Derek Funderburk . Bacari Alexander recently watched Ahmad play at Flyin’ to the Hoop in Dayton.

ESPN was impressed with Ahmad at the event.

Ahmad is an up-and-coming, versatile, high-post 4 man. He is tough to defend because he is strong and active on the low block, can drive to the paint off the dribble and has a very effective mid-range game. He is one of the fastest risers in the country. He had 28 points and nine rebounds in Shaker’s victory over St. Louis Christian Brothers.

Michigan also watched Funderburk at the Dunk for Diabetes Invitational on Sunday, according to’s Brian Snow. City League Hoops watched Funderburk at the event.

Coming off of the bench for Ohio’s top team, Funderburk brought the total package. Offensively, he showed off great footwork on the blocks and made some outstanding passes for a 6’9 guy. Defensively, he displayed great range defending on the perimeter and presence as a shot-blocker on the interior. Ohio’s #2 sophomore definitely lived up to his reputation in yet another St. Ed’s victory.

The Wolverines are also showing interest in Matt McQuaid, a 6-foot-5 guard from Texas. McQuaid is rated has a composite ranking of 51 in the class of 2015. Here’s footage of McQuaid in action.

Exum declares for NBA Draft

Australian point guard Dante Exum had discussed attending college for a year, and had named Michigan in his top five, but declared for the NBA Draft today. Exum is viewed by many as a likely top-five pick in this year’s draft. Exum will be represented by Rob Pelinka.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    Rob Pelinka – great shooter – better agent – its crazy that he represents Kobe Bryant – moved up the sports agent world pretty quick

  • Mattski

    Love Brunson; hope that early love pays off.

    • Mattski

      So, a couple of days after taking down MSU–where Winston is presumed to be a lock–Beilein shows up at one of his games? Nice.

      • Before. And I don’t think that anyone is saying Winston is an MSU lock?

        • Mattski

          The 247 Crystal Ball on your Winston recruiting page has him “100% MSU.”

          • guestavo

            Well, if the experts think we take Brunson then wouldn’t it be logical that Winston would be more likely to go to MSU?

          • KRN

            The 247 Crystal Ball also put Michigan at 6% for Chatman. Take it with a massive grain of salt (especially when talking about HS sophomores).

  • guestavo

    The staff must view Chatman as a WG and Donnal as a C if we’re continuing to recruit combo-forwards. Chatman may start out as the stretch 4 his freshman year, out of necessity, but it’s looking like Wilson + 2015 recruit will man that position for us.

    Still don’t understand the Brunson love fest or how we find him minutes but I’ll trust the staff.

    Tyus Battle visiting on June 7th, as well.

    • bluekrew

      Brunson is a top rated guard and how wouldnt you find minutes??? Other then Walton who will be a junior when/if Brunson did go to UM, who else is on the roster at PG? Nobody!

      • guestavo

        Spike doesn’t exist? The same Spike that is third in PPR in the nation and has a 149 ORTG. Are you suggesting a true freshman PG is going to come in and put up numbers better than that?

    • Wayman Britt

      Guestavo – In my opinion Brunson is the real deal, he will see minutes and more. He would be a great catch for UM.

      • guestavo

        How? There’s only 40 minutes in a game. I have yet to see ANYONE on here or on the forum break down the minutes distribution for a player with his skillset lol

        • Good players play. It’s silly to do a breakdown of a minute distribution two years in the future. What do you think a minute distribution of this season would have looked like two years ago?

          • guestavo

            We don’t have any redundancy or logjams at any positions this year. I do agree that we should wait it out but I don’t see Walton or Spike leaving, nor do I see Brunson hitting a growth spurt.

          • I guess my point is that two years ago, Trey Burke had played 20 games and no one was really thinking he was a pro. Or just thinking he was a pro. But Derrick Walton had already been signed.

          • guestavo

            All I’m saying is that I’m unsure, not necessarily against Brunson, but a bit perplexed by the assurances and certainty of certain members.

  • colintj

    McQuaid certainly doesn’t remind me of anyone in particular. No one at all.

    • Chris De Sana

      I am sure you are thinking Nik, and I somewhat agree but I was also thinking a kid that played at Duke a few years ago Jon Sheyer.

  • skipper

    Great videos and commentary. It would be nice to list the player’s number to assist in watching the videos.

  • MattBuckets

    Esa Ahmad looks pretty impressive. That is my personal favorite to go after, looks like a NBA Body going to the basket. Reminds me of “SHEEEED” with those 3/4 quarter sweatpants.

    • mikey_mac

      Only so many breakaway dunks I can watch in one video, but Ahmad looked good at everything else. Seems to impose his will with his size and skills at that level. Hard to tell if he’s got the motor to do this against competition his own size and skill, since it looked like everything just came easily.

    • Chris De Sana

      At 6 7 he will not be getting as many dunks in college.

  • JSK
    If anyone is interested, Eric Davis highlights from the Floyd Mayweather Classic against. These teams were ranked #3 and #4 at the time, I went and watched and was thoroughly impressed.