Recruiting Notebook: Michigan coaches on the road, new targets

Dylan Burkhardt

longestseason_inset1[1]John Beilein watched 2016 star Josh Jackson against 2015 guard Eric Davis on Friday. The Wolverines continue to be in heavy contact with Davis, who visited Michigan for the Arizona game. Davis finished with 18 points in the loss while Jackson tallied 25 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wolverines have also been on the road this week, checking in on a number of new prospects across the country.

Kyle Ahrens visits

Class of 2015 wing Kyle Ahrens highlighted the visitor list for the Michigan-Wisconsin game on Sunday afternoon.

Ahrens is a Big Ten-caliber wing with offers from Boston College, Dayton, Miami (OH) and Michigan State. He’s also visited Ohio State and Michigan State this fall.

Ahrens has missed the majority of the 2013-14 season with a broken leg, but appears to be high on the pecking order for the next Michigan offer to be extended. He’ll play this summer with the King James Shooting Stars, alongside Luke Kennard.

Ahrens was recently profiled by, Press Pros Magazine , which you can read here.

“My choice will ultimately come down to quality of academics and feeling comfortable with the coaching staff,”  he says.  “I want to major in business and have a good career path to fall back on if my dream of playing in the NBA doesn’t work out.  I’ve always had that dream and I’ve always wanted my family to be happy and honored with what I did.”

Here’s footage of Ahrens in action.

Two other Ohio prospects, class of 2016 forwards Matthew Moyer and Seth Towns also visited for the Wisconsin game. 2014 commitment Ricky Doyle was also in attendance.

Michigan watches Quentin Goodin

Michigan was on hand to watch class of 2016 point guard Quentin Goodin on Tuesday evening. Goodin is a top-50 point guard from Campbellsville, KY with early offers from Indiana and Oklahoma State. Kentucky and Louisville are also involved in his recruitment.

Goodin has played with USA Basketball and here’s footage of him in action last summer. He also recently tweeted a photo of a letter from John Beilein.

Goodin went for a triple double in front of Michigan coaches with 22 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in a win over Nelson. He was 9-of-11 from the floor.

Latest on Jalen Brunson

“My son is going to play for a coach, not a university. You go to play for a coach, you adjust to the university. So there needs to be trust.”

That’s Rick Brunson’s opinion of his son’s recruitment at this juncture. While Illinois is officially back in the mix, Michigan continues to be in a good position despite Brunson not wanting to name any leaders.

So consider the Illini back in the mix. Popular perception has Michigan as the leader for Brunson, but his dad doesn’t consider that the case. “We don’t have any list of who is on top right now,” said Rick Brunson. “Michigan is doing a great job, but so is (Villanova coach) Jay Wright and (Michigan State coach) Tom Izzo. There is no one in the lead. We are gonna finish out this summer, Jalen will take his visits and then decide, that’s our plan.”

Here’s a recent video interview with Brunson and here are some recent highlights.

LaVall Jordan watches Austin Davis

LaVall Jordan was on hand to watch class of 2016 big man Austin Davis. Davis is a 6-foot-9 sophomore at Onsted High School and he’s also drawn Michigan State to a game this season.

Davis finished with 51 points and 24 rebounds in front of Jordan in a Onsted victory over Stockbridge. Davis is averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds per game this season and will play his summer ball with the Michigan Mustangs.

Austin Grandstaff scores 51 points

Austin Grandstaff recently decommitted from Oklahoma State and is hearing from North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Iowa State, Duke and many others. He recently exploded for 51 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Grandstaff followed that up with 45 points on Tuesday night.

Other Notes:

  • Champswest

    Watching Grandstaff made me think of Pistol Pete Maravich.

    • sshow

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Wayman Britt

      First time I have seen this kid, but he sure has some skills. Might be hard to get him to UM, but he has game

      • Northern Blue

        Just going off of films and seeing the skills of all the guys were recruiting I like him the most after Coleman and Kennard for that 2 guard spot.

        Will also agree with other posters that Austin Davis does not even look like he is worth the time based on that video. I would like to see the staff get an athletic banger type for their next big man – already having 2 skilled guys without elite athleticism.

  • Chezaroo

    Seem to be really extending our net, great to see!

  • Burke_Does_Work

    Hopefully the Austin Davis highlight video isn’t indicative of the competition that he normally plays against because I would hardly consider that competition. That looked like a pick up game against a bunch of 5 foot 6 white kids. Of course he’s going to grab every rebound and score over them. I’m not sure if it was for a lack of trying but his vertical jump was none too impressive as well.

    • Wayman Britt

      I think Austin will have a good career playing college basketball, but just not Division 1 basketball.

  • guestavo

    Jamal Murray supposedly visiting this Sunday!

    • Colby

      Where did you see that?

    • Northern Blue

      If true, that’s awesome. He would be a great get! Big point gaurd with a decent jump shot and a smart player as well. Imagine if DMo could hit the pull up 3 off the pick and roll – he would have been unstoppable.

    • bballkdp

      Yeah him and I believe another player…forget the other kid’s name though

  • tgio24

    Live in Illinois so I’ve seen Brunson play a couple times this year…kid is gonna be VERY good!!

    • bballkdp

      Same here…just saw him play out by where I live. Put on a show!!!