Recruiting Roundup: Aubrey Dawkins, Tavarius Shine enter 2014 mix

Dylan Burkhardt

imageMichigan has watched Ryan Taylor and Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman in recent weeks, and will host Abdur-Rahkman for an official visit this weekend, but the Wolverines have also been checking in on New Hampton guard Aubrey Dawkins.

Dawkins is the son of Stanford head coach and former NBA player, Johnny Dawkins.  The 6-foot-4 guard has a scholarship offer from Dayton and Michigan head coach John Beilein has been in to watch him workout within the last week. The shooting guard averaged 19 points per game his senior season at Palo Alto before transferring to New Hampton for a prep season where he caught Michigan’s eye.

Dawkins plans to visit Michigan and Dayton in the coming weeks, per ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein. Here are highlights of Dawkins in action at New Hampton.

Tavarius Shine is another name to watch. Shine is a 6-foot-6 wing from Fork Union Military Academy that is drawing interest from the Wolverines, according to Finkelstein.

Shine has reported offers from Houston, James Madison, Rutgers and Long Island. Here are highlights of the wing guard at Fork Union this season.

Mutual interest with Matt McQuaid

Michigan’s 2015 needs are tough to decipher clearly until the class of 2014 is worked out, but the Wolverines should be expected to extend additional scholarship offers soon.

One candidate for an offer could be Texas guard Matt McQuaid. McQuaid has shown interest in Michigan and plans to choose a college in May. He hasn’t visited Michigan yet, but his father is from the state and he sounds very interested.

McQuaid, whose father grew up in Midland, is patiently weighing his options, which include a strong, growing interest from the University of Michigan. Head coach John Beilein is supposed to make a recruiting visit in the next few weeks. U-M assistant coach Bacari Alexander has been in regular contact with McQuaid over the past several months.

“It’s a lot of fun. This is something you only do once, so I’m going to enjoy (the recruiting process) while it lasts,” Matthew McQuaid said in a phone interview a few days ago. And, yes, Wolverine fans, McQuaid is open to playing at Michigan, which has an offensive system that fits his style of play.

“John Beilein is a great coach,” Rob said. “Not every program has the right system that fits a player, but Michigan has one of those systems that does fit (Matthew).”

Here’s recent footage of a dunk by McQuaid on the AAU circuit

Jamal Murray caps off Hoop Summit

Canadian guard Jamal Murray emerged as an elite prospect over the weekend at the Nike Hoop Summit. Here’s footage of Murray, a class of 2016 guard and one of the youngest players at the event, in action.

Murray has had steady interest from Michigan and visited this spring. Here’s an interview discussing his performance at the Hoop Summit and his development.

Local prospects impress at Storm Classic

Most notable prospects in the state of Michigan were in action over the weekend at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic. The Family and 1Nation faced off in the 17U Championship in a game that included Eric Davis, Josh Jackson, AJ Turner and a host of other prospects. Here are highlgihts:

Other Notes

  • Michigan coaches were in to watch class of 2017 star Xavier Tillman in Grand Rapids. Tillman is a star in the class and the 6-foot-8 forward’s mom played basketball at Michigan.
  • Michigan is recruiting class of 2017 wing Kris Wilkes.
  • jblair52

    Dawkins reminds me of THj. Is he not considering Stanford??

    • Kenny

      same question.

      • guestavo

        From what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem like it

        • jblair52

          any insight into the reason why? Just seems a little odd to me.

          • kam

            Some players don’t wanna play for their Dad.. I wouldnt

          • jblair52

            haha I know I wouldn’t either but still it just seems odd.

          • BlueHawaii

            Stanford has much higher academic admission standards than U-M. Dawkins likely had some measure of past academic issues if he’s doing a prep year at New Hampton. That does’t mean he can’t be successful wherever he goes – many other elite players have put in their prep time and gone on to do well in college (e.g., McGary), it just means that academics could create a situation where Stanford’s academic rigor is just not plausible. Michigan isn’t an academic cream puff, obviously, but let’s be serious: it’s not Stanford.

          • swinawer

            Prep school for basketball is not like JUCO for football. A lot of the players attend to get better offers than they had coming out of HS, not because of academic problems.

          • Yep. Prep school is a mix of both.

  • Northern blue

    Dawkins looks awesome. Shine and Muhammad look solid but I really like Dawkins upside. Anyways I can definitely tell that the staff thinks they need some added athleticism, which I agree with.

  • guestavo

    1.imo a. Mariel Shayok b.Aubrey Dawkins c.Tavarius Shine d.MAAR e. Ryan Taylor

    2. Funny Dawkins and Turner are on same team.

    3. Tons of UM crystal balls for Coleman and Brunson, not that it means anything, but a Brunson/Coleman/McQuaid/Big man class would be awesome.

    • kam

      Your order in number 1 is the exact order I’d like the players!

    • Seems like 2/3s are the priority… Shayok is higher rated, but his recruitment/release seems to going slowly and he looks like more of a 3/4.

    • DingoBlue

      Re: 3.

      I’ve been wondering why there has been an increase in the # of crystal ball picks for Michigan for the Jalens. Maybe it’s just getting far enough into the 2015 cycle people have to place their crystal ball predictions and go with the favorite at the time.

  • guestavo

    Jerry Meyer says Michigan visited Henry Ellenson and Nick Noskowiak

    • Chezaroo

      Has Ellenson even mentioned us lately? Thought that was Wisky -MSU battle? He is an outstanding prospect though.

      • guestavo

        Duke offered yesterday.

      • Tyrell

        So do we have any chance at getting him?

    • salama

      Ellenson supposedly has 3pt range and is 6`9 250. Hard to see us not being a top 5 offense again if we have 3pt shooters as bigs in Donnal and Ellenson. The floor spacing would be like Duke`s was this year, but with superior offensive coaching, and we`d have the size to hopefully be a solid defensive team closer to the 40`s or 50`s nationally than 90`s or low triple digits.

  • Wayman Britt

    Wow that Dawkins can jump. Not sure how his foot speed is, but he has great hops.

  • Jake

    Man we need this Dawkins kid, gonna be a good slasher.

  • Ian Burr

    I really want Dawkins. Does anyone know why his rankings are so low? Under the radar? I know rankings aren’t everything but, 2 stars? I would of guessed a 3 or 4 at least…