Class of 2015 Recruiting: Where Things Stand

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan has yet to land a commitment from a class of 2015 prospect and has just three outstanding scholarship offers in the class. With limited scholarships remaining, the 2015 class should be moderately sized, but there are still a number of high-priority targets remaining on the radar. Here’s the latest on class of 2015 prospects and where things stand with the Wolverines.

Eron Harris

Eron Harris just wrapped up his sophomore season at West Virginia, but because he would have to sit out for a year he’s most similar to a 2015 prospect. Harris will play his first game at his new school when the class of 2015 arrives on campus, he also gets to work with his future school for a year before he’s eligible. The 6-foot-3 guard will decide between Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue sometime shortly after he visits Michigan on June 7th.

With limited scholarships available, the addition of Harris to the recruiting picture would almost certainly affect other plans in the class of 2015. Would Michigan still push for similar shooting guards in the mold of Jalen Coleman with Harris is in the fold? It’s possible, but it could also lead to an either-or scenario.

In many ways, Harris is a known commodity. He’s a proven scorer at the major-conference level and he would have a free year to adjust to Michigan’s offensive and defensive schemes before hitting the ground running.

The Offers

Jalen Coleman | Recruiting Update | 6-3 Guard

Coleman seems to have emerged as the top class of 2015 prospect on Michigan’s recruiting board right now. He had a monster spring on the Nike EYBL circuit with All-Ohio Red where he shot 50% from 3-point range (on 92 attempts) and averaged 15.2 points per game. He’s one of the best shooters in the country and his game has improved across the board since we watched him last summer.

Coleman plans to trim his list in the coming weeks, but is in no hurry to make a decision. Expect Michigan to make the cut for Coleman’s top group, but an early decision seems unlikely right now. Michigan is in a strong position, but Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan State, Indiana and seemingly every other Midwestern school is also entrenched in Coleman’s recruitment.

Jalen Brunson | 6-1 Guard

Brunson averaged 17.2 points and 6.9 assists for the Mac Irvin Fire on the Nike EYBL circuit, cementing his status as one of the top point guards in class of 2015. He recently trimmed his list to eight schools: UConn, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Kansas, Villanova, Michigan and Temple. Michigan was once considered to be one of the favorites in Brunson’s recruitment, but that momentum has cooled of late. Villanova is the latest school to be trending upward in the Brunson recruitment, but there are likely many more turns ahead.

Eric Davis | Recruiting Update | 6-2 Guard

Eric Davis visited Michigan mid-May and added the Wolverines to his lengthy offer list.  The Saginaw guard is planning to take official visits to Florida, UNLV and UCLA and is in no rush to make a decision. His most likely destination still seems to be out-of-state, but Michigan continues to pursue the versatile combo guard. Davis averaged 17.1 points and 2.9 assists per game for The Family on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Need to visit

These prospects are high on Michigan’s recruiting board and have been playing well, but haven’t visited Ann Arbor.

Esa Ahmad | 6-8 Forward

Ahmad has been working on setting up a Michigan visit this June and the visit seems likely, although plans haven’t been finalized. Ahmad projects as a stretch four in Michigan’s offense and could help bolster the Wolverines’ unproven frontcourt going forward. Ohio State is the home-state school and has offered Ahmad a scholarship, but the Wolverines also have connections to his AAU program with Trey Burke and Caris LeVert both playing under the All-Ohio umbrella.

Perry Dozier | 6-5 Guard

Michigan has been tracking PJ Dozier for a long time, but his latest list of schools features just about every blue blood in the country: North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, South Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Louisville. Dozier plans to trim his list soon, which could be the first step toward earning a visit.

New Targets

New targets to track that have popped up in recent weeks.

Josh Sharma | 6-11 Big

Sharma is a talented big man from the East Coast that attends Spike Albrecht’s former prep school, Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. Sharma, the consensus No. 78 player in the country, has seen his recruitment grow in recent weeks including new interest from Michigan. Sharma holds offers from Boston College (where he visited over the weekend), Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Illinois and UConn. He told reporters that he could visit Michigan in the coming weeks and that trip might be part of a Big Ten tour with his prep teammate, Aaron Falzon.

Matt Ryan | 6-7 Wing

Another East Coast prospect, Matt Ryan lists Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford and Marquette. He’s heard from John Beilein lately and Michigan’s head coach compares him to Nik Stauskas:

Michigan coach John Beilein called and told Ryan he compares to outgoing guard Nik Stauskas, a projected first-round pick.

“That’s all I hear, Stauskas, Stauskas, so that’s a big attraction,” Ryan said.

Ryan spoke with John Beilein again on Monday evening and there seems to be developing mutual interest. Ryan is still recovering from hip surgery and Notre Dame has long been considered a favorite, but he wants to take his official visits.

Prince Ali | 6-4 Guard

A recent decommitment from UConn, Prince Ali has heard from a number of schools in recent days, according to All Metro Hoops

He said he has been hearing from a large number of schools, “I’ve heard from UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana, Florida State, I’m supposed to be hearing from. North Carolina real soon, and a bunch of other schools.”

This is likely preliminary interest, but Ali is a name to watch this July when the evaluation period kicks off and he’s back on the market.

Dejounte Murray | Recruiting Update | 6-5 Guard

Murray heard from LaVall Jordan after the April evaluation period and he’s yet another wing guard prospect on the radar. He hasn’t visited Michigan, but he is another name to track over the July evaluation period.
UPDATE: Murray will announced his college decision tonight at 5 p.m. PST. Having never visited Michigan, Murray is likely headed elsewhere with Washington leading the way according to the Crystal Ball.

Ground to make up

Michigan has been involved in these recruitments, but is playing catch up.

Caleb Swanigan | 6-9 Big

Swanigan recently reclassified up a grade to the class of 2015. He’s a dominant low post threat that camped at Michigan last year, but his offer list is large. A Michigan offer is expected once Swanigan’s transcripts have been validated, but Michigan State, Kansas, Indiana, Arizona, Louisville have all offered as well.

Henry Ellenson | 6-10 Big

Ellenson has put together a monster spring on the Nike EYBL circuit and Scout.com recently wrote that “Ellenson now projects as a potential prep All-American”. He’s hearing from nearly every major school in America including Michigan, who has been trying to get involved since this winter. Ellenson recently mentioned Michigan to reporters, but the Wolverines face an uphill battle.

Under Evaluation

Look for Michigan to track the progress of this group during the July evaluation period.

Kyle Ahrens (6-5 Wing)

Ahrens is expected to take an official visit to Michigan State on Wednesday. Ahrens was recovering from a broken leg during the season, but tried to gut it out on the Nike EYBL circuit. He averaged 5.1 points per game and had just a 41 eFG% from the floor with King James. Expect Michigan to continue its evaluation during July.

AJ Turner (6-6 Wing) | Recruiting Update

Turner recently added a scholarship offer from Michigan State and took an official visit to East Lansing last month. He’s also planning to take an official visit to Stanford this weekend. Michigan has been in steady contact, and he’s close with incoming freshman Aubrey Dawkins, but he’s still being evaluated by the Michigan staff.

Tyler Williams (6-5 Wing): Michigan has been tracking Tyler Williams for over two years and he’s yet another option at the wing position. Williams has visited Michigan multiples times and averaged 6.9 points per game for Team Texas on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Dwayne Bacon (6-5 Guard): Bacon is one of the most versatile big guards in the country and has been discussing a trip to Michigan for well over a year. If that visit ever materializes, this recruitment could go somewhere but right now that doesn’t necessarily seem imminent.

Evan Boudreaux (6-7 Forward): An inside-outside combo forward, Boudreaux put up monster numbers at Lake Forest last season. Michigan has been in steady contact and has checked in on him throughout the last year.

Trevor Manuel (6-8 Forward): Manuel transferred to Oak Hill last year and has visited Michigan a handful of times, but hasn’t been a priority for the Wolverines at this juncture.

  • geoffclarke

    Excellent, thorough update! Thank you!!! I don’t want to dwell too much on potential long shots, but I’ve thought enough about the offerees and Harris, so here are a couple of my thoughts: (1) I like that Esa Ahmad scored almost at will on Deyonta Davis. If we can somehow get him, score one for the good guys. (2) I’ve been a big fan of Dozier since I first saw his highlights. I think he’ll be great. (3) If we can get Sharma, there’s a future finisher at the rim. And think about that length with him and Wilson.(4) Ryan is more like a pre-injury Austin Hatch than Nik Stauskas. (5) Prince Ali is electric and explosive. His build and athleticism kind of reminds me of Oladipo.

  • Chezaroo

    Great update Dylan, thanks. I think a lot of us fans are getting super anxious for a commitment from Coleman but that doesn’t seem to be imminent. Such a talented pool of targets that we are in communication with, it sure would be nice to snag a couple of these. So many dominos yet to fall that even the kids seem to be waiting for someone to blink. Nice to hear that we are still in contact with Dozier, would love to get him up to AA for a visit! Ryan and Ali are very interesting, not sure how realistic though. A Muhammad and an Ali in the same backcourt?

  • UMHoopsFan

    Great update. My guess is Harris and Coleman are not an either-or scenario, because (a) Coleman is really good, and (b) they could co-exist just fine at the 1-2 or 2-3. They might be a little smaller than ideal at the 2-3, but they both seem pretty long, and Wiscy did pretty well with Gasser and Brust there for long stretches. You can generally do that in college. At the same time, a lineup of, for example, Coleman, Harris, Chatman, Irvin, and Donnal would have sufficient ball-handling and passing. If other dominoes fall in ’15 or ’16, that could change of course.

  • Kevin Alberda

    Dylan, 247 Sports’ “Crystal Ball” tool has Eric Davis estimated 100% to Michigan State. Can you further explain your reasoning for thinking Davis is slated to leave the state?

    • Just a hunch. Michigan State is obviously involved as well, but most of his upcoming visits are to out of state schools (Florida, UNLV, UCLA).

  • Fred Z in Ann Arbor

    What does it mean that Sharma is the consensus #78 in the country? All the major ratings services each have him listed at 78? ;-)

  • Fred Z in Ann Arbor

    Let’s get some bigs. There’s only so much magic you can work. It would be really great to have some depth at the 4 and 5 spots when we are making our customary run deep in the tournament (he types, feeling the joy of Beilein)

  • David

    I wonder if Sharma can dunk….?

  • Wayman Britt

    Let’s get Harris and Coleman. I was high on Brunson, but if he likes Nova that would be good for him. Losing Brunson would not be a big loss, if we can get Thornton next year – who is amazing.