Four-star guard Bruce Brown on Michigan’s radar

Dylan Burkhardt

2971242[1]Four-star guard Bruce Brown is one of the latest prospects on Michigan’s recruiting radar after putting together an impressive summer on the AAU circuit.

Brown averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and continued his strong play at the Nike Peach Jam last weekend in Augusta. The 6-foot-4 guard from the Vermont Academy is ranked 42nd nationally in the class of 2016 according to the 247 Sports Composite ratings.

Wolverine assistant coach Bacari Alexander was in Louisville on Wednesday night at AAU Nationals to watch Brown in action. Michigan has been in contact with Brown’s coaches to start the recruiting process and Brown likes what he sees from Michigan.

“I like (Michigan) a lot because it’s not just a good basketball school, it’s also good in academics,” Brown said at AAU Nationals on Wednesday night. “My mom wants me to go to a strong academic school. They’re recruiting me. Not too hard, but it’s alright.”

Despite not having much direct contact with the Wolverines, Brown is already thinking about a visit to Ann Arbor.

“Oh yeah,” Brown responded when asked if Michigan is somewhere he might visit. “I think they said I would visit around September some time.”

Brown listed Iowa State, Providence, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Xavier, Miami, Wake Forest and Boston College as the other schools showing the most interest in his recruitment.

Michigan hasn’t been recruiting Brown for long, but he’s already very familiar with the Wolverine program.

“Pros,” Brown answered when asked what comes to mind when he thinks about Michigan. “Trey Burke was really good, Nik Stauskas is doing his thing now. (Coach Beilein) could make me into a pro and that’s what I want to become.”

Brown said that style of offense will he the most important thing to his college decision. He’s looking carefully at how different schools play the game, whether they move the ball and how he might fit into their systems.

Michigan’s affinity for the ball screen is something that stands out to Brown, who is known for his ability to attack off the dribble.

“I love playing ball screens, I love it,” Brown said. “Just coming off pick and rolls, reading the defense seeing what they’re doing, if the big is open passing it to him and shooting.”

John Beilein was also in Louisville on Wednesday evening, checking in on the King James Shooting Stars 16U team (Derek Funderburk) and All Ohio Red 17U although Jalen Coleman did not play due to illness.

USA Basketball Training Camp

The premiere event of the final July evaluation period will be the USA Basketball U17 Training Camp. Training camp runs Thursday through Saturday in Colorado Springs as 33 players will compete for 12 roster spots on USA Basketball’s FIBA U17 World Championship team. The U17 World Championships begin on August 7th and will take place in Dubai.

Five players with Michigan offers – Tyus Battle ,Derryck Thornton, Quentin Goodin,Eric Davis and TJ Leaf – will be trying to make the team and Wolverine targets Henry Ellenson, Josh Langford,VJ King and Devearl Ramsey are also participating.

The event is open for college coaches to observe on Friday only and several hundred coaches are expected to be in attendance.

Quotes special to UM Hoops from Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall.

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  • GregGoBlue

    In the future, can you please put 2015 or 2016 early on in the entry? Could be either at this point!

  • GregGoBlue

    A bit small for a guard in our system (hard to think that 6’4 is small for a guard!), but very impressive athleticism off the hoof. Love his competitive spirit too, kid is the kind of WINNER that Beilein covets.

    • Northern Blue

      Not as big as we have had recently. But with 2 years left in high school it’s not inconceivable to think he grows another inch or so and ends up at a 6’5″ who plays a little bigger because of that great bounce he has. Also, if we don’t get a combo guard in 15 he would be a great addition.

    • Steve2081

      No smaller than most of our SG recruits.

      • GregGoBlue

        THJr: 6’6
        Stauskas: 6’6
        Caris LeVert: 6’7
        Zak Irvin: 6’6

        • Steve2081

          None of those guys were that tall when they were being recruited.

  • Northern Blue

    Natural ability looks great in that video. Doesn’t look to be a great jump shooter at this point, or the video just fails to show more than one or two long range jumpers. He would have time to work on that though – seems very interested, which is what you want to see.

    • Brad S

      On the few jumpers they showed I thought his shooting stroke looked good. If he isn’t a great shooter yet, he looks like he has the potential to be one in the future. Harder to teach the athleticism and body control that he definitely has

      • Northern Blue

        Yeah, agreed. His game from the little I see here reminds me of Jordan Clarkson who played for Mizzou last year and was picked by the Lakers in 2nd round. Great athletecism/body control, great ball handling and slashing, solid passer, average jumper and similar size and strength. Can never quantify a players smarts on the floor from a highlight video, but I know Beileins recruits for the most part all possess great smarts.

    • GregGoBlue

      Beilein could teach a drunken hippo to shoot ~40% from 3

      • Chezaroo

        Not GR3.

  • BlueBender

    Like what little is in the video, which is not much. Do you have some better video yet?