Recruiting Notebook: Jon Teske has strong week, John Beilein on the road

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan commitment Jon Teske had a big week while John Beilein checked in on a pair of highly rated guard prospects. Find updates on Teske, Josh Langford, Jamal Murray, Cassius Winston and Tyus Battle below.

Class of 2016 Michigan commitment Jon Teske has strung together a nice streak of quality performances. He recently had 17 points in a 41-40 win over Brunswick.

Michigan recruit Jon Teske and aggressive sophomore Luke Schaefer were in the middle of everything during the fourth quarter of the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game, as they combined to score 13 of Medina’s 16 points.

It was a 180-degree turnaround from the Dec. 23 meeting that Brunswick won 56-38.

“This was a great team win,” Teske said. “We wanted to show everyone that we can compete with the best teams out there. I’m glad we got the win.”

Teske, a 7-foot junior, had one of his best performances of the season with a game-high 17 points and five rebounds. Schaefer, meanwhile, was a non-factor in his first start before going nuts in the fourth quarter, when he had eight of his 10 points.

He followed that up with 12 points in an 88-62 win over Strongsville and then had 28 points in a 68-62 loss to Garfield Heights. Teske hit three triples, grabbed 11 rebounds,blocked two shots and handed out two assists in the narrow loss to Garfield Heights.

“Some people come up to me and say he’s not that good because he (usually) doesn’t score a lot,” Hassinger said. “They don’t see the competition we play. His confidence, his strength, his ability to take over games is getting a lot better.”

Beilein visits Josh Langford

John Beilein skipped out on the Big Ten Teleconference on Monday to catch a flight to Alabama and check in on five-star wing guard Josh Langford. Langford recently visited Ann Arbor and noted that the trip ‘checked all of the boxes’. He also recently took a trip to visit Auburn.

Langford recently tallied 34 points on 15 of 18 shooting with nine rebounds in a 78-53 win over West Morgan that secured his team the Area 15 championship.

Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Travis Ford, Kim Anderson and Rick Ray have also been in to see Langford this winter. The five-star guard is averaging 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game.

Beilein watches Jamal Murray

John Beilein was at the National Prep School Invitational, the same tournament where U-M watched Aubrey Dawkins last spring, to watch Canadian guard Jamal Murray. Murray finished with 25 points in the win over Wilbraham and Monson.

Murray is currently a class of 2016 prospect, but he’s considering reclassifying to the class of 2015.

Here’s footage of Murray at the NPSI:

ESPN was impressed with Murray’s performance at the event:

Junior guard Jamal Murray is another highly talented product from Orangeville Prep. Best known for his ability to get buckets in the backcourt, the talented playmaker made no secret of the fact that he considered himself a point guard coming into the event, and he backed up that statement with his play. While Murray scored the ball effortlessly, his passing was equally impressive as he saw the floor and threaded the needle on more than one occasion. Michigan head coach John Beilein and Oregon assistant Mike Mennenga were both in attendance for him.

Battle returns from injury

Five-star guard Tyus Battle missed 14 games with a stress fracture this season but is back from injury and starting to regain his groove.

Btattle had 12 points and six rebounds in a loss to No. 4 Linden at the PrimeTime Shootout. He also added 20 points and four rebounds against Franklin and 14 points in a win over Ridge.

Battle’s list still includes UConn, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Syracuse, Villanova and Virginia. He’s still interested in Syracuse if Jim Boeheim is there, despite the recent NCAA problems. The Battles plan to trim the list of 11 shortly.

Battle watched Ohio State’s game at Rutgers with his father and his father also watched Michigan during its game at Rutgers.

Cassius Winston out-duels Eric Davis

U-D Jesuit point guard Cassius Winston went head-to-head with Texas-bound guard Eric Davis and got the best of Saginaw Arthur Hill in a 72-57 victory.

Winston finished with a game-high 33 points and added eight assists and six rebounds for good measure.

“He did a great job of getting to the rim and finishing,” U-D Jesuit coach Pat Donnelly told MLive. “He also shot the ball well, everything seemed to be working for him tonight.”

Here are some additional recent highlights of Winston in action

  • Brett Podwoiski

    Maybe I am just being a negative nancy but feels like we are missing out on everyone as of late. Cassius Winston is the only one i feel we got a shot at realistically.

  • Matt

    I agree with ya Brett, I thought that final four run would have put us on the map and done a better of job of attracting future prospects. Beilein’s offense should be attractive to kids who want to score!

  • Chris De Sana

    Not much tape of Winston so I will reserve judgement. As far as Langford and Murray I think both could run the point if needed, this would be huge in creating match up problems similar to the ones we face so often when playing long athletic teams.