Notebook: Class of 2017 recruiting underway

Dylan Burkhardt

June 15th has been an important date on the Michigan basketball recruiting calendar due to several high profile offers and commitments over the last several years.

Officially, June 15th after a prospect’s sophomore season is when Division I coaches can start contacting prospects directly. That meant for a busy day on the phone for many rising juniors across the country.

A year after extending seven scholarship offers on June 15th, the Wolverines are being more patient this year with limited scholarships available. Michigan coaches were on the phones, but the offers appear like they’ll have to wait.

We’ll have a full class of 2017 hot board in coming days — for now check out our class of 2017 recruiting profiles here — but many of the usual suspects received calls from Michigan on Monday.

Brian Bowen added a handful of offers and received plenty of interest. USC, UNLV, Indiana, Texas Tech and St. John’s all extended offers on Monday while Michigan, Kansas, Michigan State, Miami, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Missouri, Providence, USC, Creighton, Oregon and NC State contacted him.

One of the top visitors at Michigan’s College Practice Camp, Greg Floyd Jr., also heard from the Wolverines on Monday.Memphis, UNLV, Washington, Marquette, Oregon and Iowa all reached out to Floyd and he also got a call from Michigan’s head coach.

Grand Rapids big man Xavier Tillman had a busy day as well. He recently took trips to Kentucky and Ohio State and heard from Purdue, Indiana, Iowa State, Northwestern, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Akron, Duke, NC State and Kentucky on Monday. Tillman is planning to transfer from Forest Hills to Grand Rapids Christian.

In-state point guard Jermaine Jackson Jr. also heard from Michigan along with DePaul and Cornell on Monday. Jackson recently took a full unofficial visit to Michigan and is one to track this July.

New targets emerge

While many of the usual suspects heard from the Michigan staff, there are a few new class of 2017 names on the radar as well.

Four-star point guard Trae Young heard from a lengthy list of suitors including Michigan. Young reportedly heard from Duke, UCLA, Kansas, Stanford, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State, Creighton, St. Louis, Houston, Tulsa, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma State, UConn and Florida.

The Wolverines also reached out to another top prospect, five-star forward Billy Preston. Preston reportedly heard from Washington, St John’s, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Michigan State. Preston is the No. 11 prospect in the class of 2017 according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.

Another in-state prospect, Jaron Faulds also heard from the Wolverines. Faulds received calls from Michigan State, Iowa, Stanford, Cornell, Clemson, Xavier, Detroit, Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Akron and Depaul.

Seth Towns picks Harvard

Seth Towns is headed to Harvard. The four-star forward from Columbus chose Harvard over offers from Michigan, Ohio State and a host of other high-major schools. The 6-foot-7 forward named Michigan his leader when he was offered at this time last year, but found a terrific fit at Harvard.

The Wolverines were likely out of room for Towns after landing commitments from Tyus Battle, Austin Davis and Moritz Wagner over the last several months. Michigan remains focused on landing a point guard in the class of 2016 and Cassius Winston is the primary target.

  • Champswest

    Why no Michigan offers? Is Beilein waiting until he has a better idea of what his needs will be? Does he want to see if he uses the final 2015 slot this year?

  • wolverineforlife61

    Wow, I’m shocked that Towns picked Harvard.

    • Wayman Britt

      Tommy is a great recruiter. That is why he is doing so well at Harvard, he can get better talent than any other Ivy League team. But, if another team has comparable talent his game management and game planning are not good enough to win.

  • sane1

    Faulds is one to keep an eye on. Great motor, 6’9″ , stretch 4 type.

  • bada bing

    The fifth Beatle!