Notebook: Michigan hosts Jarron Cumberland, other updates

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan hosted class of 2016 wing guard Jarron Cumberland for an unofficial visit on Monday afternoon.

The four-star guard from Wilmington, OH is ranked 61st in the class of 2016 according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings and holds offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Florida State and a number of other high-major schools.

The visit came together quickly after news that Tyus Battle had decommitted and Cumberland tweeted a simple reaction to the trip.

We hope to have more on Cumberland’s trip to Ann Arbor in the hours and days to follow.

Tyus Battle visits Syracuse, doesn’t commit

Tyus Battle took his official visit to Syracuse over the weekend and the visit went “very well” according to NunesMagician, which also notes that “Jim Boeheim did not receive a commitment.” Many had speculated that a commitment to the Orange was possible on Battle’s trip, but as of now that hasn’t occurred.

Connecticut and Kentucky have been mentioned as possible additional visits for Battle, who has now used four of his five officials to Duke, Louisville, Michigan and Syracuse, but the 6-foot-5 guard has not commented to the media since his most-recent visit.

“Ty and I are not making any comments until we figure things out,” Gary Battle told MLive. “If I knew (the status of Tyus’ recruitment) than I could say but I truly don’t until I sit with fam and talk to Michigan.”

I’ve seen quite a bit of discussion as to whether Battle has officially decommitted or is simply taking additional official visits, but that seems like semantics to me. Despite that, the ball is in Battle’s hands to address the situation publicly either on Twitter or an interview to formalize his standing. Cumberland’s visit is a clear indicator that the Wolverines aren’t afraid to move on and don’t want to be caught waiting for Battle.

Josh Langford picks Michigan State

If Tyus Battle’s decommitment wasn’t frustrating enough for Michigan fans, Josh Langford’s commitment to Michigan State on Monday certainly added to the displeasure.

Langford had visited Michigan twice and had the Wolverines high on his list, but the two parties had drifted apart somewhat over the last month once Battle committed. Battle had essentially taken Langford’s spot at Michigan when he committed and the Wolverines had focused their recruiting efforts on a point guard.

Langford pledged to Tom Izzo and Michigan State on Monday which means the Wolverines could be left without either of their top class of 2016 wing targets.

Jamal Murray announcing decision on Wednesday

Jamal Murray’s recruitment finally appears to be drawing toward a conclusion. The Canadian combo guard is going to reclassify to the class of 2015 and will announce his decision on Wednesday on TSN in Canada.

Michigan gained some play as a potential sleeper school for Murray in recent weeks, but his final decision is expected to be between Oregon and Kentucky. Oregon forward Elgin Cook even tweeted about Murray as Oregon’s “newest commit”.

Other notes

  • 2016 point guard CJ Walker pledged to Florida State over the weekend.
  • Quentin Goodin cut his list to five and Michigan didn’t make the cut. Goodin’s final five schools are Florida, Louisville, Miami, Western Kentucky and Xavier.
  • bobohle

    Thanks for the update Dylan. I’ll wait to comment till something happens. Sounds like the Battles are still going to talk with Michigan anyway. Could be just courtesy though. I’ve learned not to get my hopes up then get let down again. As someone stated last week it is a real war in basketball recruiting for the elite ones.

    • I just want to win

      No matter what happens. I am happy at whoever we get. We have landed elite recruits previously and I believe that we can now. We have had at least one 5 star or high ranked 4 star in each of our, except for 2015 and some say Wagner would be highly ranked. Don’t forget the players that we do have .

  • Champswest

    I don’t think the Battle situation really impacted Langford. In my opinion, Langford was never really that high on Michigan. He could have committed a long time ago if he wanted to play here, especially when he knew that we were down to one scholarship.

    • suavdaddy

      This is directly contradicted by what SWebb has said on the situation. Beilien should have taken both and dealt with the scholly issues.

  • Wayman Britt

    Whoa! that is big news that Goodin is out of the picture. It’s Winston or else now. I know UM has other point guard targets, but the talent level drops considerably. Frustration would be at an all time high, if Beilein doesn’t get Battle, Langford, Goodin and then Winston.

    I know posters will say Beilein will develop some diamond in the roughs, but statistics show that if your goal is to make the final four you need 1 or 2 top national guys.

  • bobohle

    Murray commits to Kentucky.

    • Wayman Britt

      So much for a down recruiting year for Kentucky. UK, MSU, Duke keep getting All Americans.

      • bobohle

        Yeah,Kentucky with 3 top twenty recruits for 2015. Not that we are jealous or anything. Seems like someone mentioned talent brings in more talent. Oh by the way Langford states he will help recruit more top talent for Sparty. There you go.