Recruiting Roundup: Tyus Battle updates recruitment, Nike Basketball Academy

Dylan Burkhardt
on

Tyus Battle returned to the court over the weekend at the Nike Basketball Academy, playing competitively for the first time in months.

Of more note to Michigan fans might be the fact that he finally spoke publicly about his decommit to Scout.com and also changed his Twitter profile and removed the phrase “MICHIGAN COMMIT” and a photoshopped picture of himself in a Michigan jersey.

“My whole family just wanted to look at other schools and other options,” Battle explained. “I still really like Michigan a lot. I’m just looking at other schools and other options.”

“Everything is open,” Battle said.

With one official visit remaining, there’s a possibility he opts to take another trip, but he’s yet to make that decision.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m going to talk to my parents and decide from there.”

Syracuse is technically out of scholarships after landing a commitment from Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu, but is expected to continue recruiting in the class of 2016. Reports are that Battle was somewhat rusty during the Nike event, but he heated up on Sunday evening according to a tweetby Evan Daniels.

Big men impress at Team Camp

Michigan hosted its annual Team Camp over the weekend and class of 2016 commitments Jon Teske and Austin Davis were both in attendance with their high school teams. Prep Hoops Michigan was in attendance at the camp and provided a detailed report on the duo. Here’s a snippet of their report:

A true rim protector, Teske seemed to thrive going up and getting shots in the air and swatting them out of bounds. After the first couple of minutes in each game PHM saw him play, opposing guards were not too keen about attacking the paint anymore.

Austin Davis is a 6’10, 260 pound center that attends Onsted high school in Michigan and is nothing like his “baby Davis” Twitter handle suggests. The Onsted product is a man down low, with the size and strength to compete with any big man in the entire country.

Jermaine Jackson Jr. was another standout at the event as Prep Hoops Michigan named him one of the top performers at the event, noting that “he has a variety of moves which he put on full display today as he can either blow by his defender to get to the rack or pull up with a deadly strap from the perimeter.”

Mortiz Wagner en route to Ann Arbor

Moritz Wagner is on his way to campus to begin his college career. The versatile German forward tweeted that he was headed to campus on Friday.

There’s also a quick clip of fresh footage of Wagner floating around the internet featuring a nice take to the basket followed by a strong finish in transition.

Nike Basketball Academy measurements

Tyus Battle wasn’t the only familiar name at Nike’s Skills Academy over the weekend. Former Wolverine Trey Burke was one of the featured pros at the event and several other Michigan recruiting targets were in attendance.

The camp is also one of the few opportunities that we have to get accurate measurements for top prospects. Here’s a look at how several invited Michigan targets measured up at the event.

Name Height Weight Wingspan
Tyus Battle 6-foot-7 199 lbs 6-foot-8.5
Jarron Cumberland 6-foot-4.5 217 lbs 6-foot-5.5
Cassius Winston 6-foot-2 194 lbs 6-foot-4
Bruce Brown 6-foot-5 191 lbs 6-foot-8.5
Kevin Huerter 6-foot-6 169 lbs 6-foot-6
Miles Bridges 6-foot-7.5 230 lbs 6-foot-8.5
Bryce Aiken 5-foot-9

Michigan target Kevin Huerter drew praise on Twitter from ESPN’s Joel Francisco.

NBPA Top 100 Highlights

With CJ Walker and Quentin Goodin off the board, Bryce Aiken has emerged as a primary backup option at the point guard position. Here’s footage of him in action at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

While he’s not a pure point guard, Bruce Brown is also being recruited as a lead guard at Michigan. Brown also was impressive at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

  • gobluemd16

    Do we know if Cumberland was offered a scholarship during his visit?

    • Alo

      don’t believe so

  • 93Grad

    Battle is gone. I hope the staff ups its interest in other wing targets for 2016.

  • Tyrell

    I’d be happy with Brown and Huerter.

  • bobohle

    Noticed Winston has grown to 6’2″. Unless it was a misprint.

    • Champswest

      I was wondering if these measurements were with shoes.

  • Wayman Britt

    Sounds like Battle’s gone. Curious what his family means by looking not just at other schools, but other options. UM just has to get Winston. If UM has to settle on Aiken, then you can kiss good bye any chance of getting to the final four soon. Jalen Rose just said it, if you want to compete with the top programs (UK, MSU, AZ, Duke) you must get at least some All Americans, even if they only stay 1 or 2 years.

    • bobohle

      I’ve been agreeing with you on this matter for months now. I’m glad Jalen Rose is speaking out on this also. Every time I speak to bringing in more talent someone replies I’m being negative on our recruits. I’ve said all along talent breeds talent. I agree the goal should be a National Championship.Not just settle. I think Beilein should continue to recruit elite talent. I hope Trey Burke does some talking up of the Maize and Blue at the NBPA camp. We need Winston. Brown or Bridges would be a nice pick up to replace Battle .

      • umchicago

        i must have missed those recent back to back national title games with butler…tho they didn’t win.

        • I just want to win

          Yeah, I missed them as well.lol

        • Karl

          I must have missed Kentucky going to back to back Final Fours too. The teams with the best talent are more sustainable.

    • I just want to win

      5 star players doesn’t always plan out. Just because they dominated higschool doesn’t mean that that will translate to college. Look at the atnone 5 stars drafted in the first round …..particually Larry Nance J.r and Cameron Payne. Have you forgotton the elite talent that we have on roster. People give upno on Kam Chatman way to soon. People forgot about Zavk Irvin being a 5 star and higly ranked. DERRICK WALTON. CARIS Levert will be a NBA player and looked where he was ranked. There is no reason to not to believe that the current players could luve up to their potential. Recruiting really irritates me , particually on message boards. I was really ticked when Austin Davis committed and this message board dismissed the kid before even seeing him play.we have high 4 stars and 5 star and recruits that has developed. UCONN DIDN’T MANY all Americans and won. BUTLER WENT BACK TO BACK WITH ZERO 4 STARS. LOOK AT WHAT msU did. You recruit the right players for your system and not for star ranking. I am confident that our current roster will have break out stars.. look Kasey Hill, Ryan Hallow, the Harrison twins, Kevin tolbert, Jarod Ward, Chris walker ect as oppose to a Klay Thompson Stephen Curry, Damien Lillard, Trey Burke, Nik Statkus The ( to many complained about because they wanted Trey Zeligler more!!) …..I come to realize fans will always comply I in. Just ima ft one had we signed Lillard, Cameron Payne , Larry Nace j.r, or the small forward from Butler that plays for the Jazz…these fans would’ve bugged out even before seeing them play. If a player can play they will perform. Lower ranked or not! I just wish people who never played basketball before, stop complaining about recruiting….

      • bobohle

        After Sparty lost out last year,Izzo said I know we need more talent. Guess what . They got more. Those teams which Nance and Payne played for did NOT win a National Championship.Neither did Butler. We are not talking in this instance of getting lower rated players to the NBA. We already do that. We are talking about competing for the National Championship.

  • Wayman Britt

    A lot of Big Ten basketball officials will sleep better tonight, knowing that Bo Ryan is retiring after next season. Bo was a master at working officials.

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    Some good looking stuff from Wagner there.