Notebook: Michigan coaches hit recruiting trail

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan coaches have been on the road this week as the July recruiting period is in full swing.

The Wolverines have been spotted making Cassius Winston (link) and Kevin Huerter (link) priorities with multiple coaches, including John Beilein, at both prospects games.

Michigan coaches have also been following the Michigan Mustangs 17U and 16U teams featuring 2016 commitment Austin Davis, 2017 star Brian Bowen, 2016 point guard target Justin Turner and 2017 forward Xavier Tillman. Other targets that have caught Michigan’s eye include Karmari Newman (link) and Trae Young (link).

Early notes from Nike Peach Jam

Cassius Winston is still coming off an injury and appears to be a bit rusty at Peach Jam. He’s averaging nine points per game, but is just 5 of 20 from the floor with 16 assists. The Family is 1-1 through two games at the event.

Kevin Huerter has also gotten off to a slow start. Huerter is 4 of 16 from the floor through two games with 9 points and seven assists in a pair of losses.

Vermont Academy guard Bruce Brown is averaging 22 points per game through his first two contest. He’s 8 of 18 from three-point range and is also averaging 7.5 rebounds and three assists per game in a pair of wins.

Michigan watching other point guard options

Michigan continues to expand its arsenal of backup point guard targets and spent time watching King James point guard Xavier Simpson and Wisconsin native Te’Jon Lucas.

Xavier Simpson is a top-100 point guard from Lima, OH with major interest from Xavier, Purdue, Michigan State and Illinois among others. Simpson had 24 points and eight assists in a 94-90 win over California Supreme and another Michigan point guard target, Devearl Ramsey, in front of John Beilein. ramsey had 17 points and nine assists in the loss.

According to a report by Evan Flood, the Wolverines watched Lucas on Wednesday and Thursday in Milwaukee. He has interest from schools like Wisconsin, Marquette, Wake Forest, Indiana, Northern Iowa, Drake, Northern Illinois and Northeastern.

Tyus Battle skips Peach Jam, swaps AAU teams

Tyus Battle is on the move again… this time to another AAU team. The Michigan decommitment won’t be playing with Team Final this week at the Nike Peach Jam, instead he’ll play with New Heights next week at the Under Armour Finals.

This will be Battle’s third AAU team in three years after stints with Team Final and Team Scan on the Nike EYBL Circuit. Battle will also be transferring to a new high school this fall. outlined the chaotic last several weeks of Battle’s recruitment.

Other notes

  • Quentin Goodin had 28 points in 28 minutes in a loss to NY Rens. He knocked down 4 of 7 triples.
  • David Remmler

    I’m counting 7 top-100 guard targets in 2016 – including Battle. It would be great to get one of these guys. The odds seem greatly in our favor but I’m not overly optimistic given our recent struggles at recruiting backcourt players. It must be frustrating for Beilein. He puts in countless hours and miles chasing after these players and usually comes up empty… or he finally picks up a top recruit but then he slips out of his fingers too.

    I might actually prefer if we pick up yet another lower rated guard who once again becomes a lottery pick under Beilein… while higher rated guards regret passing on a chance to play for Beilein.

    • I just want to win

      Other than MAAR , Levert , Spike ,Dawkins and Doyle we have got our share of 4 and 5 stars and all of these player mentioned has already gave us major Contributions.I can bet my bottom dollar that if we can do a recruiting do- over these players would be ranked way higher. Some players are over ranked and over rated while others are simply overlooked. We will be fine. IMO. Regardless, despite losing on some higher ranked players, we more than often find gems.

  • Wayman Britt

    Don’t beleive for a second that Izzo will let Beilein watch Winston, without him there.

  • section13row15

    Te’Jon Lucas looks like a perfect fit for us. Looks like he has a full arsenal and could step right in when Walton leaves.

  • Wayman Britt

    Tatum to Duke, the rich get richer. I would assume unless Battle brings in another school, it’s between Cuse and UM for Battle. All Americans do make a difference.

    • bobohle

      A big YEP to all 3 statements. Sometimes I think I”m the only one on this site that agrees with your third statement.