Notebook: Michigan makes the cut for Brendan Bailey, Miles Bridges planning official

Dylan Burkhardt

Four-star wing forward Brendan Bailey is down to five schools and Michigan made the cut.

Bailey is a top 50 prospect in the class of 2016, but he plans on taking an LDS mission which would make him a member of the 2018 class. He’s down to Gonzaga, Marquette, Michigan, San Diego State and Utah. The one-time Arizona state commitment has taken three of his official visits — to UConn (cut), Marquette and San Diego State — which means he has two remaining.

Gonzaga will get one and it sounds like Michigan may get the final. Beilein spent plenty of time watching Bailey this summer and will now follow up with an in-home visit.

“I don’t really know a lot about Michigan, that’s why they’re coming in for a home visit,” Bailey told “We’re going to talk over things so they can explain how they play… I’m going to do a home visit with Michigan and we may schedule an official from there. That will be at the end of the September.”

Bailey is planning a fall decision and he’s planning his Gonzaga visit for early in October. Bailey averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game with Dream Vision this summer on the Adidas Uprising circuit.

Miles Bridges eyeing October 12th official visit

Miles Bridges took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor earlier this month and officially earned a scholarship offer for the Wolverines. Now it appears that the 6-foot-6 explosive wing has setup an official visit for October 12th, Michigan’s homecoming weekend, according to a report by Sam Webb.

Bridges will visit Indiana on August 28th, Michigan State on September 12th and Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 16th.

Bridges is Michigan’s third scheduled official visitor of the fall. The Wolverines will also host Cassius Winston for an official visit on September 19th and Kevin Huerter on September 12th.

RELATEDTrack upcoming and scheduled recruiting visits on this page.

Speaking of Winston, Bridges’s AAU teammate, he still plans on making his decision before basketball season.

“I’m hoping to be done (with recruiting) when basketball season starts,” Winston told MLive. “That’s the plan.”

Ibi Watson plays well at Coach Vic’s

Ibi Watson had a terrific summer before committing to Michigan and he’s kept that up at Coach Vic’s open gym sessions throughout August. The open gym sessions draw some of the best talent from around Ohio and Watson has played well. Prep Hoops Ohio noted Watson as one of the top performers over the weekend.

Ibi Watson (6’5 SG / Pickerington Central / 2016): The long and athletic Michigan commit was impressive alongside Hoskins and Teske on Sunday. Showing the motor, toughness and play-making ability that led to a blowup in July, Watson has been on a different level of good this offseason. On a Pickerington Central team that has as much talent as anyone in the region, Watson will be a major piece of what the Tigers are looking to accomplish.

Watson played on the same team as Jon Teske and both Wolverines commits are featured in this new highlight film.

  • bobohle

    It sounds like Bridges may be getting more and more serious about Michigan. YES! Also is good Winston wants to decide this fall instead of the spring.

  • Teske from three point land. That could be a real problem for people.

  • Wayman Britt

    I am glad Bridges is visiting and am trying to stay optimistic, but cannot take another stab to the gut when, Bridges and Winston say they love UM’s bball program, the offense system and that Beilein is a great developer of players to the NBA, then sign with MSU or UK.

    • AADave

      Yes, I’m done following basketball recruiting. It’s good that Beilein continues to work tirelessly on the recruiting trail and, as usual, is in the mix for top talent. But the odds of any highly ranked player (top 100 or better) coming to Michigan look slimmer and slimmer these days. It doesn’t matter if we are in the top group for a player or not. For the most part, top players obviously don’t give a rat’s a$$ about academics, program integrity or coaching ability.

      I imagine we’ll pick up a higher ranked player again some day. But who knows when that will happen? I’ll count the chickens when they finally hatch. In the meantime, I think we’re signing some fantastic lower ranked recruits with great potential.

  • Webbdog

    Have Bridges visit the Week Michael Jordan is Scheduled to appear on campus!!!

  • 2016 Question

    Any chance M takes both Winston and Huerter? In one class, you could have PG – Winston, SG – Huerter, SF – Watson, PF – Teske, C – Davis.
    Does Beilein appear set on taking 2 more… or only 2 if that second one is Bridges?