Four-star guard Jamal Bieniemy eyeing Michigan official visit

Orion Sang
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Much of the talk surrounding the Michigan basketball team’s recruiting efforts has been centered around 2017 prospect Mo Bamba.

While they wait for a decision from Bamba, though, the Wolverines — led by head coach John Beilein — have begun to pick up 2018 recruiting, especially with the end of their season and AAU ball just around the corner.

One of the players that has drawn significant interest from Michigan is Jamal Bieniemy, a 2018 guard prospect from Katy, TX.

Bieniemy, the No. 118 player in the nation according to the 247 Composite Rankings, is currently hearing the most from Creighton, Oklahoma State, Michigan, and more recently, Oklahoma.

The versatile wing guard stands out with his ability to get to the basket and put the ball on the floor. He finishes with an array of different moves at the rim and is also a plus-athlete. He should have no problem picking up additional exposure this summer as he’ll be running with Houston Hoops on the Nike EYBL circuit.

According to him, the Wolverines jumped into his recruitment last summer after Beilein saw him play in late July at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas.

Since then, the two parties have been in frequent contact, and Beilein paid him a visit at Tompkins High School on Tuesday.

“They’ll probably hit me up once a week, see how I’m doing and tell me about the system and how I’d fit in the system,” Bieniemy said.

Bieniemy says Beilein has been pitching him the possibility of playing as a combo two-guard in Michigan’s system, while also comparing him to former standout Caris LeVert.

Though Bieniemy has yet to visit campus or receive an offer, Michigan remains one of his top schools.

“Growing up, I always liked Michigan,” he said. “I don’t know — I live in Texas — but I always had a liking for Michigan. And then for them to recruit me, it’s just been like a dream come true.”

Bieniemy said he and his dad will probably take an official visit to Michigan in the fall. According to him, a decision will most likely come after his slate of officials.


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  • bebopson

    Caris 2.0. He’s more direct than Caris though. Doesn’t waste dribbles. A little more physically mature than Caris at the same age.

  • UMHoopsFan

    Usually these comparisons seem true only in a vague sense — e.g,. we’ll use you in pick and rolls like we used [insert current NBA player] in pick and rolls — but Bieniemy really does remind me of Caris in the way he moves and plays.

  • nswan

    definitely agree with the Caris similarities. Dont see the shooting ability that Caris had, but that is the one thing that I feel most confident JB can coach up

    • rlcBlue

      Caris only shot 30% from three as a college freshman – I wonder how he looked when he was a completely under the radar high school junior.

  • Champswest

    Looks like he has a strong left hand.

  • Mark Worthley

    Ranked #114 is the most glaring thing about this report. That’s hilarious. I bet these people who do the rankings immediately start a reevaluation when Beilein becomes involved.

  • sane1

    Great handle: check
    Finishes with either hand: check
    Floater in the lane: check
    Adept passer: check
    Penetrator with quick first step: check
    Length: check
    Athleticism: check
    Three point shooter: ? (from the video, one for one)
    Watched the video before reading the write up, I was thinking Caris, too. Just need to see his three point proficiency.

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    Wow, the number of people in the stands is a little depressing.

    • ann arbor texan

      it was a 9 am game on a saturday. my son attends the school where this tournament was held. Bieniemy has lit us up the last 3 times we played them. he may be better served as a point guard at the next level. his best attribute in my opinion is his vision and change of direction. being 6’5 helps

  • Wayman Britt

    After watching his video and with the word out that Beilein is after this kid, there is no way Jamal stays at 118 ranking. He is going to rise up those rankings. Love his ability to use either hand and get to the rim.

  • Coltrane

    So isn’t this the second recruit to mention they just liked Michigan since they were kids? This is probably the national championship game bump we always wondered about. Easier to leave an impression on a younger kid who has yet to develop allegiances.

  • bobohle

    I agree with the “once the word is out” scenario. I hope we can get a visit early with an offer.