Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman commits to Michigan

542x510[1]Michigan added another member to its 2014 recruiting class today as Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman committed to John Beilein and the Wolverines.

Abdur-Rahkman was offered a scholarship during his official visit to Michigan this weekend and accepted John Beilein’s offer, announcing his commitment on Twitter.

Abdur-Rahkman is a 6-foot-4 guard from Allentown, Pennsylvania that led his Allentown Catholic Central team to a 29-1 record last season while averaging over 23 points per game. He joins Kameron Chatman, DJ Wilson, Ricky Doyle and Austin Hatch as members of Michigan’s incoming class.

More on Abdur-Rahkman including rankings, background story, scouting reports and video after the jump.

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Scouting Video & Evaluation: Aubrey Dawkins

Aubrey Dawkins is on campus for an official visit this weekend, joining another 2014 target Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman. Dawkins is an under the radar guard prepping at New Hampton School in New Hampshire. There are a couple of highlight videos of Dawkins available on the internet, but we compiled a scouting video comprised of footage from two games, against South Kent and Fishburne Military School.

Full scouting evaluation thoughts after the jump. We also published a scouting report (with video) of Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman.

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Transfer Watch: Cole Huff, Byron Wesley interested in Michigan

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Michigan is pursuing a number of class of 2014 prospects, and will host two on campus this weekend, but the Wolverines continue to be mentioned with transfers as well.

John Beilein was open to the idea of adding a transfer when he met with the media last week.

“I would be open to transfers,” Beilein said. “At Canisius and Richmond and West Virginia, transfers were really important to us. If we have openings and there are transfers who fit who we are, we would be open to that.”

Two transfers from the West Coast, Cole Huff and Byron Wesley, have mentioned that they are interested in Michigan.

Cole Huff, a 6-foot-8, 205 pound forward from Nevada just finished his sophomore year. He will have two years of eligibility after sitting out next season. Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while shooting 50% on twos and 40% on threes (with close to a 50-50 distribution).

According to Huff’s AAU coach, Dayton, Iowa, Creighton, Vanderbilt and Michigan are the “schools he’s most interested in”. Huff has releases to  Creighton, Dayton, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska, but no visits have been set at this point. Originally barred from transferring anywhere on the West coast, Huff now also has a release to any West coast schools that aren’t in the Mountain West Conference.

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Report: Aubrey Dawkins to visit Michigan this weekend

AYBRYDAWKINS_200_6_14[1]Class of 2014 guard Aubrey Dawkins is set to visit Michigan this weekend, according to a report by Sam Webb.

Dawkins will join Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman on Michigan’s campus this weekend as the Wolverines look to add to their 2014 class. Michigan has two open scholarships in the class of 2014 after Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III opted to enter the NBA Draft after their sophomore seasons.

Dawkins is a 6-foot-4 guard from Palo Alto, California and the son of Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins. He attended the New Hampton School in Hampton, NH last year.

Dawkins also has a scholarship offer from Dayton.

Here are highlights of Dawkins in action this season at New Hampton.

Notebook: Caris LeVert invited to Kevin Durant Skills Academy

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Wednesday night’s Michigan basketball banquet was a time for celebrating the past year’s accomplishments, as well as the team’s individual awards. But after all of the festivities, the media got to speak briefly with Caris LeVert. After closing the book on the 2013-2014 season, it was time to look ahead.

LeVert let on that he was invited to the Kevin Durant Skill Academy, which takes place in June.

“Yeah definitely (it will be cool to go to Durant’s camp),” LeVert said at the banquet. “When I got the invitation I was excited. That’s definitely a big thing for me.”

One of the reasons it’s so big is because of the similarities between LeVert’s and Durant’s games. While LeVert is shorter, he shares Durant’s lanky build as well as his offensive versatility. His teammates even went so far as to crown him with the nickname “Baby Durant” his freshman year.

LeVert was also asked about the NBA. The guard confirmed that he submitted his name to the Draft Advisory Board and examined his options, saying “we did the process.”

“Me, right now, obviously I’m coming back to school right now,” LeVert said. “That’s 100 percent. I’m coming back.”

LeVert is projected as a top-20 pick by both DraftExpress and NBADraft.net in 2015.

The Pickerington, OH native took home two awards at the banquet: the Steve Grote Hustle Award and the Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award.

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Video: Spike Albrecht, Caris LeVert speak at Michigan banquet

Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert both spoke briefly with the media at the annual Michigan basketball banquet on Wednesday night. Albrecht talked about filling the leadership void next season with Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III leaving. LeVert talked about his own NBA evaluation process and confirmed that he is returning next season. You can watch both interviews using the embedded media players below.

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