John Beilein and his assistant coaches were keeping close tabs on class of 2015 guard Prince Ali at the Nike Peach Jam over the weekend. Ali has Michigan in his top five and plans to visit Michigan this fall.
Tyus Battle had struggled on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring, but he bounced back in a big way at the Nike Peach Jam over the weekend. Battle scored at least 16 points in three of his first four games and had his three-point stroke clicking, going 9-of-22 from long distance. Michigan head coach John Beilein and several assistants were on hand in Augusta keeping tabs of the five-star guard who added an offer from Duke this week. Watch highlights of Battle in the embedded media player below.
Former Michigan and current New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is among the group of players selected to compete against the USA Basketball men’s national team players at a three-day training camp in Las Vegas later this month, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Hardaway, who was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team this past season, averaged 10.2 points per game per game in his first season in the NBA. He was also the second leading scorer at the NBA Summer League, averaging 21.8 points per contest.
According to reports, Hardaway is expected to be joined on the select team by Boston’s Marcus Smart, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, Phoenix’s Miles Plumlee, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, , Orlando’s Tobias Harris and Chicago’s Doug McDermott.
The training camp begins on July 28 in Las Vegas. The purpose of the training camp is for USA Basketball to pair down its roster of 19 players, announced last Monday, to 12 in advance of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which begins August 30 in Bilbao, Spain.
Hardaway previously played on the USA Basketball U19 team in 2011.
- Freshmen numbers, heights and weights have been unveiled on an updated roster. Kameron Chatman will wear No. 3, DJ Wilson No. 5, Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman No. 12, Aubrey Dawkins No. 24, Austin Hatch No. 30 and Ricky Doyle No. 32. Former walk-ons Cole McConnell and Brad Anlauf are no longer listed on the roster while Max Bielfeldt is now listed as a senior, implying he won’t be back for a fifth-year.
- Doyle is the biggest incoming recruit at 6-foot-10, 250 pounds while Wilson checks in at 6-9, 210 pounds. Chatman and Dawkins are both listed as guard/combo forwards with Chatman at 6-foot-7, 210 and Dawkins at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds. Heights and weights for returning players don’t appear to be updated.
- We’ve also updated our scholarship breakdown to reflect the changes.
- Chad Ford’s updated ESPN Big Board for the 2015 Draft includes Caris LeVert at No. 27. LeVert was one of the most improved players in the country last year,” Ford wrote. “After getting almost no attention from scouts as a freshman, he’s now firmly on the board as a potential first-round pick.”
- Zak Irvin also makes an appearance on Ford’s Big Board at No. 41
- Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 21.8 points per game in the NBA Summer League, second best among Las Vegas participants. Here are highlights of him scoring 25 points last night.
- John Beilein made a recruiting stop in Kentucky to watch Jon Teske before heading down to the Peach Jam last night where he watched Henry Ellenson, Tyus Battle and many others. Michigan had three staff members watching Battle this morning.
- Former Michigan Director of Player Personnel CJ Lee was hired by Marist. Lee reflected on the growth of the Michigan program with Brendan Quinn.
- Mark Donnal realizes how critical he is this season after redshirting last year. “It’s hard to see them go, but it definitely opened up a lot of opportunity for me,” Donnal told MLive. “I know there’s a big burden on my back and I’ve got to prove myself this season.”
- Zak Irvin wants to prove he’s ‘not just a shooter’ next season, but his transition will be a little more difficult than Nik Stauskas last season because Irvin mostly was ‘just a a shooter’ as a freshman.
- 2015 guard Prince Ali says UCLA is his leader.
- TJ Leaf has scheduled unofficial visits to Arizona and Arizona State in August. His list now includes
Michigan will face the Perugia All Stars, Birracrua All Stars, Opitergium All-Stars and the Mantova Stings during its trip to Italy this August. The games are scheduled for the 17th, 19th, 20th and 22nd of August and were announced by a press release from CollegeBasketballTour.
The Wolverines are expected to play four games over the course of eight days in Italy. More information about the tour can be found at CollegeBasketTour.com.
“We’re a little bit schedule-constricted, because we have to wait until classes end, and then Labor Day we have to be back ready to go (for the start of school), so it’s only an eight-day trip,” John Beilein said earlier this summer. “Same thing we did last (time)—four games, eight days, sightseeing, practice.”
Michigan’s first two games will be against local assembled teams with an assortment of players from various levels of Italian basketball – the rosters for these teams are still being finalized. The game against Mantova on August 22nd is expected to be the most difficult of the bunch. The Stings finished second in the Italian third last season and will be promoted to the second level of Italian basketball next season. Former Villanova guard Mike Nardi was among the standouts for Mantova last season.
Announced European Dates
- August 17: Michigan vs. Perugia All Stars @ Roma
- August 19: Michigan vs. Birracrua All Stars @ Palazzetto di Vicenza 20:30
- August 20: Michigan vs. Opitergium Spartans @ Palazzetto di Vicenza 20:30
- August 22 Michigan vs. Mantova Stings @ Mantova PalaBam 20:30
Freshman Focus is a UM Hoops series profiling each of Michigan’s six freshman on the 2014-15 roster. We examine where each player fits into Michigan’s system and also put together a video scouting report. Today: DJ Wilson. Previously: Kameron Chatman
DJ Wilson wasn’t the first stretch four that Michigan recruited in the class of 2014. He wasn’t even on Michigan’s recruiting radar until July before his senior season. But once he caught John Beilein’s eye at the NY2LA Invitational in Milwaukee, his recruitment progressed quickly. Wilson made it to Ann Arbor for an official visit in the fall and accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan.
Wilson fell off the radar during his junior season when his rapid growth spurt (he grew from 6’6″ to 6’9”) resulted in a series of back injuries (a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra in his lower back and lingering pain/inflammation). He wasn’t a 6’6” combo forward tweener anymore — he had legitimate size — he just couldn’t play basketball.
The stretch four spent the better part of three months in a back brace that went from his hips to his chest and missed most of his junior season. Some West coast schools – notably Gonzaga, USC and Cal – had kept tabs on him during the injury, but he was largely unknown nationally before his final summer of AAU play.