By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on June 26, 2010 at 10:42 am
I made it out to Team Camp yesterday and I’ll be back today. Games were at Crisler, the IM Building, and the Track Building. Here are my thoughts on some of the players I saw. A lot of them you already know, but there were some new faces.
Ray Lee (2012, G, Romulus)Ray impresses me more and more every time I watch him, and this time was no different. He plays great defense, always plays hard, and gets to the basket whenever he wants. Also, his shot is really coming around and he was hitting yesterday. When we spoke he talked to me about how he plays a lot of different positions for his high school team, and that was true. He played a lot of the 3 yesterday and had no trouble banging with the bigs in the post. Continue to be impressed by him.
Chris Jenkins (2012, F, U-D Jesuit) Chris Jenkins is a player for University of Detroit Jesuit who plays for The Family. He’s tall, extremely long and rail thin. He looked to be about 6-6 or 6-7, and I wasn’t blown away by his play in the post, but he was intriguing as a wing prospect. He spent a lot of time on the perimeter and consistently knocked down 3-pointers. Also, he did get his shots inside against Southfield, which is no easy task. He needs to step up his post defense, but still a very good prospect because of his versatility.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on June 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm
The news might not be surprising but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing. Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims didn’t hear their names called on draft night. That’s not to say that they don’t have a chance to make an NBA roster. Both will have a chance to join summer league teams and try to impress. DeShawn Sims has already signed with the Boston Celtics (per his twitter). We’ve yet to learn where Manny will land but there’s little doubt that he’ll land on a summer league roster.
By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on June 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm
I was able to make it to Elite Camp to watch a good amount of high-profile Michigan recruits. There were 2011-2013 players, and they were all playing together. The camp was at Crisler Arena, and you can see who attended here. Here are some of the players I saw, and what I thought of how they played.
Matt Costello (2012, F) Matt played well from what I saw, though I didn’t see him all that much. From what I could tell he played great defense and grabbed every rebound in sight, but for him that’s kind of a given. He’s definitely a motor guy. I was hoping he would show off some of his (I think) underrated post moves and his one-on-one scoring ability. Didn’t see much of that. I know he has it in him from this AAU season, and he’s extremely valuable as a garbage guy, but he has the ability to go one-on-one in the post with anybody at this camp.
Markus Crider (2011, W) Crider continues to disappoint me. I hate to be hard on him, but I keep hearing he’s a legitimate prospect, but I just don’t see him. This is only the second time I’ve seen him, to be fair. It just seems like it’s impossible for him to score in the flow of a game, and he’s not good enough offensively to run an offense through him. He’s easily frustrated, and when he’s not making shots he just keeps forcing them up. He did rebound well.
Denzel Valentine (2012, W) Denzel played like he had something to prove, which in a way he does. All I ever hear from anybody about him is that he’s not that athletic, which is true. But the guy can just play. He creates his own shot, he gets to the basket with surprising regularity, and he’s a great finisher. If we’re looking at pure skill, I believe he’s the most skilled 2012 player I’ve seen, and definitely the most skilled at camp. He doesn’t overwhelm you, but he will get his points.
Javontae Hawkins (2012, G) Other than making a few more shots, Javontae couldn’t have played better. He got to the basket easily and showed himself to be one of the best athletes at camp. He’s also one of the best finishers. His shot isn’t quite there yet, but right now he doesn’t need it. I’ve seen him fill it up before, but I was surprised at how great his defense was. He was intense and had active hands all camp. Really impressive showing for him.
Sean Grennan (2011, G, old video) Grennan is reportedly close to earning an offer and he played like he played like it. This was my first time watching the New Jersey native and I really liked his game. He had immense confidence in his shot and he’s already an expert at creating space in order to get it off. He also made good decisions with the ball, showing off a few nice passes. Very good showing for him.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on June 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Here are the rosters posted at Elite Camp. Joe will have a full report later tonight. I also added several links to Rivals/Scout/ESPN profiles for some of the notable prospects. Follow Joe on twitter for more updates throughout the day.
DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris were the face of Michigan basketball for the last three years. I have mixed emotions about Thursday’s draft. Most of all I am rooting for a couple of kids that gave their all to Michigan. Both Harris and Sims are by all accounts exceptional kids. Harris was consistently a member of the All-Academic Big Ten team while Sims managed to bring a smile to any situation despite dealing with more adversity through his 22 years than most could imagine.
Sims and Harris were the foundation of Michigan’s best team of the decade. They were also the foundation of one of the most disappointing teams of the decade. It’s disappointing to see them leave on such a low note but it’s also important to remember the good times to be fair to the ‘Detroit Duo’.
Sims and Harris were both extremely productive in Michigan uniforms. Their games might not be flawless but when you take a step back it’s impressive just how productive they were over their careers.
The first time I saw Harris play was at a Christmas tournament at Highland Park during his senior year. His Redford team was overmatched by a Saginaw team, which would eventually win the state championship, anchored by Draymond Green and Josh Southern. I’ve watched Harris play over 100 games since and his game has improved by leaps and bounds. Over his three years at Michigan he improved significantly in almost every statistical category. Harris went from a one dimensional scorer to one of the most dynamic off guards in the college game. He improved his rebounding (although that peaked his sophomore year) and most of all he dramatically improved his assist to turnover ratio.
Sims’ improvement might be even more impressive. His freshmen year was stricken by tragedy and it was clear that Sims was a shell of the player he could be. His confidence was nowhere to be found and he struggled to finish even the easiest of layups. His sophomore year he developed his ball skills and became an inefficient wing player before blossoming in the post his final two years. When DeShawn Sims was feeling it, there was no one better. I had the opportunity to watch a few of his single handed scoring runs at neutral and away venues in person (Iowa BTT, at Purdue) and the respect from opposing fans was clear.
Definitely we lacked chemistry issues. Even though our roles were defined, we couldn’t get over the hump as far as chemistry. I think we had all the pieces to be a great team, but our chemistry just didn’t unfold. As well as we’d like yeah. We had all the tools, almost the same exact team from last year. The ball just didn’t bounce our way sometimes and you live with the chemistry. (Read the whole interview here)
The question that’s on everybody’s mind right now is “will we hear their names on draft night?” I am no NBA insider so I can’t speak to that with any concrete knowledge but if I had to venture a guess it would probably be. Manny Harris: yes. DeShawn Sims: probably not.
DeShawn Sims has worked out with Detroit, Sacramento, Charlotte, Cleveland, and Milwaukee and may still work out with Dallas, Utah, and Indiana. Sims also attended the Portsmouth Invitational, a camp traditionally for second round to undrafted prospects.
Manny Harris worked out at the pre-draft combine has worked out for New Jersey, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Indiana, and Minnesota among others. Harris also participated in the NBA pre-draft combine. Sims and Harris are also scheduled to work out for the Knicks as well.
It’s tough to find a mock draft with Sims listed but that’s not the end of the world for Peedi. While he might not get drafted, it’s very likely that Sims will get his chance to sign with a summer league team and attempt to work his way onto an NBA roster. If not, there’s probably a very nice salary waiting in Europe for a 6-foot-8 forward with a smooth stroke.
I’ll be rooting for Harris and Sims intently on Thursday night and I am convinced that both players could be successful in the league. They are two players who stuck with Michigan through thick and thin. When the coach that recruited them was fired they didn’t pack their bags and head to Tennessee or Oregon. They planted their feet in Ann Arbor and went to work.