By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm
The last week was the biggest flurry of recruiting activity that we’ve seen since Nick Stauskas and Max Bielfeldt committed during the same weekend. Michigan hosted its Elite Camp over the weekend and landed a pair of commitments on Wednesday. With two more future slots filled, the recruiting picture became more defined, but the commitments also add an additional layer of complication to the overall recruiting equation.
Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal fill immediate needs on the projected roster. Hatch is a wing shooter with good size and strength that will set foot on campus after most of the current shooters on the roster (Novak, Douglass, Vogrich and possibly Hardaway) have moved on. Donnal is a big man that will provide size and skill in the middle, with a perfect offensive skill set for the five position in John Beilein’s offense.
It’s not a bad draw for Michigan, who will avoid a dreaded trip to the Kohl Center in Madison. Iowa and Nebraska will likely be near the bottom of the league, but playing them on the road should help boost the strength of schedule. Minnesota should be solid next season, but with the Wolverines recent success in Minneapolis, it’s a bit disappointing to miss that opportunity for a quality road win.
[Ed: Updated to include PG Derrick Walton, who texted me that he was "holding offers from Xavier, CMU and Michigan!" after receiving a call from John Beilein this evening.]
Morris has made it clear that Michigan is the No. 1 school on his list and texted me this evening to tell me that Michigan had indeed offered him a scholarship. He wasn’t sure whether it would effect his time-frame for commitment, noting that “he wasn’t sure and was going to think on it tonight”. Morris was the most impressive guard at Michigan’s camp and took an unofficial visit the week before camp.
Michigan also appears to be in very good position for Derrick Walton, who is still digesting things but told me this might push up his time-frame for making a decision as well. [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Commitments come in pairs and 2013 big man Mark Donnal verbally committed shortly after Austin Hatch joined in. Michigan head coach John Beilein extended a scholarship offer this afternoon and Donnal quickly accepted.
Donnal is a 6-foot-9, 200 pound big man out of Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio that plays his AAU basketball with Dan Dakich’s Indiana Elite South squad. Donnal had a very impressive showing at Michigan’s Elite Camp and appears to be blossoming into an impressive prospect. Full video and scouting after the jump. Photo Credit: Herald Times Online
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm
Austin Hatch just confirmed that he committed to Michigan this afternoon. Hatch delcared in April that Michigan was “probably No. 1”, today he made it official by verbally committing to John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines. Hatch received an official offer from the Michigan staff on June 15th and didn’t wait long to make his pledge.
On his commitment: “I did commit! Coach Beilein is a great coach and Michigan’s a great school. They have a great program and there’s nothing there that’s a turn off. That’s about it”
Hatch, a 6-foot-6 214 pound wing forward, is the first Michigan commitment in the class of 2013. [click to continue…]