Video: Nik Stauskas at St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic

Cox Sports Online posted highlights of 2012 Michigan commitment Nik Stauskas at the St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic. Stauskas’s St. Mark’s squad split a pair of games at the event and Stauskas was highlighted in our recruiting roundup earlier today. Watch the highlights in the embedded media player below:


Three Thoughts: Evan Smotrycz, Zack Novak and NBA Roster Battles


Evan Smotrycz Dominating the Defensive Glass

Forget about the fact that Evan Smotrycz is making over half his threes, getting to the line more than twice as often as a season ago and improved his two point shooting percentage by 14 percent. It’s Smotrycz’s improvement on the glass that has been truly astounding.

Calling Smotrycz’’s rebounding numbers a year ago “underwhelming” would be kind. They were disdainful for a player that stands 6-foot-9. The same Evan Smotrycz that rebounded like a guard a season ago is suddenly the second best defensive rebounder in the Big Ten.

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Recruiting Roundup: December 20th, 2011

Nik StauskasWe posted a number of scouting features and recruiting videos over the last 72 hours but here’s our traditional weekly recruiting roundup. The Recruiting Roundup features updates on all of Michigan’s class of 2012 and 2013 commitments as well as other notable targets on the Wolverine recruiting board.

Class of 2012

Nick Stauskas – Commit

St. Mark’s split a pair of games at the St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic. They lost to the nation’s No. 5 team, Tilton, on Friday by a score of 71-55 but bounced back with a big win over Vermont Academy. Stauskas was a bit inconsistent versus Tilton but was impressive versus Vermont Academy.

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Scouting & Video: Mark Donnal vs. Northview

Mark Donnal scored 16 points to lead Anthony Wayne to a win over Northview last week but the game was a grind. Donnal didn’t score in the first half and battled foul trouble, double teams and even triple teams for most of the game. Anthony Wayne trailed by 12 at the break before outscoring Northview by 16 in the second half to escape with the victory.

Watch footage of Donnal’s performance in the embedded media player below or find a scouting report after the jump.

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Scouting Video: EC Matthews vs. Detroit Community

EC Matthews stole the show at the night cap during the Romulus Holiday Classic on Friday evening. Matthews exploded for 21 points in a four point victory over Detroit Community. Matthews indicated that Michigan continues to show some interest, mostly with letters, but that he’d love to hear more from the Wolverines. He also relayed that Xavier and Arizona are two other schools showing him the most interest and that Xavier appears to be on the verge of offering him a scholarship. Watch Matthews in action in the embedded media player below:

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Scouting Video: Derrick Walton vs. Ann Arbor Skyline

Derrick Walton had 19 points in Chandler Park’s win over Ann Arbor Skyline on Friday evening in front of Michigan head coach John Beilein. You can watch Walton’s performance in our scouting video below which features almost every shot and assist that Walton tallied on the evening:

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