By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 10, 2011 at 7:30 am
Flint Beecher point guard Monte Morris just finished up his sophomore year of high school and has already established himself as one of the best point guards in the state of Michigan. The 6-foot-2 guard led Beecher to the state semifinals last season and has put together a string of strong performances on the AAU circuit this spring with Team Detroit. Morris recently took a visit to Michigan and took the time to discuss the visit, his game and where he’s at with his recruitment.
On his game: Most people look at me because of my size. I’m a 6-foot-2 point guard with not that much weight, about 150-155lbs. So I just go out and play aggressive, play strong and lead my team. I try to get everybody involved and then get mine as well.
On areas he’s working to improve: My strength and how to score without the ball and coming off of screens. I lift every day of the week and just keep working on my strength.
On the main schools involved in his recruitment: Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, Iowa, Georgetown and a little bit from Syracuse.
Fellow class of 2012 member D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit a deep game tying three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game into a one minute overtime. After both teams went scoreless in the initial overtime, officials decided to play a second overtime in a “sudden death” format. Class of 2012 Indiana commitment Yogi Ferrell hit a game winning baseline jump shot in the second overtime period. After the game, UM Hoops caught up with Robinson for an interview. Watch below in the embedded media player:
The three position has developed into the focal point of the Michigan offense. It’s no coincidence that arguably the two most prolific scorers on the Michigan roster have played on the wing. The position demands a versatile player that can not only shoot from deep and score the ball in the paint, but also create for others and provide a major boost in the rebounding department. Baseball refers to complete prospects as “five tool players” and that’s what John Beilein looks for at the three position.
Michigan already landed two wing players in the class of 2012 that are capable of sliding up (Glenn Robinson III) and down (Nick Stauskas) the position ladder, versatile pieces to work around, but the staff has spent considerable time pursuing wing options in the class of 2013 as well. Here are some scouting notes, links to video and recruiting tidbits on some of the primary wing targets in the class of 2013.
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Hardaway Preps for Team USA Tryout Official MGoBlue fluff on Hardaway’s summer plans including his thoughts on Darius, last season and the incoming freshmen. The Team USA tryout will begin on June 16th in Colorado.
Derrick Walton visited Michigan State yesterday while Steven Haney Jr. unofficially visited Detroit, who offered him a scholarship. Haney plans to visit Michigan on Thursday and both Michigan Mustang teammates plan to attend Elite Camp at Michigan.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Our friends at Inside the Hall are lending a hand with coverage of the Indiana Seniors vs. Juniors All-Stars Exhibition games. Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III is a member of the six player junior “core” team that will participate in both events. He totaled nine points four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the juniors’ 117-113 loss on Monday night. The highlight of his evening was a personal 5-point second half scoring run for the junior team.
We plan to have additional coverage after the second leg of the event, which will take place Wednesday night at Kokomo. We’ve posted plenty of Robinson video this spring which you can find on our recruiting videos page.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm
The Michigan coaching staff has turned their sights on 2012 face-up power forward Stefan Jankovic. The 6-foot-10 Canadian has had a strong spring on the AAU circuit, most recently at the Pangos Invitational. Jankovic’s recruitment with Michigan has also heated up. He took the time to chat about his relationship with John Beilein, a potential visit to Ann Arbor as well as his relationship with 2012 commitment Nick Stauskas among other things.
On his game and style of play:: If I were to put it in one word I’d say versatile. I’m about 6-foot-10 wing forward that can go down low. I can shoot the ball, handle it a little bit and just use mismatches to my advantage. If I have bigger stronger guy take him out or take a smaller weaker guy in the paint. I’m working on my defense but can guard out on the wing. Versatility is my biggest thing. Rebounding, blocking shots, all of that.