Scouting Video: Mark Donnal at Adidas May Classic

Alex Bozich and Inside the Hall provided this footage of 2013 big man Mark Donnal from the Adidas May Classic. Beyond the footage, Inside the Hall also published this story profiling Donnal’s recruitment.

Donnal lists Michigan, Butler, Michigan State, Ohio State and Indiana as the primary schools involved at this time. Having already made several trips to Ann Arbor, Donnal plans to visit Ann Arbor again this spring before attending the Michigan Elite Camp in June.

We have some additional spring footage of Donnal after the jump. Courtesy of Ty Kish and City League Hoops.
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Scouting Video: Malcolm Hill at Adidas May Classic

Our friend Alex Bozich, from Inside the Hall, helped us out by providing some footage of Malcolm Hill. Hill is a talented wing guard from Illinois that was selected in Scout.com’s recently updated 2013 top 50.

Hill lists Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Purdue, St. Louis, Missouri and Tennessee as the schools that are recruiting him the hardest at this juncture. He also has visits set for Ohio State and Tennessee in the coming weeks.

The skilled wing describes his offensive game as his strength but notes that he’s trying to continue to improve his jumpshot, which he feels would make him a “lethal scorer”, but he’s really focused on becoming a stronger rebounder.

Click here for all of our coverage from the Adidas May Classic.

Scouting Video: Glenn Robinson III at Adidas May Classic

Josh Houchin, a frequent commenter and UMHoops video guru, volunteered to stop by the Adidas May Classic and film a couple of games this weekend. He filmed U-M commit Glenn Robinson III in the SYF Players win over Indiana Elite One on Saturday afternoon. It was a successful tournament for Robinson and his SYF team, as they made it to the quarterfinals in the gold bracket. Robinson had 22 points in the win (including a three that wasn’t caught on camera):

Click here for all of our coverage from the Adidas May Classic.

Recruiting Roundup: May 16th, 2011

183294_197706536923335_100000519692843_678292_2361836_nAnother Good Weekend For Glenn Robinson III

Those that saw Glenn Robinson III during his junior season at Lake Central told us that he had the chance to put together a very impressive AAU season with the SYF Players. Throughout the spring AAU circuit, Robinson has made those prognosticators look good.

Almost every national scouting report emphasizes just how much Robinson has improved over the last 12-months. He continues to grow into his body and become more assertive on the offensive end. Playing along Mitch McGary, one of the fastest rising 2012 recruits, has also given him ample opportunity in the lime light in front of national scouts. His strong spring has already earned him a spot, at No. 90, in the most recent Scout.com top 100.

It was more of the same this weekend at the Adidas May Classic in Bloomington as Robinson helped SYF to a 2-0 super-pool record and a trip to the gold bracket quarterfinals. Scout.com was impressed ($) as were a number of tweeters at the event.

We’ll have video of Robinson from the Adidas May Classic posted later this afternoon.

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Q&A: 2013 PG Jalen James Talks Michigan Visit

jalenjames050311[1]2013 Chicago point guard Jalen James made the trip from Chicago up to Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoon for an unofficial visit. James is a prototypical pass first point guard with good size and one of the fastest risers on the AAU circuit this spring, after playing at a smaller underexposed Chicago charter school.

We posted video of James at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic which you can see here, but here are some quotes from Jalen after his unofficial visit this afternoon:

On the Michigan visit: The whole coaching staff was there and when we came in we sat down to watch a power point about the school. Me and Coach B went over to the practice facility and then the players study hall (Ross Academic Center) to talk about school and stuff. My brother and I went out to lunch and then came back and met up with the coaches. They took us to the stadium, football practice facility and stuff like that. Then we watched some film and he (Beilein) broke down the point guard position for me.

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Housekeeping: Upgraded Commenting

disqus2[1]Site upgrades are always well intended but don’t always go as planned. About a year ago, we tried to install Disqus (one of the most popular commenting systems on the internet) and ran into all sorts of problems before reverting to our more standard commenting system. After persistent recommendations from Inside the Hall, we finally decided to make the jump.

Things seem to be working relatively smoothly at this point which means there should be plenty of new features to be tested out. The list includes:

  • Social integration: You can post comments by using your Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Open ID or Disqus accounts. You can also share your comment through your social networking accounts as well.
  • @ replies: Need to address someone directly? You can tag their name in your comment with an @ sign.
  • “Like” functionality: Love a comment? Hit the “Like” button
  • E-mail notifications: You can configure e-mail alerts for replies, mentions or new comments on a particular thread.
  • Unlimited Threaded Comments: Threaded comments can now expand beyond 4 or 5 replies, a limitation of the old system.
  • Attach Images: You can also attach images to your comments.

We want to encourage everyone to register a Disqus account, which can be done through the posting framework, to improve your experience. Registering will allow you to include an avatar with your comments, associate your comments with your account and enable a number of other features.

If you have any problems with the new commenting software, don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail.

Sidebar Tweaks

We also made some small tweaks to the tabbed area at the top of the sidebar. We shuffled the tabs around and more importantly replaced the recent comments section with a links module. Similar to the m.go.licious feature on MGoBlog this is a collection of links that are worthy of sharing. Quite a few of these may end up in links or bullets posts down the road, but this should be a nice place to browse if you need some extra reading material.

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