Jalen James is one of the fastest rising 2013 point guard prospects on the AAU circuit this spring. A 6-foot-3 guard, James has a prototypical frame for a point guard and plays the game unselfishly, consistently looking to setup his teammates.
Here are a few final notes from the 2011 Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic. You can keep tabs on all of our content from Spiece on this page, and we’ll also be posting six more scouting videos and recruiting updates over the coming hours and days.
Elite Camp Looms Large
John Beilein has stressed the importance of his Elite Camp since he arrived in Ann Arbor. The camp allows coaches to conduct a tryout of sorts among the best prospects that they can convince to attend. In person coaching and evaluation is invaluable because of the tight NCAA regulations surrounding evaluation during the summer. Michigan’s Elite Camp this year will be held in roughly a month, on June 11th, just four days before Michigan will extend offers to the class of 2013. Early reports suggest that a very strong group of prospects will attend this year’s camp.
Demetrius Jackson is an explosive guard from Mishawaka, IN that played very well at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic this weekend. We’ve already posted some thoughts on Jackson’s game but here is a scouting video of his performance versus the Mac Irvin Fire.
Notes, quotes and updates on Jackson’s recruitment after the jump.
Numerous Michigan recruiting targets played at the Spiece Fieldhouse on Saturday and we were able to get a long look at quite a few. In this report we take a look at Zak Irvin, VJ Beachem, Demetrius Jackson, Sherron Dorsey-Walker, EC Matthews, Mark Donnal, Jalen James, Derrick Walton, and Steve Haney. Stay tuned over the coming days for extensive video and more notes and quotes.
Demetrius Jackson – 2013 Guard – MBA Select There’s a lot to like about Demetrius Jackson. Jackson is one of the more explosive U-M point guard targets that we’ve seen this spring. He has a great first step and gets into the lane easily where he can finish or, more impressively, dish to the open man. He had tremendous vision and consistently created for others off the bounce. He shot the ball extremely well against the Mac Irvin Fire in bracket play, making four or five triples, and nearly helped his team to the upset win . Jackson has the rep of a streaky shooter, but if he shoots like he did tonight he’s hard to stop.
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The Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic is one of the premiere midwestern spring AAU events and this year’s tournament is no exception. There are plenty U-M recruiting targets participating in the event and we’ll have coverage throughout the weekend and beyond.
I spent Friday night watching the Eric Gordon All-Stars 16U team, featuring 2013 wings Zak Irvin and VJ Beachem, as well as the Illinois Wolves 16U team with 2013 point guard Jalen James. Here are a few notes from the first night of action:
- It took Zak Irvin a while to get started on Friday night but the long wing guard scored 10 second half points as the Eric Gordon All-Stars knocked off St. Louis Team Swish, 69-54. Irvin told me that he’s developed a very strong relationship with Michigan assistant coach Lavall Jordan and that he fully expects an offer from the Wolverines on June 15th. Michigan appears to be in a very strong position in Irvin’s recruitment at this juncture.
- Irvin’s teammate, V.J. Beachem, added nine points and also played very well. He’s a smooth athlete, and might have an even longer wingspan than Irvin, with the ability to knock down the three point shot.
- Jalen James has gone from unknown prospect to the talk of the Big Ten. James is a strong point guard with a great frame that plays the game under control. He plays high school ball at a very small high school in Chicago and simply hasn’t had the exposure that he’s getting this spring. Jalen’s AAU coach, Mike Mullins, has coached some terrific point guards and raved about Jalen’s game. Mullins added that James is hearing from “almost all of the Big Ten” and is working on getting a visit scheduled to Ann Arbor this June.
- Michigan is also inquiring about James’s teammate, big man Andrew Zelis. Zelis has optimal size but is still growing into his body, improving his mobility and coordination and learning to play the game efficiently.
- Austin Hatch won’t be playing this weekend as he’s recovering from torn ligaments in his ankle and will be sidelined for a few weeks. Hatch’s father reported that Austin is up to 6-foot-6 and 214lbs and he’s yet another 2013 wing prospect to keep an eye on.
We’ll have much more from the Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic over the coming days.
Borrowing an idea from MGoBlog, the first of three pieces profiling Michigan’s incoming freshman class.
|Trey Burke – 6-foot-1 Point Guard – #3|
|Ohio Mr. Basketball
2nd Team Parade All-American
First Team All-State
Career 1,000 Point Scorer
|Soph: 27-1, OHSAA State Champs
Junior: 23-1, AP Ohio No. 2
Senior: 26-2, OHSAA Runner-up
AAU National Champs 2009
Trey Burke’s prep career has been defined by winning. You can count the number of losses that Burke’s Northland squad suffered during his tenure on one hand. Playing for one of the midwest’s top AAU programs, All-Ohio Red, Burke added an AAU national championship to his resume as well. Despite all of his team success, it wasn’t until his senior year that Burke began to start collecting individual accolades.