By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on October 7, 2010 at 8:48 am
After receiving a Michigan offer, it appeared that Canadian wing guard Nick Stauskas was on the verge of making a commitment this week. Most recently, it appears the junior is going to take his time and wait it out. Stauskas has a big year ahead of him at St. Marks and wants to see how his recruitment progresses over the next year or so.
Stauskas holds offers from Michigan, Stanford, Wake Forest, and Butler. Michigan’s outstanding offers in the class of 2012 include JaVontae Hawkins, Nick Stauskas, Sherron Dorsey-Walker, and Gary Harris.
Amir Williams’ recruitment has begun to take shape this fall. The 6-11 senior now plans to make his college decision before the November signing day, rather than waiting until the spring.
To begin narrowing his once lengthy list of schools, Williams hosted a number of schools for in-home visits. Florida, DePaul, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan all made in-home visits over the last several weeks, according to Detroit Country Day coach Kurt Keener.
Next up, Williams will begin using his official visits. Williams made his first of five official visits last weekend, making the trip down to DePaul. According to Keener, his next official visit will be this weekend when he travels to Florida. The final three visits are expected to be Purdue, Ohio State, and Michigan but they have not been set in stone.
By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on October 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm
As previously reported, Michigan offered two of their top 2012 targets today– Nick Stauskas and Sherron Dorsey-Walker, a 6-4 wing out of Detroit Pershing. Dorsey-Walker played for R.E.A.C.H. Legends over the summer during AAU ball and had a very strong AAU season. We have video and an interview with Dorsey-Walker from early September here.
It was tough for Sherron to put his reaction to Michigan’s offer into words.
“I was real happy. It was an honor to hear from U of M. I can’t really express how I feel right now (laughs), I’m just real happy,” Dorsey-Walker said.
Sherron has no set list at this point and he hasn’t ranked the schools who have shown interest in him. However, he seems to really like Michigan.
“They got great coaches, I love their style of play and they’ve got great surroundings. It’s a great environment out there.”
Sherron was in Ann Arbor for the football team’s game against Bowling Green and was supposed to come to town for the Michigan State game on Saturday but won’t be able to make it (instead attending the Styles 3 Elite Showcase). He plans on taking at least one more visit during football season. At this point, he has no timeframe for when he would like to commit. Sherron also has offers from Baylor, Indiana, Dayton, Drake, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Oakland and Fairfield.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm
Michigan extended two scholarship offers in the class of 2012 over the last 24 hours. First, on Monday, the Michigan staff offered Canadian wing guard Nick Stauskas. Stauskas also picked up new offers from Stanford, Wake Forest, and Butler. In early August, Stauskas named Michigan his leader after an unofficial visit but he has opened things up a bit.
Today, TJ from InsidePrepSports first reported that Michigan had offered Detroit Pershing guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker as well. Dorsey-Walker is another wing guard and is ranked 74th in the Rivals Top 150. He has offers from Indiana, Baylor, Dayton, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Oakland, Fairfield and Drake. He is the third wing guard that Michigan has offered (along with JaVontae Hawkins and Stauskas).
Michigan already has a commitment from Indiana native Glenn Robinson III in the 2012 class. In the class of 2011 they continue to recruit super wing athlete Dominique Pointer and Detroit Country Day big man Amir Williams.
Stay tuned to UMHoops for updates and reactions from Stauskas and Dorsey-Walker about their new offers. My first reaction to this news is that, despite a relatively limited number of scholarships, it is clear that Michigan is not going to sit back and wait for kids to take their time.
This is the first installment of our Around the Big Ten previews where we cover each Big Ten team with the help of various bloggers and beat writers around the conference. This year we begin with Minnesota, courtesy of FromTheBarn.org. Beyond having the most players on the John Wooden Award nominee list (10 of 50), the Big Ten also has some of the best team specific basketball blogs. Luckily From The Barn is no exception. Jonathan Foster does a great job and also provided over 2,500 words of Gopher analysis and speculation for our enjoyment.
Minnesota had a roller coaster of a season last year and lost two of their top players but the roster still seems to have plenty of talent. What are the expectations in Minnesota at this point?
Against our collective better judgment, expectations are about as high as last year in the Twin Cities. Everything that could go wrong seemed to go wrong last year. If the Gophers are unable to get to the final 32 of the NCAA tournament (calling it the second round would be pretty meaningless now, huh?) the season would be pretty disappointing.
Off court drama, on court squabbles, injuries, academic suspensions, and heart breaking loss after heart breaking loss nearly ruined Minnesota’s season, but they still managed to beat every team ahead of them in the Big Ten standings by the end of the year.
The Gophers should have one of the better starting line-ups in the Big Ten. Devoe Joseph emerged as a real leader and scoring threat during the Big Ten tournament. Rodney Williams should be much better at using his freakish athletic ability for good instead of evil. Al Nolen should be eligible. Colton Iverson and Ralph Sampson should still cause all sorts of match-up problems. Throw in Trevor Mbakwe who will finally play, and there will be a plethora of very large individuals at Tubby Smith’s disposal.
2012 recruit Khaliq Spicer is an athletic 6-9 forward out of Robichaud High School. He played for the Mustangs 16U over the summer and impressed on the AAU circuit. He’s a player who can go both inside and out, though he was focused on the post when I watched him. Here’s what I thought this summer after watching him play at the adidas Invitational:
He has soft hands and a very thin frame, but rebounds surprisingly well and scores inside. He has a decent jumper and runs the floor really well. Also, he has legitimate ups. Very good athlete.
He has soft hands and goes after rebounds despite being rail-thin. He is one of many 2012 big men that Michigan continues to evaluate and he continues to draw interest from a number of other schools. Here’s what he had to say when I spoke with him last night:
Describe your game. I’m a post player, I score inside. I like to get rebounds and I block shots.
How did AAU season go? It went real well.
What schools are showing interest in you? University of Dayton, Xavier, Georgia, Miami (FL), Michigan, Butler. There are some more but those are the bigger ones.
Any early offers? I have offers from the University of Dayton, University of Detroit, Central Michigan, St. Bonaventure and that’s it.
Have you been talking to any of the Michigan coaches? Yeah, coach Bacari. I think he’s real good, I like how he coaches. I went to U of M team camp and it was really cool. [click to continue…]
By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on September 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm
I had the chance to chat with high flying 2011 wing Dominique Pointer tonight. Pointer is an extremely athletic combo guard from Quality Education Academy in North Carolina (formerly of Roseville, MI) — according to Pointer, he is a “slasher” and “an above-the-rim kind of player.” Pointer is a four-star according to Rivals and played his summer ball with The Family. He has narrowed his list of schools to three: West Virginia, Michigan and St. John’s. All of those schools, Pointer says, are “pretty even right now.” He visited West Virginia last weekend and St. Johns a couple weeks back.
Pointer does not have a specific timetable as far as committing, but he will be taking a visit to Michigan on October 15th for the Iowa game. That will be his last visit and a decision is expected afterwards, presumably before the November signing day. Of course, as Dominique says, he “might make it [his decision] early and might make it late”
AAU ball went well for Dominique, and it was during the AAU season that he really exploded onto the national radar. He likes John Beilein and the rest of the staff, saying they were very “straightforward” with him. Dominique said he liked Michigan because it’s “close to home,” though he’s unfamiliar with Michigan’s style of play since he hasn’t seen too many of their games. However, he likes what he’s heard, saying he likes an “up and down” style and feels at home on the fast break.
Pointer said he’s a better passer than people think and he’s working specifically on improving his outside shot.
As far as what ultimately goes into his decision, Pointer said style of play and how his parents feel about the school are the two main factors. Regarding the other two schools on his list, he said he liked both coaching staffs and said he was “cool” with West Virginia’s players.
We will have more updates as they come and will be touching base with Dominique after his official visit.