Class of 2012: Where Things Stand

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Last week we detailed how momentum around the program was building, on the court, the recruiting trail and even the construction that’s taking place on campus. Now it’s time to take a more focused look at where Michigan will look to utilize this momentum on the recruiting trail.

Michigan has one scholarship remaining in the class of 2012. The math becomes dicey when the class of 2013 arrives but that’s a problem that you deal with at the time. Schools that don’t continue to recruit fall behind and it appears that Michigan has the intention of pursuing further options for the final class of 2012 scholarship. The most likely position to be added to the class, which currently consists of wings Glenn Robinson III and Nick Stauskas, appears to be a big man.

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The 2011 Maui Invitational Bracket was released by ESPN this weekend and Michigan will open the tournament against Memphis on November 21st at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Should Michigan win, the Wolverines will face the winner of the Duke vs. Tennessee game. Here’s the full bracket:

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Memphis returns a very talented team and is ranked in the top 15 of most preseason top 25 rankings. Joe Jackson (USA U19) and Will Barton highlight the returning players while 5-star wing Adonis Thomas and big man Stan Simpson highlight the Tigers’ incoming class. Beyond the players on the floor, Memphis and Michigan play a dramatically different brand of basketball. Josh Pastner’s team likes to play an uptempo, sometimes turnover heavy, style of basketball compared to John Beilein’s more deliberate pace.

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Video: Glenn Robinson III Summer Highlights

The Indiana Basketball Recruits posted a recent summer highlight film of 2012 commitment Glenn Robinson III. Robinson had a terrific summer and could be the highest ranked recruit that John Beilein has landed during his coaching career. You can find previous Glenn Robinson III video from this summer and last high school season on his player profile page.

Momentum Shift: A Look Back at the Last 16 Months

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Michigan’s 2009-10 season was as disappointing as any in recent memory. Preseason expectations were as high as they had been in over a decade and the Wolverines fell flat on their faces. A summer filled with turnover, turmoil, question marks and frustration followed, leaving Michigan fans wondering which direction the program was heading. [Photo: Michigan Stadium Aerials]

A little over a year later, the picture couldn’t be more different. Michigan translated on court momentum into recruiting momentum and, from top to bottom.  The program has direction. Here’s a look at the key moments, surprises, disappointments and commitments that defined the last 16 months.

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Austin Hatch Makes Slow Progress

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Elizabeth Merrill wrote a tremendous story for ESPN on the Hatch family, tragedy and the massive outpouring of support that they’ve received. If you read one article today, or even this week, it should be Merrill’s piece and please continue to keep Austin in your thoughts and prayers.

Austin’s family updated his Caring Bridge page, which has now been viewed over 130,000 times, this afternoon:

We continue to be optimistic that Austin will make steady ( but slow) progress. Most days bring new and positive evidence. We are engaging close family members in the therapy process. We are extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support of so many wonderful people through this website and by other means. Through you all, the Lord has and is providing great strength to Austin and us.

Friends, family and supporters are purchasing wrist bands (pictured above) to support Austin which you can find at austinismybrother.com.

Video: Mitch McGary at 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest

Michigan picked up a pair of 2013 commitments in the last 48 hours in Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin but there are remaining possibilities in the class of 2012. Mitch McGary is one hopeful option that Michigan will continue to pursue in the coming weeks and months. McGary has impressed this summer and continued on his rise from top-100 player to top-5 player. He has a Michigan offer and visited Ann Arbor in June but is being pursued by a who’s who of high major programs including Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut, Maryland and Kentucky.

Michigan Prep Stars was in attendance at the 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest in Milwaukee, WI this July to watch McGary in action.

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