By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on October 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Michigan Prep Stars provided us with even more footage of 2012 Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III. This video is from the Under Armour Jam Fest in July and features Robinson playing with his SYF Players AAU squad.
The bar has been set high for Tim Hardaway Jr. after the sophomore wing guard carried Michigan to the NCAA Tournament over the final month of the 2010-12 season. After an up and down start to his freshman campaign, Hardaway averaged just shy of 18 points per game with a remarkable 70 percent effective field goal percentage during the final 12 games of last season.
Hardaway transformed from supporting player to star, serving as the catalyst that accelerated Michigan’s growth and carried the Wolverines into the NCAA Tournament. He spent the summer abroad as the third leading scorer for the Team USA U-19 Team at the FIBA World Championships and was named to the preseason watch list for the John Wooden award. Expectations are high because they should be high. For that final 12 game stretch Hardaway was among the best players in the Big Ten and if he can match that sort of production throughout the upcoming season he will carry Michigan on his back.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on October 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Here are the latest 2012 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings with updated compiled by Trent Montemayor. The most notable commitment around the conference was 4-star big man Adam Woodbury opting to stay home and commit to Iowa over North Carolina. Here’s a full rundown of the action since the last rankings update:
9/5/11 Nebraska adds commitment from Shavon Shields
9/5/11 Penn State adds commitment from Brandon Taylor
9/11/11 Illinois adds commitment from Michael Orris
9/14/11 Iowa adds commitment from Adam Woodbury
9/17/11 Nebraska adds commitment from Jerran Young
9/20/11 Nebraska adds commitment from Benny Parker
Tim Hardaway Jr. was one of nine Big Ten players named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. The list of players representing the Big Ten includes Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Northwestern’s John Shurna, Ohio State’s William Buford, Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor.
Michigan’s first exhibition game of the season is exactly one month away. Official practices begin in less than two weeks on October 15th. If you need something to hold you over until then we updated season highlights page and it now includes all of the team and player highlights from Josh Houchin as well as the 2011-12 hype video from The Faux Creative.
Yesterday was a busy day for MitchMcGary news and another national writer added that he feels Michigan is the favorite for McGary’s services. Here’s Jeff Goodman’s take: “Hearing Mitch McGary leaning towards Michigan – per sources. No secret that summer coach Wayne Brumm is in John Beilein’s corner on this.”
Sam Webb confirmed that John Beilein attended Drake Harris’s football game on Friday evening. Harris has made unofficial visits to Michigan for football games twice this fall.
Jeff Meyer made a return trip to Wapahani, IN, to watch 2014 guard Grant Evans in open gym yesterday. Evans is one of many Michigan recruiting targets in the state of Indiana in the 2014 class.
Michigan also reportedly stopped by the watch top-10 2014 prospect Cliff Alexander in Curie, IL, this afternoon. Alexander has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Kansas and Providence.
By Kevin Raftery | Recruits | Posted on October 4, 2011 at 11:11 am
Amanze Egezeke is a 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward from Huntley, Illinois. His length and talent have caught the eye of several Big Ten teams, including Michigan, Purdue and Illinois. The high school sophomore was in Ann Arbor for the Eastern Michigan football game two weeks ago on an unofficial visit. Here’s what he had to say about his game and the recruiting process so far:
How would you describe your game? I would say I’m more of a wing forward. With my high school team, I’m forced to play more of a four or five because of lack of height, but as far as AAU, coach tried to develop me into more of a three. So I’ve been working a lot with ball handling and really have been trying to perfect my shot. I’ve definitely improved with my midrange game and am hoping to get a little more consistent from the three, too. But I have range from out there too.
Biggest strength? I’ve played post my whole life, prior to last year. So I have pretty advanced post moves, and I’m pretty good at getting to the rim against bigger defenders, and also pulling up from mid-range.
So you think you’d play the three in college then? Yeah, I definitely think so.
What schools are recruiting you so far? I’ve gotten some interest from Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin. I’ve visited Purdue, Illinois and Michigan so far. Wisconsin is just recently starting to show some interest. I’ve gotten letters from schools all over the Big Ten, and some schools outside. I’m probably going to be setting up a visit soon with Wisconsin and another school too hopefully. [click to continue…]
By Kevin Raftery | Recruits | Posted on October 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Michigan coaches recently stopped by Detroit Community High School to watch Byron “Bo” Zeigler, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward, workout. Zeigler put together a strong summer on the AAU circuit with the Michigan Hurricanes and has become a hot commodity of late with offers from Michigan State, Indiana and Iowa. The junior was at the Michigan College Practice in June and the Wolverines have kept a close eye on the youngster, and have turned up the recruiting intensity in recent weeks.
For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game a little bit? I play all positions and I never stop moving on the floor.
Biggest strength? Attacking the basket and getting and-1’s.
What schools have been recruiting you so far? Michigan State, Indiana, I’ve been hearing from Michigan a lot lately. Iowa, Iowa State, Providence and Central Michigan.
Have you received any scholarship offers yet? Yeah, Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Xavier, Providence, Detroit and Central Michigan.