The internet has been buzzing with rumors and speculation surrounding Mitch McGary’s recruitment after the news that cancelled all future visits and plans to make a college decision within the next month. Several national reporters have chimed in during the last 24-hours on where they think the consensus top-5 prospect in the class of 2012 will decide to play his college ball.
ESPN High School posted Mitch McGary’s latest blog update late Sunday evening. The blog details McGary’s life at Brewster, favorite music and also updates some very notable events in his recruitment. The notable developments:
- McGary hasn’t committed anywhere.
- He has cancelled all future visits, including Kentucky’s Midnight Madness.
- He plans to make his college decision within the next month.
- He reports that Duke has been up to see him the most, with Michigan next.
The full blog is definitely worth a read, as McGary discusses every school on his list, but here are the relevant Michigan quotes:
As far as more visits, I don’t think I’ll be making any. I’m not gonna go to Kentucky’s Midnight Madness, I feel like I have all the information that I need to start to think about a decision. Within the next month I hope to have a decision made.
Then you’ve got Michigan. I look at who they’ve got coming in and I know they’re in a rebuilding situation, but I know that’s a situation where I could really come in and make a strong footprint. I feel like I could really help them and have a strong season there as a freshman. I like the Big Ten because it’s known for having blue-collar type players, but the pace tends to be a little slower. I love to go to work in the paint, but I like to get out and run more so with Michigan that’s something that I’ll have to really look at.
Per Caterbury HS head coach (and close friend) Dan Kline… Michigan recruit Austin Hatch will come home Oct. 9. Kline said rehab went amazing.
This is obviously just the start of the battle for Hatch, who was hospitalized just over three months ago after a tragic plane crash that killed his immediate family, but it’s the most positive news from the last three months. Updates remain very minimal on Hatch’s Caring Bridge but traveling home is a major step in his recovery.
- Michigan continues to put the full court press on 2012 five star Mitch McGary as three Wolverine coaches traveled to Brewster Academy last night to stop in on McGary, from there the Michigan staff traveled to Indiana where they had a visit with McGary’s family. This was the third time in three weeks that U-M coaches have stopped in on McGary at Brewster.
- On Sam Webb’s WTKA recruiting roundup (7:45 mark) this morning he shared his opinion that Duke and Michigan are the top teams on McGary’s list. McGary continues to keep things close to the vest but it’s clear that things are heating up as the early signing period draws closer.
- Student basketball tickets are on sale now until Friday, October 7th.
- 2014 Indiana guard Aaron Brennan visited Michigan last weekend for the San Diego State game and will travel to Purdue this weekend and Iowa on October 15th. Brennan is rated the No. 19 prospect in Indiana’s class of 2014 by the Indy Star.
- Michigan stopped by Cincinnati Moeller, presumably taking a look at Josh Davenport.
- A couple other Ohio underclassmen receiving Michigan interest are profiled in this article including standout Luke Kennard (2015, already unofficially visited), 2014 wing Vincent Edwards (planning visit to U-M) and 2015 guard Amos “A.J.” Harris (U-M interest). Kennard, an incoming freshman, is a big time prospect despite only entering his freshman year and he’s a priority for the Michigan staff.
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John Beilein and Bacari Alexander traveled to Vermont Academy two weeks ago to watch 2013 Texas native Dominic Woodson. On Tuesday evening, assistant coach Jeff Meyer made a return trip east to watch Woodson in action once again.
The 6-foot-9, 265 pound, big man is one of the fastest rising 2013 post players in the country and caught the Michigan staff’s attention this July while playing with the Ray Jackson Shooting Stars. The Wolverines aren’t the only high major program taking notice, Woodson has also earned offers from Michigan State, Maryland, Oklahoma, Baylor, Illinois and TCU along with heavy interest from Louisville, West Virginia, Texas, Michigan, Connecticut and Florida.
More on Woodson’s recruitment and other recent Wolverine recruiting trips after the jump.
Here is some fresh video footage of 2012 Michigan recruiting target Mitch McGary from the Under Armour Summer Jam thanks to our friends at Michigan Prep Stars. McGary is down to a final six schools of Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan and North Carolina.