By Kevin Raftery | Recruits | Posted on September 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm
Perry Poindexter is a 6-foot-7, 190-pound power forward from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He played junior varsity as a freshman last season, but his 7-foot-2 wingspan and his potential have caught the eye of many Big Ten schools. Poindexter is rated the No. 4 player in Indiana’s class of 2014 by Inside the Hall. Here’s what Poindexter had to say about his game and the recruiting process so far:
For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? Offensively, just finishing around the basket. Defensively, controlling the middle and that’s really it.
What’s your biggest strength? Probably finishing on the inside and my post defense, guarding people that are bigger than me.
What schools are recruiting you right now? Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Michigan, Michigan State, IUPUI, Butler and Illinois.
By Kevin Raftery | Recruits | Posted on September 19, 2011 at 9:45 am
Sean Sellers is a 6-foot-5 forward from Greensburg High School in Indiana, where he averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds as a freshman. He’s still early in the recruiting process, but he’s already garnered high major interest and is rated the No. 6 2014 prospect Indiana by Inside the Hall. Michigan coaches followed him on the July AAU circuit and more recently U-M assistant coach Jeff Meyer stopped by Greensburg for an open gym. I caught up with Sellers on Sunday to discuss his recruitment and unofficial visit to Michigan for the Eastern Michigan football game.
How would you describe your game? I’m a shooter, but if the defense will crowd me I can drive past them and I’ll dish to my teammates who will score inside.
What schools are recruiting you right now? Michigan, Butler, Purdue and maybe Michigan State a little bit.
The schedule is finalized, practice begins in just under a month and Michigan will play its first regular season game in under two months time. March is a distant memory and, despite the requisite fall attention to the gridiron, it’s almost basketball season.
As preview magazines and predictions begin leaking out onto the internet, we want to hear your opinion. How many games does this Michigan team win? The Wolverines will play 31 games – 13 games out of conference and 18 Big Ten match-ups. Review the schedule, vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments.
By UMHoops Staff | Recruits | Posted on September 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm
In what will become a regularly updated feature, here is the first iteration of the Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings. All of the data is compiled by Trent Montemayor, who also compiled the 2012 rankings two weeks ago. With just 14 commitments throughout the conference, it’s still early for the class of 2013 but several schools like Michigan, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have gotten off to a nice start.
Zack Novak and Stu Douglass have been making the media rounds lately as college basketball preseason content slowly comes to the forefront. The duo participated in a Q&A session with Chantel Jennings, of ESPN’s newly formed WolverineNation. Perhaps the most interesting quote was from Douglass on the team’s off-season workouts without Crisler Arena available:
Douglass: It was tough. It was one of the more stressful summers I’ve had here. I had to take eight credits. I’ve never taken that many credits in the summer. And not having guaranteed gym time. The freshmen have a lot of stuff to do with their programs, and orientation, so it was tough to see all the guys and bond as a team like we’d wanted to. Tim [Hardaway Jr.] was gone, Jon [Horford] was gone. But I think we did as well as we could with what we had. I’m worried about coming into the year with all the problems we had in the summer, all the hurdles we had to jump over. But once the season comes we’ll be as close as ever like a team.
Some might overlook comments about off-season cohesion, or lack thereof, but this was undeniably a major issue during the 2009-10 season. Last year was a dramatic opposite as the entire team got practice, game and travel time during August. This team has stronger core leadership (something Novak and Douglass discuss further) but this is a storyline worth following.