By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on August 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge game times and TV were announced today. Michigan’s game at Clemson will be played on November 30th at 9:30 ET on ESPN2. Here’s the full schedule:
Monday, November 29 Virginia at Minnesota – 7pm ET on ESPN2
Tuesday, November 30 Iowa at Wake Forest – 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Georgia Tech at Northwestern – 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Ohio State at Florida State – 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Michigan at Clemson – 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 North Carolina at Illinois – 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Wednesday, December 1 Indiana at Boston College – 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPNU
NC State at Wisconsin – 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Purdue at Virginia Tech – 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Maryland at Penn State – 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Michigan State at Duke – 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
“I felt like I just could have the best career there. Being a hometown kid, pretty much it’s the dream school for everybody that lives in the area,” Denzel Valentine said. “I just talked it over with my mom, my brother, my dad. I got every input, how they felt, and pretty much everybody said Michigan State is the place for me.”
“Michigan came really hard,” Valentine said. “The visit (on August 3) was amazing. They made a video highlight tape of their players. I met the athletic director. They took me to the new (facility) and the (football) stadium. It was great.”
Carlton Valentine echoed his son’s sentiments.
“Michigan came strong, man. I’m serious,” he said. “We were ready to commit right there. Those coaches, they are unbelievable. They treated my family with the utmost respect.
“If I was a player, I would’ve committed. Seriously. The visit was crazy. We pulled up and the coaches met us at the car. Coach (John) Beilein just about did the whole visit himself.”
Valentine wasn’t the only 2012 wing on the Michigan radar so it’s good news that Valentine wrapped his recruitment up sooner than later. Michigan has offered Flint Powers wing Javontae Hawkins and Indiana guard Gary Harris. They are also a strong player in Canadian Nick Stauskas’ recruitment.
Kevin Pangos might not possess the most potential in the world but it’s clear that he can play. The Canadian point guard has established himself as a high major point guard with strong performances at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Germany and now the Nike Global Challenge in Portland.
Canada finished third in the event and Pangos had 20 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and four turnovers in the bronze medal game.
Pangos is extremely skilled with the ball in his hands. He’s also a very good shooter who can make jumpers with his feet set or off the dribble and is particularly effective in the mid-range area. He runs the team steadily and confidently, showing strong ball-handling skills and solid court vision. He’s effective in the pick-and-roll but prefers to settle for a pull-up jumper rather than take the ball strong to the rim. When he does get to the basket, he lacks the strength and explosiveness to finish the job, something that might become more pronounced at the college level than it is now.
You can see game footage of Canada’s third place contest here: Part 1 | Part 2
Joe posted an interview with Pointer over the weekend and the wing forward continued to show off his finishing ability to the world at the Nike Global Challenge (watch the video up top, seriously). If you are interested in watching extended footage from the NGC. You can watch the first and second halves of the NGC championship game which features Dom Pointer, Carlton Brundidge, and Amir Williams.
Leading the Midwest in scoring was high energy forward Dominique Pointer who scored 16 points on 50 percent shooting , grabbed 10 rebounds, came up with seven steals and dished out four assists.
Dominique Pointer has had a stellar summer. West Virginia, Detroit, Ohio State, Tennessee and Miami have offered. DePaul is also a school of interest. Pointer plans on waiting until the spring and hasn’t scheduled any visits.
By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on August 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm
I had the chance to chat briefly with 2011 wing prospect Dominique Pointer last week and he passed along several updates on his recruitment.
Pointer is an athletic, 6-5 slasher playing with The Family this AAU season. Pointer originally went to high school in Roseville, MI before transferring to Quality Education Academy in North Carolina.
Pointer said that though he is known for his ability to play above the rim, he is also a “lockdown defender.” He said he felt like he “definitely” played well this summer. Pointer added that he has picked up offers from West Virginia, Miami (FL), Tennessee and DePaul.
Pointer has a terrific wing-type frame, has off-the-charts athleticism and gets his points by attacking the rim. He takes contact well and usually elevates over the competition. He can finish with either hand and his conversions are usually of the spectacular variety. However, at his size, his jump shot needs to get better. The lift on his shot is ideal, but he tends to shoot on the way down causing his shot to be flat.
Regarding Michigan, Pointer said that, were the Wolverines to offer, they would be “up there near the top” of his list. He also mentioned that say he would like to commit around “the middle of the college season.”
After stopping by for a quick unofficial visit last weekend, Pointer has met the Michigan coaching staff and said “they’re real nice people.” Pointer said he likes Michigan because “it’s close to home, it’s a good school, and some really good players come out of there.”
PAOK is consistently one of the top 5 or 6 teams in Greece but don’t usually come away with championships. The most notable PAOK player over the years is none other than Peja Stojakovic. PAOK is roughly considered one of the top 40 clubs in Europe and a very good place to start a European career.
By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on August 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Penn State decommitment Trey Burke (Rivals #128) has recently garnered some Michigan interest. I managed to catch up with his father, Benji Burke, to discuss the point guard’s game and recruitment.
Describe his game. He’s a scoring point guard who is really crafty with the ball off the bounce and he can create his own shot. Real good shooter. He can play the 2 he can shoot it so well. His game is a lot like Talor Battle’s, but he can do a lot more off the bounce than Talor, actually.
Offers? Of course Penn State, Cincinnati, Nebraska, OK State, Seton Hall, Providence, Cleveland State, St. Joseph. That’s all off the top I can think of.
Any plans for the rest of summer? No, he has a trainer and he’ll just meet with his trainer until high school.
Any timeframe for commitment? He doesn’t have a timeframe, I’m trying to cut the time short because I don’t want to drag it out. I would say, and this is me talking, not him, I would say I would like it in the next 3-4 weeks.
What happened at Penn State? I just think he committed a little too early, and he wanted to explore options just to see if he could get something closer. Again, I want to reiterate, we, as parents, we like Penn State still. And they are still in the mix. But I think that he felt he did it a little too early and wanted to see what would happen if he opened it up.
So being close to home is important? It’s not very, very important, but it would be good. He doesn’t mind going somewhere far away, he got people like Miami (FL) calling (Ed: they offered this week), that he wouldn’t mind going far away. But if some closer schools were interested, he’d love that. He has some schools that haven’t offered that we’ve talked to and they’re a little closer.
Does he plan on visiting Michigan? We don’t know. We’re still waiting to see what Michigan wants to do. They really want someone to come in for 2011 to prep or redshirt so they come in as the 2012 class. So that was the last we heard from Michigan, and he’s definitely interested in Michigan, because it’s a Big Ten school and it’s close. And, you know, we grew up Big Ten, so that’s something he would definitely love, to come see Ann Arbor.