Wednesday Quick Hitters

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  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scored in double figures as Team USA scrimmaged Air Force. He discussed the try-outs with the Free Press here. (Photo: USA Basketball)
  • Sherron Dorsey-Walker took an unofficial visit to Michigan yesterday, which he discussed with Heard this Blog. Sherron plans to take the next step in his recruitment after the July period, we’ll have more with him later. The last time we saw Sherron, he was knocking down threes from all over the court in a terrific performance at Spiece.
  • Derrick Walton and Steve Haney both visited Notre Dame yesterday but the Irish did not extend a scholarship offer to Walton. Demetrius Jackson was also on the move, visiting Michigan State yesterday with upcoming trips to Michigan and Indiana.
  • Tomorrow is the big day for Darius Morris, who’s stock has fluctuated significantly on draft boards, as he will find out his NBA fate. Seth Davis solicited scouting reports on the top-40 draft prospects and here’s a snippet of D-Mo’s report: “Shoot, he’s not bad at all. In my mind, he’s better than Nolan Smith or Shelvin Mack.” Adrian Wojnarowski notes that Morris’s name is picking up buzz in NBA circles, on the other hand he’s been falling on the popular mock drafts.
  • The internet has been buzzing with news that 2013 wing Zak Irvin could be close to making a decision. We reported back at Spiece that Irvin was high on the Wolverines and don’t have any reason to believe that’s changed. Will the youngster make his decision before July? We’ll just have to see.
  • Zak Irvin and Austin Hatch will participate in the IBCA Showcase this July, a camp featuring the top prospects in Indiana during the live evaluation period.

Around the Big Ten: June 21st, 2011

big-ten-logo-pentagram[1]Off-season news and notes from around the conference.

Illinois: Illinois picked up a late commitment from a 6-foot-8 240lb center, Ibrahima Djimde, but he’s still waiting to find out whether he’s been cleared. Meyers Leonard made the USA U19 World Championship team along with Tim Hardaway Jr.

Indiana: The Hoosiers hired Calbert Cheaney as their new Director of Basketball Operations. 2012 commitment Hanner Perea is also very good at dunking. The Hoosiers also picked up a late commitment from combo guard Remy Abell.

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Monday Links

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Recruiting Roundup: June 20th, 2011

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Glenn Robinson III traveled to Charlottesville, VA to participate in Dave Telep’s annual NBPA Top 100 Camp. Playing well on the AAU circuit is one thing, but playing well against arguably the 100 best players across the country requires a different level of player.

For Robinson, it was an up and down experience but he held his own. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 6.3 points per game at the camp with single game highs of 12 and 14 points. Despite the up-and-down nature of his play, Robinson still earned a positive shout out from Rivals.com:

The Michigan commitment continues to improve. He has the potential to be a high-level wing scorer who can score points off moves and also grind out points around the basket.

Robinson continues to cement his status as a borderline top-50 evel recruit and seems to improve his game at each stop this summer. His improvement over the last 12-months has been impressive and Michigan fans should continue to be excited about his game if he can maintain a similar rate of improvement.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. Makes USA U19 World Championship Team

hardaway_tim_2011[1]USA Basketball announced today that Tim Hardaway Jr. made the cut for 2011 USA U19 World Championship team. That means that Hardaway will spend the next three weeks training in Colorado and traveling to Europe to participate in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships.

Hardaway participated in four try-out sessions over the last three days and survived the cut from 20 down to 13. Team workouts in Colorado will continue throughout the week, and there will be one more cut (Jeff Goodman reports this is down to Keith Appling or James Bell) before the team leaves for Europe on Friday. The first stop will be in Lithuania where Team USA will practice and scrimmage against the Lithuanian U19 and U20 National Teams. From there, the team will travel to Latvia for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships which will run from June 30th through July 10th.

The USA youth program has been very successful in recent years and several college stars have improved after participating. The 2009 team featured players like Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Klay Thompson and Ashton Gibbs, all of whom had good freshmen seasons before elevating their games to another level after returning.

Two other Big Ten players made the cut, Keith Appling and Meyers Leonard, while Iowa sophomore Melsahn Basabe wasn’t so fortunate. Find the full Team USA U-19 Roster and a collection of links to further reading material after the jump. (Photo: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball)

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Recruiting: Where Things Stand

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The last week was the biggest flurry of recruiting activity that we’ve seen since Nick Stauskas and Max Bielfeldt committed during the same weekend. Michigan hosted its Elite Camp over the weekend and landed a pair of commitments on Wednesday. With two more future slots filled, the recruiting picture became more defined, but the commitments also add an additional layer of complication to the overall recruiting equation.

Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal fill immediate needs on the projected roster. Hatch is a wing shooter with good size and strength that will set foot on campus after most of the current shooters on the roster (Novak, Douglass, Vogrich and possibly Hardaway) have moved on. Donnal is a big man that will provide size and skill in the middle, with a perfect offensive skill set for the five position in John Beilein’s offense.

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