By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on July 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm
I recently had the chance to speak with Canadian PG prospect Kevin Pangos. Kevin isn’t sure yet whether he’ll be in the class of 2011 or 2012, but said the decision should be made sometime around October. Regardless of which class he joins, Pangos has a scholarship offer and is high on Michigan’s recruiting board.
Describe your game. I’m a point guard and I have a good basketball I.Q. That’s probably my strength. I can shoot the ball pretty well, too. I try to be a good leader on most of the teams that I’m on and try to be steady, not too up or too down. And mostly that’s it, just try to stay calm on the court.
What schools have shown interest in you? Michigan, of course, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, UNLV, Notre Dame, Stanford, Marquette, Boston College… I’m forgetting a couple.
Any offers? I have four offers: UNLV, Michigan, Cincinnati and Gonzaga.
Is this your first year playing AAU ball? Yeah, I just got back from Vegas. Pretty much. I’ve gone to two AAU tournaments before, one when I was really young in Indiana and another one last summer, but it wasn’t a big tournament. So basically, this is my first summer on the AAU circuit and my first tournament was Vegas.
By Joe Stapleton | Uncategorized | Posted on July 28, 2010 at 11:14 am
After following these players around all spring and summer and evaluating their games, we decided it was time to stack them up against each other. It might not be the most talented class but there is still plenty of talent and potential. Here is our take on the top 10 players in the state and how they compare with one another.
1. Amir Williams – Detroit Country Day/Family
Center – 6-11 – Video The guy is physically dominant, he has some good post moves and he’s scary athletic. He’s had problems producing every night but his size and potential speaks for itself.
Offers: Arizona, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas, USC, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.
2. Dwaun Anderson – Suttons Bay/Mustangs
Guard – 6-3 – Video Anderson isn’t as consistent a scorer as Brundidge, but his insane athleticism puts him above Carlton on this list. He can handle the ball and finish at the rim exceptionally well. He has a very consistent jumper but is always in attack mode.
Offers: MSU Commit
3. Carlton Brundidge – Southfield/Family
Guard – 6-1 – Video Carlton Brundidge is a scorer. Pure and simple. I would say he is the best pure scorer on this list, without a doubt. He’s strong, he gets to the line, he’s a good shooter and he grabs rebounds better than most guards.
Offers: U-M Commit
4. Tommie McCune – Saginaw/Dorian’s Pride
Wing – 6-7 McCune is a heck of a player. He’s versatile enough to play on the wing or down low. His shot is a little funky, but his vision and handle is great for his size. McCune has the chance to develop into a big-time college wing.
Offers: West Virginia, Baylor, Southern California, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Dayton, Providence, and Xavier
5. Jalen Reynolds – Livonia Stevenson/REACH
PF/C – 6-foot-9 – Video Reynolds is a very intriguing prospect. He needs to improve his consistency and stay in the game mentally, but he has all the physical tools to be a tremendous college player. He has some post moves and a respectable shot. But most of all he is athletic enough to be whatever he wants. (Photo credit: IPS)
Offers: Xavier, USC, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Providence, Washington
Ray Lee picked up offers from Iowa State, Baylor, and Toledo within the last two days. Anton Wilson is also expecting a Baylor offer.
Michigan had three coaches (Beilein, Jordan, and Meyer) following a number of prospects around in Orlando. North Star Basketball reported that Beilein and crew were on hand to watch Dorian’s Pride (Matt Costello and Ray Lee) as well as Martin Bros (Marcus Paige).
Billfer is going into retirement from Tigers blogging. The Detroit Tigers Weblog is one of four or five blogs that really inspired me to create this site so I’m sad to see him go. Billfer ran DTW for an astounding 9 years.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on July 27, 2010 at 11:12 am
Denzel Valentine picked up a Michigan offer this week so we figured there wasn’t a better time to chop up some Valentine highlights from the AAU circuit. These clips are from a handful of games at the Adidas Invitational and Kentucky Hoopfest tournaments that took place earlier in July. Valentine played well enough to impress the Michigan coaching staff in early July and continued his strong play in Vegas.
Editing video has taken a little longer than we hoped but we should have video Matt Costello, Javontae Hawkins, Jalen Reynolds, Ray Lee, DJ Balentine, and Jeremy Hollowell in the coming days and weeks.
By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on July 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm
Denzel Valentine has confirmed an earlier report by TJ Kelley that Michigan has extended him an official offer. In a text he told me he has been offered and is going to be coming to campus to make the offer official when he gets back from Las Vegas.
Valentine, a 6-6 2012 recruit, is a guy that can do a little bit of everything and he has really made a name for himself this summer on the AAU circuit. He now has offers from Michigan, Oakland, Drake and Utah.
Here is some video from Valentine’s sophomore campaign that ended with a state final loss to Detroit Country Day: (Ed: I’m in the process of editing footage from Indy/Kentucky so we should have more Valentine footage soon).
Carlton Brundidge’s Family 17U team was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Hoop City Classic’s top 20 division, though through no fault of the 6-foot-1 Southfield power guard. His sometimes maligned outside shot looked fine, and Brundidge made half his three-point attempts in the loss to Wisconsin Playground Elite. Also per the norm, Carlton put on some points at the line. Brundidge is also a formidable offensive rebounder,but that trait won’t do much for a guard at the college level and event at this age, playing elite travel ball instead of high school competition, he was burned the other way a couple times for layups. In sum, it was a typical Brundidge performance, as his strength, aggressiveness and scoring knack make him dangerous against any guard in the country.
Matt Costello (2012)
Costello wasn’t quite as efficient as he was during the first evaluation period but the crowd following him made it clear that he has nothing to worry about. Rivals’ Brian Snow:
It was a rough start for Costello, who had a whole host of coaches looking on. The power forward wasn’t finishing well inside and never got free on the perimeter, but as the game went on Costello continued to get better. He began scoring through contact and corralling rebounds. Costello didn’t really get free from three to shoot it, but he contributed in other ways and showed why his stock is really going up.
Harris struggled in one game in Orlando, fouling out on a multitude of questionable offensive foul calls, but his talent is obvious. Rivals’ Brian Snow reported thatassistant coaches from Butler, Xavier, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, and Illinois were in attendance to watch Harris play.