- Tim Hardaway Jr. was one of nine Big Ten players named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. The list of players representing the Big Ten includes Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Northwestern’s John Shurna, Ohio State’s William Buford, Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor.
- Michigan’s first exhibition game of the season is exactly one month away. Official practices begin in less than two weeks on October 15th. If you need something to hold you over until then we updated season highlights page and it now includes all of the team and player highlights from Josh Houchin as well as the 2011-12 hype video from The Faux Creative.
- Yesterday was a busy day for Mitch McGary news and another national writer added that he feels Michigan is the favorite for McGary’s services. Here’s Jeff Goodman’s take: “Hearing Mitch McGary leaning towards Michigan – per sources. No secret that summer coach Wayne Brumm is in John Beilein’s corner on this.”
- Sam Webb confirmed that John Beilein attended Drake Harris’s football game on Friday evening. Harris has made unofficial visits to Michigan for football games twice this fall.
- Jeff Meyer made a return trip to Wapahani, IN, to watch 2014 guard Grant Evans in open gym yesterday. Evans is one of many Michigan recruiting targets in the state of Indiana in the 2014 class.
- Michigan also reportedly stopped by the watch top-10 2014 prospect Cliff Alexander in Curie, IL, this afternoon. Alexander has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Kansas and Providence.
- The New York Times examines unofficial visits in the current recruiting era while outlining NCAA concerns with the current system. Diamond Leung adds some analysis of the issues at ESPN’s College Basketball Nation.
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Amanze Egezeke is a 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward from Huntley, Illinois. His length and talent have caught the eye of several Big Ten teams, including Michigan, Purdue and Illinois. The high school sophomore was in Ann Arbor for the Eastern Michigan football game two weeks ago on an unofficial visit. Here’s what he had to say about his game and the recruiting process so far:
How would you describe your game? I would say I’m more of a wing forward. With my high school team, I’m forced to play more of a four or five because of lack of height, but as far as AAU, coach tried to develop me into more of a three. So I’ve been working a lot with ball handling and really have been trying to perfect my shot. I’ve definitely improved with my midrange game and am hoping to get a little more consistent from the three, too. But I have range from out there too.
Biggest strength? I’ve played post my whole life, prior to last year. So I have pretty advanced post moves, and I’m pretty good at getting to the rim against bigger defenders, and also pulling up from mid-range.
So you think you’d play the three in college then? Yeah, I definitely think so.
What schools are recruiting you so far? I’ve gotten some interest from Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin. I’ve visited Purdue, Illinois and Michigan so far. Wisconsin is just recently starting to show some interest. I’ve gotten letters from schools all over the Big Ten, and some schools outside. I’m probably going to be setting up a visit soon with Wisconsin and another school too hopefully. [click to continue…]
Michigan coaches recently stopped by Detroit Community High School to watch Byron “Bo” Zeigler, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward, workout. Zeigler put together a strong summer on the AAU circuit with the Michigan Hurricanes and has become a hot commodity of late with offers from Michigan State, Indiana and Iowa. The junior was at the Michigan College Practice in June and the Wolverines have kept a close eye on the youngster, and have turned up the recruiting intensity in recent weeks.
For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game a little bit? I play all positions and I never stop moving on the floor.
Biggest strength? Attacking the basket and getting and-1’s.
What schools have been recruiting you so far? Michigan State, Indiana, I’ve been hearing from Michigan a lot lately. Iowa, Iowa State, Providence and Central Michigan.
Have you received any scholarship offers yet? Yeah, Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Xavier, Providence, Detroit and Central Michigan.
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.