2011 College Practice Camp Wrap-up

Media were allowed into Michigan’s College Practice Camp on Saturday afternoon to watch around 100 prospects go head-to-head in drills and scrimmages. Cameras and camcorders were not allowed but we were allowed to observe and publish our thoughts. We already posted two scouting posts, which touch on all of the primary Michigan recruiting targets that were in attendance:

Beyond those traditional scouting reports, here is an assortment of leftover thoughts and impressions about the camp, some of the primary targets and Michigan’s recruiting strategy going forward.

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Scouting: College Practice Camp Part B

Our second scouting post from Michigan’s College Practice Camp. Make sure to read part one, featuring Monte Morris, Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, Demetrius Jackson, Austin Hatch and Derrick Walton.

Our second report features Jalen James, Javontae Hawkins, Marques Mondy, Malcolm Hill, Steven Haney Jr., Denzell Watts, VJ Beachem and a number of 2014 prospects that stood out in the morning session.

Jalen James – 2013 G

James has a very strong handle to go along with a solid frame. He was impressive in ball handling drills and plays the game under control. At this point he doesn’t seem to be quite as assertive and aggressive, or willing to take over a game, as Michigan’s other lead guard prospects. The next step in his development will be to add that element to his game, maturing to the point where he’s a constant creator and facilitator on the offensive side of the ball. If that confidence develops, it should be a scary combination because of James’s prototypical size and strength at the point guard spot.

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Scouting: College Practice Camp Part A

Monte_Morris_01[1]Our first of two scouting posts from Michigan’s College Practice Camp.

Michigan’s College Practice Camp was broken into two sessions: a morning session featuring underclassmen (2014 and younger) and an afternoon session featuring 2012 and 2013 prospects. Each session began with skill stations followed by situational drills (transition, three-on-three and one-on-one). The final hour of the day was made up of 8 minute five-on-five games split into 4-minute shifts. The entire day was fast paced with a heavy emphasis on skill development.

The field featured so many serious Michigan recruiting targets that we had to split the scouting post up. To begin with here are scouting notes on Monte Morris, Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, Demetrius Jackson, Austin Hatch and Derrick Walton.

Monte Morris – 2013 PG

Morris’s squad was knocked off of the “Championship court” early but they managed to play their way back (by winning on court 1 and 2) before holding serve in impressive fashion to close the tournament. Morris managed to fill up the scoring column but he did it as a point guard that could score, not a scoring guard that could pass. Some guards need shots to excel, but Morris demonstrated that he can affect a game in a variety of ways.

He let the game come to him offensively. First by attacking the basket, using hesitation moves to get in the lane, and then by stepping back and knocking down a couple of jump shots. He ran the pick and roll very well and his confidence swelled as the night went on. The highlight of his night was a no-look pass in transition that led to a wide open three.

He showed off a very nice handle during Laval Jordan’s ball handling station and makes good decisions under duress. The most important thing for Monte is to continue to get stronger so that he can withstand the pounding that he’ll take at the next level.

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2011 Michigan College Practice Camp Rosters

Michigan hosted its annual College Practice Camp, formerly called “Elite Camp”, today in Ann Arbor. This year’s camp might have been one of the most talented groups that John Beilein has hosted since arriving in Ann Arbor and the quality of play was strong in both sessions.

The event was highlighted by a who’s who of Michigan prospects, especially in the class of 2013. There were so many prospects that we’ll actually have two full posts of scouting reports, the first coming later this evening, but for now find the full rosters from the event after the jump.

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Notebook: Expected Campers, Tim Hardaway Jr. and More

Michigan will host its 2011 College Practice Camp this Saturday which will feature a number of the top prospects on the Michigan radar, especially in the class of 2013. The timing couldn’t be better as the Michigan coaching staff will hand out the first batch of 2013 offers four days later on June 15th.

Per NCAA rules, the camp is not invite only but we’ve confirmed that the following prospects intend to make it to Ann Arbor this weekend:

Guards: Demetrius Jackson, Derrick Walton, Monte Morris, Jalen James
Wings: Zak Irvin, VJ Beachem, Malcolm Hill, Austin Hatch, Steve Haney Jr.
Bigs: Mark Donnal
This is far from an exhaustive list but it’s also a who’s who of the class of 2013 recruiting primers that we’ve been publishing.

We have several other notes after the jump, including fresh Glenn Robinson III highlights and notes on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s summer workouts.
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2013 Q&A: PG Monte Morris Talks Recruiting

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Flint Beecher point guard Monte Morris just finished up his sophomore year of high school and has already established himself as one of the best point guards in the state of Michigan. The 6-foot-2 guard led Beecher to the state semifinals last season and has put together a string of strong performances on the AAU circuit this spring with Team Detroit. Morris recently took a visit to Michigan and took the time to discuss the visit, his game and where he’s at with his recruitment.

On his game: Most people look at me because of my size. I’m a 6-foot-2 point guard with not that much weight, about 150-155lbs. So I just go out and play aggressive, play strong and lead my team. I try to get everybody involved and then get mine as well.

On areas he’s working to improve: My strength and how to score without the ball and coming off of screens. I lift every day of the week and just keep working on my strength.

On the main schools involved in his recruitment: Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, Iowa, Georgetown and a little bit from Syracuse.

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