2014 Introduction: Sean Sellers Summer Highlights

John Beilein and his staff have made their presence felt in the state of Indiana after landing commitments from Glenn Robinson III, Zak Irvin and Austin Hatch within the last year. Beilein has made a conscious effort to focus on the state, which seems to always produce talented classes, and assistant coaches Jeff Meyer and Lavall Jordan both have strong ties to the state.

As Michigan shifts the recruiting calendar forward, we’ll begin to take a deeper look at some of the talented 2014 players on the Michigan radar. This video focuses on Greensburg (IN) forward Sean Sellers. The 6-foot-5 forward had a strong summer with the Eric Gordon All-Stars – drawing interest from Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Butler and New Mexico – and also attended Michigan’s College Practice Camp in June.

Sellers is a versatile wing with above average length and improving athleticism. His biggest strength right now is his mid-range and perimeter shooting. He is also a capable slasher who absorbs contact well in the lane. His greatest area for improvement is strength, which should also help improve his reliability as a defender.

Mitch McGary Trims List to Six

Dave Telep is reporting that 2012 big man Mitch McGary has narrowed his list to just six schools: Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Michigan, Duke and Kentucky.

Here’s McGary on his choices:

“I stayed low in July but I talked to coaches on Facebook and stuff like that,” said McGary. “Some of the schools like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky, they’ve got great coaches there. I like Michigan and Maryland in the rebuilding stage and they gave me good vibes. Florida’s pretty good and they do a lot of similar things with guys like me who are versatile.”

Notebook: Big Ten/ACC Challenge TV, Recruiting Guidelines and More

bigtenaccchall[1]The Detroit News posted a great question and answer feature with the Michigan basketball coaches. The range of subjects spans last season, next season, recruiting philosophies and just about everything in between.

Times and television assignments for the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge were announced yesterday and Michigan will face Virginia at 7 pm (eastern) on November 29th on ESPN2. As always, notes on next year’s schedule can be found here.

The NCAA approved new recruiting guidelines for basketball, here are the highlights:

  • A start date for official visits beginning after the men’s basketball championship in April of the junior year.
  • Deregulating the type of communication between coaches and prospects (including text messaging and other forms of electronic communication).
  • Allowing unlimited communication after Aug. 1 before the junior year in high school.
  • Permitting evaluations at certified nonscholastic events on two weekends in April, with some restrictions.
  • Permitting some contact at a prospect’s educational institution in conjunction with an evaluation, with some restrictions and requirements.

Luke Winn takes an in depth look at the decommitment and transfer epidemic in college basketball as only he could. By far the most eye opening statistic in the study is that “39.2 percent of top-100 recruits attended multiple high schools”.

John Beilein will be on “Coaches Corner” with Andy Katz, an ESPNU feature to air on August 16th at 5pm.

Class of 2012: Where Things Stand

Last week we detailed how momentum around the program was building, on the court, the recruiting trail and even the construction that’s taking place on campus. Now it’s time to take a more focused look at where Michigan will look to utilize this momentum on the recruiting trail.

Michigan has one scholarship remaining in the class of 2012. The math becomes dicey when the class of 2013 arrives but that’s a problem that you deal with at the time. Schools that don’t continue to recruit fall behind and it appears that Michigan has the intention of pursuing further options for the final class of 2012 scholarship. The most likely position to be added to the class, which currently consists of wings Glenn Robinson III and Nick Stauskas, appears to be a big man.

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The 2011 Maui Invitational Bracket was released by ESPN this weekend and Michigan will open the tournament against Memphis on November 21st at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Should Michigan win, the Wolverines will face the winner of the Duke vs. Tennessee game. Here’s the full bracket:


Memphis returns a very talented team and is ranked in the top 15 of most preseason top 25 rankings. Joe Jackson (USA U19) and Will Barton highlight the returning players while 5-star wing Adonis Thomas and big man Stan Simpson highlight the Tigers’ incoming class. Beyond the players on the floor, Memphis and Michigan play a dramatically different brand of basketball. Josh Pastner’s team likes to play an uptempo, sometimes turnover heavy, style of basketball compared to John Beilein’s more deliberate pace.

Video of John Beilein discussing the Maui Invitational Field after the jump. [click to continue…]

Video: Glenn Robinson III Summer Highlights

The Indiana Basketball Recruits posted a recent summer highlight film of 2012 commitment Glenn Robinson III. Robinson had a terrific summer and could be the highest ranked recruit that John Beilein has landed during his coaching career. You can find previous Glenn Robinson III video from this summer and last high school season on his player profile page.

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