Recruiting Updates: Contact, Offers and More

June 15th is the first day that Division-I coaches are allowed to contact prospects in the class of 2013 and in Michigan’s case, the first date that the Wolverine staff will extend scholarship offers. We’ll be keeping tabs on a handful of prospects today with some live updates here. Make sure to check out our recruiting profiles for all 2013 prospects which feature past scouting reports, video and interviews.

Note: We are still updating the live blog but have to put it after the jump to keep load time down with the two commitment stories.
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2013 Q&A: Steve Haney Jr. Recaps U-M Visit

184956_10150109489808197_781663196_6429730_6316038_nSteven Haney Jr. has been a familiar name to state of Michigan recruitniks since his freshman year of high school. A long skilled shooter, Haney has made a concentrated effort to diversify his game this spring. The rising junior is ranked 68th in the latest Rivals.com rankings and has picked up new interest from several schools in the recent weeks and months. Most recently he took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor before attending Elite Camp over the weekend.

On his game: I’m known kind of as a shooter but have been working on more of a true shooting guard and improving my handle. I think I’ve been getting to the basket a lot more and getting to the free throw line quite a bit.

On the schools recruiting him:  Some of the newer ones are Boston College, DePaul, Oregon State, Illinois, Harvard, William & Mary, Western Michigan and Detroit. Michigan and Michigan State have been recruiting me longer. At this point, Detroit and Western Michigan have offered.

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2013 Q&A: Wing Guard Malcolm Hill

226937_208372909203082_100000911230911_568771_1683767_nBelleville (IL) wing guard Malcolm Hill is one of the fastest rising prospects in the class of 2013. Strong performances on the spring AAU circuit led to the talented guard transforming from an unranked prospect to a consensus top-50 player. Hill recently took an unofficial visit to Michigan before attending Michigan’s College Practice Camp on Saturday. The Illinois-native took the time to discuss his visit to Michigan this evening:

On his game: I’m a slasher and I get to the basket very well. I play hard on the defensive end, I get to the free throw line a lot and I can hit the mid-range shot.

On what he’s working to improve: I’m working on rebounding and my three point shot.

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Tuesday Links: Glenn Robinson Invited to NBA Top 100 Camp

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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