Stauskas, Morris Impress on Day 1 of Reebok Breakout Challenge

_NikTDotThe Reebok Breakout Challenge doesn’t attract the same level of talent as the Nike Skills Academies, but there were still a number of impressive prospects featured at the event. It was also the first real action of the summer for 2012 commitment Nick Stauskas and the scoring wing guard made the most of it, impressing a number of national scouts with his ability to attack the basket, not just shoot the ball.

Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi was among those impressed:

Talk about a perfect fit for Michigan, the future Wolverine would appear to be a natural for the Wolverines style of ball. A versatile perimeter performer, he can drain long distance j’s or burn right by defenders who don’t respect his ability to attack the rim. He’s tough, rebounds and appears committed to at least trying on the defensive end.

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Video: Derrick Walton Updates Recruitment at Adidas Invitatonal

2013 point guard Derrick Walton had 11 points and five assists in a 20-point loss to Martin’s Wolverines on Thursday at the Adidas Invitational. The Michigan offeree took time to discuss new developments in his recruitment after the game:


We’ll have many more updates from the Adidas Invitational in the coming hours and days. For now, you can find a transcript of the interview after the jump.

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Video: Demetrius Jackson Talks Recruiting at Adidas Invitational

Demetrius Jackson picked up a Michigan offer on his recent unofficial visit to Michigan and has emphasized that the Wolverines are near the top of his list. The 6-foot guard also has a Xavier offer along with strong interest from Notre Dame, Indiana, Michigan State, Illinois and others. Jackson took the time to discuss his recruitment after playing his first game in front of college coaches this July.

We’ll have more updates – scouting, interviews and highlights – from the Adidas Invitational in the coming hours and days. For now, you can view a full transcript of the interview after the jump.
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An Early Look at the 2011-12 Rotation

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The Michigan coaching staff will be on the road for the next month but the team, both newcomers and returnees, is on campus and ready to work.

May and June provide opportunities for players to get better on their own. Go to China, Latvia or workout with a personal trainer. Now, as the clock rolls around to July it’s time to start putting the pieces back together as a unit. As far away as next season feels, the start of practice is just over three months away. The roster is finalized – freshmen are on campus and Darius Morris has been drafted away to Los Angeles – and it’s finally safe to begin examining the rotation for the 2011-12 team.

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2011 July AAU Preview

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The July recruiting evaluation period begins on Wednesday as Division I college coaches will board airplanes, get behind the wheel of a rental car and travel to gyms across the country to watch AAU basketball. Over the next month coaches will end up in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Akron, Augusta, Orlando and just about everywhere in between. Contact between recruits and coaches at games is impermissible, so the only actual recruiting that the Michigan coaches can partake in is wearing a maize polo shirt proudly and sitting on bleachers for 13 hours per day. Here’s a breakdown of where to find both Michigan commitments and recruiting targets over the next 30 days.

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Team USA Survives Overtime Versus Lithuana, Moves to 5-0


After being dominated in two exhibition games versus Lithuania’s U19 and U20 teams, Team USA got some revenge with a second round overtime victory over Lithuania’s U19 squad. Team USA marched out to an early lead and led throughout until Lithuania made a nine point fourth quarter comeback to send the game to overtime. Carrying that momentum into the extra period, Lithuania opened up a six point overtime lead but Jeremy Lamb proved to be too much for Lithuana to handle. Lamb scored 35 points including a turnaround game winner with 2-seconds remaining.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10 points on 3 of 5 (0-1) shooting, two rebounds, an assist, steal and two turnovers in 17 minutes of play. Hardaway battled some foul trouble throughout but did have a monster first half alley oop dunk in transition (above).

Team USA is now 5-0, having cruised to an 83-54 victory over Canada yesterday. Hardaway had 3 points on 1 of 5 shooting in that game. The Michigan sophomore is the team’s fifth best scorer and is averaging 8.8 points, two assists and one rebound through five games.
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