Mark Donnal to Michigan

MAY_CLASSIC0417-500x7691[1]Commitments come in pairs and 2013 big man Mark Donnal verbally committed shortly after Austin Hatch joined in. Michigan head coach John Beilein extended a scholarship offer this afternoon and Donnal quickly accepted.

Donnal is a 6-foot-9, 200 pound big man out of Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio that plays his AAU basketball with Dan Dakich’s Indiana Elite South squad. Donnal had a very impressive showing at Michigan’s Elite Camp and appears to be blossoming into an impressive prospect. Full video and scouting after the jump. Photo Credit: Herald Times Online

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Austin Hatch to Michigan

bilde[1]Austin Hatch just confirmed that he committed to Michigan this afternoon. Hatch delcared in April that Michigan was “probably No. 1”, today he made it official by verbally committing to John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines. Hatch received an official offer from the Michigan staff on June 15th and didn’t wait long to make his pledge.

On his commitment: “I did commit! Coach Beilein is a great coach and Michigan’s a great school. They have a great program and there’s nothing there that’s a turn off. That’s about it”

Hatch, a 6-foot-6 214 pound wing forward, is the first Michigan commitment in the class of 2013.
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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

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