- Mailbag! We’re going to do a mailbag feature shortly so if you have any questions you’d like to contribute, fire me an e-mail.
- The fallout from deadline day (Insider)
Chad Ford lists Morris on the first round bubble and also includes him on the list referenced in this group while also noting that he’s “very much on the fence”: “A quick check among NBA scouts and agents reveals that virtually all of these players are far enough down the road with agents that it’s impossible they’ll return to school.”
- Latest Mocks/Rankings: NBADraft.net: Morris No. 33 / DraftExpress: Morris No. 32 / NBA Draft Insider: No. 34 / Chad Ford: No. 33
- Scout.com’s 2011 Basketball Rankings
Two Michigan commits make the cut with Trey Burke at 94 and Carlton Brundidge at 98. Carlton and Trey are also ranked on ESPN.com’s final top 100 (Brundidge 74 and Burke 82) and appear likely to join Evan Smotrycz as a consensus RSCI top 100 recruit.
- Draft Decisions: Which teams have the most hanging in the balance?
Luke Winn quotes a scout on Morris: “I can’t see him getting picked in the first round,” one scout said. “He has a good feel, especially in transition, but there are still some issues with shooting [25.0 percent on threes] and athleticism that leave a lot to be desired.”
- The Journey 2011
Now on Hulu
- Q & A: 2014 Grand Rapids guard Drake Harris
Get familiar with this Grand Rapids star
- The Spring Break Journey of a Lifetime
MGoBlue profile on Ben Cronin
- Growing hoops program in North Carolina raising NCAA eyebrows over school’s ‘Quality’
Dom Pointer’s high school, Quality Education Academy, has raised some NCAA eyebrows.
- Brundidge & Kearney Uncut (Part 1) ($)
GoBlueWolverine interviews Carlton Brundidge and MSU commitment Brandan Kearney together
Derrick Walton played very well for the Michigan Mustang 16u squad at King James, leading his team to a 2-0 superpool performance and a nice win over the NY Gauchos. We scouted Walton here but here is footage of Walton from the first two games of the King James Classic. Walton reported interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Purdue and Notre Dame and mentioned that he feels a Michigan offer is coming soon.
This footage isn’t the greatest because of the level of competition, a running clock and ample rest for the Team Detroit starters, but it’s still enough to get a first look at Monte Morris, Denzel Watts and Leo Edwards. For more footage of Monte Morris, make sure to check out the video we posted last week.
2013 point guard Derrick Walton
I was only able to stay at the King James Classic through pool play, and was victim to a couple of no-shows, so I spent the majority of my time focusing on a couple 2013 prospects from the state of Michigan. Full scouting reports of that group, including Derrick Walton, Steve Haney Jr., Monte Morris, Denzel Watts and Leo Edwards, after the jump. We will also have some videos posted later today.
2012 Michigan commitment Nik Stauskas was back at home over the holidays and put together a couple videos of him working out. One has been floating around all weekend, with Nik going through an array of ball handling and shooting drills (after the jump), but the latest video might be even more impressive. Nik focuses entirely on shooting the second video and makes 95 threes in 5 minutes and 123 of 141 threes in 6 and a half minutes.
The original workout video is after the jump. [click to continue…]
Yesterday’s development in the Darius Morris NBA draft saga wasn’t actually much of a surprise. It was more or less just following the plan that Morris’s brother outlined a month ago in the Detroit Free Press. Morris had every intention of entering his name in the draft and the decision to officially file his paperwork was just the next step in the process.
At this point it’s probably fair to say that Morris is genuinely conflicted. By not hiring an agent at this point, Morris will be able to garner as much feedback as possible and leave his options open until the May 8th withdrawal date.