- Chad Ford watched Darius Morris work out in California along with Jon Leuer, Chandler Parsons and Malcolm Thomas and was very impressed: “Darius Morris looked really, really good in workouts today. He’s got a great work ethic and attitude. He’s going to be a first rounder.” Ford echoed those sentiments in his column today and has Morris slotted at No. 23 in his first mock draft..
- U-M’s John Beilein wishes Darius Morris well in the NBA
Quotes from John Beilein on Darius Morris from his appearance on WTKA this morning. Here’s the audio on MVictors.com as well.
- Scout’s 2012 Top 100
Glenn Robinson III moves up to No. 90 in Scout.com’s latest rankings
- Scholarship Breakdown
I updated the scholarship breakdown to account for Morris’s departure. The U-M staff could use Morris’s scholarship in either of the next two classes.
- Yes, recruiting changes are here again
The recruiting calendar will shift again…
- How to help fix college hoops recruiting
Telep shares his thoughts on how to properly construct the recruiting calendar.
- NCAA basketball rules committee recommends implementing charge circle
Josh Bartelstein tweeted that “this will help us” but I’m not too sure. Michigan takes a lot of charges, a good portion which probably fall right around the basket. Conversely, this team doesn’t have a lot of drivers or players frequently called for charges.
- NBA Draft.net Mock Draft: May 5th, 2011
NBA Draft.net has moved Morris up to 23rd, headed to the Houston Rockets
- AAU Preview: Run ‘N Slam Classic in Ft. Wayne
An Indiana-centric preview of this weekend’s event. Many of the players (including Trevon Bluiett, PJ Thompson, VJ Beachem, Zak Irvin, Sean Sellers, Drake Harris, Gary Harris, Jalen James, Sherron Dorsey-Walker and Mark Donnall) mentioned are Michigan prospects. I’ll be in Fort Wayne covering those guys as well as numerous other U-M prospects at the event.
- Zak Irvin with today’s “In Their Own Words” entry
Zak Irvin posts a journal entry on the Indy Star
Another spring AAU recruiting video from our friend, Michigan Prep Stars, this one featuring 2013 Lansing Eastern wing guard Steven Haney Jr. Haney is known as a shooter, which will be clear after watching the video, but also has a great combination of length and skill. Haney lists Michigan, Michigan State, Harvard, Illinois and Nebraska at this point. He suffered an ankle injury in Akron at the King James Classic but expects to play this weekend at the Spiece Classic where he should face a much higher level of competition than you see in this clip.
Here’s the official athletic department statement on Morris opting to remain in the NBA draft, including quotes from Morris and head coach John Beilein.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward HS) has decided to forego the remainder of his college eligibility and remain as an early entry for the 2011 NBA Draft.
“There have been long discussions with my family, friends and my Michigan coaches,” said Morris. “After gathering all the information possible, I have decided to stay in the NBA Draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.
Now that Morris is officially leaving his name in the NBA draft, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s team without Morris.
First, a word on Morris’s decision. This was a secret that wasn’t necessarily well kept. Morris and his family have been involved in extensive conversations with agents for quite some time and there never appeared to be much thought given to the idea of returning to school. We’d be surprised if Morris didn’t sign with Andy Miller or Leon Rose when he makes his final decision.
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Darius Morris has decided to keep his name in the draft and will not be returning to Michigan, according to a source close to the situation.
Givony is one of the best draft reporters out there and this report confirms all of the information that we’ve received over the past several weeks. In this context, sources close to the situation generally refer to agents involved in the courting process.
Morris hasn’t officially signed with an agent but we expect that to be announced reasonable soon. Currently Morris is in Vegas working out with Alec Burks, Kawhi Leonard, Josh Selby and others.
Here’s video of 2013 recruits Zak Irvin and Zavier Turner at the Eric Gordon All-Star Classic. Thanks to our friend Joe Eberhardt, of IndyHSHoops.com and Inside The Hall, who passed along the footage.
Irvin is a 2013 wing guard currently ranked 41st by ESPN.com. He holds offers from Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Xavier along with interest from Butler, Michigan, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. Irvin has visited Michigan several times and the Wolverines appear firmly in the mix.
After the jump we have video and a quick scouting report of new 2013 point guard target Zavier Turner.
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