Video: Mark Donnal at Adidas Invitational

Michigan commitment Mark Donnal missed the first two days of the live evaluation period, but was back on the floor in Indianapolis on Friday. The 2013 big man continues to impress develop his inside-outside game and UMHoops was on hand to see him in action on Friday:

Donnal also had time to discuss his decision to commit to Michigan and his goals for the summer in the following video interview. We have that interview, transcribed quotes and additional spring highlights after the jump. [click to continue…]

Video: VJ Beachem Talks Recruiting at Adidas Invitational

VJ Beachem continues to play well on the AAU circuit and most recently picked up an offer from Butler. The 6-foot-7 wing forward took the time to discuss his recruitment at the Adidas Invitational where he was watched closely by John Beilein, Lavall Jordan and a host of other coaches.

Full transcript after the jump. [click to continue…]

Scouting: Adidas Invitational Pool Play

20101228171011_2010-1228-dm-holidayhoops0064[1]The Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis is one of the premiere AAU events of the July live evaluation period. The event not only features most of the best Adidas-funded AAU clubs in the country, it also features a number of primary Michigan targets.  Several U-M targets got off to a slow start on Wednesday but bounced back to put together huge days on Thursday. UMHoops was on hand for to watch Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin, Demetrius Jackson and others.

Derrick Walton, Michigan Mustangs, 2013 - After struggling in a Wednesday pool game vs. Martin’s Wolverines, Walton was outstanding in a loss to Spiece Indy Heat 16u on Thursday, scoring 35 points and showing off a well-rounded game in the process. Not only did the 5-11 Walton shoot the ball well, but he also did a great job of attacking the basket off the bounce to score as well as draw contact. The 2013 Michigan target displayed a reliable free throw stroke and was able to take advantage of easy scoring opportunities at the line. When attacking off the dribble, Walton also did a nice job of seeing openings and finding teammates for baskets. Walton does not have a Michigan State offer at this point, but most expect that one will be coming, perhaps in August.

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Thursday Links

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.’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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