Recap: 2011 Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic

As we conclude our coverage from the 2011 Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic, it seemed like a good idea to recap everything that was posted over the last several days. There were plenty of videos and scouting reports and things easily get lost in the shuffle. The tournament field was heavy on 2013 prospects, many of whom should expect a Michigan offer on June 15th.

Video: Drake Harris at Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic

Just a freshman at Grand Rapids Christian, Drake Harris is already drawing attention from high-major programs across the country. A smooth and explosive athlete, the 6-foot-3 Harris is physically on another level than most freshman. His basketball skills aren’t far behind as he shows the ability to score the ball efficiently inside and out. Indiana has already extended a scholarship offer and both in-state schools are heavily recruiting him. Harris is planning another visit at Ann Arbor this spring but rattled off Michigan State, Texas, UCLA, Purdue and Indiana, when asked for his top five schools. Here’s footage of Harris against the REACH Legends at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam.

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Video: V.J. Beachem at Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic

We’ve already posted video of Zak Irvin, V.J. Beachem’s AAU teammate, but Beachem is another long and talented wing guard in the class of 2013 from the state of Indiana. He currently lists Indiana, Purdue (offer), Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Butler and should be poised for a strong summer. Here are some clips from Beachem versus St. Louis Team Swish and the Illinois Wolves at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic.

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155837_1600212258474_1631075049_1357717_66708_nDemetrius Jackson Blowing Up

Demetrius Jackson was one of the most impressive guards at Spiece, and buzz around him is growing. College coaches aren’t allowed on the road to evaluate prospects but there’s no question that they have their ears to the ground, listening to scouts across the country.

One midwestern scout raved about the 2013 guard’s game, claiming that he had the potential to be a star at the next level and was the high major guard in Indiana that nobody is talking about. Michigan and Xavier prioritized Jackson early, and will almost assuredly extend a scholarship on June 15th, but now others are taking serious notice. Illinois and Notre Dame remain involved while Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana are also entering the picture.

The IndyStar profiled Jackson’s recruitment and his AAU coach explains that Michigan has prioritized the explosive guard:

“Michigan has said he’s their No. 1 recruit in that class,” Creech said. “He really tore it up at the Run ‘n’ Slam (in Fort Wayne last weekend) and a lot of coaches found out.”

If you missed it, we posted video of Jackson at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam on Monday.

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Report: Luke Hancock Considering Michigan

hancock[1]We’ve discussed German forward Patrick Heckmann as a potential replacement option for Darius Morris. Now another name has popped up on the radar: Luke Hancock. Hancock is a 6-foot-5 swingman that led George Mason in assists last season. He’s considering a transfer and, if he does transfer, is looking at Michigan and Virginia as his primary options, according to this report from SBNation.

Hancock, a 6-foot-5 swingman who led the team in assists and was third in scoring, “is a mature kid and he’s handling it in a mature way,” O’Connor said. There is no timetable on a decision, he added.

Sources told SB Nation that Hancock is considering trying to transfer to Michigan as well as Virginia, the latter of which had previously been reported. Hancock was the Patriots’ third-leading scorer and leading assist man last season as they won the CAA regular-season championship, and his absence due to food poisoning was a key reason the Patriots got routed by Ohio State in the Round of 32 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Hancock averaged 11 points, four rebounds and four assists per game last season with a stellar 114.4 offensive rating. Hancock would have to sit out for a season and then would have two years of eligibility remaining.

(HT: MGoBlog)

Video: Mark Donnal at Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic

Michigan has been evaluating numerous options for a 2013 big man and Mark Donnal has emerged as an intriguing candidate. Donnal has a great frame for a young prospect and gets up and down the floor pretty well. He needs to add strength to his frame but he appears to have a bright future. Michigan coaches have been in to see Donnal play and he also plans to attend Michigan’s Elite Camp this June. Here are a few clips of Donnal from this weekend’s Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic versus Mean Streets Express. posted a nice interview with Donnal discussing his recruitment, which is embedded after the jump.
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