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.

OhioHSHoops.com posted a nice interview with Donnal discussing his recruitment, which is embedded after the jump.
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Video: Zak Irvin at Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic

Zak Irvin had a strong performance at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic, hitting shots from mid-range out beyond the three point line with relative ease. Here’s footage of Irvin from two games in Fort Wayne with some notes, quotes and updates on Irvin’s recruitment after the jump.

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Video: Steven Haney Jr. and Derrick Walton at Spiece Run ‘n Slam

Steven Haney Jr. had a solid showing at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic over the weekend. He scored in 34 points in Friday night action, a game we didn’t film, and was also solid versus Spiece Kessler on Saturday. We combined footage from that game along with the few clips we got from the King James Classic before Haney went down with injury.

Haney lists Michigan, Michigan State, Harvard, Illinois and Nebraska as the primary schools showing interest at this time. Video of Haney’s teammate and point guard, Derrick Walton, after the jump.
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Video: Jalen James at Spiece Run ‘N Slam Classic

Jalen James is one of the fastest rising 2013 point guard prospects on the AAU circuit this spring. A 6-foot-3 guard, James has a prototypical frame for a point guard and plays the game unselfishly, consistently looking to setup his teammates.

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Notebook: Spiece Run ‘n Slam Wrap-Up

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Here are a few final notes from the 2011 Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic. You can keep tabs on all of our content from Spiece on this page, and we’ll also be posting six more scouting videos and recruiting updates over the coming hours and days.

Elite Camp Looms Large

John Beilein has stressed the importance of his Elite Camp since he arrived in Ann Arbor. The camp allows coaches to conduct a tryout of sorts among the best prospects that they can convince to attend. In person coaching and evaluation is invaluable because of the tight NCAA regulations surrounding evaluation during the summer. Michigan’s Elite Camp this year will be held in roughly a month, on June 11th, just four days before Michigan will extend offers to the class of 2013. Early reports suggest that a very strong group of prospects will attend this year’s camp.

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