By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on May 7, 2011 at 1:16 am
The Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic is one of the premiere midwestern spring AAU events and this year’s tournament is no exception. There are plenty U-M recruiting targets participating in the event and we’ll have coverage throughout the weekend and beyond.
I spent Friday night watching the Eric Gordon All-Stars 16U team, featuring 2013 wings Zak Irvin and VJ Beachem, as well as the Illinois Wolves 16U team with 2013 point guard Jalen James. Here are a few notes from the first night of action:
It took Zak Irvin a while to get started on Friday night but the long wing guard scored 10 second half points as the Eric Gordon All-Stars knocked off St. Louis Team Swish, 69-54. Irvin told me that he’s developed a very strong relationship with Michigan assistant coach Lavall Jordan and that he fully expects an offer from the Wolverines on June 15th. Michigan appears to be in a very strong position in Irvin’s recruitment at this juncture.
Irvin’s teammate, V.J. Beachem, added nine points and also played very well. He’s a smooth athlete, and might have an even longer wingspan than Irvin, with the ability to knock down the three point shot.
Jalen James has gone from unknown prospect to the talk of the Big Ten. James is a strong point guard with a great frame that plays the game under control. He plays high school ball at a very small high school in Chicago and simply hasn’t had the exposure that he’s getting this spring. Jalen’s AAU coach, Mike Mullins, has coached some terrific point guards and raved about Jalen’s game. Mullins added that James is hearing from “almost all of the Big Ten” and is working on getting a visit scheduled to Ann Arbor this June.
Michigan is also inquiring about James’s teammate, big man Andrew Zelis. Zelis has optimal size but is still growing into his body, improving his mobility and coordination and learning to play the game efficiently.
Austin Hatch won’t be playing this weekend as he’s recovering from torn ligaments in his ankle and will be sidelined for a few weeks. Hatch’s father reported that Austin is up to 6-foot-6 and 214lbs and he’s yet another 2013 wing prospect to keep an eye on.
We’ll have much more from the Spiece Run ‘n Slam Classic over the coming days.
Ohio Mr. Basketball
2nd Team Parade All-American
First Team All-State
Career 1,000 Point Scorer
Soph: 27-1, OHSAA State Champs
Junior: 23-1, AP Ohio No. 2
Senior: 26-2, OHSAA Runner-up
AAU National Champs 2009
Trey Burke’s prep career has been defined by winning. You can count the number of losses that Burke’s Northland squad suffered during his tenure on one hand. Playing for one of the midwest’s top AAU programs, All-Ohio Red, Burke added an AAU national championship to his resume as well. Despite all of his team success, it wasn’t until his senior year that Burke began to start collecting individual accolades.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on May 5, 2011 at 8:14 am
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.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on May 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm
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.
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. [click to continue…]