By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Michigan State commitment Keith Appling was awarded Michigan Mr. Basketball today. The 6-foot-3 guard was a scoring machine this season and averaged 28 points, six rebounds, and five assists per game. Michigan recruiting target Trey Zeigler finished second in the voting. The final vote was:
Keith Appling – 2,037 points
Trey Zeigler – 1,145 points
Ray McCallum – 934
Maurice Jones – 868
Devin Oliver – 470
Michael Talley III – 360
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 22, 2010 at 10:08 am
After far too long, the 2010 and 2011 recruiting hotboards have been updated. I have also added a 2012 watch list, which is essentially a hotboard in an early format. Another update will probably be necessary after signing day, but for now this should help you keep track of some of the prospects that Michigan is watching.
These hotboards are supposed to be a catalog of information and not a constantly up to date recruiting page. You will find links to prospect profiles at Rivals, Scout, and ESPN as well as any recruiting information that we have posted here. They are unofficial and just an attempt to organize information that has been made public already. If you have any comments, corrections, or suggestions then don’t hesitate to e-mail me.
I’ve also added an index to each page, if you click a players name it should jump you down to their bio. Now here are the links:
Trey, a four-star 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward recruit, has narrowed his list to five schools — Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA and, yes, Central Michigan.
Zeigler still plans to make his final decision on or around signing day, which is April 14th. He also has two official visits remaining after previously making officials to Michigan, UCLA, and Oklahoma.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 21, 2010 at 8:26 am
John Beilein was on the road again on Saturday, this time venturing to the Hoosier State to check out a pair of Indiana semi-states. Beilein watched Washington’s 2011 big man Cody Zeller in the early afternoon before heading over to see 2012 point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell in the evening. Both players guided their teams to State Championship berths with great performances. Josh “MaizeNBlue2″ Houchin was also on hand to record video of Yogi Ferrell in action.
First off, Yogi Ferrell was spectacular. The lightning quick 5-foot-11 guard did it all in Park Tudor’s 4OT win over Forest Park. Ferrell finished with a game high 26 points on 10 of 15 shooting.
Ferrell scored the ball at will in the first half and notched 19 of his points in the first stanza. He took the ball to the hole, came off screens, hit pull-up jumpshots, scored in transition — he did it all. Eventually Forest Park was forced to defend him with a box and one and sometimes a triangle and two, trying their best to deny him from even touching the ball.
The second half was a different story. Forest Park attempted to take the air out of the ball and just run the clock. Because they were focusing their defense on Ferrell, his scoring production declined pretty significantly. He did begin to look for his teammates a little more often and found them open for a number of good looks.
Despite missing a potential game winner in the first and third overtimes, Ferrell made two game changing plays in the overtime sessions. The first was a driving double clutch layup that he willed into the basket after getting fouled which tied the game (3:11 mark of the video). The second was his game winning shot with 5.4 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime. Here’s Josh’s video:
There’s a lot to love about Ferrell’s game. At 5-foot-11 he isn’t tall but he has game breaking speed and loves the ball in his hands. I think he showed great poise for a sophomore and he has led Park Tudor from 4-8 to the Indiana state championship. Ferrell has visited Ann Arbor unofficially (for Notre Dame game) and also attended Elite camp in Ann Arbor. With his visits to Ann Arbor and the fact that Beilein has watched him twice in the last two weeks, I think it’s safe to say he’s at the top of Michigan’s 2012 recruiting board.
Washington big man Cody Zeller is another player that Beilein was watching for the second time in the last month or so. Zeller didn’t have his biggest performance on Saturday but it was good enough to help his team advance to the State Championship.
The 6-foot-11, 205 pound, post prospect finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in the 57-38 win over #1 Danville. Most of Zeller’s scoring production came in the first half when he scored 10 points including three “and ones”.
Zeller was matched up against a stronger player, Purdue commitment Travis Carroll, for stretches of the game and that was a tough test for the skinnier Zeller.
Zeller had an up and down game today. He looked great in the first half, scoring 10 points, but struggled in the second … Zeller finished plays after contact, but struggled to convert from the free throw line, shooting just 3-8. He showed nice shooting range, knocking down his lone 3 point field goal attempt. Defensively, Zeller did a nice job and recorded 3 blocked shots. Zeller needs to add strength to his frame as he struggled at times guarding Carroll in the paint. Zeller rebounded the ball well, but struggled to control rebounds as many smaller opponents were able to tie him up for jump balls. He also passed the ball well and did not take any bad shots. All in all, Zeller had an "alright" game but could have done better. The main reason for his second half struggle was that Carroll switched and guarded him in the second half.
Zeller recently updated the IndyStar with information about his recruitment. The 6-foot-11 junior stated that he plans to take all five official visits and will probably decide “some time during his senior year”. Zeller has offers from Butler, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Purdue among many others.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm
John Beilein watched Isaiah Sykes lead Denby to an upset over state power Pershing
It was a busy night of high school basketball across the state of Michigan. Regional finals were underway and the state’s best teams were playing for a chance to play in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Michigan commitments and targets were in action all over the place and there were plenty of upsets as well. Of course, Michigan head coach John Beilein was on the road to take in the action. Find out how Isaiah Sykes, Trey Zeigler, Carlton Brundidge, Javontae Hawkins, and Amir Williams performed after the jump.
End of season content will start coming soon around these parts… Sorry for the delay.
Michigan’s Harris undecided on plans for next year
Nothing new here. Sam Webb recently stated on the radio that if he had to guess he’d handicap Harris’ chances of returning at 65% yes and 35% no. The early entry deadline is April 27th and the NCAA mandated withdrawal date is May 8th.