By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on March 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm
Manny Harris and John Beilein will address the media Monday morning at 11 am. Harris is expected to forgo his senior year of eligibility and enter his name into the NBA draft. It also sounds like Harris is leaning toward hiring an agent, which would make him ineligible to return to the program if he wanted to withdraw from the draft.
“I would rather have him stay but it won’t influence me one way or another. Not at all,” Zeigler said of Harris. “Michigan still has a good nucleus and coach (John) Beilein has a good team coming back.”
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 27, 2010 at 10:38 am
It was a tough day at the Breslin for Michigan class of 2011 commitment Carlton Brundidge and class of 2010 recruiting target Isaiah Sykes. Both of their teams lost semifinal match-ups convincingly and could never really get their games going. A scouting report on Brundidge and Sykes is after the jump.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on March 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm
Rumors have been swirling that Manny Harris has decided to enter the NBA draft. At this point nothing is official however Harris gave this quote to Terry Foster of the Detroit News when asked if he was declaring:
“How did you find that out?” he said. “I will get back to you later on that.”
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 26, 2010 at 11:00 am
According to The Wolverine, Grand Ledge senior big man Jon Horford verbally committed to the University of Michigan this afternoon. Horford was essentially offered two weeks ago and it was widely assumed that he would sign with Michigan. The only hold up was taking his visit to Ann Arbor to receive his official offer along with his academic presentation.
Horford brings some much needed height to a Michigan roster that was constantly outrebounded and overpowered in the post and graduated it’s only two post players that played significant minutes.
Horford is listed at 6-foot-9 and his weight is listed most recently at 225 pounds. I think that’s more accurate than the previously listed 185 pounds but his true weight probably falls somewhere in the middle, he certainly needs to add muscle to his frame.
Horford averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds per game during his senior season despite facing double and triple teams nearly every night. Horford even notched a few triple doubles (pts/rebs/blks) this year.
There is plenty to like about Horford’s game. He moves well for a big man and looks very comfortable in the post. Despite being double teamed he had a couple nice spin moves when he got the ball cleanly on the box. He also showed very nice touch finishing around the hoop. He also did a very good job passing out of double teams and finding open shooters (even if they weren’t making shots). Judging by his track record and comments, it’s clear that Beilein is fond of players that can pass the ball at every position on the court.
Jon is a multi dimensional power forward. He can operate in the paint or score from the high post. That is probably one of his best attributes, his versatility. Inside Jon is solid on the block. He has decent post moves and is a good rebounder inside due to his solid basketball IQ. He understands blocking out and using his body inside. He scores mostly off garbage inside (dump offs and put backs) he is best facing the basket. He can shoot with range out to 16 or 17 feet. He is a solid defender inside though not an avid shot blocker. He is not quite the athlete that his brother was at the same stage. He will be a very solid player at the collegiate level.
Offers & Rankings
Horford’s top three college choices were Providence, Michigan, and Cal. Providence had offered and he likely would have earned a Cal offer had he visited.
ESPN rates Horford 88/100 and the #75 power forward in the class of 2010. Rivals and Scout (#42 PF) both have him rated as a three star prospect.
Horford is the younger brother of onetime Michigan commit, former Florida Gator, and current Atlanta Hawk, Al Horford. He’s also the son of former NBA player Tito Horford, so he certainly has the bloodlines. He doesn’t appear to be quite as athletic or strong at this point as his brother but his brother was widely regarded as a late bloomer.
Many scouting services have Horford projected as a power forward at the college level but he is almost assuredly a five-man in Beilein’s offense. Beilein’s five man does plenty of facing up but also plays with his back to the basket. Horford’s ability to do a little bit of both makes him the perfect fit for the five while he doesn’t have the level of skill that someone like Evan Smotrycz has to play the four, which is more of a wing position.
It’s hard to imagine Horford contributing immediately during his freshman season. He’s still too skinny and needs to get much stronger. On the other hand, nobody over 6-foot-5 on next year’s roster has played a single minute of Division 1 basketball.
It should be an open competition in the post. Jordan Morgan has had injury problems (2 surgeries in under a year, knee/shoulder) but provides a bigger frame (240 pounds). Blake McLimans is every bit as skinny as Horford but he can shoot the three, is a little bit taller, and has a year of practice time.
Horford joins Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. as the third commitment in Michigan’s 2010 class (updated scholarship breakdown). Michigan still has the capability to take two more players in the class of 2010 however doing so would handicap their flexibility in the class of 2011.
Blue-chip wing Trey Zeigler is still Michigan’s #1 priority in the class of 2010. Zeigler will decide around signing day (April 14th) between Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Duke, and Central Michigan.
Isaiah Sykes (recent scouting & video) is the other remaining 2010 prospect on Michigan’s radar. Sykes doesn’t have any scholarship offers at this time but has raised eyebrows with his stellar play down the stretch. Sykes calls Michigan “home” but is getting calls from USC and LSU.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on March 26, 2010 at 9:15 am
Michigan commitment Carlton Brundidge (‘11) and targets Amir Williams (‘11) and Isaiah Sykes (‘10) will be in action at the Breslin today.
Class A Ann Arbor Huron (22-4) vs. Southfield (20-5) – 1 pm
–Player to watch: Carlton Brundidge (‘11 Commit, Southfield, #1)
Kalamazoo Central (25-1) vs. Detroit Denby (16-9) – 2:50 pm
–Player to watch: Isaiah Sykes (‘10, Denby, #23) Class B Detroit Country Day (24-2) vs. Muskegon Heights (21-4) – 6 pm
–Player to watch: Amir Williams (‘11, DCD, #25)
Lansing Sexton (20-5) vs. Richland Gull Lake (22-3) – 7:50 pm
–Player to watch: Denzel Valentine (‘12, Sexton, #32)
Sam Webb profiled Isaiah Sykes in the Detroit News. USC, LSU, and Arkansas have been calling the senior wing and Sykes still doesn’t have a Michigan offer. Sykes recruitment should continue to progress after his season ends this weekend.
I’ll be at the Breslin tomorrow afternoon to check out Sykes take on a loaded Kalamazoo Central team that features Dayton bound wing Devin Oliver as well as Carlton Brundidge taking on Ann Arbor Huron.