Scouting: 2011 King James Classic

2013 point guard Derrick Walton

I was only able to stay at the King James Classic through pool play, and was victim to a couple of no-shows, so I spent the majority of my time focusing on a couple 2013 prospects from the state of Michigan. Full scouting reports of that group, including Derrick Walton, Steve Haney Jr., Monte Morris, Denzel Watts and Leo Edwards, after the jump. We will also have some videos posted later today.

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Video: Nik Stauskas Easter Workouts

2012 Michigan commitment Nik Stauskas was back at home over the holidays and put together a couple videos of him working out. One has been floating around all weekend, with Nik going through an array of ball handling and shooting drills (after the jump), but the latest video might be even more impressive. Nik focuses entirely on shooting the second video and makes 95 threes in 5 minutes and 123 of 141 threes in 6 and a half minutes.

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Darius Morris and the NBA Draft

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Yesterday’s development in the Darius Morris NBA draft saga wasn’t actually much of a surprise. It was more or less just following the plan that Morris’s brother outlined a month ago in the Detroit Free Press. Morris had every intention of entering his name in the draft and the decision to officially file his paperwork was just the next step in the process.

At this point it’s probably fair to say that Morris is genuinely conflicted. By not hiring an agent at this point, Morris will be able to garner as much feedback as possible and leave his options open until the May 8th withdrawal date.

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Video: U-M Commits Glenn Robinson III and Trey Burke

We posted a Glenn Robinson III scouting video from the Pitt Jam Fest earlier this week but here’s a short highlight reel from Ty Kish of City League Hoops. The video includes footage of Robinson from early spring events he shows off his elevation and scoring ability around the basket.

After the jump we also have the second episode of Trey Burke’s Journey to the Leauge, a feature produced by Burke’s trainer detailing his early morning workouts.
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Darius Morris To Enter NBA Draft Without Hiring Agent

dariusMorris[1]Darius Morris filed paper work to enter his name in the 2011 NBA Draft without hiring an agent. Here’s the full University of Michigan Release:

University of Michigan sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward HS) has submitted the necessary paperwork to declare for the 2011 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft, but has opted not to hire an agent at this time.

Morris is eligible to return to Michigan for his junior season if he withdraws his name from draft consideration before the May 8 deadline.

“All my life it has been a goal of mine to play in the NBA and I am blessed to have the opportunity to take this step towards that dream,” said Morris. “I look forward to going through this process with the potential of playing at the next level.”

“This is the next step in gathering as much information as possible to assist Darius in making an educated decision,” said U-M head coach John Beilein. “As Darius considers his options we will continue to support him in every way we can throughout the process.”

Morris, who was an All-Big Ten third team selection by both the coaches and media, helped the Wolverines to a 21-14 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament third round. He recorded the largest margin of improvement in scoring in the Big Ten, jumping from 4.4 points per game as a freshman to a team-best 15.0 per game this past season.

Video: Monte Morris Spring AAU Highlights

Flint Beecher point guard Monte Morris has emerged as one of the top 2013 prospects in the state of Michigan. The jet quick floor general has led Team Detroit to gold division championships at both the Motown Showdown and Grand Rapids Storm Classic. Michigan Prep Stars compiled some footage of Morris during the first two AAU tournaments of the spring.

In other recruiting news, we’ve also added several class of 2013 recruiting profiles that are worth a glance. We’ll be updating the recruiting lists much more often this summer as AAU season heats up. Remember that all of our recruiting videos are archived on this page (with a handy search filter).

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