The three position has developed into the focal point of the Michigan offense. It’s no coincidence that arguably the two most prolific scorers on the Michigan roster have played on the wing. The position demands a versatile player that can not only shoot from deep and score the ball in the paint, but also create for others and provide a major boost in the rebounding department. Baseball refers to complete prospects as “five tool players” and that’s what John Beilein looks for at the three position.
Michigan already landed two wing players in the class of 2012 that are capable of sliding up (Glenn Robinson III) and down (Nick Stauskas) the position ladder, versatile pieces to work around, but the staff has spent considerable time pursuing wing options in the class of 2013 as well. Here are some scouting notes, links to video and recruiting tidbits on some of the primary wing targets in the class of 2013.
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Hardaway Preps for Team USA Tryout Official MGoBlue fluff on Hardaway’s summer plans including his thoughts on Darius, last season and the incoming freshmen. The Team USA tryout will begin on June 16th in Colorado.
Derrick Walton visited Michigan State yesterday while Steven Haney Jr. unofficially visited Detroit, who offered him a scholarship. Haney plans to visit Michigan on Thursday and both Michigan Mustang teammates plan to attend Elite Camp at Michigan.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Our friends at Inside the Hall are lending a hand with coverage of the Indiana Seniors vs. Juniors All-Stars Exhibition games. Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III is a member of the six player junior “core” team that will participate in both events. He totaled nine points four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the juniors’ 117-113 loss on Monday night. The highlight of his evening was a personal 5-point second half scoring run for the junior team.
We plan to have additional coverage after the second leg of the event, which will take place Wednesday night at Kokomo. We’ve posted plenty of Robinson video this spring which you can find on our recruiting videos page.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm
The Michigan coaching staff has turned their sights on 2012 face-up power forward Stefan Jankovic. The 6-foot-10 Canadian has had a strong spring on the AAU circuit, most recently at the Pangos Invitational. Jankovic’s recruitment with Michigan has also heated up. He took the time to chat about his relationship with John Beilein, a potential visit to Ann Arbor as well as his relationship with 2012 commitment Nick Stauskas among other things.
On his game and style of play:: If I were to put it in one word I’d say versatile. I’m about 6-foot-10 wing forward that can go down low. I can shoot the ball, handle it a little bit and just use mismatches to my advantage. If I have bigger stronger guy take him out or take a smaller weaker guy in the paint. I’m working on my defense but can guard out on the wing. Versatility is my biggest thing. Rebounding, blocking shots, all of that.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on June 6, 2011 at 8:30 am
Most of our recent coverage has focused on the class of 2013 lately but there have been plenty of developments surrounding the class of 2012. Here are several updates on Michigan’s two 2012 commitments as well as a new candidate to fill Darius Morris’s empty scholarship.
Robinson has excelled on the spring AAU circuit as one of the primary perimeter scorers on his SYF Players squad. Robinson played well enough to earn an invitation to the Under Armour Best of the Best Camp over the weekend in Georgia where he was noted as one of the best athletes in the camp.
It’s another big week for Robinson, who will play in both Indiana Senior-Junior All-Star games this week (tonight at Washington and Wednesday at Kokomo). He is part of a six person “core” group which also includes Yogi Ferrell, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Ron Patterson, DJ Balentine and Gary Harris.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Big Ten | Posted on June 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm
The Big Ten held its annual Council of Presidents & Chancellors meeting this afternoon and decided on venues for the conference championship games and tournaments in the new look Big Ten.
The Big Ten Basketball Tournament will return to its original format, rotating between Chicago and Indianapolis. The upcoming 2012 tournament will still be held in Indianapolis, honoring the existing Big Ten contract. Chicago will host the event in 2013 and 2015 and Indianapolis in 2014 and 2016.
The Big Ten Tournament was originally hosted in Chicago before rotating between Chicago and Indianapolis from 2002 through 2008. In 2008 the conference announced a five year deal, which will run through 2012, to host the tournament in Indianapolis.
The Big Ten also announced that the football championship game will be held in Indianapolis until 2015. Full Big Ten release after the jump. [click to continue…]