When Darius Morris committed to Michigan he was arguably the highest rated commitment that John Beilein had landed during his coaching career. Beilein spent a significant amount of time recruiting the California native after prioritizing him early in the process. In many ways, Morris’s commitment helped alleviate concerns regarding Beilein’s recruiting, as he was clearly a different level of prospect than Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Ben Cronin and Jordan Morgan. Morris’s commitment was a recruiting statement and fans expected an immediate impact.
After being touted as the future of the program before setting foot in Ann Arbor, Morris’s freshman season was a disappointment. He turned the ball over, shot poorly from the perimeter and looked nothing like a top 100 player. He never looked comfortable on either end of the court and was the least efficient offensive player that played major minutes in a season that went horribly wrong from the get-go.
The Darius Morris that we saw this season was a completely different player. Whether it was the workouts with John Wall back home in California, long hours working on his jump shot, or just feeling more comfortable in his role, Morris was easily one of the top five most improved players in the country. He seized control of the Michigan offense. Not just by taking and making big shots but also setting up his teammates. From game 1 to game 35, this was Darius Morris’s show.
NBE Basketball’s Ray Mernagh raved about Glenn Robinson III saying, “I did not recognize Glenn “Trey” Robinson when compared to the skinny kid I watched last summer …. A superb athlete already, Michigan is getting one helluva basketball player in Big Dog’s kid.” Click through for much more.
The question for 2013 prospects has stretched well into Illinois as Michigan was in to watch three Illinois kids this week: Jalen James (tweet), Malcolm Hill Jr. (Rivals $) and David Cohn (tweet). We’ll be working to watch all of these kids on the AAU circuit this summer.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 19, 2011 at 10:08 am
Here’s a short video of Carlton Brundidge at the Under Armour All-Michigan Classic. The event featured almost all of Michigan’s top seniors and Brundidge’s team came away with the victory. Obviously the intensity level in these games isn’t the highest but Carlton showed off a little elevation and also sported a Michigan t-shirt in warmups. Thanks again to Michigan Prep Stars for supplying the video.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 18, 2011 at 9:45 am
Michigan commitment Glenn “Trey” Robinson III helped the SYF Players to the Pitt Jam Fest 17U silver bracket championship. This 7-minute long scouting video features almost every play that Robinson was involved in during SYF’s first four games of the tournament (with a sequence of his best dunks replayed at the start).
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 18, 2011 at 8:00 am
Mitch McGary scored the ball inside and out as he led the SYF Players to the Pitt Jam Fest 17U silver championship. This 7-minute long scouting video features almost every play that McGary was involved in during SYF’s first four games at the tournament:
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm
The original plan was to head to Pittsburgh to get a long look at Michigan’s 2012 commitments Glenn Robinson III and Nick Stauskas. Stauskas was nursing an injury and took the weekend off so that meant an even longer look at Robinson.
Robinson and Mitch McGary’s SYF Players team suffered a surprising defeat in pool play but rebounded to win the 17U silver championship on Sunday.
We have scouting notes on Robinson and several other prospects after the jump and make sure to stay tuned for video from the event as well.