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.
It’s a big weekend on the AAU circuit with the Grand Rapids Storm Classic, Pittsburgh Jam Fest, and Battle for the Arch all scheduled. I’ll be at the Jam Fest but unfortunately Nick Stauskas is sitting out this weekend with a knee injury.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 14, 2011 at 8:17 am
Max Bielfeldt signed his letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon and made his commitment official. Here’s a snippet from the release:
“We love the talent, character, toughness and work habits that Max brings to our basketball program,” said Beilein. “His size and strength at approximately 6-8, 240 should help us a great deal around the basket. Max’s high basketball IQ, shooting ability and outstanding perimeter skill level allows him to have some versatility in his game. We plan on utilizing his talent in a variety of ways.”
Tim Hardaway Jr. had missed his first five shots from the field and Michigan was down nine points with under eight minutes to play. The stage was as about as small as can be for a Big Ten game, a relatively innocuous Sunday noon tip off at Penn State in front of a mere 8300 fans. Regardless of the setting, the next eight minutes transformed Tim Hardaway Jr. into a star. Hardaway went on to score 13, and assist five more, of Michigan’s final 26 points as the Wolverines stormed back to escape Happy Valley with a three point win.
Hardaway never looked back. Up until that game, the freshman wing guard averaged 11.5 points per game with a 46% effective field goal percentage. Respectable numbers but nothing compared to the 17.5 points game, and 70% eFG%, that he averaged over Michigan’s final 12 games. Suddenly Michigan was instinctively running its offense through the freshman and, time and again, he was producing. He wasn’t just making shots, he was making the most important shots. He was usually the Michigan player that would spearhead one of the Wolverines many herculean second half comebacks over the final month of the season. And he was no longer just a jump-shooter, he was creating offense for himself and others, picking up 26 of his 59 assists in that final 12 game span. A star was born before our eyes.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm
2012 big man Sean Sheldon doesn’t receive as much exposure in Northern Michigan but he quietly continues to develop into a solid prospect. He played well at the Motown Showdown, leading ACB/Bank Hoops to an upset over the Michigan Mustangs in pool play, and is one to watch this summer. A number of major-conference schools traveled up to see Sheldon play this winter including Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Xavier, USC and Penn State but right now he holds offers from Central Michigan, Lehigh, Miami-OH, Toledo, William and Mary, Western Michigan and Wright State.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 12, 2011 at 10:48 am
Joe Eberhardt of IndyHSHoops.com passed along this video (and interview) of VJ Beachem from the IndyBall.com Shootout. Beachem is a 2013 wing prospect that lists Butler, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Cincinnati. He only has a Purdue offer at this juncture but has visited Indiana, Xavier, OSU, Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan and Butler. Here are the highlights with a video interview after the jump.