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.
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.
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The award winners went as expected with Darius Morris winning the MVP, Jordan Morgan most improved, Stu Douglass best defender and Zack Novak winning seven awards spanning academics to taking charges.
Tim Hardaway Jr. didn’t take home an award, it might be time to award a “Newcomer of the Year”, but it was announced that he will tryout for the USA U-19 team this June in Colorado Springs.
Full award listing after the jump. (Photo: AnnArbor.com)
Now with video:
Kudos to our resident video guru, Josh Houchin, who did an amazing job with these videos. We’ll have more videos in the coming days and weeks.
There are plenty of players that talk about how badly they want to win games but a much smaller group consistently demonstrates their will to win on the court. Zack Novak falls into the second category. He says things like “I hate losing more than I like winning” because he’s brutally honest and not because it makes for a good sound bite. Anyone that has seen him in the locker room after a loss understands his honesty.
Novak posted career bests in almost every statistical measure during his junior season including points, rebounds, three point shooting, effective field goal percentage, offensive rating, free throw percentage, free throw rate and turnover rate. His improvement wasn’t as dramatic as Darius Morris or Jordan Morgan but, quietly, Novak turned himself into a better player during the offseason. More importantly, he took ownership of the team and provided the direction and leadership that was so sorely lacking a year before.
AAU kicked into full gear on the national stage with the Boo Williams Invitational (or EYBL Session 1) but there were also some strong regional tournaments as well. The Michigan Mustangs hosted the Motown Showdown and IndyBall.com hosted a tournament in Indianapolis. Before the AAU talk, here are a couple other tidbits from the weekend:
There was also a short open contact period that allowed coaches to hit the road. John Beilein made the trip out east to watch 2012 big man Mitch McGary (pictured). McGary played very well at an AAU tournament in Milwaukee a week ago and plays alongside Michigan commitment Glenn Robinson III. McGary still has a long list of high profile schools recruiting him but it’s clear that Michigan continues to try to works its way into the mix.