Max Bielfeldt Picks Michigan


Max Bielfeldt verbally committed to the University of Michigan today during a press conference at his high school. Bielfeldt made two visits to Ann Arbor, most recently an official visit last week. He is the third commitment in Michigan’s class of 2011 and will join guards Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke.

Bielfeldt is not ranked by Rivals and Scout and is rated 87/100 on ESPN. Bielfeldt received a handful of mid-major offers but his decision ultimately boiled down to choosing between his two Big Ten scholarship offers: Michigan and Illinois. Bielfeldt’s family has strong connections to Illinois, the athletic department administration building is named after his family, but he settled on Michigan.

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Video: Max Bielfeldt Press Conference Live Stream

Max Bielfeldt will be announcing his college decision at 4:30 eastern. Hopefully this stream works, it seems to be from someone associated with the school. Update: Bielfeldt committed to Michigan.
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Video: Nik Stauskas at NPSAA Championships

Flagrant Fouls, our favorite Canadian basketball news source, was on hand to watch Nik Stauskas at the NPSAA Championships. The event featured a variety of different American and Canadian prep schools facing off. Stauskas was very impressive and Nolan Shuman had this to say on his performance:

His offensive skill set is extremely impressive. His jump shot is as wet as anyone in the country and he proved why he was an extremely difficult cover all season at St.Mark’s. Stauskas showed off a plethora of different shots this weekend. Whether it was his one dribble pull up, his step back three, a catch and shoot, or some other prayer he threw up, it rarely touched anything but the floor on it’s way threw the rim. He’s also an extremely underrated passer and has terrific basketball IQ.

Shuman also posted this video from the event:

Friday Recruiting Open Thread


With several important recruiting events on today’s docket, we decided to start a recruiting open thread. The schedule:

  • 1:00 p.m.: Carlton Brundidge and Southfield face Kalamazoo Central in Michigan state semifinals. (Streaming video here)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Max Bielfeldt announces college decision between Michigan and Illinois. We’re cautiously optimistic here. There’s plenty U-M optimism but the x-factor is still Bielfeldt’s strong family connections to the University of Illinois.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Trey Burke and Northland face Trey Lewis (PSU) and Garfield Heights in Ohio state semifinals.

Video: Trey Burke Senior Highlights

Here’s a great end of season compilation mix of Ohio Mr. Basketball, and Michigan commitment, Trey Burke. Northland will face Garfield Heights and co-Ohio Player of the Year Trey Lewis in tonight’s state semifinal. Credit goes to Ty Kish and City League Hoops for putting together this great mix.

Video: Monte Morris vs. McBain

2013 point guard Monte Morris had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Flint Beecher’s 70-66 overtime loss to McBain in the MHSAA Class C semifinals. Morris is one of the talented group of Michigan point guards in the class of 2013. Josh Houchin compiled this scouting video of Morris’s performance. Morris wears #11 in white.

2011 Michigan commitment Carlton Brundidge will take the floor at 1 pm today to face Kalamazoo Central.

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