By Josh Berenter | Recruits | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 7:26 am
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — 2014 big man Kevon Looney turned in the most outstanding performance of the opening night of the 2013 Spiece Run ‘n Slam in Fort Wayne on Friday.
Looney, who had the attention of nearly everyone in the gym, scored a game-high 28 points, leading his Milwaukee Rebels squad to a 92-86 win.
After the game, mobbed by members of the media, Looney talked about the schools toward the top of his list including Michigan, Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Florida, and discussed his recent in-home visit with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“It was a great experience. I learned a lot from Coach K,” Looney said. “He seemed like he was very interested in me. It was a great home visit.”
Looney, who also had recent in-home visits with Florida and Wisconsin talked about his growing relationship with Michigan’s coaches as well.
“They wanted to come in for a home visit, but we already had scheduled all the days,” he said. “So I talked to (John) Beilein a couple times and Coach LaVall (Jordan), I talked to him a lot. We have a pretty good relationship.”
Looney projects to the four at the next level and is a perfect fit for that position at Michigan with his face-up game, jump shot and ability to create. The buzz around the gym was that Looney was cementing himself as a top-10 prospect in the class and he did little to disappoint. Michigan has gotten its foot in the door but still has work to do in Looney’s recruitment.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm
The Bill Hensley Memorial Run ‘N Slam Classic at Spiece Fieldhouse is the premiere AAU event in the Midwest year in and year out. While coaches won’t be on the road this weekend, the top talent in the Midwest will be playing at Spiece and UM Hoops will be in attendance throughout the weekend.
Not much has changed here. Booker, Bluiett and Edwards still hold offers with with AJ Turner, Kameron Chatman and Kevon Looney in the next tier. The only difference being that Turner appears to be playing for an offer while Chatman and Looney need to visit Ann Arbor.
This is a list where we did some major sorting. The “target” group is the top group of prospects that are likely good enough to earn offers on June 15th, however the visit criteria was not followed in this group.
By Joe Stapleton | Recruits | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 9:15 am
Stephen Zimmerman cemented his position as one of the very best class of 2015 prospects in the nation during both April live evaluation periods. Zimmerman – a consensus top five recruit – has been dominant throughout the spring.
The seven-footer possesses a scary good all-around game: Zimmerman can shoot it and is an adept ballhandler with a skilled back-to-the-basket game. While Zimmerman is looking to improve in all areas of his game, one area that has improved significantly is his aggressiveness.
“I would say that I improved a lot on being more aggressive,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman’s Bishop Gorman high school took home a state championship last season. “That was a big thing for me to see and to move my game up a level. Just to see how aggressive I can get. That will help me in my overall game.”
For a player his size, Zimmerman’s improved assertiveness is a big deal. Many young big men lack the chutzpah to demand the ball and make their own opportunities. Zimmerman wants his new aggressiveness to rub off on his teammates.
“I think being a leader and bringing momentum to the games and stuff will not only help me but it’ll help everybody.”
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on May 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Class of 2015 forward Evan Boudreaux had two solid weekends during the April live evaluation period and most recently added offers from Iowa and Iowa State. UM Hoops was in attendance to watch Boudreaux at the King James Classic in Akron, watch the footage in the embedded media player below.
Ty Kish and Slam Online’s Rodger Bohn were present at one of Trey Burke’s NBA Draft workouts last week. Burke, who opted to enter the draft after his sophomore season, is projected as a top five pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.