Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Alex Legion Re-Commits to Michigan.

All of a Sudden Michigan Has a Top Rate 2007 Class

Alex Legion is back. Not back for the time being, back for good. The 6'5", 200 lbs shooting guard that decommitted from Michigan in April, looked around and decided that the grass was not greener on the other side. He's told everyone he'll sign his national letter of intent to play at Michigan in November when the early signing period begins.

Legion seems to mean it. He told the Free Press that he would not talk to any other colleges and would not take any other official visits. My gut tells me he's here to stay. Amaker stayed hot on Legion's trail after he decommitted and helped to make the Detroit native see he would be happier in Ann Arbor. His persistence paid off.

"I had the best relationship with coach Amaker of all coaches I dealt with," Legion told the news services. Legion also has the benefit of knowing he can walk onto campus and have a starting job waiting for him. Of the players on the (potential) 2007 roster, only Manny Harris can equal Legion's skill level.

Brian summed it up best: What The Hell?

Months ago
Alex Legion was the crown jewel of Tommy Amaker's 2007 recruiting class. Then out of nowhere, Legion bolted. Many things were written of Amaker following his decommit. Some (most) of them were negative. Most of these things seemed justified in the following weeks. Random people were offered scholarships. The wheels had come off the wagon and lots of people, including me, were calling for Tommy's job. Then Manny Harris chose Michigan. And now, so has Alex Legion. Again.

Before decommitting Legion was a standout ball player at Detroit Country Day. He averaged 25 points, six rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.5 assists a game and caught the eye of every scout in the country. He was named First Team All State Class B as a sophomore and junior. Even so, Legion decided to transfer from DCD to Oak Hill in Virginia. Legion said he wanted to get away from all the advice and make some decisions on his own. Following his decommit I wrote the following:

The fact that Legion is transferring to Oak Hill to get away from it all is a good sign for him personally. I wish him luck in his personal voyage to assert himself.

It seems he has.

Looking at the 2007 roster, here's how it fills out:

Starters
PG Jerret Smith Jr.
G Manny Harris Fr.
F DeShawn Sims Sr.
W Alex Legion Sr.
F/C Ekpe Udoh So.

Bench
PG Kelvin Grady Fr.
W Jevohn Shepherd Jr.
F Kendric Price Jr.
W Ron Coleman Sr.
G Alex Brzozowicz Sr.
F Phil DeVries Jr.
PG Reed Baker So.
C Zach Gibson So.
G K'Len Morris So.
SF Anthony Wright So.

With only one pure center on the team in Zach Gibson, a big man becomes a critical need. However, Legion's commitment used up our final 2007 scholarship. Unless Tommy plans to yank the rug out from under Baker or Gibson, were stuck. The Diag reports Michigan can borrow a scholarship against its 2008 class, but I'm not exactly sure how that works.

Further complicating matters is the outstanding offer to three star Flint, Michigan PG Laval Lucas-Perry, who is expected to name his college choice at a 11 am press conference today. After the Legion commitment, I'd be shocked if he chose Michigan. But the way things are going, who knows.

Michigan was on life support at the end of June. All of a sudden new strength and life has been breathed back into the program. Maybe the Free Press was right. They are now. Still, we've had good recruits before. It's time for Tommy to coach this team into the tournament.

Random Basketball Knowledge

Jevohn Shepherd has been named to the Canadian Men's Basketball National Team. University of Michigan athletes do have a penchant for that, look at the hockey team.

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