Basketball Recruiting Updates
Michigan in Running For Top Talent in 2008 Class
I know its Notre Dame week and everyone's got other things on their mind, but this is pretty big news as far as the basketball program is concerned.
This past weekend Michigan welcomed a pile of top 2008 recruits to Ann Arbor. Delvon Roe (5* PF Lakewood, OH), Kenny Frease (5* C Massillon, OH) and Quintin Dailey all visited Michigan this past weekend for a shoot around/open gym with current Michigan commitments Manny Harris and Alex Legion (Man, is it fun to type that). Apparently they were in town on official visits so I'd assume they got Michigan Stadium treatment. Google stalking hasn't netting any newspaper articles on their visits, so unless you've got rivals or scout access this is as far as you'll get.
There is a sickeningly enticing headline that comes out of Roe's visit, "Hoops: Roe to return to Ann Arbor?" Um... What? Roe is a 6'7", 215 lbs power forward out of Ohio. Rated the number 2 Power forward on both boards, Roe is ranked 5 in the Rivals Hot 150 for 2008 and 5 in the Scout 100. He just started his junior year and he's 6'7" with silky moves and long longness. He's a baseball player too, but will focus on basketball at the college level. At this point Michigan and Illinois are reportedly in the lead for his services. It's nice to see a five star have his Michigan interest listed as "High", even if it is too early to celebrate. He's got a list of ten different schools who are vying for his services, including Duke, OSU, MSU and every other elite 8 team. At this point only OSU and Michigan have offered scholarships. Chances? Too early to tell. But having a chance to play with Legion and Harris certainly didn't hurt. A good start to the season and a marquee victory or two could push him our way. The message boards seem to think his parents were impressed by Michigan, but take that FWIW.
Big man Kenny Frease was also impressed by his Ann Arbor visit. Frease is a 6'11" 255lbs center out of Ohio as well. Currently pegged as the #4 Center in the class Rivals has Frease as a 4* Center, and ranking 30 in the Rivals 150. Scout's got him at 5* and 25 in the Scout 100. A big man with shot blocking ability. Looks like he needs to fill out a bit, but he's really improved his stock over the summer with great camp showings. As much as I'd love to have Roe, a center is our biggest need so it's nice to see Tommy isn't screwing around.
What does it all mean?
Nothing definitive, but I'd say good things. Having a pile of 4 or 5 star recruits on campus on the heels of securing one of 2007's best recruiting classes is big news for Michigan. Having commits like Manny Harris and Alex Legion to BS with and shoot jumpers makes the news even better.
Roe is obviously Michigan's top target. Amaker has been on his trail since it was NCAA legal to do so. What is more encouraging is that Amaker was able to bring in a center, which this team desperately needs. If he can land either Roe or Frease it will be another huge step toward not just making the NCAAs but being a legitimate threat in them. The Big Ten is going to be murderous the next few years with redundant consonants Matta and Izzo at OSU and MSU respectively. However, Michigan's turned a bit of a corner with the 2007 class. Securing these guys would put us around the corner and on the straight away.
All this high star talent on a single weekend to playing with our banner recruits. It begs the question why haven't we seen more of this?
And why is Blue Chips suddenly playing in the back of my mind?