2015 Rankings Breakdown: Michigan

For the first time since the end of the summer the class of 2015 rankings were updated. As would be expected there was a lot of movement up and down. Here is a look at what happened with Michigan targets.

Michigan brought in a three-man class in 2014, and they are looking to follow up that solid effort with another good group in 2015. John Beilein has been one of the best in scouting and development over the past few years, and this year as usual he has some top players on his radar while also keeping an eye on some of the lower rated prospects.

In the middle Michigan is hoping to bring in a highly touted center and two prospects they are definitely pursuing would be five-stars Diamond Stone and Stephen Zimmerman. Stone moved down one spot because of how Ivan Rabb vaulted in the rankings, but he remained in the top three. Zimmerman is now the No. 5 player in the country falling slightly after a somewhat inconsistent junior season.

Also in the mix is power forward Carlton Bragg who the Wolverines have turned things up with. Bragg moved up one spot in the top 10 to No. 8. A very athletic junior, Bragg is beginning to get more skill and still runs the floor as well as any prospect his size in the country. He is a bit more potential over production, but there was just no way to ignore Bragg as a prospect.

On the wing the Wolverines are clearly looking for scoring. Top prospect Luke Kennard moved up one spot to No. 14, while other high priority Jalen Coleman made a bigger jump. Coleman went from the No. 8 shooting guard and No. 33 overall to the No. 6 shooting guard and No. 25 overall. An excellent season has helped Coleman, as he has been more consistent than ever with his shot, and also has improved on his ball handling and passing. Given that he has long arms and is a good athlete, it was easy to jump Coleman up a few spots.

Another wing who Michigan likes that made a jump was Kyle Ahrens. A summer AAU teammate of Kennard, Ahrens is now a four-star prospect and No. 83 overall. Ahrens was having a tremendous season before suffering an injury, but overall his shot making and athleticism were simply too much to ignore and keep him out of the top 100.

On the interior one player who got a bump was Noah Dickerson. The Wolverines made an impression on Dickerson early in the process and now he is seen as the No. 14 center and the No. 49 overall prospect up from No. 63 overall. It is Dickerson's combination of nimble feet and great scoring acumen that makes him a top 50 prospect, and it was clear after re-evaluating everything that he needed to be shuffled up the rankings.

At point guard the top target for Michigan seems to be Jalen Brunson. Brunson dipped slightly in the rankings, but not too much. He went down from No. 29 to No. 35 mostly due to shuffling around him and a few other guys really stepping up. Still Brunson is one of the highest IQ floor generals around, and in a class with limited talent at the position will be one of the hottest commodities around.

Clearly Beilein and his staff have been working hard on things in this class and continue to try and build the Wolverines through sharp talent evaluation, player development, and excellent recruiting.


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