Open Period Preview: Michigan
There is still work to be done for coaches in the 2015 recruiting class, but for this weekend the focus really shifts to 2016, and getting out and seeing the top prospects all over the country. Here is a look at where the Michigan coaches will be, and who they are likely to see. There is no doubt that the Michigan staff will have a large presence this weekend in Hampton, Virginia at the Nike EYBL event. Many of the Wolverines top targets will be present, and with that one would naturally expect one, two, or possibly even at times three coaches to be there. Leading the way, naturally, is the trio that plays for The Family. The Michigan based AAU program has five-star point guard Cassius Winston, five-star forward Miles Bridges, and five-star class of 2017 wing Brian Bowen. All three prospects are on the radar for the Wolverines, and Winston especially could be their top target in the class of 2016. Also at the EYBL event will be Tyus Battle, who is running with Team Final and Jamal Murray. Murray is likely to re-classify to the 2015 class, but for now both are in the 2016 class, and both are major priorities for the Wolverines. Battle especially has been a long time target, and it is fair to assume the Michigan coaches will be following his every move. From there two prospects from the state of Ohio will also get attention. On All-Ohio Red wing Ibi Watson will get a close evaluation from the staff and then Seth Towns from King James will also be tracked. Towns is someone the Wolverines have put a lot of time into on the recruiting trail already. Also one would expect Michigan to check in on point guard Devearl Ramsey who runs with Cal Supreme. He is someone who Michigan has been on for a while, and they likely will continue to monitor. While the EYBL has many of Michigan’s targets, in Dallas at the adidas Gauntlet several other top targets will be playing. Maybe most notable for Michigan at the event is Josh Langford. Langford is one of their top targets, and he has been to campus already. The shooting guard from Alabama will be running with the Atlanta Celtics, and is looking for a big summer after being injured last year. Also playing in Dallas are in-state prospects Austin Davis and Xavier Tillman. Tillman, whose mom played at Michigan, is a class of 2017 prospect who has attracted a lot of interest. Meanwhile Davis is a big and physical class of 2016 center who has been on the radar. Both prospects are running with the Michigan Mustangs. Also one would expect the Wolverines to take a look at Quentin Goodin who they have been recruiting to some extent for a while. Goodin will be with Hoop Dreams. Also class of 2017 forward Jaren Jackson, who is with Indiana Elite, should get a look. Clearly the majority of the Michigan targets are running with Nike or adidas sponsored teams, but also there will be some prospects either in New Orleans for the Under Armour event or at independent events around the country. In New Orleans the Indy Hoosiers 2017 trio of Paul Scruggs, Zach Gunn, and Kris Wilkes could all get a look for the staff, as could 2016 Indy Hoosiers center Joey Brunk. All four of those prospects are from the state of Indiana. Commitment Jon Teske will be with his Team Work squad in Indianapolis playing in an event for non-sneaker sponsored teams.
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