July Recruiting Preview: Michigan
The busiest month of the year for college coaches and high school prospects is upon us. Every Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the month will involve players and coaches crisscrossing the country playing in some of the top basketball events around. Here is a look at what the Michigan coaches will be up to during July. Already the Wolverines have two commitments, and both are low post players. The first being Jon Teske and then in April Austin Davis joined him in the fold. Teske will finish out his summer with Team Work, and they will begin July in Indianapolis at the adidas Invitational while Davis will continue with the Michigan Mustangs who will be at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale. While those two are in the fold and will definitely be tracked closely by the Michigan staff all month long, two other prospects will probably have John Beilein by them almost at all points in time. Those two players are Tyus Battle and Cassius Winston. Winston and Battle have been on the radar for the Wolverines for a long time, and Battle even was briefly committed to the Maize and Blue. After missing the entire spring with an injury, Battle will be back and playing July running with Team Final at the Peach Jam. Winston, who also missed some of the spring with injury, will return to action for The Family, also in the Peach Jam. It would be an absolute shock if Michigan missed a game played by either of those two prospects, as it is clear that both are high on the radar. While those two prospects are sure to get a ton of attention, several others also will get close looks. In fact, Beilein and his staff will be holed up at the Peach Jam with a ton of targets. BABC combo guard Bruce Brown, City Rocks shooting guard Kevin Huerter, and maybe even The Family power wing Miles Bridges will be tracked. Of course Bridges will be seen all the time as he is a teammate of Winston’s. Also Michigan would be tracking PSA Cardinals point guard Bryce Aiken at the Peach Jam, but he is out with an injury. Another prospect sure to get attention is Indiana Elite point guard Quentin Goodin. Goodin recently added Michigan into his top five, and the Wolverines will be sure to watch him quite a bit starting in the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale. There is no question that the 2016 class is the priority, but some key prospects in the 2017 class will likely get a look as well. At the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale several targets will be in attendance for the Michigan coaches to track. Playing at the 17-and under level for the Michigan Mustangs is Brian Bowen while the Mustangs 16-and under team features Xavier Tillman. Also Indiana Elite 2017 forward Jaren Jackson is likely to get a look from the Wolverines. Also expect the Wolverines to make their way to Charlotte for the Under Armour All-American Camp. There the Indianapolis duo of Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs will be, and both have a chance to become priority recruits for the Wolverines. Other prospects will definitely emerge, and potentially even become priority recruits for the Wolverines, but at least to start this is who it looks like will have their attention as things get going in July.
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