Xavier Simpson leads the way for a Michigan 2016 class that is playing well

Michigan has a solid four man class coming in, in 2016. Leading the way is Xavier Simpson, but in general it has been a strong senior campaign for the future Wolverines.

If there is a jewel in Michigan’s recruiting class it is clearly Xavier Simpson. Simpson committed in the fall after a crazy recruitment, and has had a tremendous senior season to follow up on it.

At the recent Flyin to the Hoop event Simpson struggled with his perimeter jumper, but he did everything else at a high level. Simpson is a good ball handler, excellent passer, very good perimeter defender, and has all the intangibles that you look for in a point guard.

While he will need to continue and get more consistent with his footwork in order to shoot the ball better in the future, but once he does he will be solid in that regard. Even though he is an older senior and someone who is fairly physically advanced, there is still upside here given that his biggest flaw is something that is easily correctable.

The player charged with coming in and being a wing scorer next year for the Wolverines is Ibi Watson. Watson committed to Michigan over Indiana, and has had a solid senior season to backup that decision.

At the Flyin to the Hoop event Watson definitely looked improved. Always a kid who tended to shy away from contact, Watson looked more comfortable going to the rim, and showed improved aggression. Watson continues to improve with his handle, and incrementally is getting tougher.

Still what Watson does best is shoot the basketball. He is especially good in catch and shoot situations, and has improved some off the dribble. If he can continue to improve off the bounce Watson is a kid who could make an impact before too long in Ann Arbor.

The first player to commit in this class, Jon Teske has seemingly been on the radar for a long time. Teske has been a work in progress throughout his high school career, and after a recent viewing he still continues to be that.

What really stands out about Teske is his physical size. He is a legit 7-footer, of which there are very few, and he has long arms. Also Teske can run the floor fairly well, and is a decent shot blocker, especially from the weakside.

While he has some physical tools, Teske right now has to get stronger and tougher. He is good in pick and pop situations, but he gets pushed around on both ends of the floor and tends to shy away from contact. A redshirt year looks to be in the cards for Teske, and he is a down the road prospect from the Wolverines.

 The only prospect in Michigan’s class that hasn’t been seen as a senior is Austin Davis, but he continues to put up absolutely enormous numbers. Now the competition that Davis faces isn’t exactly at a national level, but he is dominating like he should.

Most recently Davis had a 33 point, 20 rebound, 5 assist, and 4 blocked shot game. Obviously those are gaudy numbers for Davis, and word is he continues to work himself into better shape physically, and continues to get more mobile.

Where Davis is physically will determine how early he is ready to contribute. He is dominating like he should this year, so how he responds as a freshman will be intriguing.

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