2007's Legion Makes Commitment

The hits keep coming from the current junior class. The 4th Top 50 junior in the last week is off the board. This time, it's No. 11 Alex Legion making up his mind and one Big Ten program has to be thrilled to have landed him.

Juniors Take Center Stage

National recruiting analysts will be working from the Caribbean during next year's fall signing period because at this rate, there's not going to be any news to report. On Tuesday, the 14th member of the Scout.com 2007 Top 50 made his selection.

Alex Legion, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of powerful Detroit Country Day High, committed to the University of Michigan.

The Michigan Hurricanes wing ranks No. 11 on Scout.com's 2007 list, averaged 23 points a game as a sophomore. He's a big time athlete who can score and already has a college ready perimeter package to go with his shot making and scoring capabilities.

"I liked Michigan State, UCLA, Illinois and Virginia," Legion's coach Tim Green said. "I just felt like it was the best fit for Alex. The tradition, Tommy as a great role model and Tommy's whole demeanor as a person … it was a great fit. Alex needed someone like him who could help him become a better person and basketball player and Tommy was it."

The junior class in Michigan's region is loaded and Amaker is hunting more elite prospects like Kalin Lucas, Josh Southern and Durrell Summers. Legion could turn into another assistant on the road for the Wolverines.

"It was important for me and Alex to be leaders," Green said. "We wanted Alex to be the catalyst of wherever he goes and we anticipate and suspect that other good players will follow. When Michigan got Deshawn Sims, that was big. We just felt like by putting Alex in there (and we believe he's one of the Top 5-10 kids in the country) good players and kids bring other good people. We wanted to do this regardless of whoever goes with us."

Green spoke highly of Amaker and the job well done by the Wolverines. He was quick to credit the entire staff, in particular recently hired Mike Jackson, for a job well done. "The key person in the whole recruitment of Alex Legion was Michael Jackson. He sold us on his professionalism and sincerity. If any one person made the difference it was Mike Jackson; obviously Amaker is the main man but (Jackson) recruited Legion hard."


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