On September 21, 2009 Carlton Brundidge called John Beilein and then-assistants Michael Jackson and John Mahoney at 6 in the morning to let them know he was coming to Michigan. With saying he was going to Michigan came with some criticism -- but he stayed focused.
"When I committed early I was very happy with it. Then the rumors started, and none
of them were true, that I was decommitting. I was always representing Michigan
with the gear I was wearing or just letting people know I am a Wolverine. It
just really irritated me that those rumors were out there; I went on Facebook
just to tell people the truth -- that I am going to Michigan."
Some people begin to get nervous when Mike Jackson, Brundidge's main recruiter,
left and went to Purdue to coach. So, GBW asked him, did you waiver with your decision at that
"No! My sister was all over me about why I choose Michigan, about what the school
meant to me, about the education that I would receive. She told me it was not just
about basketball. My sister and my parents were all over me about
Michigan's education. It is close to home. I have friends and family there. I was
not leaving even after Coach Jackson left because I know why I wanted to come
here in the first place. So I never changed my decision."
Michigan began to catch his eye after they showed him that they could play with
the big boys.
"After they beat Duke a few years ago, that is when it clicked for me. Then after a
loss I noticed how all the guys still stayed together. They were like a family
even when times were tough. That is what I really paid attention to with the
At the time some pundits and some fans didn't think Beilein had a shot at a
player of Carlton's caliber. But those who doubted didn't know Carlton -- Brundidge
gave Beilein a chance to get to him and it blossomed from there.
"When I went to visit, me and Coach Beilein started interacting and I began to
feel comfortable with him. I felt like, wow this is a cool guy. Now I call him more.
I will call just to chat with him to see how he is doing. He wants me to stay
on top of my grades, and he talks to me about my game -- working on my mid-range
game, floaters and being more vocal on the court."
With Carlton wanting to come to Michigan, it is quite apparent that The Wolverines wanted
him just as bad. In CB they are getting a player that is 'toughness at the guard
spot', which is something that this team and its program sorely needs. He can go get his own shot,
he is tough on the glass, he can shoot from deep, and he is a hand-full at stopping
from scoring at the rack. He understands as well what he brings and what he wants
to accomplish while at Michigan.
"Toughness, a lot of heart, and leadership is what I am bringing with me. I have a
feel for the game. I am coming to learn the game. I want to take in everything I
can to become a better player. I am here because I want to turn the program
around and put it back where it belongs -- on top."
Michigan's top incoming recruit also wants better players to be a part of the
program, so he has become a bit of a recruiter.
"I really like Trey Burke we have played against each other for the past few
years and he is my type of guy -- he reminds me of me. He is not arrogant, not
selfish, he wants to work hard, he has great parents -- his family reminds me of my
family. He has a solid game: he can score, Trey is really crafty -- he has this
really nice hesitation move. I'm looking forward to playing with Trey Burke."
With a shoutout to Michigan's football Coach Rich Rodriguez, Brundidge is letting
everyone know on the basketball side that he is "All in for Michigan." If you
don't believe me, just ask him -- trust me he will be more than happy to let you know
he is a Michigan Wolverine.
Carlton Brundidge says "I am all in"
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