Generally John Beilein and his staff have to travel the country to see their top basketball targets. To see a number of them last Saturday all they had to do was step out of their offices and head over to Michigan's Intramural building. That's where this year's Michigan Elite camp took place. During the event the Maize & Blue staff had a chance to get on the floor coach players of varying ages and skill levels. Some of those players just happened to be among their top recruiting targets. One such prospect was Whitehouse (OH) Anthony Wayne High big man, Mark Donnal.
"I thought I did pretty well with all of the practice stuff they were doing," he said. "I think I fit well into the offense."
Fitting into an offense will play a major role in the Buckeye State star's recruitment. He received an even better idea of how well he'd mesh in Ann Arbor during an unofficial visit a few weeks back
"It was a really good day," recalled Donnal. "They showed some videos of how I would fit into the offense. They see me as a four because I can go down low and also shoot. We (also) toured around the campus. It was really nice."
That strong positive impression comes at an opportune time for the Wolverines. Though he's still two years away from graduating high school, this talented youngster may reach a decision much sooner than that.
Said Donnal, "I'm thinking about committing by the end of this summer."
With a decision possibly just a couple months away the Wolverines appear to be in strong position.
"They're definitely pretty high up on my list," he said.
That, however, does not mean Donnal is a done deal for the Maize & Blue. He has also visited Butler and will look to take summer trips to Michigan State and Indiana among others. On each visit he takes, Donnal will keep an eye out for a few specific traits.
"(I'll be looking at) if I can fit well in the offense, whether I like the school and the coaching staff," he explained.
- Sam Webb contributed to this report.