Recruiting is never ending and is as unpredictable as ever for the University of Michigan.
In March, after falling victim to an NCAA tournament upset at the claws of the Ohio Bobcats, the Wolverines received some other setbacks in the form of three scholarship players announcing their plans to transfer away from Ann Arbor. To top it off the possibility arose that Co-Big Ten Freshman of The Year Trey Burke could be bolting for the NBA after a break out campaign.
What were the Wolverines to do?
The Michigan coaching staff kept their options open in the 2012 class and when it became apparent they would need to add a player or two to an already star studded bunch, the Wolverines quickly earned commitments from guards Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht.
Many observers have long believed the class of 2013 has been wrapped up for quite as well. Meanwhile, the Michigan coaching staff has worked hard to keep options as evidenced by the ongoing courtship of Reggie Cameron and Vitto Brown. Their determination to keep open the 2013 posibilities became even clearer when another 2013 rose to the fore last weekend. Ontario SF Donnavan Hastings knocked down three after three after three for the Northern Kings, in a huge victory over 2014 Indiana forward and Michigan target, Trevon Bluiett.
“I saw the Michigan coaches sitting court side and that was an amazing feeling to see them really have interest in me,” Hastings told GoBlueWolverine. “Seeing them there along side all the other coaches I think really gave my teammates and I a boost to perform and show them our talents.”
“I think nobody really had hope in us that game but we were able to prove everyone wrong and give the Michigan coaches and others a show.”
With several strong performances throughout the five day tournament, including the impressive showing in front of Michigan coaches, interest in the off-the-radar Hastings grew immensely over night.
“My coach was contacted by some schools that have been offering me and that have interest in me, but I have never spoke to any myself,” said Hastings. “In that tournament I picked up New Mexico State, Tennessee Tech, St. Bonaventure and I’m being heavily recruited by Michigan.”
At 6-6 and a slender 195 pounds, the sharp shooting Hastings has the size to play small forward but the quickness and scoring ability to slide over to the two as well. Versatility is a major priority for the Wolverines when evaluating talent and Hastings falls right into that category on the floor.
Although Hastings calls Canada home, the young man has a tremendous understanding of some of the Wolverines history and definitely sees the progress the program has made under Head Coach John Beilein.
“I know that the Wolverines have a great basketball program from their great success with the fab five in past history, and still have an outstanding program until this day with Coach Beilein leading them to success year after year,” said Hastings of Michigan.
GoBlueWolverine will have more from Hastings head coach in the coming days.