Michigan continues to evaluate big men that will fit their system in the class of 2015 and the Wolverines hosted Columbus (IN) North sophomore, Josh Speidel for an unofficial visit Saturday during the football team’s 63-13 win over Massachusetts.
“UMass is probably their smallest competitor size wise and they were still at a sellout,” Speidel told GoBlueWolverine. “It was very exciting. Everyone was up on their feet. Just very packed and loud.”
In addition to the Big House experience, Speidel and his parents were able to gain a much better understanding of what the Michigan basketball program has to offer.
“This was our first time being at Michigan,” he said. “We just went up there with open minds and wanted to learn about their take on the academics, sports and they answered that.”
“The first thing we did was we went through the new renovations to the athletic building,” added Speidel. “The locker room and stuff. The first impression probably was how nice it was. It wasn’t even done and it still impressed me and my parents. It was very nice.”
Adding to that positive first impression was the opportunity to meet face to face with the Michigan coaching staff for the first time.
“It was good,” Speidel stated. “We talked to all of the coaches. Talked to Coach Beilein, Coach Meyer and Coach Jordan. We just talked about how the year was going and talked a lot about academics.”
“They were very friendly, open and easy to talk to.”
A young man who can relate to Speidel based on his home state and position on the basketball floor is Michigan freshman Mitch McGary. Turns out the two come from the same social circles as well.
“I sat down and talked to Mitch McGary for a little bit,” said Speidel.
“He was just talking to me about how he made his decision to go here over Duke and how he felt that the Michigan coaching staff was much more up front,” added Speidel. “Very welcoming and it actually turns out a kid I knew that goes to Columbus East that he was good friends with. Then we talked about how he thinks the year is going to be this year.”
Speidel has his own plans for hardwood success this season. He plans to put on full display the versatility that caught the eye of Michigan and many other programs.
“I do both,” said Speidel of his game. “I’ll either start inside if I have a smaller or not that strong of a defender or if it’s a big guy I’ll come outside and try to take him off the dribble.”
Also in the mix for Speidel are Purdue, Indiana, Evansville and Xavier, all of whom he’s visited to this point. For the Wolverines, the visit Saturday went a long way in building a rapport that could prove beneficial down the line.
“It was very big,” said Speidel. “I know we came there, first time and not knowing the coaches but how friendly they were really helped me and helped me learn more about Michigan and I really liked it a lot.”