Adidas Nations: Michigan Recruiting Notes

GoBlueWolverine spent the day at Adidas Nations in Los Angeles (Calif.) speaking with several different Michigan targets and their parents at the event. Inside are updates on Trevon Bluiett, Jaylen Johnson, Stephen Zimmerman, Carlton Bragg, Sedrick Barefield, star guards P.J. Dozier and Tyler Dorsey, and more.

LOS ANGELES—A unique event held at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove (Calif.), the 2013 Adidas Nations camp secured the best of the best high school basketball talent inside a flawless, 11-court facility, working with, and against, some of the premier players in college basketball today.

Also around taking part in some of the coaching duties, former NBA players and coaches guide the highly regarded prospects in attendance, treated to a regular hot bed of basketball knowledge.

GoBlueWolverine made the rounds throughout the day Friday speaking with some of Michigan’s top targets in attendance, their parents, gaging their thoughts on the experience and also updating the recruitment and where things stand heading into the fall.

Recruiting Updates

2014 Park Tudor (Ind.) SF Trevon BluiettDetailed in full in Friday afternoon’s story on Bluiett, it appears Michigan could be in line to secure a commitment from one of the top players in the state of Indiana. Nothing is guaranteed, the visit itself still isn’t set in stone, but based on the interview with Bluiett’s father, conversations in Indianapolis during the Adidas Invitational in mid-July, and further conversation Friday throughout the camp, Bluiett might be close to flipping the “i” and “e” in his last name at the end of this month.

2014 Ypsilanti (Mich.) PF Jaylen JohnsonEnjoying one of the biggest jumps in recruiting attention throughout the spring and summer AAU season, Johnson says he’s growing closer to Michigan State, who has offered, and coach Tom Izzo, as well as assistant Dane Fife. Still not close to a decision. Johnson did indicate Michigan’s contact has increased of late and talk of a visit in September is picking up momentum. Asked what it would mean to receive an offer from Michigan, Johnson said, “It’s the hometown team.”

2014 St. John’s (Tex.) SF Justise WinslowMichigan inquired about the five-star lefty wing after their highly publicized run in the NCAA tournament this past spring. Talking with Winslow, he did say the Wolverines were in contact but as a family decided it would be unfair to let a newer school jump other schools they’d built strong relationships with in years past, ultimately cutting them.

2015 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) C Stephen ZimmermanAs busy a schedule as most business workers cashing in on frequent flier miles, Zimmerman’s busy spring and summer is far from over. Still on his way to two more events in the weeks following Adidas Nations, in addition to starting school Aug. 19, the likelihood that the Zimmerman’s make it out on unofficial visits this summer is slim. Michigan is definitely going to be under consideration for a fall visit, and Michigan coach John Beilein will make a trip out west to check-in, but the visit process will be wait and see moving forward. I still believe the Wolverines will eventually receive a visit.

2015 La Lumiere (Ind.) SG Jalen ColemanA full story will be up on Coleman this weekend but as noted in a brief update Friday evening, Michigan is in good position here. I had a chance to speak with Coleman’s father for over an hour leading up to the games Friday afternoon and the Wolverines, the only scheduled unofficial visit for the Coleman’s so far this fall, could steal another one from the state of Indiana. Nothing is locked up yet but based on everything discussed; an early commitment to the Maize & Blue could be likely.

2015 St. Joseph (Ohio) PF Carlton BraggAnother lengthy conversation but this time with the mentor of Bragg, Michael Graves, a former assistant coach at St. Joseph’s who indicated that Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan has made an impression. Bragg is working to setup a visit to Ann Arbor, hoping to get on campus for Michigan football’s night contest against Notre Dame on Sep. 7. Bragg is seen as the ideal stretch four for the Wolverines and that is a role he, his parents, and Graves feel he could fulfill.

2015 Spring Valley (S.C.) PG P.J. DozierOne of the more intriguing prospects Michigan has recently pounced on, Dozier is a truly elite point guard with great size and length that see’s what the Wolverines have done with point guards Darius Morris and Trey Burke. It looks like Michigan will make the top 10 for Dozier when he and his family trim his list this August. Dozier is an NBA talent, someone that legitimately could go pro if he has a big freshman season in college and adds the requisite muscle to his frame to do so. Based on Michigan’s talent development and need at the position in the class, Dozier is a distinct possibility but all of the big dogs will need to be fought off to win this fight.

2015 St. John Bosco (Calif.) SG Tyler DorseyThe five-star west coast talent is adding point guard skills to his game, bringing a versatility to the floor that several schools covet. This recruitment is a long way from being over, not ready to narrow anything down or take visits far away from home until late into his junior season if not after. Distance won’t be an issue and Dorsey, similar to Dozier, has taken notice of the players headed to the NBA from Ann Arbor. Former Michigan point guard Darius Morris, a west coast native, knows Dorsey and has put in a good word for the Wolverines.

2015 Corona Centennial (Calif.) PG Sedrick BarefieldThe biggest question that needed to be answered regarding Barefield out at Adidas Nations is whether or not he and his family would make it out to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit this summer or fall. I spoke with Barefield’s father Friday evening and he indicated to me that they’d like to visit Michigan soon but scheduling the trip, as in finding a good time to do it, is difficult. They’ll continue to look at options but Barefield’s father did say Beilein wanted to fly out west to see his son in an open gym this fall.

2016 Consortium (Mich.) SG Josh JacksonNot the type of people to draw attention to themselves, or their high profile situation, the Jackson’s aren’t in the business of doing interviews or even picking up the phone for college coaches at this stage. I spoke with Jackson’s mother who says she can see what’s coming, the constant calls and texts, but is hoping to put it off as much as possible to allow her son to have a normal high school experience. No news will truly be what it is in the case of Jackson, just no news, but that doesn’t mean Michigan isn’t in on him, or every other school hoping to land potentially the top player in the country in the 2016 class.

2016 Findlay (Nev.) PG Derryck Thornton Jr.—Another very lengthy conversation, actually several, with the father of Derryck Thornton. “Big Tank,” as he’s called, is just letting all of the recruiting come to he and his son with schools like Arizona and UNLV picking up the heat this summer. Michigan remains fully entrenched in this recruitment and has a terrific shot at adding him to the mix. Perhaps the most intriguing detail to add regarding Thornton Jr. and where he ends up way down the line is his ability to attract other top-flight prospects to the school with him. The possibility of a super class spear headed by Thornton Jr. in 2016 is alive and well. The Thornton’s plan to be in Ann Arbor, along with other prospects, for the Michigan football night game against Notre Dame on Sep. 7.


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