Michigan hasn’t seriously pursued many point guards in the 2015 class due to its more pressing needs elsewhere, but the exception to that rule has been Jalen Brunson. The four-star floor general is one of the few junior prospects to hold an offer from the Wolverines. Even though he hasn’t visited Ann Arbor since the summer his interest remains high.
“As far as Michigan, we watch a lot of those guys,” Brunson’s father Rick said. “Obviously, you’ve got the Big Ten Network. We love the way they play (and) their style of offense. We didn’t get an opportunity to get up there (during the season), but I hope people don’t read into that. Please I hope they don’t (make something out of) that we went to one school and not another. It is not that big of a deal. To me it comes down to who Jalen is most comfortable with at the end of the day.”
One of the biggest factors in determining that comfort is the connection with the head coach. During the elder Brunson’s days at Temple he forged a strong bond with the Owls renowned former headman John Chaney. He wants his offspring to have the same kind of father/son rapport when he gets to college.
“What I love about Beilein is when you talk to him on the phone he grabs your attention,” said Rick. “As far as being that stepfather figure, he does that. When I speak to him, he makes you very comfortable. He talks to you with respect and I can sense and I can feel that if my son ever played for him I would never have to call every week, ‘hey how is my son doing?’ I wouldn’t have to worry about it because he has control of his players. (I like) his style and just the whole thing in general at Michigan.”
There are a number of other schools that also held in high regard. Trimming that list is the next major step in younger Brunson’s recruitment, but it’s one that he is still a few months away from taking.
“We haven’t changed our mindset,” said Rick. We haven’t changed our tact towards recruiting. It has been the same from day one. Nothing is new that has come up. I think by the end of the summer, end of July/early August, I think Jalen will sit down and say, ‘okay, these are the eight or nine schools that I’m interested in.’ Then we are going to make a decision on who is going to visit. So that is the process we have right now.”
Stay tuned for more on Brunson in the coming days.