Eichelberger is Interested in the Wolverines

Saginaw (Mich.) 2016 forward Al Eichelberger talks offers, his thoughts on Michigan, what school is standing out in his recruitment and more. ... W/Highlights

2016 forward Al Eichelberger is coming off a successful sophomore season where he help lead Saginaw (Mich.) High to a strong playoff push.

"We made it to the regionals," he said. "We lost to [Flint Carmen-Ainsworth]. We won districts. We beat [Saginaw Arthur Hill]. We actually beat them twice. They got us the first time. I also made the Dream Team. So that was good.

"I got better [during the season). I tried to push the ball more. I tried to start the break and started shooting mid-range jump shots."

Eichelberger's recruitment has heated up, too.

"I got an offer from Utah, Nichols State and [University of Detroit]," he said. "I heard from Michigan, Michigan State, I heard from Kansas the other day. I got a letter from Duke during the season."

At 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, Eichleberger has been on multiple trips to Michigan, and came away impressed with the athletic atmosphere.

"Michigan, it's crazy," he said. "Michigan is loud. I've never experienced anything like that when I went to my first basketball and football game. It's crazy. It's a whole bunch of kids and everything.

"It was fun. I liked it. I liked the atmosphere. Everybody's a family, a community. Everybody helps each other. I liked that."

Eichleberger says the Wolverines have conveyed a strong message during his recruitment.

"Just be more aggressive," he said. "They said that's the main thing I need to be is be more aggressive and play above the rim. … I like that (they run an up-tempo offense.) The coach lets you do what you can do, what you want to do. So, I like that, running and fast breaks, I like that."

The Great Lake State standout has already been on campus visits to MSU, Ohio State and Central Michigan. But none of them he says, can compete with his Michigan experience.

"None of them was like Michigan," he said. "Michigan was like the craziest experience because it's so many people and the arena is so big. It's just crazy. It's two times better than the other [experiences]."

As far as what will be his major factors behind his final decision, Eichleberger said:

"The education first. That's going to be the main thing. And who I'm playing with, and the coaching staff; what they're going to let me do and how they're going to help me progress my game further."

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