The Michigan basketball staff is working hard to add a prospect or two to the fold in its 2015 recruiting class. Five-star wunderkind Jaylen Brown is clearly atop their wish-list, and they're also heavily courting German forward Moritz Wagner, but they're also working on their contingency plan.
Should they miss on the aforementioned targets who might the Wolverines move on?
They could move on Huntington (W.Va.) Prep big man Levi Cook. The Kevin Duckworth play-alike sustained a torn ACL, but John Beilein still made it down to his old stomping grounds recently to check in on the powerful youngster.
There is also stock-on-the rise Westland (Mich.) John Glenn big man Mike Edwards. Michigan has been keeping an eye on the 6-10, 230-pounder since he performed well at elite camp last year. That actually may have been his breakout showing. Before that he was known as a big, athletic kid that didn't play with consistent effort. He improved greatly in that area his senior season, averaging over 20 points and 12 rebounds per game, and turned into an impact player virtually overnight.
He made his way to Michigan's campus last week and stirred significant buzz. At the same time interest and scholarship offers are starting to pour in. What does this mean for Michigan?
Edwards is a big man with good upside. If he has kicked his effort/intensity issues for good, he could be a slightly taller, more athletic version of Jordan Morgan. There are strong indications that that is who Michigan compares him to. So a redshirt year plus another and he could be a contributor as long as his development continues along the same arc.
For Michigan the question may come down to taking a guy that might not contribute for a few years (Cook or Edwards), or giving Max Bielfeldt one more year because he can provide veteran insurance next year and ability to recruit with that scholarship in 2016.
Noon Addendum: A late twist is word from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that fifth-year graduate transfer Shonn Miller visited Ann Arbor yesterday. The 6-7, 215-lb. combo forward averaged 16.8 point and 8.5 rebounds per game last season. How he fits into the puzzle is still contingent upon how things go with the prospects already offered, but should Michigan miss on them, Miller could provide the Wolverines with an intriguing fifth year option other than Bielfeldt. Time will tell on that. In the meantime, we discuss Mike Edwards’ candidacy in the podcast below.