U-M Hoping Teske Follows Kaminsky’s Path

2016 Medina (Ohio) four-star center and Michigan commitment Jon Teske is still growing, still improving with one more prep year left to go before Ann Arbor. A versatile piece being added to John Beilein’s puzzle, the Wolverines appear to have a plan for the 7-footer.

Michigan has a plan for Jon Teske.

Watching the ascension of former bench warming Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky turned potential first round NBA draft pick after earning National Player of the Year honors his senior season, the Wolverines are hoping for the same from Teske.

Already 7-feet, 220-pounds, the 2016 Medina (Ohio) four-star talent continues to hone his craft, offering a versatile game conducive to under the basket ability, even possessing an improved outside shot.

“A kid that’s grown like that still has a ways to go to improve his size and strength,” Teske’s father Ben said. “There’s very few kids like that in the country that come in and dominate as a big in their first year.

“It’s more like Frank Kaminsky where they come in and average two or three points a year and develop.”

Over his first two seasons with Wisconsin, Kaminsky scored less than 200-points, averaged less than 10 minutes a game and made just two starts in 67 appearances.

Hoping to improve his curve, Teske is hitting the gym to ensure his body is up to speed and as ready to handle the rigors of the college game upon arrival on campus just over a year from now.

Teske and his family sought the counsel and guidance of trainer John Hutchings, well known in the area for working the professional athletes including former Ohio State quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith.

“He scores in a variety of ways,” Teske’s father said. “This game against Massillon Jackson, they had 20 wins and two losses, he just scored with jump hooks in the lane, buried a three-pointer and a dunk, so he’s versatile in that regard.

“He’s got to get a lot stronger physically so he’s really working on strength and conditioning this off-season. He’s a true 7-footer.”

Despite being verbally committed to Michigan since August of last year, the Wolverines’ coaching staff has continued to recruit Teske, in the gym during his high school season as well as the early stages of AAU.

But Teske isn’t the only big man headed to Ann Arbor in the 2016 class.

Michigan picked up a verbal commitment from Onsted (Mich.) three-star center Austin Davis just over a month ago, adding a 6-foot-10, 245-pound partner in the paint for Teske.

Originally expected to be the only big man in the class, Teske’s father can envision the rotation after chatting with Michigan’s coaching staff about it.

“It’s like Kentucky, they have five guys that are 6-10, 6-11 on their roster,” Teske said. “I think if you’re good enough they’ll figure out how to get those kids on the floor enough. I’ve seen Austin play and he’s a lot like Jon, they’re both really good passers. Having guys you can run your offense through is something you really like.

“Austin may be a little stronger in the low post right now and Jon might be more of a pick and pop from the three-point line right now. They’ll both work on their strengths and weaknesses.”

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