Michigan Basketball Recruiting Notebook

The Michigan Insider takes a deep dive into Michigan basketball recruiting

Michigan basketball recruiting is getting into the thick of things with the 2017 close to being filled, the 2018 and 2019 classes still needing to be figured out. Below is The Michigan Insider's notebook collection of observations and other notes for your consumption.

Michigan camp notes:

There were some young guys that caught our attention:

- 2018 George Tinsley, a combo forward from Abbington Heights HS (Clark Summit Pennsylvania,) camped at Michigan's regular camp during the summer and really impressed. The coaches invited him to the college prep practice and really impressed. Kind of kid that can grab the rebound, showed good three-point range and can pass. Left the camp as a guy to watch for the future for the Wolverines.

- 2018 PG Jeremiah Keane, Westerville South, is a player that Michigan has shown a lot of interest in. New U-M assistant Billy Donlon is on him early, a point guard that was arguably the best at getting to the rim, a number of times he was able to break down his man. Nice length for his age, looked to be the top young guy in the camp.


- 2018 SF's Kevin Easley and Tim Finke are guys Michigan has been tracking for a while and will continue to monitor into the future. It doesn't appear that an offer is imminent post-camp. According to The Michigan Insider's Mark Dotson, Finke is a good athlete but just wasn't consistent with his shot. Plays well coming off screens both with and without the ball. Finke has a brother at Illinois.



- Two 2019 forwards from Detroit Renaissance Chandler Turner and Carrington McCaskill. Turner is the more skilled of the two with the ball in his hand, can put the ball on the floor for a guy that's 6-foot-5. McCaskill is more athletic of the two and someone that Michigan will keep an eye in the future. Will also make Renaissance really good.

- A name to watch in the future, Jalen Terry, class of 2020 player from Flint. Not as physically developed yet as Keane but is more explosive. End-to-end, Terry was one of the fastest point guards there. Athletic finisher that obviously needs to get stronger. This kid could be the next star out of Beecher post Monte Morris.

- Kevin Rice Jr, Glen Rice's nephew, can shoot it like his uncle. One that Michigan will keep an eye on.

- Some other names that impressed were 2019 F Caleb Hodgson (Dansville), 2019 PG Julian Dosier (UofD), 2019 PG Christian Knox (Skyline), 2019 G Giovanni Miles (Novi) and 2019 PG Lamar Norman (Wyoming).

- Another participant in the camp was 2018 PG Dwayne Cohill. According to Scout.com's Brian Snow who did a story on Cohill, says that Ohio State, Xavier, Illinois and West Virginia have been on him hard. However, the Wolverines could certainly find themselves in the mix if they extend an offer, according to Snow.


-  2017 Michigan commit Jordan Poole made an appearance at the camp. Where, according to The Michigan Insider's Mark Dotson, really impressed: "Best player at camp by far. Has more juice and bounce than I thought he had. Great length. Can shoot it from deep and mid-range. Wonderful handles. Great vision. He would start this year if at UM and he will immediately be a fan favorite when he arrives. Sill getting hits from other programs but is as passionate about UM as  I am about life."

- The performance from 2018 SG Cormac Ryan earned him an offer after the camp's conclusion. According to Dotson, Cormac Ryan reminds him of current Duke player Grayson Allen: "For those who don't know who Allen is, look him up. Game recognize game and Cormac is looking very familiar. Good length and toughness. While he can throw it in from deep, what impresses me most is the zip he has with his handle. He can get to spots off the bounce and can finish with both hands. You want a comparison to Stauskas? Not from me, maybe glancing comparison. Both have good handles, but Ryan might leave you needing to have screws placed in a defender."


Non-camp recruiting notes

- Michigan received a commitment from 2017 three-star small forward Isaiah Livers this week. According to The Michigan Insider's Mark Dotson, Livers' decision had an impact on 2017 four-star small forward Justin Smith as well.

"Smith will not be visiting this week. Michigan moved on after Livers committed. From someone who is close to Smith. 'They are disappointed. He likely would have committed.'"



- Now, the emphasis is more on a few guys higher on the totem pole in the 2017 class like five-star SF Brian Bowen. Bowen, a Saginaw native, is AAU teammates with Isaiah Livers. Livers, who told The Michigan Insider's Sam Webb last week, that he isn't the type of player to recruit. However, Livers will certainly be in Bowen's ear about joining the class. Bowen is also high school teammates with 2018 commit Jordan Poole, who recently transferred to La Lumiere. Michigan is working hard to get him on a visit on September 3, the football season opener, when Michael Jordan appears.  Bowen recently narrowed his list to 12, where the Wolverines made the cut. Another cut down to his list is coming and we're hearing Michigan will make that cut. Has strong Michigan State ties (cousin is Jason Richardson) and Kentucky gearing up to turn up the heat pose the biggest threat to Michigan. According to Dotson, it looks like he'll go to the late signing period to announce a decision. They're looking forward to watching some of the teams play that they're interested in during the regular season and his parents will be moving wherever he goes. Look for a full update on Bowen with Dotson later this week.


Another guy U-M is working hard to get back on campus is 2017 five-star PF Jaren Jackson. He camped at Michigan a few years ago and the Wolverines haven't been listed as a favorite. That doesn't stop the Wolverines from recruiting Jackson and that we're hearing a return visit is in the works. According to Snow: "He can do anything, nothing would surprise me in that recruitment." Snow doesn't think he's deciding until the spring. It goes to show that Michigan is running with the late guys until spring.


-2017 five-star SF Kris Wilkes is set to announce a final five. We don't know if Michigan will make that cut but Scout's Brian Snow said he would be surprised if it did: "Xavier, Indiana, UCLA, UCONN and fifth spot is between Ohio State and Illinois."


UPDATE: Wilkes released his final five and the Wolverines were not on it.


On to the 2018 class, Michigan extended an offer to four-star SG Robby Carmody. He told Snow that it was "an amazing feeling" to get an offer from the Wolverines. Snow also told The Michigan Insider that Carmody and his family loves the recruiting process and that Michigan really made an impression on him.


- With one scholarship left in the 2017 class and the Wolverines looking to hit the home-run with either Bowen or Jackson, it appears things have cooled down considerably between 2017 four-star PF Kyle Young and the Wolverines. 


Visitors this week:

- 2018 PF Jerome Hunter, still early in the process. Has offers from Xavier, Dayton, WV Ohio State and Butler has been looking hard. According to Snow: "He's 6'7 and a good athlete, and can really shoot the ball. That's the area he's made the biggest strides. His ability to shoot and that he's a good athlete make him very intriguing." Hunter was also offered by the Wolverines earlier this week.



- 2019 three-star SF Romeo Weems will be the next big-time guy out of the State of Michigan. Visited campus on Friday. Just now picking up offers, the big-time offers will come. According to Snow: "I think he's going to be really good, he's athletic, he's tough and can really get to the rim."



- Earlier in the week 2019 PG/SG Mark Watts visited as well. 

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