Thursday was a busy for basketball recruiting news on The Michigan Insider. With Thursday marking the first day college coaches are able to contact 2019 basketball recruits, there was plenty of fast-paced recruiting news, including a commitment, that could easily be missed.
Need to get caught up on the latest Michigan basketball recruiting news? The Michigan Insider has you covered.
C.J. Fredrick Visit Reaction
2018 three-star SG C.J. Fredrick visited campus on Tuesday and TMI caught up with Fredrick to recap his visit. You can join in on the discussion on our premium message boards.
The recap of the discussion is as follows:
- Really impressed with his visit, said the campus and facilities are "one of the best."
- Called the U-M coaching staff 'first class,' emphasized it was a great visit.
- Said during the visit that the coaching wanted to emphasize getting to know his family, getting the full student-athlete experience of academics and player development.
- Coaches told him that they like the way he can play both guards, shooting ability and making plays for others.
- While he was not offered during the visit, the coaching staff told him that they need to see him live in July before making a decision, says he feels like he's in a good position to receive an offer.
- Claims no leaders and will take visits to Nebraska and Penn State this month.
Open Season for 2019 Recruits
As mentioned above, Wednesday marked the first day NCAA coaches are allowed to contact 2019 basketball recruits. The Wolverines coaching staff took full advantage of the first day of open communication and contacted a handful of recruits, with the majority coming in-state.
To join the discussion about the contacted recruits, check out the thread on our premium message boards.
The full list, including notes from Josh Henschke, are as follows (List is subject to additions):
- Slazinski has been in contact with John Beilein for most of the day, main item of discussion is the Michigan program.
- Slazinski has a visit set for August 5th
- Says he is hoping for an offer and could see one, 'if things go right.'
2019 F/C Nolan Foster, Mattawan HS:
- Was reached out to by Saddi Washington
- Foster has caught the attention of the coaching staff
- Not sure of his visit plans in the future
PG Julian Dozier Jr., University of Detroit Jesuit
SF Harlond Beverly, Southfield Christian
- Reached out to by Saddi Washington
- Told Mitchell that he has caught the coaching staff's attention and are looking forward to speaking with him further
- Also told him to "#ThinkMichigan"
- Plans to visit Michigan in the near future, unsure of date.
PF Caleb Hodgson, Dansville HS:
- Received a text from Saddi Washington shortly after midnight, contact continued throughout the day.
- Same message from Washington: He has their attention and Michigan staff will be watching.
- Says he plans to attend their college practice camp next week.
PF Sean Cobb, Williamston HS
PG Jiovanni Miles, Novi HS
2019 Offers and a Commitment
Two offers in the 2019 recruiting class were sent out on Thursday with one of those said offers resulting in a commitment.
2019 four-star C Taylor Currie announced on Twitter that he had committed to Michigan after being offered a scholarship by U-M head coach John Beilein.
To read Currie's commitment story, click here.
Rocket Watts Jr.:
Also receiving an offer was 2019 three-star PG Rocket Watts Jr. Watts took to Twitter to announce that he had received an offer from the Wolverines:
The Michigan Insider's Josh Henschke caught up with Watts to get his reaction to the offer. To join in the discussion, check out Watt's thread on our premium message boards.
Notes of his reaction are as follows:
- Says that John Beilein called him personally and extended the offer to him. He was excited to receive the offer.
- Beilein told Watts that the system Michigan runs fits him really well and Beilein really likes his game due to him being a "hunter" and he plays tough.
- With him being a 2019 recruit, there's a long way to go until he has to sign to a team. I asked him whether he wanted to drag out the process as long as he could or get it wrapped up quickly and he told me that he doesn't know what he wants to do yet and is enjoying the recruiting process.
- With MSU and Michigan now having offered him, Watts said he would like to stay home but distance won't be a factor when it comes down to decision-making.
- In terms of top schools, he has not made a list yet.
- He does not have any summer visit plans as of right now but would like to visit Michigan, "as soon as possible."
It is my OPINION that this has the makings of a Michigan-MSU battle but we shall see who else offers him during the process.
2018 Visitor Update
The Michigan Insider was able to confirm that 2018 SF Hunter Tyson is expected to visit on June 30th
Also, according to those close to the situation, the Tyson camp are expecting an offer during the June visit.