The top two remaining post targets on the Wolverines list were both in town Saturday and while the official returns aren’t yet in, the visits apparently went very well. Kendric Price and Uche Echefu were each on hand for Michigan’s victory over Iowa, but not before they attended an open gym and traveled around campus. Echefu, who is a native Nigerian, was able to meet with various members of the faculty and students that share his heritage. Amadou Ba spent a great deal of time with him, showing him around and explaining to him the happenings at the game
Echefu chose not to actually play in the open gym, but Kendric Price did. According to those that played with him, the young showed the beautiful form on his jump shot that has been so widely talked about. While he didn’t make a whole lot of them, it was obvious that his picture perfect shot mechanics generally make him a very consistent shooter. One of the encouraging developments for Wolverine fans was the on-court chemistry between he and Jerret Smith. Michigan’s future floor general did his level best to get Price the ball and the two connected on a few alley-oops before the day was over. GBW received a call from Price this evening and he was extremely impressed with his time on campus. “My visit was great,” Price said. “I really liked it a lot. I hung out with the players, went to a class, and played in the open gym. The guys were just really cool. And the game…it was crazy! I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The question most Wolverine fans have is how did his Michigan visit compare with his Vanderbilt trip. With his decision coming in a matter of hours, the sweet shooting big man didn’t shy away from the topic. “Although Michigan is the bigger school, I felt more comfortable there,” Price said. “We’re going to have a meeting tomorrow and I’ll announce my choice shortly after. I’m not sure how we’re going to do it yet.” Stay tuned to GBW and we’ll report the news as soon as it becomes official. In the meantime, GBW members can take a look at our messageboard for another little tidbit.
Amadou Ba, Kendric Price, Courtney Sims, and Uche Echefu
Moving on to other visitors, also present Saturday were a number of underclassmen. As a matter of fact, the most impressive player on the court (according to some that were there), just may have been in that group. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (OH) Marcus Johnson (6-3, 175, SG, 2006) was practically unstoppable when trying to get into the lane Saturday. For good measure, he apparently had a few explosive finishes that left folks talking. The questions about this young man’s game have always surrounded his jump shot, but on this day it sounds like he didn’t need it. He’s definitely one for Wolverine fans to keep an eye on.
Another impressive Ohioan in attendance was Canton Mckinley’s long but versatile swingman, Raymar Morgan (6-7, 210 lbs.) The 2007 prospect has to play in the post for his high school team, but as we witnessed at the Nike All-American Camp a few months back, he has skills away from the basket that make him one of the true up-and-comers. In Indy he was more effective shooting from long-distance than we had heard he was capable of. Still, scouts we’ve spoken to indicate that he’s more effective going to the basket than he is as a jump shooter. That apparently was the case in Ann Arbor Saturday. It sounds as if he had a good time on his visit and his interest in the Wolverines is genuine. GBW will have more on him throughout the basketball season.
Detroit Pershing’s Deshawn Sims made it to town for a game or two, as did 2006 commitment K’len Morris. Daequan Cook made it in also, but he chose to sit out the open gym in favor of watching his fellow ballers hoop it up.
Cleveland Villa Angela - St Joseph’s David Lighty was scheduled to make it to campus along with the others, but he opted instead to attend his high school homecoming. He will be in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s homecoming game against Minnesota on October 9th.
Stay tuned for more on these and other players in the coming days and weeks.