Hoops Friendships To Reap Dividends for U-M in 06?

<p>The Wolverines continue to look strong in the recruitments of a number of the top players in the in-state class of 2006. Detroit Pershing's <strong>Deshawn Sims</strong> has been talking to <strong>K'len Morris</strong> and <strong>Tory Jackson</strong>. Has Michigan been a topic of conversation? </p>

"Please believe I will be talking to Deshawn (Sims) quite often and I’ll be telling him that Michigan is the place." Those were the words of K'len Morris after his commitment back in August. True to his word, the 6-5 junior swingman has been doing just that. Morris and Sims were hanging out at the Roundball Classic Monday night and a few positive words for the Maize and Blue were surely uttered. That, however, was only the latest in a string of interaction Sims has had with members of the Michigan family.

Deshawn Sims and K'len Morris

Last Monday, Sims was at the University of Detroit versus Eastern Michigan basketball game with a few of his teammates. He was also there with Michigan's Dion Harris. Sims made no secret of the respect he has for the Wolverines’ sophomore wing. "I'm here hanging out with Dion," Sims said in a phone interview. "He's a guy that I look up to. A lot of other guys do too."

Just days later he scheduled an impromptu visit to Ann Arbor to meet with the Michigan basketball staff. He talked about the trip Monday afternoon with GBW's Andre Barthwell at the Roundball Classic.

"A few days ago went up to Michigan to meet with the staff," Sims said. "I just wanted to keep Coach Amaker up to date on what was going on. It was an 'up to date' talk. I also talked with Coach Ramsey. That's my boy! I like the fact that he is really open and doesn't pressure me. He very seldom talks to me about going to the Michigan."

When asked if he has had similar meetings with other schools, Sims said, "No, not at all. That was just with Coach Amaker. I like Coach Amaker because he lets me know where he stands. He is very straightforward. I was just doing the same."

To add to the intrigue, Sims and Saginaw Buena Vista's Tory Jackson have become fast friends. The subject of possibly playing together has come up. Whether that actually comes to fruition remains to be seen. That said, if it were to happen, the University of Michigan stands out as the most likely place for it.

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In other news, Jerret Smith's Romulus Eagles fell to Greg Oden and Indianapolis Lawrence North in the Circle City Classic. The contest was close after one, with North leading 22-21. However, a couple of big runs by the home team in the 2nd and 3rd quarters blew the game wide open before they went on to the 86-66 victory.

The long anticipated battle between Smith and North's Mike Conley never materialized because of Conley's absence from the lineup do to injury. On the game Smith was 5/13 from field and 1/7 from three for 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 6 turnovers in 26 minutes of action. The Eagles were led by senior Dante' Williams with 28 points on six three pointers. Oden led Lawrence North with 22 points.

GBW was in attendance at the Classic and will have more on it later.

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