The attention being paid to 6-10, 220-lb. Kurtis Huelsman has been increasing a t a very steady pace and the Michigan Wolverines have been one of the teams turning up the heat. He first came to our attention when he visited during the weekend of the annual basketball banquet (which was held prior to the San Diego State football game). Michigan assistant Andy Moore kept tabs Huelsman's progress. With self-reported stats of 12 points and eight rebounds per game, he has had a successful season for his team (which is currently in the playoffs). Schools have certainly taken notice, and a recent visit from Tommy Amaker solidified his move up the Wolverines target list. We caught up with Huelsman recently to get an update on where his recruitment stands.
What schools are recruiting you the hardest?
Which of them have offered?
Besides Michigan, which schools have you visited?
"I've visited Dayton and Purdue."
Any other visits anytime soon?
"Nothing is on the list right now."
What are your impressions of your recruiter Coach Moore?
"Coach Moore is a really good guy. I like him a lot. He is nice and very friendly. He visited last year once and he came to a game this year as well."
How interested, on a scale of 1-5, are you in Michigan?
"I'd say between a three and a four. Michigan has a good basketball program, but it is also a very good school. They're really known for their schooling. I think all of the coaches that they have are good. They have good relationships with their players".
Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?
"Everyone around here likes Ohio State…so kind of Ohio State. But when your brothers go of to college you kind of start to root for them. I had one go to Dayton and then I had two go two Miami (of Ohio). One is at Bowling Green right now."
Does that factor into where you might end up?
"I'm going to say that it is pretty much where I want to go. I'm not really thinking about what they want me to do or what everyone else wants me to do. I'm thinking more about where I feel comfortable and that sort of thing."
What else will play into your decision?
"The education and everything. Then you have to have a good relationship with the coaches. Of course, playing time. Everybody wants to play. If you can play in every game your freshman year, that's nice. I know that doesn't always happen."
Where are most of the schools projecting you play?
"I'm thinking they want to put me at the four."
For folks that haven't seen you play before, how would you describe your game?
"I guess I'm more of an inside player, but if I have to go outside, I can. If we need to run and go to an open post it's not like I just kind of stand out there as a decoy (laughing)."
Do you have a timetable for your decision?
"I'd like to do it before my senior year. Before my senior season starts."