Class of 05 Hoops Primer Update-Possible Transfer?

News on a possible transfer highlights this this update to the web's orginal and most complete basketball best guess list. Check inside for detailed detailed recruiting profiles for each prospect and links to all GBW stories on the listed players.

(***4/27/05 changes***) As was first reported by on April 12, Rockville Maryland's Uche Echefu eliminated Michigan from consideration. However, a new name has now emerged. Ross Neltner, a potential transfer from Louisiana State is considering the Wolverines and has already made a visit to Ann Arbor. For details, check below.

Format Explanation
One significant change to the list is the addition of the "target level" and "interest" indexes to each profile. Target level refers to our OPINION on where each respective player stands on the current recruiting list based on all of the information gathered up to this point. Interest refers to the how strongly each respective player is considering the Wolverines at this point in time. Each category is rated on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high).

5 - Interest couldn't be any stronger
4 - Very strong interest. Only a matter of time before they're 5's
3 - Interested with the potential to move up with more familiarity and evaluation
2 - Limited interest
1 - Low interest

The list is ordered first by Target Level and then sub-ordered by Interest level. These ratings can change from update to update, so keep an eye on them!

This list will be updated regularly as new players are discovered and players already listed make their decisions. The link to the Primer will reside permanently on the left NAV bar under the Best Guess Recruiting Class section.

Table of Contents (Click link to jump to desired section)

  1. 2004-2005 Roster
  2. 2005-2006 Roster
  3. Class of 2005 Commits and Recruits

2004-2005 Roster

No. Name Pos. HT. WT. Cl/Elig. High School
32 J.C. Mathis F 6-8 245 Sr./Sr. John F. Kennedy
4 Daniel Horton G 6-3 190 Jr./.Jr. Cedar Hill
2 Lester Abram W 6-6 190 Jr./Jr. Pontiac Northern
25 Graham Brown F 6-9 245 Jr./Jr. Mio-AuSable
31 Chris Hunter F/C 6-11 210 Jr./Jr. Gary West Side
50 Amadou Ba C 6-10 250 Jr./Jr. Bridgton Academy
5 Dion Harris G 6-3 200 So./So. Redford
44 Courtney Sims F/C 6-9 220 So./So. Noble & Greenough
23 Brent Petway F 6-8 210 So./So. Griffin
24 Ronald Coleman F 6-6 210 Fr./Fr. Romulus


2005-2006 Roster

No. Name Pos. HT. WT. Cl/Elig. High School
4 Daniel Horton G 6-3 190 Sr./Sr. Cedar Hill
25 Graham Brown F 6-9 245 Sr./Sr. Mio-AuSable
31 Chris Hunter F/C 6-11 210 Sr./Sr. Gary West Side
50 Amadou Ba C 6-10 250 Sr./Sr. Bridgton Academy
2 Lester Abram W 6-6 190 Sr./Jr. Pontiac Northern
5 Dion Harris G 6-3 200 Jr./Jr. Redford
44 Courtney Sims F/C 6-9 220 Jr./Jr. Noble & Greenough
23 Brent Petway F 6-8 210 Jr./Jr. Griffin
24 Ronald Coleman F 6-6 210 So./So. Romulus
  Jerret Smith G 6-2 200 Fr./Fr. Romulus
  Jevohn Shepherd W 6-4.5 190 Fr./Fr. West Hill Collegiate
  Kendric Price 6-8 190 Fr./Fr. Buckingham Browne Nichols


Class of 2005 Commits and Recruits

2005 Commitment(s)

Jerret Smith PG
Target Level
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195
AAU Team: Team Detroit
High School: Romulus HS (Romulus, MI)
Committed: June 4, 2003
I always come away impressed by what a floor general Smith is. Jerret is the quintessential pass first shoot second point guard and is not a player that observers would ever classify as selfish. He is an excellent passer that sees the court really well. The young floor leader is a perfect complement to the wing talent Michigan has brought in already, and will be bringing in over the next few years. Some observers were down on him after Romulus' playoff loss to Belleville and his subsequent early summer struggles in AAU. However, he continues to impress when visiting Ann Arbor for open gyms and is a kid the current crop of players love to play with. Plus, he finished the summer very strong with his new AAU squad, Team Detroit, out in Vegas. He does have to work to gain consistency on his shot, improve his defense, and regain his confidence. Had strong assist performances at both the NBPA and ABCD. Averaged 15 points, 5.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals a game while leading Romulus to the State title game. Detroit News 1st team All-State (Class A). Detroit Free Press 1st team All-State (Class A). Has already started preparing for the start to his Michigan career, reporttedly shedding nearly 10 pounds and currently weighing around 195-1bs.

GBW stories on Jerret Smith
Jerret Smith Scouting Report
Friday Night Hoops: John Glenn vs. Plymouth Salem
More on Jerret Smith
Nike Memorial Day Classic Wrap Up
Conversation with Ken Smith
Vince Baldwin Weighs in on UM's Latest Commitment
Michigan Preps Have What it Takes at Jamboree
Sunday Open Run Recap
Romulus Open Gym Notes
Romulus Duo Meshing Well
Michigan Holds On For Victory vs Chips
Vince Baldwin Weighs In On Prep Hoops (part 2)
Friday Night Hoops: Romulus vs. Belleville
Coleman Shows Versatility in Win Over Rival
Coleman's High School Career Comes to an End
Baldwin on In-State Prospects
Hoops: Open Gym Notes
Michigan Targets Fare Well in Weekend Hoops
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 9)
Smith Leads Team in Summer League Games
Open Gym Photo Gallery
NBA Camp: Day1 (Morning Session)
NBA Camp: Day2 Recap
NBA Camp: Day 3 Recap
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 12)
Reebok ABCD Day 1 Recap
Shoe Camps: Final Day Recap
Jerret Smith's Stock on The Rise
Past and Present Meet at Saturday's Bball Reunion
Kendric Price Talks About Visit; News on Open Gym
Jerret Smith Plans "Coming Out Party"
Jerret Smith Intent on Helping Future Team
Coaching Staff Big Key For Jerret Smith's Parents
Jerret Smith, Romulus On Taking On Lawrence North
Legion Powers DCD to Victory over Smith & Romulus
Legion and Smith Talk Hoops
A Week in the Life of Jerret Smith
Tucker Has Huge Effort in Win Over Smith & Romulus
GBW's High School Hoops Photo Gallery
Hoops Road Trip: Toronto - Detroit - Romulus
Smith and Legion Advance; Shepherd Player of Year
GBW's High School Hoops Photo Gallery
Smith Shuns Critics Heading into Pershing Game
Romulus Prevails; State Playoff Results
Romulus Rides Def to Title Game; Playoff Results
Holt Edges Romulus in Title Game; Playoff Results
Jerret Smith Reflects on Game, Season, After Loss

Jevohn Shepherd SG
Target Level
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 190
AAU Team: Phase 1
High School: West Hill Collegiate HS(Toronto, ONT)
Committed: August 4, 2004
GBW broke the news in early February (04) of UM interest in this little known Canadian wing. He has been called a 6-4 Brent Petway by some who have seen him, but can also put it on the floor. His skills have caught Michigan's attention and assistant Coach Charles Ramsey has already made a few trips across the border to check him out. An April open gym session wowed coaches in attendance (and Coach Ramsey was once again there). Coach Amaker soon followed up with a visit of his own, and the Wolverines are the prohibitive favorite for this monster sleeper. Has gotten gradually better at the shoe camps as the summer has gone on. Still, he has turned in his best efforts North of the border...the best of which came in a 42-point outburst at the Nike All-Canada Camp. Was very impressive at an open gym in early August and committed to Michigan while on campus. His 28 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks per game during his senior season helped lead West Hill to the Provincial playoffs where they finished third. "His leadership, assertiveness, and aggressiveness has totally turned around," West Hill assistant Wayne Dawkins said. "He has become a monster on the boards. George Raveling (former Iowa and USC coach and the current director of Nike Worldwide Camps) came up for a game against the second best team in our region. He didn't even stay for the whole thing, but he saw Jevohn go for 44 points and 10 about dunks. Every way possible…lobs tip-dunks...everything! One of the first plays of the game was him bumping a guy off, going straight up and dunking. So the area with him that we are very excited about is in his leadership and his assertiveness. He is not blending in and scoring 25. He is asserting himself and scoring whatever the team needs. It could be 10, 30, or 40…he does it, AND he getting the rebounds. He is getting it done. His leadership has been phenomenal." Was selected for the 2005 Nike Hoop Summit.

GBW stories Jevohn Shepherd
Hoopster Jevohn Shepherd
Charlie Weber Hoops Tourney (Part 1)
Jevohn Shepherd Opens Some Eyes
Basketball Recruiting: Visits Galore!
Basketball Recruiting: MORE Visit News!
More Summer Hoops Coverage: Rumble in the T-Dot
Shepherd Set to Visit
NBA Camp: Day1 (Morning Session)
NBA Camp: Day2 Recap
NBA Camp: Day 3 Recap
NBPA Interviews: Shepherd & Wright
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 12)
Basketball Open Gym (Part 4)
Nike Camp Day 2 Recap
Nike Camp Day 3 Recap
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 14)
Shoe Camps: Final Day Recap
Final Shoe Camp Interviews & Nike All-Canada Recap
Jevohn Shepherd Commits!
Michigan Couldn't Be Beat With Shepherd (Part 1)
Michigan Couldn't Be Beat With Shepherd (Part 2)
Shepherd Brings in New Year in Style
Hoops Road Trip: Toronto - Detroit - Romulus
Jevohn Shepherd Living Up to the Hype (Part 1)
Jevohn Shepherd Living Up to the Hype (Part 2)
Smith and Legion Advance; Shepherd Player of Year
Price Gearing Up For College; Shepherd Adds Honor
Harris Named Team MVP; Shepherd Solid at Summit

Kendric Price SF/PF
Target Level
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 190
AAU Team: New England Playaz
High School: Buckingham Browne Nichols School (Cambridge, MA)
Committed: September 27, 2004
Long and can really shoot it from the perimeter. Needs to get stronger and tougher. New England Playaz (Price’s AAU team) Coach Mike Jarvis Jr. made mention of his pupil’s strengths in an earlier interview with "He's a smart kid who is great academically and is just starting to really learn the game," Jarvis told TheInsiders. "He’s got great upside. He just needs to work on his ball-handling skills and personal strength. He’s got to learn to play inside and out." Committed to Michigan over Vandebilt back in September. In his senior season, Price improved in every statistical category. He led the Massachusetts Bay League in scoring (24 points per game), rebounding (14 boards per game) and blocks (six per game), while also chipping in with four assists per contest. "He played much stronger," BB&N coach Lewis Bryant said. "He was definitely more physical. His number of blocks and dunks per game went up. He had some REALLY impressive dunks for those that pay attention to such things. I don't really get off on that, but he certainly pleased the fans."

GBW stories on Kendric Price
The Northeast Secret Is Out
Reebok ABCD Day 1 Recap
Shoe Camps: Final Day Recap
UM Hoop Targets Take Their Games to Vegas
Price's Strong Play Drawing Lots of Attention
Post Recruiting Sees a Change
Price Gearing Up for Visits
Price and Other Big Hoop Names to be on Campus Sat
Kendric Price Talks About Visit; News on Open Gym
Kendric Price to Michigan!
Price Comments on his Commitment to Michigan
Price Thrives in Leadership Role
Price Gearing Up For College; Shepherd Adds Honor

2005 Recruits

***Possible Transfer***

Ross Neltner PF
Target Level
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 230
Former Team: LSU
High School: Highlands HS (Fort Thomas, KY)
Visit Date: April 24, 2005
Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball, averaged 20.3 points and 10.6 rebounds during his senior year (2002/2003). Noted for his jump shooting ability out to eighteen feet, but also capable of hanging down low, Committed to LSU in October of 2002 of offers from Vrginia, Utah, and strong pursuit by Stanford. Plyed in all 30 games during his sophomore season in Baton Rouge, averaging 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. Neltner's father specified his son's reason for transferring to a Baton Rouge newspaper. “This has nothing to do with playing time whatsoever,”Mr. Neltner told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “Ross is looking for somewhere that has a more structured offense with more discipline, somewhere that he can step out and shoot the ball. He’s looking for an offense that flows better with what he can do, and it’s not just about shooting the ball or scoring. He's a team kid. Assists are just as important to him as scoring.”

The schools on Neltner's final list are Michigan, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Illinois. He is visiting Florida this week, was at Michigan last weekend (Sunday, April 24th), and was at Vanderbilt the previous week. GoBlueWolverine caught up with Neltner's father after the visit to find out how it went.

"It went very well," Mr. Neltner said. "I'm not going to go into too much detail. We had a good time and had a good visit up there. He likes Coach Amaker. He is a class guy. We enjoyed his company. He has known coach Amaker since high school and Ross has always liked him as an individual and a coach, and he likes the way Michigan plays. Coach Amaker needs the position that Ross can play for the team. I think he wants to get this over as soon as possible…probably in a week or two."

Neltner would help the Wolverines on a couple levels. Aside from obviously adding size, he would give Michigan another viable high-post shooting threat, while also adding balance to the 2004 class (which currently consists only of Ronald Coleman). He would have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out one season do to transfer rules. GoBlueWolverine will continue to follow this story.

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