On A Roll
K'len Morris had 12 points in game one, however, after speaking with K'len himself, the young man swears that he went for 22. "I had 12 in the first half," K'len said. "I know I had more then 12 points for the game." The Grand Blanc product came back the next day and put up 11 points and five assists and followed that up with a night effort of 14 points and 5 assists. Had Morris been credited with the full 22 points, his 15.2 points per game average would have ranked him third in camp scoring. In a camp setting where players are thinking "me first", K'len is one of the only players playing real basketball. He has also been particularly impressive passing the ball. It's clear that he has been working on that aspect of his game extensively.
On the recruiting front, Morris is rooming with California big man Matt Shaw. The future Wolverine has been giving the 6'8", 240-pounder his best sales pitch. He has also done so with Flint Powers center Tom Herzog. We'll have more from K'len on his performance thus far tomorrow.
Putting in Work
Tom Herzog has been taking full advantage of all the resources here in Richmond by spending extra hours working out with former Michigan center Tim McCormick. "I have worked out with him a lot since I've been down here," Tom said. "I did the same thing last year, so I know that working with him helps me."
Herzog indicated after camp last year that he would try to tap into McCormick's expertise once he got home, but hadn't really followed up on that until recently. "I didn't want to call the guy and say 'hey will you come work out with me?' I didn't feel comfortable doing that. But recently my dad talked to him about helping me out and he said he'd be happy to help me work on my game, so I went to see him before I came down here and he took me through a lot of things. I definitely think it's something I'm going to continue to do."
Herzog's performance at the camp thus far has been up and down. He had a good first half in his opening game Wednesday night against California center Brook Lopez with seven points and three blocks, but the second half was a different story as Lopez really turned up his intensity on both ends limiting Herzog to two points and one block in the second half.
"I think I came out pretty well in the first half of that game," Herzog said. "But the second half didn't go so good. I don't really know my stats, I'm just concentrating on playing hard and learning while I'm here."
Despite netting 12 and 8 points respectively in his opening games, Matt Shaw had a rough go of it in his evening game vs. Ramar Smith (who was traded from the Celtics) and the Miami Heat. His patented jumper was not falling, and he was not very effective inside. When the game was over he had zero points and two rebounds.
More Visit News
Michigan had two big visitors Thursday afternoon, one from the class of '06 and one from the class of '07. Deshawn Sims made his way to Ann Arbor, but did not participate in the open gym. It seems he was just on hand to observe and hang out with the players a little bit. Another prospect that came but did not participate was Ohio wing prospect Jon Diebler. He is recovering from a recent illness and was not up to playing, but found the time to speak with an academic advisor as well as Michigan coach Tommy Amaker. The Wolverines should definitely figure prominently in his recruitment along with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Preferred Walk On
GoBlueWolverine has learned that Phil DeVries, a center from Eisenhower High School in Utica, will be walking on to the Michigan basketball team next year. The seven-footer is already in the summer bridge program and will be looking to work out with the team this summer.
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