Recruiting News & Notes/Open Gym Recap

Tory Jackson discusses another change in plans, Word on Michigan's travels during the evaluation period, and a few notes from yesterday's open gym.

Another Change of Plans for Jackson

Tory Jackson's plans regarding his recruitment have been quite fluid as of late. When GoBlueWolverine caught up with the Saginaw Buena Vista star late last week, he indicated that a trip to Missouri this week was very likely. However, upon speaking with him yesterday he revealed that that plan wasn't quite set in stone. "I thought I was going to take [the visit to Missouri], but now I don't know, Jackson said Sunday afternoon. "I don't think I'm going to take it anymore. Right now I don't think I'm going to visit anyplace else."

While whether Jackson will take another visit or not is still up in the air, it's clear that his decision timetable has been moved back again. The talented point guard prospect still claims Michigan as his leader and points the school year as his new announcement timeframe. "They want me to have a press conference at the school, so that's what I'll probably do," he said. "I think that would be nice. School starts August 29th, so I'll probably do something around then."

Evaluating to the Very End

The Michigan coaching staff made the most of the days left in the evaluation period by checking in on a number of prospects on their recruiting board. After taking in the three major tournaments in Las Vegas, they made their way to Orlando for the AAU 17-Under Junior Nationals. A few of the Maize and Blue's class of 2007 Ohio targets played very well in the Sunshine State late last week.

McClain, Ohio's Dante Jackson's versatility was on full display according to this report from's Dave Telep. "The most exciting sequence of the day came from this wing," Telep wrote of Jackson. "Late in the game he drilled 3 straight trifectas and four of his last five 3-pointers. Then, with .6 seconds remaining he scored a driving lay-in off a steal to seal the win. He flat out stole the show in the final game of the night. His energy, will win to win and hot hand were on display in a big way!"

Trotwood, Ohio's Chris Wright seemed to fair almost as well. That was a bit surprising considering he was slowed somewhat by a freak injury. "Chris Wright, SF, Queen City Prophets – The victim on the strangest injury of the summer scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds all the while not taking a shot outside of 12 inches from the basket," wrote Telep. "In mid-July, Wright was bitten by a spider and the bite required some minor surgery and three days in the hospital. He’s still got a bandage on his forearm but this elite level athlete’s energy level wasn’t hampered. The college guys are going to want to see him expand his game but right now his athleticism is his calling card."

Upper Sandusky's John Diebler was also scheduled to be in action but we had not yet received word on his performance at the time of this report.

The last day of the evaluation period fell yesterday, and the Michigan staff didn't let it go to waste. Wolverine assistants were among the coaches at workouts for Alex Legion, Raymar Morgan, and Deshawn Sims, and they also caught Durrell Summers, Tom Herzog, and Devin Brennan-McBride in summer league action.

Open Gym

Members of the Michigan basketball team were back on the floor for a little Open gym action Sunday afternoon. Lester Abram carried the day with his overall versatility and strength. A month ago the junior swingman looked almost all of the way back from last season's shoulder surgery. Yesterday, there were absolutely no signs he was ever out. Abram was extremely aggressive taking the ball to the basket and and did a good job finishing despite contact. The defense being played wasn't the stiffest, but his off the dribble ability looks approved. He also appears to have put on more muscle than he had previously. Couple that with the fact that his and his jumper consistently found the bottom of the net from the three-point basket all of the way in, and you have a player that was tough for anyone to deal with. Even though it was only a pick up session, Abram's showing was extremely encouraging.

The only recruit to make to yesterday's open run was Detroit Pershing's Deshawn Sims. Unlike many high-schoolers that step onto the court with the Wolverines, Sims matches up very well physically with his college counterparts. He frequently squared off with Graham Brown and neither shied away from contact. Sims actually came out on the winning end of a couple of the collisions, once sending Brown sprawling to the floor. The young man seemed to still have the pep in his step that he displayed out in Vegas, as he ran the floor and finished around the basket very well.

Look for more on the open gym and recruiting in GoBlueWolverine's Monday Night Chat at 9 PM.

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