The list was long, deep, and impressive. The Michigan basketball program had arranged a list of recruiting visitors that even the most prominent programs in the country would clamor for. Headlined by official visitor Raymar Morgan (whom we'll have an update on shortly), most of those that planned to attend actually made it in. The only no show was Country Day's Alex Legion, thanks to a painful ankle injury. Despite his absence, the list of attendees was still a hit.
Basketball Recruits that made it in:
Most of the visitors were present for the open gym session, which featured the added treat of an impromptu dunking exhibition by Brent Petway and Kendric Price. If that wasn't enough, a few former Michigan greats showed up to really make the occasion memorable. Former Fab Five member Jimmy King played with the crop of current Wolverines, while former All-Time greats, Rudy Tomjanovich and Phil Hubbard watched from the stands and mingled with the crowd.
Things really got festive when a couple of other Fab-Five members showed up later in the day. Early in the Notre Dame game, Juwan Howard and Jalen Rose made their way to the North endzone and set off a mini frenzy in the student section. It was evident that the fans still have a great deal of affection for the two stellar Wolverines. The loudest ovation, though, was for Jalen Rose. Chants of featuring his name made there way up through the stands, and the 6-5 lefty acknowledged his supporters at every turn. Rose's interaction with the fans continued during the game, as he often led the crowd in cheers after every big play. At the end of the day though, Rose and the other players were there to show their support for Tommy Amaker and the Michigan basketball program. It's clear after speaking with some of the recruits that their presence did not go unnoticed.
Next week many other former players should be back for the program's annual reunion. Also scheduled to be in attendance is another official visitor…Canadian big man Devin Brennan-McBride.
GoBlueWolverine will be featuring updates on many of the youngsters present for last weekend's festivities. In the meantime, check out our recaps of the last two open gym sessions at Crisler Arena.