Bball Recruiting Primer - 2007 PFs & Centers

Some new names have been added to the web's original and most complete Michigan basketball Best Guess list. Check inside for detailed detailed recruiting profiles for each prospect.

Format Change
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
U - Unknown

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. 2005-2006 Roster
  2. 2006-2007 Roster
  3. 2007-2008 Roster
  4. Class of 2007 Power Forwards and Centers


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 6-10 250 Jr./Jr. Noble & Greenough
23 Brent Petway F 6-8 210 Jr./Jr. Griffin
24 Ronald Coleman F 6-6 210 So./So. Romulus
 1
Jerret Smith G 6-3 200 Fr./Fr. Romulus
 15
Jevohn Shepherd W 6-4.5 190 Fr./Fr. West Hill Collegiate
 21
Kendric Price 6-8 190 Fr./Fr. Buckingham Browne Nichols
  Open          

2006-2007 Roster

No. Name Pos. HT. WT. Cl/Elig. High School
2 Lester Abram W 6-6 190 5th/Sr. Pontiac Northern
5 Dion Harris G 6-3 200 Sr./Sr. Redford
44 Courtney Sims F/C 6-10 250 Sr./Sr. Noble & Greenough
23 Brent Petway F 6-8 210 Sr./Sr. Griffin
24
Ronald Coleman F 6-6 210 Jr./Jr. Romulus
 1
Jerret Smith G 6-3 200 So./So. Romulus
 15
Jevohn Shepherd W 6-4.5 190 So./So. West Hill Collegiate
 21
Kendric Price 6-8 190 So./Fr. Buckingham Browne Nichols
K'len Morris F 6-5 190 Fr./Fr. Grand Blanc
 
Deshawn Sims
F
6-7
230
Fr./Fr.
Pershing
  Anthony Wright F 6-6.5 230 Fr./Fr. Oak Hill Academy
  Open          
  Open          

2007-2008 Roster

No. Name Pos. HT. WT. Cl/Elig. High School
24
Ronald Coleman F 6-6 210 Sr./Sr. Romulus
 1
Jerret Smith G 6-3 200 Jr./Jr. Romulus
 15
Jevohn Shepherd W 6-4.5 190 Jr./Jr. West Hill Collegiate
 21
Kendric Price 6-8 190 Jr./So. Buckingham Browne Nichols
K'len Morris G 6-5 190 So./So. Grand Blanc
  Deshawn Sims F 6-7 230 So./So. Pershing
Anthony Wright F 6-6.5 230 So./So. Oak Hill Academy
  Alex Legion W 6-5 190 Fr./Fr.. Detroit Country Day
  Kelvin Grady PG 5-10 175 Fr./Fr. East Grand Rapids
  Open          
  Open          
  Open          
  Open          

 



Class of 2007 Power Forwards & Centers

Josh Southern PF/C
Target Level
Interest
5
3
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 230
AAU Team: Michigan Mustangs
High School: Saginaw HS (Saginaw, MI)
Has a very good post presence and can maintain his position down low. He rebounds like a big fella should. Can score on the low block, shot blocker gets up and down the floor really well. Ranks with Paul Crosby as the top big man in the 07 in-state class. A player that isn't really appreciated for his attention to all of the aspects of playing down low. He has visited Ann Arbor twice, but Michigan coaches have been out to see him numerous times over the past few months. The Wolverines had A LOT of ground to make up on Michigan State and Kentucky, and may have closed the gap some. Depth in the post will play a role in his decision, thus giving the Maize and Blue an opening. He visited Ann Arbor for Michigan's home victory of the Spartans and has been including the Wolverines on his list with more regularity in recent months.

High School position: 4, 5
College position: 4, 5

Kosta Koufos C
Target Level
Interest
5
2
Ht: 7-0 Wt: 230
AAU Team: King James Shooting Stars
High School: Glen Oak HS (Canton, OH)
Blessed with long arms (seven-foot two-inch wing span) he can block shots and rebound on the defensive end, and can use his soft touch to deliver on a nice turnaround outside of the post on the offensive end. He also displayed the ability to get up and down the floor with the best of them. That said, he is not a dominating prospect yet. At this point, smaller stronger players can move him off of his position. If he adds much needed strength, he could become very tough to deal with. Rated as the top big man at the 2005 Hoop Jamboree. The Wolverines reportedly made up ground on his trip to Ann Arbor for a scrimmage in the fall, but Ohio State is the prohibitve favorite for his services at this point with the Maryland Terrapins posing the more serious challenge to the Buckeyes standing.

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4,5

Mike Williams C
Target Level
Interest
5
U
Ht: 6-11 Wt: 270
AAU Team: DC Blue Devils
High School: Bishop Ireton HS (Alexandria, VA)
This 7-0 240-pounder came over from Great Britain and has only been playing basketball for three years. In that time he has really picked up things very quickly. Back to the basket skills have come along very well and his stock is really on the rise. Williams is a true center and the Wolverines have shown major interest. He clearly appears to be one of the prime post targets in the 2007 class for the Maize and Blue. Tommy Amaker was in attendance at one of his games in January and has reportedly offered a scholarship.

High school Position: 5
College Position: 5

JaJuan Johnson PF
Target Level
Interest
4
3
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 195
AAU Team: Spiece Central Stars
High School: Franklin Central HS (Indianapolis, IN)
Scout.com scouting report: Quick developing prospect is a run/jump athlete. Has a knack for blocking shots. Excellent rebounder who is quick off the floor. Johnson exploded onto the scene on the summer AAU after seeing limited time on his high school varsity team last year. "He hasn’t really even played varsity basketball yet,” his high school coach Mark James told Scout.com. “We’ve hit him. He played about eight games – sparingly. He’s really a puppy right now. He’s got a ton of potential. No one really knows the limit to his potential. He’s just so green to the game.” Many top colege programs noticed him during the summer and have been in to see him. Purdue, Xavier, Missouri and Butler have now offered. Those schools along with Ohio State, Iowa, Tennessee, Ball State, and Michigan have been in to see him. The Buckeyes have the early edge.

High school Position: 4
College Position: 4

James Hickson PF
Target Level
Interest
4
2
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 220
AAU Team: World Wide Renegades
High School: Wheeler HS (Marietta, GA)
Scout.com scouting report: Bouncy forward who simply gets things done. Works around the basket and wants to step outside. Like how he rebounds and plays in attack mode, even from the post position. Will be an excellent transition finisher. Michigan has been in to see Hickson a few times in the fall and it is clear that he is a target. All of the high majors are now in on him so there is very stiff competition for his services.

High school Position: 4
College Position: 4

Dallas Lauderdale PF/C
Target Level
Interest
4
2
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 235
AAU Team: Cleveland Titans
High School: Solonl HS (Solon, OH)
Scout.com scouting report: Legitimately big young man who is strong and will get even thicker as he develops. Has gotten taller each season. Would love to see him consistently attack and go get buckets. His size allows him to wear on smaller players. He's a high-major prospect who has plenty of room to grow. Solon coach Todd Van Reeth told GoBlueWolverine," He's a skilled kid. He has good feet, good hands, and runs well. He's probably a college 4. He game is expanding such that he could probably play the three some day." Michigan fell off of his list in the spring, but contact with the Wolverines picked up again in mid December. Lauderdale plans a summer un-official to Ann Arbor, but Ohio State is still the favorite in this race.

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4,5

Trevor Mbakwe PF
Target Level
Interest
4
2
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 245
AAU Team: Howard Pulley
High School: Henry Sibley Sr. HS (Mendota Heights, MN)
From ScoutHoops.com's Dave Telep: Considered one of the top players in Minnesota among the Class of 2007. Strong inside player and rebounder. Plays for Howard Pulley AAU team. “He’s got a 7-foot-2 inch wing span right now,” said Henry Sibley Coach Tom Dasovich. “He’s got size 18 feet. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s 6-11 by the time he walks out of here. He’s kind of raw in his basketball skills right now but he’s so physically dominant over seniors right now.” Mbakwe is considering Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Marquette, Florida and Miami. Assistant coach Coach Swenson has been keying this recruitment for the Wolverines

High school Position: 4
College Position: 4

Julian Vaughn PF
Target Level
Interest
4
2
Ht: 6-9.5 Wt: 240
AAU Team: DC Assault
High School: South Lakes HS (Reston, VA)
Scout.com scouting report: Big time prospect. Has the ability to play on the perimeter as a face up forward. Developinig some go-to-moves inside. Talented player who should be among the elite kids in his class. Low post presence. Talented scorer in the paint and moves pretty well for a guy his size. Excellent student. Michigan is one of many programs that have already offered and he still lists the Wolverines as one of the programs under consideration.

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4,5

Scott Martin PF
Target Level
Interest
3
3
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 210
AAU Team: SYF Players
High School: Valparaiso HS (Valaparaiso, IN)
Martin is versatile big man that has back to the basket skills, but can take his man outside as well. "Scott can do a lot of things,'' said Valpo coach Bob Punter to the Northwest Indiana Times. "You can see him working in the post and then see him back behind the arc hitting a 3. He and (his teammate) Rob Hummel are both very versatile players who can do a lot of different things and are very, very difficult to defend. It takes a unique kid to guard them.''

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4

Alex Tyus PF
Target Level
Interest
3
1
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 210
AAU Team: D-1 Greyhounds
High School: Harmony Christian (Cincinnati, OH)
Scout.com scouting report: Tyus is an athletic wing player also doubles as a PF. Mid-range is about the extent of his perimeter game but strong and athletic enough to make plays at the rim. Played in 14 games as a junior. Shot 33% from 3-point range during that stretch. Was scheduled to visit Michigan the weekend of September 10th, but did not make it in. He has not mentioned Michigan much as of late.

High school Position: 3,4
College Position: 3,4

Gary McGhee PF
Target Level
Interest
3
U
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 260
AAU Team: SYF Players
High School: Highland Senior HS (Anderson, IN)
McGhee is a big powerful young man at 6-10, 260 pounds, but he is very raw at this stage. His size makes it tough to move him off the block, but his offensive arsenal hasn't developed to the point where he is a consistent low-post threat. If he puts it all together, he could turn into a very intriguing prospect. At this point most of the high majors are taking a wait and see approach. Michigan was in during the month of October and will be keeping an eye on him.

High school Position: 4
College Position: 4

Paul Crosby PF
Target Level
Interest
2
5
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 250
AAU Team: Michigan Hurricanes
High School: Holt HS (Holt, MI)
Extremely skilled big man that put Holt on his back and carried them to the class A state title. Graceful at 240-pounds and can beat defenders with an array of post moves or by simply overpowering them. The only question about him at this point is will he grow and his transcript. If he adds two or three more inches he will be ranked as one of the top big men in the country. Word has it that he has grown an inch and now up to 6-7. At this point he is the most skilled post player in the state of Michigan in the 2007 class. The only thing Southern has on Crosby is height. He is a force in the middle for the Michigan Hurricanes 16-and-under squad. The Wolverines have shown limited interest thus far, but things could escalate once they observe him this season and review his transcript.

High School Position: 4,5
College Position: 4

Devin Searcy PF
Target Level
Interest
2
3
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 195
AAU Team: The Family
High School: Romulus HS (Romulus, MI)
Runs the floor well, is a good shot blocker, and can rebound inside. Very athletic. Has loads of potential. Some think when it is all said and done could be the best in the in-state class, but he'll have to get much stronger and continue to improve his back to the basket skills to get there. He is a better athlete than in-state big men Joshua Southern or Paul Crosby, but is not the post presence that his counterparts are at this point. He must get bigger and stronger so he won't get pushed off the block so easily. Also must improve his hands. Made it to Ann Arbor for two football and two basketball games this year.

High School Position: 4, 5.
College Position: 4, 5

Kennan Ellis PF
Target Level
Interest
2
2
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 200
AAU Team: D-1 Greyhounds
High School: North College Hill HS (Cincinnati, OH)
At 6-10, 200-pounds, Ellis is a power forward that plays more like a small forward. His perimeter skills are advanced for a kid his size, as has been demonstrated by his ability to sink jumpers from 15-feet all of the way out to the three-point line. On the other hand, his slender frame allows for him to get muscled in the post and he hasn't yet developed a post game. Has given Michigan early mention, but seems enamored with Louisville and Indiana. Previously played with O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker at North College Hill before being suspended.

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4,5

Zach Crimmins C
Target Level
Interest
U
U
Ht: 6-11 Wt: 210
AAU Team: Virginia Renegades
High School: Bishop Denis J O'Connell HS (Arlington, VA)
Scout.com scouting report: Zack Crimmins is a 6-11 big man with considerable upside. A very thin yet mobile 210 pound big man, Crimmins can step away from the basket and knock down jumpers. "He's a kid who has progressively gotten better," said O'Connell Head Coach Joe Wootten. "It's been a matter of adjusting to this level of competition and playing with a certain level of intensity." Wootten said that Crimmins' early recruitment is all over the board. Because he's such a strong student, the Ivy Leagues and William & Mary are involved. High major programs like Notre Dame and Virginia have also expressed interest, and Crimmins has unofficially visited both programs.

High school Position: 5
College Position: 5

John Flowers PF
Target Level
Interest
U
U
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 210
AAU Team: DC Blue Devils
High School: St. Mary's Ryken HS (Leonardtown, MD)
Scout.com scouting report (from TerpTown.com): At 6’7”, Flowers plays both inside and on the perimeter at St. Mary’s Ryken and Sancomb called him the best athlete in the conference. “John is a kid who can score in every possible way,” said Sancomb. “He can shoot the three. He can put the ball on the floor. He posts up very well. He can go get it on the offensive glass. He moves without the ball. He can go backdoor on somebody. He can score any way you want him to.” Both player and coach see Flowers playing the three in college with the possibility of him playing the 4 if he continues to grow. Right now he is still refining his perimeter skills and has room for improvement before he’s a true three in college. “He’s got to improve [his perimeter skills] a little bit, there’s no question,” said Sancomb. “He’s got to improve his ball-handling. For a 6-7 junior in high school, he can rip the ball through on a cross-over and go by a defender and finish. He’s got to shoot it a little bit better. He can shoot the three and catch and shoot very well right now but it’s going to have to improve.”

High School Position: 3, 4.
College Position: 3, 4

A.J. Stewart PF
Target Level
Interest
U
U
Ht: 6-7.5 Wt: 200
AAU Team: Lee Bulls
High School: Arlington Country Day School (Jacksonville, FL)
Scout.com scouting report: Talented power forward prospect. Will step outside and present himself as a threat from mid-range. Has bounce to get it done inside; will need to continue developing post moves. Solid player who will likely be a high-major target. Plays on the same team as 2006 center target Jason Bennett.

High School Position: 4
College Position: 4


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