The Michigan basketball program set its recruiting sites on Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas' combo guard Martavis Kee in late 2005, but until recently, the Wolverines had been conspicuously absent from his list. In his January 12th conversation with GoBlueWolverine, the 6-3, 180-pounder explained that the reason for that was he had been waiting to see if Tommy Amaker and company were actually interested in him. A visit from assistant coach Mike Jackson earlier this month told him everything he needed to know in that regard.
"When Coach Jackson came down to see me, he let me know that the University of Michigan was very interested in me," Kee explained. "Coach Jackson told me that he knew I could play on that level. He said he would not be wasting has time with me if I couldn't play. He just told me how he felt. When he was here, I just wanted to put on a show for him. Then Coach Amaker made a few phone calls let me know how important I was to them and how much he wanted me to come down to visit. That's when I decided Michigan instead of Illinois."
Kee was somewhat familiar with Michigan's program, but overall, he wasn't quite sure of what to expect. After getting a first-hand look at the team, the fans, the campus, and the weather…Kee was extremely impressed.
"I had a really good time at Michigan," he said. "I like their style of play and the atmosphere there was great. The school spirit, and the students jumping up and down…I enjoyed it all. Ann Arbor is a very nice college town and it is good that it is not to far away from a big city like Detroit. I like that. The weather is different, but I like the cold because in Florida it is so hot. "
Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami, Illinois and Michigan are the programs Kee has been most seriously considering, and he had already determined somewhat of a pecking order before his visit to Ann Arbor. "All of them kind of even, but I'm kind of high on Virginia Tech a little bit because I'm familiar with the coaching staff," Kee said to GoBlueWolverine on the 12th.
Now that he has made the trip to Ann Arbor, that pecking order changed a bit. "Michigan has moved all the way up my list with this visit," he said. "Coach Amaker is so cool and he is really down to earth. It was just the way Coach Amaker laid it all down for me. He had a plan for me and he told me how he could see me in their offense. I like Michigan's offense. It is structured, but Coach Amaker lets them play. Coach Amaker is a former point guard and I can learn a lot from him. Then, me and coach Jack had that vibe going between us. We talked about everything…not just basketball, but about life."
Kee so thoroughly enjoyed his experience in Ann Arbor that he has already started envisioning himself in a Michigan uniform. When asked what number he would wear if he were to sign with Michigan, he wasted little time answering. "I'm wearing number five," he said. "Jalen Rose is my favorite Michigan player. My dad always made me watch tape of him."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Kee in the coming months.