The hits just keep on coming for the Michigan basketball program. Just when the Wolverines thought it couldn't get any worse, another disappointing turn takes place. An eerily familiar occurrence took place for Tommy Amaker yesterday when his prized 2007 recruit, Alex Legion, informed him that he would be re-opening his recruitment. Just two years ago, high profile in-state prospects Joe Crawford and Al Horford pledged to the Wolverines before doing the very same thing…and like the aforementioned two, Legion insists that he Maize and Blue is still a viable option.
"Michigan is still there in the top group," Legion said. "I just wanted to keep my options open. I just wanted to make sure that I am making the right decision."
Part of Legion's uncertainty may stem from Michigan's struggles down the stretch and their inability to make the NCAA tournament. It's definitely clear that he is taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding the other players the Wolverines pick up on the recruiting trail, as well as the job security of head man Tommy Amaker.
"I want to make sure where I go, pieces are in place for us to win," Legion explained. "That could be Michigan, but that is something I want to be sure about. That is why I am opening my recruitment back up."
Legion's decision puts Amaker and company in a precarious position. The youngster was clearly one of the "pieces" that Michigan had in place, and his high profile status was one of the tools used to recruit the talent that he was hoping to play with. Those around Legion have made him keenly aware of those complications, but have left it up to him to do what he feels is best.
"Al came to me with this decision," said Legion's father-figure and mentor, Tim Green. "I personally like U of M, but he would like to take a look at some other schools. At the end of the day this is his decision."
"This is something that I thought about, and I talked to coach Green and my mom about it," Legion added. "My mom and coach Green still feel Michigan is where I should be. This is a very important decision that I get to make just once. I want it to be the right one."
Legion's choice to back out of his commitment comes on the heels of another
major decision. He has now finalized his plans to leave Detroit Country Day
and transfer to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
'This is something that I have wanted to do for a while, AND THAT is to go play against the best," Legion said. At Oak Hill I will have the opportunity to do that. It is a great opportunity to go to there and play with and against some of the nation's best. I feel that mentally and physically I am ready for the challenge of playing at Oak Hill. I have already talked with Nolan Smith (who plays for Oak Hill now and is one of the top 20 players in his class) and he seems excited that I am coming down."
Now that Legion has cleared the air regarding his intentions, he'll be hitting the summer circuit with the Michigan Hurricanes. During the AAU season he will begin to take a look at a number of programs (in addition to Michigan) in his search for the best possible option.