Class of 2006 Basketball Recruiting Primer

Will the Wolverines extend an offer to Rutgers transfer Zach Gibson? Find out where things stand with the 2006 class on the web's original and most complete Michigan basketball best guess list. Check inside for detailed detailed recruiting profiles for each prospect and links to all GBW stories on the listed players.

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

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. Class of 2006 Commits and Recruits

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
  Jerret Smith G 6-3 200 Fr./Fr. Romulus
  Jevohn Shepherd W 6-4.5 190 Fr./Fr. West Hill Collegiate
  Kendric Price 6-8 190 Fr./Fr. Buckingham Browne Nichols

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
  Jerret Smith G 6-3 200 So./So. Romulus
  Jevohn Shepherd W 6-4.5 190 So./So. West Hill Collegiate
  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. Detroit Pershing
  Anthony Wright F 6-6.5 230 Fr./Fr. Oak Hill Academy
  Ekpe Udoh F/C 6-10 230 Fr./Fr. Santa Fe


Class of 2006 Commits and Recruits

2006 Commits

K’len Morris 6-4 SF
Target Level
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 190
AAU Team: Cleveland Basketball Club
High School: Grand Blanc HS (Grand Blanc, MI)
Committed: August 1, 2004
Ultra versatile wing player that can play three positions on the basketball court (1,2, and 3). Plays with edge and catches opponents by surprise with his athleticism. His perimeter shot has improved a great deal and is threat to light it up from deep in any game. We mentioned in previous primer reports that we expected him to have a breakout summer and he has done just that. Exploded up the charts with an impressive summer campaign (much like Sims). His showing at the Adidas camp may have been the performance that cemented him as a top target on the Wolverines list. Junior year recognition: Detroit News 2nd team All-State (Class A). Detroit Free Press 3rd team All-State (Class A). Selected for the 2005 NBA Players Association Top 100 camp.

GBW stories on K'len Morris
Reebok ABCD Day 1 Recap
Shoe Camps: Final Day Recap
In-State Wing to be a Wolverine?
K'len Morris Commits to Michigan!
K'len Morris Talks About Commitment
GBW Sits Down With K'len Morris
Hoops Friendships To Reap Dividends for U-M in 06?
Fri Hoops: Morris, Herzog in Battle of 06 Recruits
Morris & Herzog Comment on Thrilling HS Game

GBW Hoops Road Trip (1/31) Part 1
GBW's High School Hoops Photo Gallery
Dave Telep Talks Michigan Basketball Recruiting
Spiece Run 'n Slam Evals: The Top '06 Targets
Spiece Spotlight Game: Hurricanes vs. Mustangs
NBA Camp Day 2 Recap; More News and Notes
Adidas Superstar Basketball Camp
Excitement Rules the Day For Morris

Deshawn Sims PF
Target Level
Ht: 6-7.5 Wt: 235
AAU Team: The Family
High School: Pershing HS (Detroit, MI)
Committed: August 12, 2005
Deshawn is a face-up post player with range out to the three-point line. He can take big men off of the dribble, but must work to improve his game with his back to the basket. As he displays a willingness to bang around more down low he'll become more and more dangerous. It seems as if that message has been passed along. He displayed tremendous improvement in that area this summer. His AAU performances garnered a lot praise and he is one of the hotter prospects on the circuit. That carried over to an AWESOME showing at the Nike All-American camp in Indianapolis. By the fall he had catapulted himself to the top player in the state of Michigan and one of the top 25 in the country. The Wolverines took notice and "Petey" became a HUGE priority. Averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds.while leading Pershing to the Regionals (where they lost to Romulus). Detroit News All-State Dream Team. Detroit Free Press 1st team All-State (Class A). Visited Michigan the weekend of May 14. 2005 and Michigan State the weekend of the 21st. In July 2005 he turned in a monster performance at the Rebok Big Time tournament and carried his club (the R.E.A.C.H. Legends) all the way to the round of eight. Sims broke the news of his Michigan commitment to GBW on August 12, 2005. He chose the Wolverines over Syracuse and Michigan State. Led Pershing to The PSL Finals and Regional Semifinals where they lost to Detroit Redford both times. Sims finished third for the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award with 329 points, behind David Kool (931 points) and Tom Herzog (360 points).

GBW stories on Deshawn Sims
Pershing Sophomore Deshawn Sims
Vince Baldwin Weighs In On Prep Hoops (part 2)
Baldwin on In-State Prospects
Basketball Open Gym (Part 4)
Nike Camp Day 2 Recap
Nike Camp Day 3 Recap
Nike Camp Interviews: Deshawn Sims
Michigan Still Right There With Deshawn Sims
Hoops Friendships To Reap Dividends for U-M in 06?
GBW Hoops Road Trip (1/31) Part 1
GBW's High School Hoops Photo Gallery
Dave Telep Talks Michigan Basketball Recruiting
Romulus Prevails; State Playoff Results
Sims Reflects on Season; Looks To Summer
Open Gym With The Family
Spiece Run 'n Slam Evals: The Top '06 Targets
Hoops Recruiting: Big Visit Weekend on Tap
NBA Camp Day 2 Recap; More News and Notes
Romulus Summer League Notes
Nike Camp Day 2 (2005)
Nike Camp Interviews: Deshawn Sims
Shoe Camps - Day 3 Recap
Las Vegas: Day Four (Telep)
Recruiting News & Notes/Open Gym Recap
Sims Says Comfort the Overriding Factor
Deshawn Sims Realizes His Dream

Anthony Wright SF/PF
Target Level
Ht: 6-6.5 Wt: 230
AAU Team: DC Blue Devils
High School: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth Of Wilson, VA)
Committed: January 14, 2006
Four of Oak Hill Academy Coach Steve Smith's starters are headed to Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and UNC Charlotte respectively. Anthony Wright was the last front-liner to verbally commit, and Smith believes the Wolverines got a good one. "Anthony is 6-6.5, about 240-lbs, and he plays both the three and the four for us," Smith said. "We played him exclusively at the three as a sophomore because he can put it on the floor. He's a good passer and is also a very good shooter. This is his third year at Oak Hill and he has shot over 40% from three since he has been here. We play him inside too. He has the ability to score. He is a very good rebounder both offensively and defensively. Like I said, he is versatile because he can play a couple of positions." Wright had 15 mid-major offers in the fall, but decided to wait on bigger fish. That decision paid off, as both Michigan and St. John's began to recruit him heavily in the winter. Assistant coach Mike Jackson keyed Michigan's recruitment of the versatile forward, and after months of evaluating him, the Wolverines beat the Red Storm to the punch and secured his verbal. Wright is one of seven Division I players on the #1 team in the country and averages 9.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. Wright took his official visit to Michigan the third weekend in March and was on hand for the Wolverines victory over Notre Dame in the NIT.

GBW stories on Anthony Wright
Michigan Makes Move on Anthony Wright
Wright Headed To The Big Ten
GBW Q&A on Basketball Recruiting
GBW Road Trip: Anthony Wright

Ekpe Udoh PF
Target Level
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 215
AAU Team: Athletes First
High School: Santa Fe HS (Edmond, OK)
Committed: May 8, 2006
At 6-9, 214 pounds, Udoh is a power forward with some small forward in his game. He can step out and hit the 12-footer, drive to the basket and score, and can also deliver in the post with his turnaround jumper. At this point in time, though, he is a more accomplished defensive player with a reputations as a good shot-blocker and rebounder. One issue that limited his play and progress for the better part of a year is a shoulder injury that he suffered prior to the start of his high school season. After dislocating it prior to the start of his junior campaign, he opted to play through the pain with the aid of a brace. He was still playing in pain at the ABCD camp, but still managed to play very hard and left everything on the court. Udoh had surgery in August to correct the problem. Udoh has been offered by Michigan visited officially on September 3rd. Next up is a trip to Pittsburgh. Udoh had indicated that his decision would likely come around the month of January, but prior to the New Year he began to mention the idea putting off college altogether and attend prep school. He appeared to be interested in having more schools join his recruitment, but Michigan remained interested. The Maize and Blue was able to secure Udoh's signature thanks in large part to the hard work and persistence coach Mike Jackson. As it turns out, the first year Michigan assistant continued to recruit the Sooner State big man in spite of the youngster's prior decision to attend prep school. The continued contact kept the Wolverines fresh in Udoh's mind and caused him to take another look at his future plans. "I began to think about Michigan a little after basketball season," recalled Udoh in a conversation with GoBlueWolverine. "Then I had started looking back and some of my notes that I wrote down on my visit. I had prayed about what I was going to do I felt like god was not going to steer me wrong. So then about two weeks ago… I believe it was on April 29 at around 3 am…. in the morning I sent Coach Mike Jackson a text message. In my text message I told him I was coming to Michigan. I didn’t get a call until the next morning and he was very excited. I spoke with coach Amaker and he said, 'Don’t be messing around. Make sure you are serious about this.' I told him I was because it was the right thing to do. He was excited also.”

GBW stories on Ekpe Udoh
ABCD Camp Day 2
Shoe Camps - Day 3 Recap
ABCD Interviews: Ekpe Udoh
Vegas News & Notes: White, Udoh, & Morgan
Ekpe Udoh Coming Along Fine After Surgery
Michigan Visit Goes Well for Udoh
Changes in the Wind For Udoh
Ekpe Udoh to Commit to Michigan
Udoh Officially a Wolverine
Scout Video: Ekpe Udoh

2006 Recruits

Zach Gibson PF
Target Level
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 215
AAU Team: Michigan Mustangs
High School: Grand Blanc HS (Grand Blanc, MI)
***Transfer from Rutgers***
Gibson is a versatile big man that can step out and hit 10-12 footer. He can also can shoot it from beyond the arc. Really improved his game in his senior season. Rebounds, runs floor, solid defender. Needs to play all out all of the time. Also needs to be more physical, which may come with increased size. He is still maturing physically (should be a senior in high school right now). Helped K'len Morris lead Grand Blanc to the Regionals averaging 16.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.2 blocks, 2.6 assists. Detroit News 1st team All-State (Class A). Detroit Free Press 1st team All-State (Class A). Gibson didn't receive interest from Michigan his senior year and intially committed to Gary Waters and Rutgers. Didn't receive much playing time his frosh season and elected to transfer after Waters was replaced as coach. Michigan and Eastern Michigan were the early favorites. Gibson made it to a number of open gym sessions in Ann Arbor during the month of May. With Scottie Reynolds and Eric Boateng opting to go elsewhere, the Wolverines have one slot remaining. Gibson reportedly made a visit to Michigan on Tuesday May 30 to discuss where things stand. The question is, will the Wolverines now extend a scholarship offer? Stay tuned.

GBW stories on Zach Gibson
Basketball: Class of 2005 Michigan In-State Top 10
Reynolds Hits UM Open Gym - Part Two


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