Michigan’s recruitment of Massillon (OH) Perry big man Kenny Frease has really heated up in recent weeks. That, however, is a far cry from where things stood just two months ago. At that point, the Wolverines recruitment of the 2008 prospect was well… "freezing." The young man liked Michigan, but he didn't mention them in the same breath with schools like Xavier and Notre Dame. At the Nike All-American Camp in early July, Frease shed light on some of the conflicting feelings he was having about the Maize and Blue.
"I like Coach Moore and Coach Amaker," Frease said during a camp interview with GoBlueWolverine. "I like Michigan. I just don’t know if I want to cross over. You know what I mean? When I was younger…like nine or ten…I was always a Notre Dame fan. Then I switched over to being an Ohio State fan.”
Looking at his recruitment now, you would think that he never had any doubts about how he might fit in up north in Ann Arbor. Michigan has moved solidly onto his top list of schools thanks to the hard work of Tommy Amaker and assistant Andy Moore. The two coaches camped out at many of Frease's games during the summer as part of their full-court press to strengthen their standing with the seven-footer. The youngster has definitely noticed all of the attention and has been very receptive…especially to that given by Amaker.
"I think he is awesome,” Frease said regarding Amaker. “I
feel very good when I am talking with him. I have also talked to coach Andy
Moore and I like him too. I never really thought about Michigan, but now that
I have talked to them more, I really like them a lot."
The Wolverines have informed Frease that he is one of their top priorities in the 08 class. That too was a key ingredient in their emergence.
“When a school tells you that it makes you feel good," he said. "You feel like you could be the link to the future."
Other schools are also working diligently to make Frease feel wanted. He currently lists a top five of Xavier, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame. All five programs are turning up the heat. Now that he has a wealth of desirable options to choose from, the task now is figuring out which one has all the things he is looking for. Frease's family has helped him determine that criteria. His mom, who is also basketball coach herself, offered some insight into what the significant factors in her son's decision will be.
“We are looking at schools where he can feel at home and that are not too far away," Mrs. Frease said. "We want a place where it is a good fit for his skills and where he can have a good relationship with his coach”.
“I just want a place I will be comfortable with," Frease added. "A place where I can get to know the players and a place where academics are important."
Frease will be visiting Ann Arbor Labor Day weekend for the football team's opening game versus Vanderbilt.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Frease in the coming weeks.