Michigan Moves up With Frease

Massillon (OH) Perry center Kenny Frease was one of the basketball visitors in Ann Arbor this past weekend, and the talented big man left campus extremely impressed. His interaction with the players and coaches left a lasting impression. Was it enough to move the Maize and Blue past his longtime leader, Xavier?

Kenny Frease had a lot of questions about Michigan heading into his visit last weekend.  Knowing that he had a very good relationship with the Xavier coaching staff and that the Musketeers sat atop his list, it was Michigan’s turn to step up or step out. When GoBlueWolverine caught up with Frease after the visit, it was clear the Maize and Blue had stepped up.

One of the most significant aspects of the trip for Frease was his meeting with Michigan headman Tommy Amaker.  The one-on-one time made a huge impression on the talented center.

“I was sitting in coach Amaker’s office and listening to him tell me about how I fit into the offense," recalled Frease. "He was showing me how I compliment their offense.  It was something I like and it was very similar to what we run in high school.  That was the best part of the visit.  Coach Amaker is awesome.  He and Coach Moore are very genuine when talking about me coming to Michigan. Listening to him talk about hustle, team unity, and cheering on your teammates sounded like I was hearing my high school coach talk. He talks about those very same things."

Frease got a firm appreciation for how approachable Amaker was not only through his own experience, but also through witnessing the way the current players interacted with him as well.

“Guys were coming up to him and they were not afraid to talk with him," he said.  "I could tell that they have a good relationship with Coach Amaker."

Frease's interaction with Michigan's players was similarly pleasant.  He was able to connect with them both on and off the floor.

“The guys were great," said Frease.  "They were really cool.  They talked to me about the academics, things to do around campus, and what the team would be like if I attended Michigan.  It was nice."

After taking it all in, Frease said that the Maize and Blue has moved up his list.

”Xavier is still high on my list, but Michigan is now even with them," he said.

Next up for Frease is a visit to South Bend, Indiana on September 16 to watch the Wolverines and Fighting Irish do battle on the football field.  He plans a return trip to Ann Arbor when Michigan takes on the Georgetown Hoyas in late December.

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