Alex Legion traveled back to the state of Michigan this past weekend for his official visit. The Wolverine commitment enjoyed the chance he had to catch up with family and friends, but also used the time to give a little recruiting pitch to his prospective teammate, Delvon Roe.
Alex Legion had been up to the University of Michigan many times prior to last Saturday, but this time it was a little bit different. This past spring the talented hoop star decided that he would attend Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. The lure of preparing himself for the rigors of college life/basketball at one of the top prep institutions in the country was too much to ignore. The catch was he would have to spend the next year away from family and friends. That made his return home for his official visit last weekend all the more special.
"I am adjusting very well to Oak Hill," Legion said. "I really like it, but it was nice to get home and see everyone. This time (the visit) felt kind of new. I got a chance to see the whole city of Ann Arbor…all around. It is a very nice city."
On Friday Legion had the chance to meet with academic advisers and tour the facilities. Then he met with Tommy Amaker and staff before going to hang out with classmates Corperryale Harris and Kelvin Grady. They too were on their official visits, and Legion found chance to hang out with his future teammates to be really enjoyable. That went double for some of the players that won't be around when he gets to Ann Arbor. He recalls having the most fun with his player-host, Brent Petway.
“Man, Brent is so funny," Legion said laughing. "He made me feel real comfortable. He is real cool and a good guy. We just had a good time together. It was good to see those guys. I hadn’t seen them in a while."
After having breakfast together early the next morning, the three Wolverine recruits ventured over to Crisler Arena to take in Open Gym. Even though they didn't get on the floor and play themselves, they were cheered by a number of fans that had come down to see the action. The adulation from the crowd and the play on the court both scored big with the youngsters.
“The fans knew who we were and said they could not wait for us to get there," recalled Legion. "It made us feel real good to hear that."
“The team is looking good," he continued. "Jevohn (Shepherd) is doing really well. He looked good out there. Jerret seemed to be back to his old self. He has dropped the weight and his handles are better. That was good to see. I also liked the way Kendric (Price), Dion (Harris), DeShawn (Sims) and Lester (Abram) played. They should do very well this season."
The fanfare didn't stop there for Legion. When he walked down the sideline at the Michigan Stadium prior to the football game, the welcome wagon was again in full effect. “It was crazy up in the Big House," he said. "They were chanting my name. It was crazy in there! I had a good time."
As exciting as the atmosphere was for Legion, the visit wasn't all about his personal enjoyment. He felt the need to set aside some time to do a little work as well. The target of that attention was 2008 PF recruit, Delvon Roe.
To be clear, Alex Legion is no Ryan Mallet when it comes to recruiting. Legion is a laid back kid that doesn’t say an awful lot to people he doesn’t know. There are, however, a few exceptions. He knows that he wants to play with good players at Michigan, and because of that, he didn't hold his tongue when it came to talking to Roe about where he should attend college."
“I laid it straight out to Delvon," Legion said. "I told him, 'if you come here, you will play right away.' I said, 'you have a chance to be apart of something special. That is what we are going to have at Michigan. Schools like Carolina…they have plenty of guys at your spot, and you are one of many. Here, you are going to be a major part of something special. I told him I really wanted him to come to Michigan. He really seemed to enjoy the visit, so we will see."
Legion's visit ended with a Sunday morning breakfast with his mom, Coach Amaker (and his wife), and Coach Jackson. They all talked to him about maintaining his focus and making the most of his time away from home.
"Coach Amaker and Jackson now talk to me more about school than hoops," said Legion. "They want me to really enjoy my year at Oak Hill. It was really good to see everyone I am looking forward to coming back for school in the fall. But first things first and that is help Oak Hill win this year."