Though the road may have been circuitous, Alex Legion finally made his way, officially, into the Michigan basketball family yesterday when he signed his national letter of intent. The talented 6-5 wing first committed last November, before later backing out in the spring. A few months later, he was back in the fold again…certain at that point that he was making the right decision for himself.
“It was a sigh of relief to get it over with," said Legion. "Now I am a Michigan Wolverine and I’m very excited about that. I will be concentrating on my academics and on winning the National Championship for Oak Hill this year. I had pictured this day a little differently. I would be at home at a press conference with Coach Green and my mom, but Coach Smith (his coach at Oak Hill Academy) and Mrs. Smith took their place today”.
Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker was the central figure in re-securing Legion's pledge. At the end of the day, it was his rapport with Michigan's headman that convinced him that his initial decision was the correct one.
“(Tommy Amaker) is a coach that understands me and what I bring to the table to help Michigan," Legion explained. “He stuck with me even after I decommitted, and I am glad he did."
Amaker and company hauled in quite a class to go along with Legion. When the youngster thinks about teaming with his future classmates Corperryale Harris and Kelvin Grady, he beams with excitement. He clearly expects a lot from himself and his teammates.
“I expect us to go to the NCAA tournament every year that I am at Michigan," Legion said. "I also expect us to go in and compete to help our team win. With me, Manny and Kelvin coming in next year, I feel we have three of the top players in the country coming to Michigan. We will do great things at Michigan and bring back the tradition of how it use to be. We want to have Big Ten titles and be National champions like when Glen Rice was there. We want to bring back the excitement like the Fab Five did. We want to make Michigan a basketball and football powerhouses!”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine in the coming days for an audio interview with Alex Legion regarding his decision to sign on the dotted line and officially become a Wolverine.
Wing, 6-5, 185 (Inkster, Mich./Oak Hill Academy [Mouth of Wilson, Va.])
Honors and Awards:
- Associated Press Class B All-State, first team (2005, '06)
- Detroit News Class B All-State, first team (2005, '06)
- Detroit Free Press Class B All-State, first team (2005, '06)
- Detroit News All-Metro, first team (2006)
- Detroit News All-Metro, second team (2005)
- Detroit Free Press All-Metro, first team (2005)
- Detroit Free Press All-Metro, second team (2006)
- Detroit News All-North, first team (2005, '06)
- Detroit News All-North, honorable mention (2004)
- Detroit Free Press All-North, first team (2005, '06)
- Coached by Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy (2006-07)
- Coached by Kurt Keener at Birmingham Detroit Country Day (2004-06)
- Three-year varsity letterwinner (2004, '05, '06)
- Three-year starter (2004, '05, '06)
As a senior (2006-07)
- Transferred to Oak Hill Academy
As a junior (2005-06), averaged 18.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals
- Helped Country Day to No.3 Class B ranking most of the season
- Led Country Day to 20-5 record
- Led Country Day to Class B State quarterfinals, eliminated by Detroit Renaissance, 75-57
- Had 22 points, all in second half, and nine rebounds in quarterfinal game
As a sophomore (2004-05), averaged 21.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals
- Shot 56 percent from field and 75 percent of free throws
- Had a career-high 41 points against Warren Lincoln in Class B regional final
- Helped Country Day to No. 1 Class B ranking most of the season
- Led Country Day to 23-3 record
- Led Country Day Class B quarterfinals, eliminated by Detroit Renaissance, 64-62
As a freshman (2003-04), averaged 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists
- Led Country Day to 12-5 record
- Eliminated in first round of Class B State Playoff