Michigan Eyeing East Coast Forward

Michigan has set its sights on another 2009 prospect; Dedham (MA) Noble & Greenough SF/PF Tucker Halpern. The 6-7 SF/PF may his way to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines opener versus Radford last week and came away impressed.

It doesn’t take a rocket science to figure out the common theme in Michigan recruiting under the leadership of headman John Beilein. More times than not, a prospect coveted by the Maize & Blue these days has a reputation as a good shooter. Dedham (MA) Noble & Greenough SF/PF Tucker Halpern certainly fits the bill. The versatile 6-7 forward, who hails from the same program that produced Courtney Sims, has seen his interest in the Maize Blue increase because of his affection for Beilein’s system.

“I was always interested in playing for him,” Halpern said referencing Beilein’s West Virginia days. “I enjoyed my visit a lot. I like Michigan’s playing style… the shooting, passing and backdoor cutting. “I thought (the players) picked up on it real well.”

Aside for watching the game, Halpern also had a chance to get a better appreciation for the staff thanks to the face time he got with both Beilein and assistant John Mahoney (his recruiter).

“We discussed the game, me potentially going to Michigan, and where I would fit in at,” Halpern recalled. “They are great guys and great coaches that are well respected.”

“I had lunch with the (players),” he later added. “C.J. Lee, Peedi (Deshawn Sims) and Zach (Gibson)… all of them are nice guys.”

After viewing Halpern on film, it is easy to see why he might be such a good fit. At 6-7 200 pounds he moves very well without the ball, he can handle the out on the perimeter, and he can really stroke the ball from deep. His skills caught Scout.com’s attention at the New England Elite 75 Showcase.

Tucker Halpern is another junior who proved his worth from downtown. Although he is still recovering from a thumb injury that he suffered during the July live period, he was still able to bury one long range bomb after another. - Scout.com

Halpern is currently receiving interest from Michigan, Georgetown, Connecticut, and Davidson. With a full year still to go before he has to make his choice of colleges, don’t expect a decision anytime soon.

“I am going to look at all my options,” he said. “When I feel comfortable and it feels right then I will commit.”

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