It's small world we live in. The Michigan coaching staff was likely thankful that that is the case when they discovered that Duncanville, TX SF Roger Franklin has family a mere 30 minutes from Ann Arbor.
"Man I grew up in Inkster, Michigan," said Franklin's uncle, Andre. "We still have a lot of family and friends there."
The Maize & Blue have taken advantage of that opening and are putting a full court press on the talented youngster. A scholarship offer is officially on the table and the youngster's uncle has been impressed with the approach.
"Michigan has done their homework on Roger," Andre said. "They have seen him play and they offered him a little after the came to see him play. I have had a chance to talk with Coach Beilein and Coach Dunn, and both of them are good guys. They are old school like I am. They are doing it the right way in recruiting Roger".
The Wolverines have made it point to emphasize to young Franklin just how well he would fit in Ann Arbor.
"When I talked to Coach Beilein he told me that he likes my attitude and the way I play when I am on the floor," Roger said.
Another trait Beilein likely looks upon favorably is Franklin's work ethic.
"I just want to make sure that when I step out on the floor that I always work hard," he said.
According to Andre, his nephew has been successful at doing just that.
"Roger is a work horse," Andre said. "He really gets after it out on the floor. He is the type of kid where what you see is what you get."
While it's clear Franklin is now considering Michigan more heavily, there are other schools that are showing prominently on his radar as well. Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech also have offered scholarships, and he is receiving interest from Arizona and Michigan State. At this point he is content to take a patient approach to his recruitment.
"I am wide open at this time and I have no favorite," Roger reported. "All the schools at this time are recruiting me hard. I just want to take (recruiting) one day at a time."
Added Andre, "Roger is looking at all schools. We are going to take our time and make sure he goes to a school that will value what he can do on and off the court."