Kearney Gets Glimpse of Beilein's Vision

When Detroit Southeastern guard Brandan Kearney traveled to Ann Arbor for the first unofficial visit in his increasingly crowded recruitment, he was hoping to gain a greater appreciation for what Michigan's program was all about. When he left town, he wasn't disappointed. The same can be said for a good friend of his, whom also happens to be a talented prospect. 

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 "I knew it was going to be good, because it is Michigan," Kearney said regarding his unofficial visit on June 4th.  "I know they have something to offer, plus I had been on their campus before, but I didn't know exactly what everything looked like.  They took me to the locker room, the weight room, and then we went out to eat.  I liked it."

"I talked to some of the players," Kearney continued.  "I knew (Manny Harris) already.   I talked to him and DeShawn Sims.  I've been watching Manny since he was a freshman (in high school).  I look up to him.  I like the way he is built similar to me and the way he doesn't care about any (opponent) on the court.  I like just his overall toughness and his overall game."

Kearney also spent a great deal of time talking to John Beilein.  Michigan's  headman made it a point to lay out for the talented youngster exactly how he would fit in.

"The way I was shooting the ball (when Beilein observed him on the AAU circuit)... he liked that," Kearney said.  "That is how his offense is run.  He showed me his offense on tapes at West Virginia and at Michigan."

Beilein also shared his vision for the future.

"They showed me where the new practice facility is going to be built and even the new football practice fielding," recalled Kearney.  "Actually we saw the old (football) practice facility and then they showed us where they are going to be doing the new one at.  It was like right by Rodriguez's office.  (Coach Beilein) expressed that by the time I'd get there, the program should be changed around because of some of the recruits he is bringing in and the practice facility.  He talked a lot about the way it is going to be different. "

While it's clear the sophomore-to-be is a priority for the Maize & Blue, Beilein stopped short of extending a scholarship offer.

"(Coach Beilein) wanted to offer me in so many words," Kearney said.  "He didn't actually say, ‘we are going to offer you.'  He was just saying he would leave a scholarship for me, but that he had to recruit the ‘09s and ‘10s first." 

One of those 2010's that the Wolverines are recruiting is Mt. Pleasant combo guard Trey Zeigler.  It just so happens that he and Kearney are good friends… good friends that have discussed their respective visits to Ann Arbor.

 "I have been knowing Trey since my first basketball camp," Kearney recalled.  "I faced him at Rodney Heard Camp.  We played in the one-on-one championship and I think he beat me.  He was two years older and he beat me.

"We talked about Michigan and we were saying that Beilein knew what he was talking about based on his success with West Virginia," Kearney later added.  "He seemed like a good coach with a good system that he is bringing to Michigan."

The two have also discussed the idea of playing their college ball together.

"We were hype on that," said Kearney.  "Real hype!  Out of all the kids I know, I never thought that I would have a chance to play with him in college.  He is the leader on the floor.  He plays hard.  Plus he is 6'4".  I like his game.  He plays hard."

Despite nursing a hip pointer, (from which he is now 80% recovered), Kearney traveled with his high school team to the Cincinnati team camp Wednesday (June 26th).  He will follow that up by participating in the camps at Michigan over the next few days.

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