U-M Courting Another 2010 Wing

Casey Prather a 6-5 wing out of Jackson, TN is one of the latest prospects to pop up on the radar of the Michigan Wolverines. GoBlueWolverine chatted with North Side High standout about his interest in the Maize & Blue, the other schools on his list, his decision timetable, and more.

At 6-5 180 pounds Casey Prather is an athletic wing that can score, rebound, and handle the ball. He possesses the type of versatility that could help many programs in variety of ways, and a number of them are starting to show the Tennessee native the love.

Prather currently holds offers from Wake Forest, Southern Illinois, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Alabama, but schools like Michigan, North Carolina, Duke, and Tennessee are showing growing interest.

The Wolverines definitely have turned up the heat of late thanks to the efforts of Michigan assistant John Mahoney.

"I have talked with assistant coach Mahoney," Prather said.  "He sends me emails about once or twice a week.  He is just keeping me up to date on what's going on up Michigan. He told me they just hired a new strength and conditioning coach up there. Michigan also wants me to come up for a football game and visit".

The talented youngster caught Beilein's club on television last season and likes what he has observed so far.

"I like how Coach Beilein coaches and interacts with the players," he said.  "I also like the way they get up and down the floor."

A team that gets up and down is certainly one of the traits Prather is looking for during his recruitment, but it is but one of many criteria that will be considered.

"My parents they want me to find a place that fits for me and that has strong academics," explained Prather, who carries a 3.3 GPA.  "I would also like to go somewhere I can make an immediate impact and be around a good coaching staff and players."

At the moment Prather is content to take his time determining which program best meets those standards.

 "Right now I am just looking around and talking with my parents about different schools," he said.

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