"I enjoyed it a lot I was very impressed with my visit" said Austin Carroll, (a 6'3 shooting guard out Worchester, Mass), upon returning home from his visit to Michigan. The class of 2009 prospect traveled to the Great Lake State with his father and good friend Nate Lubick (stay tuned for more on Nate later today).
The experience began Friday morning when he attended English class with his host Zach Novak. Afterward he had a chance to walk around campus and see Michigan's famed business school.
"I was very impressed with the business school, the graduates, and the layout of the renovations that they are doing there."
Mr. Carroll shared his son's sentiments. "Michigan is a very classy place with high academics," he added. "I like the resources that they provide for the student athlete to be successful it's a great school."
With some of the academic side under his belt, young Carroll then progressed to the basketball side of the experience.
"We went over to Crisler Arena and played some three on three and four on four," he recalled. I went through some shooting drills I enjoyed it. Manny Harris caught my eye. He is a pro".
GoBlueWolverine observed Carroll at the Adidas "It Takes 5ive" in Cincinnati last summer and came away mentioning at that time that something was not right with his game. Now we know why.
"I had injured my ankle pretty bad," Carroll explained. "I had a bone bruise and a few other issues working against me so that's what slowed me down a bit. He is a tough player that can shoot it and put it on the floor he understands how to play the game."
Now he is all well, which meant he was game to play against Michigan's players again on Saturday. "I wanted to see where I stand with the college guys I had a good time," he said.
Through all of the competition, there was one trait that Carroll noticed about the Wolverines that he really liked.
"Those guys really like each other," the sharpshooter said. "To me that is what makes teams successful... when they have camaraderie with each other."
Next up on the to-do list was spending a little one-on-one time with Michigan headman John Beilein. Needless to say, he wasn't disappointed.
"The most impressive part of the visit was meeting with Coach Beilein," Carroll stated. "I like his coaching and his personality. It was the first time that I had to interact with him.
Coach Beilein likes to be up front and let a player know where he stands with him. Coach feels that I can play in his program and I know that I can as well. I feel that they have a style that fits my style of play and that is what you look for when you are looking at different programs to attend."
Added Mr. Carroll, "the most important thing is finding a head coach and Coach Beilein is a good coach. He is high in integrity and he was very honest with my son about where he stands with Michigan."
So where does he stand with Michigan? He does not have an offer as of yet, but he is currently listed as a 2009 recruit. All of that will change soon, though, since he plans to do a year at a post graduate school. At that point he will be a part of the 2010 class.
With Austin going into the 2010 class that gives Michigan more time to see him, but keep in mind it will give other schools that same opportunity. Last summer his recruiting began to heat up as he played better late. With a good year in his upcoming season, look for more offers to roll in as he is now healthy and ready to go.